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Busy day in the city

Shalveen Chand
Monday, January 06, 2014

IT was a busy day for Suva with about 5000 tourists disembarking off two cruise liners yesterday.

Taxis, tour operators and the police were kept busy with the visitors opting to make the most of their 12-hour stop in the capital.

David Burton and his 12 family members from the Gold Coast in Australia specifically took the cruise because this time around there was a stopover in Fiji.

"This is our first time in Fiji and we love it.

"It's awesome weather, friendly people and a bit laid back, I like that," he said.

"I just wish we had come yesterday (Saturday), I wanted to see the fish market but even then, I am sure I will get to sink my teeth in some Fijian food."

The Museum and Thurston Garden came alive with activities as well.

Ian Vernables from Queensland admitted that the botanical gardens had a serene feeling.

Meanwhile, there were those who took to the cool fresh water pools in Colo-i-Suva.

Park ranger Ilikeni Toma said 10 buses and several minibuses and taxis had been to the pool yesterday with tourists.

"It has been a very busy weekend for us. I have been here since 7am," he said.

"It's a hot day and I think most of the tourists want to take a dip.

"We, the rangers have been guiding them on which track to take.

"It's been fun for us as well."