Viti Levu is the largest island in the Fiji group, just over 4,000 square miles. A good and
frequently used highway cuts across Viti Levu connecting the west coast to the east coast
and the island's two major points: The Nadi International Airport on the west side and the
capital city of Suva on the south east coast. More highways are under construction.
Most international visitors arrive in Nadi and from there, they go to their respective hotels and
resorts or to the outer islands. Many of these visitors never get to visit Suva or the rest of the
island. It's worth taking the time, if only to enjoy the landscape, one that changes from thick
tropical rainforests and waterfalls, to dry coconut plantations to steaming pools of water and
spectacular blossoming trees.
Suva, a dignified old-fashioned city, is where the government offices are and where a military
coup took place in 1987 and in the year 2000. Although over 150,000 Fijians live within the
city's environment, Suva has a quiet and laid-back atmosphere, with several mosques, temples
and churches among its colonial-style architecture.