Solomon Islands Discovery Cruise

Solomon Islands Discovery Cruise - 7 nights - From $2,774

 

 

Explore the beautiful Solomon Islands with this small discovery cruise.

Freighter cruise to Pitcairn island

Itinerary - 7 nights

Day 1
Welcome to the Solomon Islands! On arrival, you’ll be greeted before your transfer to the MV Taka. You will begin with a visit to a local resort where you can grab a drink or two and have a cooling dip in the pool before you drive through Honiara. Once on board your home- away-from-home, you’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner with your fellow guests before relaxing on board as you steam overnight to the Florida Islands.

 

Day 2 
After breakfast you’ll visit Gavutu Wharf, which has a small reef, abundant marine life and a tiny WW2 wreck, making it a great spot for snorkeling. If you’re keen, this is the spot to learn scuba-diving. Next you’ll head to former capital Tulagi, for a historical tour and a refreshing beer. Cruising north to the tiny island of Kovahika, take a guided snorkel along the coastline to check out the reef, turtles and coral gardens, or just enjoy relaxing on the pristine beach. Then it’s back to Taka for dinner and sunset cocktails.

 

Day 3
Visit the village of Olevuga for a sample of daily life. Meet a local schoolteacher and her pupils. In the afternoon, snorkel Maravagi & Devil’s Highway and if the conditions are just right you may even get to swim with manta rays. Explore the warm shallow waters and photograph giant clams, cuttlefish and anemones. As evening draws in, enjoy a BBQ feast on the roof of the boat as you admire the stunning scenery.


Day 4 
After an overnight steam from the Floridas, you’ll arrive at White Beach in the Russell Islands. Explore the old WW2 wreckage in the shallows, on either a stand up paddleboard, or with your dive/snorkel gear. See if you can find an old WW2 Coca Cola bottle! After lunch, the vessel makes a quick trip to the stunning Hanasivi Beach. Sunbathe on this pristine island beach, or swim in the secluded crystal-clear waters. In the late afternoon, sample a cocktail or beer while relaxing in tranquil ankle-deep water. Before dinner, the chefs will be topping up supplies at the back-deck market as the villagers arrive in their canoes with produce grown especially for you. Come watch the negotiations and maybe pick out a papaya or fresh coconut for an afternoon snack.


Day 5

Today begins with a snorkel through the majestic underwater gardens of Karamulon Reef, followed by a visit to a local village, hosted by Chief Raymond. Watch a traditional dance, with a special appearance by a bamboo band, then splash around in canoes with the local kids. After lunch, cruise to beautiful Mane Island, and along the way, watch dolphins play on the bow. On arrival at Mane, drop in for a snorkel or dive.


Day 6

Wake for a sunrise paddleboard trip across the turquoise waters of Mane. After a hearty breakfast, snorkel or dive the reef and explore the beautiful Mirror Pond, which is encircled by rainforest. As you glide through the crystal clear waters, encounter huge schools of fish on the outer reef wall. In the afternoon swim, dive and explore the remarkable Mane Bay, where rainforest meets reef. This is a truly breathtaking spot. An evening croc-spotting adventure rounds off this fun-packed day.


Day 7 
Rise and get ready to explore the island’s famous crevasse, known as Leru Cut. Snorkel through the stunning inlet, teeming with anemones and fish, and surrounded by rainforest and shimmering, sun-dappled sand. This unforgettable moment is always one of the trip’s major highlights. Then spend the afternoon on the gorgeous beach at Loun Island. Ride a sea biscuit, or just relax on the sand with a cold beer or glass of wine.


Day 8

You arrive back in Honiara in the morning for an early departure from the boat.

 

Includes 

  • Transfers of passengers to and from the ship
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All tour activities and excursions
  • Transportation, shore excursions, and the use of equipment
  • All meals, snacks and beverages (non-alcoholic) onboard the ship
  • Service of expert local guides
  • Use of sporting equipment (snorkelling gear, paddleboards etc.)

Tariff 
From AU$2,774 per person twin share

 
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Call: 02 8270 4899

We recommend booking 3 - 6 months in advance to ensure you secure the dates you desire.
 
Requirements
Passengers must be in possession of a valid passport. You do not need a visa if you are a Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the US. If unsure please enquire.
Cancellation

Cancellation by the passenger for any reason is subject to the cancellation charges of the shipping company:

60 days or more prior to departure, full refund. 30 to 59 days prior to departure, forfeit 50% of trip fee. Less than 30 days prior to departure, forfeit 100% of the trip fee.

Freighter Expedition charges a $200 cancellation fee.

No refund is paid for early disembarkation.

You must have comprehensive Travel Insurance which will include cancellation cover due to medical, family crisis and other substantial reasons not to travel.