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  • Discover islands and reefs rarely visited by tourists.
  • Visit the amazing Bay of Islands – a magnificent location with many limestone islands
  • Be treated to a song and dance by children of all ages from a local village
  • Snorkelling, glass bottom boat & dive opportunities daily
  • Swim in some of the most pristine and clear waters that the Lau group has to offer
  • Island Night, kava, meke & lovo feast
  • Departure dates: 20th October 2020, 16th March, 26th October 2021 or 22nd March 2022

Discover a Fiji rarely seen by tourists

If you want to experience the real Fiji, join us on MV Reef Endeavour as we explore the Lau Islands and Kadavu; a beautiful and remote region rarely seen by tourists. A visit to this region offers a once in a lifetime experience to a select few travellers, visiting turquoise bays and remote villages where they only see a supply boat once a month.

Cruise highlights include a swim at a waterfall, exploring old ruins, snorkelling untouched reefs and getting up close with nesting turtles. You’ll also explore the caves, reefs and lagoons of Qilaqila renowned for its mushroom-shaped islands, and the central lake on uninhabited Vuaqava island where you’ll find turtles, snakes and amazing bird life. Best of all, you’ll be welcomed and entertained by the friendly people of this region and experience a traditional Meke, Sevusevu and lovo quite different from the traditional Fijian feast.

The Lau Island Group consists of 57 islets, of which only 30 are inhabited and if you enjoy getting off the beaten track these islands are for you, with no public transport or restaurants to be found. The Kadavu Group is made up of four main islands, of which Kadavu is the largest. It is home to the Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the world’s largest barrier reefs and a renowned site for premier diving.

Most days offer the opportunity to snorkel, swim and scuba dive the pristine waters of these beautiful islands and when you’re not experiencing all that they have to offer, you’ll enjoy the relaxing hospitality aboard the MV Reef Endeavour. Here you’ll be pampered with most of the luxuries found on larger cruise liners including fully catered buffet and 3-course meals prepared fresh daily onboard, a freshwater swimming pool, jacuzzi, day spa, cocktail bar and much more.

Click here to download the 2019-2020 Lau & Kadavu Discovery Cruise itinerary and fact sheet. 

Click here to download the 2020-2021 Lau & Kadavu Discovery Cruise itinerary and fact sheet. 

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Cruise Itinerary

Day 1

Enjoy an afternoon of beach activities at Tivua Island, followed by a wonderful welcome dinner as you cruise into a south pacific sunset.

Day 2

Take part in a traditional Fijian ceremony at Makogai Island and walking tour of the old leper colony, closed to lepers since mid last century. Snorkel over giant clam gardens in this turtle sanctuary and be visited by the local primary school children who will entertain you with their traditional song and dance.

Day 3

Explore a beautiful beach on the rugged southern coastline of Taveuni at Lavena, hike to a spectacular waterfall and fresh water pool and, enjoy a picnic lunch ashore and a chat with the locals. There is also a guided kayak tour along the coast, weather permitting.

Day 4

Explore the remains of a disused lighthouse and snorkel with the abundant fish life on Wailagilala, the most northern island of Lau.

Day 5

Immerse yourself in the amazing scenery, pristine reefs, strange mushroom shaped islands and hidden caves of the Bay of Islands at Qilaqila, on the northwest end of Vanua Balavu.

Day 6

We will arrive at Oneata where the local people will welcome us at their Methodist Tongan Church for Sunday service. The harmonies of the Oneata choir will inspire you.

Day 7

The ship has an early start today to cruise to Fulaga Island or Komo island. Both are extinct volcano craters and known for their crystal lagoons and amazing corals. This afternoon we arrive at one of the Yagasa Islands, for snorkelling, swimming, coral viewing or kayaking.

Day 8

Explore the uninhabited sacred island of Vuaqava in the centre of a lake, known for turtles, snakes and amazing bird life. You may be treated to a locally prepared delicacy of coconut crabs on the beach.

Day 9

Be welcomed & entertained by the people of Naikeleyaga Village on the island of Kabara or Komo known for their wood turning and Tongan heritage. Experience a traditional Meke, Sevusevu & lovo quite different from the traditional Fijian.

Day 10

Horse-shoe shaped Totoya Island is our destination today. We will visit a local school and the children will surprise you with their entertainment and show you their work. We will also have the opportunity to explore their reefs.

Day 11

We arrive in Kadavu and head to the Village of Nalotu for a welcome Sevusevu then tour of the village where you can witness the making of traditional fishing traps and pottery. The women of Nalotu village still make clay pottery in the time honoured traditional that is rarely seen in Fiji.

Day 12

Disembark at Port Denarau feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to do it all again.

* Itineraries subject to change due to weather and other operational requirements
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ACTIVITIES & INCLUSIONS

  • All Meals &  entertainmentAll Meals & entertainment
  • Daily island stopovers & water activitiesDaily island stopovers & water activities
  • Guided island, village  & school toursGuided island, village & school tours
  • 24 hour self service tea & coffee bar24 hour self service tea & coffee bar
  • Use of snorkelling equipment & mini gymUse of snorkelling equipment & mini gym
  • Tropical island lovo feast & kava ceremonyTropical island lovo feast & kava ceremony
  • Snorkelling & glass bottom boat tours to reefs rarely visitedSnorkelling & glass bottom boat tours to reefs rarely visited
  • Kids Club including early dinner (5-9yrs)Kids Club including early dinner (5-9yrs)
  • Transfers at the end of your cruiseTransfers at the end of your cruise
FARES EXCLUDE:

Transfers to the ship, drinks, optional tours, scuba diving & massage & beauty services.

