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Fiji Adventure 9D/8N

Bula!

This is the first word you’ll hear once you enter this tropical paradise. While the direct translation of this word is “life”, Fijians use this to say “Hi!” or “Hello!” Greeting with Bula! is a way to wish people good health and happiness for years to come.

The warm and hospitable locals aren’t the only remarkable thing about Fiji. This wonderful vacation destination consists of more than 300 islands surrounded by gorgeous warm waters, vibrant tropical marine life and beautiful coral reefs.

Whether you’re travelling to Fiji to soak up the country’s rich culture, have a fun adventure or just chill out under the sun, we’ve got something for everyone.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the many landscapes of the paradise that is Fiji
  • Experience the culture and traditions of its warm people
  • Learn about vital environmental conservation underway in the area
  • Immerse yourself in Fiji’s natural beauty – swimming, diving and hiking among its flora and fauna
Price from

$2,545.00

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Tour Information

Includes:

  • - 23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners and exclusive drink specials throughout the trip
  • - 8 nights accommodation: 7 nights in four different resorts & one night in a traditional Fijian Village + return airport transfers
  • - Private group transfers: Transfers between Viti Levu and Mamanucas, public ferries in the Yasawa Islands
  • - Loads of activities: Guided snorkelling with Manta Rays (in season), marine biologist volunteering experience, highland village stay, sunset cruises, guided hikes and much more

Departures - Small-Group Adventure:

Departs April to November (contact us for latest dates)

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Fiji

Today you can get straight into ‘Fiji time’ as there is no fixed arrival time into Nadi International Airport.

You will be greeted in the arrivals hall by a Don’t Wait Adventures representative who will take you to your hotel near the airport and also hook you up with a local phone sim-card and a re-useable water bottle to keep our single-use plastic use down.

To make the most of the day though, we recommend arriving in the afternoon so you can enjoy the resort and get to know your fellow Fiji adventure tour group members and Don’t Wait Adventures guide over a welcome dinner.

Included accommodation: Anchorage Beach Resort Fiji in twin, double or triple share ensuite rooms

Included meals: Three-course dinner

Other inclusions: Airport transfer, local Fijian sim card, re-useable drink bottle

Day 2: The real Fijian adventure truly begins

Now your adventure really begins with an early start to explore the main island of Viti Levu.

This island is home to the country’s major airport Nadi and its capital Suva, but we will be getting well away from that as we journey inland for a truly unique cultural experience – a highland village homestay.

Arriving about lunchtime you will be welcomed with a traditional Fijian kava ceremony.

Kava is a popular homemade drink consumed by Fijian people during celebrations and ceremonies. Made from the root of an indigenous pepper plant, some describe it as a having a sedative effect and others even a euphoric one – (all coming down to just how much you drink really). Most visitors will experience such ceremonies when travelling Fiji but very few get to witness it conducted by locals in their own village. A very special experience and an incredibly unique drink!

After lunch you’ll get to participate in a range of activities including mountain-hiking, a tour of the local plantation, helping replace thatch on traditional bure huts, learning to basket-weave or how to prepare a traditional lovo dinner.

Often reserved for special occasions in Fiji, a lovo is a method of cooking food underground by first digging a pit and lining it with hot coals and then covering it with various materials to keep the heat in.

Tonight, not only will you get to see the preparation, you will enjoy a lovo feast with the village locals while also watching traditional meke dancing.

Included accommodation: Overnight stay in a traditional family village home (you will be placed with one or two other group members

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and traditional dinner

Other inclusions: Kava ceremony, selection of activities which can include mountain-hiking, plantation tour, thatching of bures, basket-weaving, lovo preparation

Day 3: Island time awaits

After your overnight in highland Fiji, have breakfast and a swim in the river (time-permitting) before heading back down to the coast where your private boat transfer awaits you for your first island hop to the Mamanucas!

Your Fiji island hopping adventure awaits.

Catapulted into fame by Tom Hanks and his sidekick volleyball in the film Castaway, the Mamanucas are an incredible archipelago of coral reefs and marine life, all a coconut’s throw away from the mainland of Fiji but with the illusion of a remote tropical paradise.

Our home for the next 24-ish hours will be Beachcomber; an oasis in the sea, fringed by palm trees and white sandy beaches which also carries the label of being Fiji’s party island by night. The sand island is so small that the resort practically occupies it completely, giving you unique facilities like enjoying a cocktail with your feet in the sand at the island’s very own bar and restaurant (which turns into a nightclub in the later hours of the evening).

