Pacific Islands Escape 2022-24

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South Pacific

One of the most culturally fascinating regions in the world

Papua New Guinea | Solomon Islands | Vanuatu | Indonesia | Philippines | New Caledonia | Caroline Islands

Experience a feast for the senses with hypnotic music, traditional dances and magnificent natural wonders that leave you spellbound. Aboard our luxury expedition ship, Heritage Adventurer, explore the remote, tucked-away corners of the Pacific, where larger ships can't go. Wake up to far-flung uninhabited islands with golden-sand and pristine forest canopies, and meet locals whose spirit will touch your heart. From warm hospitality and dazzling cultural traditions to coral reefs teeming with marine life, each day is an epic adventure of discovery. Whether you have a passion for indigenous cultures, wildlife, photography, history or you're simply an adventurous spirit, these expeditions offer an unparalleled travel experience.

SAVE 20% on all cabins on Asian Island Odyssey when you book by 31 August 2022, or until sold out, with our Early Booking Promotion.*

SAVE UP TO USD$5,529* per person when you travel back-to-back on Discover the Secrets of Melanesia and Indonesian Explorer (32 days departing 11 October 2022). Includes US$1,000 flight credit and 10% back-to-back saving.

US$1,000 FLIGHT CREDIT + FREE DOMESTIC FLIGHT* per person when you book on either our Indonesian Explorer voyage departing 11 October 2022 or our Discover the Secrets of Melanesia expedition departing 24 October 2022.

Discover the Secrets of Melanesia: Exploring Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu (17 Days)
Sail into a world few ever experience where unique time-honoured traditions and elaborately costumed dancers welcome us into their world as we uncover the hidden gems of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Indonesian Explorer: Raja Ampat to Papua New Guinea (15 Days)
Join award-winning wildlife filmmakers Neil Nightingale and Karen Bass as we discover a true paradise where untouched dense jungles home to some of the rarest flora and fauna on the planet meet crystalline tropical waters teaming with exotic marine life and some of the world's best coral reefs all wrapped in a land steeped in history and rich in culture and tradition.

Undiscovered Philippines & Indonesia: Cruising the Remote Islands of the Philippines and Indonesia (14 Days)
Explore the undiscovered pristine island paradises of the Philippines and Indonesia as we sail well off the traditional tourist route. In addition to being among some of the most biodiverse regions on the planet and home to rare and endangered wildlife, these remote tropical outposts boast incredible history, heritage and ancient cultures.

Asian Island Odyssey: Exploring the Remote Tropical Islands of Japan, Philippines and Indonesia (27 Days)
The ultimate tropical island-hopping cruise from Osaka to Darwin. Our adventure begins exploring the Buddhist temples, gardens, castles, history, culture and cuisine of Japan weaving our way through hard-to-reach and rarely visited tropical islands. Discover impossibly blue waters gently lapping white sand beaches and pristine coral gardens, fascinating rare birds and wildlife, primeval jungles, intriguing time-forget cultures and World War II relics, wrecks and history both above and below the water.

Grand Pacific Odyssey: A Tropical Pacific Island Cruise from New Zealand to Japan (29 Days)
Set sail on a true adventure as we explore reef-fringed tropical islands, visit historic sites and experience forgotten cultures and incredible wildlife encounters cruising from New Zealand to Japan. Crossing both the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, and the Equator, this Pacific island sojourn has been specially designed with cruise enthusiasts and adventurers in mind. Carefully balancing the excitement of visiting remote islands, snorkelling pristine coral reefs, enjoying thrilling cultural exchanges at isolated villages, observing wildlife and Zodiac cruising tropical isles with languorous sea days spent poolside.

*T&Cs apply, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers, back-to-back offer includes 1 x US$1,000 flight credit per person. US$5,529 saving based on Heritage Suite cabin. Free domestic flights are group flights provided by Heritage Expeditions: Madang to Port Moresby on Indonesian Explorer and Port Moresby to Madang on Discover the Secrets of Melanesia. Early Booking Promotion subject to availability, per departure, at time of booking, excludes Landing Fees/Discovery Fund.

