11 Nights Lau & Kadavu Captain Cook Cruise

Discover islands and reefs rarely visited by tourists

Overview

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 birdlife. 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.

  • Discover islands and reefs rarely visited by tourists
  • Visit the amazing Bay of Islands – a magnificent location with many limestone islands
  • Be treated to a song and dance by children of all ages from a local village
  • Snorkelling, glass-bottom boat & dive opportunities daily
  • Swim in some of the most pristine and clear waters that the Lau group has to offer
  • Island Night, kava, meke & lovo feast

Includes:

  • All meals
  • Daily snorkel, kayak, SUP
  • Loca food & Culture
  • Island Tours & hikes
  • Entertainment
  • 24/7 coffee & tea facilities
  • Kids Club
  • Boat & bus transfers
  • Most twice daily excursions included 
  • Freshwater swimming pool & sundeck spa 
  • Choice of 4 recently renovated accommodation levels 
  • Day Spa (massage & beauty ) optional 
  • Scuba Diving (Padi 5 star) daily—optional 
  • Mini-gym & audio visual room/library 
  • Easy access small boat launching platform 
  • Interconnecting family staterooms and family quad cabins 
  • Resident marine biologist cultural & marine presentations 
  • FARES EXCLUDE: Transfers to the ship, drinks, optional tours, scuba diving & services. 
Itinerary

The beauty of Fiji lies in its diversity over 330 islands waiting to be explored. 

Discovery cruises are designed to offer you an authentic & personal experience of the South Pacific.   

 

TUESDAY: Set sail on your Lau Discovery cruise. After boarding there will be a full briefing from your guide before an afternoon of beach activities at Tivua Island. Later in theevening, enjoy a wonderful Welcome dinner as you cruise into a south pacific sunset. 

WEDNESDAY: Start your day at Makogai Island with a traditional Fijian ceremony before joining the 1 hour walking tour of Makogai leper colony and clam research station. Therewill be an opportunity in the afternoon to return to the island visiting the local primary school children who will entertain you with their song and dance. 

THURSDAY: Explore a beautiful beach on the rugged southern coastline of Taveuni, take a hike to a spectacular waterfall and fresh water pool and enjoy a picnic lunch ashore and achat to the locals. 

FRIDAY: We reach the most northern island of Lau—Wailagilala. See the remains of a disused lighthouse, or explore the abundant fish life whilst snorkelling. 

SATURDAY: Qilaqila, at the northwest end of Vanuabalavu, is known for its pristine waters, limestone caves and mushroom shaped islands. This is also known as the Bay of Islandsand is famous for its amazing scenery and pristine reefs.

SUNDAY: 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. 

MONDAY: The ship has an early start today to cruise to Fulaga Island. Both are extinct volcano craters and known for their crystal lagoons and amazing corals. This afternoon wearrive at one of the Yagasa Islands, for snorkelling, swimming, coral viewing or kayaking. 

TUESDAY: Explore uninhabited Vuaqava and its central lake known for turtles, snakes & amazing bird life. This is a sacred island for the Fijian culture and there will be an island walkto explore these relics. Please be warned that a reasonable level of fitness will be required as the return walk is approximately 3 hours and quite difficult to negotiate.

WEDNESDAY: Be welcomed & entertained by the people of Naikeleyaga Village on the island of Kabara known for their wood turning and Tongan heritage. Experience a traditionalMeke, Sevusevu & lovo quite different from the traditional Fijian. 

THURSDAY: 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 theirwork. We will also have the opportunity to explore their reefs. 

FRIDAY: We arrive in Kadavu and head to the Village of Nalotu for a welcome Sevusevu, then a tour of the village where you can witness the making of traditional fishing traps andpottery. The women of Nalotu village still make clay pottery in the time-honoured tradition that is rarely seen in Fiji anymore. This evening don your sulu (sarong) and join all thecelebrations of our Pacific Island Night Finale.

SATURDAY: Disembark at Port Denarau feeling refreshed. Most days will offer the opportunity to snorkel, swim and Scuba Dive the pristine waters of the beautiful Lau group thepristine waters of the beautiful Lau group. 

* Itineraries are subject to change due to weather and other operational requirements. 

Ship

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.

Originally designed to cater for 168 passengers however with subsequent refurbishment, including the creation of suites and family rooms, the number of passengers on board at any one time is now significantly reduced allowing for even more public area and deck space to be enjoyed.

MV Reef Endeavour offers passengers 4 levels of accommodation with 63 suites, Ocean Staterooms and Porthole cabins. Each cabin is approximately 14 sq metres and features:

  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Hair dryer and international shaver point
  • 240V power
  • Pure Fiji Shampoo, soaps and towels
  • Serviced daily.

Our luxurious  Tabua Suites are 28 sq metres and feature all of the above and additionally:

  • In room tea and plunger coffee maker
  • Mini fridge
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Lounge and bedroom
  • His and Her’s ensuite bathroom

 

Porthole Cabins

Located on the lower deck (D), cabins open to an inside passageway and have portholes. Configuration: twin/double/bunk triple/bunk quad.

 

Ocean Staterooms

Located on the upper and main decks (B & C), each room opens to the outside walkway and have picture windows. Configuration: twin/double beds.

Connecting Family Staterooms

Located on the upper and main decks, we offer 6 staterooms which can be connected an adjoining door for family accommodation. These Staterooms open onto the outside deck and have picture windows.

 

Tabua Suites

Comprising of a bedroom with separate lounge, chair, desk, LCD screen TV & DVD player, refrigerator, tea & coffee facilities and second bathroom. Located on the Upper Deck (A). Configuration: twin/double beds.

 

REEF ENDEAVOUR FEATURES

  • Swimming Pool & Sun Deck
  • Two Lounges
  • 24hr Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Single Sitting Dining Saloon
  • Spa & Mini Gym
  • Satellite communications, telephone and fax
  • WIFI
  • Lift
  • Two Bars
  • Gift Shop
  • Guest Laundry
  • Library & Videos
Additional Information

Travel Period:

  • 22nd March 2022
  • 25th October 2022
  • 21st March 2023
  • 24th October 2023
  • 19th March 2024

 

Price per person in $AUD. All rates are inclusive of taxes and levy and subject to Fiji Government change. Fares may change due to fuel prices or FJD or AUD currency fluctuations.

Price excludes drinks, personal purchases and optional tours.

 

Price:

Note – Prices here are standard prices.

 

Cancellation

  • COVID: Any bookings received prior to borders reopening will qualify for unlimited fee-free amendments and a name change.
  • Cancellation more than 31 days prior to sailing – $300 per person
  • Cancellation within 30-15 days prior to sailing – 50% of fare
  • Cancellation within 14 days prior to sailing – 100% of fare
  • No-show – 100% of fare

 

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