Thursday, June 2, 2011
Tip: Smaller cruise ships can be a problem for Levelers because they rarely have elevators. Reef Endeavour had a small one but I never saw anyone using it because the stairs aren't bad.
Ship and Passengers
Fellow passengers (Endeavour accommodates 168) numbered 38 Australians, 23 Americans, seven New Zealanders, eight Germans and two Canadians for the four-day, three-night trip from Denarau on the big island of Viti Levu around Vanua Levu and Navadra, the Sacred Islands, and Waya and Wayasewa Islands.
Tip: Stairs are 10-14 steps from deck to deck, there's a large lip to step over to enter the cabins and a much smaller one into the bathroom where the shower is roomy for this size ship.
Meals were basic and good but not gourmet although the curry lunch was delicious. You won't ever be hungry but you probably won't go home raving about the food.
Tip: This is a good trip for anyone unsure of their seaworthiness: the waters are protected and smooth and the distance between islands is short. Just enough movement to rock you to sleep.
Water sports are the main daytime activity - SCUBA, snorkeling, glass-bottomed boat viewing (the glass is tinted so you miss the wonderful tonalities of the corals) and beach relaxing and combing.
The first day out, Saturday, the beach stop was in the afternoon; Sunday we had two beach stops and Monday one in the morning.
The water is universally clear and beautiful but the quality of the beaches varies. Some have limited coral close in while on others you can't swim for the coral.
Monday afternoon we visited Namara Village School on Waya Sewa Island and that evening we had a lovo dinner at Yalobi village on Waya Island.
Snorkeling, especially the reef off Waya Island, where at one point it looked as if I was swimming over a field of heather in tones of blue, lavender, purple, maroon, chartreuse and peach.
The play staged during the Nalauwaki (Methodist) Church service where scenes and acts were marked off by pulling a curtain halfway across the stage.