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.
THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…
Tour Dates: 21st to 31st October 2014 (11 days)
Tour Price: From US$5,995 per person sharing (see below)
Optional Diving Supplement: US$700 per person,
optional Birding Supplement: US$450 per person,
optional Kayaking Supplement: US$915 per person, and an obligatory Discovery Fund US$500 per person (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Depending on ship capacity and 1 leader
21st October - Honiara, Solomon Islands
22nd October - San Jorge Island and Santa Isabel
23rd October - Malaita
24th October - Makira and Santa Ana (San Cristobal)
25th October - Nendö – Temotu Province
26th October - Duff Islands
27th October - Vanikolo
28th October - Vanua Lava
29th October - Espiritu Santo
30th October - Malakula
31st October - Port Vila, Vanuatu
The price for the 11-day Secrets of Melanesia voyage aboard the Spirit of Enderby is as follows (depending on availability):
•Main Deck triple cabin: US$5,995 per person sharing;
•Main Deck twin Cabin: US$6,995 per person sharing;
•Superior: US$7,995 per person sharing;
•Superior plus: US$8,600 per person sharing;
•Mini Suite: US$9,250 per person sharing;
•Suit: US$9,995 per person sharing.
Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euros (€), or South African Rand (ZAR), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.
•Airport transfers at the beginning and end of your voyage;
•All meals and 24 hour tea and coffee station aboard the ship;
•Use of snorkel equipment where available;
•All shore excursions and activities throughout, excluding optional specialised birding and diving programmes;
•Lectures by noted naturalists;
•All onshore tips, service taxes and port charges; and
•Comprehensive pre-departure material.
•Passport, visa and immigration fees;
•Optional specialised birding and diving programmes (see below);
•Special gratuities; and
•Other items of a personal nature (including email).
Additional charges: Optional Diving Supplement: US$700 per person, optional Birding Supplement: US$450 per person, optional Kayaking Supplement: US$915 per person, and an obligatory Discovery Fund of US$500 per person. These additional charges are payable on board.
ABOUT THE DISCOVERY FUND:
Each area we visit has rich cultural experiences and wild treasures to offer, and, as guests, we have made a point to source and support local projects in the areas through which we travel. A contribution from each passenger therefore represents a portion of the money we donate to ensure the longevity and success of educational, environmental and cultural initiatives in these regions.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate domestic flight (where applicable) and single supplement rates (where applicable), which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.
b) Please also note that a leader may not accompany the expedition unless a minimum of 10 participants are signed up through us. In the case that a leader is not on board, the professional expedition staff will take care of all participants signed up through us.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs (especially fuel) and may have to be adjusted as a result. You will be notified by email if fuel surcharges or other price adjustments need to be implemented.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances (see below); please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
Please contact the office for further information. Furthermore, it is essential to contact the office for specifics on the booking conditions for this tour.
•Circumstances may be encountered during our voyage which will make it necessary or desirable to deviate from this itinerary. These circumstances include poor weather conditions and opportunities for making unplanned zodiac excursions. Your Expedition Leader will provide more information at the start of the voyage and keep you fully informed during the voyage.
•This tour offers varied activities and excursions; your interest will determine which of these you wish to partake in.
•Some activities and excursions will run at similar times and it will therefore not be possible to participate in both; no refund of excursions and missed landings will be available due to this.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
•The above schedule is approximate and depends upon sea conditions and other factors.
•We have taken an allotment on this cruise rather than chartering the cruise in its entirety. We cannot therefore predict the number of participants that will be aboard the ship, and hence also the presence of a guide on the ship.
Arrival and departure details:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. The tour will commence on day 1 at Honiara International Airport on the Solomon Islands. Further meeting details will be sent to you in due course. The cruise will conclude on the morning of day 11 at Port Vila, Vanuatu’s capital, on the island of Efate. (Please note: To allow time for disembarkation procedures, we do not recommend booking flights from Port Vila before midday.)
If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.
Honiara International Airport on Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands is the only international airport in the Solomon Islands and is serviced by Air Niugini, Air Pacific, Solomon Airlines and Virgin Australia. Your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you.
Bauerfield Airport is the main port of entry for international flights into Vanuatu and is serviced by Pacific Blue, Air Pacific, Solomon Airlines, Air Vanuatu, Air New Zealand and Qantas. Once again, your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you.
Tour Price (Per Person) from US$5,995.00 to $9,995.00 * £3,940.00 to £6,580.00 * €4,540.00 to €7,570.00 * ZAR58,500.00 to ZAR97,500.00
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