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Port Vila To Cairns

SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS expedition cruise Silver Discoverer

Said to ensure a good yam harvest, gaze in awe as the menfolk of Pentecost Island dive from 30-metre towers in the legendary land diving ceremonies. Enjoy local cuisine, baked in the heat of the earth on the tiny island of Makura, see the uninhabited atols and incredible reef system in the Coral Sea. Ten sensational new destinations make this an adventure to discover together.
Voyage 9813

Book by 15 March and enjoy $1,000 onboard credit per suite and one-category suite upgrade on selected voyages

Fares shown are per guest

included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
Cruise itinerary

Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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Vanuatu is an island nation located in the southern Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is approximately 1,090 miles (about 1,750 kilometres) east of northern Australia, approximately 310 miles (about 500 kilometres) northeast of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and southeast of the Solomon Islands, near New Guinea. Located on Mélé Bay along the southwest coast of Éfaté, Port Vila is the capital and largest city of Vanuatu, as well as its commercial and economic centre.

Pentecost Island is a lush mountainous, tropical island stretching over 37 miles from north to south. It was named after the day on which the first European, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, sighted it on 22 May 1768. There are no towns on Pentecost - most of the islanders live in small villages and grow their own food in small gardens. Local traditions are strong, including the age-old ritual of land diving. This unique ritual was first given international exposure by David Attenborough in the 1950’s. Later, in the 1980’s, New Zealander AJ Hackett used the idea to invent bungee jumping.
Unlike Espiritu Santo with its raised coral reefs and white sand, Ambrym is a volcanically active island with dark sand beaches. Ambrym is known as the island of magic and is the source of five local languages that all evolved on Ambrym. This handful of languages contributes to the well over 100 languages of Vanuatu. Some of Ambrym’s magic takes place in the lush greenery of the local community of Ranon. Here the people perform a very special and traditional ‘Rom’ dance. Participants prepare their masks and costumes in secrecy and the dance is reserved for special occasions.
Conjuring up a tropical island might well bring to mind the island of Makura in the Shepherds Islands of Vanuatu. Makura is small, but it is actually the peak of a primeval volcano. The other existing ramparts of the volcanic rim are believed to be the neighboring islands of Emae and Mataso. Roughly 3,000 people call the Shepherds Islands home and Makura Island is one of these populated islands. The easy-going islanders live in a small village on the northwestern part of the island amidst a rugged volcanic backdrop.
Aniwa is a small uplifted coral platform in the southernmost province of Vanuatu. A vivid coral reef has formed here in recent times and grows now where tongues of lava once overran the volcanic slopes and flowed into the ocean. As the corals, sponges and anemones overgrow the dark lava rock, schools of vivid reef fish cruise above.
Port Resolution is named after Captain Cook’s famous ship and he was the first known western explorer to describe entering the bay. Located on the southeastern shore of Tanna, Port Resolution has a long black sandy beach with hot springs at its western side. The tiny village at its eastern tip has white sand beaches on the seaward side. The black sand is of volcanic origin and towering behind the bay is Mount Yasur, one of the most active volcanoes in Vanuatu. When Cook first approached the island, he was guided by “a great fire upon it,” which was likely an eruption from Mount Yasur.
Vanuatu's southernmost inhabited island, Aneityum, is a little tropical island paradise. The interior of the island is mountainous and covered with forest and exists at a slightly cooler climate than the rest of the island. Aneityum rests upon two coalescing volcanoes, although volcanic activity ceased long ago, during the late-Pleistocene to Holocene era. Along the coast, pine plantations contrast with coconut palms, white sand beaches and coral reefs.
Inyeug Island, better known as Mystery Island, is part of the Tafea Province of Vanatu, the southernmost collection of islands. This is a picturesque island with large rounded cliffs jutting from the water. The cliffs create protected lagoons with some of the lightest, clearest waters in the world. The island is, with the exception of an airstrip used twice weekly, made up entirely of beaches and reefs. This place is ideal for relaxing, swimming and snorkelling in the tranquil waters, where many diverse tropical fishes hide between the corals.
With its elegant urban infrastructure in a stunning natural setting, Noumea is a truly unique island and part of the New Caledonia archipelago. Noumea started as a penal colony, but has since evolved to a lovely metropolis and today has almost two thirds of New Caledonia’s population. While much of the archipelago of New Caledonia has a large percentage of Kanak people – the indigenous inhabitants who live in tribal areas across the country – Noumea is predominantly European with a strong French influence.

