Adventure Sailing Fiji

Welcome aboard your own private 48’ Sailing Catamaran ‘Moale’, operated by ‘Adventure Sailing Fiji’.Discover the unique and remote natural beauty of the Fiji Islands. Discover the unique and remote natural beauty of the Fiji Islands.

‘Adventure Sailing Fiji’ operates Moale, its a 47’ “Simpson design”, ocean going Catamaran. The name Moale is pronounced MO AH LEE and is from the Papuan Motu language in Papua New Guinea and means “place of peace, tranquility and happiness”.The vessel was built in Australia near Foster on the NSW coast and has been owned by the Joyce family since soon after it was launched. She is fully equipped for living aboard.

Moale is the perfect boat for a group wanting to enjoy the surf breaks in the Mamanucas. Fiji’s picturesque Mamanuca Islands are dotted throughout sparkling waters just off the coast from Denarau. They are outstanding in beauty and are true treasures of the South Pacific.

The Mamanuca Islands are world-renowned, not just for their beauty, but also for their huge array of activities on offer including snorkeling, diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing… the list goes on. If you surf, you’ve heard of Fiji and some of the legendary breaks such as `Swimming Pools’, ‘Restaurants’ and of course, `Cloud Break’. Not so long ago, those breaks were for the exclusive use of resorts such as Namotu and Tavarua. That’s no longer the case.  The most popular and consistent breaks are are found on the reef passes of the southern most islands of the Mamanuca chain—home to Cloudbreak and the other famous breaks around Tavarua and Namotu.

Geoff Deutchmann, is a highly experienced sailor and marine engineer who has lived on board his own yacht and sailed the world’s oceans for many years.

“I was born and raised in Africa. When I returned to the coast at age 12, I developed an addiction to surfing and a love affair with the ocean. While at university getting an engineering degree, l helped build a 40 foot sail boat then took off on a 6 month cruise. This turned into 10 years . All over the world running private and charter boats. I finally dropped anchor in California.
There I opened a high tech construction firm and developed a small composite boat building company. I was very successful in a multihull racing campaign. The ocean called louder so I outfitted an old race boat and took off for a 2 year world cruise. Plans to surf and find uncharted anchorages. That was in 2009. True to form, I only got as far a Fiji. There are enough uncharted anchorages and surf spots right here”.

Geoff fell in love with the warm weather, Fiji’s sailing playground and the beautiful Fijian people – as we and many other sailors have. Geoff has been running our charters on MOALE for several years now and has become a familiar face in the Fiji Yachting industry. Passionate about sailing, Geoff is involved with Musket Cove Race week each year as volunteer organizer and has ambitions to start Fiji’s first sailing school or mentoring program for Fijian boat captains who gain most of their
training and experience on power boats. Geoff has a wealth of knowledge andskills to share and is a patient and committed teacher. He can cook, tellstories, entertain and is a great host. Geoff enjoys surfing and fishingand knows the Mamanucas like the back of his hand, including the best wavespots and best secluded anchorages”

We have a great chef onboard to provide and to prepare all meals and snacks, mix drinks and manage the galley/kitchen. Fresh local ingredients (vegetables, fruits and salads) and quality meat, pasta, poultry and pork are used. Fiji is isolated and there is minimal access to imported or luxury items. Seafood is not included but can be arranged at an extra fee.
Fresh fish is often caught along the way and will be prepared by the chef. Vegetarians can be catered for. We can try to meet special dietary requirements and cater for food allergies however this must be discussed and agreed with us first and will depend on individual circumstances and availability of alternative food options.

A 5- 7 days charter on board Moale typically starts from our base in Port Denarau at approx. 8.30am. Departure times can vary to suit our guests’ require. We can also schedule around international flight arrival times.
As with all charters, whilst we try to tailor an itinerary to suit the special interests of our guests we also have to take into account the length of charter and prevailing weather conditions. At all times, the skipper will make decisions in the interest of safety. Some people want to head straight off the beaten track and aim for secluded anchorages, sailing enthusiasts just want to sail, surfers are keen to get straight to the surf, families prefer to do less sailing and more swimming, snorkelling and activities. We don’t have to move to a new location every day if you are really enjoying where you are, just let us know.

