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An Expeditionary Voyage to Wallis and Futuna

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Explore Australia and New Zealand aboard the Coral Adventurer.  The cruise ship will be cast off from Cairns for an inaugural expeditionary voyage to the remote islands of Wallis and Futuna, located 2,000 nautical miles into the South Pacific. Follow in the footsteps of ancient Samoan traders, pioneering European explorers, and 19th-century French missionaries. Sample a kava drink, visit a traditional thatched fale house, and marvel at imposing Catholic Cathedrals. Celebrate the New Year at sea then onwards to Niue, one of the world’s largest coral atolls. Cross the International Date Line and reset your watch by 23 hours before disembarking in Auckland. With an expert Expedition Team and warm Australian hospitality onboard, Coral Expeditions invites intrepid explorers on this voyage of discovery to faraway lands.

 
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Highlights
  • Learn about culture and traditions of remote islands
  • Enjoy the solitude and freedom of a true blue-water voyage
  • Witness ancient cultural traditions at Pentecost Island
  • Step ashore Niue, one of the largest coral atolls
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Day 1: Cairns |Embark

Board Coral Adventurer at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure from a Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. Settle into your stateroom, meet the crew, attend the mandatory safety drill and mingle with fellow travelers at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 2-21: Wallis, Futuna, Niue, Luganville-Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the rarely visited islands of Wallis, home to vibrant Polynesian culture and remarkable historic and archaeological sites set against a pristine natural backdrop. This secluded tropical paradise features a pristine lagoon dotted with 13 uninhabited islets.It is believed that the islands’ civilisation was of Austronesian origin due to archaeological excavation discoveries dating back to 1400 B.C. It is understood that, during the 15th century, settlements from Tonga arrived at the island and the legendary battles of the Tu’i Tongan warriors took place. Later, in 1767, Captain Samuel Wallis’ visit aboard HMS Dolphin marked the European discovery of Wallis – and earned the island its name. It wasn’t until the 1820s that contact with Europeans began taking place on the island.
Futuna boasts a stunning natural scenery characterised by the many rivers that flow through the island’s mountainous terrain. Terraces of cultivated taro crops along the outskirts provide an incredible vantage point to view the island’s beauty. A rich religious history is evident by the large number of cathedrals and the population’s continued devout Catholic beliefs. It is generally thought that the Samoans, alongside the Tongans and Marshallese Islanders, were among the first to settle here. First records of European contact trace back to 1616 when Willem Cornelius can Schouten and Jacob le Maire discovered the island. Learn about the fascinating site of the cannibal oven at Lafua and the impressive Poi Basilica, commemorative of Oceania’s only revered martyr, Peter Chanel.
Futuna boasts a stunning natural scenery characterised by the many rivers that flow through the island’s mountainous terrain. Terraces of cultivated taro crops along the outskirts provide an incredible vantage point to view the island’s beauty. A rich religious history is evident by the large number of cathedrals and the population’s continued devout Catholic beliefs.
It is generally thought that the Samoans, alongside the Tongans and Marshallese Islanders, were among the first to settle here. First records of European contact trace back to 1616 when Willem Cornelius can Schouten and Jacob le Maire discovered the island. Learn about the fascinating site of the cannibal oven at Lafua and the impressive Poi Basilica, commemorative of Oceania’s only revered martyr, Peter Chanel.
Luganville, the second largest city in Vanuatu, has an extensive wartime history having been a major base of operations for American troops during World War II. The island is notably home to the largest, and one of the most popular, underwater shipwrecks in the world. Sunk by US mines in late 1942, the luxury steamer wreck of SS President Coolidge measures almost 200 metres long. Below the water, the island also boasts the popular snorkelling site ‘Million Dollar Point’ where visitors can sight millions of dollars’ worth of sunken US army goods.
 

Day 22: Auckland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast

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Coral Deck Stateroom
Identical to the Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their location one deck below. These staterooms have twin portholes rather than picture windows.
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Promenade Deck Stateroom
Located below the Explorer deck and furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk, and armchair are included.
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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
Comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk, and armchair are included.
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Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
Comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk, and armchair are included.
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Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar, and personal coffee machine. They have special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles.

Notes

INCLUSIONS:
  • Complimentary Laundry and WIFI for ALL guests
  • All excursions and sightseeing with our Expedition Team
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
  • Snorkelling & Scuba equipment
  • Daily lectures and briefings
  • Your expedition photos captured throughout the voyage
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with the Captain
  • 24 hour Coffee and selection of teas
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
  • Tips and gratuities
NOT INCLUDED:
  • Travel insurance
  • Scuba diving rates
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Entry visas or travel permits
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to laundry charges, souvenir purchases, phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of included drinks package)
Included
  • 21 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 21 Dinners
  • 21 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Gear Rental - Snorkeling equipment
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Lectures, workshops and demonstrations onboard
  • Selected beers, wines and house spirits and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service.
  • 24-hour soft drinks, tea, and barista-style coffee
  • Captain's welcome and farewell drinks 
  • Expert Expedition Team and Guest Lecturers
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Laundry Service
  • Entry visas/Travel permits
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet 

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