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Embark on an extraordinary 17-day expedition cruise with Heritage Expeditions that unveils the hidden wonders of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Sail into a world few have experienced, rich with history, diverse cultures, and captivating wildlife. Visit idyllic islands and remote villages where time-honoured traditions thrive and where elaborately costumed dancers welcome you into their vibrant world.

Navigate the culturally significant Sepik River, cross the Bismarck Sea, and explore secluded shores and villages that maintain traditional lifestyles. Immerse yourself in the heritage and natural beauty of New Ireland and New Britain.

As your ship crosses the Buka Channel to Nissan Island, you'll see poignant reminders of World War II. Enter the long-isolated realm of Bougainville, becoming among the first travellers to return in over two decades. Journey through the pristine waters of the Solomon Islands, where new vistas and unexpected encounters await. Discover Tetepare Island, a conservation jewel of the South Pacific, and more.

Melanesia boasts spectacular reefs teeming with vibrant fish and coral gardens of every colour. These waters, offering some of the world's richest marine diversity, provide unparalleled snorkelling opportunities.

For bird enthusiasts, this itinerary is a treasure trove of rare species on remote islands seldom visited. Spot endemic birds like the Solomon Sea Eagle and the Vanikoro White-eye. With exceptional birding potential, this expedition features an optional specialised birding program with customised excursions to maximise your experience.

Highlights

  • A unique cruise to explore seldom-visited destinations in Micronesia
  • Visit historical sites and get further insights from local communities
  • Admire remarkable and fascinating marine life on snorkelling excursions in some of the world's most vibrant reef systems
  • Visit idyllic islands and remote villages

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Cairns Australia
Day 2: Madang, Papua New Guinea
Day 3: Sepik River
Day 4: Manus Island
Day 5: Tsoilik Island, New Hanover
Day 6: Rabaul and Kokopo, New Britain
Day 7: Nissan Island
Day 8: Bougainville Island
Day 9: New Georgia Islands, Soloman Islands
Day 10: Tetepare Island
Day 11: Malaita
Day 12: Makira
Day 13: Nendö, Temotu Province, Santa Cruz Islands
Day 14: Torres Islands, Vanuatu
Day 15: Espiritu Santo
Day 16: Ambrym
Day 17: Port Vila, Vanuatu

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Cairns, Australia

Arrive in the vibrant tropical paradise of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest. Check into your hotel, where your group will spend the first night of the expedition. Join your fellow voyagers and expedition guides for dinner at the hotel in the evening.

Day 2 - Madang, Papua New Guinea
Day 3 - Sepik River
Day 4 - Manus Island
Day 5 - Tsoilik Island, New Hanover
Day 6 - Rabaul and Kokopo, New Britain
Day 7 - Nissan Island
Day 8 - Bougainville Island
Day 9 - New Georgia Islands, Soloman Islands
Day 10 - Tetepare Island
Day 11 - Malaita
Day 12 - Makira
Day 13 - Nendö, Temotu Province
Day 14 - Torres Islands, Vanuatu
Day 15 - Espiritu Santo
Day 16 - Ambrym
Day 17 - Port Vila, Vanuatu

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We'll compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!

As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.

All our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind.


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Why book with Polar Routes?

CHOICE
  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Polar Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
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  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Polar Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Polar Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
VALUE
  • Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!
  • All our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.