Enjoy a truly unique Fiji Islands cultural experience set amongst unforgettable scenery on our spectacular 7 night Remote North Discovery Cruise. You’ll cruise beyond the Yasawa Islands to the remote town of Levuka on the island of Ovalau. Steeped in history, this time capsule to colonial rule boasts a stately backdrop of 19th-century architecture and waterfront promenades, including the historic Royal Hotel, the oldest continuously operating hotel in the South Pacific.
Levuka was Fiji’s first capital from 1874 until 1883, but the rugged mountains that surround it stifled its economic growth and when Suva was declared the new capital in 1989, Levuka literally froze in time. It was later designated a historic town and given World Heritage Status in 2013.
Other cruise highlights include a traditional Fijian ceremony at Makogai Island, a walking tour of the former leper colony and turtle nursery and a visit to the hot springs, pearl farms and markets of Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu, all perched on an extinct volcanic crater. You’ll also have the chance to swim in the beautiful Bouma Waterfall Lagoon on the garden island of Taveuni, snorkel off the northern coast of Viti Levu, hike to the amazing Bligh Water and enjoy a traditional Island Night, featuring kava, meke and a Fijian lovo feast.
And when not ashore, you’ll relax in style onboard MV Reef Endeavour, where you’ll enjoy all the luxuries of small ship cruising including fully catered buffets and 3-course meals featuring a mouth-watering blend of international and Fijian flavours served against a backdrop of incredible scenery. You’ll also have the option to relax in the jacuzzi or the freshwater swimming pool, indulge in a massage in our day spa and snorkel or kayak in the pristine turquoise waters of this beautiful island paradise.
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. Cruise beyond the Yasawa Islands to Levuka on the island of Ovalau.
This quiet historic town with its stately backdrop of 19th Century colonial architecture and waterfront promenades is a time capsule of colonial rule. Swim in the Tavoro Waterfall lagoon, or hike to the top of the falls in the Bouma NationalPark on the garden island of Taveuni and stand on the 180th Meridian – the arbitrary Dateline between today and tomorrow.
Our journey takes you to Savusavu’s extinct volcanic crater, hot springs and thriving markets. Explore picture-perfect coral cays for snorkelling, glass-bottom boat and scuba diving opportunities and discover the remote Northern islands of Fiji.
Welcome aboard with a complimentary fruit punch and welcome Salu Salu (lei) as we set sail for our Fiji Island adventure. This afternoon visit Captain CookCruises own exclusive island “Tivua” where you can enjoy a twilight swim, snorkel or relax on the beach. A great place to refresh your scuba and snorkel skills. Tonight, enjoy our special Welcome Dinner and Crew Introduction.
This morning we arrive at the port of Levuka on the island Ovalau, situated off the northeast coast of the main island. Passengers are invited to attend a special choral church service with the amazing harmonies of the congregation. Levuka was the first European settlement in Fiji and became the centre of British colonial administration and trade. At its peak over 50 hotels catered to the thirst of sailors in port and the town gained a wild reputation. In 1888 the capital was moved to Suva on the main island, and Levuka’s notoriety gradually waned. Passengers are invited to join an optional tour of this now quiet historic town. In the afternoon we have snorkelling and a shipwreck tour or just explore the town.
Start your day at Makogai Island with a snorkel or glass-bottom boat tour. In the afternoon join the 1-hour walking tour of Makogai leper colony and clam research station. The local primary school children will then entertain you with their song and dance.
This morning we arrive at Savusavu, the second largest town on the second biggest island in Fiji, Vanua Levu. Savusavu is positioned on an extinct volcanic crater. Explore the town and its hot springs or visit the world-famous Justin Hunter pearl farm. Later this afternoon you will have the opportunity to further explore the town & markets or snorkel with our marine biologist.
This morning we disembark on the western side of Taveuni Island – the “Garden Island” of Fiji. The optional bus tour takes you to the beautiful TavoroWaterfall in the Bouma National Park where you can swim and relax in the beautiful setting or hike to the top of the falls. After a picnic lunch at the national park, we return to the ship or snorkel & swim off the beach. This evening we will be visiting Naselesele Village to enjoy the tastes of Fiji with a traditional ‘lovo”(earth oven) feast where we share fresh local seafood, meat succulent tropical fruits. Then dance to the drum of the meke(dance) and kava ceremony.
Taveuni Island lies on the 180th Meridian, the arbitrary line between today and tomorrow. Our crew will take you to the famous natural Dateline where you can literally stand with one foot in the past and one foot in the future. This afternoon we visit Whispering Tide for swimming and snorkelling before our scenic cruise along the southwest coast of Vanua Levu navigating Bligh Water. This evening we have a white theme 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.
Cruising southwest from Vanua Levu we arrive at Nananu-i-ra on the northern coast of Viti Levu for our customary swim, snorkel and beachcombing or just a lazy morning to enjoy our beach visit. After lunch, there is our last opportunity ashore before we begin our homeward journey. Don your favourite island attire and join all the celebrations of our Pacific Island Night Finale.
Enjoy breakfast before we disembark at Port Denarau
Marina with farewell Isa Lei, at 9.00 am
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.
Travel Period: To 31st MAR 2024
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 exclude drinks, personal purchases and optional tours.
Note – Prices here are standard price.