Pristine Islands of the South Pacific

South Pacific Cruise

  • Silver Discoverer
  • Expedition Ship
  • 120 Capacity
  • 19 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • Nov 19 Thu
  • Price from
  • $14,250

Summary : Experience captivating islands of the South Pacific including Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands. Immerse yourself in Polynesian culture with the rare ceramic and weaving techniques of Choiseul Island. Explore untouched reef islands teeming with coconut crabs, nesting seabirds and endangered turtles. Discover the lush green island of Butaritari in all its glory with its flourishing fruit trees. Wake up your taste buds with local favorites like breadfruit, fresh coconut milk and pandanus. Discover pristine, thousand year-olds coral reefs and experience unforgettable diving in unspoilt waters. Spot a Hawksbill turtle or the endangered sea cow known as dugong. Capture it all in vivid photos to share when you return home from this trip of a lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Diving, Hiking, Snorkeling

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Itinerary
Day 1
Apia, Samoa

Embark the ship in the evening and meet your Expedition Team and attend a safety briefing. Enjoy time to familiarize yourself with your new home away from home, and meet fellow travelers.

Day 2
Asau, Samoa

Visit Asau, which is situated on the northwest coast of Savai'i Island in Samoa. Asau was integral to the Samoan timber industry. Unfortunately, in a 2008 bushfire, more than two thousand acres of trees were destroyed. The breakwater protecting the bay is an old American airstrip from World War II. The port was well used in the past as it was well protected on the east and south by the main land and on the north and west by coral reefs.

Day 3
Mata'utu, Wallis Island

Mata'utu, known for its stunning coral reefs, is a protectorate of France and lies between beautiful Tahiti and Noumea. It’s the largest urban center of Wallis Island. The downtown area is recognized for its cathedral, a French national monument that’s surrounded by markets, hotels and the palace of the King of Uvea.

Day 4
At Sea

Become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found onboard. Gather in the lounge to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Knowledgeable experts in a variety of scientific fields present lectures and seminars, preparing you for the upcoming ports-of-call.

Day 5
Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu

Funafuti, with a population of 5,000 is the most populated atoll in Tuvalu. It’s also home to coconut crabs, nesting seabirds and turtles. Enjoy diving and snorkeling in its offshore bommies and crystal clear blue lagoon waters.

Day 6
Nanumea, Tuvalu

Nanumea is made up of nine coral atolls and islands spread over 400 miles of Pacific Ocean. It’s one of Tuvalu's most beautiful atolls with its very own fresh water pond. Nanumea suffered several Japanese attacks during WWII. A wrecked cargo ship is still visible as well as the remains of a Navy Bomber, other aircraft and military machines.

Day 7
At Sea

A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of the day’s lectures. Join the lectures and hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Knowledgeable staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields.

Day 8
Tarawa Atoll, Kiribati

This central Pacific Ocean atoll is best known as the site of the Battle of Tarawa during World War II where the United Sates Marines secured the island within 76 hours. Its large lagoon and wide reef is home to all kinds of tropical fish and shellfish. The local favorites include papaya, bananas, coconut and breadfruit.

Day 9
Butaritari, Kiribati

Butaritari, the “Scent of the Sea,” was discovered by Spanish explorer, Pedro Fernandez Quiros, in 1606. Butaritariis truly is an underwater playground thanks to its mesmerizing lagoon. Kiribati's greenest island boasts sweet tropical fruits such as breadfruit, bananas, coconut and pandanus.

Day 10
Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands

Majuro is made up of 64 islands in the Marshall Islands, the world’s largest shark sanctuary. This part of the Pacific Ocean has beautiful weather year-round with a temperature that never drops lower than the 70s. About 25,000 people call the oval-shaped Majuro home. Enjoy this charming island which has been called the “Pearl of the Pacific” with its own port, shopping district, hotels and even an international airport.

Day 11
Ailinglaplap Atoll, Marshall Islands

Ailinglaplap, or "greatest atoll," is named after the greatest legends of the Marshallese people. Think crystal blue waters, picturesque landscapes, warm weather and friendly locals.

Day 12
At Sea

A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library, or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard ship. Did you know? All expedition lectures are broadcast from the theatre so that should you prefer, you can enjoy them from the comfort of your suite or stateroom.

Day 13
Yen Yen, Kosrea

The high island of Kosrae is virtually unspoiled because it’s off the traditional paths of travelers. A dream destination for divers, coral reefs surrounding the island are kept in excellent condition through an extensive mooring buoy system. The reefs are seldom visited and contain miles of hard corals. Hikers enjoy its lush vegetation and mountains which have kept the island largely undeveloped. The island's distinct shape resembles a female body, which is why it’s known as "The Island of the Sleeping Lady."

Day 14
Pingelap Atoll, Caroline Islands

The Pingelap Atoll consists of three islands that are connected through a reef system. Locals speak Pingelapese, though English is also spoken. Pingelap is well known in medical circles, especially among geneticists due to the local’s high occurrence of color-blindness. Neurologist Oliver Sacks states in his book “The Island of the Colorblind” that nearly 10% of the population has this condition.

Day 15
At Sea

A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of the day’s lectures. Join the lectures and hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields.

Day 16
Kapingamarangi, Pohnpei

You’re in for a treat visiting Kapingamarangi, the most southerly atoll of the Caroline Islands. Using Zodiacs, cross the five-mile lagoon to visit a small community of islanders. Kapingamaringi consists of over 33 wooded islets on the east and mostly submerged underwater on the west side of the lagoon. Visit locals’ homes, try fresh coconut milk and munch on orange pandanus fruit. Renowned for their woodcarving skills, enjoy an opportunity to see designs reflecting their skills. The crystal-clear waters are calling, so swim and snorkel away as you watch the handmade sailing canoes carrying dried pandanus leaves used for mat weaving.

Day 17
At Sea

Today is a day to relax on deck or peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked library. As you sail towards the Solomon Islands, participate in watching for birds, whales and dolphins on deck, or head to the theatre to learn more about “French” Polynesia and the various artists that tried to make Tahiti their home.

Day 18
Choiseul, Solomon Islands

Choiseul, a rather large island that lies between Bougainville and Santa Isabel is an adventurer’s haven. But the province’s main attraction is its abundant and untouched natural wonders. Think serene nesting beaches for endangered Hawksbill turtles, majestic whales, lush mangroves and juicy coconuts. Choiseul is also a breeding ground of the Loggerhead sea turtle and home to rare pottery and weaving techniques. To add to its beauty, it boasts the highest number of marine-protected sites with plants and wildlife typically found in Australia and New Guinea. Bird lovers rejoice in Choiseul with common sightings of the Sanford's Fish Eagle, the Pacific Black Duck and the Eastern Reef Egret.

Day 19
Honiara, Solomon Islands

Following breakfast, disembark the vessel.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Diving Program: Dives are dependent upon the conditions and included in the cruise price. Divers must be advanced with full certification which will need to be provided before embarking the vessel. Dive medical travel insurance is required. Divers must bring their own gear such as BCD and regulator. Weight belts and tanks will be provided. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for further details.

Included:
Suite accommodations; onboard meals and entertainment; butler service; snorkeling gear; diving; gratuities aboard ship (except spa); complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select wines, champagnes, spirits, soda, water and coffee).

Not Included:
Airfare; transfers and luggage handling; optional shore excursions; park entrance fees; government fees and taxes; passport expenses; some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars; laundry or valet services; items of a personal nature such as boutique purchases, medical care, and spa services; fuel surcharge may apply.