South Pacific Odyssey Cruise

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Travelers enjoying the ocean view from the beach.
Travelers hiking through the tropical environment.
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The Tui can be found on the island of Raoul.
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Clown fish hides in a sea anemone.
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Beautiful coastline of Raoul.
Top deck of the Spirit of Enderby.
Spirit of Enderby's lounge and bar.
Many people have had a taste of the South Pacific and Melanesia on a cruise or conventional tour, but there are numerous islands off the popular routes which due to their relative isolation offer an enticing array of experiences. Previously only the lucky few have sailed these blue waters on private yachts, dropping anchor in secluded bays, going ashore to explore virtually untouched rainforests and making contact with locals who rarely receive visitors. This world is now accessible to you on the Spirit of Enderby. This expedition includes New Zealand's rarely visited Kermadec Islands, Tonga (including the remote northern island of ‘Tin Can' or Nuiafo'ou), the outer islands of Fiji, Vanuatu and the Solomons. The seas surrounding these islands are some of the richest in the world in terms of marine diversity.

Day 1


    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.

    Day 2

      At Sea

      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.

      Day 3

        L Esperance Rock and Curtis/Cheeseman Islands - Kermadec Islands

        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.

        Days 4-5

          Raoul Island

          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.

          Days 6-7

            At Sea

            Hope to see Tahiti and Collared Petrels in these ornithologically virtually unknown waters.

            Day 8

              Nuku alofa - Tonga

              Optional birding, natural history, cultural or swimming and snorkeling tours are available today.

              Day 9

                Vava'u - Tonga

                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.

                Day 10

                  Nuiafo'ou Island - Tonga

                  Northern most of all the Tongan islands. Nuiafo’ou is home to the critically endangered endemic Tongan Megapode.

                  Day 11

                    Vava'u - Tonga

                    Return briefly to the island of Vava’u to clear Tongan customs then begin your journey to Fiji.

                    Day 12

                      At Sea

                      Today keep a sharp eye out for the critically endangered Fiji Petrel, the Brown Booby, Red-footed Booby and White-tailed Tropicbird.

                      Day 13

                        Levuka - Fiji

                        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.

                        Day 14

                          Suva - Fiji

                          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.

                          Day 15

                            Suva and At Sea

                            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.

                            Day 16

                              Ogea Levu - Fiji

                              This morning continue searching for Fiji Petrels and this afternoon will depart for Ogea Levu.

                              Day 17

                                Ogea Levu - Fiji

                                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.

                                Day 18

                                  Kadavu Island - Fiji

                                  Kadavu has four endemics: Crimson Shining Parrot, Kadavu Honeyeater, Kadavu Fantail and Whistling Dove and hope to encounter all of these.

                                  Days 19-20

                                    At Sea

                                    Several species of petrel and other tropical seabirds are likely to feed in these waters and it could be good for cetaceans.

                                    Day 21

                                      Efate Island - Vanuatu

                                      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.

                                      Day 22

                                        Tongoa - Shepherd Islands - Vanuatu

                                        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.

                                        Day 23

                                          At Sea

                                          A great opportunity to look out for seabirds such as the Vanuatu Petrel, as well as cetaceans.

                                          Day 24

                                            Espiritu Santo - Vanuatu

                                            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.

                                            Day 25

                                              Banks Islands - Vanuatu

                                              The Vanuatu Petrel and a distinctly dark subspecies of Collared Petrel, dubbed the Magnificent Petrel, have been found on these islands.

                                              Day 26

                                                Banks Islands and Sola - Vanuatu

                                                Make an exploratory landing on Banks Islands this morning and will call briefly at Sola in Port Patterson, the capital of the Torba Province.

                                                Day 27

                                                  Santa Cruz Islands - Solomon Islands

                                                  This morning steam north towards the Santa Cruz Islands. Once formalities are completed time permitting there will be an opportunity to land this evening.

                                                  Day 28

                                                    Nendo Island - Solomon Islands

                                                    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.

                                                    Day 29

                                                      Vanikoro Island - Solomon Islands

                                                      Today search for two endemics, the Vanikoro Monarch and the Vanikoro White-eye.

                                                      Day 30

                                                        At Sea

                                                        A final day at sea to enjoy the tropical seabirds that have been your companions throughout this expedition.

                                                        Day 31

                                                          Honiara - Solomon Islands

                                                          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.

                                                          - 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.

                                                          During your voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed.

                                                          Additional charges:
                                                          Landing Fees $700 USD pp

                                                          This trip includes:
                                                          Pre/Post cruise transfers, all on board ship accommodation with meals and all expedition shore excursions except day 14.

                                                          This trip does not include:
                                                          All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance. Please note Day 14 lunch and excursion arrangements as per the itinerary are not included.
                                                          South Pacific, New Zealand, Fiji, Honiara, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Port Vila, Efate, Suva, Vava'u, L'Esperance Rock, Curtis Island, Raoul Island, Nuku'alofa, Nuiafo'ou Island, Levuka, Ogea Levu, Kadavu Island, Tongoa, Banks Island, Santa Cruz Island, Vanikoro Island
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