On this 7 Night 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise offered by Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, you will circumnavigate Vanua Levu which is Fiji's second's largest island. Enjoy snorkelling, twilight swims, and discovering different cultures of the Ellice Islanders, Banabas, Indian and Fijian people. Visiting a remote village school is an experience in itself and you will also visit Vanua Levu's largest town which is up the Labasa River.
You will also be able to enjoy a traditional lovo feast with meke & and island night all in one. All meals, water activities and guided island, village and school tours are included in the price, so all you have to do is relax and enjoy this amazing journey to the remote north of Fiji. Cruising the South Pacific is a great way to explore the amazing island and enjoy the stunning scenery.
All Cabins & Staterooms feature private ensuites and picture style windows.
All Rooms Feature: Private bathroom ensuite, On/off air-conditioning, Internal telephone, Soaps, Shampoo and towels are serviced daily.
Cabin: Open to an inside passageway and have portholes facing the outside. Bedding is 1 Double Bed OR 2 Single Beds OR Bunk Beds. Maximum room capacity is 4 Adults & Children.
Stateroom: Located on B and C Deck. Are bright and open onto outside walkways and have picture windows. Bedding is 1 Double Bed OR 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults & Children.
Tabua Suite: A bedroom with separate lounge, chair, desk, LCD screen & DVD player, refrigerator, tea & coffee facilities and second bathroom. Bedding is 1 Double Bed OR 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults & Children.
Superb dining specialising in fresh local produce is central to life aboard the Reef Endeavour. You will enjoy lavish buffet breakfasts, luncheons that feature fresh Fiji Islands seafood and a la carte dinners with a different menu every night.
Day 1 - Tivua Island: Welcome aboard with a complimentary fruit punch and welcome salusalu (lei) as we set sail for our Fiji Island adventure. This afternoon visit Captain Cook Cruises own exclusive island “Tivua” where you can enjoy a twilight swim, snorkel or relax on the beach. Tonight enjoy our special Welcome Dinner and crew entertainment.
Day 2 - Kioa Island: Kioa Islands are freehold islands populated by South Sea Islanders. In 2005 Fiji granted them full citizenship. Kioa Island was settled by the people of Tuvalua Island (also called Ellice Island) after they were displaced by rising sea levels. Be met by these colourful people in their traditional way and see their vibrant cultural presentation. Snorkel their pristine reefs and dive among the soft coral gardens.
Day 3 - Rabi Island: Rabi Island is the home of the Banabas people from Ocean Island in the Pacific. Meet the people and enjoy an introduction to the different culture and lifestyles of the Ellice and Banabas Islanders. Enjoy beach activities and perfect your snorkelling at Albert Cove.
Day 4 - Kia Island and Great Sea Reef 180th Meridian: Crossing the North-eastern tip of Vanua Levu we cruise west to idyllic Druadrua Island and visit the local school. We then snorkel and dive the world’s third longest barrier reef. The Great Sea Reef’s prolific marine life include extensive varieties of soft corals and fish. Take to the glass bottom boat, snorkel or join the Dive Master for an unforgettable experience. Tonight discover the traditional Fijian culture, with a village sevusevu ceremony, meke and lovo feast at Kia Island.
Day 5 Malau/Labasa, Vanua Levu: Labasa is the largest town on Vanua Levu and lies on a delta formed by three rivers; the Wailevu, the Labasa and the Qawa. Sugar cane is the main industry in this agricultural town. Travel by local bus past the hard wood depot, sugar cane mill. Visit the Hindi Snake temple and see the growing rock up close. Experience the thriving market of spices, fish, poultry, goat and local products. Retreat to the local hotel and enjoy morning tea while being entertained by a Bollywood style dance troop (Indian).
Day 6 - Galoa Island, Yaqaqa Island: Before rounding the western coast of Vanua Levu we spend a day enjoying the beach and marine beauty of aloa and Nanuku Islands and the surrounding cays and reefs. Today is yours to do as much or as little as you like. Swim, snorkel, beachcomb or laze on the beach. Take a glass bottom boat tour or enjoy a cocktail by the pool. There will also be the opportunity to experience a local church service and the wonderful harmonies of a Fijian choir.
Day 7 - Nanunu-i-ra Island / Manava Cay: As we complete our circumnavigation, we bid farewell to Vanua Levu and make the journey across Bligh Water. This body of water is named after Captain Bligh of Mutiny in the Bounty fame. Bligh, through courage and excellent seamanship - and arguable a return of his good character and leadership qualities - successfully managed to navigate from Tofua, through the Fiji Islands to the Dutch East Indies on a small 7 metre open launch. A harrowing journey over 47 days. Our final destination is Nananu-i-ra off the north coast of Viti Levu for our customary swim, snorkel and beach activities. A hike to the lookout offers amazing views of the Bligh Water. This evening wear your sulu (sarong) and join all the celebrations of our Pacific Island Night Finale. Pre-dinner cocktails and appetisers are served in the lounge before our gala farewell dinner featuring the music and dance of the South Pacific.
Day 8 - Nadi: Enjoy breakfast before we return to Port Denarau Marina with farewell Isa Lei, disembarking 9.00am
*Please note* Itineraries subject to change due to weather and other operational requirement.
MV Reef Endeavours small size and shallow draft make it uniquely suited to navigate the sheltered waters of the Yasawa Islands where coral reefs abound. There are big ship comforts too, including a swimming pool, extensive outdoor leisure decks and an embarkation platform with a lift from water level to the main deck.
Shipboard features include a purpose-built conference room and single sitting dining room. The onboard atmosphere is casual and relaxed. Sarongs and shorts are the daily attire for lazing around the pool, coffee bar and sun deck. At sunset the mood changes to champagne and cocktails in the panoramic lounge, as the dining saloon converts to a sea of white linen, a la carte dining and island entertainment.
Facilities: Swimming pool, 1 top deck spa pool & sauna, massage & beauty services, mini gym, meeting room, 24 hour tea & coffee facilities, dive master, WiFi in some rooms and Yasawa lounge & pool deck.
Check In: 9 - 12pm - Denarau Marina
Departs: 1.00pm - Denarau Marina
Returns: 9.00am - Denarau Marina
2016: 05JAN, 01MAR, 03MAY, 05JUL, 06SEP
2017: 02MAY, 05SEP
Children: 5-17 years are charged at the child rate. Children under the age of 5 years are not accepted on this cruise
Excludes: Drinks, optional tours, personal purchases, transfers to the vessel, diving, spa treatments
What to Bring: Soft sole shoes for walking, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, smart casual clothing
Fit to travel: A Certificate of Fitness to travel by the clients doctor is required for passengers over 75 years of age and/or passengers with limited mobility
Operated By: Captain Cook Cruises