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Mamanuca Islands, (departing from Denarau) Fiji

"Cruise Fiji through the Yasawa Islands by tall ship on a 3 or 4 day Sailing Safari and experience a unique Fiji Islands adventure. “Spirit of the Pacific” is a 108ft topsail schooner which sets sail every Monday and Thursday from Denarau Marina Nadi for the Yasawa islands.

Experience a new adventure every day - snorkel, trek overland, visit islands and traditional villages, go fishing, laze on deck or gain a few tips on tall ship sailing. You may even be lucky enough to swim with Manta Rays. Each evening return to the Barefoot Lodge where sunset swims, volleyball, night fishing tours, star gazing, Fijian 'lovo' feasts and nightly entertainment are all part of the fun. All meals, activities and accommodation in traditional beachfront bures on Drawaqa Island are included in the price".

Our thoughts on Captain Cook Cruises Sailing Safari
What a great experience!  This cruise is best suited to the young and the young-at-heart of all ages.  Cruise out of Port Denarau, past the Mamanuca Islands and into the Southern Yasawa Islands on a “real” sailing ship and provided there is wind around, you get to learn how to handle a big sailing ship and, if you will, help to work the ship under sail.  It’s great fun!

There are two departures each week – one 3 days/2 nights departing Mondays and one 4 days/3 nights in duration departing Thursdays.  Once you reach The Yasawa Islands, each day of the Sailing Safari is spent cruising off to another wonderfully unspoiled tropical island for swimming, snorkeling, maybe a visit to a remote Fiji Village community, beachcombing and exploring.

Each night is spent ashore at Barefoot Lodge on Drawaqa Island where accommodation is in natural, island-style Fijian Bures where dinner is provided and low-key Fijian entertainment is provided every night accompanied by the ever-present kava bowl.  All Sailing Safari and the other travelers staying at the Lodge are welcome to join in around the kava bowl if they wish.

Barefoot Lodge is the epitome of an eco experience.  The individual bures which are located right on the beachfront are built the local Fijian way with high ceilings for coolness.  There are twin beds (which you are welcome to push together) and mosquito nets over the beds.  Most don’t have lights, but you will be provided with a torch to see your way around in the dark.  The bathrooms are communal and the showers are not heated (the water is fresh but not freezing!), but if hot showers are a must for you, pack a camping solar shower that heats water in the sun during the day.  Flares are lit every night and are kept alight all night to light the way between the bures and the Lodge facilities.

The restaurant/bar/entertainment area is centrally located between 2 beautiful beaches known as “Sunrise” and “Sunset” Beaches and the bures are located on both these beaches.

All meals are included and the food provided is plentiful and hearty, much of it provided from the Lodge’s own vegetable garden.

All this might seem somewhat “basic and natural” and to an extent it is, but that’s what is being offered by the Sailing Safari experience.  If wind-powered transportation, clean, environmentally low impact accommodation and pristine natural surroundings appeal to you for a holiday experience, this is the trip for you.  What could be better than waking up each morning with the sun and the first thing you see from your bed is a scene of a beach and tropical palms with nothing to do except to look forward to another day of lazy cruising and making new friends?

Optional Scuba Diving available
Wedding Package. Perhaps the most inexpensive Wedding Package in Fiji. Imagine a wedding on board “Sprit of the Pacific” or on beautiful, natural Drawaqa Island. (See Our Weddings for details)

Sailing Safari Cruise Inclusions
All meals
Daily cruises aboard a tall ship
Twin share bure accommodation
Linen (excluding towel)
Snorkeling & fishing tours
Island treks
Lovo feast & yaqona ceremony
Village meke
Use of snorkeling equipment & kayaks
Nightly entertainment & star gazing
Transfers from Nadi hotels

3 Day /2 Night Sailing Monday
Departs: Monday 9.00am – Denarau Marina, Nadi
Returns: Wednesday 4.00pm – Denarau Marina, Nadi

4 Day /3 Night Sailing Thursday
Departs: Thursday 9.00am – Denarau Marina, Nadi
Returns: Sunday 4.00pm – Denarau Marina, Nadi

Bonus Features
3 & 4-Day safaris every week
Private traditionally built bure village
Low impact policy with limited power sources
Scuba diving – certified & introductory (optional)
Spectacular snorkeling at your front door
Manta ray feeding area
Volleyball & garden nursery
Communal showers & toilets (cool fresh water)
Friendly Fijian crew with a wealth of local knowledge
Fares include all of the above except drinks, optional tours & services.

Your Bure Options
All Bures have 2 single beds.

Guests can be accommodated on a twin basis or on a single, sole use, or single willing to share basis.

Getting to and from Blue Lagoon Cruises
Complimentary transfers are provided between Denarau and hotels in Nadi and Port Denerau.

Kids Policy
Sorry, children under 12 years are not accepted on this trip.

Cancellation Policy
Bullet All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet If cancellations are effected outside 60 days prior to cruise departure - no penalty.
Bullet If cancellations are effected between 59-30days prior to cruise departure, a cancellation fee equal to F$200pp is charged.
Bullet If cancellations are effected between between 29-15 days prior to cruise departure, a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the total cruise cost will be charged.
Bullet If cancellations are effected within 14 days prior to cruise departure, a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the total cruise cost will be charged.

The information on this page was correct as at 02 April 2012 and is subject to change without notice.

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Sailing Safari Inclusions
Bullet All meals
Bullet Daily cruises aboard a tall ship
Bullet Linen (excluding towel)
Bullet Snorkelling & Fishing tours
Bullet Island Treks
Bullet Lovo Feast & Yaqona Ceremony
Bullet Village Meke
Bullet Use of Snorkelling equipment
Bullet Use of Kayaks
Bullet Nightly entertainment & star gazing

Bonus Features
Bullet Private traditionally built bure village
Bullet Low impact policy with limited power sources
Bullet Scuba diving - certified & introductory (optional)
Bullet Spectacular snorkelling at your front door
Bullet Manta Ray feeding area
Bullet Volleyball
Bullet Garden nursery
Bullet Communal showers & toilets (cool fresh water)
Bullet Friendly Fijian crew with a wealth of local knowledge

Not Included
Bullet Drinks
Bullet Optional tours & services