With its palm fringed beaches, sapphire water and kaleidoscopic marine life, Fiji is a Pacific dream come true. And as far as we’re concerned, one of the absolute best ways to reconnoitre the archipelago is by boat. Cue Blue Lagoon Cruises, a local Fijian company specialising in boutique voyages around the Yasawa Islands. Along the way you’ll drop anchor in some of the loveliest parts of the Pacific, and moor at the occasional coconut palm along the way.
One of our favourite drawcards is the fact that you’ll spend a maximum of four hours a day cruising. This means that as well as enjoying your luxe ship, there’s also plenty of time to visit remote island villages, discover ancient Fijian culture or sit down to a traditional island feast. Not to mention swim with manta rays, stop off at the Sacred Islands and Sawa i lau Caves, or simply laze around on a deserted beach.
Of course, the ship itself is a bona fide highlight. With just 34 air-conditioned cabins, life on board a sleek Blue Lagoon catamaran is intimate and laidback, with a touch of luxury thrown in for good measure. There’s a friendly Fijian crew to exchange smiles with, and plenty of fellow guests to chat to. Plus a daily line-up of exotic barbecues, lavish buffets and beautifully designed traditional Fijian meals that’ll leave you dreaming of Fijian fare.
So what Blue Lagoon voyages are on our summer wish list?
Departing from Denarau, the three night Explorer Cruise offers a taster of just how incredible Fiji can get. A carefully curated itinerary takes you to the dramatically beautiful Yasawas Group, via the strikingly beautiful Modriki and Sacred Islands. You’ll get to relax on pristine beaches, dive among rainbow hued coral and glimpse Fiji’s lush interior. There are also plenty of chances to experience local culture which makes it a fantastic cruise for those with limited time.
Dreaming of the untouched, unspoiled South Pacific? The four night Wanderer Cruise unlocks access to a string of Fiji’s most enchanting seascapes. You’ll start with the wildly beautiful Sacred Islands, then sail on through the Yasawas Group to the turquoise Blue Lagoon. As your itinerary unfolds you’ll visit mystical Sawa I Lau and its caves, glide past tiny palm-covered atolls, snorkel with multicoloured tropical fish and be treated to the unique hospitality of the Yasawan villagers. Four nights of pure Fijian magic.
Escape to Paradise
Spanning for seven glorious nights, the name says it all. This cruise whisks you to the heart of a Pacific paradise, spotlighting the remote Yasawas archipelago, rugged Modriki (the filming location for Castaway) and the stunning Sacred Islands. And yes, you’ll have all the time in the world to stroll along sandy beaches, float in peaceful lagoons and splash around in deserted bays. Basically, it’s all the features of the two shorter cruises rolled into one irresistible itinerary. You’ll also get a chance to visit a knockout private beach on Nanuya Lailai, a private island owned by the cruise line. This means that as a Blue Lagoon guest you’ll enjoy exclusive beach time, followed by a traditional ‘Lovo’ feast prepared in an underground oven. After dinner you’ll wind up a dreamy evening with a beach party captures the spirit and romance of the South Pacific.
Got Fiji on your mind? Chat to House of Travel today about upcoming Blue Lagoon Cruises itineraries, as well as a host of other South Pacific getaways.