Sample Charter Itinerary in the Fiji Islands
Your remarkable trip will begin with Tavarua Island. After a delightful fresh lunch onboard, explore the island which is located in the center 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, the island’s white beaches are perfect for a relaxing afternoon sunbathing under the mild sun with a good book or swimming in the refreshing turquoise water.
On the second day, make your way to Malolo Island, an ideal place for a wide range of activities, such as surfing, swimming, snorkeling and diving, shopping and sightseeing.
The snorkeling is excellent here with an amazing variety of fish both around the coral and around the sand bar. In the afternoon, go to the beautiful and famous Musket Cove Resort for a few delicious drinks before returning on board for a delightful dinner alfresco on the aft deck.
VANUA E NAVADRA ISLANDS
After breakfast and maybe a morning swim or surf, sail towards Vanua and Navadra Islands. These vibrant islands have beautiful beaches and great snorkeling 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 allows, anchor here for the night or sail 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.
During the fourth day, allow your Captain to escort you to Staniel Cay where you can plunge into an underwater utopia, heaving with vibrant, tropical fish and adorned with kaleidoscopic coral. Spend the afternoon sipping on rum punch and taking advantage of the water toys or soaking up the sun on the beach.
When night falls, make your way to Kermit’s Hilltop Restaurant and Tavern for unrivalled views, live music and dancing through the night.
THE BLUE LAGOON, NANUYA LAILAI ISLAND
Upon spotting Manta Rays, sail North to Nanuya Lailai Island and its famous Blue Lagoon beach, which was the location of the famous 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 snorkeling, as you can imagine, is breathtaking and the beaches are picture perfect, therefore take advantage of what the area has to offer and spoil all your senses.
After visiting the Blue Lagoon, move to nearby Sawa-i-lau Island. Sawa-i-lau is famous for its underwater scenery.
Here is the best place to interact with the locals and discover more about the Fijian culture. The locals will help you through a small underwater tunnel, and when you resurface you will be surrounded by exquisite caves.
The lagoon can be explored by kayak or paddle board. Ashore, there are some shell markets which are definitely worth a visit
YASAWA ISLAND AND CHAMPAGNE BEACH
On the last day of your journey, after our usual morning swim and breakfast, 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 snorkeling 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.
In the evening you can go ashore to watch a Meke, a traditional Fijian dance and take part in the kava ceremony, where it is customary to present a gift of Yaqona (Kava root) to head of the village.