Summary : Immerse yourself in a vibrant culture sustained by storytelling and the “Love Dance”. Snorkel in one of the top 10 diving sites in the world and discover the wreckage of a sunken Japanese battleship. Dive into Indo-Pacific lagoons for mesmerizing underwater shows. Explore the seldom-visited, 500 people-island of Satawal, best-known for its master navigators and old-time canoes. Experience the delicious flavors of taro and breadfruit in remote Nukuoro. Enjoy a history lesson as you stroll through National Historical Landmarks and the ruined city of Nan Madol with its 100-islets view.
**Price includes diving. Conditions apply.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Diving, Hiking, Snorkeling
$999,999,999 to $0
Embark the ship in the afternoon 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.
The beautiful coral reef of Ngulu Atoll welcomes you as the Chief of the island greets you and local dancers put on an unforgettable performance. Snorkel or dive into the natural lagoon filled with indigenous tropical fish like the iridescent blue-green Reef Chromis. Don’t forget to look out for the Black-napped Tern and Red-footed Boobies.
Savor nature at its best. Swim, snorkel, dive, bird-watch and bask in the Caroline Islands as you wish. Explore the relics of a Japanese fishing boat that made it there due to a typhoon in the 70’s. Discover wildlife such as Fairy Terns, dazzling Sweetlips and swimming Hump-head Wrass.
Enjoy a day at your leisure exchanging notes with fellow travelers and taking advantage of the luxurious amenities aboard the ship. Spot seabirds flying miles from their nesting grounds. Hear a lecture, relax into an interesting book, or find tranquility in the comfort of your suite and watch a movie.
Satawal, "The Island of Navigators," is known for its early canoes and traditional navigational techniques. In fact, the best-known Satawal master navigator, Mau Piailug, served as a teacher to the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s founding members. Delight in greetings by the island’s children and learn of ancient banana and hibiscus fiber preparations for weaving. Immerse yourself in the island’s art from abstract designs to all sorts of animal wood carvings on an enjoyable walking tour. Sing, dance, snorkel and perhaps take the opportunity to visit a friendly local’s hut.
Visit the island’s three main villages including Pollap Attol, Tamatam and Fanadik for a unique cultural experience. Besides the beautiful and peaceful setting, it’s a chance to absorb the local culture as you meet village chiefs and enjoy a traditional welcome performance. Learn more about navigation techniques and what it takes to live and survive on an isolated and remote atoll. Explore the lagoon’s underwater world in a handmade canoe. Finish the day by learning the "Love Dance" from the locals.
Truk Lagoon, also known as Chuuk Lagoon, is a little over 1,100 miles north-east of New Guinea. This coral atoll is still in its coral formation stages; so many basalt islands remain above the lagoon’s surface. Outside the protective reef, there are over 30 coral sand islands. Truk is considered one of the top 10 diving sites in the world, so the scenery is ideal for diving. You can also explore the 50-feet deep wreckage of a sunken Japanese battleship, which is believed to house the remains of fighter aircraft, bulldozers and motorcycles.
Keep an eye out for Spinner dolphins on the approach to Oroluk Island, the only one to have survived the cyclones through the years. Over 25 sandy islets have been wiped out over time. We’ll wade ashore knee-deep to meet the whole population of the island - about a dozen or so. Take a stroll along the beach looking for nesting seabirds, such as Black Noddies, Micronesian Starlings and White-tailed tropicbirds. Swim, snorkel and dive for your very own underwater show where marine life takes center stage.
Pohnpei is a volcanic island whose quarries produced prismatic columns used to construct the ancient kingdoms at Nan Madol. Explore the ruins of Nan Madol and its crisscross canals leading to some of the 100 man-made islets. Learn the history of the kingdom and its rise and fall from the onboard anthropologist.
Nukuoro is one of the most stunning islets in the South Pacific with a population of less than 500. The island is completely remote with no airstrip, just occasional boats sailing by every few months. Embark on a magnificent tour through greenery and past taro patches. Discover where and how copra is prepared and find out where taro, bananas and breadfruit are grown. Explore Nukuoro on your own and interact with the friendly locals. Divers and snorkelers alike may see a hawksbill turtle, schools of barracuda, moray eels and many cowrie shells.
You’re in for a treat with your visit to Kapingamarangi, the most southerly atoll of the country and of the Caroline Islands. Using our Zodiacs we will cross the five-nautical-mile lagoon to visit the small community of islanders. Kapingamaringi consists of over 33 wooded islets on the east and mostly submerged islets on the west side of the lagoon. Visit local homes, try fresh coconut milk and munch on orange pandanus fruit. The islanders are renowned for their woodcarving skills and an opportunity is given to appreciate their talents. The crystal-clear waters are yours to enjoy, so swim and snorkel away as you watch the handmade sailing canoes carrying dried pandanus leaves used for mat-weaving.
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. 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.
Kasolo Island is more popularly known as Kennedy Island because it is the historically famous landmark where JFK was marooned during World War II. Amid great publicity, the remains of the sunken PT-109 warship on which he was stationed, were discovered in nearby Blackett Strait. Today, Kennedy Island is a popular dive site for wreck seekers.
James A. Michener once described Marovo Lagoon as the eighth wonder of the world. One of the world's largest double-barrier-reef enclosed lagoons, this isolated spot has been proposed for UNESCO World Heritage listing. Marovo is famous for its extensive coral reef ecosystems, teeming tropical fish and exceptional dive sites. Just as fabulous is the snorkeling. Feather stars and nudibranches, vase sponges and gorgonian fans, lion fish and octopus, morays and pygmy manta rays are all part of this truly remarkable marine environment. Birders can look for osprey, Brahmany kite and kingfishers, while hikers might venture into the forests on one of the many islands of the Marovo Lagoon.
Following breakfast, disembark the vessel.
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 and logbooks showing activity in the last 18 months 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 to pre-register.
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).
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.