Our Melanesian Discoverer birding cruise takes us on an exciting voyage to some seldom-visited islands in the Melanesian archipelago. Commencing in Papua New Guinea, we will sail north across the Bismarck Sea to the remote shores of Manus and Mussau Islands. Thereafter we delve into the history, culture and wildlife of New Ireland and New Britain, before we cross the Buka Channel and enter a long isolated world, being amongst the first travellers to return to Bougainville in over two decades! The final leg of our journey takes us through the turquoise waters of the Solomon Islands, home to some very special and rarely encountered birds!
For birders this itinerary offers once in a lifetime species on remote islands where very few people have been before. The birding potential is exceptional and, in order to maximise our opportunities, there will be an optional specialised birding programme with customised excursions onto the various islands. In addition, these waters offer some of the greatest diving in the world and, while everyone will have the chance to snorkel and appreciate the beauty beneath the waves.
This is a tropical island voyage par excellence and promises to deliver a whole host of exceptional sightings and experiences for both birders and non-birders alike!
Please note that a Rockjumper leader may not accompany the expedition unless a minimum of 10 participants are signed up through Rockjumper. In the case that a Rockjumper leader is not on board, the professional expedition staff will take care of all participants signed up through Rockjumper.
Please also note: these prices exclude an optional Specialized Birding Supplement of US$500 per person, an optional Kayaking Supplement of US$995 per person, and an obligatory Discovery Fund contribution of US$600 per person. These additional charges are payable on board. Please also note that these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
chances for King & Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise, Woodford’s Rail, Beck’s & Heinroth’s Shearwater, Sanford’s Sea Eagle, Long-tailed Honey Buzzard, Pied Goshawk, Edwards’s Fig Parrot, Solomons (Ducorps’s), Palm & Blue-eyed Cockatoo, Vulturine Parrot, White-naped Lory, Duchess, Red-chinned & Coconut Lorikeet, Bismarck Hanging Parrot, Meek’s Pygmy Parrot, New Ireland Boobook, Blyth’s Hornbill, Channel-billed Cuckoo, White-necked, Buff-headed, Violacouse & Pied Coucal, Bismarck & Bougainville Crow, Superb & Red-bellied Pitta, Hook-billed & Ultramarine Kingfisher, Black-capped Paradise Kingfisher, White-backed Woodswallow, Victoria Crowned Pigeon, Superb, Yellow-bibbed, Claret-breasted & Knob-billed (Red-knobbed) Fruit Dove, Nicobar Pigeon, Red-knobbed, Finsch’s, Black & Yellowish Imperial Pigeons, Pale Mountain Pigeon, Pied & Crested Cuckoo-Dove, Bronze (Beccari’s) Ground Dove, Manus & Solomons Cuckooshrike, Australian & Mangrove Golden Whistler, Manus & New Britain Friarbird, Manus, Mussau, Kolombangara, Solomons (Black-and-white) & Black-tailed (Bismarck Pied) Monarch, Mussau & Cockerell’s (White-winged) Fantail, Mussau Triller, Russet-tailed Thrush, Blue-faced Parrotfinch, Paradise (New Ireland) Drongo, New Ireland, Ashy, Crimson-rumped, Red-capped & Black-bellied Myzomela, Red-banded (Bismarck) & Midget Flowerpecker, Shining, Velvet & Steel-blue Flycatcher, Solomons, Bismarck, Yellow-throated & Louisiade White-eye, Yellow-faced Myna, Brown-winged Starling, Forbes’s (New Ireland) & Hunstein’s Mannikin
chances for Dugong and various cetacean species
open ocean, shoreline, rainforest, mangroves, islets
hot and humid with tropical showers
very relaxed, with some longer optional walks
brilliant coral reef snorkeling, traditional island culture, rarely visited tropical islands, historical World War II relics