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Faces of Melanesia

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This award-winning journey reveals the extraordinary diversity of Melanesia and its people. Idyllic islands and isolated villages offer unique time-honored traditions and ceremonies including hypnotic drumming, melodic bamboo panpipes, and elaborately-costumed dancers. Myriad natural wonders complement the culture and history of this adventure: exotic flora and endemic bird species on land, and colorful reefs teeming with fish beneath the warm sapphire waters.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Day 2 : Port Moresby | Embark Caledonian Sky
Day 3 : Expedition Stop
Day 4 : Dobu & Fergusson, D'Entrecasteaux Islands
Day 5 : Kuyawa & Nakwaba, Trobriand Islands
Day 6 : Laughlan Islands
Days 7-9 : Solomon Islands
Day 10 : Utupua, Santa Cruz Islands
Day 11 : Tikopia
Day 12 : Ureparapara, Vanuatu
Day 13 : Ambrym
Day 14 : Port Vila | Disembark | Brisbane, Australia
Day 15 : Brisbane


  • Discover the extraordinary diversity of Melanesia and its people
  • Visit idyllic islands and isolated villages for time-honored traditions
  • Snorkel or dive over pristine coral reefs populated by tropical fish
  • Search for striking endemic birds amidst the lush, tropical vegetation


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Places Visited

  • Papua New Guinea
  • South Pacific
  • Ambrym Island
  • Dobu Island
  • Laughlin Islands
  • Luganville, Espiritu Santo
  • Port Moresby
  • Port Vila, Efate
  • Solomon Islands
  • Trobriand Islands
  • Utupua Island
  • Vanuatu


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Afternoon activities and dance at Kitava Locals of Indonesia on the water Monkey in the trees A local woman works on her craft Locals paddle a traditional canoe at sunset

Day 1 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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 the hotel.

Day 2 Port Moresby | Embark Caledonian Sky

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Caledonian Sky in the afternoon.

Day 3 Expedition Stop

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Numerous small islands dot the southern coast of Papua New Guinea. Make an expedition stop this afternoon for an introductory snorkel or dive over colorful reefs.

Day 4 Dobu & Fergusson, D'Entrecasteaux Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore these distinctive, jewel-like islands capped by active volcanoes and snorkel or dive in the surrounding marine-rich waters. Visit a tranquil seaside fishing village and hike to a series of hot springs and bubbling mud pools surrounded by lush vegetation.

Day 5 Kuyawa & Nakwaba, Trobriand Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit with the traditional Trobriand islanders of Kuyawa and view energetic, time-honored dances that celebrate fishing and the seasonal yam harvest. Learn about the history of the Kula Ring, a circular pattern of ceremonial trade relationships that binds the islands of Milne Bay and eastern Papua New Guinea together in a long-established network of friendship. These islanders are also renowned for the exquisite quality of their ebony wood carvings, often decorated with mother-of-pearl shell inlays. Enjoy a walk among the villages of Kuyawa before returning to the ship for lunch.

In the afternoon anchor at nearby Nakwaba Island. Snorkel or dive amid kaleidoscopic coral reefs populated by parrotfish, neon damsels, and other brilliantly-hued species. Join naturalists on a walk around the island in search of flying foxes (fruit bats), sulphur-crested cockatoos, and helmeted friarbirds.

Day 6 Laughlan Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 7-9 Solomon Islands

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Over the next three days, explore some of the numerous small islands of the Solomons. Snorkel and dive over pristine reefs of hard and soft corals, from delicate seafans to staghorn formations, where colorful sponges, flower-like anemones, and giant tridacna clams edged with iridescent blue mantles flourish. Plan to step ashore on traditional islands to visit with locals and learn about life in this tropical paradise, while nature enthusiasts search the lush vegetation for birds and other wildlife.

Day 10 Utupua, Santa Cruz Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 11 Tikopia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tikopia is legendary — a remote tropical paradise where traditional customs remain intact. This Polynesian-settled island lies in Melanesia, yet its people are descendants of Tongan and Wallis Island settlers. 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. In the afternoon choose to stroll the lovely beach or snorkel or dive along the fringing reef where you may spot up to 60 species of fish.

Day 12 Ureparapara, Vanuatu

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On Ureparapara you are welcomed ashore with a performance of “water music.” Then join locals for a tour of the village.

Day 13 Ambrym

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you are welcomed 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.

Day 14 Port Vila | Disembark | Brisbane, Australia

Disembark this morning for a tour of Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, ending at the airport for your independent flight to Brisbane. Dinner and overnight at the airport hotel. 

Day 15 Brisbane

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport this morning for your independent flight homeward.

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For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs and tenders for diving and snorkeling activities and excursions ashore (staff and crew members will be on hand to assist). Ashore, you must be able to walk moderate distances, unaided, over beaches and sometimes rough terrain. Average daily temperatures will range from the lower to the upper 80sºF throughout our itinerary.

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  • Accommodations in hotels and on board the Caledonian Sky as outlined in the itinerary
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows
  • All group activities and excursions
  • Landing and port fees
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

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  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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