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Escape to Paradise - Blue Lagoon Cruise

Categories:

  • Cruises
  • South Pacific
  • Fiji

Price:

From $3,533

Stay:

7 nights

Travel Dates:

Saturday 1st of April 2017 until Saturday 31st of March 2018

Description:

Escape to Paradise - Blue Lagoon Cruise - 8 Days / 7 Nights - from $3533* per person.

Departures: Departs Denarau Marina every Friday at 3.00pm on Fiji Princess. Returns Denarau Marina every Friday at 10:00am on Fiji Princess.

Pricing - valid for travel from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Highlights:

  • See the dramatic changes in landscape, right from the little palm-covered Mamanucas, to the rugged, majestic southern Yasawa Islands to the vivid Blue Lagoon, framed by picture-perfect beaches
  • Visit a remote Yasawa Island village and be part of a traditional kava ceremony, enjoy a meke performance and browse the village market
  • Socialise with Yasawan locals over a traditional feast cooked and enjoyed in their village
  • Be carried away to paradise with a full day relaxing at our private beach on Nanuya Lailai Island
  • Take a guided walk across an island to one of the South Pacific’s most remote cafes, 'Lo's Tea Shop'
  • Learn the Fijian arts of basket weaving, wood carving and learn to cook traditional dishes
  • Get to know the ‘reef locals’ with the fascinating activity of fish feeding
  • Or really get to know the ‘reef locals’ and swim with sharks or manta rays (seasonal)
  • *Dive at some of Fiji’s most colourful reefs
  • See the coral reef without getting wet from our glass bottom boat
  • Snorkel to your heart’s content (we offer several snorkelling trips per day)
  • Sit down to a dinner you’ll never forget; dine on a delicious Fijian ‘lovo’ feast on our private beach under the stars
  • Step ashore at famous little Modriki Island
  • *Catch the big ones on a sport fishing trip
  • Attend an island village church service
  • **Soak up the scenery of the strikingly beautiful Sacred Islands
  • Swim in the caverns of the famous and sacred Sawa-I-Lau Caves
  • For stunning views, abseil down an island to the sea
  • Visit a Yasawa Island village school and meet the children
  • Cool off in calm, crystal clear lagoons, time and time again
  • Laze on the most beautiful beaches and get into the full swing of ‘Fiji Time’

*Extra cost.

Cruise Description:

7 Night Cruise sailing from Port Denarau roundtrip aboard Fiji Princess. A Blue Lagoon Cruise takes you on a magical trip through the exquisite Yasawa Islands, Fiji's finest and most pristine islands. This is the ultimate Fiji experience.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Friday

Bula and welcome aboard Blue Lagoon Cruises! Set sail aboard Fiji Princess and enjoy afternoon tea as we head out from Denarau Marina for the outer Mamanucas. Our first destination is at the gorgeous, secluded Modriki Island. Have you seen the Tom Hanks' movie 'Cast Away'? Modriki is the very island that stars so well in this block-buster! Enroute to the famous little island, settle into your cabin, enjoy a welcome cruise briefing, meet fellow guests and admire the scenery that slides by as we cruise.

Come early evening, as the skies turn dusky, cocktails are served with canapés on the sun deck. Mingle with fellow passengers and look out over the tranquil waters as the sun sets.

Tonight is the Captain's Welcome Dinner, an a la carte menu served in the dining saloon. Entertainment is provided by our talented singing, dancing and guitar playing crew! Don’t forget to wander to the upper deck to see the magnificent array of stars in the night sky

Anchorage MODRIKI ISLAND

Day 2: Saturday

Awake to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and breakfast underway. There's time for an early morning snorkel, swim or wander along the stunning white sands at Modriki Island before 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 they are only gentle reef sharks but they still make for a great snorkel experience! Alternatively, cruise aboard our glass bottom boat to view the reef and its colourful and lively inhabitants. Our knowledgeable crew will provide a commentary on what you’re viewing below.

Back on-board we cruise into the waters around Naviti and Soso Bay. A tasty 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. If youre lucky, a village elder will regale you with tall tales and true of his people's land and myths.

A sport fishing trip is also on offer at this location (optional and additional cost). Try to catch the big ones on the outer reef with a local charter operator and fishing enthusiast who knows all the good spots! Or if you prefer to get under the water, we'll offer diving for both novices and experienced divers (additional cost). There are many awesome dive spots in this area.

