17863
Pacific Islands/Fiji
Below and Above Blue Waters – Snorkeling and Exploring in Fiji
Bula! Welcome to Fiji, home to 702-miles of coastline, crystal clear waters and some of the most diverse marine life on earth. Join local experts to snorkel this aquatic wonderland.
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Program No. 17863RJ
Length
11 days
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11 days
10 nights
27 meals
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DAY
1
International Flight from Los Angeles to Fiji
In Flight
DAY
2
Cross International Date line
In Flight
DAY
3
Arrive Savusavu, Snorkel Refresher, Classes
Savusavu
B,L,D
Daku Resort

Activity note: Non stop flight from Nadi to Savusavu is approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes. Hotel check in available from 1:00 p.m. Snorkeling refresher from shore or in pool; up to (1) hour of swimming/snorkeling.

Breakfast: At Daku Resort's big bure, enjoy a daily tropical breakfast consisting of a choice of cereals with fresh fruits and yogurt, hot toast, tea and coffee.

Morning: We will have some free time to rest and relax before lunch.

Lunch: Plated Lunch at Daku Resort served with nonalcoholic beverage. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Orientation will be followed by a class, "Masi - the Making of Traditional Fijian Tapa" presented in the Big Bure by a local expert. 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, we will have a snorkeling refresher in the pool or off the nearby shore. Immediately before dinner, there will be a short cultural presentation, the Yaqona and Tabua ceremonies of welcome.

Dinner: Plated dinner in the Big Bure with non-alcoholic beverages. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Enjoy an introduction to Fiji's marine life in an evening class on fish identification class led by a local marine expert.

DAY
4
Morning Snorkel, Afternoon Snorkel
Savusavu
B,L,D
Daku Resort

Activity note: Climbing in and out of boats. Up to (7) hours of snorkeling and swimming. Non-snorkelers can observe from the boat. Walking between 1-2 miles a day. 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration.

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: Boxed 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: Plated Dinner at Daku Resort

Evening: Local band performance during dinner.

DAY
5
Savusavu Town, Afternoon Snorkel, Class
Savusavu
B,L,D
Daku Resort

Activity note: Climbing in and out of boats. Up to (4) hours of snorkeling and swimming. Non-snorkelers can observe from the boat. Walking between 1-2 miles a day. 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration.

Breakfast: Tropical Breakfast at Daku Resort.

Morning: We will have an excursion to Savusavu Town to exchange money, explore the local market and have a look around at our leisure.

Lunch: Plated 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: Plated Dinner at Daku Resort

Evening: Class in the Big Bure, "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 us to some of the defense mechanisms of the inhabitants of Fiji's coral reefs.

DAY
6
Morning Snorkel, Fijian Village Visit
Savusavu
B,L,D
Daku Resort

Activity note: Climbing in and out of boats. Up to (3) hours of snorkeling and swimming. Non-snorkelers can observe from the boat. Walking between 1-2 miles a day. 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration.

Breakfast: Tropical Breakfast at Daku Resort.

Morning: There will be an opportunity for early morning bird-watching before breakfast for those interested. 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: Plated Lunch at Daku Resort

Afternoon: Field Trip to Fijian 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: Plated Dinner at Daku Resort

Evening: Q&A on Fijian culture, economy and politics (topics subject to change depending upon group's interests)

DAY
7
Pearl Farm, Afternoon Snorkel, Fijian Lovo Dinner, Class
Savusavu
B,L,D
Daku Resort

Activity note: Climbing in and out of boats. Up to (6) hours of snorkeling and swimming. Non-snorkelers can observe from the boat. Walking between 1-2 miles a day. 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration.

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 an opportunity to snorkel at the Pearl Farm.

Lunch: Plated 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 power point 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)

DAY
8
Boat transfer to Taveuni, Free Time to Snorkel
Taveuni
B,L,D
Paradise Taveuni

Activity note: Transfer by van to boat, approx. 2 hour drvie. Boat ride is approximately 1 hour from Buca Bay to Taveuni.

Breakfast: Tropical Breakfast at Daku Resort.

Morning: Check out of Daku Resort and transfer to port in vehicles. From port, we will travel to Taveuni island via boat, with great views of the Fijian islands from the ocean. Arrive Paradise Taveuni dock and settle in.<

Lunch: Plated Lunch with non-alcoholic beverages at Paradise Taveuni. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time to snorkel, rest or explore. 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: Plated Dinner with non-alcoholic beverages at Paradise Taveuni. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Morning and Afternoon Snorkeling in Taveuni
Taveuni
B,L,D
Paradise Taveuni

Activity note: Climbing in and out of boats. Up to (6) hours of snorkeling and swimming. Non-snorkelers can observe from the boat. Walking between 1-2 miles a day. 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration.

Breakfast: Tropical Breakfast - Paradise Taveuni

Morning: Morning Snorkeling Field Trip at Rainbow Reef. This reef is known for its colorful biodiversity among the sea fans, soft corals and hard corals. You may encounter angelfish, triggerfish, parrotfish, butterflyfish, clownfish, wrasses, turtles, and stingrays.

Lunch: Boxed lunch on the beach

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

Dinner: Plated Dinner - Paradise Taveuni

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Morning Snorkel, Farewell Dinner
Taveuni
B,L,D
Paradise Taveuni

Activity note: Climbing in and out of boats. Up to (3) hours of snorkeling and swimming. Non-snorkelers can observe from the boat. Walking between 1-2 miles a day. 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration.

Breakfast: Tropical Breakfast - Paradise Taveuni

Morning: Field Trip: Return to Rainbow Reef and explore more beautiful sites of this 19 mile reef.

Lunch: Plated Lunch - Paradise Taveuni

Afternoon: Enjoy the free afternoon to relax in the property and participate in activities offered.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner- Paradise Taveuni

Evening: Farewell Fijian Meke (Dance) and Kava.

DAY
11
Morning Snorkel, Fly to Nadi, Depart Fiji, Program Concludes
In Flight
B,L,D

Activity note: Climbing in and out of boats. Up to (3) hours of snorkeling and swimming. Non-snorkelers can observe from the boat. Walking between 1-2 miles a day. 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration. Non-stop flight from Taveuni to Nadi is approx. 90 minutes.

Breakfast: Tropical Breakfast - Paradise Taveuni.

Morning: Morning Snorkel- one last opportunity to snorkel in Fiji. Dolphin Bay: Located just a bay over, this site is on the island wall. Resident eels and lionfish make this a popular location. Large fish like snapper and trevally make regular appearances adding quite a spectacle.

Lunch: Plated Lunch- Paradise Taveuni

Afternoon: Check out of Paradise Taveuni and transfer to Taveuni Airport where we will catch a non-strop flight to Nadi.

Dinner: At a local Nadi restaurant near the airport. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys! "Moce and Vinaka Vaka Levu"! (Goodbye and Thank You Very Much!)






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