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alihoops
Sydney85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011
We were recommended this trip by our hotel as we were looking for something that was not so long a day as we were meeting friends travelling from the coral coast. IT leaves the POrt at 10am and is back by 4.30.
We had a fabulous day, we were a party of two families with children ranging from 6-16 and experience in snorkelling from none to advanced and everyone was catered for.
This is a wonderful casual very Fijian experience, the boat is great, open on top and seating at the bottom but with good views from everywhere, we had a bout 40 people on our day and it was far from crowded.
The staff, what can I say, Peter, Villi, Billy and the gang were fantastic, from guiding the snorkellers, serving the food, keeping the teenagers occupied and serving a really delicious lunch, couldn't ask for more.
The island itself is just a small sand cay with no facilities, but that is part of the attraction. There is plenty of shade, could do with a bit more seating in the bbq area, but the sand is white, the water warm, the fish spectacular.
I would highly recommend this tour, thr crew were so friendly, had great stories, sang all the way home and kept everyone entertained.
Written 22 December 2011
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karaburrowes
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011
We embarked on the trip with two couples and three kids, a 3 year old and two approaching 2. From beginning to end it was brilliant, from the beautiful singing of the crew on the way there, way back and on the island, snorkelling, fabulous food, entertaining and engaging crew. The island was remote, so small and intimate, such a special place. It really was heaven on earth. It was a day that will always be remembered, such a happy time, so special. Cannot recommend highly enough. Kara ;-)
Written 16 June 2011
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Geoff D
Port Macquarie, Australia44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
I have just returned from a Fijian holiday that I was lucky enough to share with my wife and 22 family members. One of the highlights of our 2 week holiday was a day spent on Mulla Mulla Island, about 10kms out from Denarau Island. The day was booked by my sister through Storck Cruises and due to the size of our group the owner of the company, Max Storck, decided it would be a good opportunity to try Mulla Mulla Island instead of their usual destination. We were greeted at the jetty by Max and an assistant and ushered onto a fast jet boat for the trip to the island. We were originally told we would be taking a slower catamaran but Max arranged the jet boat to give us more time on the island. The trip out to Mulla Mulla went very quickly with drinks being offered by the very friendly crew as soon as we boarded. Excitement rose as the island came into view about 15 minutes from Denarau with everyone trying to get a look at the most beautiful island that lay in front of us. We dropped anchor about 100 mts from the beach and our gear was transferred into the outboard powered longboat that Max had driven over. We were then given the option of being taken over to the island in the longboat or swimming the 100 mts. We all jumped in and swam, arriving at the island like group of shipwrecked sailors. When we walked ashore we were greeted by a family of Fijians that had been on the island for 2 days preparing it for our visit. They had coconut drinks waiting for us and tables were laid out in preparation for our lunch. Mulla Mulla Island is 4 acres of tropical paradise, there is even a shipwreck which we named the SS Minow to add to the experience and we had it to ourselves for 6 hours. We walked around the island soaking in the beauty of the place then grabbed our snorkeling gear and re entered the water. The water was about 27 deg and crystal clear, very hard to take, and the fish and coral very colorful. Some harmless Reef Sharks were seen as well as some majestic Eagle Rays. After our snorkel we dried off and sat around with a drink while the Fijian Family and boat crew sang for us. The barbecue was fired up and in no time we were served a beautiful lunch with chicken, sausages and a variety of salads as well as fresh tropical fruits. Drinks were included in our fare and tea and coffee was available as well. After lunch it was back into the water to try our skill on the paddle board that Max had brought over for us, it was much harder than it looked but a couple mastered it quickly and it was a lot of fun trying. Afternoon tea consisted of a variety of tasty cakes then most were happy to just sit in the knee deep water sipping on a wine or the drink of their choice. All too soon it was time to return to the boat for the trip back to Denarau. The Fijian family returned in the boat with us as their work was done and everyone in the boat had a smile of contentment as we said goodbye to the lovely Mulla Mulla. The trip back to Denarau was a little bumpy as the afternoon sea breeze had picked up a bit and everyone had a laugh when some sea spray caught a couple unaware. Looking back at our day on the island there is not one thing that Max could have done to make our day more enjoyable. Thanks Max, if we ever visit Fiji again we will give you a call and do it all again.
Written 5 November 2012
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alittleharsh
Toowoomba, Australia408 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
The disappointing thing about our cruise today was not the waste of the more than AU$100 per person, but the waste of a whole day of our holiday.

