The culturally complex islands north and east of Australia known collectively as Melanesia comprise nearly 2,000 islands with its peoples speaking approx. 1,300 languages. Your journey is an exploration into the cultural diversity and natural beauty of this mysterious region. As we approach the mouth of Papua New Guinea’s largest river, the mighty Sepik, cruise past the magnificent active Kadovar Volcano for spectacular views from the deck. Discover the unique marine life and birds of the isolated Manus province, and go ashore at eastern Papua New Guinea’s best-kept secret – Lavongai. The raw paradise of this island is seen in the dense rainforest cloaking volcanic mountains, where rivers cascade into tumbling waterfalls. Spend two days in rarely visited Bougainville, including stunning Nissan Island and the islands around Kieta. In the Solomon Islands, discover the hawksbill turtle nesting grounds at the Arnavon islands and cruise magnificent Marovo Lagoon. Wandering the streets of Ghizo, Tulagi, Rabaul and many small villages mingle with locals and hear the stories of the customs and lifestyle.