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  • 1. Kula Eco Park

    The highlight of the park experience comes early on, when visitors have the opportunity to handle lizards and even a young boa constrictor, if one...

    The highlight of the park experience comes early on, when visitors have the opportunity to handle lizards and even a young boa constrictor, if one is on hand (bring your camera). But even the skittish will enjoy the walk-through bird sanctuary and informative descriptions of the many native and non-native bird species and the fruit bats (or "flying foxes") on display. The boardwalk loop concludes with an elevated walk through untouched rain forest and an indigenous people's tool display. The park is directly across the street from Outrigger on the Lagoon.

    Queens Rd.,, Sigatoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
    650–0505

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    Rate Includes: F$30, Daily 10–4
  • 2. Arts Village

    Fiji's largest-scale cultural attraction includes performances, restaurants, and a shopping center. You can take a guided boat tour aboard a traditional drua (double-hulled canoe), a...

    Fiji's largest-scale cultural attraction includes performances, restaurants, and a shopping center. You can take a guided boat tour aboard a traditional drua (double-hulled canoe), a temple tour, or walking tour of a "magical island," each of which introduces you to aspects of traditional Fijian life including craft-making, cuisine, and these experiences include some theatrics of their own. You can also just settle into the outdoor grandstand for a performance. The firewalking show (Wednesday–Saturday 2:30–3:30) is excellent and includes a meke (traditional song and dance), a mock war reenactment, and the famous Beqa Firewalkers traversing hot coals. There are more than 50 shops, including a handicraft marketplace where crafts are made on-site, and more than 10 restaurants. One-hour Island Boat Tours and Island Temple Tours leave every half-hour 10:30–3:30.

    Hibiscus Dr., Viti Levu, Fiji
    345–0065

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    Rate Includes: F$140 for the full-day package (min. 6 pax)., Closed Sun.--Tues.
  • 3. Colo-I-Suva Forest Park

    Just 15 minutes north of the bustling city center is this oasis of flora and birdlife, crisscrossed by streams and rivers. You can walk a...

    Just 15 minutes north of the bustling city center is this oasis of flora and birdlife, crisscrossed by streams and rivers. You can walk a quarter-mile (half-kilometer) nature trail or hike the longer trails totaling more than 6.5 km (over 4 miles). There are three swimming pools including a main pool with a rope swing and nearby picnic tables, and two upper pools preserved in their natural states. Both areas have toilet facilities. Be on the lookout for the Ant-Plant (Hydnophytum species), recognizable by its swollen trunk base and nourished by the food brought by its resident insects. In the early morning bird-watchers might spot the Fiji Goshawk and Blue-Crested Broadbill, which are found only in Fiji. The park is also home to Sulphur-Breasted Musk Parrots, barking Pigeons, Golden Whistler, Slaty Flycatchers, Golden Doves, and Spotted Fantails among other species. One minute up the road from the entrance is the Raintree Lodge restaurant, a nice setting for a postexploration meal. You can take the Sawani bus from the city. The visitor center is in the modest group of buildings just after a big bend on the left. The park is 20 minutes from Suva and the trails are well marked, but it's not advisable to wander the jungle by yourself.

    Junction of Marshall Rd. and Princess Rd., Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji
    332–0211

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    Rate Includes: F$5, Daily 8–4
  • 4. Fiji Museum in Thurston Gardens

    It's hard to imagine Fiji's warrior past given the warmth and hospitality of its people but visit the national museum and you'll begin to understand....

    It's hard to imagine Fiji's warrior past given the warmth and hospitality of its people but visit the national museum and you'll begin to understand. The centerpiece of the first room is a drua or double-hulled canoe used for seafaring and transporting warriors. It's so large that it required five men using oars each up to 12 feet (3.6 meters) long and hewn from a single tree simply to keep it on course. A grueling variety of war clubs, details of a sometimes fatal method of target practice, various artifacts, and an informative model of a Fijian home are also on display. Detailed exhibits trace the history of Euro-Fijian relations, including the mutiny aboard the HMS Bounty and cannibalism. You can see a cannibal fork and the boiled sole of an eaten missionary's shoe. Upstairs, Indo-Fijian exhibits of exquisite dresses, agricultural innovations, and Hindi displays provide insight into the experience of the other half of Fiji's population. The gift shop sells books, handicrafts, spa products, and artwork. The museum is just outside of the city center in the picturesque Thurston Gardens.

