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Live one of the below 44 unique cultural experiences in Oceania for 2022 or 2023. Visit villages and experience local cuisine with a local English speaking guide on your own private tour or small group guided tour. Papeete, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, and Auckland have particularly rich cultures and can be visited on trips that include activities like village visits, small ship cruises, cruises, wildlife viewing, and snorkeling and cost from $3,053 for experiences of 8 to 36 days. Tell us about your ideal cultural trip to Oceania and our Oceania experts will help you plan every detail of your next trip.
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Cascading waterfall in the Milford Sound
$9,585
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Expedition to the Albatross Latitudes: The Subantarctic & Chatham Islands

17 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Explore Dusky and Doubtful Sounds
  • Discover Subantarctic islands
  • Spend time on Chatham Islands
  • Spot incredible wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Queenstown / Wellington
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
AboardCoral Geographer, discover why these islands are part of New Zealand’s Subantarctic UNESCO World Heritage site. Each wilderness experience is guided by our knowledgeable expedition team, as you spot rare birds, hike through wonderful fields of mega herbs and encounter numerous species …
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Beautiful view of Akaroa
$7,690
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New Zealand's East Coast

13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Enjoy a New Year’s Eve cruise
  • Experience the Maori culture
  • Explore Fiordland’s sounds
  • Encounter birds and marine wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
AboardCoral Geographer, experience New Zealand from a different perspective, as free time and the ability to customize your expedition from a choice of experiences in historic cities is contrasted with wilderness experiences guided by the knowledgeable expedition team. By small ship, enjoy access …
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Sunrise in Papua New Guinea Highlands
$11,070
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South Pacific Expedition: Cairns to Lautoka

2022 - 17 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Experience a Melanesian welcome
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef
  • Witness Vanuatu’s traditions
  • Swim at Sawa-i-Lau
Starts/ Ends in:
Cairns / Lautoka
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Both humongous and humbling, Melanesia has been topping wanderlust wish lists for years. Join a team of onboard experts aboard Silver Explorer and explore this lesser known region. Leaving Cairns, venture to hot springs and view birds of paradise in Papua New Guinea, exploring the island’s …
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Explore the landscape of French Polynesia.
$8,460
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Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands

13 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Visit Lautoka, the Sugar City
  • Explore fascinating Suva
  • Enjoy Tongan culture and food
  • Discover dramatic Bora Bora
Starts/ Ends in:
Lautoka / Papeete
Activities:
Helicopter Tours, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This exciting 13-day Polynesia trip on the Paul Gauguin gives you a glimpse of the various cultures and natural beauty of this diverse and verdant region. From Fiji’s colonial charms to the white-sand beaches of Bora Bora to the coral reef-enclosed lagoon of Aitutaki, this is an experience …
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Coastal beauty of Dunedin
$29,370
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Southern Odyssey

Auckland to Dunedin - 20 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • See New Zealand’s cultural riches
  • Explore Fiordlands National Park
  • Watch vibrant wildlife
  • Spot unique species
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Dunedin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Navigate New Zealand’s verdant coastlines to encounter pristine beaches, quiet coves, and waters filled with whales, dolphins, and seals. The soaring peaks and countless waterfalls of the country’s dazzling fjords are at their jaw-dropping best in Fiordlands National Park, where …
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A beautiful view of Milford Sound.
$7,690
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New Zealand's East Coast

Auckland - Milford Sound - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Walk in Waimangu Volcanic Valley
  • Experience the Maori culture
  • Explore Fiordland’s sounds
  • Encounter birds and marine wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
AboardCoral Adventurer, experience New Zealand from a different perspective, as free time and the ability to customize your expedition from a choice of experiences in historic cities is contrasted with wilderness experiences guided by the knowledgeable expedition team. By small ship, enjoy access …
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Sheep on a hillside overlooking Marlborough Sounds
$4,495
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New Zealand Coastal Odyssey: The Ultimate Expedition Cruise of the New Zealand Coast

11 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Experience the Maori culture
  • Explore Fiordland’s sounds
  • Encounter birds and marine wildlife
  • Visit Gisborne town
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On a spectacular 11-day expedition cruise of coastal New Zealand aboard Heritage Adventurer, explore the hidden gems of Aotearoa/New Zealand and its three major islands (the North Island, the South Island, and Stewart Island). From the dazzling lights of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, to …
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Snorkel the coral reefs of Indonesia
$21,540
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Iconic Melanesia: New Guinea, Sepik River & the Solomon Islands

Bali to Brisbane - 19 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Cruise in Sepik Rive
  • Witness the traditional communities
  • Encounter traditional ceremonies
  • Learn about Papua's history
Starts/ Ends in:
Bali / Brisbane
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail from Bali on an expedition to explore Indonesia's diverse cultural tapestry and picturesque tropical islands. Explore the entirety of this island nation's eastern half—Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. See areas that few outsiders have ever had the opportunity to …
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Explore the stunning Milford Sound
$20,290
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Coastal New Zealand: Auckland to Milford Sound

14 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore New Zealand’s diverse coast
  • See botanical gardens
  • Learn about Maori culture
  • Admire Napier's architecture
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the National Geographic Orion on this unforgettable 14-day expedition. New Zealand’s unparalleled natural beauty beckons with soaring peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and swathes of white-sand beaches. Travel through scenic fjords, bays, and sounds, witness plunging waterfalls and an …
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Relax on the beaches of the South Pacific
$15,610
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Tahiti to Fiji: Reefs, Lagoons and Volcanic Isles

