Cruise into Fiji

Cruising on a tall ship, swimming with rays, a traditional kava ceremony and a tropical feast on your own private island are just some of the adventures you can enjoy when you go cruising to Fiji’s beautiful Mamanuca and Yasawa groups.

If you’re combiniImage courtesy of SPTOng a stay on the mainland with a day or multi-day trip to the islands, then upmarket Denarau Island makes an ideal base. Just 6km west of Nadi, the island’s lively port is the gateway to the Mamanucas and Yasawa groups, with their stunning beaches, bays and reefs. There is upmarket accommodation, an 18-hole golf course, great bars and restaurants, and a huge range of activities including diving, game fishing and dolphin watchinghelicopter flights, limo tours, jet-skiing, snorkelling, kayaking and sailing.

The island’s brand new retail complex has everything from stylish shops, bars and cafés to a pharmacy, post office and fully serviced Westpac Bank. Dine at Fiji's first Hard Rock Café, or tempt your tastebuds with seafood, Indian and Italian cuisine.

Down at Denarau’s busy wharf, tall sailing ships, motor launches andImage courtesy of SPTO larger cruise ships will ferry you out to the islands for snorkelling, picnic lunches and a spot of beachcombing along those dazzling white sand beaches. In between, just relax on the deck and enjoy the sunshine and picture postcard views.

Captain Cook Cruises offer sightseeing around the Mamanucas and Nadi Bay. For something a little different, you can board the historic tall ship, Brigantine Ra Marama, and set sail for Tivua Island where you’ll enjoy a tropical feast and overnight stay. If you have more time, take the tall ship safari out to the remote Yasawas to swim with the manta rays.

Blue Lagoon Cruises, based at the busy seaport oImage courtesy of SPTOf Lautoka, also specialise in boutique cruises to the Yasawas. This beautiful and unspoiled island group is the ideal destination for beach and water lovers, with idyllic white sand beaches fringed by palm trees, azure lagoons and dramatic volcanic peaks. Enjoy a tropical BBQ lunch, take part in a yaqona (kava) ceremony at a traditional Fijian village, snorkel in the pristine waters or just relax with a tropical cocktail as you watch the sun set.

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