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Program #17863RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
It is strongly recommended that you bring your own snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins) for optimal fit, comfort, and experience; however, snorkeling equipment will be available available for use at no additional charge.

Itinerary for Nov 1 — Nov 11, 2014

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Day One: Saturday, November 01 - International Flight from Los Angeles to Fiji
Afternoon: Evening departure with meal served in-flight

Dinner: Aboard flight

Meals Included: Dinner
Day Two: Sunday, November 02 - Cross International Date line
In Transit: In flight to Fiji from United States. Day is "lost" due to crossing of the International Dateline

Type: Lodge

Description: Daku Resort is a mile outside the town of Savusavu on Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu. It’s a scenic 55-minute plane trip from Nadi. Known as Fiji’s Hidden Paradise, Savusavu is well off the beaten track for tourists, and retains a magical charm and friendly atmosphere.

Contact info:
P.O.Box 208
Savusavu, Fiji
phone: +6798850046
web: www.dakuresort.com

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with a refrigerator, coffee and tea-making equipment, and ceiling fans.

Facility amenities: Participants will be housed in bures (cottages) or villas in a family style resort converted from a copra plantation located on the shores of lovely Savusavu Bay. The resort has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant, Wi-Fi internet access, and a Yoga Shala – a lovely space high on the hill over-looking the bay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 10:00 AM


Day Three: Monday, November 03 - Arrival Savusavu/Class: Making of Masi/ Snorkelin...
Arrival Savusavu/Class: Making of Masi/ Snorkeling Refresher/Class: Fish Identification

Arrive To: Early morning arrival at Nadi International Airport, Fiji. Please Note: the flight schedules in the South Pacific are highly subject to change at any time, even once the program is in progress. A day room may be provided, based on the final flight timings.

Breakfast: Tropical breakfast at Daku Resort

Morning: Early morning flight from Nadi to Savusavu, with a possible connection through Suva. Morning arrival and check in to Daku Resort followed by breakfast. There will be time after breakfast to get settled in your rooms rest after the long flight.

Lunch: Lunch at Daku Resort

Afternoon: Program Orientation followed by Class: Class: Masi - the Making of Traditional Fijian Tapa. Tapa is a bark cloth made in the islands of the Pacific Ocean, primarily in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. Fijian tapa is somewhat stiffer than Samoan or Tongan tapa. The patterns are much busier and clean cut and the colors are usually black and dark brown which stands out strongly against the white of the tapa. Before dinner there will be a Class: Introduction to Fiji's Marine Environment and a Snorkeling refresher in the pool or off the nearby shore.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at Daku Resort

Evening: Immediately before dinner, there will be a short cultural event: Yaqona and Tabua ceremonies of welcome After dinner, there will be a Class: Fish Identification

Lodging: Daku Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Daku Resort is a mile outside the town of Savusavu on Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu. It’s a scenic 55-minute plane trip from Nadi. Known as Fiji’s Hidden Paradise, Savusavu is well off the beaten track for tourists, and retains a magical charm and friendly atmosphere.

Contact info:
P.O.Box 208
Savusavu, Fiji
phone: +6798850046
web: www.dakuresort.com

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with a refrigerator, coffee and tea-making equipment, and ceiling fans.

Facility amenities: Participants will be housed in bures (cottages) or villas in a family style resort converted from a copra plantation located on the shores of lovely Savusavu Bay. The resort has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant, Wi-Fi internet access, and a Yoga Shala – a lovely space high on the hill over-looking the bay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 10:00 AM


Day Four: Tuesday, November 04 - Morning Snorkel/Afternoon Snorkel
Note: The snorkel site is an example of a place we may snorkel. The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change.

Breakfast: Tropical breakfast at Daku Resort.

Morning: Morning Snorkeling: Namena Island. This small island 20 miles to the south of Savusavu is surrounded by mile after mile of unexplored reefs. Seemingly bottomless drop-offs, multi-colored soft corals and perfect coral gardens support an abundance of marine life. This is the place to see the big fish cruising in from the depths of the Koro Sea. Barracuda, spanish mackerel, dog-tooth tuna, mantas and large sharks regularly patrol these reefs.

