Arrived in Suva at 7.00a.m. - had a leisurely breakfast and decided to just walk around the town itself - after all the amazing places we have been Suva was a little uninspiring - but the weather was a lovely breezy 24 so perfect for a long walk. Walked about 7kms along the beachfront past Albert Park, their big sporting ground, Thurston Gardens which is a very nice botanical park lush with flowering plants, shady trees and lily ponds. Overlooking these gardens is the Government Houses which is a very grand looking mansion - over the top when you see the basic homes people have to live in around the place - sadly lacking TLC, many beggars and the beaches close to town were strewn with endless rubbish, plastic bags and bottles. People very friendly and helpful - the markets were a hive of activity - lots of people bartering. Walked past the majestic old Grand Pacific Hotel, a stately reminder of Fiji's colonial past - it is in the midst of a major revamp - has been completely gutted and other buildings added to it about half finished. Had a pleasant visit and I am sure if we had enough
time to visit the more resort islands it would have shown more of the Fiji we expect, but having to be back on board at 3.00p.m. didn't really give us enough time. Now en route to Auckland, seas been quite rough - its been a challenge doing laps on the deck - boat rocking and rolling!!