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  • Explore the remote northern islands from Naviti to Yasawa
  • Visit the famous Sawa-i-au aquamarine limestone lagoon from the movie ‘Blue Lagoon’
  • Snorkel, dive or swim daily in pristine waters
  • Explore the waterways with our kayaks & glass bottomed boat tours
  • Visit a new island or coral reef every morning and afternoon
  • Departs Port Denarau Marina, Nadi
  • Departing 12pm Tuesday, returning 9am Saturday

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A Remote Northern Islands Adventure

Join MV Reef Endeavour for a journey of discovery, as we cruise around the north of Yasawa and visit Pacific jewels like the famous Sawa-i-lau limestone cave and blue lagoon. This 4 night cruise is perfect for those who have limited time, but want a slightly longer break than 3 nights.

You’ll cruise to our privately owned Tivua island and spend time exploring the beaches and coral reef and if diving is your passion, there’s also a new wreck, Raiyawa to explore. You’ll see many beautiful beaches along the way including Drawaqa Bay and Yaqeta Beach and the pinnacle of our cruise is a visit to the world famous Sawa-i-lau aquamarine limestone lagoon, which featured in the 1980 movie ‘Blue Lagoon’.

There are 16 islands in the Yasawa island group, which stretches for a total distance of 90 kilometres and because they were formed by volcanic activity, they are more rugged than other Fijian islands and are renowned for their pristine natural beauty.

The Yasawa’s people are also unique and you’ll experience the best of Fijian culture on this cruise with a feast and cultural performance at Gunu, a visit to a school, village and shell market at Matacawalevu and a spot of crab racing at Sawa-I-Lau.

And after experiencing daily shore visits such as these, you’ll return to the luxury of MV Reef Endeavour, where you’ll enjoy all the amenities of a larger cruise liner including fully catered buffets and 3-course meals, massage services, cocktail bar, jacuzzi, gym and swimming pool.

Our 4 night Mamanuca & Northern Yasawa Islands small ship adventure is perfect for those with busy lives who still want enough time to escape and unwind. It’s ideal for singles, couples and families and cruises depart 12pm Tuesdays and return 9am Saturdays at Port Denarau Marina in Nadi.

You can adapt our discovery cruises to suit your holiday. We can collect, or drop you off, at many of the destinations that we cruise to. Give us a call us on 1300 TO FIJI (1300 86 3454) for more information.

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Day 1 - Tuesday

Welcome to Captain Cook Cruises' private Island of Tivua, surrounded by 500 acres of coral reef this is a great opportunity to practice your snorkeling skills straight off the beach. There is also a volleyball court, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards and the opportunity for a leisurely 10min walk around the island. Tonight join the Captain and his crew for the Gala Captain’s Dinner.

Day 2 - Wednesday

Start the day naturally with a morning swim & snorkel in an idyllic bay at Brothers Island. Savour the bounty of a gourmet buffet lunch as you journey to spectacular Naviti Island. Here is beauty in its original state where you can bask in aquamarine waters along white sandy beaches. Snorkel, swim, kayak, stand up paddle board or explore the island. This evening join the festivities and entertainment of a Fijian Village at Gunu for a traditional Fijian Feast, Lovo and Cultural performance, Meke.

Day 3 - Thursday

Discover the legendary grandeur of Sawa-i-lau and the famous limestone caves at your own pace. Swimming in the cave lagoon is a wondrous experience. Visit to a local school for a memorable experience you will never forget. Snorkel over spectacular coral gardens, swim in fabled lagoons or test your fitness with a climb to the peak behind the school on Yasawa Island. Try your luck at crab racing tonight.

Day 4 -Friday

Cruise the soaring volcanic peaks of the Yasawas and discover a myriad of fish in the coral reef and laze in the warm sands of Yaqeta. Cruise the spectacular channels to Drawaqa for amazing snorkelling this afternoon, you may even see a Manta-ray (seasonal). This evening get your dancing shoes on for the Famous Captain Cook Cruises Music Quiz.

Day 5 - Saturday

This morning we are sail into Port Denarau for breakfast aboard. The crew bid you farewell to the wistful song of 'Isa Lei'. Disembark 9am.