We were picked up from our hotel lobby on time, but then proceeded to wait for forty minutes at the port, provided with neither refreshments nor somewhere to sit.

The 90 minute trip to a ‘secluded sand cay’ (all quotations taken directly from the company’s brochure) was in fact about 80 minutes paralleling the coastline, and about 10 minutes out into the sea. The ‘complimentary Fiji beer’ which was to be provided during the cruise ran out almost immediately, and most people on board the boat missed out on any at all. The wine was undrinkable.

During our trip, a lady slipped on some rocks and hit her head very hard. She was clearly suffering from a moderately severe head injury, being drowsy and confused. The staff of the cruise had extremely poor, and in fact dangerous, first aid skills, insisting on trying to get her repeatedly to her feet despite the danger of a cervical spine injury. I have a medical background, and it was only at my ongoing insistence that the staff agreed that she needed to be taken back to the mainland for medical attention.

The boat that took her back was the glass bottomed boat we were going to go on, so that part of the cruise did not eventuate but completely understandable.

The brochure states, “The day trip caters to smaller numbers for a more personal cruise.” There were over 50 people on today’s cruise, who all were taken on the same ‘guided snorkeling tour’, with one guide leading everyone. This meant for innumerable fins kicking other’s faces, collisions and scaring away of all fish. There were certainly not an opportunity for the staff member to ‘share [his] passion’ with us. After the ‘guided’ snorkeling tour off the boat, we lined up for a long time awaiting the tender boat to transfer us to the beach.

The ‘scrumptious BBQ lunch’ served on the island was in fact reheated chicken and sausages, with very poor excuses for salad (iceberg lettuce, cucumber and an insufficient amount of tomato (not everyone was lucky enough to get a piece), and potato with mayonnaise).

We had both planned on getting a beach massage, for an extra cost. We put our names down on the list, and knowing that we were only 4th or so on the list, did not go snorkeling immediately. We checked on the progress of the list after half an hour or so, and were told that we would get our turn shortly. So we continued not to snorkel. Suddenly, the end of snorkeling time was announced, and as we were joining the long queue to get back on the tender boat, the massage lady came to find us and told us that they had run out of time and we would not get our massage.

And so, for a tour that had three main selling points---snorkeling, massage and complimentary beer, we got zero out of three. The scrumptious BBQ lunch on the beach was well short of the visions those words create in your mind. The secluded sand cay was in fact within easy sight of civilization. This kind of false advertising would be illegal in most of the countries of the participants, and should not be allowed.

I expressed my disappointment to staff on the day, and this was met with face pulling and no apologies.

Paul, the leader of the staff on the day, was actually quite entertaining and his initial safety talk was very thorough. Reading other people's reviews, I honestly think that on this particular day they overbooked the boat and did not adjust staffing and catering requirements. People were scared to leave their seat on the boat in case someone else took it, and the conditions brought out a lot of rudeness in people.
Written 29 March 2013
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Michael J
Durack, Australia47 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
There's nothing more disappointing that you research and plan before you get to you destination but you get ZERO responses from web enquiries. My view if they can't respond to a web enquiry on their site .... They don't deserve your business!
Written 24 February 2014
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Paula L L
Brisbane, Australia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Couples
Last weeek we were fortunate enough to be visiting Fiji and decided a day trip to the islands would be a good idea. As we have visited the Fijian group of islands five times in the past we were looking for a smaller tour to join. Luckily we chose to take the OOLALA tour conducted by Storch Cruised. Our check in was handled extremely well and we boarded our vessel right on time. This is when the fun started. Paul, our host for the day, began our introduction with a safety run down and outline of what we had instore. The man should be a stand up comedian!
After morning tea was served by a very enthusiatic crew, we approached our island destination. The island had a large bure where lunch is prepared and served. Some adventurous souls snorkelled from the boat to the island and the rest of us travelled by tender. We were advised to snorkel straight away if we intended to do so as the weather was about to take a turn for the worse. Right on time the rain, thunder and lightning arrived but our entrepid crew quickly erected wind breaks to form a protection barrier around the bure. Lunch was served, bbq sausages, chicken, salads and fresh fruit. Drinks were plentiful and served to our table. Those ladies who wanted were given a massage.

Paul then asked for a show of hands to see if anyone wished to return to port early and as far as I could tell there was not one person who voted 'yes'. We were shown how to husk coconuts and the children were given toys made from palm frond leaves. The wind persisted but a break in the clouds gave us a chance to wander around the island [10 mins from start to finish] and check out any crabs and star fish that were caught in the rock pools. Due to the rough conditions we were unable to have the glass bottom boat take us to the coral that rings the island.

