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10 Best Island Day Trips in Fiji

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Islands to Day Cruise to in Fiji

You don’t have to be staying at an island resort to experience a new idyllic island for the day. In Fiji, it’s possible to take catamaran ferries, schooners, yachts and even private vessels to one of the idyllic islands for a day of adventure or relaxing – you choose! Most island day trips in Fiji occur in the Mamanuca Islands, departing from Port Denarau or one of the other Mamanuca Islands. While this list isn’t all-inclusive, we try to include a bit of outer island variety to show you some of the amazing Fiji island day trips available. So take a look at some of our top recommendations in this list of the best island day trips in Fiji!

Note that all of the day trips listed below are around six to eight hours long. While non-motorised watersports equipment is usually free to use on the islands, any motorised watersports activities will require an additional fee.

1. Tivua Island Day Cruise

Sail the Mamanuca Islands in style on a tall ship cruise with Captain Cook Cruises. Their Tivua Island Day Cruise takes beach-lovers, scuba divers and sun-seekers to their private island for a day of doing whatever you like! You’ll be greeted onto the island with a traditional kava ceremony, then you have the choice of snorkelling, kayaking, sunbathing or checking out the fish through a glass-bottom boat. Whatever you end up doing, you’ll be certainly well-fed with morning tea, afternoon tea, a barbecue buffet lunch and unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks all included!

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2. Savala Island Day Cruise

A family-friendly cruise with Oolala Cruises, the Savala Island Day Cruise is a full-day trip to the glorious Savala Island in the Mamanucas. Tours depart from either the Coral Coast or Port Denarau, where you’ll spend the day on the island kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkelling or lounging on the beach. A buffet lunch is included during the trip, as well as an open bar for the whole four hours’ stay on the island.

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3. Yanuca Island Excursion

Departing from the Pacific Harbour Marina, the Yanuca Island Excursion is a fantastic option with Pacific Harbour Ocean & Island Excursions. Cross productive waters of the Beqa Lagoon, casting a line and trying your luck on the way to the pristine Yacuna Island. Once you arrive, you’ll take part in a kava ceremony before spending the afternoon snorkelling, kayaking, watching a coconut demonstration or even enjoying an island hike. Lunch on the island is also included.

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4. Kuata Island Day Trip

Jump on board the South Sea Cruises fast catamaran excursion to the Yasawa Islands! You’ll get dropped off at Kuata Island for the day to enjoy exploring the volcanic island on the walking trails or borrowing snorkelling gear to explore the underwater world. Your stay also includes a two-course lunch at the island’s resort, before you’re picked up by the ferry for the return journey through the Mamanuca Islands.

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5. Snorkel Day Cruise

A boat with a difference, Whale’s Tale is a schooner with picture-perfect sails to take you through the Mamanuca Islands. On their day cruise to Snorkel Island, you’ll indulge in a Champagne breakfast before arriving at the uninhabited island. There, you’ll enjoy a day of snorkelling and replenishing with complimentary drinks and a barbecue lunch on the beach.

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6. Honeymoon Island Cruise

Not all cruises depart from Vit Levu, with many of the resorts in Fiji’s outer islands offering their own in-house island day trips. For instance, take a look at the Honeymoon Island Cruise with Vacala Bay Resort on Taveuni. The resort has its own private sailing catamaran, available for one of their full-day or half-day sailings around Taveuni’s surrounding islands. The Honeymoon Island Cruise is the half-day option, taking private groups or couples to an off-shore island with excellent snorkelling and to explore via stand-up paddleboard. Onboard, you’ll enjoy lunch, a bottle of wine and sunbathing on the sailing yacht’s expansive nets. Check out more reasons to spend your Fiji vacation on Taveuni in 10 Must-Dos on Taveuni.

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7. Castaway Island Day Trip

Another day trip available with South Sea Cruises, the Castaway Island Day Trip takes you to the tiny Qalito Island. The island is renowned for its palm-fringed beach, snorkelling among the corals, and watersports activities, such as kayaking, windsurfing and banana boats. Make use of the resort’s facilities, such as the swimming pool and beachside restaurant. There’s also a fun and educational kids’ club, should families want to take part in one of the more “extreme” activities or indulge in an island spa treatment.

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8. Serenity Island Private Day Trip

For a touch of luxury for your family or holiday group, consider the Serenity Island Day Trip with PJ’s Sailing Adventures. As you sail on your own private charter to Serenity Island, you’ll be treated to morning tea along with tropical fruit. You’ll stop by a prime snorkelling location for a dip with the fish before arriving at Serenity Island. There, you have the rest of the day to swim, sunbathe and indulge in a beachside buffet! The return journey is accompanied by cultural demonstrations like weaving and singing. See more activities like this in our 10 Luxury Activities in the Mamanuca Islands.

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9. South Sea Island Day Cruise

Take the South Sea Cruises catamaran from Denarau, once again, for a day trip to the ferry company’s private island, South Sea Island. This is likely to be the smallest island you ever set foot on but has no lack of experiences, including excellent snorkelling, kayaking and trips in a semi-submersible vessel. There’s also the option to go scuba diving for an additional fee. Either way, they’ll look after you well on the island with a barbecue lunch and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks.

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10. Mana Island Day Cruise

Finally, one last island in the Mamanuca Islands that’s well worth checking out is Mana Island. Board South Sea Cruises, where they’ll drop you off at Mana Island for the Mana Island Day Trip. At the resort lined by a gorgeous white-sand beach, you’ll have free use of the pool, loungers and snorkelling gear to explore the reefs among crystal clear waters. A barbecue lunch is also included in the excursion.

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More About Island Day Trips in Fiji

That’s it for the best island day trips in Fiji. Discover more amazing experiences in the 101 Things to Do in Fiji. Plus, get even more tips from The Complete Travel Guide to Fiji.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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