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Cruising the Islands

Fiji is one giant port of call. Cruises of all sizes and variety flourish in this island nation, and seeing Fiji by water is one of the best ways to experience its diversity and beauty. A few major cruise lines, like the Holland America Line and Princess, do call into Suva, but if you're planning on visiting Fiji as a destination, the best value for money is to go with one of the many local options. Cruises are available from nearly every location (Nadi, Suva, Savusavu, Yasawa, etc.), and can be priced from $80 to $1,750 per day, depending on luxury, uniqueness, and privacy.

Local Cruise Lines

Blue Lagoon Cruises. Blue Lagoon Cruises specializes in three- to seven-day boutique island cruises. 877/252–3454 in U.S. www.bluelagooncruises.com.

Beachcomber Cruises. Beachcomber Cruises offers day trips to and from Beachcomber Island Resort, one of the most popular island resorts in Fiji. 666–1500. www.beachcomberfiji.com.

Captain Cook Cruises. Captain Cook Cruises has a fleet of small cruise ships and windjammers that offers everything from seven-day excursions to dinner cruises. 670–1823. www.captaincook.com.au.

SeaHawk Yacht Charters. SeaHawk Yacht Charters has a charter yacht for hire, complete with captain and crew, for overnight, day, or picnic cruises. 885–0787. www.seahawkfiji.com.

South Sea Cruises. South Sea Cruises offers resort transfers to catamaran day cruises past uninhabited islands. 675–0500. www.ssc.com.fj.

Tui Tai Adventure Cruises. Tui Tai Adventure Cruises specializes in off-the-beaten-path seven-night luxury cruises. 253/777–4290 in U.S. www.tuitai.com.

International Cruise Lines

Holland America Line. Holland America Line's ms Amsterdam briefly stops off in Suva on the Grand Asia and Australia Voyage or the South Pacific Odyssey trips. Itineraries range from 20 to 67 days at sea and depart from ports like Sydney, Seattle, or Singapore. 932–4259. www.hollandamerica.com.

Princess. Princess offers the Fijian Jewels Cruise, a roundtrip voyage from Sydney that visits the ports of Suva, Lautoka, and Dravuni Island. 800/774–6237. www.princess.com.

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