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12-Day Remote Northern Lau and Kadavu Discovery Cruise provided by Captain Cook Cruises

12-Day Remote Northern Lau and Kadavu Discovery Cruise

12-Day Remote Northern Lau and Kadavu Discovery Cruise
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
12 days
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
130
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    12 days
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    130
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
The 11-night Lau Islands Discovery Cruise explores the lengths of the Lau Islands and Kadavu, a part of Fiji rarely seen by tourists. Invited to visit these incredible islands by locals eager to share their beauty, Captain Cook Cruises has worked hard using local knowledge and advice, to put together a fantastic and unique 11-night itinerary. Exciting activities over the 12-days include a hike to the beautiful waterfalls at Tavena, exploring the amazing coral atoll of Wailagilala, visiting Fijian and Tongan influenced villages and schools, attending a local church service at Oneata, exploring the flora and fauna on the deserted rainforest island of Vuaqava, Turtle calling at Kadavu Island and a traditional Meke, Sevusevu and lovo feast.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 30 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 15 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 16 and 29 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 30 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 15 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 16 and 29 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 5382P10
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch
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  • Guided island and village tours
  • Guided Snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up boards & glass-bottom boat tours with onboard Marine biologist
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup
  • Alcoholic drinks, Padi 5 star Diving & Spa treatments (available to purchase)
Duration
12 days
Departure details
  • Denarau Island, Denarau Island, Viti Levu
Additional information
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 130 travelers
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Guided island and village tours
  • Guided Snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up boards & glass-bottom boat tours with onboard Marine biologist
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup
  • Alcoholic drinks, Padi 5 star Diving & Spa treatments (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • Denarau Island, Denarau Island, Viti Levu
Duration
12 days
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 130 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Nov 21, 2021
A note from 12-Day Remote Northern Lau and Kadavu Discovery Cruise
Captain Cook Cruises was one of the first tourism providers to be accredited under the Care Fiji Commitment, a WHO approved standard of best practice in health & safety measures. All passengers will need to be fully vaccinated as are our crew.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.5
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r0dneyj
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
Mar 2019
Wow what a trip,great crew,great passengers,my best trip ever with captain cook cruises.
We visited a new island every day,swam in clear warm water,snorkelled,sun baked,ate lots of great food and made lots of new friends,I could not recommend this trip more highly
,captain cook cruises,thanks for giving my wife and myself such a great time in March 2019,and thanks to the crew and skipper,your the best ,well done,we love you guys

Rod and Lucille Cameron
Written March 18, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Retired Couple
1 contribution
Mar 2019 • Couples
Captain Cook Reef Endeavour 12 day trip
February-March 2019

Overall rating - 4 stars

Pros
snorkel daily on inner reefs
visit remote villages
unique experience due to remote island visits not covered by most tours

Cons
Cyclone Winston in 2016 damaged many coral reefs, lower ratings due to damage
(We have snorkeled for 25 years, so I was critical on reef reviews. You may give higher ratings.)

Snorkel review

Most snorkel trips last 45 minutes in the water
Rating is based on coral variety, size, area, general health
Large launch seats 40, has 8 step ladder for climbing aboard after snorkel
Small launches seat 16, have 3 step ladder

Captain Cook private island - not a snorkel site, sand island just offshore
Makogai - snorkel - 3, visit abandoned leper village - 1
Taveuni water fall hike / lunch - 4, snorkel - 5
Wailagilala - snorkel - 1, coral sand - 5
Vanuabalavu - snorkel - 3, tour inlet islands - 5
Oneata - Sunday church service in the village - 5, snorkel - 4
Fulaga - tour inlet islands - 5, snorkel - 3, fish - 5
Vuaqava - inland hike to lake (skipped), snorkel - 2
Kabara - snorkel - 5, fish - 5 village visit to school performance - 5
Totoya - village visit to school performance - 5, snorkel - 3, fish - 4
(on the school chalk board: what has 4, 6, 8 legs? what has backbone? what swims? what walks?)
Kadavu - snorkel - 3, fish - 5

Food/drinks/service
FD$1 = US$0.50

Drinks are FD$7.50 for beer, FD$27 for tropical drinks, FD$65 Pinot Grigio, soda FD$7

Food is buffet for breakfast and lunch and some dinners. Good quality and moderate variety.
(This is an adventure tour, not a gourmet food experience)

Service is 5 star. Staff has been selected for friendly, courteous service. Several knew our names by end of voyage. They also perform in sing and dance shows after dinner.

