Day 1, Monday: Natewa Bay, Vanua Levu
A scenic drive along pristine coastline takes you from Savusavu to 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 (and usually a few kids waving and yelling “Bula!").
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. Activities: Guided Snorkeling “The Farm,” Mountain Biking “Buca Bay Coastal Trail,” Polynesian, Village Visit “Salia Village”, Scuba Diving (4): “Great White Wall (weather and tide permitting),” “Rainbow Passage,” “Black Magic,” “Black Magic (Night Dive).
Day 2, Wednesday: Taveuni Island, Bouma National Heritage Park
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 (remember to smile, wave, and say “Bula!”). 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. Activities: Mountain Biking “Bouma Road,” Hiking “Bouma National Heritage Park” and the “Tavoro, Waterfalls,” Melanesian Village Visit “Togo Village”. Scuba Diving (2): “Purple Wall,” “Seven Bommies”
Day 3, Thursday: 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. 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. Activities: Hiking “Cobia Crater Summit,” Guided Snorkeling “True Blue,” Sea Kayaking “Cobia. Crater and Ringgold Atolls”. Scuba Diving (3): “Kokoda Point,” “Wall Street,” “Eel Diamond”.
Day 4, Friday: Rabi Island, Tabiang Village
Rabi Island is another of Northern Fiji’s hidden treasures, rich in history and natural beauty. 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, or, as always, relax. Weather permitting (which we could say about everything) dinner will be served on this beach in true Pacific Islander style. Watch as the underground oven is created by the chefs. Activities: Guided Snorkeling “Dolphin Bay,” Micronesian Dance Performance, Mountain Biking, “Tabiang to Nuku”. Scuba Diving (3): “Kesteven’s Corner,” “Yellowstone,” “Purple Haze”
Day 5, Saturday: Taveuni Island, Lavena Village
Also part of the Bouma National Heritage Park is the Lavena Coast. This rugged coastline stretches along the eastern side of Taveuni and contains over 100 waterfalls! Our exact route depends on the wind and tides. Usually we begin the day on kayaks launched from a white-sand beach in front of Lavena Village. We’ll kayak for about 45 minutes along the coast to the Nacawa River. The river mouth opens and we can continue on kayak about 5 more minutes to a lagoon surrounded by lush rainforest. The lagoon is fed by a staircase of 3 large waterfalls. You can paddle your kayak right into the bottom-most waterfall.
After a swim at the Nacawa River Falls, we’ll kayak back out of the river, about 10-minutes to a landing site on a black-sand beach. From here, we’ll set out on foot hiking the Lavena Coastal Walk. 20-minutes of moderate trail takes us to a river lagoon. From here we have to swim, about 100 feet, to get to a cathedral like pool with 2 waterfalls emptying into. On the return hike you will see a variety of beautiful landscapes that make the national park such a treasure: rainforests, waterfalls, rivers, white sand beaches and more. Our naturalist guide will point out some of Fiji’s exotic birds, herbal medicines and important wild crops. Activities: Sea Kayaking “Lavena Coast,” Hiking “Lavena Coastal Trail,” Scuba Diving (3): “Stillwater,” “Black Rock.”
Day 7, Sunday: Albert Cove, Rabi Island
We return to the island of Rabi, but this time to a different side. Albert Cove is a beautifully protected harbor featuring one of the best white sand beaches in all of Fiji. This is a great spot to enjoy an idyllic tropical playground. Imagine you were stranded on a deserted tropical island and all you had was…well, everything! You can kayak, snorkel, scuba dive…or just take in a private, remote beach. Swim, relax, play volleyball, have a massage on the beach. Activities: Guided Snorkeling “Albert Cove,” Sea Kayaking “Albert Cove.” Scuba Diving (3): “Albert’s Wall,” “Fat Albert,” “Hard Coral Cafe”
Day 8, Monday: Savusavu
Time to say goodbye (and start plans for your next Tui Tai voyage, maybe next year?). Here are a few words from the farewell song: “i levu tu na ua…mai na Tui Tai, nanuma tiko ga.” This means “Soon you’ll be sailing far across the sea; but please sometime just try and remember us and remember the Tui Tai.” Activities: Singing of the farewell song “Isa Lei”
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