Rarely explored, Melanesia comprises the islands to the north and north east of Australia. This area was the scene of many battles during the Second World War and is home to shipwrecks, remote islands and beautiful and unspoilt coral atolls.
Due to this region's isolation it is yet to be homogenized by tourism and boasts some of the most spectacular snorkelling and diving in the world, in crystal waters teeming with marine life. The ocean is integral in the day to day life of the local peoples. The culture of the area is unique and remains resistant to outside influence. It may sound contrived but the women still wear grass skirts and the men loin cloths, and this is in no way for the benefit of the western traveller.
The cultural traditions of the Yap and Manus with traditional dance and custom are intriguing.
These virtually untouched islands also have virgin forest and unique birdlife…it really is back to basics in this off the beaten track destination. The island make-up of this region lends itself to exploration by sea…therefore a cruise offers a constantly changing vista and comfortable means of island hopping.
Orion Expedition cruises visit this region with respect for marine life and local culture, giving a rich and fulfilling experience.
This is not all we can offer. If you would like to discuss more ways to visit this destination give us a call. Contact us for more options.
Day 1 – Cairns
Day 2 – At Sea
Day 3 – 5 – Papua New Guinea
Day 6 - 8 – Solomon Islands
Day 9 – At Sea
Day 10 – 11 – Vanuatu
Day 12 – At Sea
Day 13 – Beqa, Fiji
Day 14 – Lautoka
Departures: 3rd November 2014
Day 1 – Honiara, Solomon Islands
Day 2 – Auki, Solomon Islands
Day 2 – Langa Langa Lagoon, Solomon Islands
Day 3 – Port Mary, Santa Ana Island, Soloma
Day 4 – Utupua Island, Solomon Islands
Day 5 – Luganville, Vanuatu
Day 6 – Ambrym Island, Vanuatu
Day 7 – Lifou, New Caledonia
Day 8 – Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia
Day 9 – Day At Sea
Day 10 – Norfolk Islands, Australia
Day 11 – Day At Sea
Day 12 – Bay Of Islands, New Zealand
Day 13 – Auckland, New Zealand
Departures: 7th December 2015
The best time to visit is spring and autumn when the humidity is more manageable and temperatures are around 30°C. The majority of the rain falls between December and March due to the northwest monsoon.
Tropical, lightweights and cottons are recommended. In the highlands, warmer clothing is needed. Rainwear is also advised.