TRIP FINDER

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Uncover the hidden gems of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. From the culturally rich arterial of the Sepik River we 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. Next delve into the history, culture and wildlife of New Ireland and New Britain, in Rabaul we witness a local tribe's fire dance where intricately crafted masks dance over red-hot coals in a centuries old ritual to honour the local deity-spirits.

We cross the Buka Channel and at Nissan Island can view reminders of the brief but intensive World War II activities during which the islands were recaptured by Kiwi and British forces from the Japanese occupiers. Then enter a long isolated world as we are amongst the first travellers to return to Bougainville in over two decades. Sailing through the turquoise waters of the Solomon Islands, new vistas and unexpected encounters await.

For birders this itinerary offers once in a lifetime species on remote islands where few have been before. The birding potential is exceptional and highlights may include the Superb Pitta, identifiable by its black plumage with turquoise blue wings and scarlet belly. Endemic to the Solomon Islands we will be on the lookout for the Roviana Rail and Solomon Sea Eagle. Allowing birders to maximise the opportunities available to them there will be an optional specialised birding programme with customised excursions.

These waters also offer some of the greatest diving in the world and while everybody will have the opportunity to snorkel and appreciate the beauty beneath the waves, we also offer an optional scuba diving programme for those wishing to maximise their underwater experiences. Close to the Solomon Islands wrecks are scattered across the ocean floor, an indication of the fierce naval battles that took place in this area during World War II. Today these wrecks provide divers with plenty to explore as they now form spectacular reefs which attract masses of fish and coral gardens of all colours. Whether you are snorkelling or diving this ocean aquarium is waiting to
be discovered.

day 1
Madang, Papua New Guinea
day 2
Madang
day 3-4
Sepik River
day 5
Manus Island
day 6
Mussa Island
day 7
Kavieng, New Ireland
day 8
Rabaul, New Britain
day 9
Nissan Island
day 10
Bougainville Island
day 11
Choiseul Island
day 12
New Georgia Islands
day 13
Santa Isabel Island
day 14
Honiara, Solomon Islands
day 1
Madang, Papua New Guinea
day 2
Madang
day 3-4
Sepik River
day 5
Manus Island
day 6
Mussa Island
day 7
Kavieng, New Ireland
day 8
Rabaul, New Britain
day 9
Nissan Island
day 10
Bougainville Island
day 11
Choiseul Island
day 12
New Georgia Islands
day 13
Santa Isabel Island
day 14
Honiara, Solomon Islands
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Arrive in the port town of Madang and transfer to the Madang Resort for the first night. This evening meet with your fellow travellers and the expedition team over dinner at the resort.

Oct. 11, 2013 - Oct. 24, 2013 - Click on cabin category for ship deckplan

All prices are per person, in US Dollars (USD) unless specified otherwise, and are cash or cheque discounted.

  • 1

    $6995.00   Main Deck Triple: two lower and one upper berth, shared facilities

  • 2

    $7995.00   Main Deck Double: two lower berths, shared facilities

  • 3

    $8500.00   Middle Deck Superior: One upper and one lower berth, private facilities

  • 4

    $8995.00   Superior Triple: two lower & one upper berth, private facilites

  • 5

    $9700.00   Superior Plus: two lower berths, private facilities

  • 6

    $10700.00   Mini Suite: Double bed in separate room

  • 7

    $11500.00   Heritage Suite: Double bed in separate room, large lounge


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There is no ship for this trip.

What's Included

  • All meals and 24 hour tea and coffee station aboard the ship.

  • Use of snorkel equipment where available.

  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac excluding optional specialised birding and diving programs.

  • Programof lectures by noted naturalists.

  • All onshore tips, service taxes and port charges.

  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

  • Airport transfers at the beginning and end of your voyage.


  • What's Not Included

  • Extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature such as bar, e-mail, and laundry.

  • Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.

  • Airfares are an additional cost.


  • Extensions:


  • Diving Supplement $800 per person


  • Birding Supplment $500 per person


  • Kayaking Supplement $995 per person
    • Visit the culturally rich islands of Melanesia
    • Learn about traditional lifestyles, ancient arts and cultural rituals
    • View rare bird species in remote, exotic locations few ever visit
    • Experience some of the finest snorkelling in the world