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Cruise calling into Suva

Belfast
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Cruise calling into Suva

Hi. Am booked on a cruise which calls into Suva in Oct 2008. Have gained impression from reading rest of posts that Suva itself is only worth a brief view(definately want to do market) so would appreciate any advice on trying to organise an excursion to another part of island when ashore (avoiding scams) i.e which company to contact, approx prices etc. Am interested in water-based activities and local culture. Ship sails at 6.00pm

Thanks

Les

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1. Re: Cruise calling into Suva

You didn't say what time you're arriving in Suva. As you probably figured from other Suva posts, it is not exactly a tourist place. Your arrival time would greatly determine how much time you have to venture outside of Suva (nearby) and explore a village or do water activities. If you do venture outside, it is wise to give someone else on board your itinerary. Otherwise, shopping on the main street is the only "activity". The scams ocur mainly on the street, but polite and firm "no's" are the way to deal with it. the cultural musuem and Thurston Gardens are worth a trip if you want learn more about culture, but a village visit is best (of course). Lunch/drinks at the Holiday Inn hotel is safe as well as a secure place to obtain a reasonable taxi. Is the cruise offering any side trips to a village or other activities?

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2. Re: Cruise calling into Suva

We're arriving quite early-about 8.00am so have loads of time ashore. We don't really fancy the excursions the ship is offering. Have discovered the Orchid Island cultural centre which sounds quite interesting, so will probably want to go there as well as visit the market & maybe the botanical gardens. Any idea how much it would be to hire a taxi for a few hours?

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I could not venture a taxi price for the afternoon, as it depends on the drivers and where you want to go, if you want them to wait, etc. The orchid gardens are only 10 km. or so south of Suva on Queens road, so it is not far. I believe you can get a taxi back to town or the boat from there instead of having a driver wait. It may be cheaper, but it depends on your comfort level. You might also want to have a crew member on the cruise help arrange a taxi for a set price for the day when you dock; otherwise you could get "taken" and pay dearly. Be very clear about where you want to go, what you want to do and what time you need to be back etc. There is some comfort in having a car and driver for the day; but it's up to you. Always negociate a price before you get in or leave. Don't hesitate to find another driver. Every thing is negotiable. The cultural museum (National fiji museum)is more historical, takes about 1 hr. or so and is inside. The government house is right next to it on the main street, facing the water. You can barely see up the long driveway, but you can watch the changing of the guard from the sea wall/park across the street (forget the times). It's fiji style - alot less pomp, but interesting way to spend a few minutes or so. Don't forget to observe the modest dress codes when in town - for women, cover shoulders and preferably knees. Short sleeves are fine ( no bare shoulders, revealing tank tops, short shorts), longer shorts or casual skirt, short pants are fine. Men are ok with shorts, t shirt or short sleeves. Any footwear is fine. sunglasses and hats(mens' baseball caps) are also considered offensive in some areas, so we always remove them when speaking directly to taxi drivers, vendors, clerks etc. All of the above are acceptable on resorts and real tourist places where this a wide mix of people, but Suva is not a tourist destination. Sensitivity, respect and politeness will go along way in town. Any more questions, just ask.

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4. Re: Cruise calling into Suva

Thanks for replying so quick. Here's hoping it will be an enjoyable experience.

Les

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