21 Jun 2022

Exploring Melanesia with Suzanne Noakes

Australian based Suzanne Noakes has been travelling to Melanesia for over a quarter of a century. Leading over 100 expeditions to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and beyond for private groups, university alumni and conservation associations, she has developed a deep understanding of the great variety and vibrancy of people and cultures that have developed in the marine zones, the low-lands and the highlands of this amazing area.

Suzanne’s key attribute is her refreshing ability to interact with the local villages and interpret their way of life to visitor from far-away lands. Her long engagement with Melanesian cultural has also provided the opportunity to hone her naturalist skills exploring the unique flora and fauna of this diverse region.

She is also the joint owner of a social enterprise that is contracted by international agencies to support poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation through tourism initiatives in Asia and the Pacific, and is a part-owner of eco-lodges in Australia and Indonesia. Her expertise, energy and rapport with the local people, along with her warm personal style, receive the highest praise from travellers, making Suzanne an unsurpassed tour leader in Papua New Guinea, the ‘Land of the Last Unknown.’ 

Suzanne will join both of our 2022 South Pacific cruises: Indonesian Explorer: Raja Ampat to Papua New Guinea departing 11 October 2022, and Discover the Secrets of Melanesia: Exploring Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, departing 24 October 2022.

Join her this October as she interprets the fascinating cultural traditions, rare flora and fauna, and isolated communities of Melanesia.


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