Marvels of Melanesia – Koror, Paulau to Honiara, Guadalcanal

from $12,240

DATES: May 13, 2018

DURATION: 16 DAYS/15 NIGHTS

EMBARK: Koror, Palau

DISEMBARK: Honiara, Guadalcanal

SHIP: SILVER DISCOVERER

 

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All about the Marvels of Melanesia – Koror, Paulau to Honiara, Guadalcanal.

As world-wide destinations go, nothing can top the remote islands of Papua New Guinea. A colourful patchwork of tropical landscapes, rich with culture and character, these magical islands are an emotional explosion for any traveller. From village-wide welcomes and fire dances, to sandy lagoons and Catholic missions, this adventure laced with new destinations will change your life forever.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Personalized service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
    One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  1. Day 1 Koror, Palau

    Embark Silver Discoverer for this stunning Silversea Expedition entitled, “Marvels of Melanesia.” This afternoon you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and attend a safety briefing.

  2. Day 2 Koror, Palau

    This morning you can go into town for some self-exploration and visit the National Museum of Palau or the private Etpison Museum with its outstanding exhibition on “traditional money,” or have a look at Palau’s underwater creatures in the Aquarium.

    Silversea Expeditions offers guests the opportunity to join an excursion to see the famous “Rock Islands.” This UNESCO World heritage Site is a must-see if you have not been to Palau before. We will go in local speed boats to see the labyrinth of channels and islands and to snorkel in Palauan waters.

    In the afternoon, Silver Discoverer will cruise out of Koror’s inner harbor. Be on deck to see Babeldaob Island with its mangrove coast and terraced hills offset by countless hues of lagoon blues and greens.

  3. Day 3-4 At Sea

    A leisurely day at sea invites you to take advantage of the luxurious amenities aboard Silver Discoverer.

  4. Day 5 Vanimo, Papua New Guinea

    This morning we arrive in Papua New Guinea. We will set out to explore one of its most remote regions. The Sandaun Province is relatively undeveloped, with lovely beaches, crystal clear lagoons and picturesque villages.

    After a short welcome ceremony, we will set off in local minivans to explore further afield. Since Vanimo does not receive many visitors, the main attraction in many places will actually be our visit. Don’t forget your bathing suit as we will have the opportunity to cool down at one of the beautiful beach locations outside of town.

  5. Day 5 Novaya Zemlya

    Novaya Zemlya was visited by famous explorers like Barents and Lütke and used for military purposes until the late 20th century. Novaya Zemlya is now part of the Russian Arctic National Park and great efforts are being implemented by Russia to clean the park of remains of the Cold War.

  6. Day 6 Ali Island, Papua New Guinea

    Ali Island is one of the four islands located close to Aitape, off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. The eastern shore of Ali Island has a beautiful white sandy beach and offers swimming and snorkeling. The five villages on the island are all set up in string and well-maintained trails lead to the school and Catholic church closer to the northern end of the island. Guest will be welcomed with songs and dances and a village walk will take you past the clean local homes, their gardens and wells to the Catholic church with its interesting paintings regarding the via crucis. Chat with the islanders, relax on the beach, or take one of the local canoes to exercise your paddling skills.

  7. Day 7 Kopar Village, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

    The lower East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea has lagoons, mangrove swamps and sandbanks between the Sepik to the south and the Bismarck Sea to the north. This morning we will be in front of the Sepik River where, depending on the tides, we will either navigate upriver for a scenic Zodiac tour that will include a stop at Kopar or will be able to anchor in the Sepik, close to this small village inhabited by no more than 200 people. Our arrival here will also be heralded with a welcoming performance of song and dance.

    At Kopar locals from different villages will have gathered to show and sell their artifacts. The masks, baskets, bone carvings, drums, paddles will all be different from the artifacts and souvenirs you will see at other stops and islands of our voyage.

    For the keen birders, a Zodiac cruise will offer sights of flood plain birds, parrots and the odd kite.

    During the night, Silver Discoverer will pass by active volcanoes and we will be on the lookout for the hot lava of volcanic activity set against the night sky.

