Blue Lagoon – 3 Nights Explorer Cruise
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At Blue Lagoon Cruises, we pride ourselves on giving visitors to Fiji the best possible insight into this wonderful pacific island nation. We believe that to experience the true essence of Fiji, you need to step ashore onto uninhabited islands, luxuriate in the warm tropical sea and discover the colourful world below. Meet local Yasawan villagers, savor 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 you’ll have plenty of time for all these activities and more! Due to the nature of cruising, the scenic vista changes daily, and you’ll spend many mornings waking up to a new view, even more spectacular than the last.
This wonderful cruise is ideal for those with limited time who want to sample the incredible Fiji Islands.
The cruise takes in the majestic southern Yasawa Islands and also spends time at the strikingly beautiful Modriki and **Sacred Islands. It’s not just nature that will have you captivated on this boutique cruise; you’ll get to know and love the traditional Fijian culture!
To ensure you have the best possible cruise experience, we use ‘flexible cruising’. What this means is that we’re prepared to alter our itineraries, either when necessary, or when some exciting opportunity arises. For example, if there is some special event taking part in a local Yasawa Village, which you really should see, then we will alter our cruise route to take you there. Or, if we think that that our destined anchorage for the night is not going to be as sheltered as a bay on the other side of the island, we’ll up-anchor and move. Cruising through a region of coral lagoons and isolated island anchorages is weather dependent and so, at times, our itineraries may need to be altered. However we’ll always endeavor to ensure all of the highlights of each cruise are enjoyed by our guests.
See the dramatic changes in landscape, right from the little palm-covered islands of the Mamanucas, to the rugged, majestic southern Yasawa Islands
Step ashore at famous little Modriki Island
Visit a remote Yasawa Island village and be part of a traditional kava ceremony, enjoy a Meke performance and browse the village market
Learn the Fijian art of basket weaving and learn to cook traditional dishes
Get to know the ‘reef locals’ and swim with sharks or manta rays (seasonal)
*Dive at some of Fiji’s most colourful reefs
*Catch the big ones on a sport fishing trip
Snorkel to your heart’s content (we offer several snorkelling trips per day)
Attend an island village church service
**Soak up the scenery at the strikingly beautiful Sacred Islands
Cool off in calm, crystal clear lagoons, time and time again
Laze on the most beautiful beaches and get into the full swing of ‘Fiji Time’
Day 1: Friday
Bula and welcome aboard Blue Lagoon Cruises! Set sail aboard Fiji Princess and enjoy afternoon tea as we head out from Denarau Marina for the outer Mamanucas. Our first destination is at the gorgeous, secluded Modriki Island. Have you seen the Tom Hanks’ movie ‘Cast Away’? Modriki is the very island that stars so well in this block-buster! Enroute to the famous little island, settle into your cabin, enjoy a welcome cruise briefing, meet fellow guests and admire the scenery that slides by as we cruise.
Come early evening, as the skies turn dusky, cocktails are served with canapés on the sun deck. Mingle with fellow passengers and look out over the tranquil waters as the sun sets.
Tonight is the Captain’s Welcome Dinner, an a la carte menu served in the dining saloon. Entertainment is provided by our talented singing, dancing and guitar playing crew! Don’t forget to wander to the upper deck to see the magnificent array of stars in the night sky.
Anchorage MODRIKI ISLAND
Day 2: Saturday
Awake to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and breakfast underway. There’s time for an early morning snorkel, swim or wander along the stunning white sands at Modriki Island before we set sail for the southern Yasawa Islands.
Late morning, we take you on a bit of an adventure… we have a very special location where the brave will get to swim with reef sharks! Of course they are only gentle reef sharks but they still make for a great snorkel experience!
Back on-board we cruise into the waters around Naviti and Soso Bay. A tasty lunch is served on-board before heading ashore for a visit to the chiefly village of Soso. You’ll be welcomed in traditional fashion with a kava ceremony, before being shown through the village. Late afternoon there will be a presentation on the local history and legends, giving an insight into early Yasawan life. If you’re lucky, a village elder will regale you with tall tales and true of his people’s land and myths.
A sport fishing trip is also on offer at this location (optional and additional cost). Try to catch the big ones on the outer reef with a local charter operator and fishing enthusiast who knows all the good spots! Or if you prefer to get under the water, we’ll offer diving for both novices and experienced divers (additional cost). There are many awesome dive spots in this area.
Back on Fiji Princess, ease into the evening with cocktails served at the sun deck, followed by a ‘Thali’ buffet dinner featuring exquisite Indian dishes. The evening may turn into a Bollywood extravaganza. Help yourself to the fancy dress box and put on your boogie shoes for some ‘Bollywood Dancing’ after dinner on the upper deck, complete with Bollywood movies on the big screen.
Anchorage SOSO BAY, NAVITI ISLAND
Day 3: Sunday
Sunday in Fiji is respected as a day of rest so we pretty much follow suit. You can start the day with a cup of coffee and tasty breakfast or get in first with an early morning swim…. or just take it easy with a Sunday morning sleep-in!
There is a special opportunity to attend a village church service, which you’ll find to be a very moving experience. The atmosphere, singing and uniqueness of where you are will provide a great memory to remind you of the wonderful people of Fiji.
Lunch is served on board as we cruise to our next slice of paradise, not far away. You can partake in a Fijian cooking lesson and help prepare a tasty Fijian fish-dish, Kokoda. Yum! Basket weaving is another traditional Fijian craft, which you can try your hand at.
We’ll anchor in the sheltered waters at Naukacuva and Narara Islands. The islands are covered in dense, vividly green forest, which reaches down to the white sandy beaches. These islands are picture-perfect and are a superb playground for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Sunbathe on Fiji Princess or dive into the waters and discover the amazing colourful underwater world below. Snorkel to your heart’s content or if you’d like to dive, this can be arranged for you (extra cost). There are many awesome dive sites around!
Come evening sip on cocktails served with canapés on the sun deck. Tonight’s buffet has a range of dishes from Fiji along with a choice of European dishes. Bingo will be held in the dining room with lots of laughs and some good prizes! Of course you can always head to the upper deck for a quiet drink or two. Our staff will muster up some gentle tunes to set the mood.
Anchorage between NAUKACUVU and NARARA ISLANDS
Day 4: Monday
An early morning fishing trip is on offer with the crew. An a la carte breakfast, cooked to your liking along with the buffet of fresh tropical fruits, yogurts, cereals, fruit juices, tea and coffee is the perfect way to fuel your day!
There will be time for a snorkel, swim or kayak before we depart Naukacuva and cruise to one of the most beautiful and remote island groups seen on your cruise, the **Sacred Islands. (Please note that between 03 April -11 May 2017 and 05 Jun -13 Julyl7, we will visit the stunning Yalobi Bay nestled on the southern tip of Waya Island instead of the Sacred Islands)
Enjoy lunch onboard, overlooking the scene of paradise, before preparing for your departure. The high-speed private transfer vessel, Cougar II, will rendezvous for your journey to back Denarau Marina. Vinaka and farewell!
Hibiscus Deck – FJD 1390.00 per person (Twin Share)