From Port Denarau we set sail on the first day for the lower Mamanuca Islands including Tavarua, Namotu (famous for world class surfing) and Malolo Lai-Lai with its resorts of Musket Cove, Plantation and Lomani. A swim and snorkel followed by late lunch and a bit more swimming is often enough for the first day. Evenings are spent on deck with cocktails, or telling tales and playing board games. We have Blu Tooth stereo on board so your favourite music or video can be enjoyed. Most guests tend to go to bed early and rise early on boat charters.

The next morning nothing shakes the cobwebs off better than diving overboard into crystal clear warm water. Your chef will be busy preparing breakfast that can be cold, hot or a combination depending on what you prefer. After breakfast the plan for the day is discussed but usually we will continue to follow a rough north-western track up the inside of Malolo island with its many resorts towards the 5 star Liki Liku at the top with Fiji’s Only Over water bures. Whilst we can’t go ashore we can enjoy the lovely bay and take amazing photos.
A little further on is the famous Honeymoon Island where Tom Hanks spent a long time during the well known movie “Castaway”. You will go past Castaway Island resort and the Mana Sand cay before reaching Mana Island. There is a lot to do around this area with great snorkleing and fishing, and a thriving water sports business based on Mana Island if you are into that (extra cost). Those guests keen on diving can organise to link up with dive companies at either Mana, Beaachcomber or Musket Cove.

We will tuck into Mana island or a nearby safe anchorage for the night and on Day 3 we will continue northwest towards the very spectacularly steep Monriki Island. For those cultural enthusiasts we can organise a shore/village visit (extra cost) and a kava ceremony with the elders or village chief. In this calm lagoon you will also sail past Tokoriki, is one of Fijis famous 5 star resorts, as well as Sheraton Tokariki which only opened this year. On the other side is Matamano resort.If time permits and weather favourable it’s a nice sail from here to Navadra also known as the Sacred Islands which are the last in the Mamanuca group or the first in the Yasawas (depending which map you have). The sacred islands comprise of two islands joined together at low tide by a reef. There are no resorts, viallages or dwellings on these islands and the Fijian people consider them sacred. Visitors are welcome to explore ashore but not to sleep overnight. There is a cave system onshore and some interesting offerings and momentos have been left behind by cruising yachtsmen and visitors over the years. Interestingly an episode of Survivor was filmed here about 5-6 years ago.
The fishing and snorkelling in the bay is spectacular and you are unlikely to encounter another boat overnight.

On day four you can either stay in Navadra, back track the way you came or start to make your way back towards Beachcomber and Treasure Islands. Some guests enjoy a few hours ashore at the famous Beachcomber Bar. However if you enjoy the tranquiliity of being on the yacht there are numerous safe anchorages within easy reach in this area. The Beachcomber sand cay is well known for snorkelling and a good lunch stop off if the tide is right.

From there it is an easy sail back to Denarau, unless you have chosen to back track through the lower Mamanucas in which case you will head back to Deanrau from Musket Cove.

During a typical 5-day charter we offer the chance to visit local villages and engage in traditional Fijian culture including a kava ceremony or formal meeting with the chief (extra cost). Some of the islands are quite rugged and offer energetic and picturesque walks with many vantage points for great photos. So please let us know your special areas of interest and we will be happy to tailor a trip for you.

‘Moale’ can carry up to 8 pax overnight and 25 for day cruises.Our rates cover all crew, including a chef, linen, food, non-alcoholic beverages, taxes, fuel and mooring fees and snorkeling/fishing gear.With 4 double cabins, sprawling decks and a spacious interior, Moale offers casual exclusivity and a perfect vantage point to explore Fiji’s spectacular islands at your leisure.Fiji has world class cruising with its tropical climate, turquoise waters, remote anchorages, pristine sandy beaches, abundant sea life and friendly people.

Fully crewed (skipper, chef and deck hand) private charter with flexible itinerary, island hopping, swimming, snorkeling, all food (morning & afternoon tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner), soft drinks, drinking water, mask and snorkel sets (no fins provided), hand-line fishing equipment and bed linen plus bath towel.

Moale is suitable for families, couples, adventurers of all ages, surfing enthusiasts and private & corporate groups. Based in Port Denarau Marina with direct access to the Mamanuca & Yasawa Island Groups and crewed by an experienced team. Moale offers private charters for both day and overnight (no limit on number of days) throughout the year.Does not include beach towel or swimming towel.

Please NOTE WE provide safe filtered drinking water but DO NOT PROVIDE BOTTLED WATER. However should guests specifically require bottled water we can purchase on their behalf and charge it back to them. Also includes all permits required for all islands visited & some fishing equipment, board games, IPod speakers & DVD player, ocean kayaks.

