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Captain Cook Cruises Upgrades Jetty, Brings New Dive Wreck

  Captain Cook Cruises Fiji yesterday revealed it will be able to offer tourists through its new investment. This was during the Fijian Tourism Expo 2016 held at the Denarau
05 May 2016 11:22
Captain Cook Cruises Upgrades Jetty, Brings New Dive Wreck
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Captain Cook Cruises Fiji yesterday revealed it will be able to offer tourists through its new investment.

This was during the Fijian Tourism Expo 2016 held at the Denarau Convention Centre.

The company has invested over $5000 on the Tivua Island jetty including the new dive wreck, ‘Raiyawa’, off the island.

Raiyawa will become a key dive site for avid divers and is situated just off Tivua Island, a tropical atoll surrounded by a white sandy beach and 500 acres of coral gardens in the north eastern Mamanuca Islands in Fiji.

Managing director, Jackie Charlton, said the jetty will facilitate faster and safer boarding and disembarkation of passengers and allow easy access to the island anytime of the day or night for functions.

“There has been an upward investment of $5000 in the jetty and the wreck,” she said.

“It has been something that has been planning for about two years so we are all excited to see something happen.

“We certainly see the utilisation of Tivua Island as really to advance our business and tourism in Fiji.”

She added there were no major damages to the jetty during the storm of TC Winston.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, commended Captain Cook Cruises for their support in the tourism industry.

“This is great news for the tourism industry and we can see this is adding to the value we had on Tivua Island,” he said.

“The other thing is that everything is done in sustainable manner that is very important to the Government.”

 

Raiyawa – new dive wreck

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has also just launched a new dive wreck off Tivua Island named, ‘Raiyawa’, during the FTE 2016.

Raiyawa was built in 1982 in Fiji and was a government vessel deployed in placing and maintaining Navigational marks around Fiji and also used to carry passengers interisland.

In 2014, Raiyawa was decommissioned and extensive work was done to ensure she was safe for diving.

Work included opening large swim throughs in her hull and superstructure, as well as removing any hazards to divers such as sharp edges and obstructions.

She was extensively cleaned and prepared in line with the environmental guidelines.

The wreck will become a key dive site for avid divers and is situated just off Tivua Island, a tropical atoll surrounded by a white sandy beach and 500 acres of coral gardens in the north eastern Mamanuca Islands in Fiji.

Passengers on Captain Cook Cruises Island Day cruise, which spends the day at Tivua, and Reef Endeavour small ship cruise itineraries will have the option of diving at the ‘Raiyawa’ wreck.

 

Tivua Island

Tivua, a tropical atoll surrounded by a white sandy beach and 500 acres of coral gardens in the northern part of the Mamanucas, was purchased by Captain Cook Cruises Fiji in 1997.

Currently Tivua Island is the destination for Captain Cook Cruises Island Day Cruise.

Here guests spend the day snorkelling or diving the magnificent reefs, glass bottom boating, kayaking, playing volleyball, fish feeding, relaxing on the beach and swimming in the ocean.

It is also a stop on their four and seven night Yasawa Islands accommodated cruises.

The Jetty was built by local company Marine Structures and Consultancy (Fiji) Ltd.

EDITED BY: RACHNA LAL

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