Starting from our home berth in Port Denarau Marina you are right on the doorstep of the Mamanuca and Yasawa Island Groups. These islands are located on the leeward side of Fiji, so you will generally experience dry sunny weather.
Fiji is a real melting pot of the Pacific and our population of approximately 837,000 is made up of indigenous Fijians, Indians, Chinese, Europeans and South Pacific Islanders.
Fijians are renowned for their “bula hospitality” and for being the friendliest people in the world. Your respect for their customs and traditions will not only make you a welcome guest in their villages but add another dimension to your Unique holiday.
A sevusevu ceremony is a wonderful way for you to experience Fijian culture and tradition when visiting a village. This traditional custom is the presentation of a gift of kava to the head of the village (“Turaga Ni koro”). The very popular drink Kava, yaqona (“yang-go-na”), also locally known as ‘grog’ is a peppery, earthy tasting drink made from the root of the pepper plant. From village disputes and major political decisions to singing and relaxing, the kava bowl is where it happens.
Once the chief has accepted your gift of Kava you are a welcome guest of the village.
Generally Fijians are very relaxed and laid back, but it is important to dress modestly and respectfully when entering the village. Your sulu is perfect for covering your shoulders and knees. It is also respectful to take off your hat and sunglasses as the head is “sacred space” to Fijian’s and is considered to be your connection to Heaven, so covering your head is insulting
The islands of Fiji provide one of the world’s most outstanding tropical marine environments, attracting growing numbers of tourists and marine resource users from around the world every year.
Fiji comprises of around 844 highlands, cays and islets, occupying an area of around 1.3 million sq. km. The extent and remoteness of its shallow tropical marine habitats, from oceanic reefs to near-shore fringing reefs, mangrove forests, sea grass beds, lagoons, estuaries and deep oceanic drop-offs, make it an area of high marine biodiversity, with many species unique to Fiji.
If you feel like doing something a little more active than just soaking up the sun, grab your mask and snorkel and jump overboard and discover why Fiji is known as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”. Scattered across roughly 1.3 million square kilometers of the South Pacific, Fiji has one of the most extensive coral reef systems in the world and offers unparalleled marine biodiversity. With around 1000 species of fish and several hundred types of coral and sponges, you will be spoilt with unique snorkeling.
If you’re onboard between May and October, you may be lucky enough to swim with the Manta Rays. You will be blown away when these elegant, majestic creatures dance underneath you. You will start recognizing them by their unique sucker fish that partner them as they gracefully somersault through the water waltzing to their silent orchestra. You will come onboard awed and humbled to have witnessed such a sight. Manta Rays are one of the largest fish in the ocean, some span as big as 6.5metres and feed in Fiji during the cooler months. Unlike their sting ray cousins, Manta Rays have no barbed tail and are harmless to humans feeding on microscopic krill.
When you are out sailing – keep your eyes peeled for what looks like floating logs as Fiji is also home to five species of turtles. The most famous being the Hawksbill Turtle, which are now a protected species. You will enjoy swimming and snorkeling in our moderate water temperature and the visibility is a photographers dream.