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Islands of the South Pacific

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Islands of the South Pacific
The legendary romance of the South Pacific seas is alive and well in this sparkling collection of treasure islands. Here, time has stood still. Tradition and custom remain intact. Shy native wildlife thrives in virgin rainforests. Neon-colored reef fish dart among the coral gardens of the calm, island lagoons. Village artisans create tribal artifacts in the slow, careful way their forebe ars taught them. Coffee workers sing as they walk in the flower-fragrant mornings to family plantations. Cruise into bliss on the Islands of the Pacific cruise aboard the luxury 72-guest Oceanic Discoverer. read more The legendary romance of the South Pacific seas is alive and well in this sparkling collection of treasure islands. Here, time has stood still. Tradition and custom remain intact. Shy native wildlife thrives in virgin rainforests. Neon-colored reef fish dart among the coral gardens of the calm, island lagoons. Village artisans create tribal artifacts in the slow, careful way their forebears taught them. Coffee workers sing as they walk in the flower-fragrant mornings to family plantations. Cruise into bliss on the Islands of the Pacific cruise aboard the luxury 72-guest Oceanic Discoverer.
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Day 1 - Embark Alotau, Papua New Guinea

Day 2 - Egum Atoll & Yanaba Island

Day 3 - Laughlan Islands & Bodaluna

Day 4 - Gizo Markets & Kennedy Island

Day 5 - Arnavon Islands & Dart Sound

Day 6 - Mangalonga Island & Resort

Day 7 - Santa Ana Island & Ancient Rainforests

Day 8 - Nendo Island & Snorkelling

Day 9 - Vanuatu & Ureparapara Island

Day 10 - Champagne Beach & Espiritu Santo

Day 11 - Malekula Island & South West Bay

Day 12 - Tanna Island Volcano

Day 13 - Lifou Island Tour

Day 14 - Disembark Noumea, New Caledonia


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Day 1 - Embark Alotau, Papua New Guinea

Board Oceanic Discoverer at 2:00pm for a 3:00pm departure. Settle in and meet your fellow travelers as you cruise Milne Bay before meeting the Captain and his crew at the Captain's Welcome Drinks.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - Egum Atoll & Yanaba Island

Prepare for an unforgettable experience as you discover spectacular Egum Atoll and Yanaba Island and enjoy your first opportunities for snorkeling over the reef, SCUBA diving and glass-bottom boat tours in the clear tropical waters.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Laughlan Islands & Bodaluna

Laughlan Islanders specialize in canoe building, and in this very remote corner of Papua New Guinea find seagoing canoes under construction. The friendly villagers of Bodaluna welcome you as the Oceanic Discoverer's Guest Lecturer and naturalists explain the islanders' subsistence gardening, fishing and participation in the Kula Ring of trading. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel or a dive on the outer reef, where you may see turtles, wrasses and spinner dolphins in the warm clear waters.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Gizo Markets & Kennedy Island

This morning visit Gizo, the small provincial capital of Ghizo Island. Explore the open-air markets, replete with artifacts and wood carvings or join a hike to the lookout for panoramic views across the lagoon and islands. Keen birdwatchers should keep an eye out for the white-bellied graybird, whiskered tree swift or colorful lorikeets native to the remote Solomon Islands. Later, we board the Xplorer and head ashore to tiny Kennedy Island, named in honor of John F Kennedy, who swam ashore to the island with his crew after his boat PT-109 was sunk by a Japanese destroyer during WWII.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Arnavon Islands & Dart Sound

The Arnavon Islands are the only marine reserve in the Solomon Islands where, except for subsistence gathering, all marine life is protected and fishing is banned. The islands are now home to endangered wildlife including the beautiful Hawksbill turtle. Travel ashore to see how the conservation efforts are helping to rejuvenate the island. This afternoon board the Xplorer boat for a cruise up Dart Sound to the remote village of Kia.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Mangalonga Island & Resort

This morning anchor off picturesque Mangalonga and savor a full day of in-water activities. Join a snorkel tour, SCUBA dive or glass-bottom boat tour before traveling ashore to Maravagi Resort where there is time to explore on a nature walk.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Santa Ana Island & Ancient Rainforests

The locals of Santa Ana, a small island southeast of San Cristobal, welcome us ashore, their village warriors bearing swords and blowing on conch shell horns. Santa Ana is known for its bone fishhooks and imaginative fishing floats. We enjoy a cultural performance before joining the naturalist for a guided walk across the island, through shady rainforests where a myriad of colorful orchids grow. Alternatively you may choose to join the Dive Instructor to dive or snorkel the surrounding reef.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Nendo Island & Snorkelling

