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about the cruise

  • Circumnavigate Vanua Levu – Fiji’s second largest island.
  • Meet the people of four different cultures – Micronesian, Polynesian, Indian & Melanesian
  • Explore Labasa town and markets
  • Snorkel the Great Sea Reef
  • Visit a Hindu snake temple and see the growing rock
  • Snorkelling, glass bottom boat & dive opportunities most days
  • Departure dates:  20th November 2021, 22nd January or 21st May 2022

Discover the 4 cultures of Fiji

If you enjoy experiencing new cultures and customs, you’ll love our 7 Night Fiji 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise. You’ll spend seven glorious days and nights exploring stunning and remote islands rarely visited by tourists and on the way you’ll discover the four distinctly different and colourful cultures of Fiji, including the Ellice Islanders, Barnabas, Indian and Fijian people.

Cruise highlights include exploring the stunning islands, rivers and rainforests of the remote north, circumnavigating Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island, snorkelling on The Great Sea Reef and experiencing the rich Indian culture of Labasa with a visit to the Hindu snake temple to touch the sacred Cobra Rock. You’ll also enjoy a trip to the bustling Labasa markets, a cultural experience that wouldn’t be complete without sitting down to a fabulous Bollywood show at the local hotel.

You’ll also meet the Polynesian people of Kioa Island, who will greet you with traditional song and dance and a flotilla of outrigger canoes. You’ll visit Rabi, the new home of the Ocean island, Banabas and the fishing community of Kia, where the children will greet you with the biggest of smiles. Along with these wonderful cultural experiences, you’ll visit remote beaches and reefs, experience a traditional Fijian lovo feast, visit a remote school and an uplifting choral church service on this amazing journey to the remote north.

And after every trip ashore, you’ll return to the luxurious amenities of MV Reef Endeavour, which include fully catered buffet and 3-course meals, a freshwater swimming pool to laze by, a jacuzzi and gym plus the option of a luxurious massage in our onboard day spa. Your cultural experience will also continue onboard, as you don your sulu on the last night to enjoy traditional song and dance from our wonderful Fijian crew on our Pacific Island Night Finale.

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.

Click here to download the 2021-2022 4 Cultures itinerary & fact sheet

Click here to download the 2022-2023 4 Cultures itinerary & fact sheet

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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 we will cruise to Tivua Island, Captain Cook Cruise’s private island, a great place to refresh your snorkeling or diving skills, enjoy some beach time or kayak around the island. Tonight, enjoy our special Welcome Dinner and crew entertainment.

Day 2

After rounding the western coast of Vanua Levu we spend a day enjoying the beach and marine beauty of Galoa and Nukubobuco Cay and the surrounding cays and reefs. Today is yours to do as much or as little as you like. Swim, snorkel, beachcomb or laze on the beach. Take a glass bottom boat tour or enjoy a cocktail by the pool. There will also be the opportunity to experience a local church service and the wonderful harmonies of a Fijian choir.

Day 3

Labasa is the largest town on Vanua Levu and lies on a delta formed by three rivers; the Wailevu, the Labasa and the Qawa. Travel by local bus past the hard wood depot, sugar cane mill. Visit the Hindi Snake temple and see the growing rock up close. Experience the thriving market of spices, fish, poultry, goat and local products. Retreat to the local hotel and enjoy morning tea while being entertained by a Bollywood style dance troop (Indian). After lunch enjoy a relaxing snorkel or swim off Vorovoro Island.

Day 4

Continuing east up the northern coast of Vanua Levu we cruise east to Kia and visit the local school. We then snorkel and dive the world’s third longest barrier reef. The Great Sea Reef’s prolific marine life include extensive varieties of soft corals and fish. Take to the glass bottom boat, snorkel or join the Dive Master for an unforgettable experience. Tonight discover the traditional Fijian culture, with a village sevusevu ceremony, meke and lovo feast at Kia Island.

