Thursday, 2 December 2010

One if by land, or two if by sea…

One if by land, or two if by sea…


It’s your choice when you travel with the Amazing Sisters to Fiji.

Option 1: Fiji Island Dancer Live-Aboard
Oct. 6, 2011 to Oct.16 (includes travel days)
$2,995 or $3,195 (includes taxes and port fees) depending on your cabin choice

Option 2: BOTH Fiji Island Dancer + Fiji’s Matava Eco Resort
Oct. 6, 2011 through Oct. 23, 2011
$4,595 or $4,795, depending on your cabin choice

Option 3: Matava Eco Resort (land based)
Oct. 15, 2011 through Oct. 23 (includes travel days)

NOTE: This pricing does NOT include airfare, and it’s too early to be able to get a confirmed air price right now, but based on current available fares, we are ESTIMATING the airfare from RDU to Fiji to be in the $1,400 - $1,500 range. You are free to arrange your own or to book through us.

Here's Laine and Mary Ann (the Amazing Sisters) describing these amazing adventures:

Fiji Island Dancer (only 8 spots available)
Climb aboard the intimate, 10-passenger Island Dancer II for a live-aboard diving adventure to paradise. We’ll explore the reefs, bommies (that’s Aussie for pinnacle), and walls of Nigali Pass, Wakaya, Koro and Namenalala Islands. We’ll experience the dazzling underwater colors of Fiji firsthand: brilliant corals and huge sea fans, ornate ghost pipefish, brightly pigmented nudibranchs, lionfish, blue-ribbon eels, giant clams, maybe even a yellow pygmy seahorse, and don’t forget “Dorie” and of course clownfish “Nemo”. The Sisters know from experience that Fiji is called the soft coral capital of the world for good reason. You won’t believe the beauty of both the soft and the hard corals in Fiji. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Fiji is also home to schooling pelagic so keep an eye out for giant mantas, sharks (reef and hammerheads), eagle rays, turtles, giant groupers, huge schools of barracuda, yellowfin tuna and even the occasional pilot whale! And how about a night dive with the light fish so abundant they make for a great light show?

Island Dancer Trip includes:

  • Seven nights on board the Island Dancer II
  • All meals and beverages (including national brands of alcohol)
  • Transportation from Nadi to the boat in Suva
  • 5 and ½ days of diving up to five dives per day
  • Land excursions on some days
  • And all the usual Peter Hughes Diving Dancer Fleet services and amenities:
  • Comfortable staterooms with air conditioning and private bathrooms
  • Fine cuisine prepared by the chef
  • Warm towels draped around your shoulders after each dive
  • Hot chocolate (with or without alcohol) is passed around after each night dive
  • Nightly turn-down service with a mint on your pillow
  • Morning beverage service. Leave your request on your door at night, wake up to your preferred beverage brought to your stateroom each morning
  • Dive deck services include hanging up your wetsuit and rinsing your dive gear, handling your valuable camera equipment with care.

Matava Eco Resort, Kadavu Island
On the remote island of Kadavu, Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort boasts secluded splendor while also satisfying your spirit of adventure. Matava is a genuine eco-hideaway designed to cause minimal impact on the environment. Don't be afraid of the words "ECO RESORT" in the name. While the resort is run primarily on solar power and has won various awards for their efforts in Eco Tourism and low carbon foot print, the only thing you will have to do without is a hair dryer and you won’t even miss it!!! If you are looking for the perfect hidden paradise with amazing food, service, personal attention, awesome diving and a true Fijian experience, then you need to look no further than Matava! The real magic of the place is the location and service. The staff are warmly welcoming, helpful and friendly. Add to this a pristine and amazing location, great food and a nice atmosphere and you have the ingredients for a perfect vacation destination. The entire resort only accommodates a maximum of 22 guests.
Matava is bordered by the Great Astrolabe Reef, the world’s fourth largest barrier reef. It is rated as one of the world’s premier diving locations, offering great diversity and spectacle in coral structures and marine life. Dive sites are 10 - 30 minutes away with 2 scheduled morning boat dives -- more if you request them. The diving is fantastic with amazingly healthy hard corals, soft corals of all colors and the reefs and walls teaming with tropical and reef fish, anemones of every color and size, sharks and turtles and mantas. You may even hear a humpback whale serenade.
We will sleep in beautiful traditional thatched Fijian bures nestled in the rainforest and set amidst lush tropical surroundings. Each bure has its own deck, and offers privacy, comfort, and beautiful ocean views - the perfect vantage point for each night's sunset. The bures are large, comfortable, and airy with many windows and beautifully polished hardwood floors.
For non-divers and divers there are hikes, treks, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, bird watching, kayaking, or simply relaxing and unwinding. Step into the village greeted by locals with huge smiles and a loud “BULA!” Watch the young villagers jump from high atop the rocks above the beautiful waterfall, or choose to spend the night in the village with a family.
The staff at the resort is amazingly friendly, including the owners who really go out of their way to give you the trip you want. If you want to do something, just ask, they will make it possible for you. For example, some guests told the staff they were interested in learning about local healing. The staff arranged for them to take a trek across the island to visit a healer who had been working his trade and farming local produce all of his life.
Gas lamps emerge just before sunset giving the main bure and the surrounding area a warm and inviting glow. Dinner is family style, making for easy conversation with other visiting guests as well as the owners of the resort who make you feel like you are part of their family. The food is fresh, plentiful, local flavors including fresh fish caught that day, vegetables and fruits grown in the resort’s organic gardens, and very nice wines to compliment the culinary creations coming from the chef!
Listen…do you hear the morning drum? It’s telling you it's time for a huge breakfast. Then it's off to dive the great Astrolabe Reef!! Join the Amazing Sisters on a truly unique and genuine Fijian experience.

Matava Trip Includes:

  • 5 day of 2 tanks diving (10 dives)
  • All day free access to shore diving at The Critter Junction
  • 7 nights in Oceanview Traditional Bure
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, unlimited tea/coffee)
  • Traditional Lovo evening with entertainment and kava drinking
  • Waterfall trek on final non-dive day
  • All taxes

Join us NOW! Space is LIMITED!! $500 non-refundable deposit due immediately to reserve your spot. Additional $1,000 due January 1, 2011. Additional $1,000 due April 1. Final payment due July 1, 2011. Berth choice is assigned on a first-come / first-served basis, with priority going to couples.
Cancellation penalties are stiff for this trip, so please read the cancellation policy carefully.
We STRONGLY RECOMMEND trip cancellation insurance.

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