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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Russian Far East

One of the least visited wilderness areas on the planet! From rambling polar bear cubs and pods of whales to cliffs abounding with seabirds...

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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 more than 35 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 Antarctica, Japan & SE Asian islands, South Pacific, Australia's Kimberley Coast and New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands, Fiordland and Stewart Island, and now Marlborough Sounds, Abel Tasman, Bay of Islands and the Hauraki Gulf. 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.

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Amazing beautiful places … what more to life is there?

Susan
Dear Leanne, I would be grateful if you could pass on my thanks for an outstanding expedition to those concerned. Lindsay and Cath produced beautiful meals and their careful presentation combined with their sunny disposition made it feel that I had been invited in to their home rather than eating in a restaurant. I did ...

Brian Bates
The first day on board our ship leaving Murmansk, Russia, our group leader, Rodney Russ told all the passengers we were not on a cruise but rather, on an expedition. That was spot on. Our guides were top notch. With their expert assistance, exploring the unique ecosystems and wildlife of the Siberian Tundra Islands was ...

Martin R.Cohen
Nothing can compare with actually being there and seeing everything as it actually is.

Doreen
In the safe hands of expedition leader Rodney and ship captain Dimitri, The Spirit of Enderby took us on a journey of a lifetime. The adventure of crossing the notorious southern ocean, the remarkable history and huts of the 'heroic age' explorers, the mesmerising wildlife encounters, the scenic snow clad mountains of the Antarctic continent ...

Stacey Lethlean
Better than we ever expected! Birds, bears, whales and walrus galore and the most amazing scenery. Participating in the search for the spoon billed sandpiper was a special privilege. Thanks to Rod and the team.

John & Anne
We had a fantastic time on the Spirit of Enderby, of course! The ship is so comfortable and our cabin (327) was ideally located in a quiet corner on Main Deck, but still so accessible to the loo and showers, dining area and lecture room. Rodney and his staff really took a lot of care ...

Sandra
Having had 3 previous voyages with Heritage. . Birding the Kurils, First Sea of Okhotsk and Across the top of the world, I now want to visit Macquarie Island. The voyages are just so enjoyable.

Margaret Hertel
Seeing and photographing the Kermadec Storm Petrel did it for me. It’s unique to the Kermies and the only place you can see it is here – that was the whole idea of this venture!

Steve (Motueka), travelled 2016
Birding Down Under #1961 was a tremendous experience! The staff and crew were fabulous: we learned so much and always felt that everyone had our safety and enjoyment foremost in their minds. Being able to go where so few have gone is a great privilege, and we are so grateful to have this opportunity. We ...

Tom and Patsy Inglet
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