Trobriand Islands, Melanesia


Set sail in comfort aboard the all-suite Caledonian Sky, Zegrahm Expeditions’ spacious, yet intimate expedition vessel—perfectly suited for cruises to Vanuatu. Melanesia is a region of incredible diversity and friendly people, and throughout your Vanuatu travel experience, you’ll get a unique glimpse of traditional life in the islands. Learn more about canoe building in the Laughlan Islands, taking a stroll through the village with the locals. Visit remote and legendary Tikopia, where we’re welcomed by singing school children dressed in tapa cloth. Your Vanuatu travel adventures, by land and by sea, open up the world of Melanesia, from its pristine coral reefs to its striking endemic birds to its time-honored traditions and ceremonies.

Upcoming Melanesia Expeditions

  • Faces of Melanesia

    Faces of Melanesia

    November 17December 3, 2016

    Introducing the extraordinary diversity of Melanesia and its fascinating people, our award-winning journey to these idyllic islands features incredible bird-watching opportunities, elaborate local traditions and ceremonies, snorkeling over pristine coral reefs, and the option to explore Papua New

Beyond the Destination

  • Shirley Campbell, sampling kava

    Kava - The Elixir of Choice

    June 2, 2015

    It is an interesting fact that most human cultures have cultivated and used some kind of stimulant or narcotic. The relationship between psychoactive substances and human consumption stretches back as far as is traceable.

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    Traditional Kula Outrigger Canoe

    The Trobriand Islands and the Art of Kula

    June 2, 2015

    “The islands of love,” as they were known by whalers visiting the Trobriand Islands in the mid-19th century, experienced the worst of Western civilization in their very first encounters! The Trobriand Islands were a favored port of call for reprovisioning ships because of their fairly relaxed view on sexual activity.

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    The Megapodes of Tsoi Lik, Papua New Guinea

    June 4, 2014

    The island and people of Tsoi Lik have always held a special place in the hearts of Zegrahm’s cofounders and travelers.

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  • Santa Ana Island

    Faces of Melanesia 2013 Field Report

    May 10, 2013

    Monday, March 25, 2013 - En Route / Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: We all converged on the city of Port Moresby from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason: to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of Melanesia.

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    Champagne Beach, Vanuatu

    Rare Birds Ahoy

    May 6, 2013

    During a series of voyages led by Zegrahm directors Peter Harrison and Jonathan Rossouw, Zegrahm travelers have once again been enjoying some exciting birding in the southwest Pacific. The Zegrahm team, traveling aboard the Clipper Odyssey, recently visited Papua New Guinea as well as the Solomon and Vanuatu islands.  

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    Pentecost Island

    On Location: Pentecost Island

    April 15, 2013

    A lively band with a single-string bass was playing as we walked up the soft black sand beach from the landing on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu. As we continued on a footpath up the hill, a ramshackle tower of sticks and vines came into view, looking like some strange South Pacific modern art sculpture. We found ourselves a place to sit in the shade a short distance from the base of the mysteriou

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  • Pentecost Island

    Did You Know...the Origins of Bungee Jumping

    August 21, 2012

    Did you know that though the art of bungee jumping in the western world has been around for nearly 40 years, the origins of the sport date back much further? Take a cruise with us to Pentecost Island, Vanuatu in the South Pacific…

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    Huli Men, Tari Gap, New Guinea Highlands

    Trip Report: Papua New Guinea Extension

    January 18, 2011

    Leaving the posh comfort of the Clipper Odyssey behind, our intrepid group struck inland into the great interior of Papua New Guinea; an area that has still been only partially explored by outsiders since its high valleys and ancient populations were first happened-upon in the middle of the last century.

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    Yasawa Islands, Melanesia

    On Location in Melanesia: More Expedition Stops, Please!

    November 22, 2010

    The brochure text for our day simply stated ‘Expedition Stop in Fiji.’ A seemingly ambiguous description that made no promises beyond a day spent within the country’s isles. Little did I know that this term is the key, it is what turns a cruise into an expedition and travelers into explorers.

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  • Ambrym Island

    On Location: The Black Magic of Ambrym

    February 12, 2010

    On our New Zealand to New Guinea expedition, our stop at Ambrym Island prepares the stage for our cultural and discovery experiences to follow in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

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    Rabaul, East New Britain Island

    On Location: A Thrilling Day in Rabaul—Complete with a Baining Fire Dance

    April 11, 2009

    Our day began with everyone out on deck enjoying grand views of Mt. Tavurvur, which has been angrily spewing black dust and white ash since 1994. Some say that the locals treat Tavurvur like a member of the family, talking quietly to it, shouting at it, encouraging it to go to sleep, and assessing its mood each day.

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    Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

    On Location: Melanesia’s Colorful Islands Offer Exuberant Hospitality and Incredible Natural Wonders

    May 6, 2008

    Our visits this past week to Rano Island, Vanuatu, and Utupua and Santa Ana in the Solomon Islands were truly memorable, both for the incredible array of colorful sights, and for the warmth of our welcome by the villagers. Here are some brief excerpts from emails we’ve received from our staff on our Faces of Melanesia voyage:

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More Options for Exploration

At Zegrahm we offer a unique line-up of expeditions each year. Please let us know if you'd like to be notified the next time we add a departure to this region and we will be sure you are the first to know.

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