Papua New Guinea via Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Melanesia and the Solomon Islands
Journey through the southwest pacific where a variety of experiences await the intrepid explorer, perfect for those with a keen interest in rare birds, history, colourful cultures, exotic marine life and at the other end of the adventure spectrum, laid back enough for those who simply want to explore pristine white sandy beaches on remote Pacific Islands.
Join us on a journey that has become famous in birding circles as a ‘must do’ voyage searching for some of the rarest seabirds in the world. The itinerary affectionately known by birders as the ‘WPO’ has now evolved to include a number of intriguing new locations appealing to all expeditioners.
This voyage takes us from the temperate waters of New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf to the tropical seas of Papua New Guinea. Along the way we will observe how vegetation and wildlife adapt to the gradual change in climate as we explore pristine forests. We will also learn about the culture and history of the people who call these scattered islands home.
Lazy days at sea are best spent relaxing with a good book or patrolling the decks on the lookout for wildlife. The expedition will be accompanied by some of the best pelagic birding guides in the world, several who have travelled this route many times and are keen to share their extensive knowledge of the birds in this region. There will be plenty of opportunities ashore to immerse yourself in local village life, visit historic sites, wander through verdant forests, join an early morning bird excursion, snorkel colourful reefs and swim on deserted beaches.
A temperate to tropical blue water ocean voyage with something for everyone!
Pre/Post cruise transfers, all on board ship accommodation with meals and all expedition shore excursions.
All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance.
Our ship - The Spirit of Enderby:
The Spirit of Enderby is a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel, built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research and is perfect for Expedition Travel.
She carries just 50 passengers and was refurbished in March 2013 to provide comfortable accommodation in twin share cabins approximately half of which have private facilities. All cabins have outside windows or portholes and ample storage space.
On board there is a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room. The cuisine is excellent and is prepared by top NZ and Australian chefs.
The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. Our Expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit. The ship is crewed by a very enthusiastic and most experienced Russian Captain and crew.
The name Spirit of Enderby honours the work and the vision of the Enderby Brothers of London. The Enderby Captains were at the forefront of Antarctic exploration for almost 40 years in the early 1800s. It also celebrates Enderby Island, arguably the greatest Subantarctic Island in the world.
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