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14 days


Madang, Honiara




A (you need to be in reasonably good health)

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Uncover the hidden gems of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. From the culturally rich arterial of the Sepik River sail north across the Bismarck Sea to the remote shores of Manus and Mussau Islands. Delve into the history, culture and wildlife of New Ireland and New Britain.

Cross the Buka Channel and at Nissan Island view reminders of the brief but intensive World War II activities there. Then enter a long isolated world as you 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. Be on the lookout for the Roviana Rail and Solomon Sea Eagle, both species endemic to the Solomon Islands. 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. Travel at your own pace, with plenty of opportunities for landings, village visits and snorkelling, all while accompanied by an experienced kayaking guide.