Pacific Islands Escape 2023-24

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South Pacific

One of the most culturally fascinating regions in the world

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

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.

Undiscovered Philippines & Indonesia: Cruising the Remote Islands of the Philippines & Indonesia (15 Days)
Explore the undiscovered pristine island paradises of the Philippines and Indonesia with pioneering small ship expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions as we sail well off the traditional tourist route aboard our luxurious 140-guest expedition ship Heritage Adventurer.

SPECIAL PROMOTION
US$1,200 per person flight credit, and 1 category cabin upgrade, subject to availability. PLUS: Combine any 2 voyages and save 20% on the berth price of the second voyage (flight credit applies to one voyage only).
Applicable Voyage: Undiscovered Philippines and Indonesia, 27 Jun - 11 Jul 2023 

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South Pacific Season 2022-24

Join us on one of these extraordinary voyages

Indonesian Explorer: Raja Ampat to Papua New Guinea

18 DAYS 
7 – 24 Oct 2023

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

  • 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

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

17 DAYS

23 Oct – 8 Nov 2023

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

  • 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

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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
PROMO: US$1,200 per person flight credit, and 1 category cabin upgrade, subject to availability. PLUS: Combine any 2 voyages and save 20% on the berth price of the second voyage (flight credit applies to one voyage only).

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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

  • 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

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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.

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.

Funds Protection Promise
All guest funds, including Future Cruise Credits, are held in a separate trust account and only used for their future travel with Heritage Expeditions.

 

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