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Sail into a world that few have ever experienced; idyllic islands and isolated villages where unique time-honoured traditions and elaborately costumed dancers welcome us into their world. Sail from Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, to discover the beauty of the outer Solomon Islands. Relax as our ship glides into secluded bays, and takes us to remote oceanic islands where the art of traditional navigation lives today. On Santa Isabel the rhythms of life continue little changed, with daily life centered around the village and family. Malaita is culturally rich, the traditional currency, Malaitan shell-money, is still made on the island and is used as a dowry, and worn as a status symbol.

Vanuatu has produced a kaleidoscope of cultures and more than 100 indigenous languages. With over 80 habitable islands that were isolated from each other by sea or impassable mountains, islanders have closely guarded their own cultures and languages. Our expedition embraces some of these cultures and languages and offers a window into the happiest country in the world.

Our journey offers 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. This experience includes the SS President Coolidge located sleeping in the waters around Espiritu Santo, listed among the top wreck dives in the world it is a diving jewel due to its accessibility. Formally a luxury liner and then commissioned by the US Navy as a military transport vessel, glass chandeliers from when she was a liner mix with cannons, jeeps and trucks from her military days. Snorkel at Million Dollar Point, where there are a multitude of bulldozers, cranes, forklifts, and trucks piled upon one another in this unique dive site, justifiably giving this location its worthy name. And then there is the abundance of marine life and coral gardens that draw you into a magical underwater world that truly is waiting to be explored else where on our expedition.

For birders this itinerary offers once in a lifetime species on remote islands where few have been before, endemic birdlife such as the Solomon Sea Eagle may be spotted. The birding potential is exceptional and to allow birders to maximise the opportunities on the expedition there will be an optional specialised birding programme with customised excursions. A picture postcard paradise awaits us as we uncover the Secrets of Melanesia.

day 1
Honiara, Solomon Islands
day 2
San Jorge Island and Santa Isabel
day 3
day 4
Makira and Santa Ana (San Cristobal)
day 5
Nendö – Temotu Province
day 6
Duff Islands
day 7
day 8
Vanua Lava
day 9
Espiritu Santo
day 10
day 11
Porta Vila, Vanuatu

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. Alternatively head to Mt. Austen in search of some of the Solomon Islands’ most spectacular birds including the Solomon Sea Eagle. Board the Spirit of Enderby this afternoon. After familiarising yourself with your cabin and the ship join the Captain and expedition team on the Bridge.

Oct. 24, 2013 - Nov. 3, 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

    $5995.00   Main Deck Triple: two lower and one upper berth, shared facilities

  • 2

    $6995.00   Main Deck Double: two lower berths, shared facilities

  • 3

    $7500.00   Middle Deck Superior: One upper and one lower berth, private facilities

  • 4

    $7995.00   Superior Triple: two lower & one upper berth, private facilites

  • 5

    $8600.00   Superior Plus: two lower berths, private facilities

  • 6

    $9250.00   Mini Suite: Double bed in separate room

  • 7

    $9995.00   Heritage Suite: Double bed in separate room, large lounge


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What's Included

  • Use of snorkel equipment where available.

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

  • Programme of 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 $700 per person

  • Birding Supplement $450 per person

  • Kayaking Supplement $915 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
    • Appreciate the history of World War II battle sites and wrecks