NORTHERN LAU EXPEDITION

Embark on an expedition cruise rich in cultural encounters and natural wonders. Sail to Tivua Private Island for coral exploration, then delve into Makogai's history and traditions. Vatu Vara offers a majestic summit and unique ecosystems, including the renowned coconut crab. Explore Wailagi Lala's crystal-clear waters and an abandoned lighthouse. Experience the cultural depth of Lakeba and retrace Captain William Bligh's path. Vatu-i-ra unfolds with a conservation park and vibrant marine life. Conclude your journey in Lautoka, accompanied by a traditional Fijian farewell.

highlights

  • Uncover historical remnants and engage in the rich traditions of the local village of Makogai
  • Encounter a majestic summit, diverse ecosystems, and the world's largest land arthropods, the coconut crab at Vatu Vara
  • Visit Mago Island, owned by Hollywood actor Mel Gibson, with diverse and pristine reefs, making diving a must-do!
  • Visit the Chiefly Village at Lakeba on a guided tour of the island, where two of Fiji’s former most prominent leaders and chief are buried
  • Follow in the path of explorer Captain William Bligh who travelled in his 12-foot boat from Tonga through Lomaivit to Vatu-I-ra
  • Experience the natural beauty of Vatu-i-ra conservation park and witness the vibrant marine life

7 NIGHT NORTHERN LAU EXPEDITION

DEPARTURE DATES

April – September 2024

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itinerary

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DAY 1.

TIVUA PRIVATE ISLAND

Arrive at the Captain Cook Cruises Fiji check-in counter in Port Denarau this morning to check in for your cruise. Board Caledonian Sky and set sail over a light lunch as we cruise to Tivua Island. Spend the afternoon exploring the coral gardens, coral planting and clam rearing cages or a scenic walk through the island before enjoying a South Pacific sunset back onboard.

DAY 2.

MAKOGAI

Discover a fascinating piece of Pacific history on your locally guided walking tour through the jungle. You’ll explore the ruins of a former leper colony and snorkel over giant clam gardens in the island’s turtle sanctuary. Back onshore, you’ll have the opportunity to join the island’s church service and be entertained by the local villagers and children with their traditional song and dance.

DAY 3.

VATUVARA

Today you’ll explore one of Fiji’s most beautiful marine parks at Vatu Vara. This majestic island rises out of the Pacific with a 305-metre-high summit, giving it the nickname ‘Hat Island’. The volcanic and limestone island is just three kilometres in diameter and home to both a bird sanctuary and a National Park. Vatu Vara is also home to the world’s largest land arthropods, the coconut crab.

DAY 4.

WAILAGILALA

Today includes a discovery of its seabird nesting colony and marine ecosystem that makes it a nationally significant island. Literally translated as "no water or rain", Wailagi Lala is famous for crystal-clear waters and many say that the tiny atoll is the only true atoll in Fiji. Dominated by a 1909 cast iron lighthouse (now abandoned and reaching some 29 metres in height) the sand island is surrounded by spectacular lagoon and coral reefs. Feel chalky white sand between your toes as you explore paradise.

DAY 5.

QILA QILA & MAGO ISLAND

On today’s visit you’ll encounter hot springs and have a chance to swim in crystal-clear waters amidst a labyrinth of mushroom-shaped rock formations and islets. Spot an endemic Fijian free-tailed bat as you explore and swim through the easily accessible caves.

Enjoy lunch onboard as we steam towards Mago Island. On today’s visit you’ll have the opportunity to visit the cult village, Namalata. The reefs around Mago Island are diverse and pristine, making diving a must-do.

DAY 6.

LAKEBA

Discover interesting historical sites and Chiefly Village on a guided tour. Key figures in Fiji’s political history including Ratu Sukuna and Ratu Mara are buried here as are the remains of the Tongan King and conqueror of much of the Lau, Ma’afu. Next follow the path of explorer Captain William Bligh who travelled in his 12-foot boat from Tonga through Lomaivit to Vatu-I-ra.

DAY 7.

VATU-I-RA & NANNAU-I-RA

Natural beauty surrounds you in this large conservation park where you’ll enjoy Vatu-i-ra island as well as explore the large surrounding barrier reef. The island is a haven for breeding seabirds, earning it the nickname “Bird Island”. Dolphins, whales, sea turtles and more than 100 species of fish populate the diverse marine ecosystems surrounding the island Today we’ll visit the northern coast of Fiji’s largest island Viti Levu for our customary swim, snorkel, beachcombing or possibly take a hike. After lunch we go ashore before we begin our homeward journey. Don your favourite island attire and join all the celebrations of our Pacific Island Night Finale.

