Lau & Kadavu Discovery Cruise 11 Nights – DISCOUNTED Rates
Departing from Port Denarau, Nadi the first stop is on the southern coast of Taveuni the Garden Island. Lavena is on a rugged coast of waterfalls and you will have the opportunity to hike along a village track for a freshwater swim. We cruise on to the most northern island of Lau – Wailagilala where we will explore the island, the ruin of an old light house, nesting turtles, snorkel untouched reefs.
Next stop, Vanuabalavu the largest island of the Lau. Here learn about Ma’âfu, the Tongan Prince and explore the pristine waters. From here we cruise to the nearby Qilaqila, known for its pristine waters and mushroom shaped islands. Explore some amazing caves and incredible reefs in aqua lagoons.
Continuing on we pass Lakeba & Moce to Oneata where the village invite us to their Church on the hill. Fulaga or Komo Island is our next stop. Both are extinct volcano craters and known for their crystal lagoons and amazing corals. This afternoon we arrive at one of the Yagasa Islands, for snorkelling, swimming, coral viewing or kayaking. We then visit uninhabited Vuaqava and its central lake where you can explore and view turtles, snakes & amazing bird life.
Be welcomed & entertained by the people of Naikeleyaga Village on the island of Kabara or Komo known for their wood turning and Tongan heritage. Experience a traditional Meke, Sevusevu & lovo quite different from the traditional Fijian.
Horse-shoe shaped Totoya Island is our destination today. We will visit a local school and the children will surprise you with their entertainment and show you their work. We will also have the opportunity to explore their reefs.
Most days offer the opportunity to snorkel, swim and Scuba Dive the pristine waters of the beautiful Lau group.
ABOUT THE CRUISE
- Discover islands and reefs rarely visited by tourists.
- Visit the amazing Bay of Islands – a magnificent location with many limestone islands
- Be treated to a song and dance by children of all ages from a local village
- Snorkeling, glass bottom boat & dive opportunities daily
- Swim in some of the most pristine and clear waters that the Lau group has to offer
- Island Night, kava, meke & lovo feast
ACTIVITIES & INCLUSIONS
- All Meals & entertainment
- Daily island stopovers & water activities
- Guided island, village & school tours
- 24-hour self-service tea & coffee bar
- Use of snorkeling equipment & mini gym
- Tropical island lovo feast & kava ceremony
- Snorkeling & glass bottom boat tours to reefs rarely visited
- Kids Club including early dinner (5-9yrs)
- Transfers at the end of your cruise
- Swimming pool and a top deck spa pool
- Massage & beauty services (optional)
- Scuba diving – certified & introductory (optional)
- Mini-gym & meeting room
- Easy access small boat launching platform
- Choice of 4 accommodation levels
- Friendly Fijian crew with a wealth of local knowledge
- Mix of both male & female crew
- WIFI located in the Tabua Suites, Yasawa Lounge, Pool Deck and on the sundeck
Tuesday: Set sail on your Lau Discovery cruise. AGer boarding there will be a full briefing from your guide before an afternoon of beach activities at Tivua Island. Later in the evening, enjoy a wonderful Welcome dinner as you cruise into a south pacific sunset.
Wednesday: Start your day at Makogai Island with a traditional Fijian ceremony before joining the 1-hour walking tour of Makogai leper colony and clam research station. There will be an opportunity in the afternoon to return to the island visiting the local primary school children who will entertain you with their song and dance.
Thursday: Explore a beautiful beach on the rugged southern coastline of Taveuni, take a hike to a spectacular waterfall and freshwater pool and enjoy a picnic lunch ashore and a chat to the locals.
Friday: We reach the most northern island of Lau—Wailagilala. See the remains of a disused lighthouse, or explore the abundant fish life whilst snorkeling.
Saturday: Qilaqila, at the northwest end of Vanuabalavu, is known for its pristine waters, limestone caves, and mushroom-shaped islands. This is also known as the Bay of Islands and is famous for its amazing scenery and pristine reefs.
Sunday: We will arrive at Oneata where the local people will welcome us at their Methodist Tongan Church for Sunday service. The harmonies of the Oneata choir will inspire you.
Monday: The ship has an early start today to cruise to Fulaga Island. Both are extinct volcano craters and known for their crystal lagoons and amazing corals. This afternoon we arrive at one of the Yagasa Islands, for snorkeling, swimming, coral viewing or kayaking.
Tuesday: Explore uninhabited Vuaqava and its central lake is known for turtles, snakes & amazing bird life. This is a sacred island for the Fijian culture and there will be an island walk to explore these relics. Please be warned that a reasonable level of fitness will be required as the return walk is approximately 3 hours and quite difficult to negotiate.
Wednesday: Be welcomed & entertained by the people of Naikeleyaga Village on the island of Kabara known for their woodturning and Tongan heritage. Experience a traditional Meke, Sevusevu & lovo quite different from the traditional Fijian.
Thursday: Horse-shoe shaped Totoya Island is our destination today. We will visit a local school and the children will surprise you with their entertainment and show you their work. We will also have the opportunity to explore their reefs.
Friday: We arrive in Kadavu and head to the Village of Nalotu for a welcome Sevusevu, then a tour of the village where you can witness the making of traditional fishing traps and poPery. The women of Nalotu village ‘ll make clay pottery in the ‘time-honored tradition that is rarely seen in Fiji anymore. This evening don your sulu (sarong) and join all the celebrations of our Pacific Island Night Finale.
Saturday: disembark at Port Denarau feeling refreshed. Most days will offer the opportunity to snorkel, swim and Scuba Dive the pristine waters of the beautiful Lau group the pristine waters of the beautiful Lau group.
THE SHIP - MV REEF ENDEAVOUR
MV Reef Endeavour is a purpose-built small cruise ship catering to 130 passengers, with the intimate size ensuring that all passengers receive personal attention in an atmosphere of informality and relaxation.
MV Reef Endeavour offers passengers 4 levels of accommodation with 63 suites, Ocean Staterooms, and Porthole cabins. Each cabin is approximately 14 or 28 sq metres and features:
- Private ensuite bathroom
- Air conditioning
- Hair dryer and international shaver point
- 240V power
- Shampoo, soaps, and towels
- Serviced daily.
Tabua Suites - Consist of a bedroom with a separate lounge, sitting chair, work desk, LCD screen TV & DVD player, refrigerator, tea & coffee facilities, and second bathroom. Located on the Upper Deck (A). Configuration: twin / double beds.
Connecting Family Staterooms - 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.
Ocean Staterooms - Located on the upper and main decks (B & C), each room opens to the outside walkway and have picture windows. Configuration: twin / double beds.
Porthole Cabins - Located on the lower deck (D), cabins open to an inside passageway and have portholes. Configuration: twin/double/bunk triple/bunk quad.
REEF ENDEAVOUR FEATURES
- Swimming Pool & Sun Deck
- Two Lounges
- 24hr Tea & Coffee Facilities
- Single Sitting Dining Saloon
- Spa & Mini Gym
- Satellite communications, telephone, and fax
- Two Bars
- Gift Shop
- Guest Laundry
- Library & Videos