February 12th 8:30 PM: We depart Los Angeles International Airport LAX, (add-ons from other cities are available) for our non-stop flight to FIJI. Overnight flight crossing the International Dateline so add a day. Advantage International and Traveling Culturati staff member will be onboard with you. A meal in flight.
Feb 14th 6 AM: Bula (Fijian Greeting) Happy Valentine’s Day and Welcome to FIJI. We’ll spend our first day at the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, located around a lagoon with lush tropical gardens and a myriad of facilities. Have breakfast and relax in your private room for the day. Enjoy the amenities the resort has to offer and become acquainted with Fiji. Later you will be transferred to the nearby Port of Denarau for our cruise aboard the Fiji Princess.
Our cruise ship, the M.V. Fiji Princess, accommodates only 68 passengers and it is all ours, meaning your cruise will be personal and friendly, complimented by their 100% Fijian crew. With nearly 70 years of experience cruising the islands of Fiji, Blue Lagoon Cruises knows how to show you the best of the South Pacific. Set sail on the Fiji Princess from Port Denarau for the outer Mamanucas. The first overnight anchorage is in a gorgeous secluded location at Modriki Island. Seen in the Tom Hanks’ movie ‘Cast Away’, tonight, that is where you are the castaway. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapes as you watch the sunset. Meals: B, D
Feb 15th: Soso Bay – There is time to step ashore and enjoy a swim or wander along the beach before or after breakfast. Sea conditions permitting, there is an opportunity to swim with the sharks at a secret reef location en route to our next destination. After lunch, a visit to the chiefly village of Soso – an exceptional example of a current day Fijian island village. Enjoy a traditional Thali dinner which features exquisite Indian dishes. Meals: B,L,D
Feb 16th: NAUKACUVU ISLAND – Sunday is a day of rest in Fiji. After breakfast, attend a village church service. We cruise south to the beautiful Naukacucu and Narara Islands as you enjoy a traditional Sunday roast. Join the Chef for today’s Fijian cooking lesson and make the traditional dish ‘Kokoda’. There is Bingo ‘Fiji style’ after dinner with lots of laughs and some good prizes, or you can enjoy a quiet nightcap at the bar. Meals: B,L,D
Feb 17th: YALOBI BAY – As the Fiji Princess arrives at the stunning Sacred Isles, you’ll be sure you are lost in paradise. The backdrop of the neighboring Waya Lailai with volcanic formations is breathtaking. Spend the remainder of the day swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. Fiji style high tea is served following a cooking lesson on how to make ‘Roti in Lolo’. Watch the sunset and enjoy the Captains’ Dinner. Meals: B,L,D
Feb 18th: BLUE LAGOON – Our destination: the famed Blue Lagoon. This superb stretch of water is ringed by the island and Blue Lagoon Cruises’ very own private island peninsula, located here. Watch as the crew positions right up to the beach and tie her off to the coconut trees. Enjoy happy hour on shore with canapes. A very special night enjoying a traditional Lovo meal cooked underground, you’ll dine under the coconut palms and the tropical stars. There will be Fijian meke: singing, dancing, and storytelling by locals. Meals: B,L,D
Feb 19th: SAWA-I-LAU ISLAND An easy guided island walk with panoramic views is offered this morning to visit an island style cake shop and browse the shell market. Laze in the sun or try your hand at basket weaving. A guided snorkeling safari is an offer today. Lunch is served on board as the Fiji Princess cruises north for a private guided visit to the amazing Sawa-I-Lau Caves. The village of Tamasua welcomes us to a yaqona ceremony, a guided walk around the village and a village style ‘feast’ prepared and cooked by the village women. You will be Fijian for the night, sitting on the mats, eating Fijian village food. The Fijians share their culture and home with us for the evening. Meals: B,L,D
February 20th: DRAWAQA ISLAND Cruise to Drawaqa Island where our Marine Biologist joins us for a presentation about the local marine life and the volunteer conservation work carried out in the area. An offer today is an excursion to the local island school to view the work of the Vinaka Fiji Volunteers. The Farewell Dinner this evening is a barbecue served under the stars. Tonight, we party Fiji style. Meals: B,L,D
February 21st: Our paradise cruise adventure comes to an end. After breakfast, we depart the ship for a tour of Nadi, shopping, and lunch. After, we will be dropped off at Nadi Airport for our flight home. We arrive in the US the same day with the International Date Line. Arrival at LAX at 12:25 pm. Meals: B, L
Basically, everything is provided with our Fiji Cruise itinerary and package!
Your package will include:
Roundtrip air from Los Angeles (add-ons from Chicago and Washington, DC available)
Airport transfers in Fiji
Day room at Radisson Blu Resort Fiji upon arrival.
Tour and Shopping on day of departure – prior to transfer to the airport.
All scheduled cruise excursions and activities.
Cruise accommodation with in-cabin facilities.
Use of onboard facilities.
All meals including tea, coffee, morning and afternoon tea, filtered water and juice.
Traditional Fijian entertainment.
Use of all non-motorized watersports equipment at Nanuya Lailai, including stand-up paddle boards and kayaks.
Ship to shore transfers.
Entrance fees for all activities and village visits.
Captain’s complimentary champagne cocktail.
All port charges and taxes.
Meals not listed on the itinerary.
Scuba Diving – opportunities to dive are offered at Drawaqa and the Blue Lagoon stops.
Sports fishing trips.
Alcohol and off-ship drinks (filtered water and juice supplied).
Massage, spa and beauty treatments.
Souvenir items purchased on board or in the villages.
Items of a personal nature
Travelers Insurance (highly recommended)
Gratuities at own discretion
U.S. citizens must have a valid US Passport to enter Fiji. (You will need to have at least one blank page available for the arrival stamp and your passport must be valid for six months after your departure from Fiji.)
No Vaccinations are required, visit Travel.State.Gov for further details on Passport and Vaccinations.