discover the secrets of melanesia
Oct 2024 – 17-day expedition cruise
explore papua new guinea, solomon islands and vanuatu
Sail into a realm few ever witness, where time-honoured customs and vibrant dancers embrace visitors. This 17-day expedition cruise offers an exploration of the profound history, WWII landmarks, diverse cultures, and wildlife of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Dive deep into the Trobriand Islands, famously dubbed the ‘Islands of Love’, where indigenous traditions remain untainted for countless eras. Marvel at the Louisiade Archipelago’s coral-bound islands and the volcanic marvels of the D’Entrecasteaux Islands.
natural and cultural hidden gems
Embark on a journey through biodiverse wonders on the secluded Woodlark Island and spend a day unravelling the mysteries of Bougainville Island. Engage in captivating cultural interactions on Loh Island, participate in Malaita’s Kwaio people’s sacred dance, and witness the ancient Rom Dance on Ambrym Island. Dive into the South Pacific’s conservation gem on Tetepare Island and snorkel in the vast Marovo Lagoon. Traverse villages on Malaita Island, where traditional shell-money holds significance, and dive into the cultural mosaic of Vanuatu, a nation with over 100 indigenous languages.
Aboard the Heritage Adventurer
Begin your journey from Cairns, the portal to the majestic Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Venture from this urban oasis to the dynamic core of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, a tapestry of traditional village and metropolitan vibes. Before embarking on the Heritage Adventurer, immerse yourself in the world-class primitive art collections at the National Museum and Arts Center. Navigate the waters of the Louisiade Archipelago, marveling at untouched reefs, tranquil lagoons, and the nautical heritage of the Dobu people. Experience historical relics like the Japanese A6M2 Zero, and encounter unique biodiversity, spotlighting species such as the Tagula Honeyeater.
Melanesia’s breathtaking reefs teem with countless fish species and vibrantly-hued coral gardens. These waters, abundant in marine diversity, present unrivalled snorkelling experiences. Dive in and be captivated by the ocean’s resplendent beauty, whether you’re swimming or snorkelling. Bird enthusiasts can revel in rare species sightings on untouched islands, with prospects of observing the Solomon Sea Eagle or the Vanikoro White-eye. Join a sea kayaking adventure led by experts, navigating peaceful tropical landscapes that enchant local villagers, who often invite guests into their communities.
Uncharted Beauty, Ancient Cultures and Wild Wonders Await
Easy – Moderate
This trip is suitable for active individuals with a thirst for adventure. The kayaking option suits paddlers with some kayak experience.
30 October – 15 November
From AU$17,250.00 per person
*Prices above are exclusive of optional activity supplements.
*Final price will depend on cabin chosen.
Discovery fund, one night hotel accommodation in a twin share room (incl. dinner/breakfast), pre voyage flight Cairns to Port Moresby, post cruise transfers, all on board ship accommodation with meals, house beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner and all shore excursions and activities. Programme of lectures by noted naturalists.
If you choose the kayaking option and pay the kayaking surcharge, this will include all your paddling and kayak equipment and the services of a professional sea kayak guide throughout the duration of the voyage.
All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights unless specified above, visas, and travel insurance.
What you’ll see
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