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.
You can adapt our discovery cruises to suit your holiday. We can collect, or drop you off, at many of the destinations that we cruise to. Give us a call us on 1300 TO FIJI (1300 86 3454) for more information.Check Availability & Book Online
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Before rounding the western coast of Vanua Levu we spend a day enjoying the beach and marine beauty of Galoa 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.
As we complete our circumnavigation, we bid farewell to Vanua Levu and make the journey across Bligh Water - a body of water named after Captain Bligh of Mutiny in the Bounty fame. 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.
Enjoy breakfast before we return to Port Denarau Marina with farewell Isa Lei, disembarking 9.00am
* Itineraries subject to change due to weather and other operational requirement
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MV Reef Endeavour is a small cruise ship catering for 130 passengers over 3 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.Find Out More & View Deck Plan
Great views incredible, great cruise, great food and staff
Beautiful people, beautiful view, beautiful experience
Excellent entertainment & cruise. Absolutely amazing with beautiful staff. Had a fabulous birthday
“ This is our 12th cruise, mostly on large liners and to be honest this is the most fun we have ever had. The crew were fantastic and all the guests got to know one another. We love Fiji having visited many times and certainly hope to do another Captain Cook cruise.???Amelia Jane
Fantastic Day, Great Staff, food entertainingAngie Common, Western, Australia, 7/29/2016
Best day on holiday ever! Thank you for a beautiful day in paradise!!Sarah & Shaun, Australia, 7/30/2016
Fantastic Day. Unforgettable. Li was amazing to us.David & Chritine , Australia, 7/31/2016