Named by Captain Cook in the 18th century for its prominent, spiny pine trees, Île des Pins is a vibrantly beautiful island located in the Pacific Ocean and part of the New Caledonia archipelago. Surrounded by some of the world’s brightest aquamarine blue water, the island has also been nicknamed as “the closest island to paradise,” with tropical fish and coral that can be seen through the transparent waters of its lagoon. Île des Pins was used in the 19th century as a prison for political exiles from France and remains can still be seen at Kuto and in the village of Ouro.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Bundaberg is the provincial hub of a vibrant, unique region, and is centred on the picturesque Burnett River at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. The area around Bundaberg was used for logging and milling in the mid-19th century, but eventually sugarcane was planted and raw sugar is still one of the main exports. Molasses, a sugar by-product, has made Bundaberg quite famous for its use in making rum. Rum and the Bundaberg distillery play a significant role in the commerce and culture of Bundaberg.
Frazer Island is a World Heritage site listed for the diversity and beauty it holds. Despite being a sand island, Fraser has over 100 lakes and the landscape changes constantly as dunes are moved across the island by wind. With over 350 bird species recorded, Fraser Island is also part of an ‘Important Bird Area’ and on the ‘Australian National Heritage’ list. The island can be explored by 4WD coach and kayak. In addition to the natural history, there is a rich Butchulla Aboriginal culture here.
Great Keppel Island is the largest island in the Keppel Island Group in the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, southeast of Yeppoon. Geologically, this island used to be part of the Australian mainland until about 5 million years ago, but was isolated when the sea level rose and flooded the mainland. It is called a ‘Continental Island’. In April 1770, Captain Cook sailed his ship the HMS Endeavour into the bay on the island and named if Keppel Bay in honor of Rear Admiral Augustus Keppel.
Wistari Reef is a shallow, coral reef platform reef in the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, about 50 miles east of the mainland town of Gladstone. It is adjacent to Heron Island, separated only by a deep-sea channel. In the winter months, large numbers of humpback whales pass through this channel on their migratory journey up north from Antarctica.
The 74 Whitsunday Islands group was named by Captain Cook who sailed through this area in July of 1770. The archipelago is scattered on both sides of the Whitsunday Passage, with the islands rising out of the sea as the tips of underwater mountains. Many feature a hilly terrain and fringes of coral reefs around them. All but five of the Whitsundays are predominantly or totally national park territory. A few of the islands are inhabited or developed into tourist resorts, such as Hamilton, Daydream and Hayman. The actual Great Barrier Reef is some 36 miles (57 km) from Shute Harbour.

This coastal city has little in the way of sandy beaches or surf, but it does have shady parks, charming colonial buildings, and a boardwalk-flanked waterfront Esplanade with a terrific man-made beach and picnic facilities. The historic town center has thrived recently, with an influx of lively eateries and bars. There are also some excellent museum and a world-class aquarium.

Tourism is the lifeblood of Cairns (pronounced Caans). The city makes a good base for exploring the wild top half of Queensland, and tens of thousands of international travelers use it as a jumping-off point for activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling trips to the Barrier Reef, as well as boating, fishing, parasailing, scenic flights, and rain-forest treks.It's a tough environment, with intense heat and fierce wildlife.

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Medallion Suite

408 ft² / 38m² including a private balcony

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Veranda Suite

280 ft² / 26m² including a private balcony

From US$ 22,200
Vista Suite

269 ft² / 25m²

From US$ 19,900
View Suite

181 ft² / 16.8m²

From US$ 15,100
Explorer Suite

186 ft² / 17.3 m²

From US$ 13,500
Fares shown are per guest

included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • *Free transfers available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer

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Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 408 ft² / 38m² including a private balcony

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line.

Fares from Waitlist

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9813 - Port Vila to Cairns
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationary
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Balcony with wooden parquet with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa that can accomodate an additional guest
  • Living room with sitting area and convertible sofa to accomodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Laundry service
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Illy® Espresso machine
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Bose Sound Touch 30 with Bluetooth connectivity (use Bose APP or direct Bluetooth connection)

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note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
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Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite
Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite
Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite
Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 280 ft² / 26m² including a private balcony

A Silversea signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony with patio furniture. Veranda Suites lavishly accommodate three guests.

