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About Lautoka

Fijis main cruise port, Lautoka, on its largest island (Viti Levu) is very much a working city, steeped in the sugar and timber industries which makes it an even more fascinating experience for visitors. There is a chance to capture the essence of Fijian life here.

Past the avenue of Royal Palms along the main street, the ornate Sikh and Krishna temples and mosques give away the presence of a large Indian population.  It is that contrast between Indian and Fijian lifestyles which gives an extra buzz to the city. Worth a visit are the bustling daily market and the thriving botanical gardens while, outside the city, the National Heritage Park and the Viseisei village - said to be the oldest settlement in Fiji - are the most popular tours on the spectacularly scenic northern side of the island.

 

Shore excursions in Lautoka

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Fijian Firewalking and Cultural Show

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a colourful cultural performance, showcasing the South Sea stories and fearless Fijian firewalkers.

In the comfort of the beautiful oceanfront Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa, you will receive a warm Fijian welcome and enjoy refreshments, before a fabulous Fijian Meke performance.

Fijians share their history and legends through this music and dance and it’s something you just have to experience when in Fiji.

The folkloric show includes stories of love, legend and history through the art of song and dance. Enjoy a special performance of the Isa Lei, Fiji’s most famous love and farewell song. Then it’s time to journey into the mystical world of firewalking. Like many mysteries, there is no valid explanation as to why the members of one Fijian tribe have the power to walk on white-hot stones, without injury. This unique skill is possessed only by the Sawau tribesmen who live on the southern side of Beqa Island in Fiji. Don’t try this at home!

Complete your tour with a short stop in the town of Nadi for the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 40 minutes of walking on this tour.

Fijian Homestead and History

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Learn about island life, visit Fijian homes, and see stunning collections of beautiful orchids and plants.

Your tour begins with a visit to South Sea Orchid Garden, the private property of the Burness family. Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly welcomed by Don and Aileen Burness, with their interesting collection of antiques and photographs. Some of Don and Aileen’s treasured collection dates back to the colonial times, when Don’s family emigrated from Scotland to Fiji. Enjoy their anecdotes and stories of Fiji’s colourful history, and take a stroll in their beautiful gardens. They have an impressive collection of orchids, as well as a variety of trees, shrubs and anthurium lilies.

Your hosts will invite you to enjoy refreshments of tea, coffee or juice accompanied by homemade cakes.

Afterwards, head to the city of Nadi, where you’ll have the opportunity to browse for souvenirs.

Complete your tour at Sabeto Village, where you’ll be greeted by a welcoming ceremony and entertainment. Song and dance play an important role in Fijian culture and the singing of the national farewell song will mark the end of your visit.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour, as well as some steps to negotiate. Trousers/skirts which cover the knee and shirts/tops with elbow length sleeves should be worn at the village, and hats must be removed.

Fijian Traditions and Beauty

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Experience a glimpse into Fijian village life, visit the Orchid Garden of the Sleeping Giant and shop for local crafts.

A scenic drive takes you through sugarcane fields to the historic village of Viseisei.

Meaning ‘spread out,’ Viseisei, is said to be the oldest settlement in Fiji and its inhabitants are thought to be the descendants of the Melanesian explorers who landed near here around 3,500 years ago. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles have visited here and you will receive just as royally warm a welcome, with a Fijian kava ceremony, and traditional entertainment.

Afterwards, your tour continues to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, the passion project of American actor, Raymond Burr. The garden lies at the base of a mountain in the Sabeto Range and is often referred to as the Sleeping Giant due to its shape and the accompanying myth, which surrounds it. The gardens specialise in orchids, and during a guided walk, you will see many of these beautiful blooms in all shapes and colours. Your guide will explain the names and characteristics of the abundant native flora and fauna.

Complete your visit with a refreshing fruit juice, before rounding off your tour with some free time to browse the local craft stalls in Nadi.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking on this tour, as well as a few steps to negotiate. Trousers/skirts which cover the knee and shirts/tops with elbow length sleeves should be worn at the village, and hats must be removed.

Hilton Resort Getaway

Activity lowMeal included

Duration: 6¼ hours

Indulge at this 5 star spa resort. Take a dip in the pool, drink in the sea views and dine on a delicious buffet-style lunch.

And relax... That’s what it’s all about at this luxurious getaway to the world-renowned Hilton Resort on Denarau Island.

You’ll have the time and freedom to do as much, or as little as you like. Relax by the pool with waiter service, flip flop on the beach and top up your tan. Or perhaps you’ll choose to indulge in a soothing massage by the sea, or treat yourself at the award-winning spa resort?

This resort is voted the best on Denarau Island; situated on the 2.5km beach with stunning views out to the Mamanuca Islands, it’s not hard to see why. So drink in those views, and then head to lunch, where you’ll have a number of delicious dishes to choose from.

Decisions... decisions.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is inclusive of transfers, sun lounger, umbrella and towel. Passengers are reminded to take swimwear and sunscreen with them. The journey to the Hilton Resort takes approximately 1 hour each way. The use of the spa is not included in the cost of this tour but can be paid directly by cash (local currency or credit card), appointments are subject to availability. 1 soft drink is included with lunch, additional drinks can be purchased, payable directly. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer water sports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Oolala Island Day Cruise

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 6½ hours

Visit the uninhabited island of Savala, surrounded by a glorious beach and clear waters, with colourful coral garden.

Hop aboard the 60 ft motor vessel ‘Oolala’ and cruise out of the picturesque Lautoka Wharf, where you’ll be treated to great views of the waterfront villas, neighbouring islands, mountain ranges and historical sites. Enjoy a refreshing morning tea as the majestic beauty of Fiji unfolds before you. Your destination is Savala Island, a beautiful 1½ acre uninhabited island, home to native wildlife and surrounded by a white sandy beach and inviting waters.
Your Captain will drop anchor off the island, and you’ll be transferred ashore via glass-bottom boat. Upon arrival, the time is yours to spend as you wish, lay back and soak up the sun and bathe in the crystal-clear waters. If you’re feeling active why not take part in a guided snorkelling session to discover the colourful coral gardens and marine life, or take to the waters in a kayak, or with a glass-bottom boat ride.
A tasty BBQ lunch will be served on the island. Complimentary soft drinks and water will be available throughout the day and Fiji beer and wine will be served with lunch.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by catamaran. Depending on numbers on the tour, multiple boats may be used. The journey to the island is approximately 1 hour each way. Please remember to wear your swimwear and bring a towel and sunscreen. Activities on the island may carry a minimum age limit. Snorkelling, glass-bottom boat and canoe activities are included in the cost of the tour. Drinks are not provided during the boat transfers but are available to purchase onboard. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. The island is not exclusive to P&O Cruises, so may become busy. There are limited sun loungers on the island, these are available on a first come, first serve basis.

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