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Although you could easily spend several days poking around the capital, most visitors come here for only a day, usually on one of the guided tours from Nadi or the Coral Coast. That's enough time to see the city's highlights, particularly if you make the walking tour described below.

Sitting on a ridge about 1km (1/2 mile) southeast of downtown, the Parliament of Fiji, Battery Road off Vuya Road (tel. 330 5811), resides under a modern shingle-covered replica of a traditional Fijian roof. Parliament has not convened here since the 2006 coup, so call the main number or check with the Fiji Visitors Bureau before your visit.

Colo-I-Suva Forest Park -- At an altitude of 121 to 182m (400-600 ft.), Colo-I-Suva Forest Park, on the Prince's Road 11km (6 1/2 miles) from downtown Suva (tel. 332 0211), provides a cool, refreshing respite from the heat -- if not the humidity -- of the city below. You can hike the system of trails through the heavy indigenous forests and stands of mahogany to one of several lovely waterfalls that cascade into swimming holes. Bring walking shoes with good traction because the trails are covered with gravel or slippery soapstone. The park is open daily 8am to 4pm. Admission is F$5 (US$3.20/£1.70). Take a taxi or the Sawani bus, which leaves Suva Municipal Market every 30 minutes. Do not leave valuables unattended in your vehicle or anywhere else.

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