Antarctica Cruise

Antarctica was truly amazing.... Once we hit the Peninsula we had the 2 most amazing days, blue skies, ice, wild life, scenery. Absolutly stunning! The ship was great, good facilities. The crew was absolutly fantastic. Very approachable & informative. It was a very family like atmosphare. The food was delicious and plentyful. And the scenery & wild!

Bert Lozey | WA

Melanesia Discoverer with Tim Flannery

Uncover the hidden gems of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. From the culturally rich arterial of the Sepik River we sail north across the Bismarck Sea to the remote shores of Manus and Mussau Islands. Manus has the lowest density of people in all New Guinea with its people still living a very traditional lifestyle. Next delve into the history, culture and wildlife of New Ireland and New Britain.We cross the Buka Channel and at Nissan Island can view reminders of the brief but intensive World War II activities during which the islands were recaptured by Kiwi and British forces from the Japanese occupiers. Then enter a long isolated world as we are amongst the first travellers to return to Bougainville in over two decades. Sailing through the turquoise waters of the Solomon Islands, new vistas and unexpected encounters await.For birders this itinerary offers once in a lifetime species on remote islands where few have been before. The birding potential is exceptional with many highlights including the Manus Friarbird, Mussau Monarch and the Paradise drango. Endemic to the Solomon Islands we will be on the lookout for the Roviana Rail and Solomon Sea Eagle. Allowing birders to maximise the opportunities available to them there will be an optional specialised birding programme with customised excursions.These waters also offer some of the greatest marine diversity in the world and everybody will have the opportunity to snorkel and appreciate the beauty beneath the waves. Whether you are snorkelling or kayaking this ocean aquarium is waiting to be discovered. Kayaking provides the perfect way to explore the islands of Melanesia, discover the marine life that swims below and meet the locals. The kayaks are a source of endless fascination for the local children who will often come out to join us in their dugout canoes. Travel at your own pace, with plenty of opportunities for landings, village visits and snorkelling. The uniqueness of this trip coupled with Tim's knowledge and passion for this region will ensure this journey will be a once in alifetime experience.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Madang, Papua New Guinea
DAY 2 Madang
DAY 3 Sepik River
DAYS 4-5 Manus Province
DAY 6 Mussa Island
DAY 7 Kavieng, New Ireland
DAY 8 Rabaul, New Britain
DAY 9 Nissan Island
DAY 10 Bougainville Island
DAY 11 Choiseul Island
DAY 12 New Georgia Islands
DAY 13 Santa Isabel Island
DAY 14 Honiara, Solomon Islands

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Trip Code: TPS
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Duration:  14 days
Activities:  Cruising Day Walking Kayaking
Next Trip:  08 October 2017
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price: USD$6995 triple cabin
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Options & Supplements*
Twin Main Deck US $ 7995
Mandatory Landing Fee (Discovery Fund) US $ 600
Superior Cabin US $ 8995
Superior Plus Cabin US $ 9700
Mini Suite US $ 10700
Suite US $ 11500
O Birding option US $500
K Kayaking option US $995

*Prices listed are per person

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