Embark on a voyage of discovery to a part of Fiji seldom seen by tourists. Discover the remote, unspoilt Lau Group and Kadavu on a voyage to places without postcards, for 11 nights. The schedule: 1 Nov 2016, 3 Jan 2017, 7 Mar 2017Embark on your voyage of discovery to a part of Fiji seldom seen by tourists - the Lau Group and Kadavu.
Tuesday: Set sail on your Lau Discovery cruise. After boarding there will be a full briefing from your guide and a wonderful Welcome dinner as you cruise into a south pacific sunset.
Wednesday: Explore a beautiful beach on the rugged southern coastline of Taveuni at Lavena, take an easy half hour hike to a spectacular waterfall and fresh water pool and enjoy a picnic lunch ashore and a chat to the locals. For the more adventurous there may be a guided kayak tour along the coast to waterfalls directly into the sea (weather permitting.
Thursday: We reach the most northern island of Lau—Wailagilala. See the remains of a disused lighthouse, or go fishing and exploring the abundant fish life snorkelling.
Friday: Qilaqila, at the northwest end of Vanuabalavu, is known for its pristine waters and mushroom shaped islands. This is also known as the Bay of Islands and is famous for its amazing scenery and pristine reefs
Saturday: Vanuabalavu is the largest island of the Lau. At the village of Lomaloma learn about Ma’afu, the Tongan Prince, be entertained by this largely Tongan community and explore the pristine waters.
Sunday: We will arrive at Oneata where the local people will welcome us at their Methodist Tongan Church for Sunday service.
Monday: The ship has an early start today to cruise past Mago, Tavuca and Lakeba Islands to Fulaga Island the area is known for its crystal lagoon and amazing corals.
Tuesday: Explore uninhabited Vuaqava and its central lake known for turtles, snakes & amazing bird life. This is a sacred island for the Fijian culture and there will be an island walk to explore these relics. Please be warned that a reasonable level of fitness will be required as the return walk is approximately 3 hours and quite difficult to negotiate.
Wednesday: Be welcomed & entertained by the people of Naikeleyaga Village on the island of Kabara known for their wood turning and Tongan heritage. Experience a traditional Meke, Sevusevu & lovo quite different from the traditional Fijian.
Thursday: Horse-shoe shaped Totoya Island is our destination today. We will visit a local school and the children will surprise you with their entertainment and show you their work. We will also have the opportunity to explore their reefs.
Friday: We arrive in Kadavu famous for its wildlife and underwater world. The traditional Turtle callers of Vunisea Village will entertain you. The ceremony is on a headland accessed via a rocky incline. This may be difficult for those with limited mobility. Kadavu is the southern-most island in Fiji and has an amazing array of corals and fish not seen in other parts of Fiji.
Saturday: disembark at Port Denarau feeling tired and refreshed. Most days will offer the opportunity to snorkel, swim and Scuba Dive the pristine waters of the beautiful Lau group
* Itineraries subject to change due to weather and other operational requirement
• All meals
• Marine Biologist & Cultural Talks
• Daily island stopovers & water activities
• Guided island, village & school tours
• Snorkeling & glass bottom boat tours
• Use of snorkeling equipment & mini gym
• Tropical island lovo feast & kava ceremony
• Child minding during meal times (under 5-10yrs)
• 24 hour self-service tea & coffee bar
• Transfers at the end of your cruise
FARES EXCLUDE: Transfers to the ship, drinks, optional tours , scuba diving & services.
Diving in the Lau groupOur Fiji Cruises offer dive opportunities at an additional cost for both certified and ‘first time’ divers. Diving excursions are available through the 5 Star PADI dive operator, Viti Water Sports. The following information is provided by Viti Water Sports and subject to their normal terms and conditions.
All certified divers must present an internationally recognized Open Water Dive Certificate. If they haven’t dived for 6 months or more, they will be required to complete a Scuba Review. If you have not dived before you may like to take the opportunity to complete your PADI Open Water Course, please be aware you may require medical clearance. To save you having to study on your cruise, you are strongly recommended to complete the academic part of the course online prior to boarding, at www.padi.com/elearning-scuba-registration, using Captain Cook Cruises Fiji as your training facility.
Dive LocationsDive sites will vary depending on the cruise and conditions. Generally two dives per day are available and are undertaken by smaller boats to access some of Fiji’s amazing dive locations. Swim throughs, caves, coral bommies and breathtaking coral gardens are some of the highlights you may experience. The average dive duration is 40 minutes and most dives cater to part-time or occasional divers. For first time divers, a gentle entrance from the shores of a tropical island will see you exploring the spectacular fringing coral reefs. Dives are undertaken subject to weather conditions and cruise itinerary requirements.
Full dive equipment can be hired at an additional cost. You are also welcome to bring your own dive equipment at no extra charge.
ContactReef Endeavour departs from Port Denarau Marina, 25mins from Nadi International airport, 15 mins from Nadi Town. Check in is between 9am and midday and boarding at 1pm. Please make your own way to our counter. Captain Cook Cruises provides complimentary transfers to Nadi & Denarau hotels and resorts and to the airport at the conclusion of your cruise.
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