FIJI & COOK ISLANDS CULINARY DELIGHTSFrom traditional Lovo feasts and candlelit tables on the beach...

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  • From traditional Lovo feasts and candlelit tables on the beach to over-the-water dining and sunset cruises, Fiji and Cook Islands are brimming with extraordinary dining experiences. With neighboring South Pacific bounties, delight in superb meats and wines, combined with organic produce, fresh seafood, and international inspirations to create an authentic flavor.


  • and red wine jus confit, mushroom soup, Natadola green salad, and grilled Yasawa lobster tail with risotto or beef tenderloin with vegetable lasagna. Pair with exquisite wine varietals and finish with mud chocolate sponge with mascarpone, for an unforgettable evening.

    DAY 6 VITI LEVU | For an inspiring island adventure, fly through exotic island beauty on a variety of 16 giant ziplines on the Zip Fiji Cave Excursion. With stunning views of the Mamanuca Islands, Plantation Island, Tavarua and beyond, experience three different ecosystems as you zip high above treetops and the canyon below. Following your adrenaline-rush adventure, take a walking tour of the limestone caves, marveling at their living geology, with a delicious lunch.

    Savor an exciting theme-night buffet dinner in Sansana Restaurant. Whether its Latin, Fijian or Asian night, Seafood Sensation, Butcher’s Block or barefoot barbeque under the stars, delight in an incredible culinary journey.

    DAYS 7 – 8 VITI LEVU/USA | Celebrate your final day with an extraordinary fine dining experience overlooking the lagoon and the sacred island of Navo at the Navo Restaurant. Offering contemporary specialty cuisine, tempt your palate with grilled Yasawa lobster kokoda or pan-seared snapper, grass-fed tenderloin or homemade tortellini prepared in a glass-show kitchen. Pair your feast with rare and boutique wines, then enjoy sweet delicacies such as crème brûlée or chocolate fondant.

    In the morning, board your private transfer to the Nadi Airport. Relax in comfort with a variety of refreshments and services with exclusive Nadi VIP Airport Lounge access prior to departure of your homebound flight.

    DAY 1 USA/VITI LEVU, FIJI | Board your flight bound for the largest of Fiji’s tropical islands, Vitu Levu. Upon arrival, be welcomed with a shell lei and directed to your private transfer bound for the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, featuring an indulgent spa, exquisite dining, championship golf and more. Enjoy delectable South Pacific fruits before settling into your Club InterContinental suite with a plunge pool for seven luxurious nights, including exclusive Club privileges, personalized Itokani butler service, and complimentary breakfast for true island indulgence.

    DAY 2 VITI LEVU | Spend your day basking in the resort’s boundless sports and activities. Boasting dramatic landscapes and beachfront fairways, improve your swing at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course. Or, explore the vast coral reefs, catch the afternoon surf or unwind in a tranquil cabana.

    Delight in afternoon tea and evening drinks and appetizers in the Club InterContinental Lounge before an à la carte dinner dedicated to Indian flavors and Fiji’s unique cultural styles in Sansana Restaurant.

    DAYS 3 – 4 VITI LEVU | Board a luxurious high-speed catamaran to the beautiful Castaway Island, Fiji for a day of island adventure on the Castaway Day Cruise. Laze poolside, indulge in relaxing massage bures, snorkel and swim in the crystal clear waters or enjoy non-motorized watersports before a delectable beachside lunch.

    The next day, engage in the resort’s recreation or explore the island on your own. Then, savor casual dining at Toba Bar & Grill. Delight in a variety of mouthwatering dishes from signature salads, wood-fired pizzas and exquisite pasta to grilled seafood, chicken, rack of lamb, pressed pork belly and aged Wakinui rump, with sweet fruity desserts.

    DAY 5 VITI LEVU | Revel in the Bula spirit as you head out this morning for the Lautoka Drive Excursion. Drive along sugarcane fields to the village of Veseisei, celebrated for the first Fijian landing. Then, travel to Lautoka, home to the largest sugar mill in the southern hemisphere. Shop the vibrant marketplace before continuing to explore Hindu temples, mosques and centuries-old colonial homes, complete with 100-year old banyan trees.