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South Pacific Season 2022-24

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Indonesian Explorer: Raja Ampat to Papua New Guinea

15 DAYS  
11 – 25 Oct 2022

18 DAYS  
7 – 24 Oct 2023

Bali, Indonesia to Madang-Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

SPECIAL OFFERS: Receive a US$1,000 per person flight credit and and free Madang to Port Moresby flight. Or book back-to-back voyages (Indonesia Explorer 11 Oct and Discover the Secrets of Melanesia 24 Oct) and save 10% per person, plus US$1,000 flight credit (total savings of up to US$5,529 per person).*

  • Enjoy the unforgettable of swimming with the gentle Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay
  • Visit Komodo National Park - land of the Komodo Dragon
  • Discover Jacques Cousteau's "underwater nirvana" Wakatobi National Park
  • Explore the forgotten tropical paradise of Raja Ampat
  • Snorkel pristine coral gardens looking for Dugong, Parrotfish, Clownfish, Manta Rays and Pygmy seahorses
  • Discover ancient rock in hidden caves on rarely visited islands
  • Brilliant birding with up to 14 species of Bird-of-paradise including Red Bird-of-paradise, Wilson's Bird-of-paradise, Magnificent Bird-of-paradise and Lesser Bird-of-paradise
  • Swim with thousands of stingless jellyfish of and explore Tomolol Caves
  • Trek in to the lush rolling hills and tropical rainforest of the Arfak Mountains
  • Thrilling culture encounters at villages largely cut off from the outside world
  • Discover WWII relics and snorkel Japanese war plane wrecks

SPECIAL GUESTS: Join award-winning wildlife filmmakers Neil Nightingale and Karen Bass on our 2022 voyage as we discover a true paradise where untouched dense jungles home to some of the rarest flora and fauna on the planet meet crystalline tropical waters teaming with exotic marine life and some of the world's best coral reefs all wrapped in a land steeped in history and rich in culture and tradition.

*T&Cs apply, new bookings only, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers, back-to-back offer includes 1 US$500 flight credit per person.

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BBC & National Geographic Wildlife Filmmakers

Neil Nightingale & Karen Bass

As BBC and National Geographic wildlife filmmakers, Neil and Karen have made a life and career from adventure and a ceaseless passion for nature. Through their documentary films and TV series, including David Attenborough's Planet Earth and Nature's Great Events, they've helped to bring the wilds of nature closer and more accessible to all who share an interest in the natural world. Their work has taken them to some of the most remote, far reaches of the planet – from the polar regions to rainforests, and from flying thousands of feet above mountains and deltas to diving the depths of our mysterious oceans and waterways.

Neil and Karen have had the extraordinary experience of travelling with Heritage Expeditions (3x!) to some of the most most biologically rich and hard to reach corners of the globe: Polar Bear denning capital Wrangel Island on Across the Top of the World, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands on Melanesia Discoverer and the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu on Secrets of Melanesia. This October, they will be onboard our expedition Indonesian Explorer: Raja Ampat to Papua New Guinea.

"Looking at this itinerary, it's quite astonishing to see places that previously took film crews a week or two to access being reached within a day on a Heritage trip! In all our travels, we haven't been anywhere with more exquisite coral reefs than Raja Ampat. Simply donning a mask and snorkel delivers a world-class diving experience into an astounding underwater Eden. And, swimming with the whale sharks is not only a magical experience, but continues to be one of our favorite wildlife encounters ever!"  – Karen Bass

Below is the replay of a live online discussion with Heritage Expeditions' Isaac Wilson. Have a listen to discover a window into documentary filmmaking life, enjoy highlights from their South Pacific adventures, and hear what they're most looking forward to in this October on Indonesian Explorer: Raja Ampat to Papua New Guinea.

Discover the Secrets of Melanesia: Exploring Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

17 DAYS

24 Oct – 9 Nov 2022
23 Oct – 8 Nov 2023

Madang, Papua New Guinea to Port Vila, Vanuatu
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

SPECIAL OFFERS: US$1,000 per person flight credit and free Port Moresby to Madang flight. Or book back-to-back voyages (Indonesia Explorer 11 Oct and Discover Secrets of Melanesia 24 Oct) and save 10% per person, plus US$1,000 flight credit (total savings of up to US$5,529 per person).*