Reef Endeavour

Built in 1995, 130 guest capacity, we had 75. Purpose built for island visits.

Huge stern hydraulic launch platform that lifted boats out of water for boarding.

We had Ocean room on level 3 (level of bar and pool) with door to perimeter walkway. Cleaned daily, new towels if desired. Bathroom for one at a a time. Nice, clean, roomy bedroom. We had bow area room so anchor drop and recovery was a surprise the first few days.

Prior to C.C. tour, we stayed in the Yasawa Chain at Waya Island at the Octopus Resort for 4 days/nights. Reef is 5 star just wade in and swim to it. We had ocean view Bure with AC. Great sandy beach, pool, many lounge chairs/swings. Popular with the backpack millennials who use the swift ferry to travel between islands in the Yasawa's. Good food with limited menu. Friendly staff. You feel very remote when you look out to sea.
Written March 17, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
thanks for the review of our Lau cruise. Im so pleased you had a good time and hope you can join us again in the future. I will pass your feedback on to the crew.
Written March 25, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

toni m
Canberra, Australia36 contributions
Mar 2022
Amazing trip to the most remote locations on the planet. This is nothing like those hideous gigantic plague ships. It’s intimate and enables you to undertake one of a kind experiences and interactions with isolated local communities. You can choose to be busy all day or take it easy with a cocktail by the small onboard pool or at the beach.

If you are undecided about cruising after covid don’t be with these guys.

Staff and management take covid protocols very seriously both prior to and while onboard. There is a nurse on board just in case. So feel reassured that even though you are literally thousands of kilometres from civilisation you are safe on this little ship with its phenomenal crew who you will treat you like family.

I would take a cruise in Fiji with these guys over a 5 star resort any day. You cant beat the experiences and excellent food prepared by Head Chef Jackson and his team. ( + deserts to die for from Toto). All dietary requirements and food allergies catered for.

Thanks CCC Fiji for a wonderful return to travel post pandemic. Can’t wait to come back again and again.
Written April 10, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks you so much Toni, just fantastic to hear all the preparation work over the lockdown has paid off and the crew are doing so well. Our Reef Endeavour cruise to the Lau and Kadavu is indeed a bucket list experience. See you again soon.
Written April 12, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ray W
Wentworthville, Australia171 contributions
Apr 2022
The Captain Cook ship "Reef Endeavour" is in desperate need of a renovation. Everything is old, worn out and rusting. A/C in the room could not be adjusted in temperature or speed. The spa on the top deck was not working. Bathroom hand basin was installed at an angle. Shower head had minimum water coming out. Roller blind kept falling when pulling it down for the night. Carpet had worn out patches. Door was leaking air. Underwater coral was mostly the hard type with very little soft coral and anemones. Lots of bleaching and damage from previous cyclone. Go elsewhere to see good underwater scenery. However, the staff were excellent and food was great.

Written April 18, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bula Ray, so sorry your experience wasn't as you expected, with two years of closed boarders, it has been difficult to get supplies. Things are now starting to move and all will be replacing the carpet and spa soon. Global warming is causing changes but I have just cruised to the remote north and the soft corals were gorgeous, the bleaching is there but still plenty to see. I will pass your great comments about the food and staff on to our team.
Written April 30, 2022
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Lynda J
Napier, New Zealand38 contributions
Kapow..From the initial welcome on board to the final day this cruise was filled with beautiful cultural experiances...visits to villages...school concerts...amazing snorkling, diving, fun filled evenings..The crew were warm and friendly with smiles that brighten any room. Many on board were return cruisers which is a testament to the cruise.. This holiday was memorable and would love to do another.

