The Volcanic Islands of Japan & The Mariana Arch
Discover Japan cruises and experience captivating scenery unique to the volcanic islands of the western Pacific Rim. Few geological formations capture our imagination more than volcanoes, with their lava flows, hot springs, steamy flumes and majestic, cone-shaped slopes. Learn about volcanism in the Pacific Ring of Fire on our expedition along the Izu-Bonin-Mariana (IBM) Arc. Here, oceanic plates converged millions of years ago, creating a string of volcanic islands and carving the Mariana Trench, the deepest and least-explored part of the world’s oceans. Enjoy it from onboard a luxury cruise in Japan unlike any other. Silversea Cruises presents resplendent views of land and seascapes while providing uncompromising service, luxury, and intimacy in a convivial onboard ambience.
Let your conversations wander from geological fascination to the marvelous bird life. Our Japan cruise takes voyagers to Torishima in the Izu Islands. Torishima is a protected bird sanctuary, home to the beautiful but extremely rare short-tailed albatross. Sperm whales and large pods of dolphin populate the waters around the Ogasawara (Bonin) archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the ecological gems of the Pacific Basin. Known as the “Galapagos of the Orient”, these extremely isolated islands host many rare and endemic species.
A lush, tropical paradise and a rich history greet us in the Northern Marianas, also known as “America’s best kept secret.” Discover World War II relics, look for the endemic Mariana fruit bat, Micronesian megapode and impressive coconut crab, and swim and snorkel in clear, turquoise waters around the beautiful coral reefs.