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$6m investment for locals and tourists

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

LOCALS travelling to and from Malolo will benefit from another investment of Fiji's leading tourist transfer company, South Sea Cruises.

The company purchased a $6 million vessel, Panther, which was recently launched at Port Denarau, Nadi.

South Sea Cruises chief executive officer Brad Rutherford said the new vessel would further enhance their status in the tourism market and with locals travelling to and from Malolo.

"It also shows our focus on the growing Fijian tourism market and our existence in being a market leader in marine tourism," he said.

"The Panther will service Tokoriki and Matamanoa as well as parts of the Mamanuca and Yasawas.

"It has a 240-passenger capacity."

He said South Sea Cruises had seven vessels in their fleet and there were plans to buy another new vessel next year.

The new catamaran was built in Australia by Marine Engineering Consultant (MEC).

The Panther is the second vessel bought by the company this year. Tiger V arrived earlier this year.

South Sea Cruises seven vessels; Yasawa Flyer, Ocean Dreaming, Tiger IV, Tiger V, Cheetah, Cougar and Panther service the Yasawa and Mamanuca groups daily.

South Sea Cruises have a fleet of fast, modern vessels, specifically designed for cruising the Fiji Islands. The catamarans each have two air-conditioned lounges, outer viewing decks and fully licensed bars with drinks and snacks available. A full commentary is provided as you cruise.

It also offers space to villagers from the Yasawa and Mamanuca groups.

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