Written April 3, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
how lovely Lyn, hope we can welcome you aboard the Reef Endeavour for another itinerary soon.
Written April 30, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Merilynn
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand159 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
This 12 day cruise goes to islands that receive few visitors so the villages are more traditional which is good for the soul. The cruise ship is comfortable (if you're looking for luxury you're on the wrong cruise) with great food, but even more special are the staff. which is why we regularly visit Fiji and it's islands. Always helpful, they make a trip special. We dived every other day- Cyclone Winston's damage is evident but the reefs seem to be recovering- there was still plenty of sea life to see. Because Suva's decompression chamber is out of action our dives were limited to 18 meters but that didn't detract from our time under water. The dive at Wailagilala Island was spectacular for the clarity of the water and the bluest of blues- amazing. The dive costs were reasonable- similar to other areas in Fiji. We had a great dive master in Bill but we felt that the two dive masters on board were stretched to cater for 13 divers and two additional taking their PADI course- the boat took only 6 divers at a time (and then with only one divemaster). There were two dives a day and it pays to register your dives on the first day- pages are set out for each dive day, for you to register, as they fill up quickly. We had a cabin (the least expensive) on the lower deck forward of the dining area and found it handy to everything, not noisy , and adequate for our needs. A leaky shower head was attended to immediately. The ship is older and needs some maintenance (happening in February) - the route around the Lau group is distant from the mainland so the ship needs to be fully self sufficient. There was one large glass bottom boat, two additional landing type crafts, and an inflatable dive boat- all enough to move people to shore- on Fiji time of course. Visiting the villages and the schools is a highlight- take plenty of books, school items etc etc as they are gratefully received. Fiji makes you slow down so relax enjoy the journey and experience a great adventure. (The ship travels again in March to the Lau group- onyl two trips a year).
Written November 27, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JIm255073
Townsville, Australia56 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Had a great time on this cruise simply because of the staff. They are always happy and laughing and are a pleasure to be with. Did not do any diving or snorkeling as I live off the Great Barrier Reef and am spoilt for great reefs. Also intended to relax which is easy on this cruise. The ship is in need of a refit. Stringers are missing off steps and the metal steps get very slippery. The door to the bathroom does not lock back, nor does it close properly. The radio did not work so announcements were missed. The visit programme is well organised and excellent. TIP. The ship appears to be shallow draft and does roll from side to side. To get a good night’s sleep turn the bed east/west away from its north/south configuration. Gave this 4 stars because the ship desperately needs refitting. Give the crew and the associated programme 5 stars.
Written November 20, 2017
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thanks for the candid review Jim. We will ensure your Stateroom bathroom door is replaced and radio repaired. We are currently doing this but the supplier is very slow. Im so pleased the crew were such a pleasure and I will pass this on to them.
Written November 24, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

scubal0ver
Greater Melbourne, Australia1,125 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
If you want to visit Fiji as it was, see places where tourists are uncommon, and to do so at a moderately relaxed pace, this may be the trip for you. If you are totally fixated on everything running to time, or to having your favorite breakfast provided on the last day of the trip, maybe this isn't the trip for you. Every day as a new adventure, snorkeling and diving is scheduled every day, as are village or island visits. Occasionally low tide means you might have to wade a little from the tender, and some of the islands have mosquitos, but each one is different and in many ways fantastic. Sunscreen and "village wear" are required, as is bula wear and a sense of humour. So, this cruise was great fun, it had magnificent staff, and gives a quirky twist to cruise life. But is IS FIJI not home and things are different there.
Written November 19, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
How lovely?! Thanks ScubalOver for the great review. Every Lau cruise is an adventure, the communication at these remote islands is very difficult so things dont always run to time but it is always an adventure.
Written November 19, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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