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South West Pacific Odyssey

Example 18 Day Cruise aboard Spirit of Enderby
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Join the crew of the Spirit of Enderby on this amazing 18-day cruise to Papua New Guinea via Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Melanesia and the Solomon Islands. This expedition incorporates many of the key birding areas in the South West Pacific, cruising from New Zealand and following the path of the voyage traditionally known in birding circles as ‘Western Pacific Odyssey or WPO', and ending in Papua New Guinea. The Western Pacific Odyssey was first offered in 2007 and is now considered one of the ‘must do' expeditions for any birder because of opportunities to see some of the rarest pelagic seabirds in the world, plus many island endemics. In addition the cetacean list is outstanding and there will be numerous snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing opportunities.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Tauranga, New Zealand
Day 2 : Hauraki Gulf
Days 3-4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Norfolk Island
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7 : At Sea | New Caledonia
Day 8 : The Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Santa Ana, Solomon Islands
Day 12 : Anuta Island in the Makira Group
Day 13 : Honiara
Day 14 : Santa Isabel Region | Vakao Island
Day 15 : Kolombangara Island
Day 16 : Shortland Islands
Day 17 : Off the coast of New Ireland
Day 18 : Disembark in Kokopo, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Highlights

  • Discover rare birds, history, colorful cultures, and exotic marine life
  • Snorkel and swim off pristine white sandy beaches on remote Pacific Islands
  • Observe how vegetation and wildlife adapt to the gradual change in climate
  • Immerse yourself in local village life and visit historic sites
  • Gain knowledge from some of the best pelagic birding guides in the world

Ship

Spirit of Enderby

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

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Day 1 Embark in Tauranga, New Zealand

Upon arrival in Tauranga, transfer to the Spirit of Enderby. Settle into your cabin and join your expedition team and captain for a welcome cocktail on board as you cruise north up the coast of New Zealand.

Day 2 Hauraki Gulf

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise past the Mokohinau Islands, looking for grey ternlet, little penguin, grey-faced and black petrels, little, fluttering and Buller’s shearwaters, and the recently rediscovered New Zealand storm-petrel.

Day 3-4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
While sailing to Norfolk Island, keen birders can spend time out on deck for a good chance of seeing Gould’s, black-winged, Kermadec, white-necked, black and grey-faced petrels, and wedge-tailed and short-tailed shearwaters. During the days at sea your specialists provide an entertaining variety of lectures on the history, culture, marine mammals, and birdlife of the region.

Day 5 Norfolk Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Norfolk Island’s rugged coastline, golden sand beaches, lush native bush, and fascinating history also offers a chance to see three endemics - the Norfolk Island parakeet, Norfolk gerygone and the slender-billed white-eye.

Day 6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While sailing on a northward course, cross a large underwater seamount, a productive area for seabirds such as Tahiti, Kermadec, collared, and white-necked petrels.

Day 7 At Sea | New Caledonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the forests of the Rivière Bleue National Park searching for New Caledonian endemics such as the unique kagu and highly range-restricted crow honeyeater as well as the horned parakeet, cloven-feathered dove, yellow-bellied robin, and New Caledonian imperial pigeon.

Day 8 The Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a glimpse into the Kanak way of life, which retains its authenticity on this remote island. The day’s activity should include snorkeling the lagoons and coral reefs, jungle walking, Zodiac cruising mangrove-wreathed lagoons, and meeting the locals. Birders look for the two species which are only found on this island, the large lifou white-eye and small lifou white-eye.

Day 9-10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Two leisurely days at sea offer time to relax, sort through photos, catch up on reading, and sleep. Also keep a look out for Polynesian storm-petrel and an interesting range of marine mammals and flying fish.

Day 11 Santa Ana, Solomon Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land expecting the full village welcome on the small coral island of Santa Ana, with colorful warriors, music, and rhythmic dancing. Once formalities are completed, enthusiastic children are keen to show off their home as they escort you around the village. Try snorkeling at the reef edge or just stretch the legs on a walk across the island to visit the other settlements or look for a new selection of exotic birds.

Day 12 Anuta Island in the Makira Group

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the treasures of Makira Island to include the endemic sooty myzomela, San Cristobal melidectes, San Cristobal starling, Makira flycatcher, Makira cicadabird, white-collared monarch, mottled flowerpecker, white-headed fruit-dove, and chestnut-bellied imperial-pigeon. Later visit the idyllic Anuta Village.

Day 13 Honiara

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Anchor off Honiara and depart for nearby Mt Austin in the early morning. Birding here is absolutely remarkable with good possibilities of endemics and localized specialties including ultramarine kingfisher, Blyth’s hornbill, Solomon Islands cuckoo-shrike, chestnut-bellied and black-and-white monarchs, steel-blue flycatcher, and yellow-faced myna. The later risers enjoy a tour of Honiara.

Day 14 Santa Isabel Region | Vakao Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Santa Isabel and its surrounding islands, said to be amongst the most picturesque places in the Solomon Islands. Zodiac cruise through an amazing channel where the rainforest comes down to the water’s edge, and see a range of parrots and other wildlife, including a chance of dugong. Plan to visit Vakao Island where there is an opportunity to explore the verdant rainforest and look for some localized birds such as red-capped myzomela and yellow-throated white-eye.

Day 15 Kolombangara Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kolombangara’s Imbu Rano Conservation Area offers a walk through dense forest to view picturesque waterfalls and grottos. More endemic birds can be found here including pale mountain pigeon, duchess lorikeet, and white-capped monarch. An afternoon sailing finds you scanning the sea for dolphins and hopefully the highly localized and rare Heinroth’s shearwater.

Day 16 Shortland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Call in at the rarely-visited Shortland Islands, which were a Japanese seaplane war-time base. Have the opportunity to see the impact of World War II on the remote atolls and local settlements.

Day 17 Off the coast of New Ireland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruising off the coast of New Ireland gives you your best chance of finding the recently rediscovered Beck’s petrel as well as Heinroth’s shearwater. This region can also be excellent for cetaceans and previously melon-headed whales as well as both pygmy and dwarf sperm whales have been seen.

Day 18 Disembark in Kokopo, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

  • 1 Breakfast
Following breakfast and the completion of arrival formalities, disembark the Spirit of Enderby. Bid farewell to voyage companions and board a complimentary transfer to a centrally located hotel or the airport to conclude your voyage.

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Main Deck, triple accommodations with shared bath facilities.
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Main Deck, two lower berth accommodations with shared bath facilities.
Spirit of Enderby's Superior Cabin.
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Middle Deck, upper and lower berth accommodations, private bath facilities and window
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Upper and Middle Decks, two lower berth accommodations with private bath facilities and window
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Mini Suite
Upper deck, small bedroom with a 3/4 bed and a single bed in the lounge, private bath facilities and windows
Spirit of Enderby's Heritage Suite.
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Heritage Suite
Upper Deck, large lounge area, separate bedroom with matrimonial bed, private bath facilities and panoramic windows

Notes

- 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.

This trip includes:
- Pre & post cruise transfers
- All on board ship accommodation with meals
- All expedition shore excursions

This trip does not include:
- All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities
- International/domestic flights
- Visas
- Travel insurance

Included

  • 17 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 17 Dinners
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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