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MYSTERIES of MELANESIA 

noumea to PORT VILA
12 Night Cruise

We will show you these amazing islands of New Caledonia and Vanuatu on this comprehensive 12-night cruise. You will visit villages that rarely see cruise ships or western civilization and explore the most beautiful beaches and seascapes in the Pacific.

  • 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 and individual air-conditioning.
  • Exclusive shore excursions and visits as detailed in itinerary.
  • Use of kayaks, paddleboards, tenders, snorkel and fish equipment carried onboard


Subject to Government approval.

Prices 2020

PACIFIC
Suite
HORIZON
Suite
CHARTER
Ship
Sat 31 Oct 2020 13,95016,950 255,000

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

Fares are per person twin share in NZ Dollars including taxes

PRICES 2021

PACIFIC
Suite
HORIZON
Suite
CHARTER
Ship
Sat 30 Oct 2021 14,95017,950 272,000

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

Fares are per person share twin in NZ Dollars including taxes

Itinerary

Day 1 - Noumea

Boarding begins for 3.30pm for sailing at 5.00pm from our berth inside Noumea Harbour. Once onboard enjoy a welcome cocktail and your crew will introduce you to your home for the next 7 nights. During a sumptuous welcome dinner we leisurely cruise to our overnight anchorage across the lagoon. After dinner you can relax on the aft deck with your fellow travellers.

Day 1 - Noumea

Day 2 - Ilot Mato

This morning we head towards Ilot Mato. This small chain of reefs provides a beautifully protected anchorage. There is a small trail leading to the top of the 40 metre high island that gives a view of the anchorage and the matrix of coral reefs. Island walks will reveal the island’s birdlife while the afternoon snorkelers are likely to encounter the local sea turtles.

Day 2 - Ilot Mato

Day 3 - Isle of Pines

Humpback whales breed in the warm waters of the lagoon from July to October and we may have them accompany us on part of this trip. Within the lagoon there are numerous atolls fringed by coral-encrusted shallows. Swimming, snorkelling and fishing will beckon. In the afternoon, join the first shore parties when we arrive at Kuto, the main town on the Isle des Pines.

Day 3 - Isle of Pines

Day 4 - Isle of Pines

We venture to the eastern side of the island to the beautiful Oro Bay. It is seldom visited so be prepared to tramp through a riverbed and swim in the most beautiful natural swimming pool. The white sand and turquoise waters is great for the soul. Later in the evening we sail north for Mare Island.

Day 4 - Isle of Pines

Day 5 - Mare Island

Our arrival is planned to coincide with the sunrise. Tadine Bay serves the town where we go ashore to experience the local way of life on this small island. Then it is away to explore the beaches and swimming before we sail after dinner towards Lifou.

Day 5 - Mare Island

Day 6 - Lifou Island

Lifou has long stretches of white sand beach, small coves, limestone caves, grottos and imposing cliffs giving the island one of the most dramatic landscapes in the Pacific. Melanesian seafarers were the first to discover and settle the Loyalty Islands. Dinner on deck in tranquil Santal Bay before we sail at midnight for Ouvea where we anchor in the lagoon in time for breakfast.

Day 6 - Lifou Island

Day 7 - Ouvea Island

Wake to the superb white-sand beach that stretches over 25 kilometers, Ouvéa is one of the most beautiful atolls in the Pacific. Its shores are delicately washed by pristine waters that display an array of blueish hues. The lagoon’s pristine waters mirror the beauty and majesty of Lékiny Cliffs. They also shelter abundant wildlife providing Ouvéa’s population with a precious food reserve. We anchor in the sheltered lagoon and enjoy all the pleasures that nature has provided. We stay here overnight.

Day 7 - Ouvea Island

Day 8 - At Sea

Enjoy the scenes and scents of the 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. The 1st officer arranges navigation lessons and there is a special surprise for the guest who is first to sight Malakula Island.

Day 8 - At Sea

Day 9 - Blue Holes

This morning we snorkel over a coral reef only metres from the ship. It’s an unforgettable experience - we take you up current in the tenders so that you can drift over gardens of coral that are inhabited by a myriad of tropical fish. Then you’ll venture up the Riri River in a dugout canoe to discover the miraculous blue holes – deep, clear freshwater springs that bubble up into the river. You’ve never seen the colour blue quite like this. A refreshing blue holes swim is almost compulsory. We spend the night at anchor off the pristine beaches of Mavea Island.

Day 9 - Blue Holes

Day 10 - Champagne Beach

Today, will see you landing on the world-famous Champagne Beach; said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It promises the bluest water, whitest sand and greenest jungle and it’s just breath-taking. You can swim, sunbathe, snorkel, kayak and chat with the local pareu sellers. Later in the evening we cruise south to the Maskelyne Islands.

Day 10 - Champagne Beach

Day 11 - Maskelyne Islands

We anchor in this most amazing coral reef complex of the Maskelyne Islands. Participate in the very best in-water activities on offer, including snorkelling and boat tours to visit the local villages and have a glimpse of their self-sufficient lifestyle. There is also the option of a fish gathering trip on the inner reef with the 1st Officer.

Day 11 - Maskelyne Islands

Day 12 - Havannah Harbour

The landing craft makes trips to the amazing coral gardens off Pele Island. During the day the tenders run a shuttle between the ship and the shore so you can explore this remote village and get to know the friendly Chief and the people at your leisure. This area is known as one of the best snorkelling spots in Vanuatu. The tenders are perfect for exploring such a large area and underwater highlights will include spectacular drop-offs and stunning coral gardens. Jungle walks will reveal the island's birdlife - and the afternoon snorkellers are likely to encounter turtles. Fishing is available, or perhaps swim or walk ashore, or just relax with a book on the top deck and enjoy the vista. Tonight is the Captain’s farewell dinner on the aft deck. We stay here overnight at anchor.

Day 12 - Havannah Harbour

Final Day - Port Vila

We arrive into beautiful Port Vila Harbour after a hearty brunch is served along the way and will have you disembarking in central downtown at 1100. Transfers are arranged to Vila Hotels or Bauerfield International Airport. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Final Day - Port Vila

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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