Island Dancer II
Liveaboard At A Glance
The steel hull Island Dancer II is a luxurious 30 meter Liveaboard offering an intimate setting and the perfect venue, for diving the rich waters of Fiji, affectionately known as the “Soft Coral Capital”.
With only 10 passengers, the Island Dancer II is ideal for those discerning divers who prefer to dive in smaller groups combined with excellent on board service.
Island Dancer II departs Suva every Saturday for a seven night exploration of the reefs, bommies and walls of the Nigali Pass, Wakaya, Koro and Namenalala Islands.
Island Dancers accommodation is located on the lower deck with four deluxe staterooms comprising of a lower double bed and an upper bunk. The owner’s suite has a queen bed with a picture window view and is located on the main deck. All indoor areas are air-conditioned and each of the guest suites features en-suite facilities, bathrobes, toiletries and hair dryers. Linens are changed mid-week and fresh towels are provided daily as required.
On the main deck the beautifully appointed salon provides comfortable and ample space for divers to view their photos and videos on the multi-system TV/DVD unit, CD player. There is also a good selection of marine identification books and a swap library for some light reading!
Meals include breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch, snacks and table side service for dinner and the food comprises of an international mix with a local flair.
The sun deck features a covered and uncovered area with plenty of sunbathing space.
Diving is easy and conducted from either the dive deck which runs the width of the vessel or their tender depending on the local weather conditions and currents. Sometimes it’s a short tender ride (5mins max) to the dive site with a drift back to Island Dancer II for re-boarding by the large dive deck ladder or occasionally from the dive deck with pick up by tender for return to the vessel. The experienced crew will happily provide assistance to divers with special needs.
To ensure the best diving conditions throughout the year, Island Dancer II itineraries are varied to optimize diving in different areas and guests enjoy up to 5 dives per day, usually four during the day and one night dive on the full days at sea.
The dive deck has a built in camera table for your use and a “camera only” rinse bucket is provided on the dive tender for exclusive use of cameras. There is a charging station in the salon and transformers are not required as 110v power is available. Please bring the appropriate connection cables to fit your particular equipment.
Island Dancer II is equipped with Nitrox facilities and will be available, at an additional charge, to all certified Nitrox Divers. Certification is available on board however please let the office know in advance to guarantee course availability. For your safety, it is recommended that each diver carry an emergency SMB (safety sausage), a Dive Alert or other suitable audible surface signalling device, and mini-strobe light on all dives – limited supplies are available to rent. Rebreather diving is not supported.
Prime diving season is considered to be April – October (Fiji’s winter) with superb visibility, sunny skies but cooler ocean and air temperatures with the norm being around 25-27C. The Fijian summer November – March offers considerably warmer temperatures (27-29C) both above and below the water, more rain and the possibility of reduced visibility when plankton feeders are far more likely to be seen.
Schedule & Itinerary
Island Dancer II operates varied itineraries to optimize diving in areas where the diving conditions are best throughout the year.
These seven night trips run from Saturday to Saturday with guests departing from Suva to explore the reefs, bommies and walls of Nigali Pass, Wakaya, Koro and Namenalala Islands.
In addition to the exciting diving guests will also have the opportunity to experience some of the unique Fijian Culture as a visit to a local village on one of the remote islands is arranged, this includes a Kava ceremony and warrior dance and all guests are required to wear a traditional sulu (sarong or wrap) which can be provided!
For a trip onboard Island Dancer II you will need to fly to Nadi in Fiji and then either onwards by a land transfer or a short domestic flight to Suva. The main gateways for Fiji are Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Australia and we can arrange flights with a variety of airlines including Emirates, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific at very competitive fares.
The flight time from Nadi to Suva is approximately 40 minutes. The Island Dancer II is docked next to the Novotel Hotel (formally known as the Trade Winds Hotel) in Suva which is about a 45minute drive from the airport.
Afternoon departure from the UK for international flight to Los Angeles, connecting with onward flight to Nadi.
Morning arrival into Nadi and transfer by land for 2nights accommodation at the Uprising Beach Resort.
Early morning land transfer to Suva and board the Island Dancer II Liveaboard for 7 nights exciting diving!
Early morning departure and short drive for your onward domestic flight back to Nadi airport for your return international flight via Los Angeles.
Morning Arrival to the UK.
2 nights Uprising Beach Resort & 7 nights Island Dancer II from £2,984 per person plus £514 departure taxes
Price includes return international flights to Fiji from the UK and a one-way domestic flight.
For Uprising Beach Resort it includes land transfer and 2 nights accommodation staying in a twin/double commodore garden view deluxe room, on a bed & breakfast basis and land transfer to Suva.
For Island Dancer II it includes transfers and 7 nights accommodation staying in a deluxe twin/double stateroom, all meals and beverages (including national brands of alcohol), transfers, 5 and ½ days of diving up to four or five dives per day, land excursions on some days, other Dancer Fleet service and amenities.
Fiji is an ideal destination for a two centre holiday. Please ask our experienced sales team for recommendations and prices for your ideal point of departure