Located on the southeast coast of the island of Viti Levu, Suva is the capital city of Fiji. As the largest urban area in the South Pacific outside of Australia and New Zealand, it is Fiji’s main port city, and the commercial and political center of Fiji. The city hosted the 2003 South Pacific Games, being the third time in the event's history that they had been held in Suva.
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Experience Suva's splendid beauty in two different ways during a scenic orientation tour of the city, and a visit to the eco-friendly Pure Fiji beauty care factory.
Depart the pier by air-conditioned coach for a scenic orientation drive through Suva. Along the way, you will see a delightful blend of Colonial and modern architecture around the lovely harbor area. A photo stop will then be made by the main gate of Government House, the official residence of the president of the Fiji Republic, before continuing on past Suva's Thurston Gardens and the University of the South Pacific.
Next, you will drive through the Nasese foreshore en route to Vatuwaqa's residential and industrial areas. Upon arrival, you will meet the creator of the internationally-acclaimed Pure Fiji range of products. This locally-owned and multi-award-winning company produces a beautiful range of natural bath, body and skin-care products derived from 100% natural ingredients. The product range includes a sugar rub, body butter, milk bath, exotic oil, moisturizing body lotion, and pure soap.
All Pure Fiji products are grown and produced locally, and proceeds from the sales of these products help to preserve the culture and village life of hundreds of Fijians. During your guided tour, you will be introduced to the natural ingredients and fragrances used to make these unique products. You will also learn about South Pacific beauty therapies, and special blending and quality control techniques.
Your tour will conclude with a visit to Tamavua Heights for breathtaking views and photo opportunities of Suva Harbor and the surrounding area. Before you leave, you will be served light refreshments.
Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This is a scenic shopping tour for Pure Fiji products, and includes 30 minutes of shopping in town. The order of sights visited may vary. The island buses do not have air-conditioning, and are the best available.
Wander through an aromatic spice farm and lush gardens full of medicinal plants and flowers. Watch a demonstration of native Fijian cooking and be entertained by lively native dances.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for an exceptionally scenic drive to an organic spice farm and gardens in the island’s bucolic Wainadoi area.
Following a traditional welcome ceremony, you will have the opportunity to stroll through the luxuriant spice farm and gardens, where you may see vanilla beans, turmeric, ginger and nutmeg with bright-red mace seeds inside. There are also plants used for medicinal purposes, dyes and weaving. During the tour, the native Fijians who cultivate the gardens will explain the different species and offer a sampling of spices.
You will also learn how spices are used in Fijian cuisine and then watch a culinary demonstration. Many meals are traditionally cooked in an earth oven or cooking pit called a “lovo.” Typically, a fire is built at the bottom of a hole and allowed to burn until it smolders. Then green vegetation is added for moisture, food is layered on top, and more vegetation is added. Finally, the concoction is covered with soil and slow cooked for hours.
After the cooking demonstration, you will be treated to an enjoyable performance of Fijian songs and dances. Before returning to the pier, there will be some free time to shop for spices and local handicrafts.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be some steps and natural surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The island buses do not have air-conditioning, and are the best available.
Discover Fiji's unique flavors and cuisine during this visit to a spice farm, and a Fijian cooking lesson and tasting.
Depart the pier for the 30-minute drive outside the capital city, then on to an expansive, 222-acre farming area that is home to Fiji's unique spice gardens. En route, you will pass by a tropical paradise filled with jungle waterfalls, streams and rivers.
Most visitors to Fiji have never seen a vanilla orchid, a nutmeg or cinnamon tree, cardamom, allspice, clove, a pepper vine, ginger root, or turmeric root. This farming area is the nucleus of the nation's organic spice industry, and its network of village out-growers has earned Fiji the title of Spice Islands of the South Seas. Fiji spices are renowned for their quality, and can be purchased during your visit for use at home or as gifts. In 2000, Spices of Fiji, Ltd. won Nestle's Unique Exporter of the Year Award.
Next, you will observe a Fijian cooking lesson that includes a demonstration of lovo, a traditional cooking method in which food is dressed with organic spices and herbs, then cooked underground using hot stones. Once the meal is finished cooking, you will be invited to sample the food, which will be served with refreshments. You will also find splendid views and photo opportunities throughout your visit.
Following your visit, you will re-board your mini-van for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and bring insect repellant from the ship. The island buses do not have air-conditioning, and are the best available.
Explore the evolution of Fiji's fascinating cultural history and art during this half-day tour that includes a spectacular performance by the Fijian Firewalkers.
Depart the pier for the 1-hour drive to Pacific Harbor, which features panoramic vistas of Fijian villages, tropical rain-forested mountains and flat pastureland. En route, a brief photo stop will be made at the world-renowned Arts Village of Fiji. Upon arrival at Pacific Harbor, you will be greeted by the reverberating sound of a hollow drum beaten by a Fijian warrior, the blowing of a conch shell and the welcoming song of the villagers. After being served a complimentary drink, you will be escorted to the amphitheater to witness a spectacular performance by Fijian Firewalkers and the enthralling group from the Arts Village of Fiji.
