New cruise dates for Fiji’s remote north discovery cruises
Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has released the 2018 and 2019 departure dates for its two seven night’s Northern Fiji Discovery cruises – The Four Cultures Discovery Cruise and Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise.
The Four Cultures Discovery Cruise, is the first ever Fiji cruise to circumnavigate Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island and gives passengers the ultimate chance to discover and experience four distinctive Fijian cultures, Ellice Islanders (Polynesians), Banabans (Micronesia), Fijian and Indians.
Be taken on a cultural journey through an amazing show of song and dance by the Polynesian’s (Ellice Islanders) of Kioa Island and discover the home and history of the Banabans people on Rabi Island through a show of dance by villagers in traditional tribal costumes.
A colourful morning will be spent at Labasa Town, home to a vast number of Fijian Indians and a town not regularly visited by many tourists. Visit a Hindu snake temple and see the growing rock, before shopping in the many stores along the main street and explore the large market which sells a range of foods, spices, fish, poultry, goats and other local products. Then be entertained by a Bollywood style dance troop (Indian).
Enjoy a Safari down the Dreketi River and visit Druadrua Primary School on Druadrua Island and not only see the children’s classrooms and school work, but be entertained by them with an amazing cultural song and dance show.
Although culture is the main flavour of this cruise, the warm blue waters of the South Pacific haven’t been forgotten with unforgettable snorkeling, diving, glass bottom boating, swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking available each day, including at the Great Sea Reef, the 3rd largest Barrier Reef in the World.
Scheduled departure dates for 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise include 2nd January, 1st May, 3rd July, and 4th September 2018 and 1st January 2019.
The seven nights Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise in Fiji is an amazing cruise that reveals the unique history, art and culture of the Northern Fiji Islands and allows passengers the ultimate experience of standing’ on the 180th Meridian, the natural dateline.
The cruise visits the historic island of Ovalau which features 19th Century colonial architecture and waterfront promenades from colonial rule. At Makogai Island experience a traditional Fijian ceremony and walking tour of Makogai leper colony and nursery, home to giant clams and turtles, before visiting a local primary school, for a song and dance performance from the children.
Explore Savusavu positioned on an extinct volcanic crater and choose from a selection of optional tours including a visit to the hot springs, pearl farm and thriving markets. At Taveuni Island visit Bouma Waterfall National Park for a chance to view or hike a series of natural waterfalls, and swim in the Bouma Waterfall Lagoon before visiting Naselesele Village and their handicraft markets.
For an experience not to be missed, join the special children’s choral church service at Wairiki before standing on the famous 180th Meridian – the arbitrary Dateline between today and tomorrow on Taveuni Island.
One of the most endearing features of this cruise is the generous welcome from Fijian village locals living on islands rarely visited by tourists. Passengers will be given the extraordinary opportunity to experience village life and partake in a kava ceremony, enjoy a traditional ‘lovo” (earth oven) feast and dance to the drum of the meke (dance).
There is also plenty of swimming, snorkelling and paddle boarding off picturesque islands including Tivua, Nanuyakoto, Savusavu Bay, Whispering Tide, Nananu-I-ra and Sali Sali Island.
This cruise is made for divers with mind blowing scuba diving operated by Viti Water Sports, a PADI5 Star Dive Centre Dive. There are 16 dive sites to choose from, with two dives offered daily and always in different locations.
With only selected departure dates this ultimate cruise is one not to be missed. Departure dates include 5th December 2017, 3rd April, 5th June, 7th August, and 2nd October 2018 and 5th February 2019.
Early Booking Saver (EBS) fares in a porthole cabin start from just AUD$2512.00 per person twin share and the cruise departs Denarau Marina at 1.00pm.
Fares include shipboard accommodation, all meals, guided village, school and island tours, snorkelling and glass bottom boat excursions, daily island stopovers and water activities, hikes and Kayak safaris, on board entertainment, kids club (5-9yrs), onboard Wi-Fi, 24-hour self-service tea and coffee bar, post cruise transfers to Nadi and Denarau hotels and Nadi airport and use of the ship’s facilities including a swimming pool, spa’s, mini gym, sun deck, cocktail bar and library.
For further information and bookings visit www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com