Yasawa Islands, Fiji –
The lovely Yasawa Islands are entered via the turquoise waters if Buasali Bay. Hilltops of Sawa-i-Lau offer panoramic views, while the swimming or snorkelling in the bay is a highlight as well. Residents offer a warm welcome in the village of Nabukeru.
Pentecost and Ambrym, Vanuatu –
Vanuatu is a nation of contrasts. On Pentecost Island daring young men dive headfirst from a 30-meter tower, connected by lengths of natural vine, in a ceremony meant to welcome the yam harvest. The island of Ambrym is home of the famed “Rom” dance and drawings that were recognized by UNESCO for their cultural significance.
Roderick Bay, Florida Islands, Solomon Islands –
Sandfly Passage leads to Roderick Bay, where huge trees give shade to picture-perfect little beaches. Here lie the remnants of a locally famous shipwreck that nature has begun reclaiming with plants above water and coral beneath. It is possible to snorkel beneath the ruins and see a wide array of sea life, including feather stars, vase sponges and even octopi.
Njari Island, Solomon Islands –
While this is the smallest of the Solomon Island, the rarely visited little Njari Island is a snorkeler’s dream, boasting one of the highest species counts of fish and coral species ever recorded.
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea –
Papua New Guinea is rich in natural history as well as historical importance 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.
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 Polynesian and Melanesian welcomes
• Witness Vanuatu’s spectacular traditional dances and land diving ceremonies
• Wander a local market in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea with all the sights and smells therein
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, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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