Join us to look for the Pearls of the Pacific. Starting in Tahiti, Silver Explorer will sail through Polynesia via the Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga and will visit several island gems in Fiji. Discover black pearls and underwater wonders, and explore blue lagoons and raised coral islands. Swim with rays and sharks, watch for dolphins and look for seabird colonies on isolated islands in some of Polynesia’s and Melanesia’s best and least known lagoons, or relax on beautiful beaches. Interact with local communities and experience the legendary friendliness of the Pacific Islanders. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Bora Bora, Tahiti –
Discover why Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s most famous island. The spectacular beauty of Bora Bora's emerald-green hills and tranquil sapphire-blue lagoon is just one part of the island’s attraction. There are underwater wonders, and the many islets circling the main island make you wish to stay and relax. Interesting sites include the remains of ancient marae stone temples, the Faanui Protestant Church, scenic lookout points with spectacular vistas of the lagoon and distant islands, old WWII remnants and popular Matira Beach.
Aitutaki, Cook Islands –
With a reef that completely encompasses a large turquoise lagoon, Aitutaki is considered one of the most spectacular destinations in the region. Visitors who approach the main village via Zodiac must do so by traveling through a narrow channel. Before getting ashore a warrior will challenge all visitors according to local tradition.
Vava’u Archipelago, Tonga –
The Vava’u Archipelago is known for its raised islands and has one of the most picturesque harbours. The main island has a heritage of plant life, including medicinal varieties used by generations of local people to cure their ailments.
Vanua Balavu, Fiji –
The third largest of the Lau Islands of Fiji, Vanua Balavu is protected by a reef that can be snorkelled from the beach, or from an anchored Zodiac, depending on conditions. Local villages follow ancient traditions, including music, dance and yaqona (kava) ceremonies.
Cobia Island, Ringgold Islands, Fiji –
Cobia Island is the lush remnant of a former volcano, with two small white sand beaches. The volcano’s crater rim has disappeared on the northeast side and has permitted seawater to come in, forming a beautiful blue lagoon where visibility can exceed 120 feet.
• Visit small island communities to experience the Polynesian and Melanesian friendliness towards visitors.
• Fijian kava ceremonies are for spectators and participants alike.
Wildlife Watch List:
• Birds: Bridled Tern, Lesser Frigatebird, Black Noddy, Brown Booby, Red-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, Common White Tern, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Red-tailed Tropicbirds, White-tailed Tropicbirds, Pacific Reef Egrets
• Black-banded sea kraits
• Pacific Black Skink
• Dolphins, rays and sharks
• Reef fish
Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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