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Exploring the Reefs of Fiji, Snorkeling Adventure

offered by supplier M08317 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 10 - 18 people
Destination(s): Fiji  
Specialty Categories: Snorkeling   Island Vacation  
Season: September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 4790 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4790 US Dollar (USD)

Fiji fits the image of “tropical paradise” many of us share: palm-studded white sand beaches, clear water, and one of the world’s most engaging indigenous cultures. An added advantage, when compared to many other tropical destinations, is Fiji’s lack of malaria. This program combines the exploration of Fiji’s extraordinary marine wilderness with excellent insights into Fijian village life, history, and culture.

In contrast with the Caribbean, Fiji’s reefs offer prolific soft corals, presenting the snorkeler with resplendent views of brilliant reds, yellows, and pinks. While the Caribbean has 68 species of coral, the South Pacific boasts over 700 (so far) and over 3000 species of fish. Striped, spotted, dappled, and dotted, these fish come in colors and shapes only nature can inspire.

During our program, we will stay at the secluded Beqa Lagoon Resort, a small, remote island skirted by stretches of sandy beach and laced with vibrant tide pools. The reefs here supports an abundance of shallow corals, populated with bright fishes and prolific invertebrates, that are easily accessible by boat to snorkelers. Huge flat-topped coral heads called “bommies” rise from the deep to within a few feet of the surface, which along with the protected interiors of barrier reefs make this Fijian island one of the world’s great snorkeling venues.

Unique creatures that we can expect to see include lionfish, with their elegant plume-like fins; amusing and very approachable clownfish in their host anemones; brilliantly colored and patterned butterflyfish, triggerfish, and wrasse; and the possibility of rays, schooling jacks, and the occasional reef shark.We plan daily visits to many of the flourishing offshore sites reached by privately-chartered boat reserved exclusively for our group. To complement the offshore snorkeling, there is snorkeling available anytime, as often as you like, and at your convenience in front of our resort. While Sea for Yourself programs consider snorkeling the top priority, this particular occasion also provides certified SCUBA divers with excellent diving opportunities.

No journey to Fiji is complete without visiting a Fijian village. We plan to visit both a local school and a village where we will gain an informative and emotional appreciation of our hosts in this country and their traditional lifestyle. All in all, the world-class snorkeling, cultural elements, and comfortable accommodations will provide a rich combination for our unique Exploring the Reefs of Fiji program.

Day 1.

Our program begins in the early morning when we meet at Nadi International Airport for our group transfer to Beqa Island, the mysterious land of the firewalkers (2.5 hours by bus followed by a 45 minute boat ride). Covering only a few square kilometers, Bega Island has no roads, no towns and only a few isolated villages scattered around the perimeter. We will check into the Beqa Lagoon Resort, our home for the next ten nights. Resting on a white sand beach flanked with palm trees overlooking Beqa Lagoon, the resort is justly known for its cuisine, cultural elements, and comfortable accommodations including a spa and a fresh water swimming pool. After lunch, we take advantage of introductory shore-based snorkeling (instruction provided as needed) or relax in the beautiful surroundings. In the evening, we enjoy a short program orientation and an image-illustrated discussion of Fiji’s marine life, followed by dinner. (L,D)

Days 2-8.

Most mornings and early afternoons are devoted to snorkeling in this island paradise. There is a plethora of sites accessible by the boat that we have reserved for exclusive use by our group as well as snorkeling just in front of the resort. We visit protected shallow reefs where gardens of hard and soft coral harbor diverse species of colorful reef fish. We have also planned excursions to a native village and a local school. We will also visit the town of Sigatoka and stop for a tour of the Kula Eco Park, Fiji’s only wildlife park operated in cooperation with the National Trust for Fiji and a model flora and fauna park for the South Pacific. The evenings are spent enjoying leisurely dinners, possible night snorkeling opportunities, and interpretive sessions led by your Sea for Yourself staff. (B.L,D)

Day 10.

After breakfast, we transfer by boat (45 minutes) to Pacific Harbor and continue on to Nadi. In the afternoon, we will have some time for independent activities that could include shopping or a visit to the colorful Hindu temple. We celebrate with farewell drinks and dinner at a delightful restaurant. Following dinner, we transfer to Nadi International Airport for our return flights. Flights should be planned for 10 pm or later. (B,L,D)

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- all group bus and boat transfers in Fiji
-meals as indicated in the itinerary
-accommodations in hotels as specified
-all snorkeling activities
-guided cultural excursions
-local taxes
-group gratuities to hotel/resort staff
-services of the trip leader including any needed snorkeling lessons, biology lectures, and explanations of Fiji’s cultural and natural history

Price Excludes:
-international and domestic airfare
-increases in international airfare rates
-international departure tax
-SCUBA activities
-rental gear
-medical immunizations
-passport fees
-accident/baggage/cancellation insurance
-medical expenses

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2000

M08317 is the only tour operator specialized in educational snorkeling programs. Snorkeling is a safe, easy, and enjoyable activity for participants of all ages and skill levels from young people to grandparents and is ideal for families. While we have many programs ready-to-go, we can also design and organize...

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