by Ocean Alliance.
Bula Vinaka is the Fijian phrase for “Hello” but directly translates to “to be alive” and is a way of wishing someone good health and a long life. You will hear this often throughout your stay with us in Fiji and before long you will be saying “bula” to everyone you meet.
Just 20 minutes away from Nadi International airport, board your yacht at the vibrant Port Denarau Marina. We will cruise the islands West of Vitii Levu, the largest and principal island of the Fijian group. These islands are made up of two main groups, the stunning Mamanucas in the South and the world famous Yasawas in the North.
You will find stunning beaches and lively reefs surrounding the 322 islands in Fiji, many of which remain uninhabited.
DAY ONE: Denarau Marina to the Mamanuca Islands
Step onboard, let the crew introduce you to your new home. After a delightful fresh lunch, we will make our way to your first anchorage in the afternoon.
Depending on our departure time we will cruise a short 1.5 hour South West to the Mamanuca Islands. We will aim to anchor in the lee of Tavarua Island, which is located in the centre of the surfing capital of Fiji and includes the ‘Cloud’ and ‘Restaurant’ breaks. Renowned as the “heart-shaped island”, this is your first postcard-perfect experience. For guests without the surf interest, these islands are stunning and are a great start to the trip for all onboard.
If the weather does not suit this anchorage, a short 1 hour trip will take us to the Malolo Island lagoon, home to the famous Muscat Cove Resort and Marina, where we can explore the surf breaks by tender.
DAY TWO: Malolo and Tavarua Islands
Spend the day exploring Malolo and Tavarua islands: activities can include surfing, swimming, snorkelling and diving, shopping and sightseeing. You can relax in the cool waters at the sand bar.
The snorkelling is excellent here with an amazing variety of fish both around the coral and around the sand bar, and it is also a great place for watersports.
We will be spending the night anchored off Malolo Lailai Island close to the beautiful and famous Musket Cove Resort and an evening walk ashore around the resort might be nice idea before dinner alfresco on the aft deck.
DAY THREE: Navadra and Vanua Islands
After breakfast and maybe a morning swim or surf, we will sail 3 hours to the North West towards Navadra and Vanua Islands.
These vibrant islands have beautiful beaches and great snorkelling on their garden reefs, aptly nicknamed the ‘Garden Reefs’ by the locals. The beach can be accessed by tender from mid to high tide, otherwise paddleboards or kayaks can be used at low tide.
If weather permits, we will anchor here for the night or sail a quick 1 hour to the North for South Waya Island, and anchor at Yalobi Bay which is more protected.
There may also be an opportunity to visit the local village where you will receive a warm welcome from the local villagers, who will happily give you a tour of their home and local school.
DAY FOUR: Naviti Island
Waking up at Navadra Island or the protected waters of Yalobi Bay is a beautiful way to start your day.
After a refreshing swim and breakfast we will make our way North for 1.5 hours to Cuvu Bay, on the Southern end of Naviti Island. This is a fantastic place to snorkel and a rare opportunity to swim with manta rays. Graceful and elegant to watch as they glide through the water, slowly flapping their enormous wings, the Manta Rays are a spectacle to behold as you swim alongside these majestic creatures. As many as thirteen Manta Rays have been recorded in the channel at one time.
We will fish along the way and hope to catch something tasty for lunch. Anchoring in the area is lovely, or the option is to continue 2 hours North to the Blue Lagoon near the Nanuya Levu and Matacawa Islands.
DAY FIVE: The Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon was the location of the 1980’s movie “The Blue Lagoon” staring Brooke Shields. This is a beautiful place to spend the day and an unbiased place for a hike should you wish to stretch your legs.
The snorkelling, as you can imagine, is breathtaking and the beaches are picture perfect.
We can anchor here for the night or move to nearby Sawa-i-lau Island. Sawa-i-lau is famous for its underwater scenery. Here the locals will help you through a small underwater tunnel, and when you resurface you will be surrounded by these exquisite caves. The lagoon be explored with scuba or by kayak or paddle board. Ashore are some shell markets which are definitely worth a visit.
DAY SIX: Yasawa Island and Champagne Beach
After our usual morning swim and breakfast, we will relocate 2 hours North to Yasawa-i-Ra, which has one of Fiji’s most pristine beaches aptly named Champagne Beach.
Thanks to the dramatic mountain backdrops, the snorkelling is terrific! Yasawa-i-Ra offers both hard and soft corals and abundant marine life with turtles, reef sharks and eagle rays. After the exploration, it is an ideal spot for a beach BBQ.
DAY SEVEN: Heading South
For the last two days of the trip we will make our way South to eventually return to Denarau Marina.
Depending on your experience and impressions, you can revisit a favourite spot, explore new coves and bays such as the beautiful Somosomo Bay on North Naviti Island, or Paradise Cove in the South. Both locations are located within approximately 3 hours of cruising.
There may also be a chance to do some more surfing but that will depend on how adventurous everyone feels at the time.
Regardless of where we stop in the last few days, we will take every opportunity possible to explore the best of the Fijian islands.
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