Nendo Island is our final port of call in the Solomon Islands and an excellent location to view and purchase quality handmade Melanesian artifacts. This afternoon enjoy cultural performances and another opportunity to snorkel over the pristine coral reefs.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Vanuatu & Ureparapara Island

Welcome to the tropical archipelago of Vanuatu, fondly known as the "Happy Islands." This morning enjoy an unforgettable highlight of the expedition as you cruise into the cone of a volcano surrounded on three sides by 1,000-foot cliffs. This is Ureparapara, one of the most spectacular islands in Vanuatu. The only way to experience this island is by sea, and visits from cruise ships are rare. You will be entertained by the local people with a "kastom" dance and you may choose to join a guided walk to the top of the caldera.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Champagne Beach & Espiritu Santo

Champagne Beach is located on the largest island in Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo. The beach is without doubt the jewel of Vanuatu and is a nature and water lover's playground. Enjoy optional tours to the fabled "Blue Hole," bush walking, in-water activities or simply relaxing on the white sands of this magnificent beach.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 - Malekula Island & South West Bay

Land at South West Bay on Malekula Island, the second largest island in Vanuatu. Malekula art and ritual objects are among the finest in the country, and the island is famous for the complex ceremonies and rituals preserved by two of its remarkable tribes, the Big Nambas and the Small Nambas. Anchor at the Maskelyne Islands and enjoy the opportunity for snorkeling and glass-bottom boat tours.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 - Tanna Island Volcano

Today is a very special experience as Tanna Island is one of the only places in the world where you can safely stand on the rim of an active volcano. After anchoring in Port Resolution, named by Captain Cook in 1774 in honor of his ship HMS Resolution, go ashore to a friendly welcome from the locals. Join the Expedition Leader and naturalists on a scenic drive through the rainforest and up the slopes of Mount Yasur. Admire the fantastic views of this active volcano which still regularly spews sparks, rocks and ash.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, luncha and dinner

Day 13 - Lifou Island Tour

Lifou Island's impressive beaches are among the best in the world, backed by sparkling lagoons and pine tree covered landscapes. Join the Expedition Leader on a walk to the churches and beautiful bays. Lifou is sensational for snorkeling with a panorama of sea-life unsullied by man. This evening enjoy the Captain's Farewell Drinks.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Oceanic Discoverer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14 - Disembark Noumea, New Caledonia

This morning arrive in Noumea, the French-inspired capital of New Caledonia. Farewell the Captain and his staff and newfound friends before your remarkable journey through the islands of the South Pacific concludes at 8:00am.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

This itinerary is an indication of the reef, islands and coastal areas we visit. While every effort will be made to follow this itinerary we do reserve the right to vary this itinerary to make allowances for weather and tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

Prices for the Melanesia Cruise aboard the Oceanic Discoverer are in Australian Dollars. For today's exchange rate visit USD to AUD. We will accept payment in U.S. Dollars based on the exchange rate the day you make your payment.
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1       Nov 30 - Dec 14, 2014Oceanic Discoverer$11390 - $13190View Details

Main Deck B - $11390

Located close to the Dining Room, 6 spacious Main Deck (Cat. B) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Main Deck A - $11690

Located close to the Dining Room, 6 spacious Main Deck (Cat. A) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade Deck B - $12190

Located close to the Dining Room, 6 spacious Main Deck (Cat. B) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade Deck A

Promenade Deck A - $12690

Encircled by a full-ship promenade, 20 spacious Promenade Deck (Cat. A) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Bridge Deck

Bridge Deck - $13190

Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, 5 spacious Bridge Deck staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Included

Accommodations as booked, cruise transportation, all meals onboard, 24-hour room service, entertainment and educational programs, use of all of our onboard facilities, including our comprehensive range of library and video resources, use of snorkeling equipment such as masks, fins, flotation vests and wetsuits plus a free scuba skills lesson.

Exclusions

Items of a personal nature, including but not limited to: travel and medical insurance, laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, hair dressing and massage treatments, optional shore experiences, medical treatment, telephone and internet charges, plus a Government Environmental Management charge of $16.50 per person - payable on board.

Room Configuration

Single prices available, please call.

Families & Children

Minimum age 8 years old; however we do not recommend children under 12 years of age participate given the nature of these programs.

Payment & Cancellation

Prices for this cruise are in Australian Dollars. For today's exchange rate visit USD to AUD. We will accept payment in U.S. Dollars based on the exchange rate the day you make your payment. To secure your reservation a deposit of 10% of the fare is due. Final Payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Notification of cancellation must be received in writing. At the time we receive your cancellation the following penalties will apply:
Up to 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit of 10% of the fare
30 to 59 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the fare
1 to 29 days prior to departure - forfeit 100% of the fare
A $200.00 per person fee may be charged by Coral Princess Cruises for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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