15 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore the lagoons and reefs
  • See cultural sites in Polynesia
  • Spot incredible flora and fauna
  • Relax on sunny beaches
Starts/ Ends in:
Papeete / Lautoka
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The archipelagos of the South Pacific have defined our notion of “island paradise” since Robert Louis Stevenson told his tales and Paul Gauguin captured Polynesia in paint. Board the National Geographic Orion and set sail from Tahiti’s lush volcanic crags to the sparkling white …
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An amazing sunset over Bora Bora
$12,110
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Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotus and Marquesas Islands

10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Dive and snorkel in clear waters
  • Learn Polynesian history
  • Experience Marine Mammal Sanctuary
  • Lookout for animals
Starts/ Ends in:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Whale Watching
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience an unforgettable 10-day journey around Ancient Polynesia aboard the National Geographic Orion. Behold 16-foot manta rays, colorful butterflyfish, whales, and other impressive marine life. Explore the sparsely populated Marquesas Islands, encounter moss-covered giant tikis on Hiva Oa, …
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Cascading waterfall in the Milford Sound
$5,210
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Fiordland and the South Coast

Milford Sound - Wellington - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Go birdwatching in Rakiura
  • Discover Fiordland
  • Observe Southland
  • Encounter wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Milford Sound / Wellington
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Learn about New Zealand's South Island's stunning shoreline and abundant marine life as you sail to Murihiku's deep and secluded fiords aboard Coral Adventurer (Southland). As you make your way through New Zealand's eastern towns, be treated to an abundance of wildlife, including …
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Take in the unusual beauty of the Australian coast
$8,055
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Torres Strait and Cape York

Cairns - Horn Island - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Explore the Torres Strait Islands
  • Snorkel at Davie Cay
  • View rock art at Stanley Island
  • Visit Lizard Island
Starts/ Ends in:
Cairns / Thursday Island
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
With almost 300 islands dotted across the narrow stretch of water between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the people of the Torres Strait Islands have a distinct and vibrant culture. An expedition by small ship is the ideal way to access these remote regions, visiting uninhabited sand cays, remote …
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Snorkel with sea turtles
$3,392
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Marquesas, Tuamotu & Society Islands

13 Day Itinerary aboard Aranui 5
  • Taste Marquesan cuisine
  • Explore Makatea
  • Tour the cathedral in Taiohae
  • Hike from Omoa to Hanavave
  • Explore the ruins of Puamau
Starts/ Ends in:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Aranui 5 for a 13-day South Pacific cruise where you are immersed in intriguing Polynesian culture. You'll visit the Tuamotu Islands, swim at the local black sand beaches, and savor the delicious aroma of frangipani on the island of Vaitahu. Other stops feature snorkeling, hiking, and …
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Lagoon of Bora Bora, French Polynesia
$3,200
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Classic Marquesas Cruise

12 Day Itinerary aboard Aranui 5
  • Explore Makatea atoll
  • Take a stroll in the villages
  • Dive and snorkel in Tuamotu atoll
  • Snorkel the lagoons of Rangiroa
  • Taste Marquesan cuisine
Starts/ Ends in:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
A Polynesian legend says that the gods created the Marquesas Islands to be the roof of French Polynesia. Aboard the Aranui 5, travelers are taken to the heart of Polynesian culture and traditions, to islands that have remained untouched and where time seems to have stopped. On this 12-day classic …
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Boisa Island, Papua New Guinea
$21,250
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Through the Islands and the Atolls of Micronesia

Manila to Kavieng - 26 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Snorkel across the Coron region
  • Visit Kinabalu National Park
  • Look out for unique wildlife
  • Take a guided city tour of Kuching
Starts/ Ends in:
Manila / Papua New Guinea
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Visit Lubang Island and see Onoda Cave where Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda hid for 29 years, believing incorrectly that WWII was still raging. Snorkel and dive on Apo Reef whose coral reefs teeming with over 280 species of tropical fish. Swim, kayak and snorkel the picturesque waterways of …
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The ultimate marine experience of whale watching
$8,400
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Ancient Fjords and Unspoiled Islands of Southern New Zealand

Dunedin-Dunedin - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Discover Ulva Island
  • Visit the Sound of Silence
  • Encounter seals and sea lions
  • Learn New Zealand's history
Starts/ Ends in:
Dunedin / Dunedin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience a remarkable 12-day expedition aboard Le Soleal to discover the natural treasures of New Zealand's South Island, from ancient fjords to rare bird species and volcanic landscapes. Learn about the historic center of Akaroa, a former French colony, and its picturesque bays, formed by …
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Scenetic Two Peoples Bay
$6,105
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Across the Great Australian Bight

14 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Hike coast of Cape & Point Ann
  • Stroll through the Jewel Cave
  • Climb Cape Leeuwin lighthouse
  • Visit Lucky Bay's kangaroos
Starts/ Ends in:
Fremantle / Fremantle
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Whale Watching
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy guided hikes over vast and quiet beaches on this 14-day cruise onboard the Coral Geographer, including Cape Arid National Park, Cape Le Grand, and Bremer Bay. Discover secluded sea lion nesting sites among the scattered islands and outcrops of the Recherche Archipelago, and follow the snorkel …
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