Lunch: Picnic lunch aboard the snorkeling boat

Afternoon: Afternoon Snorkeling- Continuation of Namena snorkeling sites. Namena has recently been voted one of the top ten dive sites in the world by "Sport Diver" magazine and it also provides unforgettable, world class snorkeling. The area known as 'Grand Central Station', where we will snorkel, is so-called because every fish in the South Pacific seems to come through.

Dinner: Dinner at Daku Resort

Evening: Indian Band during dinner

Lodging: Daku Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Daku Resort is a mile outside the town of Savusavu on Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu. It’s a scenic 55-minute plane trip from Nadi. Known as Fiji’s Hidden Paradise, Savusavu is well off the beaten track for tourists, and retains a magical charm and friendly atmosphere.

Contact info:
P.O.Box 208
Savusavu, Fiji
phone: +6798850046
web: www.dakuresort.com

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with a refrigerator, coffee and tea-making equipment, and ceiling fans.

Facility amenities: Participants will be housed in bures (cottages) or villas in a family style resort converted from a copra plantation located on the shores of lovely Savusavu Bay. The resort has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant, Wi-Fi internet access, and a Yoga Shala – a lovely space high on the hill over-looking the bay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 10:00 AM


Day Five: Wednesday, November 05 - Savusavu Town/Afternoon Snorkel /Class:Coral Crit...
Note: The snorkel site is an example of a place we may snorkel. The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change.

Breakfast: Tropical breakfast at Daku Resort.

Morning: Excursion: Savusavu Town - an visit to town to exchange money, explore the local market and have a look around at your leisure.

Lunch: Lunch at Daku Resort

Afternoon: Snorkel Turtle Alley – Named as such because turtle sitings are reasonably frequent. If you are lucky, black spotted eagle rays. The coral heads are in pristine condition; the water here is too deep for fishing so they remain virtually untouched by humans. There is a profusion of hard corals of the acropoa family: When the sun is out their colours spring to life and you can see the blue tips of the acropora, and the green, mustard yellow and mauve hues of the pocillopora. There is some soft coral: clumps of Wire coral (hicksonella sp), a relative of sea fans; groups of Wrinkled Soft Coral (sarcophyton trocheliophorum); small growths of red soft corals. There is plenty of fish life: clouds of anthias and seargeant majors hover above the coral heads; parrot fish glide below; cleaner wrasse set up their stations and groom their clients; there are butterfly fish, batfish, surgeon fish and soldier fish.

Dinner: Dinner at Daku Resort

Evening: Class: Coral Critters: Staying Alive. Staying alive is the name of the game in any city and survival involves many ways of protecting oneself from danger. This class will introduce you to some of the defense mechanisms of the inhabitants of Fiji's coral reefs.

Lodging: Daku Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Daku Resort is a mile outside the town of Savusavu on Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu. It’s a scenic 55-minute plane trip from Nadi. Known as Fiji’s Hidden Paradise, Savusavu is well off the beaten track for tourists, and retains a magical charm and friendly atmosphere.

Contact info:
P.O.Box 208
Savusavu, Fiji
phone: +6798850046
web: www.dakuresort.com

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with a refrigerator, coffee and tea-making equipment, and ceiling fans.

Facility amenities: Participants will be housed in bures (cottages) or villas in a family style resort converted from a copra plantation located on the shores of lovely Savusavu Bay. The resort has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant, Wi-Fi internet access, and a Yoga Shala – a lovely space high on the hill over-looking the bay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 10:00 AM


Day Six: Thursday, November 06 - Optional Bird-Watching/Morning Snorkel/Visit Fiji...
Note: The snorkel site is an example of a place we may snorkel. The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change.

Breakfast: Tropical breakfast at Daku Resort.

