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Fiji Princess<br>4 Night Wanderer Cruise<br>Nadi Return

Fiji Princess
4 Night Wanderer Cruise
Nadi Return

Ship: Fiji Princess
Cruise Line: Blue Lagoon Cruises
Departures: 
Duration: 4 Night
Ports: Nadi, Sacred Islands, Nanuya Lailai, The Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Island, Drawaqa Island, Nadi
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Nadi
Airport gateway (Departure) : Nadi

 

The truly spectacular Sacred Islands will astound you and the mighty Yasawa Islands will offer all you dreamed of and more. Up in the Blue Lagoon area, you'll find paradise, and there, you'll have a great array of activities, both onshore and in the water to keep you entertained. Discovering the Fiji culture is an integral part of the cruise, and you'll learn sacred stories and legends from the Yasawan villagers themselves.
 

Itinerary

 

DAY 1: MONDAY
 
Your voyage into tropical paradise begins on-board high speed private transfer catamaran, Cheetah, departing Denarau then cruising up through the islands to rendezvous with Fiji Princessin the Sacred Islands. BULA and welcome! Check into Fiji Princess, meet your crew and fellow passengers then enjoy a tasty lunch on-board. The Sacred Islands provide a breathtaking backdrop and the rest of your day is spent here enjoying these idyllic tropical islands and feeling very special because we are the only ones there! It’s up to you how you want to spend your time in this stunning setting. Enjoy a swim, wander the beaches, kayak in the lagoon and just enjoy the feeling of being in this beautiful part of the world!
This afternoon you can learn the art of Fiji High Tea: learn how to make roti in lolo and enjoy with lemon tea. Back on-board it's happy hour at the bar, cocktails, cold beers and wines on the upper deck. Cocktails can be won at the coconut bowls competition!
Tonight enjoy the Captain’s Dinner welcoming you into the Blue Lagoon family. The a la carte menu is served in the dining saloon and entertainment is provided by our talented singing, dancing and guitar playing crew!

Anchorage:  YALOBI BAY
 
 
 
 
 
DAY 2: TUESDAY
 
Take some last snaps of this spectacular location (but save some room on your camera because we're cruising into paradise!).
Laze on the sun deck as we cruise past several of the larger Yasawa Islands and beautiful bays. Our destination today is the famed Blue Lagoon. This superb stretch of water is circled by islands, creating a lagoon that is filled with fascinating coral reefs easily seen from the surface of the crystal clear waters.
One of those islands, Nanuya Lailai, is home to Blue Lagoon Cruises very own private beach. Watch as the crew position the vessel right up to the beach and tie her off to a coconut tree! Lunch is served on-board, whilst on shore our private 'Fiji style beach club' awaits, along with sun loungers, onshore massage, a bar and beach volleyball. You’ll have plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling, fish feeding, viewing coral from the glass bottom boat or just wandering along to a secluded stretch of beach to top up the tan. We’ll give a coconut demonstration – how to climb that palm, get the coconut and husk them, then appreciate fresh coconut milk straight from the coconut for afternoon tea. Delicious! Diving for both novices and experienced divers can be pre-booked for this location. There are many awesome dive siteswithin easy reach (diving is an extra cost). We also offer a number of guided ‘reef safari’ snorkelling tours to show you the best spots around the island. Happy hour is served on shore from the beach bar along with canapes. Tonight is a very special night with a traditional Lovo meal. The food is cooked underground in a specially prepared pit. Watch the unearthing of the Lovo and be tantalized by the smells. The dining room tonight is on the beach under the coconut palms and the stars. Following dinner is a fantastic Meke performance with singing, dancing and story telling by a group of local villagers, come to share their company with Blue Lagoon guests.
Anchorage: NANUYA LAILAI, THE BLUE LAGOON
 
 
 
 
 
 
DAY 3: WEDNESDAY

The azure waters will tempt you to an early morning swim. Dive off the boat, head ashore to the beach or paddle a kayak in the surrounding tranquil waters. Sit down to an a la carte breakfast, cooked to your liking along with the buffet of fresh tropical fruits, yogurts, cereals, fruit juices, tea and coffee.
Most of the day is at leisure here at our private beach. Laze around or take part in any of these great Fijian activities. All of the islands activities from yesterday are on offer again today plus a few extra special ones:
 
- An easy guided walk along the beach and up over the hill to the other side of the island is offered this morning. The views out across the Blue Lagoon make it well worthwhile. You'll see village gardens, local island residences and arrive at the 'very local' Lo's Tea Shopon the beach! Enjoy Lo's famous cakes and browse the shell market. A water taxi whisks you back to the vessel.
- Basket weaving - make your own!
- A Fijian woodcarver will show you how to carve your own kava bowl.
- Diving for the experienced and first time divers (additional cost).
- A guided 'Reef Safari' snorkelling trip visiting four sites in the lagoon - each of them featuring different and unique corals. Don't miss the giant cabbage!
 
