Fiji Yacht Charter Guide
Fiji Yacht Charter Planning Guide and Destinations
Fiji is an archipelago of over 300 islands in the South Pacific with over 80% of the population living on the two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. It has a fascinating cultural blend of Melanesian, Polynesian, Indian and Chinese mixed with a little European colonialism.
Fiji is a stunning sailing destination. Being the product of volcanic mountains and surrounded by warm tropical waters makes hiring a boat in Fiji a photographer's dream. Its remoteness also means that the Fijian people have retained a very non-commercial view on life, resulting in one of the friendliest places on earth.
If you are a keen diver or snorkeler, you will be utterly amazed by the colourful underwater aquarium that awaits you! There is no way to be bored in Fiji; if you are an active person there is endless adventures to be enjoyed, from volcanic walks to whale watching. If you want some time out and need to relax then anchor yourself to a spot in the sand and absorb the summer sun!
Your Fiji yacht charter will begin at the marina not far from Nadi International Airport, Fiji's main international gateway on the west coast of the main island of Viti Levu. It serves around 1.3 million international passengers each year and acts as a hub to 14 other smaller airports around the archipelago.
Nadi is the home base of Air Pacific, Fiji's national airline, which provides flights to Japan, the US, Australia, New Zealand and other South Pacific islands. Other international airlines offering regular flights include Air New Zealand, Qantas and Korean Air.
Nadi is also the tourism hub of Fiji, with a range of activities, resorts, shopping, bars and restaurants within reach. Just 20 minutes drive from the airport is the Port of Denarau Marina, where you'll start your charter towards the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands.
Fiji Yacht Charter Types
Stability, space and comfort are the advantages of chartering a crewed catamaran around Fiji. Coast gently between islands sunbathing on the spacious lounging areas as you watch the stunning scenery go by, taking time to try out the water toys available or simply diving in off the low deck for a dip in the refreshing South Pacific.
Chartering a sailing yacht for your time on the South Pacific gives you elegance, style and a feeling of traditional majesty. Sleek and performance driven, the sailing yachts available around Fiji will have no trouble in taking you to all your desired destinations while providing amazing deck space for al fresco dining or simply soaking up the rays.
If you're an island hopper then a crewed motor yacht may be the best choice for you. With Fiji being comprised of many many islands all worth visiting, the added speed and power that comes with a crewed motor yacht will increase your chances of being able to zip from island to island with ease. With more space on board, there's also loads of room for film nights in the saloon with your friends and family.
How many amazing, white sandy beaches can you pack into one holiday? You will find out when you cruise this fantastic duo of island groups, arranged in one long archipelago off the west coast of Viti Levu, Fiji's largest island.
The Mamanuca Islands are the first you'll see – long sandy beaches with unlimited palm trees, sparkling clear water and coral reefs you last saw on a picture postcard.
The full range of water sports is available as you cruise north, including game fishing, diving and snorkeling, parasailing, windsurfing, jet skiing and surfing. You can find them all in the various island resorts, so get your adrenaline pumping and try something new and exciting!
If you are feeling really adventurous, you can start from further afield, but relocation fees will apply. As you travel further north, the tourists start to disappear as the islands of Waya and Wayasewa approach and you enter the Yasawa Islands. This more remote island group consists of a chain of about 20 ancient volcanic islands stretching for 80 km, several of which have dramatic cliffs climbing to hundreds of metres above sea level.
The Yasawa Islands give you the amazing scenic combination of dramatic volcanic peaks, white sandy beaches and crystal clear lagoons. You also get the more traditional Fijian way of life, unaffected by commercial tourism in any way. Here you can forget about work, the office and leave all your worries behind as the warm breeze, golden sun and relaxed vibes will have you smiling all day and night!
The Northern Islands, Vanua Levu and Taveuni are the more unexplored part of Fiji, with virtually no impact of tourism to be seen on the beaches, islands or the people and their local customs. In fact, a yacht is often the only way to visit many of the remote islands and villages.
Charters could start from the town of Savusavu on Vanua Levu, with typical destinations being Koro Island, Taveuni or the Ringold Isles. True peace and tranquility can be found all around this area.
The climate is typically tropical marine, with little temperature variation throughout the year. Southeast trade winds tend to prevail between May and October, bringing slightly cooler temperatures. The rainy season is from late December to early March, and is characterised by heavy but brief local showers. However, most of the rain is driven by topography, not seasons, with the mountainous regions getting by far most of the rain. Even in the cooler season, the temperature remains around 22 degrees.
Fiji is a paradise for diving enthusiasts, with many world-class snorkeling and diving sites to be found throughout the 300 islands. A massive variety of tropical fish can be found, as well as reef sharks, manta rays, turtles and dolphins. Hop off the back of your yacht and delve underneath the water to explore the unknown!
The water temperature is constantly warm, and visibility often more than 50 metres. Many of the Mamanuca Island resorts will offer lessons. If you are interested in scuba diving on your holiday, please enquire with your broker when you are arranging your charter.
Largely due to its multicultural history, Fijian cuisine today is an amazing mix of Indian, Chinese, Western and Polynesian influences. Common ingredients include yam, cassava, breadfruit and taro root, with meats such as beef, pork and poultry being a staple of this complex mixture. Of course, seafood is also a local favorite.
Local exotic fruits are found in abundance in beverages, salads and appetisers, with fresh coconut cream being used a lot both in cooking and as a sauce. All of these delights and more can be found on your luxury yacht charter in Fiji.
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