TaurangaWelcome 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.
At SeaToday 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.
L Esperance Rock and Curtis/Cheeseman Islands - Kermadec IslandsOn 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.
Raoul IslandThe 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.
At SeaHope to see Tahiti and Collared Petrels in these ornithologically virtually unknown waters.
Nuku alofa - TongaOptional birding, natural history, cultural or swimming and snorkeling tours are available today.
Vava'u - TongaThe 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.
Nuiafo'ou Island - TongaNorthern most of all the Tongan islands. Nuiafo’ou is home to the critically endangered endemic Tongan Megapode.
Vava'u - TongaReturn briefly to the island of Vava’u to clear Tongan customs then begin your journey to Fiji.
At SeaToday keep a sharp eye out for the critically endangered Fiji Petrel, the Brown Booby, Red-footed Booby and White-tailed Tropicbird.
Levuka - FijiArrive 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.
Suva - FijiArrive 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.
Suva and At SeaThis 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.
Ogea Levu - FijiThis morning continue searching for Fiji Petrels and this afternoon will depart for Ogea Levu.
Ogea Levu - FijiThe 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 Island - FijiKadavu has four endemics: Crimson Shining Parrot, Kadavu Honeyeater, Kadavu Fantail and Whistling Dove and hope to encounter all of these.
At SeaSeveral species of petrel and other tropical seabirds are likely to feed in these waters and it could be good for cetaceans.
Efate Island - VanuatuExplore 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.
Tongoa - Shepherd Islands - VanuatuA 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.
At SeaA great opportunity to look out for seabirds such as the Vanuatu Petrel, as well as cetaceans.
Espiritu Santo - VanuatuYou 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.
Banks Islands - VanuatuThe Vanuatu Petrel and a distinctly dark subspecies of Collared Petrel, dubbed the Magnificent Petrel, have been found on these islands.
Banks Islands and Sola - VanuatuMake an exploratory landing on Banks Islands this morning and will call briefly at Sola in Port Patterson, the capital of the Torba Province.
Santa Cruz Islands - Solomon IslandsThis morning steam north towards the Santa Cruz Islands. Once formalities are completed time permitting there will be an opportunity to land this evening.
Nendo Island - Solomon IslandsStand 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.
Vanikoro Island - Solomon IslandsToday search for two endemics, the Vanikoro Monarch and the Vanikoro White-eye.
At SeaA final day at sea to enjoy the tropical seabirds that have been your companions throughout this expedition.
Honiara - Solomon IslandsArrive 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.