A luxury yacht charter is the best way to explore the friendly tropical islands of Fiji. Guests to this splendid tropical island paradise can spend their time island hopping, stepping ashore to meet villagers, partaking in their joyous festivities and feasts, diving to discover the vibrant subaquatic world, marvelling at volcanic mountains and caves, and breathing in the unspoilt wilderness that abounds in Fiji.
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Taking a private yacht charter is a great way to see more of Fiji. Part of what makes Fiji unique is its many groups of islands, each with its own culture, identity and attractions, and a luxury yacht charter is the best way to explore them. Over 300 islands create a boating mecca, destined to be cruised and explored. Just over 100 of these are uninhabited. Be amazed by beautiful white sandy beaches and coconut trees, pristine corals and a plethora of underwater tropical fish. Ashore be privileged by an introduction to traditional village life.
If you want to stay reasonably close to the mainland Viti Levu, the Mamanucas have a huge range of world-class resorts and activities to keep you going. Cruising these islands and 'resort hopping' is ideal for sociable types who love keeping busy and meet people. If a more laidback experience is what you're after, the nearby Yasawas are less developed and every bit as beautiful, giving you the opportunity to learn about Fijian culture and lifestyle in the villages dotted throughout the group.
Popular with yacht captains and their charter guests, the most visited chains are the Yasawa Islands and Mamanuca Islands.
The Yasawa Islands offer charter guests the opportunity to visit Fijian villages and experience the traditional way of life through cultural performances, welcome ceremonies, handicraft demonstrations, sampling local delicacies such as kava and even share a 'lovo' feast – smoked meat and seafood barbequed in the earth.
Your charter crew will know the precise locations of the best moorings to behold the volcanic mountains of the Southern Yasawa Islands and where to swim and snorkel in the spectacular crystalline lagoons of the Northern Yasawa Islands, a garden of coral and teeming with sealife.
The Mamanucas have a wide range of world-class resorts and onshore and on-water activities often accessible to the more active charter guests.
Captivating and serenely untouched, the Lau group of islands in Fiji's far-east offer a glimpse into pre-European settlement, with safe harbours dotted by villages where locals preserve their ancient ways and ceremonies. Visiting the Lau islands requires special permission but affords charter guests unique insight into customs and culture relatively undisturbed.
Fiji's second-largest island, Vanua Levu, is a popular destination, home to the small community of Savusavu and several resorts.
Ovalau Island and Fiji's first capital Levuka will give charter guests a taste of what life was like in colonial days, while the neighbouring islands of Gau, Batiki and Nairai are home to many villages still preserving the traditional way of life.
The third-largest island, Taveuni is renowned for its brilliant dive sites such as Eel Reef and the Great White Wall, an amazing drop-off covered in soft, white coral. A Marine Park was established at Waitabu in 1990 and today, it's a magnet for divers keen to experience the underwater wonders of this haven for tropical marinelife.
Ashore, Taveuni is a nature lover's dream. With an abundance of native plants and wildlife, Taveuni is known as the Garden Island of Fiji. Energetic charter guests can take a highland hike and experience lush rainforests filled with birdlife and numerous waterfalls. Keen trekkers can head to the Bouma National Heritage Park with its trails and world-class birdwatching.
The fourth-largest island in the group, Kadavu boasts a mixture of volcanic peaks and magnificent rainforests – a wonderful backdrop for charterers seeking pristine wilderness.
Fiji has as many facets as there are grains of sand on the shore. The Islands of Fiji have inspired poets and artists and are the choice of honeymooners, families and those seeking complete cultural immersion. Your expert captain and crew will tailor an itinerary to suit your interests, and some little-known local treasures that will thrill and delight you!