Bonus Features

  • Swimming pool and a top deck spa pool
  • Massage & beauty services (optional)
  • Scuba diving - certified & introductory (optional)
  • Mini-gym & meeting room
  • Easy access small boat launching plat- form
  • Choice of 4 accommodation levels
  • Friendly Fijian crew with a wealth of local knowledge
  • Mix of both male & female crew
  • WIFI located in the Tabua Suites, Yasawa Lounge, Pool Deck and on the sundeck

About The Ship

MV Reef Endeavour is a small cruise ship catering for 130 passengers over 4 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.

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    FAQ'S

  • What is included in a small ship cruise?

    MV Reef Endeavour 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. If you’re interested in Fiji’s natural wonders, we have a resident marine biologist onboard. Our cruises also 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.

  • What are the benefits of choosing an 11- night cruise?

    Captain Cook Cruises cater for all kinds of travellers, with short 3 and 4 night cruises for those on a tight schedule who still want a holiday. But if you only have limited time available, our 11 night cruise is not for you. This holiday is for those who want to switch off for a while and enjoy the rhythms of natural Fiji, exploring new destinations and cultures one day at a time. No clocks, no WiFi (except when there’s reception) and no schedule other than having a relaxing, interesting and indulgent day doing as much or as little as you please.

  • How customisable is my cruise experience?

    We want you to have a unique holiday with us, so we try to make our cruises as flexible as possible by customising them wherever we can. For example, our chefs can cater for most diets and food allergies and if you’re celebrating a special event, we can help organise it, whether it’s a party or a wedding on a Fijian beach. We’ve also customised our cruises, with a choice of 3, 4, 7 and 11 nights depending on your available time. We also provide complimentary pick-up and drop-off at most Mamanuca resorts every Saturday and the option to join or disembark from some of our Remote North cruises in either Vanua Levu or Taveuni.

  • What happens during local community visits?

    All our itineraries include a visit to a local school and village, where we ask that you cover your knees and shoulders and remove your hat and sunglasses in line with local customs. The local way to cover your knees is with a sulu or sarong for men and women. There is normally a ‘no obligation’ donation box at each school where donations of sporting equipment, clothing, stationery or books are always welcome (no lollies or candy please). If you’d rather not make a donation, another way you can help is by purchasing some of the locally made arts and crafts at the village market.

  • What facilities and amenities are available onboard?

    MV Reef Endeavour offers most of the facilities and amenities you’d expect to find on a large cruise ship. These include chef prepared meals made fresh daily onboard, 4 levels of luxurious accommodation, free WiFi when available, 24/7 tea and coffee making facilities, a kids club for children aged 5 to 9 years and even an onboard marine biologist providing cultural tours and eco presentations. We also have a mini gym, jacuzzi, day spa, swimming pool. dining saloon, cocktail bar, conference room, guest laundry, library and gift shop. Plus some additional services are available for a cost such as spa treatments and PADI diving courses.

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY

All was just excellent, the crew, the guests, the food, it was a holiday in paradise!

Susanne, Switzerland, 18/2/2020
7NC

Great food, love the music, fun and full of exciting activities.

Meli, Aust, 3/1/2020
Day

Brilliant evening. Great crew, very friendly. Sunsets amazing.

John, UK, 14/2/2020

The destinations each day were amazing, the activities were excellent especially snorkelling. I have never experienced such wonderful staff on a cruise before. The food and quality of care from staff was superb.

Paul, QLD, 18/2/2020
7NC

Amazing family experience.

Jope,WA (Aust), 7/1/2020
Day

Absolutely lovely view, excellent food.

April, Scotland, 14/11/2019
Dinner

Vinaka for making us part of your family for the week, I take your wonderful smiles and joy of life home with me.

Janice, Canada, 4/2/2020
7NC Colonial

Loved the snorkelling and the sharks

Rachael, USA, 10/1/2020
Day

The crew is truly amazing, very friendly and welcoming, Everyone always has a smile and is ready to help, loved that! Will miss the team, the food was excellent.

Ana, USA, 15/2/2020
7NC

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All was just excellent, the crew, the guests, the food, it was a holiday in paradise!

Susanne, Switzerland, 18/2/2020
7NC

Great food, love the music, fun and full of exciting activities.

Meli, Aust, 3/1/2020
Day

Brilliant evening. Great crew, very friendly. Sunsets amazing.

John, UK, 14/2/2020

The destinations each day were amazing, the activities were excellent especially snorkelling. I have never experienced such wonderful staff on a cruise before. The food and quality of care from staff was superb.

Paul, QLD, 18/2/2020
7NC

Amazing family experience.

Jope,WA (Aust), 7/1/2020
Day

Absolutely lovely view, excellent food.

April, Scotland, 14/11/2019
Dinner

Vinaka for making us part of your family for the week, I take your wonderful smiles and joy of life home with me.

Janice, Canada, 4/2/2020
7NC Colonial

Loved the snorkelling and the sharks

Rachael, USA, 10/1/2020
Day

The crew is truly amazing, very friendly and welcoming, Everyone always has a smile and is ready to help, loved that! Will miss the team, the food was excellent.

Ana, USA, 15/2/2020
7NC

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