By Lauren Looft

There are two ways to experience FIJI: as a resort-goer, and a backpacker.  As a college kid, my adventures in Fiji were most assuredly of the backpacking type.  So if you’re looking for beautiful scenery, interesting natives, and A LOT OF SUN, while also saving some money, join a FIJI ADVENTURE TOUR of the Yasawa Islands!

My travel partner and I stayed in SMUGGLER’S COVE the very first night in Fiji, which had some great evening entertainment.  It’s also a great place to meet people who may be on your tour the next morning!  Our particular tour package of the YASAWA ISLANDS was called A LAZY THREESOME, as we relaxed on three different islands over the course of six days!

The four hour catamaran ride took us on an excellent tour of the Yasawas, the lush volcanic islands that make up the Western part of Fiji.  We arrived to our first island destination, CORAL VIEW ISLAND, where we were greeted by the natives with fresh orange juice and welcoming songs.  The rest of the day was a relaxing mix of exploring the small paradise and reading in one of the many hammocks strewn about the island.

Day two of the adventure offered different excursions such as snorkeling or cave diving.  We personally decided to visit the SAWAILAU CAVES, a beautiful cave system just waiting to be explored.

On days three and four, we traveled to KOROVOU ISLAND, where we ran into a group of people we had met in Smuggler’s Cove.  You never know who you might run into in Fiji!  Korovou is a gorgeous island that offers snorkeling, fishing, and even kayaking.  We were greeted by a big “BULA” welcome ceremony and good food.  Sleep in, chill by the pool, and enjoy the fire dancing at night!

On day five we arrived at SOUTH SEA ISLAND, a small but absolutely stunning piece of land.  And by small, I mean small.  You can see the other side of the island from the shore, and it takes a grand total of three minutes to walk around it.  Really one of the most interesting places I’ve ever been!  Not to mention the hospitality was excellent, as well as the crab racing and limbo games! Also, if you are craving a massage after a few days of traveling, South Sea is the place to get it!

For visitors who upgraded to the FULL MONTY package, they can enjoy a thrilling SEASPRAY SAILING ADVENTURE on day six.  On this full-day excursion, passengers enjoy even more beautiful scenery, as well as snorkeling on the island where Tom Hanks’ “Castaway” was filmed, and participating in a KAVA CEREMONY with the natives during a village visit.  Before departing the village, make sure to stop by the SHELL MARKET where people in the community make original pieces of jewelry and art.  Finish the sailing day with some refreshments and a nap in the sun.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply:



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