Pacific Islands | Route Planning

Thoughts on Sailing the South Pacific

We exited the Panama Canal on March 10th, 2016 and we arrived in Australia in December of 2017.  That’s 21 MONTHS sailing the South Pacific! Cruising the South Pacific is amazing.  When we look at the 24 countries we’ve visited on Starry Horizons, the island nations in the South Pacific clearly dominate our favorites. We’ve…

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Blue Lagoon, Fiji

The furthest north our adventure took us was to an area of Fiji called Blue Lagoon.  There are several islands here; Nunaya Levu, Nanuya Lailai, and Nacula Island. These islands are all in the Yasawa Group of Fiji, an island chain on the northwestern side. Nanuya Levu is where the movie The Blue Lagoon was…

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Fijian Hitchhikers!

Getting to and from Fulaga is challenging. There is a supply ship that comes on a (somewhat) regular basis, but it makes stops along the way. Tui, our guide in Fulaga, told us it took him 5 days to get to Suva via the supply ship. The other option, which our new friend Alifreti has…

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Cultural Immersion in Fulaga, Fiji

Fulaga (pronounced Fulanga) is an island on the very southeast section of Fiji.  It is the most remote inhabited island we’ve been to.  There is no airport, no ferries operate to the mainland, and while there is a supply ship, it’s irregular at best.  Nevertheless, the villagers of Fulaga have one of the most interesting ways…

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Vanua Balavu, the Lau Group of Fiji

While Fiji has a pretty extreme number of tourists every year (700,000 tourists a year, with a population of just 900,000), most tourists flock to the western side of Fiji.  We are getting to explore the east side, a rarely-seen and hard-to-get-to area.  It’s much easier to visit this part of the world via your…

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Fiji’s Vuda Point Marina

We visited Vuda Point Marina (VUN-da) twice – once in 2016 and again in 2017. Both times we moved over from the Mamanucas after sailing around for a few weeks. The other option is Denarau, which also has a marina which is in the same area as a large shopping complex, several resorts and the…

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Sailing to Musket Cove, Fiji

Musket Cove draws the sailing crowd in, but it’s also one of the nicer local resorts in Fiji. Set away from the main island, Musket Cove has old plantation charm. Malolo Lailai The most popular stop in the Mamanuca Islands, Malolo Lailai is just 20 km west of Nadi.  It’s a haven for cruising boats,…