Fiji – FAQs
1. How far is the departure point of Volivoli Beach Resort from Nadi Airport / Pacific Harbour?
Volivoli Beach Resort, situated on the northern point of Viti Levu Island, is approximately 2.5 hours transfer time from Nadi Airport and 4 hrs transfer time from Pacific Harbour. Boarding time is 2pm so please allow plenty of time to make your transfer, or contact our reservations team to request special arrangements.
2. What should I bring with me to Fiji?
We recommend our guests bring as little luggage as possible for their liveaboard safari. Light clothing and a sweater for cooler evenings would be sufficient. A laundry service is offered on board, whilst t-shirts, sarong and shorts may be purchased in the yacht boutique. We provide shower gel in cabins and deck bathrooms, however guests are advised to bring their own personal toiletries. The Fiji Siren has a full compliment of basic medical supplies that is available for guest use free of charge, however any prescription medication should be brought with you.
3. What dive experience level is recommended for Fiji Liveaboard trips?
Whilst most dives are suitable for divers of all levels, beginners may find some dives challenging and prefer to skip the dive. On each Fiji Siren itinerary some diving in currents can be expected, typically at Nigali Passage and Taveuni. It is not necessary to make very deep dives, however it is recommended to have experience beyond 18m to receive maximum enjoyment from the trip.
4. Is it possible to take a dive course whilst on board Fiji Siren?
Yes. Our cruise director is a PADI dive instructor and can offer Advanced Open Water and diver speciality courses, including night diving, navigation and of course Nitrox. As we offer the use of Nitrox for free on board, we of course recommend this course if you are not already certified. We highly recommend pre-booking any courses to ensure the instructor and necessary training materials are on board for your trip. Our Fiji itineraries are not suitable for entry level courses.
5. Are a reef hook and/or surface marker buoy (SMB) necessary items of equipment and can you provide them on board?
It is recommended that each diver carry an SMB in order to signal to the dive tenders you are ready to surface and/or are seperated from your group. There is little boat traffic in the areas we dive so it is not necessary to drift with your SMB for the entire dive time. SMBs are provided free of charge. Reef hooks are not a necessary item, though divers may find them useful equipment in some areas. Reef hooks are available for purchase on board Fiji Siren.
6. What tanks are available for guest use?
12l aluminium tanks are standard aboard Fiji Siren. We have 4 x 15l tanks available for guest use free of charge; pre-booking is recommended to ensure the tank is available for you. Each tank is suitable for both DIN and YOKE International regulators.
7. What kind of food is served on board the Fiji Siren?
Each meal is served buffet style in the rear deck dining area. Hot breakfast and eggs to cooked to order starts the day, lunches offer at least 2 choices of chicken, fish or red meat with salads and vegetable accompaniement. Evening meals consist of 3 courses:soup; entree; dessert. A choice of 3 mains and a selection of side dishes are available and each evening follows a different theme including Seafood, BBQ, Carvery, Fijian, Indian, Indonesian and Italian. Fresh fruit, snacks and cookies are available throughout the day.
8. What refreshments are available on board?
A wide selection of carbonated soft drinks (Coke, Coke light, Sprite, tonic, soda) and fruit juices are available. Guests simply help themselves to items from our fridges. Freshly brewed coffee, black and herbal teas and hot chocolate are also available free of charge. Fiji Bitter (lager) is provided in cans and guests may help themselves at no cost. Wines and spirits are also available and additional charges apply.
9. Do you have Internet facilities on board & what is the mobile phone coverage?
There is NO guest internet available on board. We have satellite connection for emergencies only. Guests wishing to avail of internet services may purchase a FIJI SIM card at the Vodafone store (4gb for 70FJD) in the arrivals hall at NADI airport. Signal strength varies throughout the cruise but is typically stronger when in close proximity to islands.
10. How may I pay on board for marine park fees, merchandise and services?
Any park fees, merchandise, services and alcoholic beverages purchased on board should be settled at the end of your cruise. All prices are in Euro, however guests may choose to pay in Euro, GBP, US$, AU$ or FJ$. Credit card payments are also accepted however a fee of 4% will be levied to your final bill.
11. What is the custom regarding tipping the staff and crew?
Tipping is a matter of personal choice and is not obligatory on any Siren Fleet yacht. However, if you feel our crew have made your holiday extra special then a gratuity is always appreciated and is shared equally amongst the on board crew. An envelope will be provided at the end of your cruise should you wish to show your appreciation. We regret we are unable to accept gratuities by credit card.