SOUTH PACIFIC YACHT CHARTERS

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Whether it’s having a massage in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora, diving the tropical islands of the Great Barrier Reef, or swimming in a rainforest waterfall in Vanuatu, a sailing yacht charter in the South Pacific and Australasia is like falling into a film-set paradise of turquoise seas and waving palms. 

Day 1 – Nadi to Mamanuca Islands

Descend into Nadi Airport, where you’ll be met by the yacht’s captain and whisked away to join your Fiji charter yacht in Denarau Marina. Settle into your luxurious stateroom before enjoying an elegant lunch on deck as the yacht slips its berth and gets underway for the Mamanuca Islands.  Drop anchor and enjoy your first swim off the back of the yacht, before heading ashore to sink your feet into the sugar-white sand. The Mamanuca Islands are among the most beautiful archipelago in all of Fiji, boasting mountainous, jungle-covered outcrops surrounded by a shallow turquoise and emerald sea. After an afternoon of relaxation, enjoy sunset cocktails on deck before sitting down for a spectacular meal cooked by the yacht’s private chef. 

 

Day 2 – Mamanuca Islands

You’ve got the whole day to explore the Mamanucas today. Start with an early morning snorkel or walk before returning to the yacht for breakfast on deck. Then it’s time to get stuck into the water toys or surf the infamous Cloudbreak, one of the most legendary breaks on earth. Everywhere you look you’ll see the film-set beauty that has made the Mamanucas the backdrop for many films and TV series, including Tom Hank’s Castaway and Survivor. In the afternoon you may want to take it a bit easier, maybe relaxing in a hammock under the coconut palms or blissing out at one of the Mamanuca’s many day spas. Dinner is ashore, watching the teppanyaki chef in action at Tokorori Island Resort or dining at a table on the sand at Vomo. 

 

Day 3 – Somosomo

Day three of your motor yacht charter South Pacific is for diving. The Somosomo Strait is often called the ‘soft coral capital of the world’, and you’ll immediately understand why as you sink beneath the surface, where a kaleidoscope of colour stretches in every direction in the watery blue. You’ll have to plan your dives well today as there is a lot to see; the Rainbow Reef offers the magnificent Zoo and Purple Wall sites, but it’s the staggering drop off at the Great White Wall that most divers come to see. Don’t forget to look up now and then- you’ll see dolphins, mantas and even humpbacks cruising past the drop-off. If you’re more into beaches and jungle adventures than scuba diving, you’re also in luck today, as the ‘Garden Island’ of Taveuni is blessed with perfect beaches and hidden rainforest waterfalls. Finish the day with a ‘lovo’, a Fijian feast which is wrapped in banana leaves and slow-cooked for hours in an earth oven. 

Day 4 – Somosomo to Yasawa

The Yasawa Islands take the breath away. Quiet and largely undeveloped, this volcanic archipelago is fringed by palm trees and blue lagoons, with rainforested hills for hiking. One of the most amazing places is undoubtedly the limestone caves of Sawa-i-Lau, where you can swim in glimmering turquoise water beneath towering cavern walls, while back in the water you can dive with manta rays on Drawaqa Islands or snorkel with sharks on Kuata Island. The Yasawas are a place to soak up Fijian culture, whether that’s watching a traditional meke dance performance or taking part in a kava ceremony. Welcome the South Pacific evening with a luxury barbeque on the beach, the yacht’s chef grilling up the day’s catch and serving it to you on a white cloth table under the stars. 

 

Day 5 – Yasawa to Vanua Levu 

Vanua Levu is Fiji’s second-largest island, but less touristy than many of its neighbours. This creates an adventure paradise for the explorer, whether you want to hike the rainforest in the Wasali Nature Reserve, snorkel the Garden Reefs along the coast, or swim in rainforest waterfalls. Known as Fiji’s ‘best-kept secret’, Vanua Levu is a place to drive through sugar cane plantations into the lush hills and explore coastal market towns. After a day of discovery, why not challenge yourself with the thrill of a night dive before indulging in a candlelit dinner on deck. 

 

Day 6 – Vanua Levu to Lomaiviti Islands

Wake up in the Lomaiviti Islands, a small chain of seven islands which are rich for exploring. One of the highlights is Levuka, a UNESCO-listed town lined with colonial-era buildings among the mango trees, while other islands are pristine and quiet, offering a tantalising glimpse of Fiji’s traditional lifestyle. Known as the ‘Big Fish Capital of Fiji’ The Lomaiviti Islands are an angler’s paradise, with huge trevally cruising the deep waters off the barrier reef, as well as sailfish, marlin and wahoo. If you’re more interested in seeing fish than catching them, then the coral reefs surrounding the islands make for great snorkelling and diving, or you might prefer to savour the late afternoon with a Fijian massage before dinner. 


Day 7- Lomaiviti Islands to Nadi, Vitu Levi

After a morning swim and lazy breakfast on deck, the captain will weigh anchor for Nadi, where there are the many treasures of Denarau Island to explore on your final full day of charter. Play a round of golf at the superb championship course or enjoy one of the jazz or food and wine festivals that take place at the resorts here each year. Outside Denarau Island there is a multitude of exciting activities across Viti Levu Island, from zip-lining in the Kula Eco Park to diving with tiger sharks on the Coral Coast. In the evening, head back to Denarau to enjoy one of Fiji’s most celebrated dining experiences: dining with your feet in the pool at Lomani Wai restaurant at the Radisson Blu. Linger over dinner on your last night in Fiji, before heading back to the yacht for a nightcap under the stars. Just another day on a sailing yacht charter in the South Pacific.

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