Day 1

Welcome to Fiji

What’s Included:

Included accommodation: Anchorage Beach Resort Fiji in twin, double or triple share ensuite rooms

Included meals: Three-course dinner

Other inclusions: Airport transfer, local Fijian sim card, re-useable drink bottle

Today you can get straight into ‘Fiji time’ as there is no fixed arrival time into Nadi International Airport. You will be greeted in the arrivals hall by a Don’t Wait Adventures representative who will take you to your hotel near the airport and also hook you up with a local phone sim-card and a re-useable water bottle to keep our single-use plastic use down. To make the most of the day though, we recommend arriving in the afternoon so you can enjoy the resort and get to know your fellow Fiji adventure tour group members and Don’t Wait Adventures guide over a welcome dinner.

Day 2

The real Fijian adventure truly begins

What’s Included:

Included accommodation: Overnight stay in a traditional family village home (you will be placed with one or two other group members

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and traditional dinner

Other inclusions: Kava ceremony, selection of activities which can include mountain-hiking, plantation tour, thatching of bures, basket-weaving, lovo preparation

Now your adventure really begins with an early start to explore the main island of Viti Levu. This island is home to the country’s major airport Nadi and its capital Suva, but we will be getting well away from that as we journey inland for a truly unique cultural experience – a highland village homestay.

Arriving about lunchtime you will be welcomed with a traditional Fijian kava ceremony. Kava is a popular homemade drink consumed by Fijian people during celebrations and ceremonies. Made from the root of an indigenous pepper plant, some describe it as a having a sedative effect and others even a euphoric one – (all coming down to just how much you drink really). Most visitors will experience such ceremonies when travelling Fiji but very few get to witness it conducted by locals in their own village. A very special experience and an incredibly unique drink!

After lunch you’ll get to participate in a range of activities including mountain-hiking, a tour of the local plantation, helping replace thatch on traditional bure huts, learning to basket-weave or how to prepare a traditional lovo dinner.

Often reserved for special occasions in Fiji, a lovo is a method of cooking food underground by first digging a pit and lining it with hot coals and then covering it with various materials to keep the heat in. Tonight, not only will you get to see the preparation, you will enjoy a lovo feast with the village locals while also watching traditional meke dancing.

Day 3

Island time awaits

What’s Included:

Included accommodation: Twin, double ensuite rooms or multi-share dorms at Beachcomber Island Resort

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner plus exclusive drink specials

Other inclusions: Snorkelling (FJ$25 deposit required for gear or use your own), beach volleyball, looking for WILLSOOOONNN!

After your overnight in highland Fiji, have breakfast and a swim in the river (time-permitting) before heading back down to the coast where your private boat transfer awaits you for your first island hop to the Mamanucas!

Your Fiji island hopping adventure awaits

Catapulted into fame by Tom Hanks and his sidekick volleyball in the film Castaway, the Mamanucas are an incredible archipelago of coral reefs and marine life, all a coconut’s throw away from the mainland of Fiji but with the illusion of a remote tropical paradise.

Our home for the next 24’ish’ hours will be Beachcomber; an oasis in the sea, fringed by palm trees and white sandy beaches which also carries the label of being Fiji’s party island by night. The sand island is so small that the resort practically occupies it completely, giving you unique facilities like enjoying a cocktail with your feet in the sand at the island’s very own bar and restaurant (which turns into a nightclub in the later hours of the evening). During the day, you can snorkel around the island to spot gorgeous sea turtles or for the more energetic, a game of beach volleyball.

Days 4-5

A WOW! kind of paradise

What’s Included:

Included accommodation: Four to six-
bed dorms for shared use or twin/double ensuite rooms at Barefoot Kuata Resort

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on both days plus exclusive drink specials

Other inclusions: Guided snorkelling, sunset cruise, sunset hike, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, kayaks

Our journey into the Yasawa Islands begins today as we head further out of civilisation and further into remote WOW! paradise. You’ll need to dust those nightclub cobwebs off quite early as we’ll hop on a public ferry around 9.30am and make our way to one of the most striking islands in the Yasawas, Kuata Island.

Arriving mid-morning on day four, we’ll call this beautiful island home for two nights. During this time you will take part in a sunset cruise, a guided reef snorkel and a sunset hike to an amazing viewpoint to remind you of just how vast and serene this country is.

In between these included activities you will have plenty of time to relax on the beach or by the pool or if you’re feeling a little more active you can choose an exciting optional activity such as a certified dive with bull sharks or doing a Learn to Scuba Dive course.

If you choose the latter, you can actually start your theory and practical on day four and finish it at our next destination in the Yasawas – giving you several different dives to choose from.