  8. Day 8 Alim Island, Papua New Guinea

    Alim Island is one of a small group of uninhabited islands south of Manus. This triangular-shaped island with long sandy beaches, coconut palm trees and coral reef offers a relaxing day in the Bismarck Archipelago. We will make use of the beaches and snorkel either from the beach or from anchored zodiacs to see the multi-colored fish and coral. Sea turtles lay their eggs on the islands and with luck we might even see some of these ancient mariners.

  9. Day 9-10 Madang, Papua New Guinea

    Madang has one of the South Pacific’s most beautiful harbors, with a backdrop of steep mountains and lush tropical vegetation. The town of Madang was the center of heavy fighting during World War II and there are 34 sunken ships at Hansa Bay. The small town began its modern life as a result of the lucrative copra coconut trade. The wide avenues go back to the German administration of the late 19th century, and there is even a small European cemetery next to the local market. During today’s tour, we will see the Coastwatcher’s Memorial Lighthouse, which was dedicated in 1959 to the Allied forces and local civilians who served against the Japanese in WWII. We will also visit Bilbil Village, famous for its pottery. keep an eye out for the flying foxes that hang from trees during the day as there are many of them in town.

    The many islands and channels north of Madang’s centre invite to be explored by Zodiac. Conditions permitting, we will set out in the afternoon for a Zodiac cruise passing local homes and mangroves, weaving our way through the channels and islands, for a taste of local life along the shoreline.

    Steep cliffs explain why there is only one settled area on the inside. Going ashore near a little promontory we will be greeted by singing and will be lead to the open ground in front of the school and church for some traditional dances. Hikers might want to reach the higher levels of the village.

    If you choose to swim at the small beach close to the landing site, you may well find yourself outnumbered by local kids enjoying the water.

  10. Day 11 Tsoi Island

    Tsoi Island is a pristine and beautiful small island west of New Hannover and east of New Ireland.

    White sandy beaches, a turquoise lagoon, palm trees and lush vegetation make this a small South Pacific paradise. Raised grass shacks inhabited by the local population speak to the ocean dwelling life here. The island boasts beaches and idyllic spots for snorkeling and swimming.

  11. Day 12 Rabaul

    Rabaul, the former provincial capital, has quite a remarkable location. The town is inside the flooded caldera of a giant volcano and several sub-vents are still quite active today! The fumes of the volcano Tavurvur can be seen continually and the town suffered greatly during the last major eruption of 1994 when some 80% of the houses collapsed due to the ash raining down onto their roofs. Rabaul has a Volcano Observatory sitting atop the town’s center, monitoring the 14 active and 23 dormant volcanoes in Papua New Guinea. A small museum opposite the bunker used by Yamamoto during World War II.

  12. Day 13 At Sea
  13. Day 14 Njari Island, Solomon Islands

    Today, we visit one of the smallest of the islands of the Solomons. As soon as the local authorities have cleared us into the country, we will offer water sport activities in front of uninhabited Njari. The island’s reef teems with brilliantly coral species and in terms of fish the waters hold one of the highest species counts ever recorded in one dive. This is an absolute highlight for snorkeling!

  14. Day 16 Honiara, Solomon Islands

    Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

Silver Discoverer

Silver Discoverer is expertly engineered to explore the most isolated archipelagos of the Pacific. Her small size and shallow draft allow close-up access to rugged coasts well beyond the reach of ordinary vessels. And she has been newly refurbished to help guests maximize their experience and build a genuine connection with the regions they visit.

Spacious decks and panoramic public rooms mean the drama of the unexpected is never far from view. A fleet of Zodiacs allows exploration from the water or remote landings anywhere nature or curiosity dictate. Since many of our expeditions sail to some of the world’s most pristine coral reef systems, there’s a glass-bottom boat for underwater viewing along with a full complement of snorkeling equipment and a dive program for advanced divers.

We’ve also taken great care to assemble a truly outstanding Expedition Team, composed of experts in the culture, history and wild life of the destinations, to present informal talks, guide Zodiac outings and lead small-group explorations ashore. While back on board, every creature comfort awaits: an ocean-view suite, in-suite bar and the head-to-toe pampering of a butler; elegant lounges and open bar where fellow travelers gather to swap tales about their day’s adventures; and cuisine that meets Silversea’s standards of culinary excellence — which are lofty, indeed. Imaginative menus in The Restaurant feature both regional offerings and dishes inspired by Relais & Châteaux. Additional amenities include a sun-catching pool deck, an internet cafe, a fitness center, and a beauty and massage center — particularly alluring after an adventurous day ashore.

