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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!

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 included

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 the local market.

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

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 hundreds 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.

Tivua Island Escape

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 7 hours

Cruise to Tivua Island for a day of tropical paradise - explore all it has to offer on land and underwater and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.

Step aboard your catamaran bound for the idyllic tropical island, Tivua Island. As you skim over the shimmering Pacific waters, relax with a morning tea as you drink in the beauty.

Tivua is a small coral cay and is one of 20 paradise islands in the Mamanuca group. The island is encircled by a wonderful white coral sand beach and surrounded by 500 acres of exquisite coral reef.

Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed with a traditional kava ceremony. Afterwards, it’s up to you how you choose to spend the rest of your day! There are plenty of activities to choose from to allow you a closer look at the fascinating and colourful marine life. Take a guided snorkelling tour, glass-bottom boat or canoe. Alternatively, you may prefer to simply relax under the shade of a palm tree, walk along the pristine beach or swim in warm tropical waters.

A local style buffet lunch including barbecued chicken, whole baked fish and a selection of salads and fresh fruits will be served on the island.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by catamaran. Please remember to wear your swimwear and bring a towel and sunscreen. Children under the age of 8 are not permitted to participate on this tour. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. Snorkelling, glass-bottom boat and canoe activities are included in the cost of the tour. The island is not exclusive to P&O Cruises, so may become busy.

 

A selection of cruises to Lautoka

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