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Melanesia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

from $14,980.00

Explore Melanesia’s marine world — a pristine haven for three-quarters of
the world’s coral species and an astounding 3,000 species of fish.

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All about the Melanesia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Stretching from New Guinea to Fiji, Melanesia encompasses thousands of islands and a rich variety of cultures. On this voyage you’ll discover remote island communities where ancient traditions are preserved and visits from outsiders are few and far between. You’ll also explore Melanesia’s marine world—a pristine haven for three-quarters of the world’s coral species and an astounding 3,000 species of fish.Especially chosen for this voyage, our team of expert leaders and lecturers serves to bring a comprehensive educational component to your adventure through lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, snorkelling, nature
walks, and cultural tours
* All gratuities
* All accommodations
* World-class lecture and expedition team
* All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and
wine with lunch and dinner
* All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
* Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
* Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
* Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

  1. Day 1 Transfer to the Airways Hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

    Upon arrival in Port Moresby transfer to the Airways Hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight at our hotel.*Accommodation*: Airways Hotel

  2. Day 2 Visit the National Museum and Art Gallery.

    Visit the National Museum and Art Gallery with its exceptional collections of primitive art, including Sepik River carvings, Malagan masks, and Trobriand Island fishing vessels. Board the Island Sky in the afternoon.*Accommodation*: The Island Sky

  3. Day 3 Observe the peaks of the dramatic Stanley Owens Range.

    Be on deck as the ship traces the coast of Papua New Guinea, to observe the peaks of the dramatic Stanley Owens Range that soar to 13,000 feet. This afternoon visit the island of Bonarua, where a local choir welcomes you ashore. Observe fishing and weaving demonstrations, and stroll through the enchanting village, sampling local delicacies made from sweet potatoes, taro, and yams. Birders venture into the thicket to search for island specialties, and the warm inviting waters of the Coral Sea offer a perfect introduction to the undersea wonders on your first snorkel or dive excursion of many to come.*Accommodation*: The Island Sky

  4. Day 4 Jewel-like islands capped by active volcanoes and snorkel or dive in the surrounding marine-rich waters.

    Today explore these distinctive, jewel-like islands capped by active volcanoes and snorkel or dive in the surrounding marine-rich waters. You will also visit a tranquil seaside fishing village and hike to a series of hot springs and bubbling mud pools surrounded by lush vegetation.*Accommodation*: The Island Sky

  5. Day 5 Traditional canoe building is a specialty of the Laughlan islanders.

    Traditional canoe building is a specialty of the Laughlan islanders. In this very remote corner of eastern Papua New Guinea, find hand-crafted seagoing canoes in various stages of construction, with finely tuned hulls of traditional planking lashed with natural sennit fiber cord and caulked with sap. The residents here welcome you with a stroll through the village of palm-thatched houses. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel off a pristine sand-bar or an adventurous dive off the outer reef.*Accommodation*: The Island Sky

  6. Day 6 Attend lectures.

    Attend lectures recapping your experiences and join naturalists on deck to search for seabirds and marine mammals.*Accommodation*: The Island Sky

  7. Day 7 The largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific, Tetepare is covered with pristine lowland rainforest.

    The largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific, Tetepare is covered with pristine lowland rainforest. Nature walks may reveal some of the island’s 230 recorded bird species, such as Sanford’s sea-eagles, crested cuckoo-doves, Kolombangara monarchs, and beautiful Nicobar pigeons. The surrounding reef is one of the most biodiverse in the world, and crocodiles, dolphins, and dugongs are often found cruising along the coast. The island’s black-sand beaches are also an important nesting site for green, leatherback, and hawksbill turtles.*Accommodation*: The Island Sky

  8. Day 8 Beautiful Uepi Island is a classic raised barrier reef island, covered in lush rainforest and outlined with sandy beaches.

    Beautiful Uepi Island is a classic raised barrier reef island, covered in lush rainforest and outlined with sandy beaches. Uepi is also home to the longest saltwater lagoon in the world. Bounded by volcanoes on its southern and western sides, both the raised reef and inner lagoon are dotted with hundreds of small, sandy islets. Snorkelers will find lovely coral gardens in the protected waters of the lagoon, while divers explore the impressive fringing reef.*Accommodation*: The Island Sky

  9. Day 9 Dances that depict traditional activities.

    The residents of Malaita are renowned for their panpipe ensembles and dances that depict traditional activities, like fishing and sailing. Birders will seek the endemic Malaita fantail.*Accommodation*: The Island Sky

  10. Day 10 Attend lectures.

    Attend lectures from our experts during an educational day at sea.*Accommodation*: The Island Sky

  11. Day 11 A lagoon and barrier reef surround the rarely visited island of Utupua where Zodiacs take you down a fjordlike channel.

    A lagoon and barrier reef surround the rarely visited island of Utupua where Zodiacs take you down a fjordlike channel. Among the marshy mangrove trees, learn about an ecosystem that is a beehive of biological activity. Enjoy free time to stroll through Nembo to see the villagers’ prolific gardens, or join a snorkel or dive excursion along the fringing reef where an abundance of small fish attract predators like gray reef sharks, mangrove jacks, Oriental sweetlips, and schools of trevally.*Accommodation*: The Island Sky

  12. Day 12 Tikopia is legendary—a remote tropical paradise where traditional customs remain intact.

    Tikopia is legendary—a remote tropical paradise where traditional customs remain intact. School children clad in tapa cloth harmonize songs of welcome, followed by enthusiastic dances by the young men of the village. A hike to the crater lake at Tikopia’s center may reveal fairy terns, cardinal honeyeaters, and yellow-bibbed lories.*Accommodation*: The Island Sky

  13. Day 13 Welcomed ashore with a performance of “water music.”

    On Ureparapara you are welcomed ashore with a performance of “water music.” Then join locals for a tour of the village.*Accommodation*: The Island Sky

  14. Day 14 Welcomed ashore by palm-leaf-clad dancers.

    Today you are welcomed ashore by palm-leaf-clad dancers with elegantly carved headdresses before exploring traditional Linbul Village. Ambrym is known for its slit-gong drums, some carved from enormous breadfruit tree trunks.*Accommodation*: The Island Sky

  15. Day 15-16 Disembark this morning for a tour of Port Vila.

    Disembark this morning for a tour of Port Vila, ending at the airport for your independent flight to Brisbane. Dinner and overnight at our airport hotel.*Accommodation*: Standard Hotel

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