Expeditions depart and return on Mondays at Natewa Bay, a quick 30-minute drive from Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu. You can also opt for a five-night option, boarding on Monday at Natewa Bay and disembarking Wednesday in Taveuni, or boarding Wednesday in Taveuni and disembarking Monday in Savusavu.
Embarkation 09:00hrs.Take a stunning coastal drive from Savusavu to Natewa Bay, where you’ll board, drop your gear off in and nibble on locally-sourced snacks while receiving a foot massage. Jump in for a quick swim, snorkel or scuba dive and, after lunch, kayak along the protected, completely undeveloped coastline of Natewa Bay, the second largest bay in the southern hemisphere.
Highlights: Guided snorkeling, scuba diving, sea kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding the Natewa Coastal Trail
Start your day with a snorkel or dive with giant manta rays. These graceful creatures gather at a confluence of currents that bring them their breakfast. Watch as they glide effortlessly around you.Then, head ashore to visit with Rabi’s Micronesian people, hearing their stories, experiencing their culture and marveling at their elaborate and powerful dances. From their Tabiang settlement, hike up the island’s gentle slope to visit schoolchildren while taking in sweeping vistas of the Tunuloa Peninsula and mouth of Natewa Bay. Relax on white sand beaches enjoying dinner at surf’s edge like a true Pacific Islander—complete with underground oven.
Hightlights: Manta ray snorkeling and scubadiving expedition, Mana yoga aboard, guided snorkeling, scuba diving “Little Rainbow Reef”, hike to the Rabi Secondary School, kayaking or standup paddleboarding on Dolphin Bay, night diving in Dolphin Bay.
After breakfast, hike along the coast to the frontier-like outpost of Somosomo, crossing over the international dateline en route to Waitavala, where you’ll slide down a series of naturally occurring waterslides and pools. Divers, explore Rainbow Reef, where byzantine coral gardens of The Farm and Nakawa Point will amaze. Take your lunch onboard then sail across the Somosomo Strait to Kioa Island, visiting the island’s master craftspeople and fishers before they present a traditional “Fatele” performance, showcasing Polynesian ancestry.
Highlights: Snorkeling at Nakawa Point, scuba diving the “Great White Wall,” Mana yoga aboard, scuba diving “Rainbow’s End,”, exploring Waitavala waterslides and the international dateline, snorkeling at “The Farm,” scuba diving along “Jerry’s Jelly”, Night dive "Black Magic”.
With the main islands in the rearview mirror, anchor among the Ringgold Atolls, surrounded by a barrier reef that creates a tranquil lagoon teeming with life and vibrant color. On Cobia, hike to the volcanic island’s summit along natural tree root steps, then explore the crater’s mystic lagoon on kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Throughout the day, you can dive in waters with visibility exceeding 120 feet, picnic on remote island beaches and savor a massage in the mobile island spa.
Highlights: Snorkeling “WallStreet,” scuba diving “Kokoda Point,” mana yoga aboard, hiking to the Cobia crater summit, exploring the caldera interior by kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or zodiac, scuba diving “Wall Street”.
Arrive at Taveuni, Fiji’s “garden island” and home to the Bouma National Heritage Park, one of the region’s greatest conservation sites and ecotourism destinations. Hike along Bouma Road, passing villagers en route to the park. Once there, simply relax in lush rainforests, enjoy a massage in front of roaring waterfalls and swim around the huge, serene pool. In the afternoon, visit the villagers of Wiwi and enjoy their Melanesian cultural performance.
Hightlights: Snorkeling “CoralCity,” scuba diving “Purple Wall,” surfing “Magai Right,” with consistent waves for all levels of surfers, Mana yoga aboard, scubadiving “Stillwater”, scuba diving “Champion’s Rock”. <lt;>
Setting sail once more, head for Qamea Island. Along the way, linger along stunning snorkel and dive sites, as well as world-class surf breaks for those looking to ride the waves. Arrive at Qamea, a beautifully rugged place replete with rainforests and gorgeous tropical beaches. In the morning, paddle upriver through the island’s interior, passing dense mangrove forests and keeping a close eye out for exotic flora and fauna.
Highlights: Snorkeling “BlackRock,” scuba diving “Yellow Wall,” surfing at “Magai Right,” with consistent waves for all levels of surfers, Mana yoga aboard, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding through the Naivivi mangrove forest, scuba diving “Seven Sisters” snorkeling “Champion’sRock,” scuba diving along “Seven Sisters”.
Disembark: 08:00hrs. Your journey ends up where it began, in Savusavu. Normal check out procedures and transfer to Savusavu airport or local resorts
Please note: Due to weather it may be necessary to change the order of the itinerary, the number of days in one location or visit other islands. The Captain is responsible for the ultimate safety and comfort of the vessel and its passengers. It is within the Captain's jurisdiction to change the sequence of stops and ports if necessary due to inclement weather conditions, high or low water levels, dock and lock schedules, technical, logistical or scheduling reasons. Additionally, sailing vessels will motor in light winds to ensure vessels arrive in port by sunset.