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, Barnabas 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 a 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.
The beauty of Fiji lies in its diversity over 330 islands waiting to be explored.
Discovery cruises are designed to offer you an authentic & personal experience of the South Pacific.
Circumnavigate Vanua Levu – Fiji’s second’s largest island – and explore the islands, rivers and rainforests of the remote north. On the way discover the four different cultures of the Ellice (Polynesian), Barnabas (Micronesian), Indian and Fiji (Melanesian) people.
Visit a remote village school, travel by tender up the Labasa River to visit Vanua Levu’s largest town. A lovo feast, Meke and island night completes an amazing journey to the remote north.
Welcome aboard with a complimentary fruit punch and welcome Salu Salu (lei) as we set sail for our Fiji Island adventure. This afternoon we will cruise to TivuaIsland, Captain Cook Cruise’s private island, a great place to refresh your snorkelling or diving skills, enjoy some beach time or kayak around the island. Tonight, enjoy our special Welcome Dinner and crew entertainment.
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.
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 hardwood 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 andlocal 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.
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 Masterfor an unforgettable experience. Tonight discover the traditional Fijian culture, with a village sevusevu ceremony, meke and lovo feast at Kia Island.
Enjoy beach activities this morning and perfect your snorkelling 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.
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 TuvaluIsland (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.
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 CaptainBligh 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. This evening wear your sulu (sarong) and join all the celebrations of our Pacific Island Night Finale. Pre-dinner cocktails and appetisers are served in the lounge before our gala farewell dinner featuring the music and dance of the South Pacific.
Enjoy breakfast before we return to Port Denarau Marina
with farewell Isa Lei, disembarking 9.00am
MV Reef Endeavour is a small cruise ship catering for 130 passengers over 4 accommodation levels. Her small size allows her to negotiate remote islands, reefs and shallow bays where bigger ships are unable to go, showcasing the real Fiji and giving our passengers a true cultural experience.
Originally designed to cater for 168 passengers however with subsequent refurbishment, including the creation of suites and family rooms, the number of passengers on board at any one time is now significantly reduced allowing for even more public area and deck space to be enjoyed.
MV Reef Endeavour offers passengers 4 levels of accommodation with 63 suites, Ocean Staterooms and Porthole cabins. Each cabin is approximately 14 sq metres and features:
Our luxurious Tabua Suites are 28 sq metres and feature all of the above and additionally:
Located on the lower deck (D), cabins open to an inside passageway and have portholes. Configuration: twin/double/bunk triple/bunk quad.
Located on the upper and main decks (B & C), each room opens to the outside walkway and have picture windows. Configuration: twin/double beds.
Located on the upper and main decks, we offer 6 staterooms which can be connected an adjoining door for family accommodation. These Staterooms open onto the outside deck and have picture windows.
Comprising of a bedroom with separate lounge, chair, desk, LCD screen TV & DVD player, refrigerator, tea & coffee facilities and second bathroom. Located on the Upper Deck (A). Configuration: twin/double beds.
Price per person in $AUD. All rates are inclusive of taxes and levy and subject to Fiji Government change. Fares may change due to fuel prices or FJD or AUD currency fluctuations.
Price excludes drinks, personal purchases and optional tours.
Note – Prices here are standard prices.