Optional Activities at extra cost:

Snorkelling with white and black trip reef sharks, certified dive with bull sharks, Learn to Dive Course, medicine walk, basket-weaving and coconut jewellery-making classes

Days 6-7

Meet the Manta Rays and your chance to give back

What’s Included:

Included accommodation: Four to six-bed dorms for shared use or twin/double ensuite rooms at Barefoot Manta Resort

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on both days and exclusive drink specials

Other inclusions: Guided snorkelling tour (also with Manta Rays in season), volunteering reef experience with Marine Biologist talk, beach BBQ, sunset hike, kayaking

Our Fiji island hopping tour continues on day six. A mid-morning transfer to the public ferry on day six sees us journey further into the Yasawas and to the gorgeous Drawaqa Island.

This resort home of ours is perched on the end of the sandy island, giving us both sunrise and sunset vistas as well as a plethora of snorkelling and lazing spots to listen to the waves lapping against the sand.

During our stay here you will have a special activity included to help keep this natural paradise clean, beautiful and healthy for generations to come.

Starting with a talk from a marine biologist on the current impact climate change is having on the Fijian underwater environment and what we can do about it, you will participate in what is called a COTS survey.

COTS or Crown of Thorns Sea Star is a type of starfish that can be destructive to coral reef if left to breed out of control. A fully-grown adult COTS (about 40cm wide) can eat and destroy 10 square metres of coral each year and continues its destruction by producing as many as 50 million eggs in a single breeding season.

Lead by the marine biologist, you will head out with your snorkels and assist in identifying and counting the amount of COTS in one area to be removed.

All proceeds for this activity contributed by you in your Don’t Wait Adventures tour price goes straight back into further conservation projects on the reefs of Fiji.

AND… just when you think that the tour inclusions are already amazing, during Manta Ray season (May to October) you will have a guided snorkel to swim with these majestic giants of the sea. Manta Rays are a protected species that are listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN)’s Red List and Fiji is one of the leading countries in the protection effort of these species. When the Mantas aren’t around, you will still get a beautiful guided snorkel with the opportunity to see hundreds of species of fish, sea turtles, other rays, and reef sharks.

To cap it all off, we’ll have a nice beach BBQ for dinner one evening watching the sunset and you’ll get to do another sunset hike on the other evening.

Optional Activities at extra cost:

Fishing, Learn to Dive course, shipwreck certified diving

Day 8

Our last day in heaven

What’s Included:

Included accommodation: Anchorage Beach Resort Fiji in twin, double or triple share ensuite rooms

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Other inclusions: Public ferries back to Viti Levu

You’ll have the morning to relax before transferring back to the point where it all began – our arrival hotel near Nadi. You’ll be on the boat for a couple of hours today so you may wish to bring a good book or download Castaway before you leave home.

Upon arrival back in Nadi for our last night in Fiji, we’ll have a farewell dinner with our guide and group.

Day 9

Moce Fiji

What’s Included:

Breakfast (time permitting) and airport transfer

The worst day of the trip… time to say goodbye (or Moce) to Fiji. Dependent on your booked outbound flight, you will have time for breakfast before an airport shuttle returns you to Nadi International Airport.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use my credit card at the resorts for drinks or should I get cash out?

There are no banks on the islands so you will need to ensure you have cash prior to heading out to the islands. There is a bank at Nadi International Airport which is open 24 hours, so you can grab some on arrival or there are also cash machines in Nadi town and at Port Denarau but our tour doesn’t spend any time at these places so you could only really get here your own way.

Credit cards can be used on most islands, but not all, so some cash is best. Having some cash on hand for the duration of the whole Fiji island hopping tour is a good idea.

Which dietary requirements can be catered for?

All the resorts we work with cater for all types of diets including vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, and lactose intolerant. For any allergy or special meal preference please let us know at time of booking and we will advise if they can be accommodated.

What is the included food like?

Meals are budget in nature but offer a wide range of food types including local ingredients and produce. In Nadi we offer the choice of a three-course A la Carte dinner, while on the islands meals are generally buffet or 2-3 course a la carte from a small selection of meals.

Can I buy alcohol in the resorts?

Yes, alcohol is available for purchase at all the resorts we stay at, with the exception of the hilltop village.

What sort of age group travels on these Fiji island hopping package deals?

Our guests travelling on our all-inclusive Fiji tours are mostly 18-40 years of age, but there is no real age restriction provided that you are sociable, don’t mind the sight of an island nightclub (one night only) and you’re also looking for some fun while experiencing the cultural tours and activities on offer. We do not allow children or families due to the remote activities and the fact that all properties have licensed bars.

Do I need a visa to travel to Fiji?

Some nationalities require a visa to visit Fiji. Please visit the Fiji Travel website for more information: https://www.fiji.travel/en-us/articles/things-to-know—passports-immigration

Will I be able to charge my phone & will it work in Fiji?

Depending on which network you are with at home will depend if they have an arrangement with Fiji’s mobile networks and therefore if your phone will work. The two main networks in Fiji are Vodafone and Digicel.

Upon arrival in Fiji as part of our island hopping tour package,you will receive a sim card with 1.5GB of data included. You will be able to upgrade to more data as you travel, but it must be remembered that the 3G/4G signal will sometimes be weak on the most remote islands we visit. Wifi costs are also quite high at the resorts.