A delicious buffet lunch is served in the dining bure on shore before it’s back on-board. Fiji Princess heads North to our next destination, the mystical island of Sawa-I-Lau. Afternoon tea is served on-board as we cruise.
On arrival we set off on a private guided visit to the Sawa-I-Lau Caves. Steps rise from the shore up to the first cave. You can view the majestic cavern from the stairs or take to the water. A short swim through an underwater passage takes you into the second of these stunning limestone caves.
This evening includes a special visit to the village of Tamusua. A yaqona ceremony, a guided walk around the village and a Fiji village style 'feast' prepared and cooked by the village women awaits you. This is not a feast tailored for visitors but one exactly as the village would hold themselves for special occasions. Served outside if the weather is good, you will be Fijian for the night, sitting on mats, eating Fijian village food and sharing stories with the villagers about their culture and their home. Return to Fiji Princess for a movie night. Pull up a chair or a sun lounger on the upper theatre deck, get a cold drink in hand and enjoy the one movie that just has to be shown on a Blue Lagoon Cruise – the classic 'Blue Lagoon' starring Brooke Shields.
 
Anchorage: Just off TAMUSUA BAY, YASAWA ISLAND
 
 
 
 
 
DAY 4: THURSDAY
 
Fiji Princess heads on out of the bay bound for Drawaqa Island. At your leisure enjoy a la carte breakfast, cooked to your liking. On arrival at Drawaqa, our Marine Biologist will tell you all about the local fish, marine life and the conservation work the Vinaka Fiji Volunteer team are doing in this area. If you are lucky enough to be here during May to October then an introduction to the magnificent manta rays, whose feeding ground is just nearby, will be included. Conditions permitting you will have the opportunity to snorkel with these wonderful creatures in small escorted groups. From October to April aguided 'Reef Safari' snorkelling tour is conducted to see the prolific corals, clams and marine life in this area. This is also a superb dive area and optional dives under expert instruction – perhaps your very first scuba dive can be booked. Certified divers well catered for as well! (Diving is an additional cost). If getting wet is not your thing two other great activities are on offer. Visit a local village school where Vinaka Fiji volunteers are at work. Or, for a truly exhilarating view, from the island cliff top to the stunning waters below, have a go at abseiling! Dinner this evening is a barbecue served on the upper deckof the vessel dining under the stars! A special feast and party night is the perfect way to celebrate your time in the Yasawas. The bar is open and our resident DJ 'Fiji Afro Jack' spins the tunes on the upper deck. If you haven’t already learnt the Bula Bula dance you soon will.
 
Anchorage: DRAWAQA ISLAND
 
 
 
 
DAY 5: FRIDAY
 
An early start for the crew as unfortunately it is time to cruise for home and return to Denarau Marina. Enjoy breakfast on-board as Fiji Princess cruises back toward her home port. All guests will be farewelled with the traditional Isa Lei songfrom the crew, as your exploration of the beautiful Yasawa Islands comes to an end. Vinaka vakalevu and we hope to see you again!
 

 

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Ports

Nadi

Nadi is the third-largest conurbation in Fiji. It is located on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu, and had a population of 42,284 at the most recent census, in 2007. Nadi is multiracial with many of its inhabitants Indian or Fijian, along with a large transient population of foreign tourists. Along with sugar cane production, tourism is a mainstay of the local economy. The Nadi region has a higher concentration of hotels and motels than any other part of Fiji.

Sacred Islands

Fijian legend says that these islands were the first land fall of the early settlers 2,500 years ago—indeed hidden beneath a huge volcanic outcrop on Navadra Island is a shrine to the gods of the Islands, where you can leave an offering.

Today, their geographical remoteness and beauty make the Sacred Islands a favourite location for exploring, while their stunning white sandy beaches are just the ticket for relaxing and sunbathing.

