Cruise highlights include a swim at a waterfall, exploring old ruins, snorkelling untouched reefs and getting up close with nesting turtles. You’ll also explore the caves, reefs and lagoons of Qilaqila renowned for its mushroom-shaped islands, and the central lake on uninhabited Vuaqava island where you’ll find turtles, snakes and amazing bird life. Best of all, you’ll be welcomed and entertained by the friendly people of this region and experience a traditional Meke, Sevusevu and lovo quite different from the traditional Fijian feast. The Lau Island Group consists of 57 islets, of which only 30 are inhabited and if you enjoy getting off the beaten track these islands are for you, with no public transport or restaurants to be found. The Kadavu Group is made up of four main islands, of which Kadavu is the largest. It is home to the Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the world’s largest barrier reefs and a renowned site for premier diving. Most days offer the opportunity to snorkel, swim and scuba dive the pristine waters of these beautiful islands and when you’re not experiencing all that they have to offer, you’ll enjoy the relaxing hospitality aboard the MV Reef Endeavour. Here you’ll be pampered with most of the luxuries found on larger cruise liners including fully catered buffet and 3-course meals prepared fresh daily onboard, a freshwater swimming pool, jacuzzi, day spa, cocktail bar and much more.
MV Reef Endeavour is a small cruise ship catering for 130 passengers over 4 accommodation levels. Her small size allows her to negotiate remote islands, reefs & shallow bays where bigger ships are unable to go, showcasing the real Fiji and giving our passengers a true cultural experience. MV Reef Endeavour has 63 recently refurbished Tabua Suites, Staterooms and Cabins. Every cabin type features a private bathroom ensuite, on/off air-conditioning, hair dryer, 240 volt power, international shaver point, Pure Fiji soaps, shampoo & towels serviced daily. Each cabin is approximately 14sqm. Tabua Suites are approximately 28sqm. Staterooms and Suites open onto the outside deck and have two windows.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1: Saturday 22 October 2022 Depart/Denarau, Fiji
Our holiday begins with our flight to Nadi, Fiji. Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel on Denarau Island.
DAY 2: Sunday 23 October 2022 Denarau
This morning will be free to relax at the resort. This afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour visiting Nadi and the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. We first visit the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy time at the fragrant fruit and vegetable markets and browse handmade goods in the handicraft markets before visiting the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. The Garden, which contains a collection of 30 to 40 varieties of magnificent Asian orchids and Cattleya hybrids, was once the private collection of the late American actor Raymond Burr. Late afternoon we return to our hotel. This evening we enjoy an included Welcome dinner.
DAY 3: Monday 24 October 2022 Denarau
Today we will enjoy a tour to the Coral Coast on the south west coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. We travel past sugar cane plantations and spectacular beaches before a visit to Kula Eco Park featuring habitats of local parrots, doves, water birds & reptiles and which hosts the world’s largest breeding program for iguanas. We will return to our hotel mid afternoon.
DAY 4: Tuesday 25 October 2022 Embarkation/Tivua Island
This morning is free before we transfer to the port to join our cruise. After boarding there will be a full briefing from our guide before an afternoon of beach activities at Tivua Island. Most days will offer the opportunity to snorkel, swim and Scuba dive the pristine waters of the beautiful Lau group. Later in the evening, enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner as you cruise into a south pacific sunset. Overnight we cross the 180 Degree Meridian International Date Line.
DAY 5: Wednesday 26 October 2022 Makogai Island
We start our day at Makogai Island with a traditional Fijian ceremony before joining the 1 hour walking tour of Makogai leper colony and clam research station. There will be an opportunity in the afternoon to return to the island visiting the local primary school children who will entertain us with their song and dance.
DAY 6: Thursday 27 October 2022 Taveuni Island
A wonderfully relaxing day as we explore a beautiful beach on the rugged southern coastline of Taveuni, take a hike to a spectacular waterfall and fresh water pool, enjoy a picnic lunch ashore and a chat with the locals.
DAY 7: Friday 28 October 2022 Lau-Wailagilala Island
We reach the most northern island of Lau-Wailagilala today. We will see the remains of a disused lighthouse and have a chance to explore the abundant fish life whilst snorkelling.
DAY 8: Saturday 29 October 2022 Vanuabalavu Island
Qilaqila, at the northwest end of Vanuabalavu, is known for its pristine waters, limestone caves and mushroom shaped islands. This is also known as the Bay of Islands and is famous for its amazing scenery and pristine reefs. We will have plenty of time to explore the area.
DAY 9: Sunday 30 October 2022 Oneata
Today we arrive at Oneata, where the local people will welcome us at their Methodist Tongan Church for Sunday service. The harmonies of the Oneata choir will inspire you.
DAY 10: Monday 31 October
Fulaga & Yagasa Islands
The ship has an early start today is an extinct volcano crater and known for its crystal lagoon and amazing corals. This afternoon we arrive at one of the Yagasa Islands, for snorkelling, swimming, coral viewing or kayaking.
DAY 11: Tuesday 1 November 2022 Vuaqava Island
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.
DAY 12: Wednesday 2 November 2022 Kabara Island
Today we are 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, (welcome dance and feast) quite different from the traditional Fijian.
DAY 13: Thursday 3 November 2022 Totoya Island
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.
DAY 14: Friday 4 November 2022 Kadavu Island
We arrive in Kadavu and head to the Village of Nalotu for a welcome Sevusevu, then a tour of the village where you can witness the making of traditional fishing traps and pottery. The women of Nalotu village still make clay pottery in the time-honoured tradition that is rarely seen in Fiji anymore. This evening don your sulu (sarong) and join all the celebrations of our Pacific Islands Night Finale.
DAY 15: Saturday 5 November 2022 Disembark/Departure
Disembark at Port Denarau feeling refreshed. We will be transferred to the airport for flights to Australia.
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