Fares from US$ 22,200 (Per guest)

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9813 - Port Vila to Cairns
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Balcony with wooden parquet with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa that can accommodate an additional guest up to the age of 14 years old. (Veranda Suites 601, 602, 603, 604 only)
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access

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note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Veranda View deck US$ 22,200 request a quote
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 269 ft² / 25m²

A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed.

Fares from US$ 19,900 (Per guest)

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9813 - Port Vila to Cairns
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • Personalised stationary
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Two large view windows
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Vista View deck US$ 19,900 request a quote
Silver Discoverer - View Suite
Silver Discoverer - View Suite
Silver Discoverer - View Suite
Silver Discoverer - View Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 181 ft² / 16.8m²

Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day.

Fares from US$ 15,100 (Per guest)

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9813 - Port Vila to Cairns
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • View window
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
View View deck US$ 15,100 request a quote
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 186 ft² / 17.3 m²

As spacious as a Explorer Suite, enjoy the passing scenery through two porthole windows. An enchanting retreat, Explorer Suites exude cosy opulence and a cushy seating area perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.

Fares from US$ 13,500 (Per guest)

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9813 - Port Vila to Cairns
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth connectivity
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Two portholes
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage draws
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Writing desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Explorer View deck US$ 13,500 request a quote
Fares shown are per guest

Silver Discoverer

Silversea's loyal following of adventure travellers can now explore the remote archipelagos of the vast Pacific aboard the sleek, 116-guest Silver Discoverer cruise ship. She's the perfect platform for viewing these untamed landscapes, with all ocean-view suites and plenty of deck space so that a breaching whale or a pod of dolphins is always within sight. Silver Discoverer’s shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, and with a fleet of 12 Zodiacs, guests can land on isolated shores and explore wetlands and submerged ecosystems, up-close and in-depth.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

1 Hotel

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

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Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Day 1 — Port Vila, Vanuatu
Embark the Silver Discoverer for this stunning Silversea Expedition – Pearls of the Coral Sea. This afternoon, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and attend a safety briefing. Tonight we invite you to familiarize yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travellers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.

Day 2 — Pentecost and Ambrym, Vanuatu
In the early morning Silver Discoverer will be in front of Pentecost Island. We will go ashore via Zodiac to witness one of the most unusual socio-religious events in Vanuatu and the South Pacific. You will be astounded by the daring of the young men of Pentecost as they dive head first from a specially constructed 30 metre tower onto the bare earth at the base. This ceremony takes place only during the months of April to June when the vines to which the men have tied themselves have the right moisture content to be flexible enough to take the impact of the fall.

This ceremony welcomes in the yam harvest and is a celebration for the whole village which turns out in traditional costume to dance and chant, whipping the atmosphere into an excited frenzy of dance, activity and noise. Depending on the age and daring of the participants the height from which they jump will increase and it really is a leap of faith –which ends with the head of the jumper touching the softened ground.

After the dance we can tour the local village and meet the children who may sing for us and show us around their school and village. 

During lunch Silver Discoverer sails south to Ambrym, another very special island. Ambrym is a volcanic and active (!) island with dark beaches.

Ambrym is known as the island of magic and of the 113 local language of Vanuatu 5 alone are spoken on Ambrym –apart from Bislama, one of the three official languages of the country.

We will go ashore near Ranon to have a look at the local community and see the very unique Rom dance. Normally these dances are only shown during grade-taking ceremonies or men’s secret society meetings and on those occasions the participants actually prepare their masks and costumes in secrecy.

Apart from the mesmerizing Rom dance we will be entertained by one of the local string bands and hope to see some of Vanuatu’s sand drawings. Although some might simply see them as aesthetically pleasing drawings, UNESCO has recognised them as a local “writing” system and inscribed them on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
                                                                                           
Day 3 — Makura Island, Vanuatu
Makura in the Shepherds is not only a small island with steep slopes on the east and south side and sandy beaches on the north and northwestern shore, but it is actually the peak of a primeval volcano. The other existing ramparts of the volcanic rim are believed to be the neighbouring islands of Emae and Mataso. Roughly 3,000 people call the Shepherds Islands home and Makura Island has a rather small population mainly living on the northwestern side, close to the beach. We hope to visit this village with its rugged volcanic backdrop and apart from a viewing a cultural presentation might hike towards the top of the island.

