PONANT proposes a 10-day all-new expedition cruise aboard Le Soléal from Osaka to Guam, discovering Japan’s wildest archipelago, the Ogasawara Islands.
You’ll embark in Osaka, Japan’s second city, which is home to a fortress dating back to the 16th century, before setting sail towards the island of Hachijo-jima, which lies off the coast of Tokyo and is composed of two magnificent volcanos.
You’ll then reach the Ogasawara Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011. In this extraordinarily wild setting, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll discover volcanic landscapes of outstanding beauty: white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, coral formations, lush tropical forest, cliffs…
Located a few thousand kilometres off the coast of the main Japanese archipelago, and accessible only by the sea, these subtropical islands nicknamed the “Galapagos of the East” preserve incredibly rich fauna and flora: more than 40% of the 500 plant species are endemic.
Many marine mammals live in the deep waters of the underwater canyon on which the archipelago is located.
At the end of the world, at the crossroads of Japanese and Micronesian influences, the archipelago has developed an original culture.
Finally, you’ll reach the idyllic island of Guam in Micronesia, your disembarkation port.