During the day, you can snorkel around the island to spot gorgeous sea turtles or for the more energetic, a game of beach volleyball.

Included accommodation: Twin, double ensuite rooms or multi-share dorms at Beachcomber Island Resort

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner plus exclusive drink specials

Other inclusions: Snorkelling (FJ$25 deposit required for gear or use your own), beach volleyball, looking for WILSON!

Days 4-5: A WOW! kind of paradise

Our journey into the Yasawa Islands begins today as we head further out of civilisation and further into remote WOW! paradise.

You’ll need to dust those nightclub cobwebs off quite early as we’ll hop on a public ferry around 9:30am and make our way to one of the most striking islands in the Yasawas, Kuata Island.

Arriving mid-morning on day four, we’ll call this beautiful island home for two nights.

During this time you will take part in a sunset cruise, a guided reef snorkel and a sunset hike to an amazing viewpoint to remind you of just how vast and serene this country is.

In between these included activities you will have plenty of time to relax on the beach or by the pool or if you’re feeling a little more active you can choose an exciting optional activity such as a certified dive with bull sharks or doing a Learn to Scuba Dive course.

If you choose the latter, you can actually start your theory and practical on day four and finish it at our next destination in the Yasawas – giving you several different dives to choose from.

Included accommodation: Four to six-bed dorms for shared use or twin/double ensuite rooms at Barefoot Kuata Resort

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on both days plus exclusive drink specials

Other inclusions: Guided snorkelling, sunset cruise, sunset hike, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, kayaks

Optional Activities at extra cost: Snorkelling with white and black trip reef sharks, certified dive with bull sharks, Learn to Dive Course, medicine walk, basket-weaving and coconut jewellery-making classes

Days 6-7: Meet the Manta Rays and your chance to give back

Our Fiji island hopping tour continues on day six. A mid-morning transfer to the public ferry on day six sees us journey further into the Yasawas and to the gorgeous Drawaqa Island.

This resort home of ours is perched on the end of the sandy island, giving us both sunrise and sunset vistas as well as a plethora of snorkelling and lazing spots to listen to the waves lapping against the sand.

During our stay here you will have a special activity included to help keep this natural paradise clean, beautiful and healthy for generations to come.

Starting with a talk from a marine biologist on the current impact climate change is having on the Fijian underwater environment and what we can do about it, you will participate in what is called a COTS survey.

COTS or Crown of Thorns Sea Star is a type of starfish that can be destructive to coral reef if left to breed out of control. A fully-grown adult COTS (about 40cm wide) can eat and destroy 10 square metres of coral each year and continues its destruction by producing as many as 50 million eggs in a single breeding season.

Lead by the marine biologist, you will head out with your snorkels and assist in identifying and counting the amount of COTS in one area to be removed.

All proceeds for this activity contributed by you in your Don’t Wait Adventures tour price goes straight back into further conservation projects on the reefs of Fiji.

AND… just when you think that the tour inclusions are already amazing, during Manta Ray season (May to October) you will have a guided snorkel to swim with these majestic giants of the sea. Manta Rays are a protected species that are listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN)’s Red List and Fiji is one of the leading countries in the protection effort of these species. When the Mantas aren’t around, you will still get a beautiful guided snorkel with the opportunity to see hundreds of species of fish, sea turtles, other rays, and reef sharks.

To cap it all off, we’ll have a nice beach BBQ for dinner one evening watching the sunset and you’ll get to do another sunset hike on the other evening.

Included accommodation: Four to six-bed dorms for shared use or twin/double ensuite rooms at Barefoot Manta Resort

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on both days and exclusive drink specials

Other inclusions: Guided snorkelling tour (also with Manta Rays in season), volunteering reef experience with Marine Biologist talk, beach BBQ, sunset hike, kayaking

Optional Activities at extra cost: Fishing, Learn to Dive course, shipwreck certified diving

Day 8: Our last day in heaven

You’ll have the morning to relax before transferring back to the point where it all began – our arrival hotel near Nadi.

You’ll be on the boat for a couple of hours today so you may wish to bring a good book or download Castaway before you leave home.

Upon arrival back in Nadi for our last night in Fiji, we’ll have a farewell dinner with our guide and group.

Included accommodation: Anchorage Beach Resort Fiji in twin, double or triple share ensuite rooms

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Other inclusions: Public ferries back to Viti Levu

Day 9: Moce Fiji

The worst day of the trip… time to say goodbye (or Moce) to Fiji.

Dependent on your booked outbound flight, you will have time for breakfast before an airport shuttle returns you to Nadi International Airport.

Breakfast (time permitting) and airport transfer