Day 4 — Aniwa and Port Resolution, Tanna, Vanuatu                      
During the morning Silver Discoverer will be in front of Aniwa Island, a small uplifted coral platform in the southernmost province of Vanuatu. A vivid coral reef has formed here in recent times and grows now where tongues of lava once overran the volcanic slopes and flowed into the ocean. As the corals, sponges and anemones overgrow the dark lava rock, schools of vivid reef fish cruise above. Apart from snorkelling and swimming over this young reef, we might also get to visit the village ashore –although this is very much tide-dependent.
During lunch Silver Discoverer will continue to sail south to reach Tanna and Port Resolution –named after Captain Cook’s famous ship. Tanna’s local community welcomes visitors but is still very much connected to their tradition and custom.

Going ashore onto the black sandy beach –an indication of the volcanic activity of the island- we will be welcomed on the beach by the inhabitants of the nearby village. There will be an activity by the John Frum Cargo Cult singers. The men and women will present some traditional dances and will later take you on a tour of their village and demonstrate daily living skills in a subsistence economy.

At 4pm we will embark 4WD vehicles to reach an area close to the summit of Mount Yasur -the most accessible explosive volcano in the world. Locals believe their spirit god dwells in there so it is a sacred place to the local tribes. Be amazed by the power beneath your feet and stand in awe of the fireworks display at sunset. Local guides will instruct you on safe viewing areas depending on the wind and levels of activity.

Day 5 — Aneghowhat, Aneityum Island, and Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Aneityum is a little tropical island paradise and is Vanuatu's southernmost inhabited island. The interior is mountainous and covered with forest. Along the coast, pine plantations contrast with coconut palms, white sand beaches and coral reefs. Aneghowhat is the main settlement on its southwestern side Aneityum is a good island for walking with a slightly cooler climate. After a visit to Aneityum we will transfer to Inyeug Island, better known as Mystery Island. This small island southwest of Aneityum holds the airstrip –used only twice a week- but otherwise is all beaches and reefs. We want to make the most of the afternoon relaxing on the beach or swimming and snorkelling in the tranquil waters looking for the many tropical fishes hiding between the corals.

Day 6 — Noumea, New Caledonia
Noumea started as a penal colony but since the country is very rich in resources, especially Nickel and other minerals, and Noumea has a large natural harbour, the city has attracted many settlers and today prides itself to have almost two thirds of the country’s population living in Greater Noumea.

While New Caledonia has a large percentage of the Kanak –the indigenous inhabitants- living in tribal areas across the country, Noumea is predominantly European (French) influenced.
The city’s centre and Place de Cocotiers, the main park, are located close to the harbour and several churches date back to the late 19th century and the creation of Noumea’s business district through landfills into the lagoon.

Apart from many marinas and several long beaches to the south, with an excellent aquarium at Anse Vata, Noumea has an outstanding collection of Kanak and South Pacific objects at the Museum of New Caledonia. An architectural highlight is the Tjibaou Cultural Centre. The structure resembles sails or the roofs of Kanak houses hidden behind mangroves and is one of the most stunning man-made views the Pacific has to offer.   

Day 7 — Île des Pins, New Caledonia
Île des Pins most prominent features are the New Caledonia pines –after which the island was named when seen by Captain Cook. Silver Discoverer will anchor in front of Kuto Bay and we will take our Zodiacs to land at Kuto’s little pier. Vao is the main settlement close to Kuto and Kanumera and has interesting local carvings next to a Catholic monument and the village’s chefferie, the residence of the main chief.

The beaches at Kuto and close-by Kanumera are some of the finest beaches in the South Pacific and while Kuto is for swimming, Kanumera and the giant rock in its bay are for snorkelling. At low tide a sandbar extends to the rock –but since the local Kanak consider it sacred, it is forbidden to climb onto it. For those who still would like to do a bit of climbing, a hike to Pic Nga, at 262 metres the island’s highest elevation, can be arranged.

The island was used in the 19th century as a prison for political exiles from France and remains can still be seen at Kuto, near the landing site and at nearby Ouro.
           
