Cruise Blue Fiji
November 13-20, 2020 • 8 Days • Approx $3900-$4000
Airfare package from LAX available at approximately $900 – more details coming soon!
Join us for a luxurious cruise, as we visit the intimate palm-covered Mamanucas, sail to the majestic southern Yasawa Islands and relax in the idyllic Blue Lagoon, framed by picture-perfect beaches.
Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this NEW 2020 tour! An Early Bird is a $50 deposit that holds your spot during the planning stages of a trip, when we don’t have a set itinerary or dates. Early Birds are always refundable! Details for the Fiji will be finalized soon!
Launched in 1997 and renovated in 2014 the Fiji Princess is ideal for cruising the magnificent Mamanucas 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 2 twin or queen sized beds, small yacht style bathroom with separate shower, hair dryer, mini-safe, flat screen TV for in-house movies and closet space. Hibiscus cabins on the Main deck are approximately 11 sqm (120 sq ft) while the Orchid cabins located on the Middle and Upper Decks average 14sqm (150sq ft). The public areas are open air reflecting the tropical ambiance with a one seat 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. The on board atmosphere is casual and informal.
This is a draft itinerary. Revisions will be made, and an updated itinerary with finalized dates and pricing will be made available!
Pricing is based on double occupancy.
- Accommodation for 7 nights in all outside facing cabins in choice of 2 categories
- 21 meals – 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
- Daily mid-day and afternoon refreshments (tea/lemonade/snacks/cakes) while at sail
- Visits or views of Yawasa Island, Modriki Island, Sacred Islands, Nanuya Lailai Island, Mamanuca Islands
- WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
- Pricing is based on double occupancy. Single accommodations aboard ship may be limited. We also provide a roommate matching service.
- Traditional feast with Yasawan locals in their village
- Guided walk to one of the South Pacific’s most remote cafes, ‘Lo’s Tea Shop’
- Lessons on the Fijian arts of basket weaving, wood carving and cooking traditional dishes
- Participate in fish feeding along the reef
- Dive at some of Fiji’s most colorful reefs
- An excursion on our glass bottom boat, viewing reef life from another angle
- Several snorkeling trips available per day
- An unforgettable dinner – a delicious Fijian ‘lovo’ feast on a private beach under the stars
- Visit famous Modriki Island, site of the movie “Castaway”
- Attend an island village church service
- Swim in the caverns of the famous and sacred Sawa-I-Lau Caves
- Visit a Yasawa Island village school to meet the children (when in session)
- Join a sport fishing trip!
Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5
Scott and Ruth Burk have been leading travelers on Walking Adventures for the past several years, sharing highlights of European and American destinations with fellow Adventurers! Always on the lookout for the best viewpoint or hole-in-the-wall café, they enjoy finding the hidden treasures along those paths less traveled. While at home in the Pacific Northwest, they are passionate about their family, enjoy hosting soirees, and for several years now have helped to raise guide dogs for the blind. They look forward to sharing the beautiful beaches of Fiji with you!
This is a draft itinerary. Revisions will be made, and an updated itinerary with finalized details will be made available!
Click on each day to reveal more details. (BLD) refers to meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 1-Nov 13: Arrive Fiji – Set Sail to Modriki Island (BLD)
After your arrival in Fiji, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Denarau Marina to board your floating hotel for the next 7 nights, the Fiji Princess! We set sail for the outer Mamanucas. Your first destination will be the gorgeous, secluded Modriki Island and location of Tom Hanks’ movie “Cast Away”. En- route, settle into your cabin, enjoy a welcome cruise briefing along with English tea and snacks, meet fellow guests and admire the scenery that slides by as we cruise. On arrival you will have time to explore this little island and take your first dip in the warm waters. Back on board, cocktails are served with canapés on the sun deck. Mingle with your fellow passengers and look out over the tranquil waters as the sun sets. Tonight is the Captain’s Welcome Dinner, with entertainment provided by our crew! Don’t forget to wander to the upper deck to see the magnificent array of stars in the night sky.
Day 2-Nov 14: Soso Bay, Naviti Island (BLD)
Awake to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and breakfast underway as we set sail for the southern Yasawa Islands. Late morning, we take you on a bit of an adventure… we have a very special location where the brave will get to swim with reef sharks! Of course these are gentle reef sharks but they still make for a great snorkel experience! Back on-board we cruise into the waters around Naviti and Soso Bay. A tasty buffet lunch is served on-board before heading ashore for a visit to the chiefly village of Soso. You’ll be welcomed in traditional fashion with a kava ceremony, before being shown through the village. Late afternoon there will be a presentation on the local history and legends, giving an insight into early Yasawan life. Back on the Fiji Princess, ease into the evening with cocktails served at the sun deck, followed by a ‘Thali’ buffet dinner featuring exquisite Indian dishes. After dinner, join in a ‘Bollywood Dancing’ lesson on the sun deck!
Day 3-Nov 15: Naukacuva and Narara Islands (BLD)
This morning we have a special opportunity to attend a village church service, and learn more of the wonderful people of Fiji. Lunch is served on board as we cruise to our next slice of paradise, not far away. You can partake in a Fijian cooking lesson and help prepare a tasty Fijian fish-dish, “Kokoda”.
