After a solid week of rain, the weather finally broke and the sun was shining brightly the day we embarked on our 4 night Captain Cook Cruise through the Yasawa Islands. We left the Tokatoka hotel around 10am and arrived at Port Denarau with plenty of time to check in for our 1pm departure.
Landing on Tivua Island
The Yasawa’s are a chain of islands north of the Mamanuca group and by all accounts, prime examples of tropical paradise. I have visited a number of islands in the Mamanuca’s, including South Sea, Bounty, Treasure and Mana Island but have never ventured further north and am very much looking forward to the voyage. We will be visiting a number of scenic beaches, including the famed ‘Blue Lagoon’, and visiting a number of local villages. I also plan to do some more scuba diving if I can fit it in!
We are sixty six passengers and forty four crew travelling on the a ship called the Reef Endeavour. The ship is smaller than a normal cruise ship, but still pretty big, with six decks that include a number of dinning and leisure rooms as well as a few bars. There is even a small swimming pool. We left Port Denarau right on time and after a safety briefing and quick orientation we were soon at our first stop, a small island called Tivua.
Tivua Island is an hour or so from Port Denarau and is billed by Captain Cook Cruises as their own private island, so they must have arranged exclusive access, which meant we would have the whole place to ourselves.
The ship anchored some distance from the island and we were transported in the glass bottomed long boat you can see in the picture above. As you can also see it was a beach landing, which they are trying to improve upon by constructing a new jetty.
Tivua island is very small, and can be walked around in less than twenty minutes. There are a few huts, a bar and dive shop on the island and little else.
You can snorkel off the main beach, which I did, spending an hour or so in the water. Tivua Island’s reef is fairly interesting, with a bit more fish life than what I saw along the Coral Coast shore. There were a few small sting rays and a few varieties of butterfish. The most interesting parts are right on the fringe, where the bottom quickly drops off to about six metres. We all started from the jetty, swam out to the reef’s edge and followed it for a hundred metres or so.
After we got back on board we enjoyed a few cocktails while watching the sun set. This was my first time seeing the a display of colour in the sky since arrive here ten days ago. I hope to see a few more Fijian sunsets before I leave.
I’ve skipped a few articles due to lack of time and poor internet, which I will catch up on when I return to Sydney. Internet at sea is also fairly patchy, so we will just see how we go.
Sunset aboard The Reef Endeavour
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