Day 5

Enjoy beach activities this morning and perfect your snorkeling at Albert Cove. Rabi Island is the home of the Banabas people from Ocean Island, now part of Kiribati, in the Pacific. The Banabans were displaced by the British Phosphate Commission to Fiji in 1945. Meet the “forgotten people of the Pacific” and enjoy an introduction to their Micronesian culture this afternoon.

Day 6

Kioa Islands are freehold islands populated by South Sea Islanders. In 2005 Fiji granted them full citizenship. Kioa Island was settled by the people of Tuvalu Island (also called Ellice Island) after they were displaced by rising sea levels. Be met by these colourful people in their traditional way and see their vibrant cultural presentation. Snorkel their pristine reefs and dive among the soft coral gardens. We have a white theme tonight 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

As we complete our circumnavigation, we bid farewell to Vanua Levu and make the journey across Bligh Water. This body of water is named after Captain Bligh of Mutiny in the Bounty fame. Bligh, through courage and excellent seamanship - and arguable a return of his good character and leadership qualities - successfully managed to navigate from Tofua, through Fiji to the Dutch East Indies on a 7 metre open launch. A harrowing journey over 47 days. Our final destination is Nananu-i-ra off the north coast of Viti Levu for our customary swim, snorkel and beach activities. A hike to the lookout offers amazing views of the Bligh Water.

Day 8

Enjoy breakfast before we return to Port Denarau Marina with farewell Isa Lei, 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.
FARES EXCLUDE:

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

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 cultural experiences will there be on this cruise?

    Your 7 Night Fiji 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise will bring you face to face with the four different cultures of Fiji. Cultural highlights will include a visit to the Hindu snake temple in Labasa, a trip to the bustling Labasa markets and a Bollywood show at the local hotel. You’ll also meet the Polynesian people of Kioa Island, the Ocean island, Banabas of Rabi, the fishing community of Kia, and enjoy a traditional Fijian lovo feast, a remote school visit and choral church service. And your cultural journey will end with a Pacific Island Night performance of song and dance from our wonderful Fijian crew.

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

    A 7 night cruise is the ideal length of time for those wanting the full Fiji experience, with seven magnificent days and nights to relax and soak up everything this island paradise has to offer. You’ll spend leisurely days enjoying pristine natural beauty, palm fringed beaches and turquoise waters. You’ll also have time to experience Fiji’s rich cultural heritage and to take to the water for a huge range of optional activities including snorkelling, diving, kayaking and paddle boarding. It’s all about time and this cruise gives you 7 glorious sun-soaked days to do as much or as little as you want while experiencing the real Fiji.

  • How customisable is my cruise experience?

    On MV Reef Endeavour, we endeavour to make our cruises as flexible as we can and many aspects can be customised to your needs. Our chefs can cater for most diets and food allergies and if you’re planning an event, we can organise most things from an onboard party to a beach wedding. We also try to cater for every schedule, offering 3, 4, 7 and 11 night cruises, with complimentary pick-up and drop-off at most Mamanuca resorts on Saturdays. You also have the option to join or depart some of our Remote North cruises in either Vanua Levu or Taveuni. So let us know if you have a special request and we’ll endeavour to accommodate you.

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

    The thing about small ship cruising is that it’s designed to accommodate everyone. If you want the luxuries of a large cruise liner, we have them on MV Reef Endeavour. If you enjoy travelling with a company that celebrates the culture and ecology of Fiji, we’re the only one with a marine biologist onboard. If you want a family holiday that caters for kids, they’ll love our Captain’s Kids Club. If you want an action packed holiday with lots of activities, we have several things happening daily and if you don’t have much time, we offer short 3 and 4 night cruises to fit in with busy schedules.

  • What facilities and amenities are available on-board?

    Our small ship cruises are big on amenities with a wide range of onboard facilities for our guests to enjoy. These include chef-cooked buffets and 3 course meals prepared fresh daily onboard, 4 levels of luxurious accommodation, free WiFi when available, 24 hour tea and coffee making facilities, a Captain’s Kids Club for 5 to 9 year olds and a resident marine biologist onboard. There’s also a jacuzzi, gym, swimming pool, guest laundry, dining saloon, two bars, conference 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. Plus for a cost, we also provide some additional services 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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