  • Discover the hidden gems of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
  • Travel up the Sepik River, home to traditional artists
  • Be some of the first travellers in over two decades to return to the spectacular island of Bougainville
  • Superb snorkeling in crystalline waters
  • Mangrove Zodiac cruise in search of Dugong and crocodiles
  • Meet friendly local villagers – remarkable and diverse cultural visits from island to island
  • A Naturalist and Marine Biologist will also be on this expedition
  • Exeptional birding including Manus Friarbird, Mussau Monarch, Superb Pitta, Roviana Rail, Solomon Sea Eagle, Beck's Petrel, Vanikoro White-eye, Kolombangara Monarch, Vanuatu Megapode and White-headed Fruit Dove
  • Visit isolated Ambrym - ‘island of volcanoes' and home to traditional Rom dance
  • Swimming at iconic Champagne Beach

*T&Cs apply, new bookings only, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers, back-to-back offer includes 1 US$500 flight credit per person.

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About Suzanne Noakes

 

Australian based Suzanne Noakes has been travelling in Melanesia for over a quarter of a century. Leading over 100 expeditions in Papua New Guinea 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 Melanesia voyages, 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.

Undiscovered Philippines and Indonesia: Cruising the Remote Islands of the Philippines and Indonesia

15 DAYS 

27 Jun - 11 Jul 2023 NEW VOYAGE!

Manila, Philippines to Darwin, Australia
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

  • Discover tropical islands, snorkel pristine reefs, visit historic sites and experience forgotten cultures and incredible wildlife encounters
  • Explore the 'Galapagos of Asia' Sibuyan Island
  • Visit the 'Whale Shark Capital of the World' and swim with these gentle giants at Donsol
  • Experience the power of Catandayagan Falls
  • Discover the 'eight wonder of the world', Bohol Island's Chocolate Hills
  • Snorkel the 'mother of all living coral reefs'
  • Tojoman Lagoon/Sohoton Jellyfish Sanctuary
  • Bucas Grande Island's iconic Blue Lagoon
  • See the smallest primate in the world the saucer-eyed Tarsier
  • Visit the Sultan of Ternate's palace and learn history of the Spice Islands
  • Wildlife-filled Tangoko Nature Reserve, Banggai, Taliabu, Buru, Banda Neira and Tanimbar Islands

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Asian Island Odyssey: Exploring the Remote Tropical Islands of Japan, Philippines and Indonesia

28 DAYS 

14 Jun - 11 Jul 2023 NEW VOYAGE!

Osaka, Japan to Darwin, Australia
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

SAVE 20% on all cabins on Asian Island Odyssey when you book by 31 August 2022, or until sold out, with our Early Booking Promotion.*

  • Explore the remote tropical islands of Japan, Philippines and Indonesia
  • Buddhist temples, gardens, castles, history, culture and cuisine of Japan
  • Itsukushima Shrine with its renowned overwater torii gate
  • Discover the beauty and history of the 'Hawaii of Japan' Okinawa Island
  • Taiwan's Yehliu Geopark and 19-kilometre-long canyon Taroko National Park and Marble Gorge
  • Philippines historic Batan Island and Hundred Islands National Park
  • Explore the 'Galapagos of Asia' Sibuyan Island
  • Visit the 'Whale Shark Capital of the World' and swim with these gentle giants at Donsol
  • Experience the power of Catandayagan Falls
  • Discover the 'eight wonder of the world', Bohol Island's Chocolate Hills
  • Snorkel the 'mother of all living coral reefs'
  • Tojoman Lagoon/Sohoton Jellyfish Sanctuary
  • Bucas Grande Island's iconic Blue Lagoon
  • See the smallest primate in the world the saucer-eyed Tarsier
  • Visit the Sultan of Ternate's palace and learn history of the Spice Islands
  • Wildlife-filled Tangoko Nature Reserve, Banggai, Taliabu, Buru, Banda Neira and Tanimbar Islands

*T&Cs apply, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Early Booking Promotion subject to availability, per departure, at time of booking. Discount excludes Landing Fees/Discovery Fund

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Grand Pacific Odyssey: A Tropical Pacific Island Cruise from New Zealand to Japan

29 DAYS 

20 Mar - 17 Apr 2023
21 Mar - 18 Apr 2024

Auckland, New Zealand to Yokohama, Japan
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