    Exclusive to only one couple per evening, dine in a private beachside cabana by candlelight, complete with your own personal waiter. Indulge in a sumptuous, four-course Taste of Fiji menu including duck breast with berries, fried coconut

    A Culinary Journey in Fiji

  • Oishii Teppanyaki at Tokoriki Island Resort | Your authentic Teppanyaki dining experience begins in a traditional Fiji bure, surrounded by lush gardens and lily ponds. A personalized setting with seating only for eight, begin with a sashimi or sushi appetizer. Then, marvel at the chef ’s entertaining cooking prowess as he prepares a variety of seafood, chicken, beef and vegetarian specialties, followed by tropical fruit crepes.

    Traditional Fijian “Lovo” Feast at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji | Serenaded by Fijian music, celebrate the island spirit with a traditional Lovo feast. Prepared from centuries-old recipes in a stone-lined fire pit, this slow cooking method includes fish, chicken and pork options with vegetables wrapped in foil, placed on hot coals and covered by banana leaves. Once removed, delight in a tender, tantalizing buffet-style banquet, sure to excite the most discriminating gastronome.


    Navo at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa | Overlooking the lagoon and the sacred island of Navo, discover contemporary specialty fare inspired by the sea and land and prepared behind a glass-walled show kitchen. Tempt your palate with grilled Yasawa lobster tail, grass-fed tenderloin or homemade tortellini, paired with rare wines, and decadent after dinner delicacies.

    Lomani Wai | Reserve your table for a unique in-the-water dining experience in a resort lagoon pool. Immerse in a night of culture and cuisine, beginning with a welcoming kava ceremony. Then, celebrate island spirit with savory appetizers, beer, wine and a three-course meal including Mamanucas fish, Suva chicken and Yaqara beef offerings served by a Fijian warrior, followed by a spectacular fire show and dancers.


    Banyan Bar & Restaurant at Royal Davui Island Resort | Centered around an ancient Pacific banyan tree, indulge in unique tropical flavors at this picturesque restaurant. Sip your favorite cocktail as the sun sets under the banyan tree’s expanse, and dine on daily-changing menu items from rourou soup and seared scallops to truffled chicken and grilled mahi-mahi, finishing with a banana soufflé dessert.

    Cloud 9 – Floating Pizza Bar in Fiji | Accessible only by boat, jet ski or seaplane, this unique two-level floating platform is literally located in the middle of the ocean. Adorned with a surround sound system, sun decks and daybeds throughout, enjoy a festive atmosphere with handmade Italian wood-fire pizzas, international top shelf drinks and cocktails. Pre-book exciting events and watersports for a day on the ocean unlike any other.

    Coconut Grove Restaurant | An intimate, oceanfront gem, dine under the verandah or alfresco on the beach with candlelit tables and sweet ukulele melodies. Delight in fresh seafood, New Zealand lamb and beef, organically grown vegetables, Indian and Thai curries and homemade pastas. Be sure to sample the popular chicken or fish vaka lolo - a dish prepared in spiced coconut cream for a must-try culinary experience.

    Main Bure Restaurant at Namale Resort and Spa | The sound of the lala drum beckons guests to dinner at this elegant, cliffside restaurant. Romantic and relaxed, dine in the main dining room or on multi-tier decks overlooking the Koro Sea, featuring international specialties such as New Zealand rack of lamb, and blue stone crab, accompanied by produce from the resort’s organic garden and house made sorbets.

    Oishii Teppanyaki at Tokoriki Island Resort | Your authentic Teppanyaki dining experience begins in a




    CULINARY TIPS • As a welcome to travelers and reverence for tradition,

    partake in an authentic Kava ceremony in Fiji, featuring a beverage made from the root of a pepper plant, said to have relaxing and medicinal qualities.

    • Visit the Punanga Nui Cultural Market in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, for handcraft ed goods, plus organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh fl owers and delicious treats.

    • If you dine at a Cook Islands buffet, be sure to sample favorite local dishes like ika mata (marinated raw fish) and umu kai (food cooked in a traditional earth oven) for a true taste of culture.