Nanuya Lailai

Nanuya Lailai is an island of the Yasawa Group in Fiji. It is located north of Nanuya Levu, which served as a location for the film The Blue Lagoon, separated by a narrow channel.

A beach on the west of the island is leased by Blue Lagoon Cruises, nearby is the island's one luxury resort. The small settlement of Enendala is at the base of a hill on the island's eastern beach. Seven families, all related and with family connections to Naisisili Village on Nacula Island, live there. They operate a small number of backpacker hostels.

The Blue Lagoon

This superb stretch of water is circled by islands, creating a lagoon that is filled with fascinating coral reefs easily seen from the surface of the crystal clear waters.

Yasawa Island

The remote Yasawa Islands were formed millions of years ago by volcanoes, most evident in the southern most islands of Kuata and Waya Lailai with their dramatic elevations, honeycomb rock formations and summits just short of 600 metres above sea level.
 

Further north, azure lagoons surround the pristine white sandy beaches. This - the Blue Lagoon Region - is the Fiji you dream of. The beautiful environment is perfect for relaxing or enjoying the many activities on offer.

Drawaqa Island

Drawaqa Island lies in the Southern Yasawa Islands of Fiji. The visiting manta rays and stunning coral gardens right off the beach make this one of the few unspoiled dive and snorkel locations in the Fijian isles. Drawaqa Island is the perfect destination for travelers searching for an authentic island getaway.

 

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The Story of Blue Lagoon Cruises

We offer amazing cruise experiences in Fiji's Islands. With more than 60 years experience cruising the Yasawa Islands, we've figured out the winning formula for taking guests to the most beautiful places in Fiji, showcasing the most rewarding activities and giving our guests the best possible experience in the untouched South Pacific!

History of Blue Lagoon Cruises

The history of Blue Lagoon tells the story of a love affair with the islands of Fiji – and of a man who dared to dream about creating one of the most enchanting cruise experiences in the world.

 

The Beginning

Captain Trevor Withers, a young New Zealand stockbroker with a passion for the sea, founded Blue Lagoon Cruises in 1950. Withers and his friend, Harold Gatty, a renowned Australian aviator, came to Fiji at a time when tourism to the pacific nation was virtually unknown. Visitors to Fiji, for the most part, were in transit at Nadi Airport or were shipboard passengers enroute between North America and New Zealand or Australia.


Withers and Gatty had a vision to establish a fishing industry in Fiji. To start the venture, the duo visited the islands to pay respects to the Chiefs. It was at the magnificent Yasawa Island, Waya Lailai, where they enlisted the help of a young villager, Epeli Voli, as an interpreter. With Epeli’s help, Captain Withers obtained the full support of the Yasawa people for his fishing venture and established firm friendships with the chiefs and the people of the Yasawa Islands.

After four years of effort, Withers and Gatty concluded that their hopes of establishing a tuna fishing industry in Fiji were not viable. But, both men had fallen in love with Fiji and wished to remain in the islands. Gatty went on to establish Fiji Airways, the forerunner to Fiji's national airline, Air Pacific (now once again called Fiji Airways). However, the future for Withers was not so clear. He still had his mind on the sea and began to dream of taking visitors on a cruise through the idyllic Yasawa Islands: a dream that was to become Blue Lagoon Cruises.

 

A Slow Start but an enduring icon

Withers’ enthusiasm for this new cruise project was not shared by many. Critics asked logically, "Where are the tourists?" Still, determined to make his dream a reality, Withers returned to the Yasawa Islands to solicit the support of the Chiefs and people. To his delight, and no-doubt due to his previously formed friendships, the cruise proposal was met with enthusiastic promises of co-operation.

While pondering over a suitable name for the venture, Withers remembered his association with the original movie version of 'Blue Lagoon', filmed on location in the Yasawa Islands in 1948. He had lent a hand on the set, where he had met and liked the attractive English star, Jean Simmons and the name ‘Blue Lagoon’, therefore, seemed totally appropriate for the idyllic cruise he envisaged.

Withers purchased his first boat from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authorities in Fiji. The vessel was christened Turaga Levu ('Great Chief' which was Withers' local nick-name). Amidst much merriment, she was launched down the slipway into Suva’s Walu Bay.

The first cruise date was then scheduled and advertised – with a complete lack of response. As the hour of the inaugural departure drew near, it appeared that if the Turaga Levu was to sail at all, it would sail empty. Withers, though tempted to cancel, was reluctant to disappoint the islanders anxiously awaiting its arrival, so invited six Fijian men on the wharf who had previously assisted him to become the Turaga Levu’s first cruise passengers.

