A team of ocean-crusaders has launched Moana Sailing Fiji the only traditional sailing vacation in Fiji combining marine conservation and ocean adventures through the magical Mamanuca Islands.
This adventure sailing holiday aboard the S.V. Moana, a 38-foot Polynesian-style catamaran, is led by a crew of skilled voyagers and environmental consultants, the Ocean Ambassadors, who are based in Fiji and share their passion for sailing and their rich environmental knowledge with guests on board.
The trips are aimed at strengthening people’s connection and understanding of the ocean and it’s challenges. The hope is to leave visitors educated, rejuvenated, inspired and enriched.
A comprehensive itinerary allows guests to explore Fiji as they island hop between resorts, with three resort stays and all meals and accommodation on-board and off included, as well as hands-on sailing, talks on way-finding by the stars and marine conservation, a beach clean-up and plastic to fuel demonstration.
The program takes in world-class snorkeling at locations such as Beachcomber Island, Namotu and Malolo, as well as sunset sailing, resort activities and optional village and cultural tours. Adventurous guests can take in all the action while others may opt to take it easy.
Offering four and seven day packages, Moana Sailing Fiji caters to between 2 and 20 guests and suits travelers looking to join like-minded people, whether traveling solo, in a couple or a group. There are also school trip, private charter, team-building and corporate opportunities.
Groups of ten or more can design an itinerary to their particular interest such as yoga, diving, voluntourism, cultural tours or paddle boarding.
Sailing Vessel Moana is a 38ft Polynesian style Wharram catamaran, with separate hulls connected to crossbeams with rope lashings, all operated by hand. She and the team share a strong history of voyaging and ocean conservation.
The crew’s passion for sailing and love of the ocean will enrich every guest’s experience as they impart knowledge and weave their magic on the decks of Moana. They are true role models for the next generation of skilled Fijian watermen.
Ocean Ambassadors founder Captain Adrian Midwood is a passionate change-maker who has been sailing the S.V. Moana through the South Pacific for the past five years, engaging youth, hotels, corporations, governments and the local communities to tackle the problem of marine debris. He has also located the best surf breaks and kite spots along the way. His mission: to create jobs, close landfills and anchor renewable energy systems.
Captain Seta comes from one of few remaining traditional Fijian boat-building families and has completed every voyage since the inception of the Uto Ni Yalo, Fiji’s famous traditional canoe. Well versed with traditional voyaging and navigation, Seta has also sailed the equivalent of twice around the globe and is one of only 20 people in the world training to be a master navigator.
Moana’s resident environmentalist Chris has completed three major voyages with
Uto Ni Yalo, is a post graduate student at University of the South Pacific on Climate Change and Ocean Ambassadors intern over the past year. He works towards raising local awareness as part of Vodafone’s World of Difference program.
First Mate Kele is a true waterman at heart, also working alongside Seta on the Uto Ni Yalo and having sailed “back and forth throughout the Pacific” countless times. Kele and Chris recently competed on the Fijian team for the world paddle sprints in Coolangatta.