Ocean Cruise Expeditions

From Fiji to Micronesia

  • Duration 16 Days | Lautoka to Guam
  • From $11,100 AUD
Call 1800 889 088

Trip Overview

Embark with PONANT for a 16-day expedition cruise to the heart of remote islands in the Pacific. Aboard Le Soléal, you will follow a brand-new itinerary that will take you from Fiji to Guam to discover very rich local cultures and exceptional underwater life.

From Lautoka you will sail West to reach the delightful Vanuatu islands. On Ambrym Island you will have the chance to visit a traditional village where the inhabitants will share their customs and through singing and traditional dances.

You will then set sail for the Solomon Islands where you will have the opportunity to have encounters with local inhabitants as well as enjoy stunning white-sand beaches with swimming and snorkelling.

After a port of call in Papua New Guinea, the mysteries of Micronesia will reveal themselves to you. A scattering of islands and atolls, lost in the heart of the northern Pacific between the line of the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer, this area is rich in Second World War history. This area is a diver’s paradise with stunning coral reefs to explore. The coconut tree-lined white-sand beaches and traditional villages with deep-rooted traditions will be sure to charm you.

Trip Highlights

  • Shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Vanuatu: traditional villages, tropical beaches, coral reefs, active volcanoes.
  • The Solomon Islands, secret destination in the South Pacific and a real tropical Eden.
  • Micronesia, a scattering of islands and atolls with breathtaking underwater scenery.
  • Encounters with local people: cultural performances, dances, arts & crafts.
  • From Paradise Lagoon, don’t miss the unique performance from the “water music women” on Maewa Island.
  • Regions rich Second World War history, particularly Chuuk (Micronesia), where a number of wrecks from the Japanese fleet can be found under water.
  • Possibility of diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board and of snorkelling with your expedition team.

 

Itinerary - 16 Days

Day 1 LAUTOKA, FIJI

Lautoka is Fiji’s second largest city situated on the western side of Viti Levu island. Lautoka is known as the gateway to Fiji’s ‘sun coast’ which offers a luscious land of abundant sunshine, azure skies and peaks of sugar-cane fields that are surrounded by picturesque rural villages and market towns.

Days 2 AT SEA

During your day on the Le Soleal, make the most of your surroundings and enjoy the onboard amenities and services. Relax in the spa, head to the fitness centre for a workout or take a dip in the swimming pool. If you’re interested in wildlife, head to the upper deck where you’ll get the best view to observe marine species, should you be lucky enough to pass any.

Day 3 AMBRYM ISLAND, VANUATU

Ambrym in Vanuatu is an ancient island made up of several traditional villages. It is often referred to as ‘Black Island’ due to the expansive ash plain that covers the inland. Two active volcanoes, Benbow and Marum, can be found here and access is possible. You’ll be able to meet the locals and witness their customs during your time in Ambrym for an utterly authentic experience.

Day 4 PARADISE LAGOON, ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND, VANUATU

Paradise Lagoon is the largest of the 83 volcanic islands that make up Vanuatu. Situated on the southern part of the Espiritu Santo, Paradise Lagoon is the most beautiful of the archipelago. Enjoy landscapes that range from volcanic rocks to sandy beaches and lagoons which are sure to tempt you with their warm turquoise waters.

Day 5 AT SEA

During your day on the Le Soleal, make the most of your surroundings and enjoy the onboard amenities and services. Relax in the spa, head to the fitness centre for a workout or take a dip in the swimmingpool. If you’re interested in wildlife, head to the upper deck where you’ll get the best view to observe marine species, should you be lucky enough to pass any.

Day 6 SANTA ANA ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS

Owaraha, formerly known as Santa Ana is a small coral island located in Makira-Ulawa Province.The picturesque island has two main villages Gupuna (or Ghupuna) and Nafinotoga, which is occupied by traditional communities who speak the Owa language. After reaching shore by zodiac boat, you can experience the traditional culture with the Islanders or take a dip in the tropical waters of Port Mary.

