Fiji cruise, escape to paradise
On these cruises children 5 - 13 are welcome - child rate for 2 children sharing or 1 child and 1 adult sharing.
Children under 5 free in triple share cabin.
Description of Fiji cruise, escape to paradise
Cruise the length of Fiji’s Yasawa Island chain, add in the Sacred Islands and Modriki Island, and you’ll come pretty close to paradise on earth. These beaches once starred in classic films: Castaway and the Blue Lagoon. On your trip, Tom Hanks and Brooke Shields are sadly not included, but the most famous beaches – on Modriki Island and Nanuya Levu are still there, as beautiful as ever.
The Fijian people are renowned for their friendliness and the Yasawa Island villages rely on tourism. Your small boat has only 34 cabins and can sneak into the prettiest bays for a visit. You’ll hear local stories, as told by the village elders, learn a bit of basket weaving, and join in the singing.
Your local crew are cruising around the islands in which they grew up and might even source your dinner from their family’s business. At the end of the trip, they bid farewell to guests with a traditional Isa Lei song – a moment that comes around far too soon.
The minimum age on board is 14. Families with younger children can choose a ‘Family Cruise Departure Date’ where the child rate (for children aged 5 to 13) is based on two children sharing or one child and one adult sharing. Children under five years travel free.
1 Reviews of Fiji cruise, escape to paradise
Reviewed on 20 Mar 2016 by Ms Adrian Redford
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The Blue Lagoon Cruise, no question. We did the 3 day cruise 15 years ago, always said we would do it again, this time the 7 day cruise. We worried a bit, wondering if it would be as good, but it was fabulous! We would highly recommend it, if you like small ships. We also had 6 days on the 'mainland' 2 days on Bounty Island, it was okay if you were 20 (our guide said she thought we were 30)nothing on the island but the resort, and extremely loud music! We had a 2 day homestay, which we loved. Then 2 nights at The Uprising Resort in the Coral coast area, we loved it too. Great food, live music for dancing, and unbelievable showers, in their own bldg right at your door, with 40ft palm trees & orchids growing inside, with a bench to sit & admire the scene. We love Fiji.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
The holiday providers were very accomodating, but they were a little remiss in not forwarding vouchers ahead of our arrival to the resorts. However it all worked out, and we were happy, and we had a great time. The Fijians are great people.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I can't say much about reduced environmental impact. We didn't arrive by canoe! I think the homestay was a good thing to do. A cab driver told us that if tourists didn't come they just wouldn't have any jobs
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
PlanetFiji has a fragile eco-system, vulnerable to misuse & overuse but reliant on the right amount and type of use. Tourism can help maintain the reefs, beaches and landscapes of the Fijian islands by helping them pay their way. If the communities are earning a living from showing off their natural resources, how much more careful will they be in maintaining their fantastic eco-systems.
The small vessel we use can access many of the smaller bays and islands that are completely inaccessible to larger vessels. The small size of the ship, the intimate local knowledge provided by the local crew and the fact that the crew are all drawn from the islands we visit mean, it goes without saying, that they are as concerned as anyone anywhere about maintaining the environment surrounding their own homes and maintaining their income simultaneously, either through their own actions, or by educating those lucky enough to visit.
PeopleAll the crew, from the Captain to the stewards are Fijian, many coming from the island villages that we visit. This provides an important income for the islands, but also provides us with a wonderful insight into island life and the local communities. The crew source much of the produce from the islands and villages we visit, sometimes from their own families.
We visit The Yasawa Trust Foundation, which was established in 2010 with the aim to improve the provision of basic needs and amenities missing from village life in the Yasawas. The programs support villages in with their needs of fresh water, nutrition, education, power, marine and environment.
Fiji's Yasawa Islands are home to 27 villages living below world standards of health and poverty. The Vinaka Fiji Trust was set up to give something back to the villagers and to say "thank you (vinaka), for welcoming us into your islands."
On this trip we are able to visit local communities who are 'off the beaten track' and therefore benefit from our visit. At Nanuya Lailai for example, you will partake in a meke with singing, dancing and story telling by a group of local villagers and on Yasawa island you'll visit village gardens, local island residences and arrive at the 'very local' Lo's Tea Shop on the beach where you can enjoy Lo's famous cakes. You will also have the chance to partake in a Fijian cooking lesson and help prepare a tasty Fijian fish-dish, Kokoda. Basket weaving is another traditional Fijian craft which you can try your hand at.
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