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Your Guide to Suva City  

New student? Staff? Looking for something to do? This is your guide from the USP Library to what there is to do around Suva.
Last Updated: Oct 2, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Fast Facts about Suva

1. Was made the capital of Fiji in 1877. 

2. Situated on Viti Levu (big Fiji) in the central division.

3. Population was 172,399 during the 2007 census.

4. Biggest and one of the most metropolitian cities in Oceania.

5. The original intentions for the city of Suva were for it to be developed as a cotton farming industry to pay off the debts owed to the United States by the Bauan chieftain, Seru Epenisa Cakobau. But, the land and climate proved to be unsuitable for growing cotton.

6. Suva contains six city wards, each of which is an administrative unit of a city region, starting from the city center, then going north, and then in a clockwise rotation.

7. Suva has a tropical rainforest climate and averages more than 118 inches of precipitation a year.



Taxis are plentiful and cheap- they start at $1.50 FJD during the day and $2.00 in the late night. 

Buses leave frequently, rarely will you wait longer than 15 minutes. They cost $0.70 FJD in the city. 

There are a few bus companies to choose from if you want to go out of Suva- 

Pacific Transport: Leaves from main Suva bus stand.

Rosie Tours: Leaves from the Holiday Inn.

Sunbeam: Leaves from main Suva bus stand.


Welcome to Suva

Whether you are a new student on the Laucala campus, new staff, or simply visiting, you'll find all the links to activities, food, markets, events, and more that you'll need on this page. Keep in mind, many things in Suva including some of the best restaurants don't have a website, so don't hesitate to visit the library and ask us about your interests. 

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Quick Guide to USP Library Resources

Laucala Campus catalogue link

  • Quick link to the library catalog for the Laucala campus.

A-Z list of databases and subscription resources

Information on membership and borrowing

  • Find out how to join the library and how many items can be issued out.

Pacific Collection Information

  • The Pacific Collection contains materials pertaining to Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia. It also has some items relating to the Australian Aborigines, Hawaiians, New Zealand Maoris, and Pacific Island communities living outside the region.
  • View information on other libraries in the region.

Weather and Climate

Suva weather has tropical characteristics, which has its own advantages. The temperature is moderate and the humidity is bearable. The time from May to November is the coolest in Suva as the southeast trade winds blows across the land. Summer in Suva, begins early in December and ends in April. During this time it is hot and humid (32C by day) with bright sunny mornings. From May to November, it remains winter when the city experiences a more moderate climate. Temperatures are comfortably warm by day (27C) and pleasantly cool at night (19C). Heavy but brief rainfall occurs throughout the summer season, but, as residents are likely to tell you, it can rain anytime. 

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