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 | Raja Ampat, Indonesia | 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 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 with special guest and 2017 Australian of the Year Professor Tim Flannery 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.

New Zealand to Japan via Norfolk Island, New Caledonia and Melanesia (29 Days)
Known in birding circles simply as the 'WPO', this expedition incorporates many of the key birding areas in the South West Pacific. First offered in 2007, it is now considered one of the 'must do' expeditions for any birder because of its opportunities to see some of the rarest pelagic seabirds in the world, plus many island endemics. But it is not just for 'birders', the cetacean list can only be described as outstanding.

*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.

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South Pacific Season 2022

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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.

About Neil Nightingale & Karen Bass

As an award-winning BBC wildlife filmmaker, Neil has travelled and worked in many of the wildest corners of our planet, from the polar regions to the tropics. Through his films and TV projects, he shares his passion for the natural world with many millions of people globally, inspiring them with the wonders and importance of nature. For six years, as Head of the BBC’s prestigious Natural History Unit, Neil was responsible for over 1000 hours of wildlife programmes, including landmark TV series such as Planet Earth, Life, David Attenborough’s Life In Cold Blood and Life In The Undergrowth, Saving Planet Earth, Amazon Abyss, Big Cat Live, Elephant Diary, Galapagos, Expedition Borneo, Nature’s Great Events, Wild China and Springwatch.

Neil was then Creative Director of BBC Earth, where he directed and produced many award-winning films for the cinema, including both Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II films and 3D IMAX productions Wild Africa, Prehistoric Planet, Earthflight, Incredible Predators and Tiny Giants. He also directed the BBC’s blockbuster family movie, Walking With Dinosaurs 3D. Neil executive produced Earth: One Amazing Day, which tracks and highlights more of nature's unseen dramas and wonders over the course of one single day through cinematography.

For many years Neil led the BBC’s largest and longest running wildlife series, Natural World, winning top awards at every major wildlife film festival. He developed revolutionary time-lapse techniques to reveal plants as never seen before, as director of David Attenborough’s Private Life of Plants. He also created definitive BBC TV series on the natural history of Australasia, Africa, New Guinea and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as writing popular books on the wildlife of Australia and New Guinea. Neil has a first class degree in Zoology from the University of Oxford, is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a qualified yacht master and professional diver.

Karen Bass is a multi-award winning television director and producer. In 20 years at the BBC Natural History Unit, she has made wildlife films in almost every environment across the Earth: from the rainforests of the Congo (where she produced the first-ever film of our closest relative, the bonobo) to the deserts of Libya, Syria and Jordan; from the icy peaks of the Andes to the swamps and forests of the Amazon and Borneo; from erupting volcanoes in the Caribbean to the extraordinary lives of crocodiles in Australia and South Africa.

Karen’s major BBC TV series include Andes to Amazon, exploring the wildlife and extreme landscapes of South America; Jungle, an investigation of the world’s rainforests; Wild Caribbean, featuring the colourful and varied nature, weather and landscapes of the Caribbean; and Nature’s Great Events, a dramatic portrayal of the planet’s most spectacular wildlife events. Karen also produced Untamed Americas, an Emmy award-winning series on the epic natural history of North, South and Central America, for the National Geographic Channel.

From 2012 to 2014, as executive producer, Karen headed the series Urban Jungle for the National Geographic Channel and Kingdom of the Apes for Nat Geo WILD, as well as projects on wolves, grizzly bears and raccoons. Her multi award-winning Wild Yellowstone won another EMMY. Karen’s most recent project, as executive producer for IFA in Singapore, is an ambitious theatrical film on the wildlife of the Tibetan Plateau, to be released across all platforms in China and the rest of the world. Karen has a degree in Geography and Geology from the University of London and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She has also delivered an influential TED talk on scientific revelation in wildlife films.


Explore Melanesia with Heritage Expeditions

Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands & Vanuatu

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

SPECIAL GUEST: Sail into a world few ever experience with special guest and 2007 Australian of the Year Professor Tim Flannery 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.

*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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Professor Tim Flannery

Acclaimed author, scientist and explorer, Professor Tim Flannery, will join this year’s 'Discover the Secrets of Melanesia', 24 Oct 2022. Described by Sir David Attenborough as being "in the league of the world's all-time great explorers," Tim was awarded Australian of the Year in 2007 and is one of Australia’s leading science writers and climate change activists. In his work as mammalogist and paleontologist, he has discovered a number of previously unknown species.

Author of bestselling The Future Eaters as well as thirty other books, including Here on Earth and The Weather Makers, Tim has a knack for communicating scientific theory and environmental issues in an accessible way.

Tim has held various positions, including Director of the South Australian Museum, and has presented a number of television programmes. His informal and educational style will ensure a packed lecture room aboard the ship. Join him on landings as he interprets the natural world and revisits some of his favourite islands in Melanesia!

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.

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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