Welcome aboard. From the deck there is a good chance you will see Grey-faced, Cook’s and Black Petrel, Buller’s Shearwater, a few albatross and even Pycroft’s Petrel.
Today pass through prime Pterodroma petrel country. You are likely to encounter Black-winged, White-necked, Kermadec and Cook’s and may also see the mighty Sperm Whale and the elusive Cuvier’s Beaked Whale.
On these havens for breeding seabirds be on the lookout for White-bellied Storm-Petrel and the Kermadec White-faced Storm-Petrel. Encounters likely are the Masked Booby, Red-tailed Tropicbird and Black Noddy. Plan to Zodiac cruise the coastline and possibly dive or snorkel.
The weather and sea conditions will dictate your two days on Raoul Island but your crew will maximize your time ashore or in the water snorkeling or diving. Hope to encounter Galapagos Sharks and the massive and very inquisitive Spotted Black Grouper here. On shore the most interesting birds are the Kermadec Red-crowned Parakeet and the elusive Spotless Crake. Close encounters with Black Noddy, Grey Ternlet, White Tern and the beautiful Red-tailed Tropicbird are also likely.
Hope to see Tahiti and Collared Petrels in these ornithologically virtually unknown waters.
Optional birding, natural history, cultural or swimming and snorkeling tours are available today.
The Vava’u Island group is a spectacular tropical island paradise suitable for swimming and snorkelling. Birders will be keen to search for the endemic Tongan Whistler and the near-endemic Blue-crowned Lorikeet.
Northern most of all the Tongan islands. Nuiafo’ou is home to the critically endangered endemic Tongan Megapode.
Return briefly to the island of Vava’u to clear Tongan customs then begin your journey to Fiji.
Today keep a sharp eye out for the critically endangered Fiji Petrel, the Brown Booby, Red-footed Booby and White-tailed Tropicbird.
Arrive in the historic Port of Levuka, on the island of Ovalau. In the hills above Levuka you could encounter Masked Shining Parrot, Barking Pigeon, Giant Forest Honeyeater, Golden Dove and Red-headed Parrotfinch.
Arrive in Suva, the capital of Fiji where your time is free until midday tomorrow. Apart from lunch today (not included in the voyage price), meals and accommodation will be available on board.
This afternoon sail for the waters off Gau in search of the critically endangered Fiji Petrel. Red-tailed and White-tailed Tropicbirds, Red-footed and Brown Boobies, Greater and Lesser Frigatebirds, Sooty and White Terns and Black and Brown Noddies are all likely to be seen today.
This morning continue searching for Fiji Petrels and this afternoon will depart for Ogea Levu.
The main target this morning is the Ogea Monarch which we should have a good chance of locating here. You also hope to see the near endemic Blue-crowned Lorikeet.
Kadavu has four endemics: Crimson Shining Parrot, Kadavu Honeyeater, Kadavu Fantail and Whistling Dove and hope to encounter all of these.
Several species of petrel and other tropical seabirds are likely to feed in these waters and it could be good for cetaceans.
Explore some of Vanuatu’s many islands which are surrounded by colorful coral reefs. Here lookout for the endemic Yellow-fronted White-eye. Other species are Dark-brown Honeyeater and the elusive Blue-faced Parrotfinch.
A rare chance to visit the Shepherd Islands where you will land on Tongoa – also known as Kuwae. This morning be looking for the elusive and striking Royal Parrotfinch rarely seen outside the Shepherd Islands.
A great opportunity to look out for seabirds such as the Vanuatu Petrel, as well as cetaceans.
You should see a good selection of Vanuatu’s endemic birds on the island of Espiritu Santo including the Santo Mountain Starling, Tanna Fruit Dove, Chestnut-bellied Kingfisher, Buff-bellied Monarch and hopefully the mound-building Vanuatu Megapode.
The Vanuatu Petrel and a distinctly dark subspecies of Collared Petrel, dubbed the Magnificent Petrel, have been found on these islands.
Make an exploratory landing on Banks Islands this morning and will call briefly at Sola in Port Patterson, the capital of the Torba Province.
This morning steam north towards the Santa Cruz Islands. Once formalities are completed time permitting there will be an opportunity to land this evening.
Stand a good chance of seeing the endemic Santa Cruz White-eye and the bizarre looking Sanford’s White-eye, but the endemic Santa Cruz Shrikebill is rare. The Rusty-winged Starling can also be observed here.
Today search for two endemics, the Vanikoro Monarch and the Vanikoro White-eye.
A final day at sea to enjoy the tropical seabirds that have been your companions throughout this expedition.
Arrive at Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands. After breakfast you and your luggage will be transferred ashore by Zodiac and a complimentary shuttle will take you to a local hotel or the airport.