    Cakobau Rd.,, Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji
    331–5944

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    Rate Includes: F$7, Closed Sun., Mon.–Thurs. and Sat. 9–4:30, Fri. 9–4
  • 5. Garden of the Sleeping Giant

    Founded by the late American actor Raymund Burr in 1977 to house his own orchids, the garden now displays more than 2,000 kinds of orchids...

    Founded by the late American actor Raymund Burr in 1977 to house his own orchids, the garden now displays more than 2,000 kinds of orchids across its 50 acres. Guides are available at no additional cost. The garden is a half-hour's drive north of Nadi, in the foothills of the Sabeto Mountains.

    Wailoko Rd,, Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji
    672–2701

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    Rate Includes: F$18
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  • 6. Kahawa

    Excellent coffee imported from Melbourne and refreshing smoothies make the centrally located spot a great place to recharge. There's free Wi-Fi (but no power outlets),...

    Excellent coffee imported from Melbourne and refreshing smoothies make the centrally located spot a great place to recharge. There's free Wi-Fi (but no power outlets), a serene atmosphere, and a wide food selection that includes sandwiches, a salad bar, and homemade pastries and sweets.

    Pratt St., Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji
    330–9671
  • 7. Momi Battery Historic Park

    Guns and bunkers were set up here during World War II to protect Nadi from a potential attack by the Japanese. One of the bunkers...

    Guns and bunkers were set up here during World War II to protect Nadi from a potential attack by the Japanese. One of the bunkers has been turned into a museum with photographs documenting its history. The site offers spectacular views over Momi Bay and the Mamanuca Islands.

    Old Queens Rd.,, Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji
    628–4356

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    Rate Includes: F$5, Closed weekends, Weekdays 9–4
  • 8. Natadola Beach

    Natadola Beach remains arguably the mainland's best beach. You can ride horses provided by the locals (if they're not there, this can be arranged through...

    Natadola Beach remains arguably the mainland's best beach. You can ride horses provided by the locals (if they're not there, this can be arranged through the Natadola Beach Resort or the Intercontinental Fiji), swim without fear of stepping on coral, soak up the sun and eat at the beachfront resorts. Since there are no true amenities at the beach, the close proximity to the Natadola Beach Resort (adults only!) and Intercontinental is a blessing. The beach is at the end of Maro Road, which appears just past the police post on Queens Road, near Km 45. Turn right before you get to the Intercontinental and go round the back of Natadola Beach Resort. Amenities: none. Best for: solitude and swimming.

    Maro Rd., Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji
    672–1001
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  • 9. Navala Village

    Set amid mountains and on a river, this charming, more than 200-year-old village includes about 100 thatched bure aligned in the shape of a cross...

    Set amid mountains and on a river, this charming, more than 200-year-old village includes about 100 thatched bure aligned in the shape of a cross around a rara, or village green. Beside the village is a rural school and a Catholic church. Visitors are required to present a sevusevu (literally "presentation," a ceremonial gift), traditionally a bundle of yaqona or kava, to the village chief. They might then have the chance to take part in a traditional kava ceremony before being led on a village tour. The village is in the Navala Valley roughly 26 km (16 miles) inland from the town of Ba, a winding hour's drive away (buses run daily). Fiji Eco Tours run trips daily including transfers from Nadi, Denarau, and Lautoka hotels.

    Rarawai Rd., Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
    672--4312

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    Rate Includes: F$220
  • 10. Parliament House

    For such a small nation, Fiji's politics have been, and continue to be, exceedingly complex. The Constitutional Amendment of 2013 changed Parliament from a two-house...

    For such a small nation, Fiji's politics have been, and continue to be, exceedingly complex. The Constitutional Amendment of 2013 changed Parliament from a two-house structure (representatives and senate) to a unicameral (or single chamber) legislature with 50 members elected by proportional representation. Parliament resides in the grandiose government buildings on Victoria Parade (opposite the Holiday Inn). It is possible to see Parliament in action by visiting during sitting days, which occur one week every month; check the website for details.

