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From its humble start in 1954 when its founder Trevor Withers struggled to get one paying passenger on his ship, the company has grown and contracted over the decades and today is a successful operation owned by one of the leading tourism operators in Fiji.
Blue Lagoon Cruises has one ship, 68-passenger, 16-year-old Fiji Princess, which has been part of the company since 2004. The onboard ambience is casual, the pace unhurried. Daily cruising time is no more than four hours per day, leaving plenty of time to enjoy water sports or simply relax on shore and do nothing at all. Each morning, the Fijian crew awaken the more energetic passengers at 6 a.m. for an eye-opening swim. Most passengers prefer to wait until they've indulged in the breakfast buffet before snorkeling in the balmy turquoise waters or reading in a hammock under a palm tree.
Meals, offered at one seating with no assigned tables, focus on fresh seafood, tropical fruits and traditional Fijian cuisine. Included are hearty breakfasts, morning and afternoon tea (usually on the beach), barbecues, and lunch and dinner buffets. A highlight of each trip is the magiti, a Fijian feast of pork, chicken, fish and vegetables wrapped in palm leaves and cooked in a pit called a lovo onshore. No wonder the crew's favorite slogan is: "The more you eat, the more you float."
Dress is casual. Pack your swimsuit, shorts, T-shirts, sunglasses, hat and flip-flops. Modest clothing is recommended when visiting the local villages (no tank tops, hats or swimsuits).
Highlights include visiting a village school and experiencing the ancient yaqona (kava) ceremony, as well as traditional songs and dances. There's a day at Blue Lagoon's own island, Nanuya Lai Lai, where beach and water activities precede a traditional lovo feast and guitar concert. Activities include swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, bush walking and more.
Blue Lagoon attracts a diverse passenger base, from honeymooners and families to active seniors. The majority of passengers hail from nearby Australia and New Zealand, followed by the U.S., U.K. and Japan.