Discovery Cruises of Fiji's Remote North
Cruise to the remote Northern Fiji Islands and discover the natural beauty, history and culture of these idyllic garden islands. Our Northern Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise and Northern 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise are both 7 night cruises designed to ensure that our passengers enjoy a truly unique Fiji Islands experience of the remote northern islands.
Captain Cook Cruises has developed these two itineraries for passengers looking for a Pacific Islands cultural experience to islands and villages rarely visited by tourists. On the Colonial cruise you’ll get to experience Fiji’s rich colonial past and on the 4 Cultures cruise, you’ll have the chance to explore the four cultures of Fiji – Melanesian, Micronesian, Polynesian and Indian.
Discovery cruise inclusions
- All meals
- Daily island stopovers & water activities
- Guided island, village & school tours
- Snorkelling & glass bottom boat tours
- Use of snorkelling equipment & gym
- Tropical island lovo feast & kava ceremony
- Child minding (5-9 years) selected times
- 24 hour self-service tea & coffee bar.
Northern Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise
Cruise beyond the Yasawa Islands to the world heritage listed Levuka on the island of Ovalau. You’ll have the opportunity to explore this lovely town steeped in colonial history. See the monument to federation, the Royal Hotel and visit the children of the local school. With its stately backdrop of 19th Century colonial architecture and waterfront promenades, Levuka is a time capsule of colonial rule.
Next we are welcomed with a traditional Fijian ceremony at Makogai Island and a walking tour of Makogai leper colony and nursery, home to giant clams and turtles. In the afternoon, a visit to the local primary school, where the children will entertain you with their song and dance.
Savusavu is the next stop on the island of Vanua Levu, with its hot springs, pearl farms and thriving markets, all perched on an extinct volcanic crater. Then it’s off to Bouma Waterfall National Park on the garden island of Taveuni for a chance to view or hike a series of natural waterfalls, swim in the Bouma Waterfall Lagoon and stand on the 180th Meridian – the arbitrary dateline between today andtomorrow.
Finally, before heading back to Denarau, travel to the northern coast of the main island, Viti Levu, for some excellent snorkelling, a great hike to admire the amazing Bligh Water and a traditional Island Night, featuring kava, meke and a lovo feast.
Northern 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise
Circumnavigate Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island and explore the islands, rivers and rainforests of the remote north. On the way, you’ll discover the four different cultures of Fiji; the Ellice Islanders, Barnabas, Indian and Fijian people.
You’ll go in search of gentle manta rays in their natural hatchery, snorkel on The Great Sea Reef, the world’s third longest barrier reef and travel by tender up the Labasa River to Vanua Levu’s largest town to experience a busy natural produce market and a Bollywood show from Labasa's biggest ethnic group.
You’ll meet the Polynesian people of Kioa Island, originally from the overcrowded Tuvalu, who will greet you with traditional song and dance and a flotilla of outrigger canoes. Next we visit Rabi, the new home of the Ocean island, Banabas, Micronesian people of Kiribati misplaced by the over phosphate mining of the island. And you’ll visit the fishing community of Kia, one of the poorest and northernmost Fijian (Melanesian) islands, where tourism helps to supplement their economy and the children greet you with the biggest of smiles. Our fourth cultural experience is that of the second largest ethnic population in Fiji, the Indians of Labasa. We visit their snake temple and the busy spice markets of this thriving centre of economics in Fiji’s remote north.
Along with these wonderful cultural experiences, you’ll visit remote beaches and reefs, experience a lovo feast, a remote school visit, a Choral Church service and much more on this amazing journey to the remote north.