Day 1: Nadi, Fiji / The Pearl South Pacific Resort, Pacific Harbour / Afternoon Sea Kayak
You will arrive at the Nadi (pronounced Nan-dee) International Airport (NAN) early in the morning. After clearing customs, you’ll be met by your private driver and host and transferred to Pacific Harbor, your home base for the week—The Pearl South Pacific Resort, overlooking the beautiful Beqa Lagoon.
Arrive at The Pearl and have a chance to freshen up and relax the remainder of the morning. In the early afternoon, sea kayak in the canals and lagoon near the resort. Other options are to relax poolside or on the beach or explore the surrounding area on your own. dinner. (B, D)
Day 2: Inflatable Kayaking the Middle Navua River
After breakfast, begin the day with an overland journey by 4×4 along a winding mountain track. After ascending through the remote jungle, you’ll drop into the river canyon, which is home to the village of Wainadiro. Here, you’ll enjoy a traditional kava ceremony with the village chief.
Continue on to the river. After a thorough safety talk and paddling instructions, launch the inflatable kayaks on the rain-fed waters of the Navua River. You will quickly gain confidence and comfort with paddling your own boat through the fun currents and your local Fijian guides are there to help if you need it. Along the way, take a short hike to a spectacular waterfall where you can swim in the pools below. A delicious lunch alongside the river awaits you upon your return, before continuing on your kayaking adventure downstream to the village of Namuamua.
Wrap up your river trip with a motorized longboat ride to the village of Nakavu. En route, encounter more breathtaking scenery including another canyon brimming with waterfalls, exotic birds and giant fruit bats!
Return this afternoon to your accommodations at The Pearl. Dinner is on your own this evening, and you may choose to enjoy one of the restaurants at the resort or head into town. (B, L)
Day 3: Beqa Island Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling
Today you’ll cruise across the Beqa Passage in a private charter boat, enjoying spectacular views of the mainland’s mountainous interior and palm-fringed coastline. As you near Beqa—the island of Fiji’s famed fire-walkers—quaint seaside villages and the steep volcanic cliffs of the island come into view. Keep your eyes peeled as you cross the deep waters of the Beqa Passage for pods of pilot whales and dolphins that can often be seen navigating these waters.
Arriving at the south side of the island, gear-up for snorkeling in the crystal clear, inviting waters! Your snorkeling spot is a fantastic reef with a kaleidoscope of colorful fish and corals. You’ll have plenty of time to snorkel and kayak the surrounding coastline or just relax on the nearby beach in the sun.
After lunch, trade in our snorkel gear for sea kayaks and enter a hidden mangrove passage that is only accessible during the high tide. Paddle silently through the island’s isthmus, coming out in Malumu Bay on the other side. This lush, cliff-lined lagoon is perfect for leisurely paddling and wildlife observation. You’re likely to see hundreds of fruit bats clinging to surrounding trees, as well as a variety of birdlife. *The order of this day’s adventure is based around high tide.
As the day draws toward its end, return to your boat for the return journey across the Beqa Passage. Mountainous views, your search for sea life and the brilliance of the early evening sun will entertain you during this ride.
Once back, enjoy a nice, relaxed dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Suva and Zip Line Canopy Tour
After breakfast, head to Suva, Fiji’s capital city. Suva is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the South Pacific and it is a crossroads for trade and tourism. Colorful markets and a plethora of shopping options display Fijian and island flavor, while imposing colonial buildings, wide streets and manicured parks recall the days of British rule. For a bit of history, visit the Fiji Museum, renowned for its maritime exhibits, interesting display of Fijian war clubs and an expanding history section. The Government House and the Parliament of Fiji and the central market are further points of interest on a guided walking tour of downtown Suva.
After lunch in the city, increase the adrenaline on a zip line canopy tour. Spend an hour or two exploring the rain forest from the air, zipping along cables high-up in the trees—starting at a 7-meter high platform, with the option of moving up to a 45-meter high platform.
After your zip line adventure, return to The Pearl and an evening free to do as you wish. (B, L)
Day 5: Whitewater Rafting the Upper Navua River – Amazing scenery!
Depart early (6:45 AM) for the day’s whitewater rafting adventure on the Class II-III Upper Navua River. The 4×4 ride into the island’s interior displays miles of lush rainforest, hidden to all but the highland villagers and those lucky enough to visit the Upper Navua. Step off the bus and begin a 15-minute jungle trek to the river’s edge, where our boats await. After an orientation talk and practice strokes in the calm pool, we begin our descent. Entering the first Class II rapid immediately, crash through the final wave and you’ll emerge into a narrow gorge where craggy, black limestone cliffs are covered by a tapestry of verdant jungle plants! Floating along in mesmerizing silence for a few moments, you’ll come to Moce (pronounced Mo-they) Falls, the biggest drop of the day. Moce means good-bye in Fijian, so hunker down as the raft plunges through the chute!
The ensuing combination of lively rapids—boulder gardens, wave trains and more chutes—keeps your day consistently exciting while still giving you plenty of time to concentrate on the profound beauty of this gorge. Floating between the narrow canyon walls, past cliffs that soar to a height of 50 meters, you’ll discover cascading waterfalls, fern-fringed grottoes, crystalline pools and the occasional white sand beach. One such beach will be your lunch spot, where you can bask in the sun or take a swim while your guides prepare the riverside lunch. As the canyon widens, you’ll come to the end of the Upper Navua Conservation Area and splash through the final few rapids. Soon, you’ll reach the take-out point at the village of Wainadiro, where you board a 4×4 vehicle for the scenic ride back to Pacific Harbour.
Return to The Pearl Resort where you can enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Transfer to Nadi and Return Flight Home
This morning is free for you to sleep in or wake for a sunrise walk on the beach. Relax by the pool or perhaps indulge in a massage. Lunch is on your own.
Depart Pacific Harbour, heading back towards Nadi, with options to stop along the way at Kula Eco Park, Sigatoka Sand Dunes or beautiful Natadola Beach. Before arriving to the airport, visit Denarau Marina, home to luxury yachts, a variety of shops and lively restaurants. There are several restaurants to choose from for dinner before we must go to the airport for your return flight home. (B)