Sail the islands of the South Pacific on this 8-day inaugural cruise of the National Geographic Orion! Arrive at the fascinating ports of call of the Bay of Islands, Norfolk Island, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. View the rich cultures of the island villagers and snorkel in some of the best waters of the region on this South Pacific cruise.
Day 1 : Auckland, New Zealand / Embark Day 2 : Bay of Islands Day 3 : At Sea Day 4 : Norfolk Island, Australia Day 5 : At Sea Day 6 : Vanuatu Day 7 : Santa Ana, Solomon Islands Day 8 : Honiara, Solomon Islands / Disembark
Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand and transfer to the National Geographic Orion. Embark and attend a champagne christening and inaugural festivities while cruising in the Hauraki Gulf.
Day 2 Bay of Islands
In the morning, go ashore via Zodiac to Russell, which is rich in Maori history. See the carved Maori meeting house, ceremonial war canoes and attend a Maori cultural performance.
Day 3 At Sea
Attend on-board presentations and lectures as you sail. These presentations are a great way to learn about your next destination: Norfolk Island.
Day 4 Norfolk Island, Australia
Explore Norfolk Island, a UNESCO site and former British penal colony. Explore the ruins, swim, hike, or snorkel in the clear blue waters off the coast.
Day 5 At Sea
Relax on board or attend presentations and lectures as you sail for Vanuatu.
Day 6 Vanuatu
Arrive in Vanuatu, a beautiful archipelago of more than 80 islands which was once home to fierce warriors. Hike to the rim of Mt. Yasur on Tanna Island, an active volcano with an eerie red glow at its cone. Wander Vanuatu's sleepy capital, Port Vila, and explore the massive Leles Cave, which features petroglyphs that are thousands of years old. Land at the ancient ceremonial grounds on Malakula and see an elaborate spirit dance. Swim and kayak at Paradise Lagoon on Espiritu Santo and see the remnants of WWII near Luganville, then snorkel Million Dollar Point, where hundreds of tons of U.S. military equipment were dumped after the war.
Day 7 Santa Ana, Solomon Islands
In the morning, explore the Solomon Islands, one of the least visited South Pacific archipelago. Settled as early as 2500 BC by skull worshipping tribes, the islands feature some of the region’s top snorkeling sites. Attend a performance by the local villagers and view their stunning dances with spears and mud covered face masks.
Day 8 Honiara, Solomon Islands / Disembark
Disembark in Honiara, a strategic WWII battleground and former U.S. supply depot. Disembark the National Geographic Orion and transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.