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
28 meals
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Getting There
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DAY
1
In transit to program
In Flight
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Afternoon: Depart from Los Angeles on overnight flight to Nadi, Fiji. Refer to your personal air itinerary for specific flight information.

Dinner: Aboard flight

DAY
2
Cross International Date line
In Flight
DAY
3
Arrival Savusavu, Fish ID & Masi Class, Intro Snorkel
Savusavu
B,L,D
Daku Resort

Activity note: The flight from Nadi to Savusavu is 1 hour and 10 minutes

Breakfast: At Daku Resort, the breakfast buffet offers eggs, toast, fruit, yogurt, cereal with beverage options including coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: Connect to flight from Nadi to Savusavu. 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: Plated at Daku Resort with beverage options including coffee, tea, water. 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 and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule labeled "Free Time" and "At Leisure" offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions, circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After orientation, we will have a short class on fish identification in the Big Bure at Daku Resort. This will then be followed by a lecture on: 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 snorkeling refresher in the pool or off the nearby shore.

Dinner: Plated at Daku Resort with beverage options including coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Immediately before dinner, there will be a short cultural demo: Yaqona and Tabua ceremonies of welcome. Following dinner, the evening will be at leisure to rest in preparation for tomorrow's adventure.

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

Activity 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration.

Breakfast: Buffet 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 at Daku Resort. For your enjoyment a local band will be playing during dinner

Evening: At leisure

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

Activity 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration.

Breakfast: Buffett at Daku Resort.

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

Lunch: Plated 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 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.

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

Activity 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration.

Breakfast: Buffet at Daku Resort.

Morning: Before breakfast, there will be an opportunity for bird-watching 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 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 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, Snorkel, Lovo Prep & Dinner, Coral Reef Class
Savusavu
B,L,D
Daku Resort

Activity 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration.

Breakfast: Buffet 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: Plated 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)

DAY
8
Boat Transfer toTaveuni, Afternoon Snorkel
Taveuni
B,L,D
Paradise Taveuni

Breakfast: Buffet at Daku Resort.

Morning: Check out of Daku Resort and transfer in vehicles to Buca Bay. From Buca Bay, we will travel to Taveuni island via boat, with great views of the Fijian islands from the ocean.

Lunch: Plated at Paradise Taveuni

Afternoon: Arrive Paradise Taveuni dock and check in. Snorkel from shore in front of Paradise Taveuni. 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 at Paradise Taveuni

Evening: At leisure

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

Activity 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration.

Breakfast: Plated at 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 at Paradise Taveuni

Evening: At leisure

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

Activity 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration.

Breakfast: Plated at Paradise Taveuni

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

Lunch: Plated at Paradise Taveuni

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Paradise Taveuni offers a variety of activities.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner- Paradise Taveuni

Evening: Farewell Fijian Meke Performance and Kava.

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

Activity 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 highly subject to change. Safety is our first consideration. The flight from Taveuni to Nadi is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Breakfast: Plated at 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 at Paradise Taveuni

Afternoon: Check out of hotel and transfer in vehicles to Taveuni Airport. Fly to Nadi.

Dinner: Plated at a local Nadi restaurant near the airport.