A 5- 7 days charter on board Moale typically starts from our base in Port Denarau at approx. 9.00am. Departure times can vary to suit our guests’ requirements. We can also schedule departures around international flight arrival times.
As with all charters, whilst we try to tailor an itinerary to suit the special interests of our guests we also have to take into account the length of charter and prevailing weather conditions. At all times, the skipper will make final decisions in the interest of safety. Some people want to head straight off the beaten track and aim for secluded anchorages, sailing enthusiasts may just want to sail, surfers are keen to get straight to the surf, families prefer to do less sailing and more swimming, snorkeling and beach activities. We don’t have to move to a new location every day if you are really enjoying where you are, just let us know. The itineraries are very flexible and our captain will always consult with the guests to work out what they want to do but usually we start around the southern most islands of the Mamanuca Island chain (pronounced 'Mama Nootha') and continue in north-western track up the island chain - zigzagging of course to visit the many gorgeous resorts, sand cays and islands in that area ranging from backpacker camps to the luxurious 5 star Liki Liku Resort with Fiji’s only over-water bures. Most private resorts do not allow private yacht guests to enter the resort and others will allow entry but charge a fee. There are many islands and spectacular secluded anchorages that we can visit without a permit or fee. If guests would like to go jet-skiing, surfing or scuba diving we can help to arrange this but at an extra cost. Any off-boat activities, resort access, excursions or village visits that incur a fee are an extra charge and paid by the guests directly to the resort owners or village leaders.
From Port Denarau we set sail on the first day for the lower Mamanuca Islands including Tavarua, Namotu (famous for world class surfing) and nearby Malolo Lai-Lai Island home to the resorts of Musket Cove, Plantation and Lomani. A swim and snorkel followed by late lunch and a bit more swimming is often enough for the first day. Most guests enjoy going ashore at Musket Cove (where private yacht guests are always welcome). There is no charge to guests if Moale anchors in the bay or picks up a mooring. However if you choose to go inside the small harbour and tie up to the jetty there is an extra fee payable by guests of $60 per night. Musket Cove have hot shower facilities, available to all boat charter guests and this can be quite a luxury for most "yachites'. The infamous Island Bar at Musket Cove with cheap drinks and BBQ facilities is a lovely spot to socialize with locals, liveaboard yacht owners, other "yachties" and island visitors. Our chef will make all the preparations for a delicious BBQ which can be eaten on the boat or all the food can be taken ashore and cooked and eaten at the Island Bar. This is one of the prettiest spots to relax and watch the sun go down.
The next morning your chef will be busy preparing breakfast as the captain pulls up the anchor and begins to make way. Breakfast can be cold, hot or a combination depending on what you prefer. After breakfast the plan for the day is discussed. Most guests love to stop off at the Plantation Island Sand bar for swimming or lunch. Nearby is also the famous platform called "Cloud Nine" which is available to guests from private boats after the day guests depart around 2.30pm. There is an extra charge for guests who wish to visit Cloud Nine and bookings must be made the night before. Children under 8 are not allowed onto the platform.
If you choose to continue northwest you will sail by Malolo Island Resort which has lovely snorkeling off the beach. Further along you will sail by Castaway Island resort and the Mana Sand cay before reaching Mana Island. If the tide is favouable it is well worth stopping off at the sand cay. On this track you will also pass by the famous Honeymoon Island where Tom Hanks filmed the classic movie “Castaway”. There is a lot to do around this area with pretty beaches, generally calm protected waters for kayaking and paddle-boarding and lovely snorkeling. Guests keen on diving can organise to link up with dive companies at either Musket Cove, Mana Island, Beachcomber or Treasure Islands. By late afternoon, the captain will choose a safe anchorage to tuck in so you can enjoy the sunset with a cocktail.
The destination for today is usually the very spectacularly steep and rugged Monriki Island with is gorgeous white sandy beach. There are spectacular photo opportunities here. The local village charge a fee for anyone who wishes to go ashore. For those cultural enthusiasts we can organise a village visit (extra cost) and a kava ceremony with the elders or village chief. In this calm lagoon you will also sail past the well established Matamanoa Resort and Tokoriki Island Resort, two of Fiji's famous 5 star resorts, as well as the newer Sheraton Tokariki. If time permits and weather is favourable it is a nice sail from here to Navadra Island, also known as the Sacred Islands. These tiny undeveloped islands are the last in the Mamanuca group or the first in the Yasawas (depending which map you have). The sacred islands comprise two islands joined together at low tide by a shallow reef. There are no resorts, villages or dwellings on these islands and the Fijian people consider them sacred. Visitors are welcome to explore on shore but not to sleep on the shore overnight. There is a cave system where a eclectic array of interesting offerings and momentos have been left behind by cruising yachtsmen and visitors over the years. Interestingly an episode of Survivor was filmed here. Nevadra is our personal favourite island in the area however it can be exposed in Northerly winds and is not always favourable for anchoring overnight. The fishing and snorkeling is great and you are unlikely to encounter any visitors.
On day four you can either stay in Navadra for the morning or begin to back track the way you came or start to make your way back towards Port Denarau via Beachcomber and Treasure Islands. Beachcomber do allow guests to visit their island bar, however if you enjoy the tranquility of being on the yacht there are numerous safe anchorages within easy reach around here. The Beachcomber sand cay is well known for snorkeling and makes a good lunch stop off if the tide is right.
The new and very exclusive MalaMala Beach Club has opened this year and offers Moale Guests a very special deal. For a nominal resort fee, currently approximately $50-$60 per person guests are welcome ashore and the resort fee can be offset against bar and restaurant purchases.. We will anchor in the bay off the main beach and guests will be taken to the shore by our tender, there you will be escorted by MalaMala staff to the reception area to pay your landing fee which then allows you open access to enjoy the excellent and elegant resort facilities. Features of this private club include white sandy beaches with private cabanas dotted in secluded locations around the beach. These cabanas can be hired by the hour. There is also a vast terrace with a spectacular infinity edge pool, bar and restaurant. The barman here is famous for some of Fiji's most creative cocktails and the food is excellent.
Entry fees to this exclusive club need to be paid by the guests directly to MalaMala reception upon arrival.
From MalaMala it is only about an hour and half's sail back Denarau.
During a typical 5-day charter we offer the option to visit local villages and engage in traditional Fijian culture including a kava ceremony or formal meeting with the chief (extra cost). Some of the islands are quite rugged and offer energetic and picturesque hiking or walks with many vantage points for great photos. So please let us know your special areas of interest and we will be happy to tailor a trip for you.