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South Seas Explorer

COOK ISLANDS To TONGA
12 NightS

One ocean, 20,000 islands, one quarter of the world’s water. We follow the South-East trade winds in an age-old tradition to our favourite South Seas islands that are rarely visited on this 12-night voyage of adventure. 

  • Twelve nights onboard the ship includes Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
  • Beer, wine, spirits, soft drink, juice, bottled water, tea and espresso coffee.
  • All suites offer private en-suites, balconies and individual air-conditioning.
  • Exclusive shore excursions and interesting visits as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Use of kayaks, paddle boards, tenders, snorkel and fish equipment.

PRICes 2020

PACIFIC
Suite 
HORIZON
Suite
SOLO
Cabin
CHARTER
Ship
Sun 13 Sep 2020 15,95018,950 19,950308,000

Early Bird Saving 1,000 NZ Dollars Per Person for bookings paid in full prior 30 November 2019

Fares are per person share twin in NZ Dollars including taxes

PRICES 2021

PACIFIC
Suite 
HORIZON
Suite
SOLO
Cabin 
CHARTER
Ship
Sun 12 Sep 2021 16,95019,950 20,950326,000

Early Bird Saving 1,000 NZ Dollars Per Person for bookings paid in full prior 30 November 2020

Fares are per person twin share in NZ Dollars including taxes

Itinerary

Day 1 - Rarotonga

Boarding begins from 3pm alongside the pier in downtown Rarotonga Harbour. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and let your crew introduce you to the onboard delights of your home for the next 12 nights. We sail at 4pm followed by a scrumptious welcome dinner as our cruise begins towards the romantic island of Aitutaki, just 140 nautical miles north.

Day 1 - Rarotonga

Day 2 - Aitutaki island

Aitutaki has one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Pacific. We explore this stunning area with a visit to the breathtaking One Foot Island. There is time for swimming and some beachcombing or a visit to the main township before we sail northwest for our next stop at the remote Palmerston Island.

Day 2 - Aitutaki island

Day 3/4 - Palmerston Island

Later this morning we will be looking for the tiny Palmerston Island on the horizon. First discovered by Captain James Cook in 1774, there are now 60 friendly residents. After secure in the anchorage, we transfer ashore for the rest of the day and deliver important island supplies we carried from Rarotonga. There are only 4 cargo ships visiting a year so we are happy to assist with deliveries. It is either dinner ashore with our guests or onboard the ship. Tomorrow we spend the whole day as beachcombers, playing volleyball with the local residents, swimming, fishing and kayaking.

Day 3/4 - Palmerston Island

Day 5 - At Sea

At sunrise we farewell our new friends to sail on a westerly course toward Beveridge Reef. Enjoy the scenes and scents of the Pacific Ocean. There is a host of activities to keep us amused. Onboard is a wide selection of board and card games, 1,000 movies plus a thorough library or you may like to take part in the navigation lesson arranged by the 1st officer.

Day 5 - At Sea

Day 6 - Beveridge Reef

Today a visit is planned on the inside of Beveridge Reef where we last visited in 2016 with a National Geographic charter. We anchor and explore the outer reef and the large amount of sea life in the shallows and centre lagoon. Before the sun sets we continue on our course towards Niue.

Day 6 - Beveridge Reef

Day 7 - Niue island

Niue Island comes into view at sunrise. The harbour is in the centre of town so visits ashore are simplistic. We are staying here all day long and also overnight to enjoy all the island highlights. The locals are always interested to chat and have wonderful tales to tell. The coastline rock formations are a great place to explore the tidal pools.

Day 7 - Niue island

Day 8 - At Sea

During breakfast we hoist the anchor for our voyage across the international dateline towards Vava'u. The opportunity to have valuable relaxing time; whether it be reading a book, playing the board games, taking part in watch keeping or continuing navigation lessons with the officers.

Day 8 - At Sea

Day 9/10 - Vava'u, Tonga

Vava'u is a beautiful collection of islands that are on the other side of the dateline; so we arrive one day later. We explore the enormous lagoon and our many favourite islands. With our local guides there will opportunities to swim with visiting humpback whales who come here each year and play in these waters. We stay here for two days in this South Seas playground.

Day 9/10 - Vava'u, Tonga

Day 11 - Ha’apai

We move around these low lying islands to swim, snorkel and fish where few visitors have ever been before you. We also learn to understand how these islands are potentially exposed to the forces of an ever present mother nature and rising water levels associated with warming of the oceans.

Day 11 - Ha’apai

Day 12 – Mango Island

The tenders are ready to take you to the island. The afternoon is yours to soak up the surrounding sea and landscapes that most mortals only dream about. Don’t be too late as we have our farewell dinner onboard tonight. This evening after the festivities have concluded, we lift the anchor and begin our slow paced journey to Nuku'alofa.

Day 12 – Mango Island

Last Day - Nuku'alofa

Breakfast is served on deck as we make our way into Nuku'alofa harbour. We arrive alongside the main wharf at 8:00 am and begin disembarking at 9:00am. We wish you safe travels and look forward to welcome you back onboard on another of our cruises.

Last Day - Nuku'alofa

Feedback

We had wonderful holiday supported by a great enthusiastic crew. The snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding in such a beautiful pristine part of the world was superb. An honourable mention must be made for the Chef extraordinaire, he was passionate about every one of his creations and he far exceeded all previous chefs you have had on-board. The crew ensured that we had the best anchorage each evening and allowed us to safely discover the unspoilt islands of French Polynesia. Thanks again
Noel and Judith, NSW

 

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