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Bula. I recently experienced a Captain Cook Cruise to the Southern Yasawa Islands during our World Travellers Co-operative conference in Fiji. I can hear you thinking conference? Work? Yeah right, but we did manage to fit sessions in between the activities and meal times although at the expense of some pool time!

Our home, "Reef Endeavour" sleep's 130 in many different cabin configurations. Three glorious days were spent cruising around the pristine islands of Waya, Naviti & Viwa in the Southern Yasawas where the beaches are beautiful, the water clear and the coral reefs and fish life are stunning . Oh, and it’s 28+ degrees in the afternoon!!

One of the highlights was a visit to a village school, seeing the basic, old fashioned classrooms, and listening to the innocent, harmonic singing. One of our group gave the school rugby balls, a pump and rugby shirts. He was a hero. The All Blacks are gods, "Carter", "Sonny Bill", "Nonu". 

But what really made this trip special was the crew on board, local Fijians that were absolutely fantastic and really knew how to look after you. They call you by your first name after meeting you only once and remember what beer or cocktail you enjoy.

All shore excursions were made by tenders (small boats) that were hydraulically lowered from the back of the ship, including a glass bottom boat, and captained by Jimmy who took us to some amazing snorkeling and beach spots every day. There were also Dive instructors on board for those who wanted to dive the very comfortable 30 degree South Pacific waters.

And after the rigors of snorkeling and sunbathing on the beach, you just can’t beat a visit to the on board Senikai Spa for true relaxation and genuine ‘me’ time. There’s nothing quite like reclining in a soothing tropical oasis with the soft scents of coconut and frangipani wafting gently on the warm breeze.

I can tell you one thing; you will never starve onboard this cruise - that’s for sure!  Breakfast and lunch are full buffets - fresh fruit, yoghurt and cereal for the healthy, then eggs, bacon, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, french toast, pancakes– you name it! You could also get omelettes and fried or poached eggs made to order and for lunch, curries, salads, bread and cold meats. There was cake for dessert and always fresh fruit. Dinner was a la carte with a choice of entrées, mains and deserts. Tea and coffee was available 24 hours. 


Sadly all good things must come to an end and so, to the familiar sounds of Isa Lei on the guitar, we made our way back to the Denarau marina.  Call the team at McIntosh Travel and let us tell you more about these wonderful Captain Cook Cruises.

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