Days 8-9 — Days at Sea, crossing the Coral Sea
Silver Discoverer will be crossing the Coral Sea for the following two days. This will give you time to relax, to make use of the Gym and Spa, to enjoy views of the open ocean from the outer decks and meet with fellow travellers for a drink in the Explorer Lounge or next to the Pool Bar.

On the other hand, our team of lecturers would like to entertain you with information and stories about the area we are travelling through and the various highlights Australia’s east coast has in store for us. Attend a lecture or seminar and sample the culinary specialties prepared by our Executive Chef and his galley team.

Day 10 — Bundaberg, Australia
Today Silver Discoverer will enter Australia. Bundaberg is the provincial hub of a vibrant, unique region, and is centred on the picturesque Burnett River at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. The area around Bundaberg was used for logging and milling in the mid-19th century, but eventually sugarcane was planted and raw sugar still is one of the main export articles. One of the by-products has made Bundaberg quite famous: the rum made from molasses. Since the rum and distillery are not only famous but important to Bundaberg, we would like to offer a Rum Distillery Experience. Explore the museum housed within one of the retired bond stores, where you’ll move through a series of converted 75,000 litre oak vats which have matured hundreds of thousands of litres of Bundaberg Rum. You will also see the world’s largest collection of Bundaberg Rum bottles since the very first bottle was produced in 1888. This is a fully immersive rum experience, where you will get the same sense of scale and awe that the distillery team gets to experience every day.

Bundaberg has the most significant mainland turtle-nesting beach at Mon repos, and can count many heritage-listed buildings. Other interesting features of Bundaberg are the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, honouring a local aviator, and the Bundaberg Botanical Gardens –apart from several national parks in the region.

Day 11 — Fraser Island, Australia
Discover the beauty of World Heritage Listed Fraser Island aboard a purpose built, air-conditioned 4WD coach. Learn about the natural and cultural history of Fraser Island, at 1840 square kilometres the largest sand island in the world. You will visit and swim the crystal clear waters of the islands most famous and most spectacular lake, Lake McKenzie. At the historic central station in the heart of the island you can walk along the banks of the Wanggoolba Creek and immerse yourself in the peacefulness of the rainforest.
Another way to discover some of Fraser Island's native birdlife and marine life is to join an experienced ranger on a guided canoe paddle in the waters of the Great Sandy Strait. Canoes are suitable for either 2 or 3 guests. Paddle for one hour just offshore in the beautiful coastal waters to try and spot the fish, rays and birds. Keep a sharp lookout, as you may even get a chance viewing of a turtle, dolphin or dugong that also call the waters of Fraser Island home.

The Butchulla people are the traditional owners of K'gari (Fraser Island). They lived in harmony with the seasons, the land and sea whilst maintaining a perfect balance between spiritual, social and family connections. Today the Butchulla people continue to walk the cultural pathway of their ancestors. You can discover how the Butchulla people survived and thrived on the island during an interesting and informative walking tour. Learn which bush foods are in season and how to use snake vine for a headache and the tea tree for a cold.  You will uncover all sorts of native bush tucker in the natural environment and discover how to heal yourself in the bush on this guided stroll.

Despite the island being a sand island, it has over 100 lakes and the landscape changes constantly as dunes are being moved across the island by the wind. Although the speed of 1 to 2 metres a year seems to be slow, this certainly changes the island’s appearance. With over 350 bird species recorded, Fraser Island is part of an Important Bird Area and on the Australian National Heritage list.

Day 12 — Great Keppel Island, Australia
Great Keppel Island is slightly north of the Tropic of Capricorn and enjoys an ideal sub-tropical climate. Seen and named by Captain Cook in 1770, the island with its close to 1500 hectares is a sanctuary to extensive native flora and fauna. Seventeen white sand beaches ring the island, inviting swimming and snorkelling. Dolphins can be seen close to the main beaches, while humpback whales visits to Keppel Bay have increased in the last couple of years.
Island bush walking affords chances to see brushtail possums, blue-tongued lizards and goannas, while bird-watchers will be looking for White-breasted Sea Eagles, Brahminy Kites, and Ospreys, Pied Oystercatchers, Beach Stone Curlews, as well as Rainbow Bee-eaters, Peaceful Doves, Varied Honeyeaters, friarbirds and kookaburras.

