Join us to experience the highlights of Melanesia and Micronesia; the true gems of the regions. Starting in Cairns, Silver Explorer will sail through Papua New Guinea and will finally visit several little islands in Yap before reaching Guam. This voyage will lead you from active volcanoes to underwater wonders to Lamotrek’s beautiful blue lagoon. You can swim and snorkel or look for seabird colonies on isolated islands. Photograph active hot springs and mud pools and study volcanoes at the Volcano Observatory. Meet local communities and prepare to be impressed by the 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.
Dei Dei Hot Springs, Fergusson Island, Papua New Guinea –
As part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the D’Entrecasteaux Islands, and especially Fergusson Island, are former but now extinct volcanoes. The area close to Dei Dei village shows active thermal springs and mud pools.
Kuiawa Island, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea –
In the early 20th century the Trobriand Islands were made famous as the “Islands of Love”. Explore Kuiawa’s village with the small houses for people and the specially built yam houses. Yams are a very important part of the Trobriand culture and the central festival of the year is a yam festival for which groups will prepare special songs and dances.
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea –
Papua New Guinea is rich in natural history as well as historical importance not only dating back to World War II. Rabaul’s highlights include frenetic local markets, the Volcano Observatory, museums in Kokopo, and panoramic views of Blanche Bay and the Duke of York Islands.
Tuam, Papua New Guinea –
Located off the north-eastern coastline of Papua New Guinea, Tuam Island is built of uplifted coral reef limestone. The small village on the eastern side of the island is at sea-level and has a wall of palm fronds to protect the houses from the prevailing winds. The reef wall off the northwestern side of the island is quite spectacular.
Satawal, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia –
Satawal, “The Island of Navigators,” is known for its early canoes and traditional navigational techniques. Satawal’s Mau Piailug served as a teacher to the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s founding members. The village and canoes houses are all on the western side, the only area where the reef permits a landing.
Lamotrek, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia –
Silver Explorer will enter the lagoon of Lamotrek Atoll to reach Lamotrek Island. This island has one of the highest counts of traditional navigators and ocean-going canoes. Conditions permitting one might sail a canoe inside the lagoon.
Gaferut, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia –
Gaferut is a tiny uninhabited island in Yap that is a haven for seabirds and turtles. Masked, Red-footed and Brown Boobies, Lesser and Great Frigatebirds, Brown and Black Noddies and White Terns are all residents, making this destination ideal for nature lovers.
- Visit small island communities to experience Melanesian and Micronesian welcomes
- Witness the Trobriand Islander’s spectacular traditional dances
- Wander a local market in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea with all the sights and smells therein
- Meet the traditional navigators of Satawal and Lamotrek and see their ocean-going canoes.
Wildlife Watch List:
- Birds: Melanesian Scrubfowl, Common White Tern, Lesser Frigatebird, Brown Booby, Red-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, Pacific Reef Heron
- Underwater: feather stars, colourful nudibranchs, vase sponges, gorgonian fans, lionfish and octopi, 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 activities. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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