Faces of Melanesia

November 17, 2016 - December 3, 2016

This award-winning journey reveals the extraordinary diversity of Melanesia and its people. Idyllic islands and isolated villages offer unique time-honored traditions and ceremonies including hypnotic drumming, melodic bamboo panpipes, and elaborately-costumed dancers. Myriad natural wonders complement the culture and history of this adventure: exotic flora and endemic bird species on land, and colorful reefs teeming with fish beneath the warm sapphire waters.

Melanesia Expedition Highlights:

  • Visit idyllic islands and isolated villages to witness, time-honored traditions and ceremonies including hypnotic drumming, melodic bamboo panpipes, and elaborately-costumed dancers.
  • Snorkel or dive over pristine coral reefs populated by a variety of tropical fish—neon damsels, clownfish, Moorish idols, butterflyfish, delicate seahorses, and brilliantly hued wrasses.
  • Search for striking endemic birds, including the Solomon Island sea eagle, buff-headed coucal, and Melanesian megapode, amidst the lush, tropical vegetation.
  • Join an optional pre-voyage extension to discover the fascinating cultures of Papua New Guinea.

Expedition Activities

Diving, Birding, Culture, Photography, Snorkeling, Wildlife & Nature

Multimedia

  • Trobriand Islands

  • Tikopia Island

  • Ambrym Island

  • Water dance, Luganville

  • Utupua Island

  • Snorkeling off Narutu Island

  • Mud dance, Santa Ana Island

  • Trobriand Islands

  • Eclectus parrot

  • Kava ceremony, Luganville

  • Million Dollar Point

  • Trobriand Islands

  • Santa Ana Island

  • Trobriand Islands

  • Hot springs, Fergusson Island

  • Luganville

  • Ambrym Island

  • Laughlan Islands

  • Village, Santa Ana Island

  • Kula necklace, Dobu Island

  • Trobriand Islands

  • "Yam house," Trobriand Islands

  • Laughlan Islands

  • Carved prow, Laughlan Islands

  • Laughlan Islands

  • Ghizo Island

  • Cardinal lory, Ghizo Island

  • Utupua Island

  • Snorkeling near Dobu Island

  • Claret-breasted fruit dove, Ghizo Island

  • Utupua Island

  • Nature hike, Fergusson Island

  • Snorkeling off Dobu Island

  • Snorkeling off Guadalcanal

  • Tikopia Island

  • Utupua Island

  • Snorkeling off Guadalcanal

  • Utupua Island

  • Island imperial pigeon, Santa Ana Island

  • Tikopia Island

  • Melansian scrub fowl, Santa Ana Island

  • Tikopia

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