From your shaded seat, you will see Fiji's storied past come alive before your very eyes. You will marvel at the Fijian Firewalkers demonstrating their mysterious power over flame. As elders chant, young men will remove the burning logs from a smoking pit to reveal the white-hot stones signaling the beginning of this ancient ceremony. The group from the Arts Village of Fiji will then entertain you with traditional dancing, and by re-enacting their legends and history amidst this idyllic setting.
After the show, you may opt to stroll around the cool fern trees and shady palms in the exotic tropical gardens, be serenaded by the village singers, or join your guide for a walking tour around the Arts Village complex. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to mingle with the villagers and watch handicraft demonstrations.
At the conclusion of your visit, some time will be made available for you to browse the souvenir shops before re-boarding the bus for the 1-hour return drive to the pier.
Please note: Wear comfortable, flat, walking shoes, and bring a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water from the ship. The local buses do not have air-conditioning, and are the best available.
Spend hours relaxing at a four-star oceanfront resort and enjoying a wealth of amenities that include swimming, shopping, snorkeling and dining.
After departing from the pier, you will drive for approximately one-hour to the island’s southern coast, a fertile land of rolling green hills and sugar cane plantations. Upon arriving at the Pearl South Pacific Resort, you will have free time to enjoy the abundant amenities. With no schedule to follow and hours to relax however you please, the experience should be wonderfully refreshing.
You might swim in the freshwater pool, shop the boutiques and enjoy a refreshing drink in one of six bars. The resort is right on the beach, a long stretch of pristine sand where you can stroll at your leisure or simply bask in the sun. If you are feeling ambitious, you might play a friendly game of volleyball, go kayaking, jet skiing or snorkeling. The waters are usually crystal-clear and teeming with marine life.
While there are four restaurants on the premises, a complimentary buffet lunch will be served. You can expect the dishes to be authentic Fijian and flavored with fresh spices. There may be barbecued meats, rich curries, exotic vegetables, and succulent seafood marinated in lime juice or coconut milk. Fijian cuisine tends to be simple and exceptionally fresh.
You will also be treated to a traditional “meke” performance, during which costumed men and women express their daily lives through dance. After nearly three hours at the resort, you will transfer back to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion. There are sandy and uneven surfaces at the beach. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; a swimsuit if planning on water or beach activities; a change of clothes; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Additional activities at the resort are not included in the cost of the tour and must be paid directly to the resort. Australian or Fijian currency and/or credit card will be needed to purchase any additional items. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.
Experience Fiji's local flavors and traditions in a unique new way during this cruise along the Navua River, along with a kava ceremony and lunch in a local village.
Depart the pier by local island bus for the 1-hour long scenic drive through Suva, then continue past Namuamua en route to Navua. Upon arrival at the Navua River, you will embark an open longboat for a scenic and breathtaking 45-minute journey upriver. Your cruise will be highlighted by endless mountain ranges, a thick tropical rain forest abounding with bird life, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls, and exotic fauna and flora.
Upon reaching the isolated Raiwaqa Village, located on a 14-mile-long island at a height of almost 1,000 feet above sea level, you will be welcomed by the chiefs and villagers with a traditional Fijian kava ceremony (guests will not drink kava, but will participate in the ceremony). After the ceremony, you will take a guided walking tour of the village. Along the way, you will learn about the island's history, and coconut husking and scraping. You will also have an opportunity to mingle with the natives, purchase local handicrafts and join in the village entertainment.
Next, you will embark your longboat for the return cruise to Navua, where you can take a refreshing swim in the Magic Waterfall; Navua's largest waterfall.
At the conclusion of your longboat portion of the return journey, you will re-board the island bus and transfer back to the pier.
Please note: While there is limited walking, the tour can be strenuous. You will spend approximately 1-hour on the local bus and 45-minutes on the longboats; in each direction. The seats in the longboats are wooden and have no back rests. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. A buffet lunch that will include a soft drink or bottled water is included; however there may not be seating and guests may need to stand or sit on the ground. Guests are encouraged to wear swim attire under a cover-up, comfortable flat shoes, sunscreen, and bring a towel, rain jacket or change of clothes with you in case you get wet on the longboat. Those participating in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. The island buses do not have air-conditioning, and are the best available.
Indulge your senses with Fiji's exquisite mountains, mountain pools and rainforest during this hiking tour in Forest Park, and a visit to the Raintree Lodge.
Depart the pier for the scenic drive by island bus into the mountains behind Suva, and a visit to Forest Park. En route, a shopping and restroom stop will be made. Upon arrival at Forest Park, you will take a guided hike through the peaceful green Fijian rainforest. Along the way, you will see the lower pool in the peaceful forest surrounded by bush land and an abundance of photogenic bird life. You will also have an opportunity to take a swim in the cool, crystal-clear mountain pools.
Afterward, you will be transferred to the Raintree Lodge. Built on a manmade pool, the lodge offers a lovely natural atmosphere in which to relax with a drink, snack on some seasonal fruits and listen as a singing trio serenades you with their local songs.
Following your visit, you will re-board your bus for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This strenuous tour involves hiking over uneven terrain, and is recommended only for guests in excellent physical condition. Guests are encouraged to wear hiking boots/shoes, swimming attire, a hat, sunscreen, and bring your camera, a change of dry clothes, and a bottle of water from the ship. The island buses do not have air-conditioning, and are the best available.
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.