DAY 8.

LAUTOKA

Enjoy breakfast onboard as we return to Lautoka for a 9:00am disembarkation. Our crew bid you farewell in song including their traditional Fijian ‘Isa Lei’ as they say ‘sototale’ or ‘see you again’. Transfers will be available to the Airport, Port Denarau hotels and the Port Denarau Marina.

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ALL SUITES FEATURE
  • Sitting area with coffee table, armchairs
  • En-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and/or corner bath tub
  • Heated towel rail, shaver outlet and hairdryer
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Mini-fridge, cabin-to-cabin telephone and safe
  • Flat screen television (DVDs available from reception)
  • Dressing gowns and slippers
  • Molton Brown toiletries
inclusions

ALL-INCLUSIVE

All meals, nightly cocktail canapes and coffee and tea 24/7.  Complimentary house beer, wine, juice and soft drinks are served during lunch and dinner service.

ONBOARD TEAM

Our expanded 10-person expedition team of marine biologists, naturalists, and a dive master provide immersive lectures onboard and guided marine and land-based tours onshore and in the water.

CULTURE

Exclusive shoreside experiences such as a traditional Fijian Feast (Lovo) and cultural performances (Meke) at local villages, visit to local schools, communities and markets

ACTIVITIES

Explore the pristine waters of Fiji, Tonga or Samoa each day with our coral-viewing kayaks, standup paddleboards and snorkel equipment.

CULINARY

Upgraded culinary offering featuring cuisine celebrating the best and freshest Fiji produce and the international fusion of flavours of Fiji.

UPGRADE

Upgrade your experience with a Dive Package and explore the waters of one of the most beautiful places on earth, or a Spa Package featuring a range of rejuvenating spa treatments.

on board
MS Caledonian Sky

EXPLORE THE UNEXPLORED

A NEW ERA IN LUXURY SOUTH PACIFIC CRUISE EXPERIENCES

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MS Caledonian Sky brings with her a new era in high end cruise experiences never before seen in Fiji and the South Pacific. Caledonian Sky is tailor made for the adventurous sophisticated traveller offering spacious boutique comfort with a capacity of only 114 passengers across 57 ocean view suites.

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Her 10 zodiacs and 70 crew are at the ready to create unforgettable uniquely Fijian cruise experiences and offer exclusive access to the otherwise unexplorable islands in the Lau group, Tonga and Samoa.

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Dining is a vital ingredient of your Fiji cruise. All menus are prepared onboard from fresh, local, and imported produce. You can choose to dine al fresco on the deck as you watch the beautiful views pass by or in the ship's Dining Room for a more formal setting. All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert are included and freshly prepared, daily, onboard.

WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH!

We raise awareness of environmental issues amongst passengers, crew and the communities in the areas we explore. With the help of our guests we have collected, removed and recycled a significant amount of rubbish, much of which is plastic that can injure wildlife and end up in the food chain.

STEVE SISSOU

Marine Biologist

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Everything you need to know about the product and billing.

What Is Included In A Small Ship Cruise?

Caldonian Sky may be smaller than some cruise liners, but we’re big on life’s little luxuries. We offer international cuisine with a Fijian influence prepared fresh daily by our team of chefs, a Captain’s Kids Club for children aged 5 - 9 years, plus a gym, jacuzzi, day spa and swimming pool.

Our cruises include daily island stopovers, a big choice of water-based activities such as kayaking, snorkelling, diving and stand-up paddle boarding plus guided island, village and school tours and traditional lovo feasts all included in the price.

If you’re interested in Fiji’s natural wonders, we have a resident marine biologist onboard.

What is Captain Cook Cruises Fiji's environmental policy?

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji is committed to providing world class experiential cruise products that are nature- based experiences with a focus on protecting the natural environment.

Aiming for the best industry practice in all operational aspects, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji will monitor the impact on the natural environment surrounding our sea and land operations and seek continual improvement to minimise environmental impact.

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji will work with employees, contractors, suppliers, customers and the community to achieve ecological sustainability. We are committed to preserving and maintaining the natural environment for our children and generations to come.

Read more about our sustainability, conservation and marine education activites.

I have a medical condition. Can I still cruise with you?

If you have a pre existing medical condition, are pregnant or are over 75 years, we recommend you visit your doctor and obtain advice as we cruise to remote locations. We do carry a nurse aboard Reef Endeavour and our Marine crew are first aid trained but we do not sail with a doctor.

A medical certificate is required for those over 75 years.

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How does billing work?

Plans are per workspace, not per account. You can upgrade one workspace, and still have any number of free workspaces.

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