  • Discover tropical islands, snorkel pristine reefs, visit historic sites and experience forgotten cultures and incredible wildlife encounters
  • Fomer Australian penal colony now UNESCO World Heritage Site Norfolk Island
  • World War II history, wrecks and relics
  • Visit idyllic islands and isolated villages
  • Conservation hot spots Tetepare Island and Imbu Rano Lodge and Conservation Area
  • Hidden gems of the South Pacific including New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon and Japan's Bonin Islands
  • Five days in the Solomon Islands at on Santa Ana, Anuta Island, Tetepare and Kolombangara
  • Discover the 'Galapagos of the Orient' Japan's Bonin Islands
  • Picturesque volcanic Hachijō-jima Island and it's famous Botanical Gardens
  • Superb whale watching including Sperm Whale, False Killer Whale, Dwarf and Pygmy Sperm Whale
  • Explore verdant forests and deserted beaches and remote tropical islands

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Western Pacific Odyssey: Birding Cruise from New Zealand to Japan

29 DAYS 

20 Mar – 17 Apr 2023
21 Mar – 18 Apr 2024

Auckland, New Zealand to Yokohama, Japan
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

  • Known as WPO in birding circles, this expedition is a 'must do' for all serious birders
  • Perfect for those with a keen interest in rare birds, colourful cultures and exotic marine life
  • Travel with some of the world's leading pelagic birding guides
  • See some of the rarest seabirds in the world, plus many island endemics such as the unique Kagu, rare Heinroth’s Shearwater, Beck’s Petrel, Izu Thrush, Short Tailed Albatross, Japanese Murrelet
  • Look for two new species of sea bird recently discovered on the WPO: the New Caledonian Storm Petrel and 'Heritage Lava Petrel'
  • Hidden gems of the South Pacific including Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon and Japan
  • Five days in the Solomon Islands birding on Santa Ana, Anuta Island, Tetepare and Kolombangara
  • Bonin Islands: Search for the Short-Tailed Albatross and Japanese Murrelet
  • Picturesque volcanic Hachijō-jima Island, home to the endemic Izu Thrush, Ijima’s Leaf-warbler and Owston’s Tit
  • Superb whale watching
  • Explore verdant forests and deserted beaches; join early morning birding excursions
  • Swim and snorkel in crystalline waters

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For all voyages, exact landings depend on weather and ice conditions and wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed; however, our 35+ years of experience in operating expeditions mean that we are well equipped to make the most of the conditions at the time. Past trip logs and species lists are available for all expeditions. 

What our travellers are saying:

Indonesia

What a fantastic trip! Not only did we get to five islands way off the beaten track, never before visited by a commercial expedition boat, but the friendliness and welcome, culture, activities, birds and freedom to roam made every stop unforgettable. And the hospitality on board was superb, meeting new friends - even getting to suggest special dishes. Looking forward to travelling with you again.

Indonesia

What an amazing trip! We visited remote communities that had rarely and in some cases never had visitors before. The welcomes were amazing and it was a real privilege being able to be part of such an experience. This was our 2nd trip with Heritage and it exceeded expectations. They are a true expedition company with great leaders and guides - we have no hesitation in recommending them.

Melanesia

Thanks for a truly wonderful trip. A great insight into the lives of the people of PNG, the Solomon islands and of Vanuatu. Wonderful snorkelling opportunities. A great crew! Thank you Aaron for your very capable and calm leadership. Thanks to Suzanne for your knowledge of local customs and the informative notices pinned up daily. Katrin for looking after our hospitality needs so well and the chefs for great food! Also a great bunch of fellow travellers!!

COVID ASSURANCE POLICY

Proven Safety Record
Heritage Expeditions has been successfully and safely operating expedition voyages in the COVID environment since November 2020. Everyone boarding our vessels including staff, crew and guests is required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine and pass a rapid COVID-19 antigen test supplied by Heritage Expeditions prior to embarkation.

Transfers and Refunds
If COVID-19-related Government Mandated Travel Restrictions prevent you from either departing for, or arriving to, your embarkation point, your funds will be transferred to a Future Cruise Credit issued in the amount of the booking value paid with Heritage Expeditions. If Heritage Expeditions is unable to operate due to COVID-19 Government Mandated Travel Restrictions you will be offered a fee-free transfer to the equivalent voyage the following year or a Future Cruise Credit in the first instance, otherwise a full refund is available.

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