* Itineraries subject to change due to weather and other operational requirement
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Activities and 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 rarely visited reefsSnorkelling & glass bottom boat tours to rarely visited reefs
  • Kids Club including early dinner (5-9yrs)Kids Club including early dinner (5-9yrs)
  • Transfers at the end of your cruise.Transfers 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 and beauty services (optional)
  • Scuba diving - certified and introductory (optional)
  • Mini-gym & meeting room
  • Easy access small boat launching platform
  • Choice of 4 accommodation levels
  • Friendly Fijian crew with a wealth of local knowledge
  • Mix of male & female crew
  • Buffet & a la carte dining, freshly prepared on-board from local produce
  • WIFI located in the Tabua Suites, Yasawa Lounge, Pool Deck and on the Sundeck
  • Complimentary pick-ups on Saturdays from selected Mamanuca Island resorts

About The Ship

MV Reef Endeavour is a small cruise ship catering for 130 passengers over 3 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?

    When you cruise aboard a small ship like MV Reef Endeavour, you get the best of both worlds. On the one hand you enjoy all the luxury amenities of a large cruise liner, such as meals prepared fresh daily onboard, a Captain’s Kids Club, two bars, free WiFi, a day spa, jacuzzi, gym, and freshwater swimming pool. Plus you also enjoy the unique benefits of being smaller, a trait which means we can often go where the big ships can’t venture and experience rarely visited Fijian destinations and cultures. By maintaining strong relationships with remote local villages, we are able to give you a unique behind-the-scenes insight into remote island life.

  • What are the benefits of choosing a 4-night cruise?

    Our 4 night cruise is designed to provide busy people with a window in which to enjoy a well deserved break, without taking too much time out of their schedules. One night longer than our 3 night cruise, it makes the most of each moment, with daily island stopovers, a choice of water activities, reefs to snorkel, beaches to explore and locals to meet on island, village and school tours and at lovo feasts and kava ceremonies. Or alternatively, it provides a peaceful window for you to laze by the pool, sip a cocktail or two and chill for a while in the warm tropical sun. The choice is yours on our 4 night cruise.

  • What is it like on-board the Reef Endeavour?

    Because she only caters for 130 passengers, the atmosphere on MV Reef Endeavour is relaxed and informal and every passenger can be assured of personal attention. The ship offers four accommodation levels and a choice of 63 suites, ocean staterooms and porthole cabins, each air-conditioned and with a private ensuite bathroom. Facilities onboard include a swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, mini gym, guest laundry, dining saloon, two bars, a conference room, gift shop and library and we provide free WiFi when mobile reception is available. As for the crew, the Fijian people are some of the most friendly in the world and you will leave us feeling as though you are leaving family.

  • How does dining work on the cruise?

    One of the most memorable attractions common to all of our Fiji cruises is the food. Our mouth-watering alfresco luncheons, gourmet barbecues and a-la-carte dinners are prepared daily onboard by our team of chefs from fresh local and imported produce and our cuisine is a delicious fusion of international and Fijian flavours. Breakfast is from 7.30am to 9.00am daily lunch from 12.30pm and dinner from 7pm to 8pm. Each meal has one sitting only and table seating is only assigned for dinner. If you have any food allergies or special dietary requirements, these can also be catered for, providing you notify the kitchen in advance.

  • What are the key differences between a 3, 4, 7 and 11 night cruise?

    Our 3 night cruise is our shortest, designed for those with limited time and visiting Mamanuca and the Southern Yasawa Islands. Our 4 night cruise is ideal for those wanting a slightly longer break and visits Mamanuca and Northern Yasawa Islands, There’s a 7 night combination of these cruises and our other 7 night cruises are for those interested in Fiji’s history and culture, one exploring the colonial past of the remote Fiji Islands and the other circumnavigating Vanua Levu to celebrate the four cultures of Fiji. Finally, our 11 night cruise is for lovers of nature and explores the unspoilt beauty of the remote Lau Islands and Kadavu.

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Great views incredible, great cruise, great food and staff

Stephanie, AUST, 23/2/2017
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Beautiful people, beautiful view, beautiful experience

Tyler, USA, 22/1/2017
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Excellent entertainment & cruise. Absolutely amazing with beautiful staff. Had a fabulous birthday

Jessica & Sandy, 15/1/2017
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“ This is our 12th cruise, mostly on large liners and to be honest this is the most fun we have ever had. The crew were fantastic and all the guests got to know one another. We love Fiji having visited many times and certainly hope to do another Captain Cook cruise.

Amelia Jane

Fantastic Day, Great Staff, food entertaining

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Best day on holiday ever! Thank you for a beautiful day in paradise!!

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