Hawaii & South Pacific Cruises
(Fiji Islands Cruise)
The itinerary for a classic expedition cruise of Fiji is ever-evolving, as your crew expands, tweaks, and fine-tunes the onboard experience to show you the absolute best activities, island tours, dive and snorkel sites, and cultural experiences the South Pacific has to offer. The expeditions, which launch weekly, have a common structure to them—outlined below—but each outing has its own unique rhythm and flow. A spontaneous invitation from a local villager, dolphin or whale sighting, discovery of an unexplored dive site, or rumor of some killer waves the next break over can set you moving in exciting and unforeseen new directions.
Experience true cultural immersion as you see authentic cultural performances, visit local schoolhouses, and talk history with village elders. Be amazed with unrivaled snorkeling or scuba as you dive in the clearest waters you can imagine, with dramatic underwater topography, stunning biodiversity and a dizzying array of creatures both great and small. Find exhilarating adventures as you take to hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, snorkeling, scuba (optional), and visiting remote villages.
weekly cruise departures every Monday, year-round
A private transfer between Nadi and the airport is provided .
The Fiji Orchid hotel is located 25 minutes drive north of Nadi International Airport and 10 minutes south of Lautoka. The setting is stunning — in a tropical environment in the foothills of the volcanic Nausori Highlands and close to Saweni Beach, one of Fiji's most beautiful stretches of sand and sea. The highlight, however, is the property's own surroundings — in five acres of tropical gardens that showcase an extraordinary number and variety of magnificent orchids. With only six villas, Fiji Orchid is very private and exclusive. The property incorporates a restaurant, bar and lounge area, a boutique and a large swimming pool.
Your full-day private guided tour today begins with a pickup from your hotel, followed by a drive along the beautiful south shore of Viti Levu. Past the wonderful pine forest and palm bordered coves to Navua, starting point of your Trip to the Namosi Highlands. Arriving at the small village Navua, change from the climated bus into a traditional long boat, which takes you upstream to a tiny Fiijan village (about 20 minutes journey time), where you experience a kind traditional greeting. You take part in a Kava-Ceremony which will cordially affiliate you into the village community. Listen to the tales of the villagers when they are telling you about their forefathers who were famous in the time of cannibalism and watch women by the assembling of mats. The children of the village will maybe take you by surprise with a song. After the delicious included Lovo-Lunch (earth oven) the tour leads you further upstream by boat to the waterfalls where you can take a refreshing bath. On the way back the long boats will be changed into the traditional means of transport of the Fijian – the Bilibli (bamboo float). Have fun cruising down the river. Enjoy the heavenly quietness and the unique nature along the river, which provided as a spectecular backdrop for Hollywood movies a several times. Conclude your day with a return transfer to the hotel.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Take a stunning coastal drive from Savusavu to Natewa Bay, where you’ll board your ship, drop your gear off in your cabin and nibble on locally-sourced snacks while receiving a foot massage. Jump in for a quick swim, snorkel or scuba dive* (not included) and, after lunch, kayak along the protected, completely undeveloped coastline of Natewa Bay, the second largest bay in the southern hemisphere. Back aboard, you'll raise sail with the sunset at your back.
To include scuba diving in your itinerary, please contact us for pricing.
Take a flight from Nadi Airport to Savu Savu.
The 24-guest A/S Tui Tai is an adventure-class luxury vessel, ideal for your cruise of paradise. With all-new guest accommodations, all cabins/staterooms have private bathroom/shower, hot water, air-conditioning, ocean-view windows, hair dryers, and nightly turndown service. Onboard features include a sun deck with day beds, an onboard spa, private cabanas, an outside kitchen and bar area, new adventure gear (Kona Mountain Bikes, Perception Kayaks, ScubaPro dive/snorkel gear), and Cultural and Marine environment experts to provide evening presentations.
Start your day with a snorkel or dive* (not included) with 5-15 giant manta rays. These graceful creatures gather at a confluence of currents that bring them their breakfast. Watch as they glide effortlessly around you. Then, we head ashore to visit with Rabi’s Micronesian people, hearing their stories, experiencing their culture and marveling at their elaborate and powerful dances. From their Tabiang settlement, hike up the island’s gentle slope to visit school children while taking in sweeping vistas of the Tunuloa Peninsula and mouth of Natewa Bay. Relax on white sand beaches before you are served dinner at surf’s edge like a true Pacific Islander—complete with underground oven.
Today has various instances (Manta Rays, Little Rainbow Reef, Dolphin Bay, Dolphin Bay night dive), all of them optional, and all of which can be added to your itinerary. Please contact us for pricing.
After breakfast, you hike along the coast to the frontier-like outpost of Somosomo, crossing over the International Dateline en route to Waitavala, where you’ll slide down a series of naturally occurring waterslides and pools. Divers* (not included) and snorkelers, explore Rainbow Reef, where byzantine coral gardens and walls will amaze. Take your lunch onboard Tui Tai as you sail across the Somosomo Strait to Kioa Island, visiting the island’s master craftspeople and fishers before they present a traditional “Fatele” performance, showcasing Polynesian ancestry.
Please contact us for pricing if you would like to add scuba diving to your itinerary. Today's opportunities are Great White Wall, Rainbow's End, Jerry's Jelly, and a night dive at Black Magic.
With the main islands in behind you, you'll anchor among the Ringgold Atolls, surrounded by a barrier reef that creates a tranquil lagoon teeming with life and vibrant color. Here you'll do a guided snorkel trip of "Wall Street". On Cobia, hike to the volcanic island’s summit along natural tree root steps, then explore the crater’s mystic lagoon on kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Throughout the day, you can dive* (not included) in waters with visibility exceeding 120 feet, picnic on remote island beaches and savor a massage in the mobile island spa* (not included).
Today you arrive at Taveuni, Fiji’s “garden island” and home to the Bouma National Heritage Park, one of the region’s greatest conservation sites and ecotourism destinations. Hike along Bouma Road, passing villagers en route to the park. Once there, simply relax in lush rainforests, enjoy a massage* (not included) in front of roaring waterfalls and swim around the huge, serene pool. In the afternoon, visit the villagers of Wiwi and enjoy their Melanesian cultural performance.
Multiple opportunities for optional scuba diving present themselves today. Please contact your travel consultant for pricing.
This morning you'll disembark from your cruise vessel in Taveuni.
A shared transfer from the port this morning will be your final opportunity to bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
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