Day 1: Natewa Bay, Vanua Levu. A scenic drive along pristine coastline takes you from Savusavu to Natewa Bay. Upon boarding and checking in to your stateroom or cabin, enjoy a snack and a complimentary foot massage from our onboard spa therapist. The morning snorkeling and dive outings feature a chance to see a resident pod of spinner dolphins. After lunch onboard it’s time for sea kayaking. Paddle along the protected coastline of Natewa Bay. Natewa Bay is a magically quiet location with no signs of development or visitors from the modern world. The coastline varies from white sandy beaches to black volcanic cliffs, and a few stretches of mangroves. Tui Tai will set sail around 5pm as the sun sets behind us.
Day 2: Kioa Island. Welcome to the island of Kioa, the only island in Fiji whose people are Polynesian. Originally from the island nation of Tuvalu, the Kioans are masters of handicrafts and fishing. We’ll typically see Kioan fisherman wave to us as they paddle out to sea in their hand-made outrigger canoes. Around midday, we’ll usually visit the village and learn from their elders how these people came to live in Fiji. Both the snorkeling and scuba diving sites are considered the best in all of Fiji. Divers will explore the renowned “Rainbow Reef” region of dive sites, within the Somosomo Straits. Snorkelers will visit prolific, healthy gardens of coral at “The Farm” and “Nakawa Point.” Today also provides great opportunities for non-divers to try a “Discover Scuba Dive” with our Dive Instructor. In the afternoon we’ll explore the Tunuloa Peninsula on mountain bikes. You can expect to meet people from villages we pass by. Bird lovers might spot the rare and beautiful Silktail. This small black bird is endemic to the islands of Taveuni and Vanua Levu, and has recently been classified as a “Near Threatened” species.
Day 3: Taveuni Island. Welcome to Taveuni, the Garden Island of Fiji. Experience lush rainforests and gushing waterfalls as you visit the Bouma National Heritage Park. One of Fiji’s best conservation and Ecotourism success stories, the National Heritage Park includes 3 sets of waterfalls where you can relax and swim. After breakfast, set out on mountain bikes along Bouma Road. You’ll pass several villages along the way. The ride is approximately 45-minutes and includes several hills, making it moderately strenuous, so some guests opt to take a van transfer to the park instead of biking. Once we reach the park, the first set of waterfalls is a short 10-minute walk along a nice trail. There’s a huge pool for swimming, making it an ideal place to relax, enjoy a massage right in front of the pounding waterfalls! In the afternoon, we have a short sail to the island of Qamea. We will visit tiny and remote Togo Village for a tour and Melanesian cultural performance.
Day 4: Cobia Island, Ringgolds. By now, you’ll be far away from any main islands, anchored alongside seven tiny atolls. Known as the Ringgold Isles, each is surrounded by a barrier reef that drops into the deep blue sea. Within the reef is a magnificent lagoon, teeming with life and remarkable colors. We like to spend most of the day near the stunning island of Cobia, a sunken volcanic crater, the inside of which has filled with sea water, forming a mystic lagoon. In the morning we will hike to the summit of the crater. The trail is an interesting terrain of natural steps formed by large tree roots. The island is home to a handful of wild goats and a dense population of fruit bats. In the afternoon, you can explore the inside of the crater on a kayak. Many guests describe the feeling of floating around the inside of the crater as sublime, experiencing a mix of geologic power and supernatural superstition. The crater edges drop steeply from the summit down to the sea level and the coast varies from mangrove to black rock. Throughout this day, you’ll have excellent opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. This location usually offers some of the clearest ocean waters on earth. Since the islands are small and positioned in the middle of the deep sea, the visibility often exceeds 120 feet (36 meters). We’ll eat lunch on one of the best beaches in the world, one that only Tui Tai passengers get to enjoy. There are 4 beaches on Cobia Island, lovely places to walk, and you can even enjoy a massage as we set up a spa right on the island.
Day 5: Rabi Island. It is now inhabited by Micronesian people relocated from the equatorial islands of Kiribati after World War II. In the afternoon, you can meet these unusual people, hear their stories and experience their culture. Micronesians are famous for elaborate and powerful dances. From the village settlement of Tabiang, you can set out on mountain bikes for a scenic ride that includes a beautiful view of the Tunuloa Peninsula and the mouth of Natewa Bay. In the afternoon, settle in on one of the best white sand beaches in all of Fiji. Enjoy great snorkeling right from the beach, take a sea kayak over to tranquil Albert Cove, enjoy a beach volleyball challenge. Weather permitting, dinner will be served on this beach in true Pacific Islander style. Watch as the underground oven is created by the chefs.
Day 6: Savusavu - Departure.
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