Suva’s most rewarding attraction, the Fiji Museum, is set within Thurston Gardens, Suva’s spacious and elegant botanical gardens. If you have even a slight interest in Fiji’s history or want to see some of those wicked war clubs and cannibal forks, then it’s worth the trip to Suva. The museum is neatly laid out with a grand hall displaying a double-hulled war canoe, some impressive 12m-long oars and lots of intriguing daily items such as tattooing tools and wigs. The adjoining gallery maps out the arrival of the first Europeans and includes part of HMS Bounty’s rudder, a piece of eight from the Eliza shipwreck, and a small exhibition on the Reverend Thomas Baker, eaten by cannibals in 1864: don’t miss the gnawed remnants of his shoes. Upstairs, the Indo-Fijian Gallery recounts the history of Indian indentured labourers brought to Fiji between 1879 and 1916. The gift shop on the ground floor has a good selection of books on Fijian history and culture.

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