For the first month, Withers set sail every Monday, often carrying Fijians to their Yasawa villages but without a single paying passenger. Finances began to run low and it was 10 days into his second month before Withers secured his first charter, an American Colonel and his wife who had made it quite clear that they expected the perfect holiday. Unfortunately (and quite comically) this didn’t prove to be the case. Withers had earlier conducted a painstaking inspection of the Turaga Levu to see that everything was shipshape: the only place, which required improvement, was the ship’s toilet, where the seat would benefit from a new coat of paint.

At the appointed time, the Turaga Levu set sail and soon the Colonel and his wife were relaxing in fishing chairs trolling for tuna. Later that morning, the calm of the cruise was shattered by a pained bellow from below. It transpired that the Colonel was firmly joined to the toilet seat, still sticky from the fresh coat of paint. Some delicate and painful maneuvering luckily parted man and seat, but the damage to his nether regions was such that the Turaga Levu was obliged to head back to shore in search of a doctor. On his return, drinks and lunch restored the Colonel’s humour and, after overnight treatment, he decided to continue the cruise.

During the following three months, only 27 passengers were carried on the cruise. Bankruptcy was imminent and Withers was forced to make a final desperate gamble. After securing agreement with the airlines flying the Pacific to undertake a joint promotion in North America, he sold all his wordly possessions for £7,000 to finance a whirlwind visit to travel agents in the USA and Canada. The gamble paid off. The trickle of visitors rapidly became a steady stream and Blue Lagoon Cruises was underway.

By 1966, Blue Lagoon Cruises had established an international reputation and Withers, now suffering from poor health, was ready to retire to his beloved Waya Island. After much deliberation, he sold the venture to Captain Claude Millar, a well-known New Zealand ship owner, so completing the first chapter of the Blue Lagoon Cruise history.

This briefly is the story of Blue Lagoon Cruises. A simple story of a dream that became a reality and a reality that fulfilled a dream.

 

 

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Fiji Princess

 

Fiji Princess is meant for boutique cruising and allows the exploration of countless tranquil inlets and bays, not accessible to larger cruise ships.
 

Blue Lagoon Cruises ship, Fiji Princess has been purpose-built for cruising and selected for the ocean going conditions of the Fiji waters, especially around the Yasawa Islands.
 

      Small enough to tie off to a coconut tree…
 

The small size of Blue Lagoon Cruises boutique cruise ship, Fiji Princess is just one of the things that makes a cruise with us so special. Accommodating up to 68 passengers and measuring only 179 feet (55 metres) in length, we can access bays and islands that would be impossible to reach in a large ship. We can get so close to shore, that we can tie off a coconut tree and you can swim to the beach! Here are some reasons we love small ship cruising:
 

  • Small ship cruising allows Fiji Princess to tie up to coconut trees during the day. We can explore the lagoons and coves that would be inaccessible to a large vessel.
  • With a maximum of 68 guests on Fiji Princess, no matter which beach or island we visit, you won’t be overwhelmed by crowds. Most the time, our passengers are the only people on the beach!
  • Because of the smaller passenger numbers, we pride ourselves on our personal and friendly Fijian service. We usually operate at a 2 to 1 passenger to staff ratio and everyone is referred to on a first-name basis.
  • Small ship cruising offers a very relaxed atmosphere and environment. Because of this, you'll adapt with the greatest of ease to 'Fiji Time'.
  • You only need to unpack once but you’ll visit numerous islands.
  • Our cruises are very casual and informal. There is no need to bring several outfits to wear for evening functions.
  • Our passengers often make friends for life, given the social atmosphere of small ship cruising.
  • If conditions are rough due to winds and swells, it's easy for us to alter our itinerary to cruise on the sheltered side of the islands

     

Facilities:

  • The excellent on-board amenities include:

  • An open-air dining room with views out over the sea to the rear of the vessel
  • Shaded sky deck bar and saloon bar
  • Sun loungers on the large upper sky deck
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • A boutique with a range of souvenir items
  • Senikai Spa offering a range of massage and beauty treatments
  • Splash pool
  • A library of reading materials and games
  • In room DVD viewing
  • Unlimited WIFI in public areas onboard (available where reception allows)
  • Self-service guest laundry



     

 

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