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Fiji Islands

Fiji lies in the middle of the South Pacific, 2,000km north of New Zealand and 4,700km east of Australia and 5,000km south of Hawaii. The climate is tropical with warm dry winters (average 84ºF or 29ºC) and hot wet summers (average 88ºF or 31ºC). In the winter the evening breeze can be cool so it is best to bring a light wrap

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About Fiji

The Fiji Islands are made up of over 330 islands, which are mostly uninhabited

With over 4000 square miles of coral reef, Fiji offers unparalleled marine biodiversity and is considered the soft coral capital of the world. Moderate water temperature makes for year-round swimming and snorkelling and the water visibility, particularly around the smaller islands and away of the main island is a photographers dream.

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The Fijian People

The population of Fiji is approximately one million and is made up of 50% native Fijians, 45% Indo-Fijians and 5% European, Chinese and other islanders. 70% of the population live on the main island, Vitu Levu.

Fijian lifestyle is a relaxed combination of traditional culture and a strong belief in the family and community and you’ll find that the Fijian people are modest with an irresistible friendly warmth, and the biggest smiles in all of the Pacific.

Despite Fiji’s history of peaceful political coups, day to day living in Fiji towns and the tourist hubs is mostly unaffected by political events

The most popular religions are Methodist and Hindu followed by Muslim and Catholic

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Main Island - Viti Levu

Viti Levu is Fiji’s main island which is 146kms long and 106kms wide and is where 70% of the Fijian population live. It is the third largest island in the Pacific – only New Caledonia and the Big Island of Hawaii are larger.

The capital and administrative centre of Vitu Levu is Suva, which is located on the south coast with an international airport.

Most tourists enter Fiji in Nadi which is located on the west coast near Port Denerau. From here, guests can make their way to the beautiful Yasawa Islands that have made Fiji famous.

The main island resorts located on the Coral Coast are also easily accessible from Nadi

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Mamanuca Islands

Due to their proximity to Nadi, the Mamanuca Islands are popular day trip destinations for guests staying on the mainland and many of the island resorts are well established with bars, motorised water sports, restaurants and nightlife.

Some of the islands are famous backpacker destinations where the party continues all night long, while others, like our own Tivua Island, are small coral fringed islands that can privately booked for parties or as a romantic overnight hideaway for two.

Between the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands lie the Sacred Islands -celebrated as the birth place of Fiji

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The Sacred Islands

Located between the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands are the Narokorokoyawa Sacred Islands.

The 5 islands that make up The Sacred Islands are beautiful beyond belief and are also considered to be the birthplace of Fijian culture. Visitors will be delighted with the spectacular scenery aquamarine lagoons, coral gardens and unspoilt beaches and get to experience a Sevusevu (gift giving ceremony) to pay tribute to the forefathers of Fiji.

Captain Cook Cruises exclusively have permission to visit the islands and guests can visit on our 3 and 7 night Yasawa Island Cruises.

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The Yasawa Islands

The Yasawa Islands lie off the north-west coast of the main island Viti Levu and stretch for approximately 80 kilometres.

The island chain consists of approximately 20 volcanic islands offering spectacular cruising passages and sheltered lagoons. The islands are situated well away from the main island, Vitu Levu and here you’ll find crystal clear and warm waters, long and mostly deserted palm fringed beaches and prolific marine life to snorkel and dive amongst.

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji offers 3, 4 and 7 day small ship cruises around the Yasawa Islands and can arrange transfers and collections for guests who wish to stay at the local resorts.

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Northern Fiji

To the north of the main island lies Fiji’s next two largest islands – Vanua Levu and Taveuni. These islands are far less commercialised than the main island and access to these islands is either by local air operators from Nadi or Suva or on special Northern Fiji Cruises departing from Denarau.

Savusavu on Vanua Levu is famous for its hot springs and pearl farms and hot spring markets, while Taveuni lies on the 180th Meridian and boasts the spectacular Bourma Waterfall and national parks.

Captain Cook Cruises offers a choice of two 7 night cruises to the remote north of Fiji – the Colonial Cruise and the 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise.

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Levaku - Ovalau Island

Levuka lies on the island of Ovalau, off the north-east coast of the main island and is Fiji’s first world heritage listed site.

Historic Levuka was the first European settlement in Fiji and became the centre of British colonial administration and trade. The town is famous for its stately backdrop of 19th Century colonial architecture and waterfront promenades

Access to Levuka is by local air operators from Suva or explore the area on one of our cruises.

Experiences

CRUISE ITINERARY

Day 1 - Saturday

NUKU-I-MANA Welcome Aboard!  Set sail over lunch through the beautiful Mamanuca islands past many famous resorts collecting some additional passengers, before arriving for a snorkel from a sand cay and discover the vista of a South Pacific sunset.  Tonight book your preferred time early for our a-la-carte Dinner.

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Day 2 - Sunday

MONURIKI – MONU BAY Reef Endeavour cruises to idyllic Monoriki where Tom Hanks’ Castaway was filmed. Explore this natural film set on a guided kayak tour and explore idyllic Monu Island for snorkelling before a special village choral service.  The beautiful harmonies of the village choir will simply delight you.  This evening join the entertainment of our Sunday Show.

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Day 3 - Monday

SACRED ISLANDS - WAYA ISLANDS The Sacred Island is a place beautiful beyond belief.  Legends tell of the great war canoe `Rogoboka' which landed here with the first Fijians.  On arrival the ship's crew pay tribute to the forefathers of Fijian culture and perform the Sevusevu (gift giving) ceremony.  Spend a magical morning swimming in the aquamarine lagoons, snorkelling in spectacular coral gardens, beach combing or coral viewing from the glass bottom boat. Over lunch cruise to the Southern Yasawa islands.  Enclosed by towering volcanic peaks and palm fringed beaches, Waya Island is a tropical paradise.  Visit a local school this afternoon and a village and shell market. The fit will also have a chance to climb to the peak of Waya for amazing views.  Don your favourite island attire for Pacific Island night tonight!

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Day 4 - Tuesday

WAYA ISLANDS - DENARAU MARINA After Breakfast, Reef Endeavour sets sail and returns to Denarau Marina at 07:30am for a 9:00am disembarkation.

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We know Fiji.  Join us on a multi night stay on Reef Endeavour or one of our gorgeous sailing vessels for private island day excursion or a dinner cruise. Snorkel, dive, hike, paddle, visit a village or just laze around and read a book. Be as active or relaxed as you like, the choice is yours.

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