Discover Moale
Tim and Susan lived aboard from August 1999 with their two young daughters for about 5 and half years. The girls were aged 3 and 5 when the family packed up their Syndey home and busy world and took to a new life on the high seas. They spent much of the early time cruising on the Australian East Coast and in the Whitsundays (QLD), learning about the boat, sailing and working in the islands. In 2003 they took a year off and cruised across the Pacific to Fiji, via Norfolk Island and then back to Australia via Vanuatu and New Caledonia. The following year they decided to return to Fiji, establish a business and put their daughters into a real school as the girls were keen to participate in team sports and other school activities they had missed while cruising and home-schooling.

With a background in aviation and business in Australia, Tim established Fiji’s first and only Tandem Skydiving company as well as a thriving watersports business servicing some of Denarau’s largest hotels. Deciding to settle in the beautiful Fiji Islands, the family built their dream waterfront home and moved ashore, and obtained a charter licence for their boat Moale. The girls attended the Nadi International IB School and being accomplished swimmers and athletes, they represented Fiji internationally in swimming and outrigger paddling. All members of the family are now dual Australian/Fijian citizens. Skydive Fiji continues to grow and their businesses interests have expanded over the last 10 years to include Helicopters, an aviation charter buisness, a flying school, aircraft engineering services plus the yacht charter business and they now have about 55 employees.

Moale is spacious and very well designed for relaxed family living. She has 4 large double sleeping cabins and lots of hatches for excellent airflow. The living area in the main saloon is like a family lounge room and the stability offered by catamaran sailing means that you don’t have to pack away your cocktails or belongings when you set sail. There are two bathrooms with full headroom and lots of storage lockers including hanging wardrobes. There is a large built-in settee in the living area, upholstered with a macro suede fabric which is fully washable and durable. There is storage under the seats and the table drops down, if required, to make up a king size bed and there are extra cushion inserts for this purpose.

The galley is in the starboard or right hull and is large and well appointed with excellent storage. A new gas cooktop was recently installed, there is a large BBQ on deck and the boat has the power to operate a blender. There are three large eutectic refrigeration units which run from a compressor on the starboard engine, two of which are also cooled with a 12 volt unit which means you have refrigeration without having to start the engine.

There is a large inflatable dinghy with an outboard that is used for getting to and from shore and also doubles as a safety emergency vessle.
Snorkeling equipment, fishing gear and some water craft toys are also provided.

The cockpit area is well protected in all kinds of weather and the high helm seat is large enough for two to three adults to sit on comfortably, when cruising. There are clear panels in the coach house roof so that sails can be easily viewed while at the helm. Moale was rigged for single handed sailing and almost everything to do with sailing can be managed from the cockpit area.

There are two large trampoline nets at the bow which are fabulous for lying/sleeping or sun-baking on. They can take the weight of people walking on them but are not suitable for jumping (or for a crowd of people to sit on). Surfboards and other water craft can be stored on the decks or in the hulls below. There are extra mattresses and bedding supplied for additional guests/children.

Moale comes fully crewed with a local skipper and fully qualifed chef, plus an expert Captain and boat manager. We supply stereo, dvd and Blue tooth for entertainment plus board games and cards.

The optimum number of people for overnight charters is 6 – 8 (3-4 couples) with floor space and extra mattresses provided for additional children if required. Moale offers unpretentious relaxed luxury. It is not 5 star, but is very comfortable and the privacy and exclusivity of your own floating accomodation is a unique and fabulous way to see the islands and enjoy Fiji’s beautiful sailing playground.

For surfers, Moale is the perfect platform to get up close and personal with surf breaks. Surfers can dodge the crowds and catch waves before and after the daytrippers and mainland tranfer guests. If the surf is not working at one break, the captain will weigh anchor and move, chasing the waves while guests enjoy the scenery, gett pampered by the crew, stoping for a swim or some snorkeling or fishing on the way. Itineraries can be vaired to suit the particular interests of our guests. Whilst we don’t cater for scuba divers on board, we can organise to link up with lcoal dive companies at various resorts along the way.

There are not many charter boats in Fiji that offer liveaboard facilities and we are the only boat of our size and kind operating as a charter boat in the Fiji Islands. Moale’s charter rates include all food, non-alcoholic beverages, taxes, mooring fees, snorkel/mask sets, some fishing gear, all cleaning/linen and fuel and we are very well priced for small groups and families.​

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