Silver Discoverer will be anchored in front of Great Keppel Island until late in the evening, permitting the use of the island’s crystal clear waters and the island itself for a full day.   
                                                                                                                                                           
Day 13 — Wistari Reef, Australia
Next to Heron Island, Wistari Reef is a special place: a natural coral reef some 60 kms off the coast of Queensland on the Great Barrier Reef. This is one of the best places to experience the underwater wonder of the world. The reef, with a myriad of colourful coral and reef fish, is at your fingertips. Although the breeding season is from October to March, neighbouring Heron Island has a resident population of around 4,000 turtles. Since they live around Wistari Reef and Heron Reef all year, one can expect to see turtles in the water anytime. Throughout most of the year Heron Island is a breeding and nesting sanctuary for a huge variety of birds. The biggest populations are the Black Noddies, Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and Eastern Reef Egrets. In certain months, up to 100,000 birds flock to the island. Other birds found breeding and living on the island are Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrikes, Buff-banded Rails, Capricorn Silvereyes, Sacred Kingfishers, Silver Gulls and White-bellied Sea Eagles. The University of Queensland has a world class marine research facility on the island, not only researching and monitoring but also teaching.

We will make the most of bird-watching, swimming, and snorkelling.

Day 14 — Hardy Reef, Australia
Today Silver Discoverer will visit Hardy Reef –part of the Great Barrier Reef, off the Whitsundays coast of Australia. Hardy Reef is one of the many thousand small reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef. Its coral wall is home to an ecosystem of magnificent corals and marine life. Hundreds of fish species at Hardy will surprise and delight. The reef has been chosen to place pontoons so that visitors have specific protected areas where they can swim and snorkel and marvel at the many underwater wonders, amongst them the giant gropers. There are many other reef options in the area and we will choose our swimming and snorkelling spots based on sea conditions.

Day 15 — Townsville, Australia
This morning Silver Discoverer will go alongside in Townsville.
Enjoy en encounter with locals, hear about the regions history and discover first hand unique insights into what makes Townsville in North Queensland such a special place to live. You will be transferred to Mrs. Smith’s Parlour, a historic venue is only opened for special occasions.  Here you will be introduced to a group of passionate locals and you will be enjoying a morning tea created with local produce followed by a unique look at Townsville’s Central Business District area.

If you would like to visit Magnetic Island, a 30 minute ferry ride will get you to the home to Northern Australia's largest colony of koalas living in the wild. You could stay on land and discover the geology, history and wildlife during a bus tour. Two thirds of the island is a national park and the eucalypt forests and rugged landscape provide the ideal home for koalas and many other Australian animals. On the other hand, if you would like to help the Reef Recovery project, you could join scientists in removing Macro Algae from research quadrants. This second option has a limited capacity and you need to have snorkel experience.

If you would like to see the Cape Cleveland Lighthouse you will cross Cleveland Bay by local boat, taking in the views of Townsville along the way. On arrival to Cape Cleveland you will be taken ashore by barge. Then you can walk up to the lighthouse and enjoy historical displays with regional lighthouse guides. Cape Cleveland Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be built in Townsville in 1879 and is one of the region’s most sought after destinations. Spend your time taking in the natural beauty that Cape Cleveland has to offer. The isolation and beauty of this part of North Queensland is striking.

For those bent on independent exploration and keen on the Bounty history, the Museum of Tropical Queensland has an exhibition about HMS Pandora, Captain Edward Edwards’ ship sent to find the Bounty mutineers and eventually wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef.
During the afternoon the onboard Videographer will present the final version of our Voyage-DVD.                

Day 16 — Cairns, Australia                  
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.
                                                                  
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.

360 DEGREES OF GIVING
They say it’s better to give than to receive, luckily we have the opportunity to do both. The friendly villagers we visit throughout our expedition welcome us with such warm hearts, and we receive so much from them, that we want to make sure we’re giving right back.
In the spirit of goodwill, we greatly encourage you to help us support the local communities we will be visiting. Gifts may consist of second-hand children’s clothing, school supplies (pencils, pens, and writing tablets), and medical supplies (Band-Aids, antiseptic wipes, and first aid items). Supplies received will be collected on board by the Expedition Team and evenly distributed throughout the villages as we visit.

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