We have crossed the International Date Line, so figuring out the day and time back home takes some thought! Unsettled weather caused our Captain to cancel the first scheduled port in Fiji, in the Yasawa Islands (which was scheduled to replace our stop in Apia, Samoa).
So, today we are docked as planned in Suva, Fiji’s capital city.
Hmm. Which ship would you rather be on?
We walked along the bay in the tropical heat. This island is the largest of the 800 islands in the Republic of Fiji.
There have been centuries of settlement here by people from all over the world.
The friendly Fijians always greeted us with their word for hello – “bula”.
The Parliament and government buildings
Our destination was Thurston Gardens, which is built on the site of the original town of Suva. We didn’t eat in the Ginger Kitchen, just wanted to pose Hästa.
The Botanical Garden
The Fiji Museum (which is right in the Garden) has an extensive collection of artifacts and historical information.
The last ocean-going canoe, built in 1913
As we walked back toward the ship these guys were organizing a Rugby game in the field in front of the Parliament building.
Someone we met on the street told us the weather had been very hot recently and the rains had poured during the night. But, the rainy morning cleared, and the guests and crew of Crystal Serenity enjoyed beautiful weather today.