Morning: Optional Bird-watching Expedition before breakfast. Snorkeling Field Trip: Snorkeling Field Trip to Split Rock - Split Rock is 200 metres off shore; a large coral head, it is named for the distinctive split down one side. At the bottom of the split you can see purple gorgonian fans and pale yellow soft corals. At the entrance to the split a fierce clown fish defends her anemone and the male takes refuge in its fronds. When a female clown fish dies, the male changes sex and becomes female, and he next male moves up the hierarchy. Split Rock is one of the most colourful and enchanting sites of the bay, and endlessly fascinating in visit after visit.

Lunch: Lunch at Daku Resort

Afternoon: Field Trip to Waivunia Village - learn about Fijian herbal medicine and handicrafts - "meke" and choir entertainment by Vivili Villagers. A meke is a traditional Fijian dance typically performed during celebrations and festivals. Males and females each perform a separate dance never dancing together. The male dance is called the "meke moto" usually involving long spears. The dance is meant to symbolize the ancient warriors of the village. The female dance is called the "seasea" and involves the performers making rapid motions with their hands and arms.

Dinner: Dinner at Daku Resort

Evening: Q&A on Fijian culture, economy and politics

Lodging: Daku Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Daku Resort is a mile outside the town of Savusavu on Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu. It’s a scenic 55-minute plane trip from Nadi. Known as Fiji’s Hidden Paradise, Savusavu is well off the beaten track for tourists, and retains a magical charm and friendly atmosphere.

Contact info:
P.O.Box 208
Savusavu, Fiji
phone: +6798850046
web: www.dakuresort.com

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with a refrigerator, coffee and tea-making equipment, and ceiling fans.

Facility amenities: Participants will be housed in bures (cottages) or villas in a family style resort converted from a copra plantation located on the shores of lovely Savusavu Bay. The resort has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant, Wi-Fi internet access, and a Yoga Shala – a lovely space high on the hill over-looking the bay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 10:00 AM


Day Seven: Friday, November 07 - Pearl Farm Visit/ Afternoon Snorkel/ Fijian Food ...
Pearl Farm Visit/ Afternoon Snorkel/ Fijian Food Preparation/Lovo Dinner/Class: Coral Reefs - Cities Under the Sea/Farewell Ceremony

Note: The snorkel site is an example of a place we may snorkel. The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change.

Breakfast: Tropical breakfast at Daku Resort.

Morning: Field Trip: Pearl Farm Visit. The J.Hunter Pearl farm in Savusavu produces premium quality pearls: it started out with black pearls, but now produces a range of magnificent colours – gold, chocolate, pistachio and cobalt. The offices of the farm are on the edge of Savusavu town. We start our visit there, where we will be shown a video about the farm and pearl production. We then walk across the road to the jetty and board the glass bottomed boat which will take us out into the bay to visit the floating platforms where various stages of the cultivation take place. There will be a chance to snorkel at the Pearl Farm.

Lunch: Lunch at Daku Resort.

Afternoon: Snorkel Lesciaceva Lagoon - Sheltered behind the main reef wall is a lagoon, where stingrays and garden eels burrow into the sandy bottom. The occasional group of trevally finds its way in, and there are cruising wrasse, damsel fish and parrotfish. Some larger sea stars are to be seen, and frequent sea slugs as thick as a man's forearm. Class: Fijian Food Preparation - Prepare the Lovo (Traditional Fijian Oven). The lovo is prepared by digging a large pit and then lining it with dry coconut husks. They are set on fire and the stones are heaped on top. When the flames subside, the food is wrapped in banana leaves and lowered in the pit. Free Time Open the Lovo

Dinner: Lovo Dinner at Daku Resort.

