Captain Cook Cruises Fiji debuts Southern Lau Expedition on Caledonian Sky ship

   June 7, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, renowned for its expedition expertise, has launched its inaugural 7-night voyage to the Southern Lau archipelago aboard the MS Caledonian Sky. This voyage marks the beginning of monthly departures for the remainder of the 2024 season, including two special itineraries in August that feature Tonga during the annual whale migration.

The maiden Southern Lau expedition included many unique stops at previously unvisited locations. Each morning, the ship’s cultural delegation conducted the traditional sevu sevu ceremony with village chiefs and elders, formally welcoming guests ashore.

The journey offered remarkable experiences at every port, beginning with a warm reception at Buliya village, where the first visit of its kind included enthusiastic singing and a special Easter Sunday church service. At Matuku Island, guests explored rich Fijian history and cultural sites, enjoying vibrant local dancing despite the island’s warlike past.

Fulaga Island, located halfway to Tonga, showcased its renowned wood carving craftsmanship and stunning aqua blue waters, earning the nickname “heaven on earth.” At Yagasa, guests relished picturesque scenery and water activities such as swimming and kayaking.

Totoya Island, despite a month without contact due to a delayed supply barge, welcomed visitors with demonstrations of copra production and thrilling cultural performances. The island's organized village life and excellent surfing spots provided enriching experiences.

On Beqa Island, after a traditional welcome, passengers witnessed an awe-inspiring firewalking display and enjoyed local hospitality and cuisine. Vatulele Island revealed its hidden beauty with a magnificent lagoon, ancient rock paintings, and vibrant cultural encounters, providing a captivating conclusion to the Southern Lau adventure.

Inclusive rates for these voyages start at US$7,693. The Southern Lau expedition highlights include:

BULIYA: First-ever visit to Buliya village with a warm reception, Easter Sunday service, village tour, and refreshing swim.

MATUKU: Exploration of Matuku Island’s rich history, cultural sites, and surf breaks. Vibrant dancing and cultural experiences from the locals.

FULAGA: Renowned wood carving craftsmanship and hospitality in an idyllic setting, with aqua blue waters and welcoming villagers.

YAGASA: Picturesque scenery with opportunities for relaxation, swimming, and kayaking.

TOTOYA: Copra demonstrations, cultural performances, top dive spots, and excellent surfing adventures despite recent isolation.

BEQA: Traditional welcome and awe-inspiring firewalking display, with immersive village life and local cuisine.

VATULELE: Magnificent lagoon, white sandy beaches, ancient rock paintings, and vibrant cultural heritage, making for a fitting conclusion to the Southern Lau adventure.