Western Pacific Odyssey Cruise

A. Russ
Views from the Spirit of Enderby's Western Pacific Odyssey
A. Russ
Views from the Spirit of Enderby's Western Pacific Odyssey
A. Russ
Views from the Spirit of Enderby's Western Pacific Odyssey
Stephen Howell
Views from the Spirit of Enderby's Western Pacific Odyssey
Stephen Howell
Views from the Spirit of Enderby's Western Pacific Odyssey
Top deck of the Spirit of Enderby.
Spirit of Enderby's lounge and bar.
First offered in 2007, the "WPO" is known as a "must do" expedition for any birder because of the opportunities this voyage provides to see some of the rarest pelagic seabirds in the world. The area is also rich in marine mammal life. And if you tire of the wildlife viewing, you also have numerous opportunities for snorkeling, swimming, and relaxation. Join this 31-day adventure, led by expert birding guides, on a route through the exciting Pacific Ocean from New Zealand to Japan.

Day 1

Tauranga, New Zealand

Arrive in Tauranga and transfer to the Spirit of Enderby. Settle into your cabin and join your expedition team and captain for a welcome on board.

Day 2

Hauraki Gulf

In the outer Hauraki Gulf, there should be some good sightings of the Grey Ternlet. Other birds could include the Little Blue Penguin, Buller’s Shearwaters, Grey-faced Petrel, Little Shearwaters and Black Petrels, Fluttering Shearwaters and hopefully the New Zealand Storm-Petrels.

Days 3-4

At Sea

En route to Norfolk Island, you have a good chance of spotting Gould’s Petrel, Black-winged Petrel, White-naped Petrel, Grey-faced Petrel, Tahiti Petrel and Black Petrels.

Day 5

Norfolk Island

After clearing Australian Customs, spend most of the day at Norfolk Island’s remnant forest, home to the three endemics – the Norfolk Island Parakeet, the Norfolk Gerygone, and the Slender-billed White-eye.

Day 6

At Sea

At sea on a northward course, cross a large underwater seamount, a productive area for seabirds including Tahiti, Kermadec and Collared and White-necked Petrels.

Day 7

At Sea and New Caledonia

As you approach New Caledonia, try to locate the ‘New Caledonian Storm-Petrel’ which is considered an undescribed species. Other species including Short-tailed and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, as well as Tahiti, Gould’s and Collared Petrels could be attracted to our oiling. Later today arrive in Noumea.

Day 8

New Caledonia

Today journey to the Parc de la Rivière Bleue National Park to look for Kagu and Crow Honey-eater. Other birds to be on the lookout for include the Crested Parakeet, Cloven-feathered Dove, Yellow-bellied Robin, New Caledonian (Goliath) Imperial Pigeon and many more.

Days 9-11

At Sea

Enjoy leisurely days at sea and a chance to relax, catch up on notes, reading and sleep. Birding can also be good including Polynesian Storm-Petrel.

Day 12

Rennell Island

This morning go ashore at Rennell Island where your guides hope to see the Rennell Starling, Rennell Shrikebill, Bare-eyed White-eye, Rennell Fantail and Rennell White-eye. Other species you may come across include the Imperial Pigeon, Silver-capped Fruit Dove, Singing Parrot, Melanesian Flycatcher, Cardinal Myzomela, Finsch’s Pygmy Parrot and Island Thrush.

Day 13

Makira Island

Makira Island holds its own treasures, including the endemic Sooty Myzomela, San Cristobal Melidectes, White-collared Monarch, Mottled Flowerpeckers, White-headed Fruit Dove and Rufous Fantail. Other species could include Rainbow Lorikeets, Red-knobbed and Imperial Pigeon, San Cristobal Singing and Metallic Starling, Pied Goshawk, Pacific Baza, and Cardinal Myzomela. Also enjoy the hospitality of the people in nearby Anuta Village.

Day 14


Anchor off Honiara and depart in the early morning for nearby Mt Austin. The birding here is quite exceptional and there is the potential for a good list of endemics and localized specialties including Yellow-eyed, White-bellied and Solomon’s Cuckoo-shrikes, Cicadabird, Brown-winged and Singing Starlings, Yellow-faced Myna, Chestnut-bellied and Black-and-white Monarchs and also the Steely Blue Fly-catcher.

Day 15

Kolombangara Island

At Kolombangara Island this afternoon, your guides hope to see White-capped Monarch, Solomon White-eye, Yellow-vented Myzomela and hopefully, the Roviana Rail. Other species could include Blyths Hornbill, Superb Fruit Dove, Red-knobbed Imperial-Pigeon, Steely Blue Fly-catcher, Melanesian and Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-shrikes, Metallic and Singing Starlings and the Solomon Sea-Eagle.

Day 16

At Sea

Today the ship is at sea near the Bougainville and the New Britain Trench. Experience shows that it is a very productive area and it is liekly to see Heinroth’s Shearwater, it is also great for cetaceans.

Day 17

New Ireland

Today cruise along the coast of New Ireland, where the day's target is the recently rediscovered Beck’s Petrel. Also there is another chance for Heinroth’s Shearwater.

Days 18-19

At Sea

During these days at sea, the ship crosses the equator – a cause for celebration! There are a number of species to be on the lookout for, including Bulwer’s Petrel, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, White-tailed Tropicbird, White and Sooty Terns and the Frigate Bird.

Days 20-21

Caroline Islands

On Weno Island, where the ship is berthed, you can hope to see species such as Myzomelas, Reed Warbler, Swiftlet and the Ground Dove. Caroline Islands White-eye, Swiftlet and Reed Warbler, the Micronesian Myzomela and Starling as well as Oceanic Flycatcher are also possible sightings. On Tol South it is possible to see the endemic Great Truk White-eye and the Chuuk Monarch.

Days 22-28

At Sea

It’s a long-haul to the Bonin Islands and the birding can be quiet, but there is potentially some good sightings including Matsudaira’s and Tristram’s Storm-Petrel, Bonin and Bulwer’s Petrels, Wedge-tailed and Bannerman’s Shearwaters.

Day 29

Torishima Island

Landings are not permitted at Torishima Island, but you can cruise close by in hopes of spotting the Short-tailed or Steller’s Albatross. Other species in the vicinity include the Black-footed and Laysan Albatross, Streaked Shearwater, Tristam’s and Matsudaira’s Storm-Petrels.

Day 30

Miyakejima Island

Cruise offshore of this island, where there is known to be Japanese Murrelet breeding. Continue your journey to Yokohama, where there is generally some good birding on this last leg of the cruise. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight.

Day 31

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Yokohama, Japan

After breakfast and completing Japanese arrival formalities, disembark the Spirit of Enderby. Bid farewell to your fellow voyagers and board a complimentary transfer from the ship to Yokohama railway station.
- Travel Insurance is mandatory for all passengers aboard the Spirit of Enderby.
- Single clients are matched with a sharer of the same sex in a twin-share cabin. Payment of a single supplement guarantees a single cabin. The single supplement is 1.8 times the price of the voyage with the exception of the suites which are double the single rate.
- Included in the cruise fare is a pre-departure hotel night, group dinner as well as breakfast the next day prior to embarkation.
This trip includes:
Pre/Post cruise transfers, all on board ship accommodation and meals; all expedition shore excursions, 1 nights accommodation in Kavieng.

This trip does not include:
All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance.