The Fiji archipelago consists of tiny coral atolls and mountainous forest-clad islands of volcanic origin, and is famed for its aquamarine waters and white sand beaches. Lautoka, meaning “spear-hit” or “hit to win,” was named that as a result of an argument between two chiefs. It is sited in the western side of the largest island in Fiji. The city is surrounded with the blue Pacific Ocean on the western side and green gold sugar cane and pine trees on the other sides.
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Immerse yourself in the Fijian culture by shopping in seaside Nadi and then watching a traditional coconut-husking demonstration while savoring a selection of tropical fruits.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely drive south, following the natural contour of the shoreline. The views along the way will be magnificent, and during several photo stops you can capture the natural beauty. The mountains that you will see rising inland are within the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, an environmentally protected area with abundant forests of native dakua trees, waterfalls and grasslands.
In time, you will arrive in Nadi, a town established in 1947 as a small government station. While it has grown somewhat, Nadi remains a compact yet bustling setting on a beautiful bay. As you stroll the streets, you may hear the latest Fijian or Hindi music playing on the radio and a variety of languages being spoken, as Nadi is wonderfully multi-cultural.
The diversity extends into the types of cuisine and merchandise sold in the stores. During free time for shopping, you will surely see a range of tropical clothing, leather goods, pottery and even reproductions of 19th-century cannibal forks.
Continuing on, you will make your way to Vuda Marina, a hub for yachters throughout the islands. Following a traditional Fijian serenade, you will enjoy a snack of seasonal fruits and watch a coconut-husking demonstration. Afterwards, you will return to the pier in Lautoka.
Please note: This tour includes approximately1-hour of easy to moderate walking/standing that includes some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Smart casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Visit a large sugar mill and brewery in Lautoka and then travel to a nearby village in the countryside for a glimpse into more traditional Fijian life.
After departing from the pier, you will soon enter downtown Lautoka, Fiji’s second largest city. According to legend, the city’s name derives from two Fijian words that mean “spear hit,” which a warring chieftain supposedly said while spearing an enemy chieftain.
The city’s economy has long depended on sugar, as you will discover at a local mill where the cane is processed into raw sugar primarily for export. Once the largest mill in the southern hemisphere, the mill is still the largest in Fiji and makes quite the impression.
Similarly, beer has long fueled the economy. Several breweries are located within the city limits, and you will visit one of the most thriving ones to learn how local ingredients give the beers a distinct taste.
Then, it’s on to Lauwaki Village, where you will gain an understanding of the local culture. Upon arrival, a warrior will escort you to the village hall where you will enjoy a welcome ceremony, folkloric dancing, and watch a weaving demonstration. The most common traditional Fijian dance is the “meke,” during which men and women perform together telling stories of daily life.
You will also have time to shop in the village for handicrafts ranging from carved wooden kava bowls to traditional war clubs. Woven goods such as tablemats and purses made from reeds are also popular. After visiting the village, you will rejoin your coach and return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing that includes some steps and natural surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Smart casual clothing (women should have their knees and shoulders covered); sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. No hats are to be worn in the village and it is kindly requested that our guests observe and be respectful of the village’s customs and protocol.
Indulge in a therapeutic mud bath at an open-air pond in the countryside, followed by a traditional Fijian massage and a shopping opportunity back in Lautoka.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque drive south into the lush Sabeto River Valley. The Sleeping Giant Mountains flank the valley and present a dramatic backdrop for your journey to the Sabeto Mud Pool, an open-air geothermal bath.
Upon arriving, you will be treated to a traditional Fijian welcome ceremony and then prepare for your immersion into the mud pond. The best way get the full benefits of this natural spa is to slather the mineral-rich mud all over your body, wait for it to dry, and then wash it off in the warm water of a nearby pool. As it’s removed, the mud gently exfoliates your skin, leaving it silky smooth and glowing.
Afterwards, you can delve even deeper into the spa’s therapeutic benefits by indulging in an approximately 15 minutes deep-tissue Fijian massage (included). Traditionally, only the feet are used to massage the body, and it’s a wonderful way to release tension and increase circulation and flexibility.
Following the massage, you will have some free time to browse for souvenirs before returning to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is minimal and mainly at the guests’ discretion during free time in Lautoka. There will be some steps and natural surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty (the sulfur content of the baths may fade the color on some types of cloth); a change of clothes; sunglasses; a towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. No hats are to be worn in the village. This is an eco-tourism tour that helps fund village projects. Guests are kindly requested to have minimal conversation and speak quietly at the Sabeto Mud Pool as well as observe and be respectful of the area’s customs and protocol.