  • VITI LEVU (continued)

    Ports O’ Call at Sheraton Fiji Resort | Imbued with the elegant style and charm of a luxury ocean liner, indulge in an exquisite international menu of premium steaks and seafood, plus specialty dishes of truffle risotto, lobster bisque and Vanua Levu duck, along with its signature tableside service. A regular visitor favorite, this formal dining venue is ideal for a special occasion or romantic dinner.

    Sunset Dinner Cruise | Raise a glass as you set sail into the sunset on this romantic catamaran cruise complete with Fijian cultural entertainment and spectacular scenery as local chefs prepare a fresh barbeque dinner. Offerings include the fish of the day, peppered sirloin steak, chicken shish kebabs, sautéed vegetables, salads, sweet tropical fruit and baked banana in coconut cream.


    Flying Boat Beach Bar & Grill at Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort | Located on a stunning islet on the edge of the lagoon, join your fellow islanders in a casual setting for divine cocktails, delectable Pacific fare and infinite lagoon views. Savor mouthwatering fish and chips, pastas and pizza, plus New Zealand meats, poultry and seafood as the sun sets on another day in paradise.

    Koro Café | Owner operated, this trendy café offers all day breakfast and lunches, featuring homemade breads, egg dishes, rustic deli sandwiches, salads, fish sliders, a variety of savory sides and a display case filled with cakes and desserts. Be sure to arrange made-to-order heat and eat meals, picnic lunches and barbecue packs.

    Rapae Bay Restaurant at Pacific Resort Aitutaki | In a serene split-level patio setting with stunning views over Aitutaki Lagoon, indulge in superb international fare and Asian inspiration. Incorporating local produce, fresh seafood and meats, delight in an elegant menu including sizzling ocean prawns and sashimi, pumpkin orange soup, basil crusted salmon, grain-fed beef tenderloin and a coconut crème brûlée.

    Tauono’s Garden Cafe | With the spirit of Kia Orana, discover amazing made-to-order food featuring the produce guests pick from the owner’s organic garden and plantation, and created in her own kitchen. With a daily market offering fruits, vegetables, herbs, breads, signature coconut cake, jams and jellies and even her own cookbook, a wonderful experience awaits.


    Sandals Restaurant & Barefoot Bar at Pacific Resort Rarotonga | A laid-back beachfront dining venue, watch the sunset with your feet-in-the-sand or perched above a pond in the garden setting as you savor omelettes and smoothies for breakfast, salads and light dishes for lunch and the Chef ’s specialty Pacific Sizzler with coconut lime sauce for dinner. Reservations are highly recommended.

    Te Vara Nui Dinner & Show | For an exciting night of culture and cuisine, prepare for an enchanting overwater dinner show honoring the islands’ Māori people, complete with flaming torch lights on floating stages and costumed dancers and musicians showcasing “The Legend of Tongaiti.” Delight in a savory buffet as the performance unfolds, commemorating a story of pride, love and celebration.

    The Hidden Spirit Café & Grill | Set amid the Maire Nui Gardens where produce for the café is grown, savor local seafood, signature salads and island delicacies with Asian flair. Sample the must-try Tiger Prawn Salad or Tropical Salad with a mix of poached chicken, banana, papaya, and coconut; then enjoy mouthwatering cakes served with ice cream.

    The Mooring Fish Cafe | Funky and fabulous, this beachside gem boasts fish straight from the boat to your plate. Tempt your palate with the freshest Turkish bread sandwiches of mahi-mahi and seared tuna, tuna salad, and Wahoo burgers on the island and accompanied by homemade dressings, including the “Tijuana Tuna,’’ with a kicky Cajun sauce.

    The Waffle Shack | Addicting and delicious, this hidden treasure in Punanga Nui Marketplace in Avarua creates crispy, soft Belgian waffles made from scratch and topped with tropical fruit or indulgent ice cream and syrup, together with the island’s best coffee for a yummy breakfast treat.

    Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant | A local favorite located on the beach in the village of Vaimaanga, delight in casual waterside or deck dining on an extensive Polynesian menu. Experience brunch and dinner service from egg dishes and all-day pizza, to lime and coconut poached fish, grilled scallops, orange-glazed lamb, curry plates, and artful drinks and desserts.

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