Subantarctic Islands

World Heritage wildlife havens of penguin breeding grounds, Sea Lion colonies, dramatic coastlines and tapestries of flowering megaherbs.

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South Pacific

One of the most culturally fascinating regions in the world, Melanesia is a feast for the senses with colorful 'sing sing' performances and magnificent natural wonders...

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Antarctica's Ross Sea

Nature so grand there are no words to describe it. From massive penguin rookeries and colossal ice shelves to the historic huts of Shackleton...

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South Pacific

One of the most culturally fascinating regions in the world, Melanesia is a feast for the senses with colorful 'sing sing' performances and magnificent natural wonders...

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Subantarctic Islands

World Heritage wildlife havens of penguin breeding grounds, Sea Lion colonies, dramatic coastlines and tapestries of flowering megaherbs.

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Antarctica's Ross Sea

Nature so grand there are no words to describe it. From massive penguin rookeries and colossal ice shelves to the historic huts of Shackleton...

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Heritage Expeditions

Ambassadors for conservation, pioneers of discovery, and leaders in expedition travel to the world’s best-kept secrets.

For 40 years, Heritage Expeditions has pioneered conservation-driven small ship expedition cruises to some of the most wild, least-explored and biologically rich regions on the planet including down into the heart of Antarctica the Ross Sea, Japan & SE Asian islands, South Pacific, Australia's Kimberley Coast and New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands, Fiordland and Stewart Island, and now Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman National Park. Whether you’re a birder, photographer, wildlife enthusiast, conservationist, or simply an adventurous spirit, these expeditions offer an unparalleled travel experience. We look forward to welcoming you aboard! For a complete list of upcoming voyages, please view our Expedition Calendar.

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Antarctica

Sometimes referred to as ‘the heart of Antarctica’, the Ross Sea region is the last great unspoiled part of the world’s oceans. To date there has only been minimal exploitation, and to enter this region of Antarctica is a privilege, with only a few hundred people able to visit each year. The East Antarctic coastline is some of the most …

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Australia

Forged by nature and spanning more than 400,000 square kilometres, Australia's world-famous Kimberley Coast features a treasure trove of towering, fractured iron-tinged red cliffs, torrential waterfalls, azure waters, hidden coves and caves, secluded white sand beaches perfect for expedition cruising. Explore magnificent reefs and encounter rare and endangered wildlife; experience indigenous customs, rock art and connections to ancient lands; and …

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Japan

With the world's sixth longest coastline, more than 6,800 islands and islets, Japan and its seamless blend of ancient customs, ultramodern living, neon-lit cities, temples, rich culture and wildlife-filled national parks is perfect for exploring by expedition ship. Our Japan cruises offer the ultimate way of both exploring and experiencing the best Japan has to offer as we sail from …

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New Zealand

With 15,000 kilometres of coastline New Zealand's awe-inspiring fiords, gold sand beaches, hidden coves, tranquil waterways, native forests and marine reserves are perfect for small ship expedition cruising and travel. Bordering the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand comprises three main islands including the North Island, South Island and Stewart Island with numerous smaller islands and outcrops lying, …

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South Pacific

The South Pacific islands known as Melanesia lie to the north and east of Australia. Together the three independent nations and two dependant colonies form one of the most culturally complex regions in the world, with some 1,293 languages spoken across the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and New Guinea. It is also a region of great antiquity with New …

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Subantarctic Islands

The Subantarctic Islands are tiny havens for some of the most abundant and unique wildlife on the planet. They lie in the cool temperate or Subantarctic Zone to the south and east of New Zealand in the great southern ocean that encircles Antarctica. This is a windswept and at times forbidding swath of sea, surprising in its fecundity. The Subantarctic …

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It was an awesome trip for John and me. We were very impressed with the expertise on board to help us with bird watching and to identify the megaherbs. Nathan's leadership kept us well informed and feeling safe. Also, we were very impressed with the efforts and dedication of Heritage Expeditions and the NZ Dept. …

Celia Saw
A fabulous, life-changing trip. Here's the wedge-tailed shearwater that landed on the deck.

Margi Keys
I want to say thank you for all you did for us in the lead up to the Macquarie trip. I had the most wonderful time and life on the ship was great. The Russian crew were perfect with the two women in the dining rooms smiling all the way.

Jenny
It was a good trip and we saw lots of Polar Bears - I think the ship count was 190. The staff on the ship were wonderful and took good care of us.

Helen
My wife and I just returned from a trip to the Subantarctic with Heritage Expeditions on their ship Spirit of Enderby. It’s a long time since we’ve had such a total experience of the beauty and power of nature. Our voyage took us first to the Snares Islands where we toured the coastline in our …

David and Gillian Elliot
Thank you, Heritage team and Russian Captain and crew - I really loved this trip, every minute. The islands, the birds, the sealions, the megaherbs, the lectures, the people I met - the whole experience occupies a special place in my memory. Thank you also for slideshow, the log and the list of birds. You …

Jane Battersby
Hi, Heritage team. My husband and I have just completed a Dusky Sound trip. We had the most amazing time. The scenery spoke for itself but the crew was something else. They absolutely made the trip. They were so friendly, helpful and happy all the time. They hopped into each other's job with ease. They …

S Smyth
Heritage Expeditions knows its stuff. If you love pelagic birds, penguins, sea lions and unique flora, you cannot be disappointed by the islands of the Subantarctic. The roaring forties and furious fifties awaken the spirit of adventure – this is a sea voyage as much as a biodiversity overload. More than just a sensory experience, …

Neale Frazer
What an awe inspiring experience with such a knowledgeable, hard working expedition team, friendly waiting staff and ship crew. We were blessed with amazing weather until the trip home but now we can say we have experienced a Southern Ocean storm. I appreciated the meticulous biosecurity inspections before disembarking and the thought given to keeping …

World Traveller
“Clearly and wholeheartedly I have to say that I LOVE Wrangel Island. It was not a love at first sight, as first sight of Wrangel Island was cold, foggy, and rather deserted from wildlife. We did not just do the tour around the island with several landings, but had the pleasure to stay on the …

Gunther
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