11 NIGHT LAU & KADAVU ISLANDS CRUISE
LAU & KADAVU
MV Reef Endeavour is a small cruise ship catering for 130 passengers over 4 accommodation levels. Her small size allows her to negotiate remote islands, reefs and shallow bays where bigger ships are unable to go, showcasing the real Fiji and giving our passengers a true cultural experience.
ABOUT THE CRUISE
Choose from a 7 or 11 Night Lau Discovery Cruise
Visit the amazing Bay of Islands – a magnificent location with many limestone islands
Snorkelling, glass bottom boat & dive opportunities daily
Island Night, kava, meke & lovo feast
Discover islands and reefs rarely visited by tourists
Be treated to a song and dance by children of all ages from a local village
Swim in some of the most pristine and clear waters that the Lau group has to offer
DISCOVER A FIJI RARELY SEEN BY TOURISTS
If you want to experience the real Fiji, join us on MV Reef Endeavour as we explore the Lau Islands and Kadavu; a beautiful and remote region rarely seen by tourists. A visit to this region offers a once in a lifetime experience to a select few travellers, visiting turquoise bays and remote villages where they only see a supply boat once a month.Cruise highlights include a swim at a waterfall, exploring old ruins, snorkelling untouched reefs and getting up close with nesting turtles. You’ll also explore the caves, reefs and lagoons of Qilaqila renowned for its mushroom-shaped islands, and the central lake on uninhabited Vuaqava island where you’ll find turtles, snakes and amazing bird life. Best of all, you’ll be welcomed and entertained by the friendly people of this region and experience a traditional Meke, Sevusevu and lovo quite different from the traditional Fijian feast.
The Lau Island Group consists of 57 islets, of which only 30 are inhabited and if you enjoy getting off the beaten track these islands are for you, with no public transport or restaurants to be found. The Kadavu Group is made up of four main islands, of which Kadavu is the largest. It is home to the Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the world’s largest barrier reefs and a renowned site for premier diving. Most days offer the opportunity to snorkel, swim and scuba dive the pristine waters of these beautiful islands and when you’re not experiencing all that they have to offer, you’ll enjoy the relaxing hospitality aboard the MV Reef Endeavour. Here you’ll be pampered with most of the luxuries found on larger cruise liners including fully catered buffet and 3-course meals prepared fresh daily onboard, a freshwater swimming pool, jacuzzi, day spa, cocktail bar and much more.
Enjoy an afternoon of beach activities at Tivua Island, followed by a wonderful welcome dinner as you cruise into a south pacific sunset.
Take part in a traditional Fijian ceremony at Makogai Island and walking tour of the old leper colony, closed to lepers since mid last century. Snorkel over giant clam gardens in this turtle sanctuary and be visited by the local primary school children who will entertain you with their traditional song and dance.
Explore a beautiful beach on the rugged southern coastline of Taveuni at Lavena, hike to a spectacular waterfall and fresh water pool and, enjoy a picnic lunch ashore and a chat with the locals. There is also a guided kayak tour along the coast, weather permitting.
Explore the remains of a disused lighthouse and snorkel with the abundant fish life on Wailagilala, the most northern island of Lau.
Immerse yourself in the amazing scenery, pristine reefs, strange mushroom shaped islands and hidden caves of the Bay of Islands at Qilaqila, on the northwest end of Vanua Balavu.
We will arrive at Oneata where the local people will welcome us at their Methodist Tongan Church for Sunday service. The harmonies of the Oneata choir will inspire you.
The ship has an early start today to cruise to Fulaga Island or Komo island. Both are extinct volcano craters and known for their crystal lagoons and amazing corals. This afternoon we arrive at one of the Yagasa Islands, for snorkelling, swimming, coral viewing or kayaking.
Explore the uninhabited sacred island of Vuaqava in the centre of a lake, known for turtles, snakes and amazing bird life. You may be treated to a locally prepared delicacy of coconut crabs on the beach.
Be welcomed & entertained by the people of Naikeleyaga Village on the island of Kabara or Komo known for their wood turning and Tongan heritage. Experience a traditional Meke, Sevusevu & lovo quite different from the traditional Fijian.
Horse-shoe shaped Totoya Island is our destination today. We will visit a local school and the children will surprise you with their entertainment and show you their work. We will also have the opportunity to explore their reefs.
We arrive in Kadavu and head to the Village of Nalotu for a welcome Sevusevu then tour of the village where you can witness the making of traditional fishing traps and pottery. The women of Nalotu village still make clay pottery in the time honoured traditional that is rarely seen in Fiji.
Disembark at Port Denarau feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to do it all again.