Back on Fiji Princess, ease into the evening with cocktails served at the sun deck, followed by a 'Thali' buffet dinner featuring exquisite Indian dishes. Help yourself to the fancy dress box and put on your boogie shoes for some 'Bollywood Dancing' after dinner on the upper deck, complete with Bollywood movies on the big screen.

Anchorage SOSO BAY, NAVITI ISLAND

Day 3: Sunday

Sunday in Fiji is respected as a day of rest so we pretty much follow suit. You can start the day with a cup of coffee and tasty breakfast or get in first with an early morning swim…. or just take it easy with a Sunday morning sleep-in!

There is a special opportunity to attend a village church service, which you’ll find to be a very moving experience. The atmosphere, singing and uniqueness of where you are will provide a great memory to remind you 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. Yum! Basket weaving is another traditional Fijian craft, which you can try your hand at.

We'll anchor in the sheltered waters at Naukacuva and Narara Islands. The islands are covered in dense, vividly green forest, which reaches down to the white sandy beaches. These islands are picture-perfect and are a superb playground for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Sunbathe on Fiji Princess or dive into the waters and discover the amazing colourful underwater world below. Snorkel to your heart's content or cruise around in our glass bottom boat. If you'd like to dive, this can be arranged for you (extra cost). There are many awesome dive sites around!

Come evening sip on cocktails served with canapés on the sun deck. Tonight's buffet has a range of dishes from Fiji along with a choice of European dishes. Bingo will be held in the dining room with lots of laughs and some good prizes! Of course you can always head to the upper deck for a quiet drink or two. Our staff will muster up some gentle tunes to set the mood.

Anchorage between NAUKACUVU and NARARA ISLANDS

Day 4: Monday

Care to help catch dinner? An early morning fishing trip is on offer with the crew. An a la carte breakfast, cooked to your liking along with the buffet of fresh tropical fruits, yogurts, cereals, fruit juices, tea and coffee is the perfect way to fuel your day!

There will be time for a snorkel, swim or kayak before we depart Naukacuva and cruise to one of the most beautiful and remote island groups seen on your cruise, the Sacred Islands. The Sacred Islands provide a breathtaking backdrop and the rest of your day is spent here enjoying these idyllic tropical islands and feeling very special because we are the only ones there!

Say farewell to the 3 night guests and then head ashore to a deserted beach with crew and a picnic lunch. It’s up to you how you want to spend your time in this stunning setting. Enjoy a swim, wander the beaches, kayak in the lagoon and enjoy the feeling of just being in this beautiful part of the world!

This afternoon, meet our 4 night guests and learn the art of Fiji High Tea: learn how to make roti in lolo and enjoy with lemon tea.

Back on-board it's happy hour at the bar, cocktails, cold beers and wines on the upper deck. Cocktails can be won in a coconut bowls competition!

Tonight enjoy the Captain's Dinner welcoming you into the Blue Lagoon family. The a la carte menu is served in the dining saloon and entertainment is provided by our talented singing, dancing and guitar playing crew!

Anchorage in the lagoon of the SACRED ISLANDS

Day 5: Tuesday

Take some last snaps of this spectacular location (but save some room on your camera because we're cruising into paradise!).

Laze on the sun deck as we cruise past several of the larger Yasawa Islands and beautiful bays. Our destination today is 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 Blue Lagoon Cruises very own private beach. Watch as the crew position the vessel right up to the beach and tie her off to a coconut tree! 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, snorkelling, fish feeding, viewing coral from the glass bottom boat or just wandering along to a secluded stretch of beach to top up the tan. We’ll give a coconut demonstration – how to climb that palm, get the coconut and husk them, then appreciate fresh coconut milk straight from the coconut for afternoon tea. Delicious!

Diving for both novices and experienced divers can be pre-booked for this location. There are many awesome dive sites within easy reach (diving is an extra cost). We also offer a number of guided ‘reef safari’ (snorkelling tours) to show you the best spots around the island.

Happy hour is served on shore from the beach bar along with canapes. Tonight is a very special night with a traditional Lovo meal. The food is cooked underground in a specially prepared pit. Watch the unearthing of the Lovo and be tantalized by the smells. The dining room tonight is on the beach under the coconut palms and the stars.

