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A peaceful lagoon on the island of Bougainville, Papue New Guinea

Magical Encounters in the Solomon Islands & Micronesia

Honiara - Guam - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Le Jacques Cartier
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Set sail on a 14-day expedition cruise from Honiara to Guam aboard the Le Jacques Cartier. Embark from Honiara on a remarkable journey through remote, untamed landscapes. In the Solomon Islands, experience the beauty of Njari Island's waters and explore the vibrant markets of Ghizo Island. Continue to Papua New Guinea, a diverse land with a myriad of ethnic groups and unexplored ecosystems. Visit the unique autonomous region of Bougainville. Discover the wartime history of Micronesia, where Chuuk Lagoon and Pulap Island preserve poignant relics. Dive into Micronesia's rich underwater world and soak up the charm of its sandy beaches and traditional villages. The voyage concludes on Guam, the largest volcanic island in the Mariana Islands.
Mt TavurvurPalm tree lined resort on the Island of Chuuk, MicronesiaTropical beach, Solomon IslandsIncredible marine lifeA peaceful lagoon on the island of Bougainville, Papue New Guinea
Highlights
  • Explore the picture-perfect beaches and bays of Bougainville, known for its rich marine life
  • Discover the traditional markets and opportunities for snorkeling and diving in Ghizo Island
  • Experience world-class snorkeling, diving, and underwater photography in Njari Island
  • Visit historical sites in Rabaul, Bismarck Archipelago
Places Visited
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Honiara, Guadalcanal Island | Embark

Honiara is the capital city of the Solomon Islands, administered as a provincial town on the northwestern coast of Guadalcanal Island. Honiara comes from the local Ghari language "naho-ni-ara,” meaning 'facing the ara', the place where the southeast winds meet the land. Discover this city, its beautiful landscape, and its significant role in World War II, particularly the Battle of Henderson Field, the last of the three major land offensives conducted by the Japanese in 1942.

Day 2: Njari Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There are plenty of opportunities for world-class snorkeling, diving, and underwater photography throughout the Solomon Islands, with sites in the Western and Central Provinces considered among the most popular. The underwater realm is home to more than 1000 species of reef fish, along with dolphins, rays, sharks, and six of the world's seven species of marine turtles. Almost 500 species of corals have been identified among the 5,750 km2 reefs found in the Solomon Islands. Njari Island is an uninhabited postcard island located 15nm from the town of Gizo. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling on its idyllic shores.

Day 3: Ghizo Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gizo is situated on Ghizo Island and is the second-largest town in the Solomon Islands, after the capital, Honiara. The people of the Western Province are regarded as among the most skilled carvers in the world. They produce carvings from various woods, including ebony and rosewood. These amazingly intricate carvings can take months to make and, accordingly, command a high price. You can have the opportunity to visit the traditional markets of Gizo. There are plenty of opportunities for world-class snorkeling, diving, and underwater photography throughout the Western Province, and the islands around Ghizo are considered among the most popular.

Day 4-5: Bougainville

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The Autonomous Region of Bougainville, formerly known as the North Solomons Province, has been known for its picture-perfect beaches and bays since French explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainville first sighted the island and gave it its name in 1768. The region played a significant role in the Pacific theater of war during WWII. With 685 km of coastline and 240,000ha of coral reefs teeming with life, many destinations are awaiting discovery.

Day 6: Rabaul, Bismarck Archipelago

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set at the eastern end of the island of New Britain, the tropical port town of Rabaul has always been famous for its spectacular setting. Nestled beside Simpson Harbor, the township is surrounded by six volcanoes, one of which, Mt. Tavurvur, is still active today. The most recent major volcanic eruption was in September 1994, when Tavurvur and Vulcan covered much of Rabaul and surrounding villages with volcanic ash. This eruption saw the growth of the nearby coastal town of Kokopo, which has now become the administrative and tourism center for Rabaul.

Join your expedition team for a tour by local transport to see Mt. Tavurvur, the Volcano Observatory, and various significant sites from World War II.

Day 7-8: At Sea

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During your journey at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This journey without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, depending on the activities offered, or to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 9: Chuuk

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Chuuk Lagoon, previously known as Truk Lagoon, is one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia. The 16 much-eroded volcanic islands within the lagoon have mangrove swamps along their coasts, with rich rainforests in the central mountainous areas. The islands are hugely popular with scuba divers thanks to the incredibly interesting shipwrecks: at depths of 15 to 40 meters, divers can explore a veritable underwater museum of wrecks from the Japanese land-based, aerial, and naval fleet bombarded by the Americans in February 1944 in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbour. These shipwrecks have become foundations for new reef growth and extraordinary marine fauna.

Day 10: Pulap Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Pulap is an atoll consisting of three islands located in the Pattiw group in the Caroline Islands. The three islands are Pollap in the north, Tamatam in the south, and Fanadik at the western fringe of the reef. The island is surrounded by a number of ghostly shipwrecks that are virtually intact, and submerged underwater. This makes for great diving expeditions where you can explore the reef and its incredible marine life, as well as the shipwrecks.

Day 11: Satawal Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Satawal is a solitary coral atoll consisting of just one island. Like Pulap, Satawal is located in the Caroline Islands, where it is home to just 500 people. Famous for its preservation of traditional navigational techniques without the use of modern instruments, based on indigenous astronomical and maritime concepts, the island is still very traditional, which means visitors rarely step ashore, but those who do are warmly welcomed by the villagers.

Day 12: Ifalik Atoll

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Ifalik coral atoll, lying in the warm waters of the North Pacific in the vast Caroline Island archipelago, is an invitation to serenity, enchantment, and discovery. Ifalik, a veritable hidden paradise edged with magnificent beaches and expanses of fine sand, will reveal its treasures to you. Between the sumptuous underwater scenery, rich biodiversity, ancestral traditions, and warm and welcoming inhabitants, marvel at this lush environment, unlike anywhere else, and far from the frenzy of any town.

Day 13: Gaferut Atoll

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gaferut Atoll is an outlying atoll in the State of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. The tiny island is mostly defined by densely covered rolling hills that are lusciously covered with vegetation. Mangrove swamps line the vast majority of the shore with an outer barrier reef, rich in marine wildlife surrounding the island. There is also an enclosed lagoon, which is brimming with a diverse selection of marine wildlife.

Day 14: Guam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the Western Pacific, call at Guam, the largest volcanic island of Micronesia, and the Mariana Islands. Here, the crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches create a picture-postcard setting, ideal for relaxation and a break from it all. This little-known island, today under the administration of the United States, also offers you the opportunity to visit a number of historical sites, see vestiges of Spanish colonization, and discover the culture of the Chamorros, the first inhabitants of the islands, talented craftspeople who have preserved their traditions.

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Le Jacques Cartier

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Le Jacques Cartier Restaurant
Le Jacques Cartier - Panorama View

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.
Included
  • 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners
  • 13 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Port Fees
  • Unlimited Wifi
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • 24h Room Service (special selection)
  • English-Speaking Lecturer 
  • Highly experienced and bilingual (French-English) expedition staff
  • Park Entry Fees into Protected Areas
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite. 
  • Flight Brisbane/Honiara selected by PONANT in economy class
  • Transfer airport/pier
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Visa Fees
  • Optional Excursions - Ponant allows you to pre-book your excursions approximately six to two months prior to the cruise* departure. Please note that this is subject to change. Please contact us for more details.
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Luggage Handling 
  • Laundry Services, Hair Salon, and à La Carte Spa Treatments
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions 
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • CDP recommends that every Traveler has full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses

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