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South Seas Explorer

COOK ISLANDS To TONGA
12 Night Cruise

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

PRICes 2020

PACIFIC
Suite 
HORIZON
Suite
CHARTER
Ship
Sun 23 Aug 2020 15,95018,950 289,000

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
CHARTER
Ship
Sun 22 Aug 2021 16,95019,950 306,000

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 commences from 3pm alongside the pier in 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 5pm followed by a scrumptious welcome dinner as our cruise begins towards the romantic island of Aitutaki, 140 miles due north.

Day 1 - Rarotonga

Day 2 - Aitutaki island

Aitutaki has a beautiful lagoon. We navigate the coral with the landing craft to have you in the centre of the township. An island tour or a visit to one-foot island is on the agenda. After dinner we sail northwest for our next stop at 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 secured in the anchorage we venture ashore for the rest of the day and deliver important island supplies we carried from Rarotonga. With only 4 cargo ships a year so we are happy to assist. It is either dinner ashore with our guests or onboard. We spend the following day as beachcombers, get to play volleyball with the residents and then farewell new friends to sail in the early evening on our westerly course.

Day 3/4 - Palmerston Island

Day 5 - 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 land at Beveridge Reef.

Day 5 - At Sea

Day 6 - Beveridge Reef

Crew organised activities keep us all well amused on the passage. 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. You can just see our old ship pictured in the lagoon below.

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 simple and are here long enough to enjoy all the island highlights. We sail with the setting sun towards the Kingdom of Tonga.

Day 7 - Niue island

Day 8/9 - Vavau, Tonga

Vavau 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. There will be wonderful opportunities to swim with visiting humpback whales. We stay here for two days in this perfect South Seas playground.

Day 8/9 - Vavau, Tonga

Day 10/11 - Ha’apai

We spend two days moving 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 warning of the oceans.

Day 10/11 - 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.

Day 12 – Mango Island

Last Day - Nukualofa

During breakfast on deck we are underway and arrive alongside the main Nukualofa wharf at 11:30 am with disembarking to be completed by noon. We wish you safe travels and look forward to welcome you back onboard.

Last Day - Nukualofa

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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