Evening: Class: Coral Reefs - Cities Under the Sea. This slide presentation will provide a better understanding about the coral reefs (ecology, form and function), their value to people, and how mankind's actions threaten them. Cultural Event: Farewell Ceremony -Bulu Yava (Burying the Footprints)

Lodging: Daku Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Chosen as a Trip Advisor Travelers Choice award winner for 2012, Paradise Taveuni offers traditional Fijian bure style accommodations. This secluded, oceanfront boutique resort is nestled among lush green gardens with Rainforest Mountain as a back drop. Its unique deep water frontage allows guests to dive, snorkel and swim from the lava flow edge into pristine warm tropical waters any time of the day or night.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 69
Waiyevo
Taveuni, Fiji
phone: +6798880125
web: www.paradisetaveuni.com

Room amenities: Each Bure has been hand built with local coconut and rain tree woods. French glass doors open to a spacious deck completed with a Fiji daybed. Inside the bure finds a generous king bed, spacious lounge room and modern bathroom. The essential Fiji outdoor shower within a private garden awaits. Wifi internet access is available for a fee, throughout all rooms.

Facility amenities: There is a comfortable open air restaurant and bar, tour desk, Pro Dive Taveuni on site, a horizon edge freshwater swimming pool, gift shop and Oceanfront Spa, as well as a plethora of activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, fishing, boat trips, hiking tours, and cultural walks. There is also dry cleaning / laundry service, a game room, a golf course, on-site parking, and a tour desk available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eight: Saturday, November 08 - Ferry to Taveuni/Snorkel
Note: Please Note: the ferry schedules in the South Pacific are highly subject to change at any time, even once the program is in progress.

Breakfast: Tropical breakfast at Daku Resort.

Morning: Check out of Daku Resort and depart to Taveuni via the Princess Ferry. This comfortable ride takes approximately 3- 4 hours, with great views of the islands from the ocean.

Lunch: Lunch at Paradise Taveuni

Afternoon: Arrive Taveuni dock and transfer to Paradise Taveuni. Check in to Paradise Taveuni. Optional Snorkeling Excursion - Paradise Reef is the reef located right in front of your hotel. In one direction, it is a labyrinth of lava flow covered in stunning hard and soft corals, swarming in tropical reef species, shallow and bright. In the other is a fantastic training site with a variety of terrain to make the most of your learning experience. All local species are represented here and the colors are stunning.

Dinner: Dinner at Paradise Taveuni

Lodging: Paradise Taveuni

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Chosen as a Trip Advisor Travelers Choice award winner for 2012, Paradise Taveuni offers traditional Fijian bure style accommodations. This secluded, oceanfront boutique resort is nestled among lush green gardens with Rainforest Mountain as a back drop. Its unique deep water frontage allows guests to dive, snorkel and swim from the lava flow edge into pristine warm tropical waters any time of the day or night.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 69
Waiyevo
Taveuni, Fiji
phone: +6798880125
web: www.paradisetaveuni.com

Room amenities: Each Bure has been hand built with local coconut and rain tree woods. French glass doors open to a spacious deck completed with a Fiji daybed. Inside the bure finds a generous king bed, spacious lounge room and modern bathroom. The essential Fiji outdoor shower within a private garden awaits. Wifi internet access is available for a fee, throughout all rooms.

Facility amenities: There is a comfortable open air restaurant and bar, tour desk, Pro Dive Taveuni on site, a horizon edge freshwater swimming pool, gift shop and Oceanfront Spa, as well as a plethora of activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, fishing, boat trips, hiking tours, and cultural walks. There is also dry cleaning / laundry service, a game room, a golf course, on-site parking, and a tour desk available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Nine: Sunday, November 09 - Morning and Afternoon Snorkeling in Taveuni
Note: The snorkel site is an example of a place we may snorkel. The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Paradise Taveuni

Morning: Snorkeling Field Trip to Korolevu Island: Korolevu Island is a small, unpopulated islet located about ½ way down the west coast of Taveuni Island. There is a nice sandy beach on the south side of the island, great for a picnic or snorkeling. Just off shore from the beach, there are mounding porites coral and staghorn thickets.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on the beach

Afternoon: Continuation of snorkeling. Return to the hotel mid-afternoon. Time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner - Paradise Taveuni