Day 7 HONIARA INGUADALCANAL ISLAND AND RODERICK BAY, FLORIDA ISLANDS

Honiara is the capital city of the Solomon Islands on the northwestern coast of Guadalcanal Island. It is the hub of all activity in the archipelago which has recently undergone an ‘urban boom’. Discover the cities beautiful landscapes and the significance of the city in the World War II. Roderick bay is a hidden cove in Florida Islands that is famed by the half-sunken sea-liner that has been lying abandoned for 18 years. The shipwrecked MS World Discoverer offers an eerie yet fascinating attraction for tourists with a local village situated on the shores nearby. Partake in local culture, take a walk through the village and meet the locals before enjoying some snorkelling to appreciate the exceptional marine wildlife.

Day 8 AT SEA

During your day on the Le Soleal, make the most of your surroundings and enjoy the onboard amenities and services. Relax in the spa, head to the fitness centre for a workout or take a dip in the swimming pool. If you’re interested in wildlife, head to the upper deck where you’ll get the best view to observe marine species, should you be lucky enough to pass any.

Day 9 RABAUL, BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Rabaul, situated at the eastern end of New Britain is a port town surrounded by six volcanoes, some of which are still active. The landscape of Rabaul has been shaped by the eruption of Mt Tavurvur which spewed huge amounts of volcanic ash over the township and neighbouring Simpson Harbour and Karavia Bay areas. Head out with the expedition team for a tour by local transport to see Mt Tavurvur, the Volcano Observatory and various significant sites from World War II.

Days 10 & 11 AT SEA

During your day on the Le Soleal, make the most of your surroundings and enjoy the onboard amenities and services. Relax in the spa, head to the fitness centre for a workout or take a dip in the swimming pool. If you’re interested in wildlife, head to theupper deck where you’ll get the best view to observe marine species, should you be lucky enough to pass any.

Day 12 CHUUK(EX TRUK)

Chuuk Lagoon, also previously known as Truk Lagoon is one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia. The cluster of 16 much-eroded volcanic islands have mangrove swamps along their coasts with rich rainforests in the central mountainous areas. The islands are hugely popular with scuba divers thanks to the incredibly interesting shipwrecks which have become foundations for new reef growth.

Day 13 PULAP ISLAND

Pulap is an atoll consisting of three islands located in the Pattiw group in the Caroline Islands. The three islands are, Pollap in the north, Tamatam in the south, and Fanadik at the western fringe of the reef.The island is surrounded by a number of ghostly shipwrecks that are virtually intact, submerged underwater. This makes for great diving expeditions where you can explore the reef and its incredible marine life as well as the shipwrecks.

Day 14 SATAWAL ISLAND

Satawal is a solitary coral atoll consisting of just one island. Like Pulap, Satawal is located in the Caroline Islands where it is home to just 500 people. Famous for its preservation of traditional navigational techniques without the use of modern instruments, based on indigenous astronomical and maritime concepts. The island is still very traditional which means visitors rarely step ashore but those who do are warmly welcomed by the villagers.

Day 15 GAFERUT ATOLL

Gaferut Atoll is an outlying atoll in the State of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. The tiny island is mostly defined by densely covered rolling hills which are lusciously covered with vegetation. Mangrove swamps line the vast majority of the shore with an outer barrier reef, rich in marine wildlife surrounding the island. there is an enclosed lagoon which too is brimming with a diverse selection of marine wildlife.

Day 16 GUAM

Situated in the western Pacific Ocean lies Guam, the largest and southernmost island in the Mariana Islands archipelago. There is a wealth of history in Guam, it was ceded to the US by Spain in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. Captured by Japan in 1941, it was retaken by the US 3 years later. Come to the end of your expedition in Guam where you can enjoy local culture and visit the historic landmarks.

 

EXTRAORDINARY PARTNERSHIPS

National Geographic Expeditions has carefully chosen world-leading travel partners to create extraordinary travel experiences. Each expedition offers guests our unique access, knowledge and the ability to give back by supporting the National Geographic Society.

Our Ocean Cruise Expeditions are offered in partnership with PONANT. To learn more about the itinerary, explore the PONANT ship or secure your spot, click here.

From Fiji to Micronesia

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