The Narokorokoyawa Sacred Islands are situated to the north-west of the Mamanuca Islands and south of the Yasawa Islands.
Fiji had no written language prior to contact with Europeans and the country’s history is based on legends that have been passed down from generation to generation. For the villagers of Tavua (who guard and protect the Sacred Islands), the culture and history of Fiji began with the arrival of Rogovaka – a great war canoe carrying the first Fijians – Tui Na Revurevu and his people – to the islands of Fiji. They landed on the largest of a small group of islands, known today as the Norokorokoyawa Sacred Islands. Two of the islands are named after parts of the canoe “Nai Raviravi n uli” (steering oar rack) and “Musumusu Ni Karikari” (cutter for spar boom).
Tui Na Revurevu settled on the largest of the islands, Vanua Levu, and built his fortress, the remains of which can still be seen today at the sight of the sacred village. Navanualevu is the site of the Sacred Caves which became the centre of ceremonies and rituals of the chief priest. Tui Na Revurevu’s sacred pool, where it is forbidden to swim, is located on the other side of Navanualevu behind the sand cay. The second group of settlers realised the Narokorokoyawa islands had already been settled and sailed on until finally arriving at Vuda (meaning source) on the main island of Viti Levu.
Vanua Levu (not to be confused with its larger cousin to the north of the main island)
Nai raviravi ni ui (steerings oar rack)
Musumusu ni karikari (cutter for spar boom) also known as Camel Rock
Permission to visit the islands has been granted exclusively to Captain Cook Cruises. Experience them on our 3 & 7 night Southern Yasawa Island Cruises.
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.Book now
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.Book now
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!Book now
WAYA ISLANDS - DENARAU MARINA After Breakfast, Reef Endeavour sets sail and returns to Denarau Marina at 07:30am for a 9:00am disembarkation.Book now
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