Most resorts on the islands have generators, so you’ll have electricity from sunset to midnight and generally for the first part of the morning, however operating times can vary so it’s not a bad idea to carry a power pack.

The electric current is 240 volts. Fiji has three-pin power outlets, the same as those in Australia and New Zealand.

What do I need to remember when visiting the villages?

It is required for all to cover shoulders and knees (sarongs are great for this). Everyone must take off sunglasses and hats.

Are all tour departures guaranteed?

We run each trip with a minimum of four people.

Can I book by paying a deposit only? Can I pay for my Fiji adventure package trip in instalments?

We can take a deposit for your tour here at Don’t Wait Adventures. You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 10% per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. The remaining amount can be paid in instalments.

All payments must be made at least 60 days prior to your first travel date commencing. If your booking is made within 60 days of the departure date, then the full amount is payable at the time of booking. Please note by paying a deposit you fix the price for your tour or activity, as long as you don’t make any further changes including change of date and/or accommodation amendments.

Should you wish to change the date of your booking a change fee will not apply for the first change provided it is changed 30 days or more from departure. Further date changes will be charged at $50 per change and may be subject to pricing fluctuations depending on your new date of travel.

How many people will be on a Fiji small group tour?

We have a maximum group size of 16 people.

How much luggage can I bring?

20kg in a backpack or soft material suitcase plus an additional small day pack. It is recommended that you bring a backpack over a suitcase to make it easier to get on and off the ferries to the small transfer boats.

Are tips to the guide included?

Tips are certainly not expected but if you believe that your guide has gone out of their way to be friendly and offer excellent service throughout your trip then a small cash payment or gift would be welcomed.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

Travel Insurance is NOT included nor compulsory, however we do strongly recommend that clients source travel insurance against illness, injury and subsequent medical assistance, loss/damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on either the confirmed departure date, or a connecting service at the end of a tour.

Is Zika Virus an issue in Fiji?

There is currently no evidence of any Zika Virus outbreak in Fiji. However, there is limited information available and there may be delays in detecting and reporting new cases. Take mosquito repellant measures during the day and night-time, preferably with an environmentally friendly cream or spray.

Departure Details

  • Fiji island hopping tours depart weekly every Friday from April 17th, 2020 – November 20th, 2020. Departures for 2021 will be released mid 2020.
  • Tour departs from Nadi International Airport on day 1. The ideal time for your flight to arrive is before 6pm so you don’t miss the Welcome Dinner however we can pick you up from any flight arriving on this day.

Important Notes

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary.

Tipping

Tipping is not practiced or expected in Fiji. If you are extremely happy with service you have received you may tip, this is not considered offensive.

Safety and Security

Fiji is a very safe travel destination. Obviously, any country will have some crime and troubled areas, but if common sense is used, like not walking around at night alone in certain areas, sticking with your group and following our local guides advice you should have a safe, trouble-free holiday.

Water-based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water-based activities when accompanied by the guide or another group member.

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

Money Exchange

Money exchange is available at Nadi airport/

Credit Cards should not be relied upon for purchases as they are not widely accepted

Health

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical information pertaining to the country you are travelling to well before departure.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is NOT included nor compulsory, however we strongly recommend that clients source travel insurance against illness, injury and subsequent medical assistance, loss/damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on either the confirmed departure date, or a connecting service at the end of a tour.

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What to pack

We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as you are expected to carry your own luggage. Our trips in Fiji will use the ferry and you will also be transporting your luggage on and off the small boats to the islands from the ferry, so it is highly recommended that you travel light and have easy to handle luggage and you are capable of walking on uneven ground without any assistance.

We recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-20g. Suitcases are not recommended for our Fiji trips. Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. You will also need a day-pack to carry daily essentials like water, cameras, passport, iPods etc.

We do not offer a luggage storage option, so please pack accordingly!


Essentials:
  • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) or use your phone camera
  • Cash, credit and debit cards
  • Day pack
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • A sturdy, supportive pair of shoes or sandals for activities such as getting on and off the ferries, walking around the hilltop village and going on hikes
  • Flip-flops / thongs
  • Hat
  • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts or a sarong that cover shoulders) when visiting our Fijian village.
  • Personal entertainment (a deck of cards are always a good start)
  • T-shirts and shorts
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries including sunscreen (Preferably biodegradable and eco-friendly)
  • Windproof rain jacket
Documents:
  • Flight info
  • Insurance info (required) (with photocopies)
  • Passport (required) (with photocopies)
  • Required visas and/or vaccination certificates (required) (with photocopies)
  • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
Laundry service

Laundry is not available on most of the islands and if required is very expensive.

Visas and Entry Requirements

Please note that visas and entry requirements are the responsibility of the individual traveller.

Please ensure you confirm your entry requirements with your home country’s government foreign ministry website or with your travel agent at the time of booking for the most up to date information.

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