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What is the snorkelling like at Cloud 9. Is it expensive?

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What is the snorkelling like at Cloud 9. Is it expensive?

We are travelling with young teenagers and staying at Denarau, but wanting to do a day trip for the best snorkeling possible. Most reviews of the various day trips to islands have pretty disappointing reviews of the snorkeling. Has anyone been to Cloud 9 pontoon (floating platform) for the day?

We are not interested in the Cloudbreak surfing, but wonder if the reef snorkeling off the Cloud 9 platform is better than other places close to Denarau?

The transfers to Cloud 9 are inexpensive - F$70 for adults and F$40 for children. What price is food and drink on the pontoon? Would this make it competitive with the average Denarau day cruise.

Does Cloud 9 provide snorkeling equipment?

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1. Re: What is the snorkelling like at Cloud 9. Is it expensive?

Activities and other information is on the website for Cloud 9, but no prices. Suggest contacting them for answers to your questions.

www.cloud9.com.fj/page.php/water-sports-20/

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2. Re: What is the snorkelling like at Cloud 9. Is it expensive?

just returned from our annual winter holiday at musket cove, went to cloud 9 and loved it. the snorkelling wasn't any good but the experience was tops on a nice day. we didn't swim over to the cloudbreak actual reef so others may comment that did this, but just round the pontoon was poor. suggest a trip to castaway for the day with family. snorkelling off the beach out towards the right looking out to sea was some of the best we have ever done in 30 years of going to Fiji.

cheers

grant

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3. Re: What is the snorkelling like at Cloud 9. Is it expensive?

Thanks for the responses. We ended up deciding to go to the outer Mamanuca islands, rather than Cloud 9, so I can't comment on what it might have been like, although given the fact that the pontoon has only been onsite for a couple of months, and it is on the outer reef, there is probably potential for them to identify and develop good snorkeling and diving locations in the future.

The Cloudbreak surf wave, and Cloud9 pontoon are owned and managed by Tavarua Island Surf Resort. I emailed Cloud 9 with questions and they did respond with the following information.

- They have snorkelling gear for hire is $10 for the whole set (goggles, snorkel and flippers).

- For scuba divers, they would have to know how many people are interested and whether they have certificates in scuba diving or not. At the time of writing their water sports pontoon is still getting set up but if you let them know what you are interested in they can have gear available for you on the day.

- Cloud 9's food menu ranges from $12-$34 and their beverages range from $4.50 (Fiji Water) to $24 (Most expensive cocktail). They have a strict no BYO food and beverage on board Cloud 9.

- Bookings can be made online or by telephoning +679 9088972.

- To get to Cloud 9 from Port Denarau, you go to the Passenger Terminal and check-in at Booth #11 (Beachcomber Island Booth). The scheduled daily departure times (August 2013) from Port Denarau are 9:15am and 11:45am. There is one return from Cloud 9 at 4:30pm arriving at Port Denarau at 5:15pm.

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4. Re: What is the snorkelling like at Cloud 9. Is it expensive?

Do not believe Cloud9 is owned by Tavarua and Cloudbreak is now definately not owned by Tavarua.

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