Shore leave: Cloud 9
Malolo Barrier Reef, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji.
If you've had the sort of stretch onboard that nothing but a day in the sun drinking cocktails can cure, Cloud 9 is your place.
Easy to reach by tender, this ocean bar lies close to Fiji's main island of Viti Levu and is 40-45 minutes by boat from Port Denarau or around ten minutes by from much-closer Malolo Lailai Island in the Mamanuca Islands. The floating two-level platform has been designed completely around the business of relaxation and has a fully-stocked bar with international top shelf drinks as well local favourites like Fiji Gold, Fiji Bitter and Fiji Rum Co. Woodfired pizzas onboard are on hand to soak up any excess cocktail consumption and Cloud 9 caters for non-vegetarian, vegetarian and gluten-free guests.
There's no landing fees for tenders (or jet skis) so tie up, grab a lounger and enjoy being surrounded by sparkling blue Fijian waters, while you soak up the ambience - Cloud 9 often has international DJs - follow it on Soundcloud to get a feel for what to expect.
Photo via Cloud 9