    Victoria Parade, Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji
    322--5600

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    Rate Includes: Free
  • 11. Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool

    For a naturalistic bathing experience north of town, you can take a dip in these underdeveloped thermal bathing and mud pools in the lush Sabeto...

    For a naturalistic bathing experience north of town, you can take a dip in these underdeveloped thermal bathing and mud pools in the lush Sabeto River Valley; those looking for a Canyon Ranch substitute will be disappointed. The pools are best enjoyed as the air cools later in the day, and there are basic changing and shower facilities on-site. Many resort tour desks can arrange a half-day tour. The admission fee is actually a contribution to the village that owns the pools.

    Wailoko Rd.,, Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji
    No phone

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    Rate Includes: F$15, Closed Sun., Mon.–Sat. 8–5
  • 12. Sigatoka Sand Dunes

    Archaeologists continue to uncover shards of pottery and human remains up to 2,000 years old at these dunes, a tentatively listed UNESCO World Heritage site....

    Archaeologists continue to uncover shards of pottery and human remains up to 2,000 years old at these dunes, a tentatively listed UNESCO World Heritage site. The dunes are more than 60 feet (20 meters) high on average, with some climbing to more than 150 feet (50 meters). The views here, in Fiji's first national park, are impressive. Look for the visitor center on the roadside just west Sigatoka. One- and two-hour self-guided tours begin at the visitor center; guides are available for hire. The site is included as one of the stops on half- and full-day tours offered by the many tour companies. Inquire at your resort's tour desk.

    Queens Rd.,, Sigatoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
    652–0243

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    Rate Includes: F$10, Daily 8–5
  • 13. South Pacific Distilleries

    This large distillery uses molasses from the local sugar mill to produce the country's ubiquitous Bounty Rum. It also makes whiskey, vodka, and gin and...

    This large distillery uses molasses from the local sugar mill to produce the country's ubiquitous Bounty Rum. It also makes whiskey, vodka, and gin and offers free plant tours.

    Navutu Rd., Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
    666–2088

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    Rate Includes: Free, Closed weekends, Weekdays 9–5. Call to arrange tour
  • 14. Sri Siva Subramanya Swami Temple

    This pastel-color Hindu temple cuts an impressive figure at the southern end of the main strip. Its many vivid ceiling murals and intricate patterns are...

    This pastel-color Hindu temple cuts an impressive figure at the southern end of the main strip. Its many vivid ceiling murals and intricate patterns are the work of a single artist, C. Gopalakrishnan of Madras, India, who, at the time of writing, was repainting the entire 13-year-old structure. The open-air temple includes a number of shrines with ornate statues and doors imported from India, and is the site of weddings virtually every weekend. Its more than 1,000 devotees come to pray bearing fruit and other offerings throughout the day. Admission includes a casual tour—you may have to prod your guide with questions if you want more detail. Remove your shoes once inside the gates.

    Queens Rd., Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji
    670–0977

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    Rate Includes: US$2, Daily 6am–7pm
  • 15. Suva Municipal Market

    The largest municipal market in the South Pacific is a fantastic place to take in the local atmosphere. Row after row of stalls are laden...

    The largest municipal market in the South Pacific is a fantastic place to take in the local atmosphere. Row after row of stalls are laden with produce, clothes, shoes, and handicrafts. Brightly colored bins of spices dot many tables and, outside, women sit on blankets under tarps to stay cool amid their goods. The roots and weighing scales upstairs comprise the widest selection of kava in all of Fiji. As with most municipal markets in the country, it's beside the bus station and the majority of goods come, along with their owners, fresh from the countryside daily. Throughout the market, the Fijian and Indo-Fijian sellers are generally patient and happy to chat.

    Usher St. and Rodwell Rd., Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji

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    Rate Includes: Free, Closed Sun., Mon.–Sat. 8–5
  • 16. Great Council of Chiefs

    Under Renovation

    A colossal $20-million building was nearing completion in Nasese, on the tip of the peninsula, to house the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC), whose members...

    A colossal $20-million building was nearing completion in Nasese, on the tip of the peninsula, to house the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC), whose members act as an electoral college in choosing the president and vice-president as well as a number of Senate members. It's uncertain whether tours will be offered in the controversial building, which some consider an extravagant use of taxpayers' dollars.

    Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji

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