We arrived in Suva a lot quicker than expected. The ship had sped up as we had a sick passenger aboard and we needed to get into port as soon as possible. There weren’t any spare berths as we weren’t due in until the next day, so as soon as we had entered the calm of the harbour a small boat was able to pull alongside and the passenger could be safely evacuated to hospital.
The next day, with all the drama behind us, we decided to take a stroll around Suva, the capital of Fiji, but as it was a Sunday there wasn’t much open!
At the entrance to the port we were bombarded with salespeople trying to get us to take a tour with them. We chose a tour in a taxi which would take us to most of the places that the guidebook had recommended, and Rusty was to be our driver.
And what a lovely chap he turned out to be. The first place he took us to on his tour was Colo-i-Suva Forest Park.
This park is part of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) which is an initiative begun in 2015 as a network of forest conservation programmes throughout the 54 countries of the Commonwealth of Nations. By 2016, 16 countries had become involved, and by 2019 the number was 46. (Thank you Wikipedia!)
In October 2018 Prince Harry visited, and dedicated the park to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. It certainly was a lovely place and I wished I was as organised as Kev and had had a swim!
The weather wasn’t as good as we had hoped…….. at least we got to see why the countryside was so green and lush!
However business carried on as usual in the torrential rain………..
We got to see a lot of the southeast of Suva during our tour but with the heavy rain we didn’t venture outside of the taxi much……….
Luckily enough when we got to the last stop on the trip, which was a beach resort, the rain stopped. Even though it was a bit windy Kev and I attempted a swim and a snorkel, but the sea was very choppy so we settled on being churned around in a very rough sea!