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about the cruise

  • Discover islands and reefs rarely visited by tourists.
  • Visit the world heritage listed Levuka on the island of Ovalau
  • Be treated to a song and dance by children of all ages from a local village
  • Snorkelling, glass bottom boat & dive opportunities daily
  • Stand on the 180th Meridian – the arbitrary dateline between today and tomorrow
  • Island Night, kava, meke & lovo feast
  • Departure dates 2021: 12th June, 21st August, 21st December 2021
  • Departure dates 2022: 19th February, 23rd April, 11th June, 20th August, 20th December 2022 or 18th February 2023.

Explore Fiji’s colonial past

Enjoy a truly unique Fiji Islands cultural experience set amongst unforgettable scenery on our spectacular 7 night Colonial Fiji Discovery Tour. You’ll cruise beyond the Yasawa Islands to the remote town of Levuka on the island of Ovalau. Steeped in history, this time capsule to colonial rule boasts a stately backdrop of 19th century architecture and waterfront promenades, including the historic Royal Hotel, the oldest continuously operating hotel in the South Pacific.

Levuka was Fiji’s first capital from 1874 until 1883, but the rugged mountains that surround it stifled its economic growth and when Suva was declared the new capital in 1989, Levuka literally froze in time. It was later designated an historic town and given World Heritage Status in 2013.

Other cruise highlights include a traditional Fijian ceremony at Makogai Island, a walking tour of the former leper colony and turtle nursery and a visit to the hot springs, pearl farms and markets of Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu, all perched on an extinct volcanic crater. You’ll also have the chance to swim in the beautiful Bouma Waterfall Lagoon on the garden island of Taveuni, snorkel off the northern coast of Viti Levu, hike to the amazing Bligh Water and enjoy a traditional Island Night, featuring kava, meke and a Fijian lovo feast.

And when not ashore, you’ll relax in style onboard MV Reef Endeavour, where you’ll enjoy all the luxuries of small ship cruising including fully catered buffets and 3-course meals featuring a mouth-watering blend of international and Fijian flavours served against a backdrop of incredible scenery. You’ll also have the option to relax in the jacuzzi or the freshwater swimming pool, indulge in a massage in our day spa and snorkel or kayak in the pristine turquoise waters of this beautiful island paradise.

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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Cruise Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome aboard with a complimentary fruit punch and welcome salusalu (lei) as we set sail for our Fiji Island adventure. This afternoon visit Captain Cook Cruises own exclusive island “Tivua” where you can enjoy a twilight swim, snorkel or relax on the beach and enjoy our special Welcome Dinner and crew entertainment.

Day 2

This morning we arrive at the port of Levuka on the island Ovalau, situated off the northeast coast of the main island. Passengers are invited to attend a special choral church service with the amazing harmonies of the congregation. Levuka was the first European settlement in Fiji and became the centre of British colonial administration and trade. At its peak over 50 hotels catered to the thirst of sailors in port and the town gained a wild reputation. In 1888 the capital was moved to Suva on the main island, and Levuka’s notoriety gradually waned. Passengers are invited to join an optional tour of this now quiet historic town. In the afternoon we have snorkelling and a shipwreck tour or just explore the town.

Day 3

Start your day at Makogai Island with a snorkel or glass bottom boat tour. In the afternoon join the 1 hour walking tour of Makogai leper colony and clam research station. The local primary school children will then entertain you with their song and dance.

Day 4

This morning we arrive at Savusavu, the second largest town on the second biggest island in Fiji, Vanua Levu. Savusavu is positioned on an extinct volcanic crater. Explore the town and its hot-springs or visit the world-famous Justin Hunter pearl farm. Later this afternoon you will have the opportunity to further explore the town & markets or snorkel with our marine biologist.

Day 5

This morning we disembark on the western side of Taveuni Island - the “Garden Island” of Fiji. The optional bus tour takes you to the beautiful Bouma Waterfall where you can swim and relax in the beautiful setting. After a picnic lunch at the national park, we return to the ship or snorkel & swim off the beach. This evening we will be visiting Naselesele Village to enjoy the tastes of Fiji with a traditional ‘lovo” (earth oven) feast where we share fresh local seafood, meat succulent tropical fruits. Then dance to the drum of the meke(dance) and kava ceremony.