Lodging: Paradise Taveuni

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Chosen as a Trip Advisor Travelers Choice award winner for 2012, Paradise Taveuni offers traditional Fijian bure style accommodations. This secluded, oceanfront boutique resort is nestled among lush green gardens with Rainforest Mountain as a back drop. Its unique deep water frontage allows guests to dive, snorkel and swim from the lava flow edge into pristine warm tropical waters any time of the day or night.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 69
Waiyevo
Taveuni, Fiji
phone: +6798880125
web: www.paradisetaveuni.com

Room amenities: Each Bure has been hand built with local coconut and rain tree woods. French glass doors open to a spacious deck completed with a Fiji daybed. Inside the bure finds a generous king bed, spacious lounge room and modern bathroom. The essential Fiji outdoor shower within a private garden awaits. Wifi internet access is available for a fee, throughout all rooms.

Facility amenities: There is a comfortable open air restaurant and bar, tour desk, Pro Dive Taveuni on site, a horizon edge freshwater swimming pool, gift shop and Oceanfront Spa, as well as a plethora of activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, fishing, boat trips, hiking tours, and cultural walks. There is also dry cleaning / laundry service, a game room, a golf course, on-site parking, and a tour desk available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Monday, November 10 - Morning Snorkel/Farewell Dinner
Note: The snorkel site is an example of a place we may snorkel. The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change.

Breakfast: Breakfast - Paradise Taveuni

Morning: Morning Snorkeling Field Trip at Rainbow Reef. The Great White Wall - The Soft Coral capital of the world offers an astounding wall of pure white soft coral. This site is definitely the world famous Rainbow Reef's top draw. A dazzling myriad of colour and life inhabits the reef top. If that's not enough, you will see Manta Rays glide past with ethereal grace. Jack's Place - Situated on the Rainbow Reef, this site offers an immense coral bommie covered with vibrant colours of soft coral and fish. The site is a haven for Spanish Dancers, Box Fish and White Tipped Reef Sharks. Nuku Reef - Drift along this gently sloping reef and marvel at the small critters that reside here - Christmas tree worms, clams and sea anemones are all in abundance, along with their resident clown fish and trigger fish

Lunch: Lunch - Paradise Taveuni

Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the property and activities offered.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner- Paradise Taveuni

Evening: Farewell Fijian Meke (Dance) and Kava.

Lodging: Paradise Taveuni

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Tuesday, November 11 - Morning Snorkel/Flight to Nadi/Depart Fiji
Breakfast: Breakfast - Paradise Taveuni.

Morning: Morning Snorkel- one last opportunity to snorkel in Fiji. Afternoon Snorkeling Field Trip to Vuna Reef. Where we go on our snorkeling excursion will be dependent upon local conditions at the time. Some example snorkel sites for this excursion include: Incredible Reef - On the inner side of Vuna Reef, this site explores a large wedge-shaped area cutting into the Reef wall. Schools of pelagics glide past as smaller reef fish swarm in the shelter of the wedge. Fish Factory - Stunning hard plate corals, lots of ambient light, multicoloured patches of soft coral, giant clams and swarms of reef fish at a depth of less than 60f/18m make this a popular site for photographers, beginners and the experienced.

Lunch: Lunch- Paradise Taveuni

Afternoon: Check out of hotel and transfer to Taveuni Airport. Flight to Nadi.

Dinner: In local Nadi restaurant

In Transit: Late evening flight departs Fiji for Los Angeles International Airport. Arrive Los Angeles, after crossing the International Dateline. You will have gained the back the lost day and it will be the afternoon of the same day you left.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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Savusavu
Fiji Visitor's BureauContact the Fiji Visitor's bureau's US office for details on activities and events in Fiji. Fiji Visitors Bureau 5777 West Century Boulevard Suite 220, Los Angeles, CA90045 Tel: (310) 568 1616 Fax: (310) 670 2318 Toll Free #: 1-800-YEA-FIJI (1-800-932-3454) EMail: infodesk@bulafiji-americas.com
For additional information, visit: www.fijime.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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8 nights of accommodations
28 meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
5 Performances
4 Flights during the program

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