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“Great hike/swim spot”

Colo-I-Suva Forest Park
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Suva
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Take a dip in one of the natural swimming pools, follow a nature trail and keep your ears and eyes ready to spot the numerous birds that inhabit this park.
Manchester, New Hampshire
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43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great hike/swim spot”
Reviewed 28 February 2014

We hiked in to see the falls. The hike in was fairly easy. It rained off and on throughout the hike, so water proof bags for cameras is a must. The bugs were out and about, so bug spray would be helpful as well. It was fairly quiet when we were there, had the swimming hole to ourselves for quite some time. The hike out was a bit steep, but not unmanageable. GREAT way to spend an afternoon. Great foliage and crystal clear water for swimming.

Visited May 2013
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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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312 attraction reviews
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“A Cool way to Spend Part of a Day”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

This park is a great way to spend part of a day! My girlfriend and I visited just the other day and had no problems, nor did we feel unsafe (and we are both rather short, young-looking, less-than-intimidating individuals). If you have at least a shred of common sense (which I understand isn't all that common), you should be fine.

If you arrive early enough in the morning (park opens about 0800), you may have to go across the street (opposite the park gate) and up the hill to the Forest Park HQ to purchase your entry passes. Just follow the pathway to the first building on the hill and shout out (never mind the dilapidated state of the building itself); someone will then provide you with your entry receipt, a map of the park, and give you a verbal description of the trail to be followed.

From there, make your way along the road to the car park (go slow, as there are a few places which a low-clearance car could potentially bottom-out on). The signage at this point is pretty decent and the trails are surprisingly well maintained, all things considering.

Make sure you have decent footwear: there are a number of steep, large steps; some of the wooden bridges and rocky stepping stones across the creek can get slippery. Take lots of water to drink and a snack, because in the forest there is very little wind. While the creek itself can be cool, the hot, humid, thick air causes you to sweat, even if you're just standing still. Bug spray might be another item to bring along, as the 'skeeters can be bad in the rainforest.

Visited January 2014
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cr - usa
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3 reviews
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“FIJI = DANGER”
Reviewed 12 December 2013

Been here in 'paradise' for over a year now. Here, the most dangerous people are the military who exert the will of the dictator. They can carry weapons, and have used them on the innocent public. So if this were to happen to you if you were visiting here should you call the police? Huh!! They rarely respond to any calls, if you actually get them to answer the phone. Besides. police here are subservient to the military.

I went to this park thinking I could get some seriously needed exercise, since night running that I prefer is just too dangerous now. But there are many locals here using this park, and there now seems to be no respect or concern for tourists and their safety here any longer. Money is all they want, and for the least amount of effort or material input. Once I am finished with my business here I will most likely NEVER return. My advice, avoid this country.

Visited November 2013
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Frederick, Maryland, USA
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216 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“If you lke to rainforest hike, don't miss this!!”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

Prior TA reviews as well as the port guide on our ship made us nervous about going alone to this rainforest, so we went with another couple. Evidently, though, security has taken these isolated robberies seriously. Our taxi driver had to go through a chained gate with a guard to get in and then drove for a long ways (walkable, but I wouldn't want to do it), and as we drove, we saw a Jeep type vehicle with guards, so clearly the city has taken this situation seriously. We felt in absolutely no danger at all. Furthermore, our ship offered an excursion there, and as we finished our walk (we got an early start), we saw many, many people. We also saw locals picnicking. All this is to say we did not feel threatened at all.
Some TA reviews also mentioned getting lost in the park. A guide explained the posted map to us, reminding us of the two turns to take. He said the hike is well-marked, and it definitely is! It would be difficult to get lost. Perhaps this, too, has been an improvement since those TA reviews have been posted. To be safe, we photographed the map, and the guide even offered his services. While we saw guides with groups later on, you do not need one. The path is very clear.
Anyway, we got a taxi for $20 (American dollars readily taken) each from the cruise ship, 4 in the car, with the driver staying 2 hours while we hiked. Be very careful! The cabbies are extremely aggressive. We told ours when we were going, and he quoted $20 each for some guided driving there, 2 hours at the rainforest, and a stop at Raintree Lodge afterwards. Doesn't that sound like more than two hours? However, when we returned to the ship, he now told us we each owed him $10 more since he'd spent 3 hours with us and not just 2. We did not have the extra money with us and had to hold our ground, explaining the original agreement. Fortunately, we were at the cruise ship when he pulled this, and not out in the town or countryside. We were able to walk away and go right to the ship. But be forewarned. Agree firmly on the price AND time. We knew one fellow passenger who had the cabbie write the price and time on his arm!! In ink!!
Anyway, once we realized we would be fine following the path and safe in each other's company, off we went! The rainforest hike is beautiful, going past 8 pools, small water falls, and numerous photo ops. The last pool had a rope swing, and many were swinging into the water, the very cold water!! We took our time hiking and spent almost 2 hours, returning the way we came, but you don't have to. At the pool with the swing, you can exit to the road and have an easier walk back to the trailhead and parking area. The hike has some steep sections, but anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can hike this. But you do have to have some fitness. We saw some passengers from the ship bail out on their guide.
If you like to hike, Colo-I-Suva is an excellent option for your day in port or half a day's venture if you're staying longer in Suva. Wear your swimsuit. Even if you don't plunge into that last pool, you still might like to wade in.

Visited October 2013
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Kuranda, Australia
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43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Good birding”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

This is a great place to see some of Fiji's special birds, like Masked Shining-Parrot, Golden Dove, Fiji Whistler and Pacific Robin. Entry is FJD$5 and it's an easy walk.

Visited September 2013
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