HIGHLIGHTS

  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard.
  • Shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Vanuatu: traditional villages, tropical beaches, coral reefs, active volcanoes.
  • The Solomon Islands, secret destination in the South Pacific and a real tropical Eden.
  • Micronesia, a scattering of islands and atolls with breathtaking underwater scenery.
  • Encounters with local people: cultural performances, dances, arts & crafts.
  • From Paradise Lagoon, don't miss the unique performance from the "water music women" on Maewa Island.
  • Regions rich Second World War history, particularly Chuuk (Micronesia), where a number of wrecks from the Japanese fleet can be found under water.
  • Possibility of diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board and of snorkelling with your expedition team.
Cruise Pacific and Oceania April 2020
Departure Port Lautoka
Arrival Port Guam

Embark with PONANT for a 16-day expedition cruise to the heart of remote islands in the Pacific. Aboard Le Soléal, you will follow a brand-new itinerary that will take you from Fiji to Guam to discover very rich local cultures and exceptional underwater life.  

From Lautoka you will sail West to reach the delightful Vanuatu islands. On Ambrym Island you will have the chance to visit a traditional village where the inhabitants will share their customs and  through singing and traditional dances.

You will then set sail for the Solomon Islands where you will have the opportunity to have encounters with local inhabitants as well as enjoy stunning white-sand beaches with swimming and snorkelling.

After a port of call in Papua New Guinea, the mysteries of Micronesia will reveal themselves to you. A scattering of islands and atolls, lost in the heart of the northern Pacific between the line of the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer, this area is rich in Second World War history. This area is a diver's paradise with stunning coral reefs to explore.  The coconut tree-lined white-sand beaches and traditional villages with deep-rooted traditions will be sure to charm you.

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We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO.