Uncover the hidden gems of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. From the culturally rich arterial of the Sepik River, sail north across the Bismarck Sea to the remote shores of Manus and Mussau Islands. Manus has the lowest density of people in all New Guinea with its people still living a very traditional lifestyle. Delve into the history, culture, and wildlife of New Ireland and New Britain. Cross the Buka Channel and at Nissan Island view reminders of the brief but intensive World War II activities. Then enter a long isolated world as you are amongst the first travelers to return to Bougainville in over two decades. These waters offer some of the greatest marine diversity in the world and everybody has the opportunity to snorkel, kayak, and appreciate the beauty beneath the waves. For birders this itinerary offers once-in-a-lifetime species on remote islands where few have been before.
Uncover the hidden gems of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
Snorkel waters with some of the greatest marine diversity in the world
Kayak along coral reefs, marine life, and locals in their dugout canoes
See once-in-a-lifetime bird species on remote islands where few have been
Delve into the history and culture of remote Melanesian communities
Madang is a thriving community renowned for its traditional artists, world-class diving opportunities, and the richness of its surrounding forests. This morning leave Madang for the highlands close to the township; here the tall forests contain a richly diverse wildlife. Arrive back in Madang with time to explore the colorful markets with your guides. Optional excursions are offered this morning for bird enthusiasts. This afternoon board the Spirit of Enderby, settle into your cabin, and join the captain and your expedition team on the bridge as you set sail.
Sure to be one of the highlights of your expedition, the Sepik River is the longest river in Papua New Guinea. It is a rich arterial that has fostered great traditional artists. Plan to explore the river by Zodiac following tributaries and channels in search of local wildlife. Also meet with the villagers and marvel at their artistry.
Seldom visited and little known, Manus Island is considered a jewel in the crown of Papua New Guinea. Biologically isolated, the islands are home to a high proportion of endemic species, including the superb pitta which is likely to be one of the birding highlights of the expedition. The waters around Manus offer some of the most spectacular and rich diving in the region - seldom explored waters promising a myriad of ‘first’ diving opportunities.
Historic Kavieng has significant evidence from the large Japanese occupation. Birders leave early for the highlands while the rest of the group spends the morning exploring the town of Kavieng and its history. Later snorkel in the clear waters of the local reefs.
A tropical atoll bathed in rich tropical currents, Nissan Island’s waters abound in marine life. Seldom has anybody had the opportunity to discover this world which promises abundant pelagic fish life and pristine coral reefs. Ashore there are still reminders of the brief but intensive World War II activities on this island. Meet with the friendly locals and search the dense woods for some of the elusive birds that occur here.
Plan to be amongst the first expeditioners to re-discover the treasures of Bougainville, long isolated and in a strange way protected by the conflict which swirled around its shores. A pristine island paradise, it is home to some of the greatest biodiversity in the region both above and below the waters. With some of the most spectacular diving in the world, these reefs await rediscovery. Plan to explore the area around Arawa which offers great opportunities to access the island’s interior and reefs.
Today arrive in the Solomon Islands on the remote northern coast of Choiseul Island. This was once the home of the Choiseul crested pigeon and while it no longer walks the forest floor, many other species still enliven the forest. Zodiac cruise deep into the mangrove forest towards the Sui River Falls searching for dugong and crocodiles.
The volcanic New Georgia Islands are found in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. Birding enthusiasts relish landing on Kolombangara Island, where you can hope to see the rare Roviana rail along with other endemic bird species. Nearby Ghizo Island has some of the best and most exciting diving in the world with World War II wrecks.
The Arnavon Islands are northwest of Santa Isabel, an area rich in marine biodiversity and one of the most important rookeries in the Western Pacific for the endangered hawksbill turtle. The islands also support a high diversity of terrestrial fauna, with 41 species of birds, six species of bats, and at least seven species of terrestrial reptiles. Sensational diving and snorkeling can be experienced around the islands.
Day 14: Disembark in Honiara, Solomon Islands
Honiara was founded by the British as a military base during World War II and was witness to the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Tour Honiara, visiting historical sites including Henderson Airfield, war memorials, and the open-air war museum or alternatively head to the rain-forested slopes of Mount Austen in search of some of the Solomon Islands’ most spectacular birds, including the Solomon sea eagle. For those disembarking a transfer to your hotel or the airport concludes your voyage or continue on with the Secrets of Melanesia voyage.
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One cabin located on the Main Deck, with two lower bunk beds, one upper bunk bed, outside porthole, wash basin, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and shared bathrooms on same deck.
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Thirteen cabins located on the Main Deck, with two lower bunk beds, outside porthole, wash basin, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and shared bathrooms on same deck.
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Four cabins located on the Middle Deck,with one lower and one upper bunk, side-facing windows, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and private bath facilities.
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Eight cabins located on the Upper and Middle Decks,with two lower bunk beds, side-facing windows, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space. and private bath facilities.
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Two cabins located on the Upper Deck, with one double bed in separate room, side-facing windows, separate lounge area with a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and private bath facilities.
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One cabin located on the Upper Deck, with one double bed in separate room, forward- and side-facing windows, separate lounge area with a single pull-out bed, desk and table area, wardrobe with hanging space, and private bath facilities.
- 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.
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13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners
13 Nights Accommodations
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Ground transportation as listed
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Pre- & Post- Cruise Transfers
Complimentary boot rental is available. However, due to the limited supply of boots available aboard the ship, it is recommended that you bring your own rubber boots for best fit and availability. Youth size boots are not available.
House beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
One night hotel accommodation in a twin share room (incl.
All expedition shore excursions
Programme of lectures by noted naturalists
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Additional excursions during free time
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