This Melanesian birding, wildlife and cultural cruise takes us into a world that few have ever experienced, including visiting idyllic islands and isolated villages where unique time-honoured traditions and elaborately costumed dancers welcome us into their special world!
Commencing in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, we set sail to discover the beauty of the outer Solomon Islands. Here we can relax as our ship glides into secluded bays, and takes us to remote oceanic islands where the ancient art of traditional navigation survives even until today. In Vanuatu, we have the opportunity to search for several endemic bird species, or else to dive and explore one of the planet’s most famous wrecks and discover hidden underwater worlds bejewelled with a dazzling array of astounding marine life. 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 we offer an optional specialised birding programme with customised excursions to maximise our birding opportunities of the region’s numerous endemic and range-restricted species. In addition, these waters provide some of the greatest diving in the world, and there will be various opportunities for everybody to snorkel and appreciate the beauty beneath the waves, as well as an optional scuba-diving programme for those wishing to maximise their underwater experiences.
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 note: these prices exclude an optional Specialized Birding Supplement of US$450 per person, an optional Kayaking Supplement of US$915 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.
Vanuatu Megapode, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Vanuatu Petrel, Sanford’s Sea Eagle, Pied Goshawk, Tanna, Claret-breasted & White-headed Fruit Dove, Vanuatu, Chestnut-bellied & Red-knobbed Imperial Pigeon, Solomons (Ducorps’s) Cockatoo, Cardinal & Yellow-bibbed Lory, Palm Lorikeet, Buff-headed Coucal, Blyth’s Hornbill, Ultramarine & Chestnut-bellied Kingfisher, Moustached Treeswift, White-billed Crow, Solomons Cuckooshrike, Makira Cicadabird, Santa Cruz Shrikebill, Cockerell’s Fantail, Solomons, White-collared, Buff-bellied & Chestnut-bellied Monarch, Black-headed, Sooty, Red-capped & Red-vested (Red-bellied) Myzomela, Makira & White-bellied Honeyeater, Mottled & Midget Flowerpecker, Makira & Steel-blue Flycatcher, Long-tailed Myna, Polynesian, Mountain, Makira & Brown-winged Starling, Malaita, Santa Cruz, Sanford’s & Yellow-fronted White-eye
possibilities for 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