Our trip back was just as entertaining as all the crew either played an instrument or sang. Their rendition of Waltzing Matilda was appreciated, especially the second verse which was altered to take in the local humour!

I would thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone that prefers a smaller group with personalised service. Thank you to Paul and the boys for giving us a wonderful day, despite the weather!
Written 29 April 2012
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msmichelley
Taupo, New Zealand90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2011 • Couples
We spent a fantastic day with the crew of Oolala out on the water and on Savala Island. The smaller numbers that this day cruise caters for meant you felt like you met everyone on the boat and ended the day as friends. The service was fantastic and we wanted for nothing all day - the food was great and the drinks flowed endlessly with all tastes catered for. We would definitely recommend this cruise and day out.
Written 23 September 2011
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Belinda M
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
This is our 2nd time on the m.v ooh la la cruise. 3 years ago my husband and I went and loved it so much we took our kids back last week. My 10 & 6 year olds loved it. Pick up was 9am for a 10am cruise , a nice relaxing cruise to the island with the option to jump off the boat and snorkel your way in which we did. The water was so warm and inviting and crystal clear. The bbq lunch was delicious. After lunch the kids kayaked and had a go at the stand up paddle broads. Defiantly put this on your tours to do in Fiji. Thanks storck cruises for a fantastic day.
Written 26 August 2015
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mahesaabey
Brisbane, Australia91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
The gleaming white M.V. Oolala leaves from Denarau Marina, Fiji, around 9.30am daily. Not wanting to lock ourselves into any booking with an abundance of day tour choices available from the marina ,my group of, three took pot luck on that Sunday for an Island day cruise.
Two weeks ago I was on a similar cruise on board “Whale’s Tale” and this review aims to compare the two different tour operators and the tour. While the Whale’s Tale was a schooner with an engine and was sail assisted, M. V. Oolala is a motor vessel that chugs about eight knots. Just like Whale’s Tale, this boat takes a group of tourists from various parts of the world to its own little island which really is a sandy little atoll somewhere in the Pacific. This trip was to Savala Island.
The activities were basically the same breakfast and snorkelling lunch on the island with a few activities to follow and head back home with a serve of cakes and tea. However, the snorkelling experience on this trip was better because the boat stopped at mid sea on a coral bed which was rich with the flora and fauna that these waters are known for. The fish ate bread out of my hand and I photographed and videoed a swarm of them pecking at my fingers.
On the island we were able to feed some baby reef sharks from the shore and the crew demonstrated the use of the coconut tree in Fiji. The lunch was barbecued on the island and beer was limited to Fiji Bitter, which is not my favourite. There was no champagne but there was plenty of red and white wine. Breakfast on Whale’s Tale was scones, a danish and fruit with coffee and tea while Oolala offered just a piece of slice with coffee and tea.
The cost is between 140FJD and 200FJD depending on your residency status for most of these day trips. I would say the main difference for the Oolala trip is the quality of snorkelling and the informative narration of the crew about the history of some of the places we passed by, along with the coconut demonstration delivered with some island humour.
Written 23 August 2015
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lauradB5418TI
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My fiancee and I and two of our friends did a day trip to Savala Island on Jan 4th 2015, and every single moment of it was phenomenal.

In terms of value for money, you can't beat it. In fact if anything, while it felt expensive when we booked, at the end of the day we all came home and agreed we would have happily paid more.

The crew on the ship were just stunning. They were so friendly and so warm, it really did feel like spending a day with brand new friends. They made us all feel so welcome and so comfortable, safe and well looked after.

The ride out to the island was brilliant, with songs from the crew, informative chats about where we were going and the area around us. The history of the islands was good to, with just enough and not too much.

The tour included snorkelling, the boat ride, complimentary drinks of all sorts through the whole day, delicious home made snacks and a delicious BBQ on the island, fish feeding by hand, shark feeding, kayaking from the island, stand boarding, glass bottom boat tours and all the sun and relaxation you could ask for.

Have no doubts about this tour, go for it. It's seriously the best spend for a great experience.

Would absolutely go again!

Bula vinaka Storck!
Written 6 January 2015
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Bula Vinaka auradB5418TI! Wow is all I can say, thank you for your heart felt and stunning review! We are so excited that you had such a great day out with us. We are glad that you were able to experience our Fijian hospitality and love for our country. We look forward to seeing you come and cruise with us again next time you are in Fiji. Vinaka Melissa
Written 8 January 2015
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