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The beautiful Fiji Princess offers 3, 4 & 7-night cruises to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands in Fiji. Enjoy cultural experiences, fishing, diving, kaying, beach BBQ's & soak up the sun on deserted beaches.
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The MV Reef Endeavour offers year-round diving to Fiji's best dive sites. The on-board PADI dive centre caters to all levels of divers, and ship facilities include a swimming pool, gym, sauna and spa.
A Yasawa Islands Cruise is an ideal way to experience traditional life in Fiji. The Yasawa Island group is a secluded consists chain of 20 volcanic islands with ancient roots. There are mountains and beaches and the famous Fiji blue lagoons. Cruises to the Yasawa Islands, Fiji will show off steep volcanic cliffs on the south end of the island and sandy beaches and lagoons in the north. The islands have only been open to land-based tourism since 1987.
Top things to do and see on a Yasawa Islands Cruise
Blue Lagoon, this picture perfect area was made famous as the location for the Blue Lagoon movie and a must visit place on your cruise around the Yasawa Islands. With it's white sand beaches and multi-hued shades of blue water, it offers excellent snorkeling amongst it's coral reefs. See a wide range of tropical reef fish and possibly even a reef shark or two.
Nanuya Lailai is a true treasure of the Yasawa islands. Surrounded by a coral lagoon it has some great snorkeling with an amazing backdrop of palm trees dotted along the shore. Choose whether to spend your day relaxing on a sun lounger or for the more active minded try your hand at some kayaking or paddle boarding. Some Yasawa Islands cruise itineraries offer the chance to have dinner ashore using the 'lovo' method of cooking. Your food will be cooked in a dug out pit in the ground.
The Sawa-I-Lau Caves are one of the most impressive things you'll see in Fiji. It features prominently in the local folklore and it's easy to see why. Spectacular limestone formations eroded gently by the sea cradle a blue lagoon you're invited to explore through a swim. This is the place to bring your underwater camera!
Barefoot Manta Island, known by natives as Drawaqa Island, is to the south of the Yasawa Islands of Fiji. It's known for its coral gardens just off the coast, considered one of the best in all of Fiji. Drawaqa is peaceful, tranquil, and a great spot to look for the tropical fish that live near Barefoot.
Scuba Diving among the Yasawa Islands of Fiji is accessible to novice divers and certified divers alike and snorkeling is popular too. If you'd like to stay dry while you view the coral reefs and fish, try a glass bottom boat tour snorkeling, Kayaking, or riding Stand-Up Paddleboards. You're likely to see manta rays, sharks, living corals, and maybe a whale or dolphin.
Sport Fishing is big in Yasawa cruises. If you've always dreamed of landing a big ocean fish, now is your chance. Mix it up with some locals through the interesting activity of fish feeding
You won't be able to resist some time in the sun at the beach, since Yasawa beaches are among the most beautiful in the world.
Participate in basket weaving, wood carving, or a traditional local feast. You could also take in a meke performance and browse the village market. Arrange for a guided island tour to visit the Yasawa Island village or pop into the local school to meet the children.
Top Tips for visiting the Yasawa Islands on a cruise
- Consider travelling in the off-season to eliminate congested beaches and long waits for activities. If you travel during the islands' busy time, connect with the laid-back vibes of the islands and keep a patient, positive attitude.
- Please arrive 1-2 days ahead of time in Nadi so you can absorb any unforeseen circumstances that could delay your arrival. This way, you'll still make the boat in time.
- Picking the correct excursion for you is fundamental. On the chance that you need an adventure in your holiday, plan on making your time on shore active. If you crave relaxation instead, you can laze on the beach or take a guided village tour.
Our packing advice for a great time during your cruise around the Yasawa Islands includes:
- Essential island toiletries like sunscreen and bug repellent
- Proper clothing to keep you comfortable in the heat but can be layered for more warmth, including sunglasses and a sun cap, adequate shoes for hiking, the water, and the deck
- Your own particular snorkeling gear (equipment is usually available to borrow onboard, however, yours will fit best)
- A dry sack/bag to keep your gadgets safe
- An underwater camera, to capture some of the amazing life in the waters here
A 4-month visa is issued on entry to guests with a valid passport from most nations. You can purchase local Fijian Dollars at the air terminal and some ship ports also.
Best time to cruise the Yasawa Islands Islands
The best time to take a Yasawa Islands Cruise might just be the off-season! Most of the months of the year have fine weather for travel, but crowds are an issue for some travelers during peak times.
Yasawa Islands summers are wet seasons with high temperatures, high humidity, and more rain. It's tropical weather, reaching the low 30s C at night. This is perfectly fine for travel, as the rain isn't oppressive. You should take care about cyclone season, however, which is around November through March.
The dry season is also lovely. It begins in Yasawa Islands in May through September. There's sun, warm weather that is slightly more comfortable than in the summer, and it's easy to avail yourself of the activities the ports have in store.
Yasawa Islands Boat cruise peak times are July to August and around the Christmas and New Year period. Try coming in March through October to avoid the busy season.
Leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles go to nest in November, December, January, February, and March. The local whales are most active from July to October.
Where do Yasawa Islands cruises depart from?
Fiji Airways, Fiji's national airline, has non-stop flights from numerous universal locations in Australia, China, and Los Angeles. Additionally, Jetstar, Air New Zealand, Korean Air, Pacific Blue, Virgin Australia, Air Niugini, Air Vanuatu, Air Caledonie and Our Airlines all have regular service to Fiji.
Nadi International Airport is the fundamental entry point for most international guests. Domestic flights are available if your destination requires you to fly to another island.
Every agenda for a Fiji small ship cruise around Yasawa Islands is distinctive, but most leave from Port Denarau, Nadi. This is convenient since you'll likely enter the region there. An individual from the team will meet you at the airport terminal to escort you to the ship or at your hotel if you've arrived early. Please consult your chosen itinerary to confirm your departure port.
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