If you’re planning a family holiday to Fiji and looking to visit the outer Fiji Islands, consider taking an adventurous day trip with South Sea Cruises. They are Fiji’s most experienced cruise operator, running tourists between island resorts on large catamarans and offering an abundance of day trips to various islands. Some of these include South Sea Island’s Finding Nemo tour and the Treasure Island tour, for children aged 5 and up.
But if your children are a little older (10 and above) consider the Seaspray day trip. This full day experience starts with a hotel pickup from Coral Coast and Denarau resorts, before boarding the large catamaran out to Mana Island. It is here you will change boats to the Seaspray, an 83 foot schooner captained by the most cheerful bunch of Fijian Guys in the country! While on board, you are offered a morning and afternoon tea of fresh fruit, biscuits, tea and coffee. When lunch is served you will be delighted with the BBQ buffet feast presented before you. Fresh fish, marinated chicken and sausages are all cooked ready to go along with several different freshly made salads and bread. I was absolutely stuffed after the feast, and there was plenty to go around!
The Captain opens up the large eskies as soon as you board the boat to toast everyone with a glass of sparkling wine. All drinks are included in the ticket, and you can choose from soft drinks, water, local beers and wine throughout the day. Alcoholic drinks are included, but this is by no means a booze cruise, you will be spending your day island hopping and relaxing on the deck.You can gaze out over the crystal clear water and listen to the soulful sounds of the staff singing local songs with a backing of guitars and drums.
The first stop is the island Tom Hanks made famous in the movie Castaway. Your kids will love replicating the scenes, but bring your own ball if you want a shot with 'Wilson'. Good quality snorkeling gear and flippers are included for everyone on board, so you can spend the hour at Castaway Island checking out the coral reef system just off shore. I was able to swim among plenty of little reef fish, and the crew of Seaspray are happy to give your kids small pieces of bread to hand feed the fish.
There is a cultural aspect of the trip, as you make an afternoon stop at Yanuya, a traditional island village. The kids will be able to meet the Chief of the island and buy trinkets from the local ladies. Adults are able to participate in a Kava ceremony and ask questions about village life. We wandered around the village briefly and peeked out heads into the school - It was wonderful to see how relaxed and laid back island life can be. The full day trip was an amazing experience, and it really is a great value day out for the whole family.
If you are seeking your own Fiji adventure, contact Rachel Cunningham on 03 8626 4500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rachel is a consultant at Escape Travel’s store on Collins Street, Melbourne.