Our first ever cruise in the islands of the South Pacific takes place in the magical archipelago of Fiji!
While the Fijian islands number well over 300, our adventure focuses on three island groups – the Mamanuca, Sacred, and Yasawa Islands – situated just northwest of the main island of Viti Levu.
We cruise aboard a small ship – only 68 berths – giving us optimal access to drop-dead-gorgeous coves and islands. Our ship is large enough to pack in luxurious amenities but small enough to tie off to a palm tree! Daily shore excursions take us to world famous beach sites seen on the Big Screen and the Small Screen; we see settings for three well-known shows – Blue Lagoon, with Brooke Shields, Castaway, with Tom Hanks, and the TV reality show, Survivor. The themes of our trip, however, are tasting paradise from our delightful little ship, connecting with the warm-hearted Fijian people, relishing the remote grandeur of a secluded set of South Sea islands, and participating in world class water and beach activities.
Our ship – the M.V. Fiji Princess
- Launched in 1997 and renovated in 2014 the Fiji Princess is ideal for cruising the magnificent Mamanuca Islands, Sacred Islands, and Yasawa Islands. Featuring 4 decks, she holds a maximum of only 66 passengers serviced by a warm and hospitable Fijian crew of 28.
- All cabins are outward facing with two twin or one queen-sized beds, small yacht style bathroom with separate shower, hair dryer, mini-safe, flat screen TV for in-house movies and closet space.
- Public areas are open-air, reflecting the tropical ambiance with a single-seating, open-air restaurant on the Main deck, a tropical themed bar on the Middle deck, and a second bar on the partially covered Sun deck. Plenty of lounge chairs complement the small dipping pool.
- Kayaks are available for the more adventurous.
- The Fiji Princess is committed to be free of single-use plastic. Each traveler receives a free reusable water bottle that is refillable at artisan filtered mineral water stations throughout the ship – water is free!
- As would be expected in the South Pacific, the on-board atmosphere is casual and informal.
- Two cabin categories are available on the ship, Hibiscus and Orchid, but our booking includes a complementary upgrade to the Orchid category (a value of over $400 per person).
- Orchid cabins are located on the Middle and Upper decks and average 14 sqm (150 sq ft).
- Cabin come with a premium stocked mini bar with soft drinks, French sparkling wine, premium Fijian chocolate, and snacks, restocked daily!
- Accommodation for 7 nights in all outside facing cabins aboard our 66-passenger ship, the M.V. Fiji Princess, small enough to tie off on a coconut tree!
- Complementary upgrade to Orchid Decks
- 21 meals – 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners as denoted (BLD)
- Daily mid-day and afternoon refreshments (tea/lemonade/snacks/cakes) while at sail
- Sailing through three island groups: Yasawa Islands, Sacred Islands, and Mamanuca Islands
- Fees for two IVV walking stamps for those collecting IVV walk credit (note: this is walking-lite trip – WAI guides have not conducted on site research and the ruggedness of the Fijian Islands we visit is not conducive to long walks – distances are likely to range between 1 and 3 km)
- WAI guide service throughout
- Tips for off-ship experiences (tips for on-ship personnel not included)
- Pricing is based on double occupancy only. Due to the limitation of cabins, no single accommodations are available. WAI provides a roommate matching service
- Kava ceremony with locals on Naviti Island with local history and legends presentation
- Fijian feast and kava ceremony with locals in Tamusua village
- Sunday church service in local church, a cultural experience in its own rite
- Fijian cooking, basket weaving, and wood carving lessons onboard ship or during island excursions
- Snorkeling opportunities throughout the tour
- Kayaking opportunities throughout the tour
- A variety of South Pacific activities on private Blue Lagoon beach
- Southern Constellation star-gazing that is nearly 100% free of artificial light
- A visit to Sawa-i-Lau Caverns (the film setting for the 1980 movie, Blue Lagoon) with optional cave swimming possible.
Optional Flight & Pre-night Hotel Package:
Once the group is viable, we will negotiate a group flight from California that includes transfers from the airport and a night in a local beach-side luxury hotel. It will also include transfer from the hotel to the ship on Day 1, and a half day visit to Malamala Island while awaiting a late-in-the-day flight departure.
An optional Nadi Walking Tour with Fijian Dinner may also be offered for those on the Optional Flight & Pre-night Hotel Package.