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yasawa islands day trip operators

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yasawa islands day trip operators

Hi everyone

Can anyone help us out - we just want to know if there are any other yasawa islands day tour operators other than going on the yasawa flyer or south sea cruises (SSC)? How can we find out about any smaller boat operators/charters who may do day trips? We are wanting to visit a couple of islands in the Yasawa island group, not just one island as you can through SSC - is this possible does anyone know?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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1. Re: yasawa islands day trip operators

The Yasawa chain of islands extends for quite some distance. The Yasawa Flyer which is a large catamaran takes approx 4 1/2 hrs each way. A lot of this is over open sea which can be very rough at times. I would not like to go in a smaller boat. The time it would take, you would need longer than a day to spend anytime on 2 islands and the unpredictable nature of the open sea with huge swells would make for a very uncomfortable trip. We went to Octopus resort in their small boat and even though the seas were pretty flat it was not a pleasant trip couped up in the small cabin area with nothing to see by the sea.

Subsequent trips there we have used the Yasawa Flyer.

If you had the time you could charter a yacht which can be expensive and you would need several days. Either choose to go on the Flyer for lunch at a resort, I would choose Octopus as you will get more time on the island or else stay on board the Flyer for the round trip and go in the Captains Lounge for more comfort. It is a long trip but you do get to see a lot of the islands on the way.

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2. Re: yasawa islands day trip operators

Awesome - thanks for that helpful info. If we did a day trip, do you know if the snorkeling at Octopus resort is good or is it better at Botaira? From what i can gather it sounds like these are the only 2 resorts that we could do day trips to?

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3. Re: yasawa islands day trip operators

the trip from the main island out to Octopus on the Octopus boat takes 1 1/2 hours. I imagine the flyer would be quicker - but not much. So if you got any boat from the main island I would think its about the same time - this does not leave much time to do anything once there if you want to do a day trip.

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Bula

The Seaspray or Whales tale cruises are one day sailing cruises around the Mamanuca islands they stop at several islands so you can go snorkeling and visit a village ect all food and drinks are included

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5. Re: yasawa islands day trip operators

Thanks MarkW59 and daveis. Have done the seaspray trip and other south sea cruises day trips to various different Mamanuca islands, and stayed on 3 of them as well - so am keen to try a yasawa island day trip this time. Am interested to hear form anybody re: whether the snorkeling is best at Octopus resort or whether is it better at Botaira.

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