Since reopening in May, Fiji is once again delighting travellers who pass through its glittering shores.
A great advantage to cruising Fiji versus land travel is that ships will not only take you out to unspoiled, white-sand islands scattered around Fiji, but most cruises will also offer the chance to visit some of the South Pacific’s other intriguing islands, each with their own unique blend of natural beauty and rich culture.
Whether you’re looking to dive among colourful corals or just prop yourself up on the beach, Fiji is a destination of indulgence and the perfect chance to intertwine some luxurious amenities into your overseas excursion.
If you’re ready to treat yourself and get pampered in the pacific, here are some of the best luxurious cruise lines that visit Fiji, as well as some local favourites.
Regent Seven Seas
The luxurious all-inclusive cruising style of Regent Seven Seas is perfect for a South Pacific cruise. Its 25-night Secret Isles & The Great Reef Papeete to Bali cruise and 18-night Sydney to Papeete Secret Isles of the South Pacific cruise both stops on Fiji’s stunning shores. You’ll have the chance to check out Fiji as well as some neighbouring areas like French Polynesia and American Samoa. For a stand-out shore excursion, sign up for Spices of Fiji, a journey into Suva focused on the culinary specialties of the area.
For an expedition experience that is still steeped in luxury, visit Fiji with Ponant. Some highlight itineraries include the Fiji, Tonga, Cook and Society Islands 14-day cruise, which will take you through crystal-clear lagoons and ecological wonders for two weeks of spectacular sailing. Or for something different, you can go between Fiji and Bali over 16 nights for around the same price. If you want to learn or already know how to scuba-dive, Ponant will take you to Fiji’s stunning coral reefs for a chance to explore an incredible underwater world.
Paul Gauguin Cruises focuses only on the South Pacific, meaning you know you’re getting a personalised and carefully curated experience when you’re sailing with the line. You can go between Bali and Fiji and you can also have more in-depth cultural experience on an 11-night Fiji, Tonga, Cook and Society Islands cruise.
Seabourn has everything from 14-day voyages from Lautoka, the second largest city in Fiji, to Sydney via Cairns, to a 26-day Australia, Fiji and French Polynesia cruise which will give you a solid focus on Fiji and the surrounding countries, all the way up to epic cruises like the 65-day Pacific Gems cruise, departing on March 9, 2023, for more than two months of epic cruising. Shore excursions range from history-based tours around Fiji’s government house to visits to remote Dravuni Island, where you’ll be greeted by the local community, and longboat cruises past some of Fiji’s freest flowing waterfalls.
For a perfect journey, leaving on April 26, 2023, you can start out in Lautoka and cruise for 17 days back to Cairns, all in the luxury of a Silversea cruise. There are also other itineraries, like a 13-day cruise from Tahiti to Lautoka leaving April 12, 2023 or, for something much sooner, leave Cairns on September 24, 2022 and sail for 16 days out to Lautoka. There are plenty of expedition-focused activities like snorkelling, but you can also just soak in the warm welcome you received on the islands and take guided village tours.
Fiji is a common stop on Oceania cruises, meaning there’s plenty of options if you’re looking to pay a visit. You can head out there straight from Sydney, on an 18-day voyage leaving for Tahiti on February 28, 2023, with scuba, snorkelling, boating, rainforest visits and more on the menu for your time in Fiji. To mix it into something even more spectacular, you can try a 57-day Auckland to Los Angeles cruise, leaving on February 24, 2024, with Fiji being just one among a plethora of jaw-dropping journeys along the way.
Captain Cook Cruises
If you’re looking for something maybe shorter, but also with a stronger focus on Fiji itself, you can try sailing with local experts Captain Cook Cruises. For a side of Fiji you haven’t seen, you can try the three-night Southern Yasawa Islands cruise, where rugged scenery transitions into beautiful lush vegetation, with new volcanic craters, coral reefs and islands to see every day. Or you could its seven-night Remote North Discovery cruise that will take you to the striking mountain range on Vanua Levu island, with both land and marine wildlife abundant.
Blue Lagoon Cruises not only offers in-depth expirations into Fiji, but also operates with a 100 per cent Fijian crew to give you guaranteed insight in the local culture and traditions. Itineraries range from three to seven nights: whichever you opt for, you can be sure you’re getting an authentic look into Fijian life and that you’ll be taken to beautiful blue waters and landscapes that will leave a lasting impression.