Cruising the Southern Yasawa Islands inward Fiji

Fiji is all nearly islands as well as thus when offered the chance to cruise several aboard Captain Cook Cruises' Reef Endeavour, I speedily signed on.

Tip: Smaller cruise ships tin survive a occupation for Levelers because they rarely bring elevators. Reef Endeavour had a small-scale ane but I never saw anyone using it because the stairs aren't bad.

Ship as well as Passengers
Fellow passengers (Endeavour accommodates 168)  numbered 38 Australians, 23 Americans, 7 New Zealanders, viii Germans as well as 2 Canadians for the four-day, three-night trip from Denarau on the large isle of Viti Levu but about Vanua Levu as well as Navadra, the Sacred Islands, as well as Waya as well as Wayasewa Islands.

Cabins are basic but comfortable although yous won't pass much fourth dimension there. The send has what yous ask - 2 masseuses, a bar salon alongside piano, a small-scale but good provisioned ship's shop for souvenirs (at decent prices), a dining room, small-scale puddle as well as several decks for sunning, sitting as well as relaxing.

Tip: Stairs are 10-14 steps from deck to deck, there's a large lip to footstep over to piece of work inwards the cabins as well as a much smaller ane into the bath where the shower is roomy for this size ship.

Meals were basic as well as proficient but non gourmet although the curry tiffin was delicious. You won't ever survive hungry but yous in all likelihood won't larn domicile raving nearly the food.

Tip: This is a proficient trip for anyone unsure of their seaworthiness: the waters are protected as well as polish as well as the distance betwixt islands is short. Just plenty displace to stone yous to sleep.

Water sports are the top dog daytime action - SCUBA, snorkeling, glass-bottomed boat viewing (the drinking glass is tinted as well as thus yous immature lady the wonderful tonalities of the corals) as well as beach relaxing as well as combing.

Tip: Access to as well as from ship-to-shore boats is a snap as well as snorkel gear as well as beach towels are provided.

The showtime solar daytime out, Saturday, the beach halt was inwards the afternoon; Lord's Day nosotros had 2 beach stops as well as Mon ane inwards the morning.

The H2O is universally clear as well as beautiful but the character of the beaches varies. Some bring express coral closed inwards patch on others yous can't swim for the coral.

Tip: If all yous desire to produce is lounge but about fine, but snorkelers as well as swimmers are advised to piece of work out on the snorkel boat. The exception is the sandspit on Waya Sewa Island where yous tin wade comfortably out to deeper H2O as well as snorkel easily from the beach.

Afternoons were spent inwards villages. Captain Cook Cruises has exclusive rights to a divulge of spots, but the inhabitants alive yesteryear their schedules non the ship's which way things change.

Sunday nosotros were scheduled for church building services on Nalauwaki but because it was Palm Sunday, the afternoon service started afterward than park as well as nosotros had to leave of absence inwards the middle.

Mon afternoon nosotros visited Namara Village School on Waya Sewa Island as well as that eve nosotros had a lovo dinner at Yalobi hamlet on Waya Island.

Evenings were filled alongside talks, pianoforte bar as well as a present yesteryear the ship's crew.

Snorkeling, particularly the reef off Waya Island, where at ane betoken it looked equally if I was swimming over a plain of heather inwards tones of blue, lavender, purple, maroon, chartreuse as well as peach.

Climbing the steps to my cabin deck as well as seeing the tiny palm tree that ever reminded me of the captain's honey palm inwards "Mister Roberts."

The play staged during the Nalauwaki (Methodist) Church service where scenes as well as acts were marked off yesteryear pulling a drape halfway across the stage.

Cruising yesteryear fascinatingly shaped islands that changed tonality alongside each cloud.

The students at Namara Village School who couldn't hold off to present off their singing as well as dancing skills as well as their classrooms.

The squirming kindergarteners of Yalobi hamlet who sang for us as well as the women who showed off as well as sold their handicrafts.

That in conclusion black at Yalobi when the total satelite rose over the mountains as well as slathered the body of body of water alongside a path of luminescence.

Coming dorsum into port at at Denarau Harbor as well as beingness told the large yacht named SuRi alongside the helicopter pad belonged to Tom Cruise. H5N1 fleck of query on the spider web proved it didn't.

Hearing the pharynx catching vocal of farewell, "Isa Lei," sung yesteryear the crew  equally nosotros disembarked as well as knowing it was for the in conclusion time.

Cruising the Southern Yasawa Islands inward Fiji