Summary : Your cruise will begin with a visit to the Solomon Islands. This archipelago of over 900 mostly volcanic islands remains a secret destination in the South Pacific. Its mountainous and often rugged landscapes are covered in lush, tropical vegetation. In addition to encounters with the locals, you will enjoy stunning white-sand beaches and be able to swim and snorkel in its crystal-clear waters. Le Laperouse will then set sail for Papua New Guinea, a fascinating land that is home to no fewer than 700 ethnic groups within a very rich ecosystem. Your call at Tufi, to the south of the island, will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your trip. Be charmed by this picturesque region, dubbed the “Scandinavia of the Tropics” due to its fjords, produced from volcanic activities—a unique and preserved setting, inhabited by Papuan tribes who will be proud to share their culture and art with you.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$5,350 to $15,380
Fly from Brisbane to Honiara on an included flight. Transfer from the airport to the ship to embark the vessel in the afternoon.
Gizo is situated on Ghizo Island and is the second largest town in the Solomon Islands, after the capital, Honiara. The people of the Western Province are regarded as among the most skilled carvers in the world. They produce carvings from various woods including ebony and rosewood. These amazingly intricate carvings can take months to make and accordingly command a high price. There are plenty of opportunities for world class snorkeling, diving and underwater photography throughout the Western province and the Islands around Ghizo are considered among the most popular. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the traditional markets of Gizo.
Often described as the “Scandinavia of the tropics”. The spectacular Tufi “fjords” plunge and rise the water making for a spectacular backdrop. The traditional way of life plays an important role among the villagers with many living in isolated areas along the coast of Cape Nelson and on the slopes of Mount Trafalgar. The area is known for its production of tapa cloth, made from the bark of the paper mulberry tree and skillfully decorated. Guests will travel into the ancient mangrove forests of the fjords to witness one of the most colorful traditional performances in all of Papua New Guinea. There is also the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the clear waters of Kamoa Beach.
Disembark the vessel after breakfast.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Bilingual Departures: All departures are French/English.
One-way flight from Brisbane to Honiara; transfer from Honiara airport to ship; meals on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; luggage transfer between pier and ship; mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals, afternoon tea; open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands - list available upon request); port and safety taxes; crew gratuities; 24-hour room service; butler service for guests staying in Suites. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned; spa charges; beverages other than those mentioned; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); fuel surcharge may apply.
Photo Credit: © Lorraine Turci, © Nathalie Michel, © Ponant