Day 6

Taveuni Island lies on the 180th Meridian, the arbitrary line between today and tomorrow. Our crew will take you to the famous natural Dateline where you can literally stand with one foot in the past and one foot in the future. This afternoon we visit Whispering Tide for swimming and snorkelling before our scenic cruise along the south west coast of Vanua Levu navigating Bligh Water. This evening we have a white theme so join in by dressing in white for an amazing atmosphere plus don’t forget to don your dancing shoes on for the famous Captain Cook Cruises Music Quiz.

Day 7

Cruising south west from Vanua Levu we arrive at Nananu-i-ra on the northern coast of Viti Levu for our customary swim, snorkel and beachcombing or just a lazy morning to enjoy our beach visit. After lunch there is our last opportunity 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

Enjoy breakfast before we return to Port Denarau Marina with farewell Isa Lei and disembarking 9.00am

* 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
  • Captains Kids Club including early dinner (5-9yrs)Captains Kids Club including early dinner (5-9yrs)
  • Transfers at the end of your cruise.Transfers at the end of your cruise.

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

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?

    A small ship cruise doesn’t mean fewer amenities to enjoy. Our small ship includes most of the luxuries found on larger cruise liners, such as sumptuous meals prepared fresh daily onboard, a kids club for children aged 5 - 9 years plus all the luxuries including a gym, sauna, jacuzzi, swimming pool and day spa. If you’re interested in Pacific Island ecology, we have a resident marine biologist on every cruise to answer your questions and give presentations. Every cruise also includes daily island stopovers, a variety of water activities including guided snorkelling, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding plus guided tours and traditional lovo feasts and kava ceremonies all included in the price.

  • What are the benefits of choosing a 7-night cruise?

    The beauty of a 7 night cruise is that it gives you more time to enjoy the full Fiji experience. They say it takes at least a day to unwind on a holiday, so knowing you have seven glorious days and nights to enjoy the best of Fiji means you’ll be fully relaxed by the time you wake up on your second morning at sea. You’ll spend your time strolling white sand beaches, snorkelling stunning coral gardens and meeting friendly Fijians delighted to share their culture and hospitality with you. The key ingredient is time and after 7 glorious sun-soaked days, you’ll be refreshed and ready to rejoin the world when you finally return to port.

  • How customisable is my cruise experience?

    At Captain Cook Cruises, we’re all about customer satisfaction, which is why so many aspects of our cruises can be customised to your needs. In the kitchen, our chefs can cater for most diets and food allergies. If you have a special event, we can arrange your onboard celebration or beach wedding ceremony. If you don’t have much time, we offer a choice of 3, 4, 7 or 11 night cruises. We also provide complimentary pick-up and drop-off at most Mamanuca resorts on Saturdays and some of our Remote North cruises let you embark or disembark in a choice of locations. So as you can see, our aim is always to be as flexible as possible for our guests.

  • How do I know if a small ship cruise option is good for me?

    Simply put, if you have a pulse then small ship cruising is for you. Our cruises are perfect for those who are adventurous but also appreciate relaxation. They’re tailor made for travellers who enjoy experiencing new cultures, new foods and a variety of outdoor activities. They’re ideal for singles, couples and families and for time-poor executives who need a break from busy lives. In short, our small ship cruises are for anyone who needs a holiday and has a few days to spare to relax and soak up the sun. So if that sounds like you, book your Captain Cook Cruises small ship getaway today.

  • What facilities and amenities are available onboard?

    Our small ship cruises offer a wide range of excellent facilities and amenities including all meals cooked fresh daily onboard, 4 levels of accommodation, all with air conditioning and private ensuite bathrooms, free WiFi when reception allows, 24 hour tea and coffee making facilities, a Captain’s Kids Club for children aged 5 – 9 years and a resident onboard marine biologist for cultural tours and eco presentations. There’s also a jacuzzi, gym, sauna, swimming pool, guest laundry, two bars, a dining room and gift shop. Our conference room is within the Reef Room, doubling as a library, a games room and venue for culture & marine talks. We also offer some additional services at a cost including 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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