Following dinner is a fantastic meke with singing, dancing and story telling by a group of local villagers, come to share their company with Blue Lagoon guests.

Anchorage NANUYA LAILAI, THE BLUE LAGOON

Day 6: Wednesday

The azure waters will tempt you to an early morning swim. Dive off the boat, head ashore to the beach or paddle a kayak in the surrounding tranquil waters.

Sit down to an a la carte breakfast, cooked to your liking along with the buffet of fresh tropical fruits, yogurts, cereals, fruit juices, tea and coffee.

Most of the day is at leisure here at our private beach. Laze around or take part in any of these great Fijian activities. All of the islands activities from yesterday are on offer again today plus a few extra special ones:

•An easy guided walk along the beach and up over the hill to the other side of the island is offered this morning. The views out across the Blue Lagoon make it well worthwhile. You'll see village gardens, local island residences and arrive at the 'very local' Lo's Tea Shop on the beach! Enjoy Lo's famous cakes and browse the shell market. A water taxi whisks you back to the vessel.
•Basket weaving - make your own!
•A Fijian woodcarver will show you how to carve your own kava bowl.
•Diving for the experienced and first time divers (additional cost).
•A guided 'Reef Safari' snorkelling trip visiting four sites in the lagoon - each of them featuring different and unique corals. Don't miss the giant cabbage!
A delicious buffet lunch is served in the dining bure on shore before it’s back on-board. Fiji Princess heads North to our next destination, the mystical island of Sawa i Lau. Afternoon tea is served on-board as we cruise.

On arrival we set off on a private guided visit to the Sawa i Lau caves. Steps rise from the shore up to the first cave. You can view the majestic cavern from the stairs or take to the water. A short swim through an underwater passage takes you into the second of these stunning limestone caves.

This evening includes a special visit to the village of Tamusua. A yaqona ceremony, a guided walk around the village and a Fiji village style 'feast' prepared and cooked by the village women awaits you. This is not a feast tailored for visitors but one exactly as the village would hold themselves for special occasions. Served outside if the weather is good, you will be Fijian for the night, sitting on mats, eating Fijian village food and sharing stories with the villagers about their culture and their home.

Return to Fiji Princess for a movie night. Pull up a chair or a sun lounger on the upper theatre deck, get a cold drink in hand and enjoy the one movie that just has to be shown on a Blue Lagoon Cruise – the classic 'Blue Lagoon' starring Brooke Shields.

Anchorage just off TAMUSUA BAY, YASAWA ISLAND

Day 7: Thursday

Fiji Princess heads on out of the bay bound for Drawaqa Island. At your leisure enjoy a la carte breakfast, cooked to your liking.

On arrival at Drawaqa, our Marine Biologist will tell you all about the local fish, marine life and the conservation work the Vinaka Fiji Volunteer team are doing in this area. If you are lucky enough to be here during May to October then an introduction to the magnificent manta rays, whose feeding ground is just nearby, will be included. Conditions permitting you will have the opportunity to snorkel with these wonderful creatures in small escorted groups. From October to April a guided 'Reef Safari' snorkelling tour is conducted to see the prolific corals, clams and marine life in this area. This is also a superb dive area and optional dives under expert instruction – perhaps your very first scuba dive can be booked. Certified divers well catered for as well! (Diving is an additional cost).

If getting wet is not your thing two other great activities are on offer. Visit a local village school where Vinaka Fiji volunteers are at work. Or, for a truly exhilarating view, from the island cliff top to the stunning waters below, have a go at abseiling!

Dinner this evening is a barbecue served on the upper deck of the vessel dining under the stars! A special feast and party night is the perfect way to celebrate your time in the Yasawas. The bar is open and our resident DJ 'Fiji Afro Jack' spins the tunes on the upper deck. If you haven’t already learnt the Bula Bula dance you soon will.

Anchorage DRAWAQA ISLAND

Day 8: Friday

An early start for the crew as unfortunately it is time to cruise for home and return to Denarau Marina. Enjoy breakfast on-board as Fiji Princess cruises back toward her home port. 

All guests will be farewelled with the traditional Isa Lei song from the crew, as your exploration of the beautiful Yasawa Islands comes to an end. Vinaka vakalevu and we hope to see you again!

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