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Yasawa Islands

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About the Yasawa Islands

The Yasawa Islands fulfil the South Pacific holiday dream – spectacular volcanic peaks, palm fringed beaches, coral gardens, aqua-marine lagoons, mythical caves and traditional villages living from the bounty of the sea Over 20 islands are situated in an 80km chain off the north-west coast of the main island of Viti Levu and the islands are separated by spectacular cruising passages. The whole island chain is a cruising paradise with a new island, lagoon, reef or headland to explore every morning and afternoon.

Because of their remote location, the waters are crystal clear and warm, the marine life prolific and the palm fringed beaches long, unspoilt and mostly deserted.

Village life in the islands is very traditional and there are many customs to be honoured. Visitors should be aware Fijians are very modest. Knees and shoulders should be covered, hats removed and religious practices respected whenever visiting a traditional village.

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Accommodation in the Yasawa Islands ranges from five star luxury resorts where international film stars play, to home-stay style villages. A fun and cheap alternative to commercial resorts is the Barefoot Lodge. Situated on the southern end of Drawaqa Island the lodge offers a great way to experience village living. The accommodation is simple twin share village-style bures – basic with absolutely stunning views. Only a few steps from your bure and hammock you’ll find one of the Yasawa Islands most spectacular lagoons where giant gentle manta rays can be found. Meals and showers are communal, and only visitors and staff stay at the lodge, so the customs are relaxed and carefree

Captain Cook Cruises operates a 3 day cruise through the Southern Yasawa Islands, a 4 day cruise to the Northern Yasawa Islands and a 7 day cruise which combines the 3 and 4 day cruises and provides guests with the full tour. Relax on the luxurious small cruise ship, the M.V. Reef Endeavour as you meander through spectacular scenery with twice daily stop-offs to explore the local area.



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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Immerse Yourself in Adventure

We know Fiji.  Join us on a multi night stay on the MS Caledonian Sky 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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Hear what our past guests have to say

It was a privilege to visit a local community and enjoy their local foods

4 Night Yasawa Island Cruise
5th March 2024
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The staff are what makes these cruises so fabulous. The Fijians are amazing!

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