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Revealing the Mysteries of Melanesia

South Pacific Cruise

Summary : Considered by some as the “happiest country in the world”, Vanuatu, with its 83 islands, unfurls a palette of extremely varied landscapes. Active volcanoes, beaches bordered by palm trees, and tropical forests welcome visitors to this exceptional archipelago located in Melanesia. In Tanna, home to the John Frum Cargo Cult, do not miss out on exploring the imposing Mt Yasur, considered to be the most accessible active volcano in the world. During your cruise, you will have the opportunity to visit several traditional villages, particularly on the islands of Malekula, Ambrym, and Ureparapara. Their inhabitants will be happy to share their customs, notable for singing, dancing and art, with you. Le Laperouse will also allow you to disembark onto beautiful beaches. The famous “blue holes” of Espiritu Santo, the archipelago’s main island, promise you an unforgettable experience in an idyllic setting.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins


Inquire about special offers for honeymooners, wedding anniversaries, groups, and first time travelers with this shipping company. Subject to change.

Prices from
$7,570 to $16,970

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Day 1
Noumea, New Caledonia

Embark the vessel in the afternoon.

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Day 3
Tanna Island

Milford Sound fjord is one of the most beautiful natural sites in New Zealand. Located on the southwest coast of the South Island in the Fiorldland National Park, this magnificent inlet was carved out by glaciers during the ice age. Majestic cliffs surge out of the dark waters, and impressive waterfalls cascade down the sheer rock faces. In the heart of this wilderness, you'll be able to visit a floating underwater observatory, only accessible by boat, to study the wonders of aquatic life while you stay dry.

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Honiara, Guadalcanal / Brisbane, Australia

Disembark the vessel after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Brisbane, Australia.


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 Honiara to Brisbane; transfer from ship to Honiara airport; meals on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; luggage transfer between pier and ship; snorkeling; 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 the Owner's Suite, Grand Deluxe Suites, Privilege Suites, and Deck 6 Prestige Suites. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

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, Wi-Fi, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); fuel surcharge may apply.

Photos ©: Wolfgang Kaehler, Nathalie Michel, Ponant

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