Part of what makes Fiji so unique is its many groups of islands. With 333 islands to discover, each with their own heritage and attractions, taking to the sea is one of the best ways to get around and experience what Fiji has to offer.
Whether tourists want to stay close to the main land, or to venture further into uncharted waters, there is over 50 sea-friendly activities available to choose from. If you’re seeking luxury or more easy-going experiences there is something for everyone.
Blue Lagoon Cruises are one of the most incredible experiences available. Guests are treated to the winning formula of a luxurious ship sailing to beautiful locations, making it hard to find a better way to explore Fiji. Priding themselves on giving guests the best possible insight into this wonderful pacific island nation, Blue Lagoon Cruises offer exploration of uninhabited islands, the chance to luxuriate in the warm tropical sea and discover the colourful world below. Meet local Yasawan villagers, savour traditional Fijian food, enjoy island walks, marvel at the most sacred of caves and of course, bask on the palm-fringed beaches!
Blue Lagoon itineraries have a maximum of four hours cruising time per day, meaning there is plenty of time for all these activities and more! Due to the nature of cruising, the scenic vista changes daily, and travellers spend many mornings waking up to a new view, even more spectacular than the last.
Explorer cruise – 3 nights
Wanderer cruise – 4 nights
Escape to paradise cruise – 7 nights
Adult prices run from £1,132– £3,242 pp
All excluding flights and mainland transfers. For more information visit www.bluelagooncruises.com
Safari Charters Fiji
Whether looking for a prime surfing spot or an adventure with a loved one, Safari Charters offer a range of charters ideal for everyone. With over 20 years of experience of Fijian waters, their knowledge of the waves, wind and surfing conditions in Fiji is vast. Offering stays for up to 10 days surfing in the most stunning remote regions, Safari Charters offers day trips to deserted islands with beautiful white sandy beaches dotted with swaying palms all set amongst crystal blue clear water. The climate is perfect for lazing in the warmth of the tropical sun and sipping on Champagne basking in the most romantic place on earth.
With all yachts being fully crewed Safari Charters are also able to offer on board meals, fresh towels and linens and the use of equipment such as finishing, snorkelling and surfing gear.
AUD $1200.00 per night pp
AUD $900.00 for exclusive 1 day charters
All excluding flights and mainland transfers. For more information visit www.fijisafari.com
Helicopter Daytrip & Adventure Combos
The breath-taking scenic views of Fiji are now more accessible than ever. Helicopter daytrips and adventure combos fly guests to the exclusive Savala Island, where tourists can spend the day swimming, snorkelling, and enjoying the on-board catering of a sumptuous lunch, before cruising back to Denarau aboard Storck Cruises “Oolala”. There are also flights available to the picturesque Tivua Island where visitors can spend the day involved in cultural and environmental activities, BBQ lunches and participate in guided snorkelling, before setting sail on a 90 minute cruise back to Port Denarau on board Captain Cook’s ‘Ra Marama’.
Other packages available include flying over the majestic mountains and into the Sigatoka River Valley, the Magical Seaview Submarine Tour and many more that will cater to the most adventurous souls seeking to explore all corners of Fiji.
Savala island luxury heli-daytrip combo: $625pp
Tivua heli-sailing daytrip combo: $495pp
Sigatoka heli-safari combos: $795pp
Flyboard and/or submarine day package: from $445pp
For more information visit www.helitoursfiji.com
Adventure Sailing Fiji
One of the most comfortable ways of exploring Fiji is on board of a 42′ Simpson Sailing Catamaran called “Moale”, a well-designed 17metre Catamaran which now operates under ‘Adventure Sailing Fiji’. It is ideal for both live aboard and day charters and offers the opportunity to experience and explore Fiji at a slower pace, whilst relaxing in complete comfort. The itineraries are tailor-made to ensure that guests feel safe, secure and at home. ‘Adventure Sailing Fiji’ offers a variety of experiences for the guests. The most popular are between three to seven days sailing the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands with a variety of exciting water sports available such as snorkelling, surfing and diving. The overnight charters offer an on-board chef and a great selection of Fijian cuisine where all dishes are made with fresh, seasonal and local ingredients so meals will vary but are nutritious and tasty.
For more information visit www.adventuresailingfiji.com.fj.
Awesome Adventures Fiji
For those looking for the ultimate experience and have a lot of time in Fiji there is the Tropical Island Explorer package offered by Awesome Adventures. Lasting 12 days and 11 nights, all guests will explore the Mamanuca Islands before cruising up through the mountainous southern Yasawa Islands to the divine Blue Lagoon region.
Guests can kick back with more swimming and non-motorised water sports such as paddle boarding, surfing or snorkelling. The less adventurous ones will also be able to enjoy sunbathing with multiple beach outings. Also available are the Full Monty upgrade packages, which offer a variety of extra VIP activities available on each island.
For more information visit www.awesomefiji.com.
Captain Cook – Fiji Sunset Dinner Cruise
Guests who are looking for breath taking sea vessels then Captain Cook and their Fiji One should definitely be considered. Fiji One is Fiji’s most prestigious charter vessel and one of the largest sailing catamarans in the Southern Hemisphere, where local chefs will prepare a sumptuous fresh barbeque dinner with a complimentary welcome drink to take in the views. For a truly luxurious experience, guests can upgrade the dinner cruise to include a full lobster!
Fijian cultural entertainment and the spectacular scenery of the Mamanuca islands round off your perfect evening on the water.
Sunset Dinner Cruise departs 5.30pm to 8.30pm Tuesday to Sunday (5pm to 8pm Jun/Jul/Aug/Sept).
For more information on Captain Cook’s Fiji One visit www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com/day-cruises/sunset-dinner-cruise/
Swimming with Sharks
For the ultimate adrenaline junkies, there are a number of opportunities to dive with sharks in Fiji. The most popular is the Beqa Adventure Divers and Aquatreck, where visitors will be able to experience the breath taking sights with of up to eight species of sharks and more than 400 species of tropical reef fish. Both are perfectly safe offering an exhilarating adventure and are located near the world famous Pacific Harbour in Beqa Lagoon.
What’s more, the shark dive is run in conjunction with the local community in promoting shark awareness and conservation with the Barefoot Collection resorts (Kuata and Manta) now has a resident biologist, which is a very exciting development for Fiji and makes this experience more affordable for backpacking travellers.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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