The South West Pacific Odyssey cruise, beginning in New Zealand and ending in Papua New Guinea, provides an unprecedented opportunity to see some of the world’s most rarely-observed seabirds and remote island endemics. We land at Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, and several of the Solomon Islands, before disembarkation at East New Britain off Papua New Guinea. Such mouth-watering species as Kagu, Beck’s Petrel, Heinroth’s Shearwater, Roviana Rail, Norfolk Island Parakeet, Rennell Shrikebill and Crow Honeyeater are possible, as well as a potential new species of storm petrel off New Caledonia. Birds aside, the list of cetaceans is outstanding and there are also many snorkeling, swimming and relaxation opportunities.
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 additional landing fee of US$500 per person. Please also note that these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Seabirds: Cook’s, Black, Black-winged, Grey-faced, White-necked, Collared, Gould’s, Kermadec, Providence, Tahiti, Beck’s and Bonin Petrel, New Zealand, Matsudaira’s and Polynesian Storm Petrel, Tropical, Heinroth’s and Bannerman’s Shearwater, Grey-backed Tern, Grey Ternlet.
Landbirds: Norfolk Island endemics; New Caledonia endemics including Kagu, New Caledonian Imperial Pigeon, Horned Parakeet, Cloven-feathered Dove, Crow Honeyeater; Solomon Island endemics; Sanford’s Sea Eagle, Solomons (Ducorp’s) Cockatoo, Claret-breasted and White-headed Fruit Dove, Finsch’s Pygmy Parrot, Yellow-bibbed and Cardinal Lory, Roviana Rail, Solomon Islands Cuckooshrike, Sooty Myzomela, White-collared and White-capped Monarch, Brown-winged Starling.
Sperm, Dwarf Sperm, False Killer and Humpback Whale, Fraser’s Dolphin
Pacific Ocean, landings on tropical islands, lowland rain forests, deciduous forest
cool (but not cold) seas off New Zealand, much hotter weather as we sail near the equator. Rain is likely on some days
easy pace with some tricky species
Coral reefs, snorkelling, seldom-visited islands, stunning scenery