Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji

Today we arrived at the port in Suva Fiji. There wasn't much of a welcoming party. The town was actually an easy walk from the port but when we went there later it was so busy and crowded with cars and people that we didn't end up walking very far from the ship. I guess you expect a much more metropolitan experience since Suva is the capital of Fiji. But I think it was our least favorite Fiji stop.

For this stop we had booked a tour with the cruise line. The tour included a brief stop at the Presidential Palace. You couldn't see much of the building itself which was sheltered behind high walls and trees.

The tour name was "Sawani Village", so the main stop was at a Sawani Village which was pretty small and looked fairly poor. The Kava Ceremony took place within what looked like the enclosed basement of a small building. With two or three bus loads of people it was very cramped as well as very dark and hot. The ceremony was then followed by a brief tour of other parts of the village with only a dozen or fewer people per group.

All in all we didn't enjoy this tour nearly as much as our tour two days before in Samoa. That tour also costs only about half of what this one did.

Click this link or one of the pictures above to see more pictures in the Suva Fiji photo album.

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