In the afternoon anchor in the sheltered waters of Naukacuva and Narara Islands, picture-perfect for a lazy afternoon. Sunbathe on the Fiji Princess or dive into the waters and discover the amazing colorful underwater world below. Tonight’s buffet dinner has a range of dishes from Fiji along with a choice of European favorites.
Day 4-Nov 16: Sacred Islands – Yalobi Bay (BLD)
In the morning join the crew for a finger fishing trip or snorkel, swim or kayak before departing to one of the most beautiful and remote island groups the Sacred Islands.* The location for the filming of the popular “Survivor” series, the Sacred Islands provide a breathtaking backdrop for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, especially since we’ll be the only ones here! A picnic lunch will be provided by your crew beachside along with afternoon scones and tea. Back on board it’s happy hour at the bar followed by another festive Captain’s dinner.
*Depending on seasonal weather conditions, an alternate stop may replace the Sacred Islands.
Day 5-Nov 17: Nanuya Lailai (BLD)
Laze on the sun deck as we sail on to the famed Blue Lagoon. This superb stretch of water is circled by islands, creating a lagoon that is filled with fascinating coral reefs easily seen from the surface of the crystal clear waters. One of those islands, Nanuya Lailai, is home to a private beach. Lunch is served on-board, whilst on shore our private ‘Fiji style beach club’ awaits, along with sun loungers, onshore massage, a bar and beach volleyball.
You’ll have plenty of time for swimming, snorkeling, fish feeding, viewing coral from the glass bottom boat or just wandering along to a secluded stretch of beach. Our crew will teach you basket weaving and give you a coconut demonstration – how to climb the palm tree, get the coconuts and husk them, then enjoy fresh coconut milk straight from the coconut for afternoon tea.
Diving for both novices and experienced divers can be pre-booked for this location or you can join our crew for a guided ‘reef safari’ snorkeling tour! Happy hour is served on shore from our beach bar along with canapes followed by the unveiling of a traditional Lovo meal where the food is cooked underground in a specially prepared pit. Our dining room tonight is on the beach under the coconut palms and the stars. Our day ends on a high note with a “Meke” show, featuring singing, dancing and story-telling performed by a group of local villagers.
Day 6-Nov 18: Tamusua Bay, Yasawa Island (BLD)
The morning is at leisure at our private beach. Dive, snorkel and swim, or join our Cruise Manager for a leisurely hike along the beach and up over the hill to the other side of the island where you will marvel at views across the Blue Lagoon before arriving to the ‘very local’ Lo’s Tea Shop on the beach! Enjoy Lo’s famous cakes and browse the shell market prior to returning to the ship via our water taxis. During lunch, sail on to our next destination, the island of Sawa-I-Lau, the location where Blue Lagoon was filmed, where we’ll visit the subterranean pools of the Sawa-I-Lau Caverns. You can view the majestic caverns from the stairs or take to the water. A short swim through an underwater passage will take us into the second of these stunning limestone caves for further views! This evening, cross the bay for a special visit to the village of Tamusua. A “yaqona” (kava) ceremony, a guided walk around the village and an authentic Fijian village style ‘feast’ prepared and cooked by the locals awaits. We’ll relax on mats as we enjoy our Fijan meal, hearing more about the villagers’ culture and home.
Day 7-Nov 19: Drawaqa Island (BLD)
Fiji Princess heads on out of the bay bound for Drawaqa Island. On arrival, our Marine Biologist will tell you all about the local fish, marine life and the conservation work of the Vinaka Fiji Volunteers. A guided ‘Reef Safari’ snorkeling tour is conducted to see the prolific corals, clams and marine life in this area. If getting wet is not your thing enjoy a visit to a local village school (when in session) or, for a truly exhilarating experience have a go at abseiling! Our final farewell dinner this evening is a barbecue served on the upper deck dining under the stars, where a special feast is the perfect way to celebrate our time in the Yasawas. The bar will be open as our resident DJ ‘Fiji Afro Jack’ spins the tunes on the upper deck, and you can try your hand at the “Bula Bula” dance, if you haven’t already!
Day 8-Nov 20: Depart Fiji (B)
Enjoy your final breakfast on-board as the Fiji Princess cruises back toward her home port. All guests will be fare-welled with the traditional Isa Lei song from the crew, as your exploration of the beautiful islands of Fiji comes to an end. “Vinaka vakalevu” (Thank you very much) and we hope to see you again! “Moce” (Goodbye!).
How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?
Call or mail in your refundable $50 Early Bird deposit to reserve a spot on this tour! We’ll take approximately 28 travelers on this tour, accompanied by 2 Walking Adventures guides, offering a guide to traveler ratio of 1:14.
What’s an Early Bird? Early Bird deposits are refundable $50 deposits which serve to hold your spot on a tour until dates and pricing have been confirmed. Once all details on a tour have been finalized, travelers can then register with an additional $450 deposit to bring their total on a tour up to $500.
No Traveler Discounts are available for this tour.
How is Airfare arranged?
Travelers fly into and out of Nadi International Airport. More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be available after this tour has been finalized.
What happens next?
We are currently finalizing the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.
If you have Early Birded with a refundable $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register with an additional $450 fee, bringing your deposit on tour up to $500. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.