We have just returned from a wonderful 2 week holiday in Fiji - our second visit. This time we opted to do the Whales Tale Cruise and what a fantastic time we had!! We had an absolute ball and were totally overwhelmed by the wonderful crew who looked after us from the moment we set foot on the yacht until the time we returned to port. We loved the fact that it was a small group who went on the excursion making it easier to mingle and meet fellow travelers. The quality of the catering was excellent and certainly plenty to go around. The snorkeling was great with lots of beautiful coral and huge variety of fish to see. I am grateful to Moses who insisted I use a life jacket for added buoyancy - this meant I could stay in one spot and look at the fish at any point in time. We are planning to return to Fiji in the next 18-24 months and we will definitely be booking Whales Tale again. I highly recommend this to anyone considering doing this particular cruise - it truly is a wonderful experience. I have deliberately not gone into specifics as I don't want to spoil the wonderful surprises that await you!
This cruise is a must! The crew are extremely friendly, all the food and drink you could ever want. The day is spent on a private island snorkelling, fishing or beach combing. The scenery is beautiful as you sail past islands. The snorkelling provides a chance to witness all types of colourful fish and coral. Highly recommended!
Excellent value and absolute fun. The crew onboard take care of your every need from the start to the end of the cruise. Guitarists add a relaxed feel to the trip and little extras like the kava ceremony and the paddle boards add to the recreational value of the day. Snorkel island has plenty of room to rest in the sun and the snorkeling is good to view starfish. The water is too shallow for good coral viewing but the trip over and back on the sailing boat is the main appeal on this trip plus the delicious lunch and drinks!!! Thanks to all the crew and BULA!!!
What a trip! The crew were very competent and friendly and always ready to fix us up with another drink (alcoholic or whatever you wanted) as we cruised to and from Snorkel Island which was about 90 minutes each way. The lunch was great - plenty of variety so something for everyone. The fresh tuna was my favorite. Snorkeling from the island was terrific; warm water and lots of bright fish (although the coral does not compare with the reefs off Cairns). The crew did a great job getting a big group together for volleyball, while others decided to go for another snorkel, paddle a kayak or just sit back and relax. I can't fault the cruise; they did a very good job looking after us and keeping us entertained for the whole day. Certainly good value for money. Graeme B
The best day in Fiji, fantastic and great entertainment . The boat is a beautiful old , the crew are friendly and kind, the food was excellent . The drinks flowed freely all day. Better to took your own snorkel gear, the one that they provided are very old. I dont think i will reccomend anyone to go on this trip if they are looking for good snorkelling spots like Yasawa islands and a reef of Castaway Island, the water was murky and most of the coral were dead. However if you only have time for one day trips I would recommend doing this. I have been snorkelling in the Yasawa islands and a reef of Castaway Island. All It is a fantastic day, I would highly recommend it. Please take loads of sunblock and a big hat as shade can be limited. Have Fun!
The bus ride from the Outrigger (on the Coral Coast) takes an hour or so. Once you're on the boat, it's about an hour and a half to the island. There's brunch on the boat, lunch once you get to the island, and "tea" on the return trip (which for us was cake and cookies and things like that). The island is really, really small, but the snorkeling was good and the water was really nice. There's also kayaking, hand-line fishing, volleyball and a glass bottom boat ride (all included). The crew works really hard to keep everyone entertained. The only thing I didn't like was that (probably because of the unlimited free drinks), there are quite a few drunks on board by the end of the trip. Other than that, it was a fun and relaxing day.
great crew, food, alcohol, hospitality and entertainment! it was worth it just for this =) the coral around snorkel island was a bit dissapointing though - probably because of low tide. The snorkelling around plantation islant was much better
I had a Nice day.
The really desapointing part was that the guides really did not care about the Corals. Even one of the guides stepped on them and I saw them breaking. No instruction was offered to the participants in how to take care of nature while being at the reef.
The boat is great, but the food was very much below the expected standards.
Anyway - if becoming more eco-friendly it would be worth going - the guides ruining nature is unacceptable.
A lot of time spent on the boat plying you with drink. Staff were friendly. Most of the coral around the island was dead. Sails were used briefly on the boat. No cocktails in the evening watching sunset. Not much on the island. Recommend Robinson Crusoe tour as much better value.
Nice boat trip up the river, but would not recommend if not staying near Navua or the Coral Coast. Too long a bus trip from the west coast.
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