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The four Suva Suburbs of Muanikau, Samabula, Tamavua and Cunningham are mostly residential areas but with several places worth exploring. Local buses run to the suburbs regularly from 6am to 6pm departing from the Suva bus stand.

Muanikau flanks the southern side of Suva Peninsula , south and east of the city. Immediately east is the upmarket residential area of The Domain, sitting prettily on a hill with large houses hidden behind security fences and thick tropical landscaping. Forum Secretariat established in 1971 to voice the collective political, economical and environmental concerns of the South Pacific are here. Close by, on Battery Road , is Parliament House, reflecting the design of a traditional bure but made instead of steel with a bright orange roof.

Further east, in Laucala Bay , is the Fiji campus of the University of the South Pacific which has a public library, including the extensive Pacific Collection, for which visitors must pay a $20 temporary membership fee to access. There’s also an excellent University Bookshop. Close by is the National Stadium with a capacity of close to 20,000 and across the way in Sports City is the new Olympic Swimming Pool and Vodafone Indoor Sports Arena.

Tamavua, Samabula and Cunningham
Some of the most expensive residences in Suva are perched on the steep cliffs of Tamavua with fantastic views of the harbour. They also look down on industrial Walu Bay with its ship yards, oil storage tanks and car retailers. At the far end of this gloom are the thick limestone walls of Suva Prison. Across the Queens Road is the Royal Suva Yacht Club, a pleasant spot to have a beer and watch the sun set over the volcanic plug of Joske’s Thumb.

Samabula, east of Central, is divided between the middle class houses along Rewa Street , with the Mariamma Hindu Temple which has spell- binding fire walking ceremonies in August , and further south, the appalling housing estates around Raiwaqa. Cunningham is the newest municipality on Suva ’s northern and eastern boundary heading along the Kings Road towards Nausori. It includes the busy suburb of Nabua as well as Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

Lami Town
Five kilometres west of the city centre along the Queens Road , is the pretty seaside residential area of Lami Town with nice views looking back across the harbour to the Suva skyline. Beyond the town is the tranquil setting of the Bay of Islands with three rocky islets offshore from the Novotel Suva  and yachts bobbing in the bay.

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