Melanesia, Solomon Islands & Vanuatu


30th Anniversary Signature Voyage

September 10, 2020
18 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
100 Guests
From $14,480

Optional Pre-Extension: Papua New Guinea: Cultural Connections

Trobriand Islands

Expedition Highlights

  • Join us on an award-winning National Geographic Traveler “50 Tours of A Lifetime” expedition that reveals the extraordinary diversity of Melanesia and its people.
  • Receive warm welcomes from friendly locals and witness time-honored ceremonies that include hypnotic drumming, melodic bamboo panpipes, and elaborately-costumed dancers.
  • Snorkel or dive over pristine coral reefs populated by a variety of tropical fish.
  • Search for striking endemic birds, including the Solomon Island sea eagle, buff-headed coucal, and Melanesian megapode.
  • Stroll through tiny villages and isolated island communities for a glimpse of traditional life on these idyllic islands.

Expedition Team

Island Sky

Built in 1992 and recently refurbished, the Island Sky is a comfortable and contemporary expedition vessel. Public spaces include a large lounge, elegant bar with piano, library stocked with fiction and reference books along with a selection of games, and a single-seating dining room. Outside decks feature a bar, and a sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather. All suites feature ocean views, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, large wardrobes, small refrigerator, and television.

Additional Exploration

Pre-Trip Extension:
Papua New Guinea: Cultural Connections
September 4September 14, 2020
From $8,480

From spectacular lowland rainforests on the coastal plains to 15,000-foot-high peaks, Papua New Guinea is rightly called “the land of the unexpected.” Explore the fascinating culture and villages along the Karawari River, and the spectacular flora, fauna, and unique culture of the highlands from our lodge perched high on Rondon Ridge.

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