The Best Sailing Tour in Fiji: Coral Cats
When beginning to plan my trip to Fiji, I, like anyone, of course, googled “Top Things to do in Fiji.” One of the highest recommended things is a sailing day trip around the islands. There are many companies out there that offer an array of different boating and sailing island tours. I ultimately decided to go with Coral Cats, and am BEYOND pleased I did. I really wanted a relaxing trip, and that’s exactly what I got with Coral Cats. Disclosure: I received a discount on this tour in exchange for my review.
Unlike many other places, they were actually easy to get in contact with. They responded promptly to emails and were really good at communicating, which is a rarity in Fiji — everyone is on “island time.” You’re probably thinking, “that’s no big deal,” but trust me, after dealing with other Fiji tours, you’ll get it!
For a small extra fee, you’re able to arrange a pick-up directly from your hotel, which is what I opted for. A friendly driver picked me up and headed to Port Denarau (the big port on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu) where I checked in with Andrew, Coral Cats co-owner. Our group was then lead to the port where we waited while the rest of the group for the day arrived and checked in. The waiting area was actually the outside deck of Cardo’s Cafe and everyone receives a coupon for a drink there — it’s early in the morning so probably coffee, but hey, if a mojito at 9 am is your thing, then congrats, you’ve got a coupon for it!
After a short wait, we were lead out to the boat and on our way! The crew was friendly and inviting right off the back. There was plenty of room on the catamaran, with options to layout in the sun or under a cover for some shade. The ride was very smooth, you wouldn’t have to worry about seasickness at all. And the views are incredible.
On our way out to the first reef site, the crew set out trolling lines for fishing. And as luck had it, one got hooked and they let me reel it in!
Once we arrived at our first site, the crew briefed us on snorkeling and passed out the gear. Normally I like to bring my own but didn’t have room in my suitcase this trip (surprise surprise) so I had to borrow some. They were great quality, and that’s saying a lot because I’m picky! And they dipped them in some solution so they wouldn’t fog… never have I snorkeled and not had my goggles fog up at all, and I have snorkeled A LOT — serious bonus points for that.
The views above the water alone were incredible, but underneath, wow! Just take a look at these photos:
You can even work on free diving 😉
After a good 45 minutes at the first spot, we headed off to Malolo Lailai to have lunch at the Musket Cove Resort. Coral Cats doesn’t really show this part off on their website much, but they should, it’s an incredible view for lunch!
The lunch itself is your typical tour BBQ, it’s good but nothing to write home about. After finishing eating, we were given some time to walk around and explore the island or just chill and get a drink from the bar — or in my case both 😉
You’ve got to have a Fiji Gold when on the beach in Fiji, right?!
Then it was off to the next dive site which happened to be only 10-15 min away. It was actually just a giant sandbar a bit off the island, but the snorkeling was amazing yet again! It was nice because you could stand and hang out on the sandbar too.
There were SO many fish at this spot, it literally was like swimming in a fish tank at the aquarium!
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Unfortunately, my snorkeling was cut a little short here as one of my veneers popped off while snorkeling. Luckily I caught it in my mouth! The crew was great to make sure I was okay and tried to cheer me up.
Once we finished it was time to head back to the port. Many of the other people on the tour just relaxed and napped on the way back, it was THAT peaceful on board. One of the tour guys brought around more fresh fruit, while another weaved palms for the rest of us!
One of the only mistakes they made was letting me drive the boat 😉
Overall, this was a great tour and I would absolutely recommend it! If you’re looking for a crazy party boat tour this isn’t it. But, if you want a relaxing day exploring the beautiful islands of Fiji with some of the best snorkeling you can get, and with a great crew, then Coral Cats is the best choice!
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