Explore the pristine beauty of Savala Island and its surrounding waters on this fun and option-packed tour.
Welcomed aboard by the friendly singing crew, you'll soon be on your way to experiencing a delightful excursion you'll never forget. As you cruise across the translucent waters you can sit back and enjoy the magnificent scenery, mountain ranges and seaside villas, or simply kick back and relax with a good book.
Your destination today is Savala, an uninhabited 1 1/2 acre island that is surrounded by white sandy beach and home to native birds and their natural habitat which has never been touched. Upon arrival, your crew will transfer you across to the island in a glass bottom boat where you can marvel at what lies beneath the surface of the water without even getting your feet wet. Once on the island, there will be many options for activities (included), such as guided snorkeling tours and glass bottom boat rides where you can view the colorful coral gardens, or ocean kayaking and paddle boards. If you prefer a more relaxed day, stretch out by the beach and soak in the sun and the truly laid-back ambiance of Savala Island. During your time on the island lunch will be provided as well as morning and afternoon tea.
At the conclusion of your visit, you will re-board your motor boat and cruise back to Lautoka and your waiting ship.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guest's discretion but is over sandy and uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns. Snorkeling equipment is provided and tour participants wishing to snorkel or swim should be agile swimmers. Bathing suits should be worn and guests should bring their own towel. Sun caps, sunglasses, aqua shoes and sunscreen are strongly recommended. Tour participants taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and may be required to sign a release form before being allowed to take part in the tour.
Experience the exquisite beauty of the South Seas during this relaxing sailing excursion to idyllic Tivua Island.
Depart the pier for the brief transfer to Port Denarau's Lautoka Wharf, and your awaiting sailboat. After embarking the Ra Murama, you will begin your scenic cruise to Tivua Island, a sand-fringed coral island surrounded by 500 acres of spectacular coral reefs. En route, you will be served morning tea on board the sailboat.
Upon arrival at Tivua Island, you will be welcomed with a traditional kava ceremony. Afterward, a variety of activities (included) will be offered to provide you with a closer look at the island's fascinating and colorful marine life; you can take a guided snorkeling tour, a glass-bottomed boat, or simply relax under the shade of a palm tree. During your visit, you will also be served a local buffet-style lunch including barbecued chicken, whole baked fish, and a selection of salads and fresh fruit.
Following your visit, you will re-board the Ra Murama for the return cruise to Lautoka Wharf, then be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guest's discretion but is over sandy and uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns. Snorkeling equipment is provided and tour participants wishing to snorkel or swim should be agile swimmers. Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, hat, aqua shoes, sunscreen and bring a towel from the ship. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
Discover the beautiful gardens and historic artifacts of the South Seas during this delightful tour of scenic Fiji.
Depart the pier for a brief tour of Lautoka City. You will drive South down Vitogo Parade, which is lined with royal palms, then pass by the central market en route to Vuda Point, the site where the first Polynesians landed on Fiji circa 1000 AD. A photo stop will then be made at Tavaku Hill, located nearby on the outskirts of Lautoka City.
Next, you will continue on for a visit to picturesque Burness House. Hosts Don and Aileen Burness will greet your arrival, then escort you on a walking tour through their landscaped gardens filled with fruit and flowering trees, arthurium lilies and lovely orchids. You will also view an extraordinary collection of Fijian artifacts, and be served morning tea, fruit juices and homemade cakes at the Burness' home.
Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier. En route, a stop will be made at Nadi's central market to browse for souvenirs, jewelry, wood carvings, cloth, and traditional handicrafts.
Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen for this tour which involves easy walking on flat surfaces.
Get ready for an exciting trek through the picturesque Sabeto Mountains during this Fijian eco-tour adventure to the Sleeping Giant Waterfall.
Depart the pier via coach for the drive into the heart of the Sabeto Mountains. Upon arrival, you will take a guided drive through the rainforest. Along the way, your guides will point out traditional plants used for food and medicine. You will then pass sugarcane fields and villages along the Queens Highway en route to the famous Mountains of the Sleeping Giants. Nestled at the foot of these mountains is an ancestral village; the area's very first Christian village.
After a welcome and safety briefing, you start a trek through Fiji’s tropical rainforest, culminating in a waterfall swim to cool off.
Upon returning back to the start of the trek, enjoy another swim in the river’s fresh water swimming hole, and a cool Fiji water refreshment before returning back to Lautoka Port.
Please note: This tour involves travel over rough and uneven surfaces, and is recommended for guests in excellent physical condition. Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring a towel from the ship.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.