Fast Facts

  • Dare Launched/Rebuilt: 2016
  • Officers: International
  • Length: 338 ft
  • Beam: 51 ft
  • Tonnage: 5218 t
  • Cruise Speed: 14 knots
  • Total Staff: 96
  • Passenger Capacity: 120
AMENITIES:

Silver Discoverer is designed for discerning travelers who like to explore the great outdoors while enjoying gracious comfort and gourmet cuisine indoors. Enjoy exceptional amenities on your Silversea Expedition:

All Ocean-View Accommodations
Our accommodations are some of the largest at sea, featuring luxurious amenities that can be customized to your individual preferences.

Butler Service For All Suites
Enjoy the services of a highly trained butler. Silversea is the only cruise line with butler service for all suites.

Complimentary In-Suite Beverages And Throughout The Ship
Select wines, premium spirits and specialty coffees, as well as juices and soft drinks are complimentary in all bars and lounges. Your suite’s refrigerator and bar are also stocked with your preferred beverages including wines and spirits. Your butler will replenish them upon request.

Gratuities Always Included
Onboard gratuities are included in your cruise fare, assuring a level of service motivated only by a desire to see you smile. Not including spa and salon treatments.

Open-Seating Dining
Dine when and with whomever you please during breakfast, lunch and dinner. No assigned times, no assigned tables.

In-Suite Dining And Room Service
You can have breakfast delivered to your suite or a formal dinner ordered from The Restaurant menu. Lighter fare is always available from our room service menu.

Complimentary Adventures Ashore
Unearth fascinating dimensions of culture, history, science and the environment through a diverse collection of complimentary shoreside experiences and distinctive onboard events.

Expert Expedition Team
Travel with historians, biologists, anthropologists, geologists, botanists, ornithologists, naturalists, photographers and destination experts at your side as you discover remote and remarkable environments.

Casual/Informal Attire
No tuxedos or formal evening dress required.

Menus Inspired By Relais & Chateaux
Silversea’s preferred culinary partner.

Complimentary Parka
For guests aboard expedition voyages bound for the Russian Far East & New Zealand Sub-Antarctic.

Water-Resistant Backpack And Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Professional gear for your authentic expedition.

Ship-Wide WiFi
Fees apply.

ACCOMODATIONS:

All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Champagne upon request
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• European bath amenities
• Luxury pratesi bed linens and down duvets
• Premium mattresses
• ipod docking station
• Plush robes and slippers
• Umbrella
• Hair dryer
• Wifi internet access (fee applies)
• Flat-screen television with on-demand movies, music and satellite news programming
• Daily suite service with nightly turndown

MEDALLION SUITE

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed, the Medallion Suite is Silver Discoverer’s most spacious with overall size of 408 sq. ft./38 m2 (including Veranda 27 sq. ft./2.5 m2). The ideal suite for entertaining friends or enjoying quiet time alone on your private veranda.

VERANDA SUITE

Stylish, sophisticated and welcoming, Veranda Suites are a favorite of returning Silversea guests. The private veranda surrounds you with panoramic views. Each suite has an overall size of 280 sq. ft./ 26 m2 (including Veranda 35.5 sq. ft./ 3.2 m2 ), and several Veranda Suites can accommodate three guests.

VISTA SUITE

A quiet sanctuary. Enough living space to roam and relax. Two large view windows provide ocean views. Each suite has an overall size of 269 sq. ft./25 m2 .

VIEW SUITE

The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their suite will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy Silversea accommodation. Each suite has a view window and overall size of 181 sq.ft./ 16.8 m2 .

EXPLORER SUITE

With preferred midship location and as spacious as a View Suite, enjoy the passing scenery through two porthole windows. Each suite has an overall size of 186 sq. ft./ 17.3 m2.

Package Confirmed Dates Price (PP) Excluding Flights  
May 13, 2018 - May 28, 2018
$12,240