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• Sail through the turquoise waters of the Solomon Islands• Exceptional birding with many highlights including the Manus Friarbird, Mussau Monarch and the Paradise Drango• Optional specialized birding programme with customised excursions• Incredible marine diversity with opportunities to snorkel and/or kayak
Uncover the hidden gems of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. From the culturally rich arterial of the Sepik River we sail north across the Bismarck Sea to the remote shores of Manus and Mussau Islands. Manus has the lowest density of people in all New Guinea with its people still living a very traditional lifestyle. Next delve into the history, culture and wildlife of New Ireland and New Britain.
We cross the Buka Channel and at Nissan Island can view reminders of the brief but intensive World War II activities during which the islands were recaptured by Kiwi and British forces from the Japanese occupiers. Then enter a long isolated world as we are amongst the first travellers to return to Bougainville in over two decades. Sailing through the turquoise waters of the Solomon Islands, new vistas and unexpected encounters await.
For birders this itinerary offers once in a lifetime species on remote islands where few have been before. The birding potential is exceptional with many highlights including the Manus Friarbird, Mussau Monarch and the Paradise Drango. Endemic to the Solomon Islands we will be on the lookout for the Roviana Rail and Solomon Sea Eagle. Allowing birders to maximise the opportunities available to them there will be an optional specialised birding programme with customised excursions.
These waters also offer some of the greatest marine diversity in the world and everybody will have the opportunity to snorkel and appreciate the beauty beneath the waves. Whether you are snorkelling or kayaking this ocean aquarium is waiting to be discovered. Kayaking provides the perfect way to explore the islands of Melanesia, discover the marine life that swims below and meet the locals. The kayaks are a source of endless fascination for the local children who will often come out to join us in their dugout canoes. Travel at your own pace, with plenty of opportunities for landings, village visits and snorkelling, all while accompanied by our experienced kayaking guide.
Day 1: Madang, Papua New Guinea
Day 2: Madang
Days 3: Sepik River
Day 4 to 5: Manus Province
Day 6: Mussa Island
Day 7: Kavieng, New Ireland
Day 8: Rabaul, New Britain
Day 9: Nissan Island
Day 10: Bougainville Island
Day 11: Choiseul Island
Day 12: New Georgia Islands
Day 13: Santa Isabel Island
Day 14: Honiara, Solomon Islands
Day 1: Madang, Papua New GuineaArrive in the port town of Madang and transfer to the Madang Resort for the first night. This evening meet with your fellow travellers and the expedition team over dinner.
Moustached TreeswiftLesser Bird of Paradise (difficult)Grand MannikinEdward's Fig ParrotPalm CockatooGreat-billed HeronBeach KingfisherSuperb Pitta (difficult)Nicobar PigeonMussau MonarchParadise DrongoBlue-eyed CockatooMelanesian ScrubfowlBlyth's HornbillDuchess LorikeetHeinroth's ShearwaterSolomons Sea EagleShort-finned Pilot WhaleHawksbill Turtles (nesting)Manta RayGreat Flying FoxClownfish
The Spirit of Enderby
The Spirit of Enderby is a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel, built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research and is perfect for Expedition Travel.
She carries just 50 passengers and was refurbished in November 2009 to provide comfortable accommodation in twin share cabins approximately half of which have private facilities. All cabins have outside windows or portholes and ample storage space.
On board there is a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room. The cuisine is excellent and is prepared by top NZ and Australian chefs.
The ship is crewed by a very enthusiastic and most experienced Russian Captain and crew.
The name Spirit of Enderby honours the work and the vision of the Enderby Brothers of London. The Enderby Captains were at the forefront of Antarctic exploration for almost 40 years in the early 1800’s. It also celebrates Enderby Island, arguably the greatest Subantarctic Island in the world.
Classification: Russian register KM ice classYear built: 1984Accommodation: 50 berths expeditionShipyard: FinlandMain engines: power 2x1560 bhp (2x 1147 Kw)Register: RussiaMaximum speed: 12 knots (2 engines),Cruising speed: 10 knots(one engine)Bunker capacity: 320 tons
Heritage Suite: Large lounge area, separate bedroom with double bed, single bed in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers, and fridge. There is a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. Large forward and side facing windows with great views.
Mini Suites: Separate bedroom with a double bed and a single bed or sofa in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. Mini Suites have windows.
Superior Plus cabins: Two lower berths, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Superior cabins: One bunk (one upper and one lower berth), writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Main deck cabins: Two lower berths, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private washbasin. Shared shower and toilet facilities nearby with other Main Deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.
Main deck triple: One bunk (one upper and one lower) and one additional lower berth, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private washbasin. Shared shower and toilet facilities nearby with other Main Deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.
Main Deck Triple $6,995 USDMain Deck $7,995 USDSuperior $8,995 USDSuperior Plus $9,700 USDMini Suite $10,700 USD Heritage Suite $11,500 USD
This trip includes:
All meals and 24 hour tea and coffee station aboard the ship. Use of snorkel equipment where available. All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac excluding optional specialised birding and kayaking programmes. Programme of lectures by noted naturalists. All onshore tips, service taxes and port charges. Comprehensive pre-departure material. Airport transfers at the beginning and end of your voyage.
This trip does not include:
Extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature such as bar, email, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion. Airfares are an additional cost.
Birding Supplement available at $500 per person
The focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. Our Expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit.
Every day we offer a combination of interesting shore excursions and fun shipboard activities. Our excursions onshore will involve a relatively low level of exertion, but you will need a reasonable level of mobility to get up and down the gangway and climb into and out of Zodiacs (with assistance).
When the ship is underway, it is a wonderful time to join a naturalist on deck, take photos of the stunning scenery, or get caught up on some reading in the library. In addition, our resource staff will give informative talks at various times throughout the voyage.
Meals in the ship's dining room are a great opportunity to meet new friends and recount the day's adventures. Special diets can be accommodated with advance notice. Safety is also a top priority with Eagle-Eye Tours – our team has extensive experience in the field, and all of our Voyages are run in conjunction with operators with the highest safety standards.
We know that everyone travels for different reasons. Over the years, however, we have found one common element among the guest who choose to travel with us - a thirst of knowledge and authentic experience. Knowing this drives us to ensure the highest quality learning experience on our trips, by taking time to carefully design each trip we offer.
• Pre/Post cruise transfers• All on board ship accommodation with meals • All expedition shore excursions
• All items of a personal nature (laundry, drinks)• Gratuities• International/domestic flights• Visas• Travel Insurance• Discovery Fund (payable on board) $600.00 USD• Birding Supplement available at $500 per person
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