Join us aboard the MS Island Sky in the South Pacific for exactly the type of itinerary which suits her many talents best as we sail from Fiji and discover Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands on the way to Papua New Guinea. The islands we call at along the way are certainly not on the mass tourism circuit and their beauty and customs are relatively unscathed by the modern world. As we explore, our fleet of purpose built Zodiacs will provide us with the freedom of spontaneity to land on otherwise inaccessible beaches and encounter some truly remote and fascinating communities. Obviously, such beauty and serenity is best enjoyed with a small number of travelling companions and the MS Island Sky with a maximum of only 118 passengers is the ideal vessel, offering all the comforts of a larger vessel, but with the added luxury of a small number of passengers.
Our expedition begins in Fiji from where we head to the Vanuatu archipelago, home to volcanos, rainforests bursting with a magnificent array of flora and fauna, beautiful beaches and a mesmerising underwater world of tropical fish and coral. From here our island hopping adventure continues to the Solomon Islands which were thrust on to the centre stage of world history when the Allied forces took the offensive in the South Pacific and air, land and sea battles ensued for their control. We will visit the outer islands of Vanikoro and Santa Ana before arriving in Honiara where we explore the war sites and head west to Marovo Lagoon. From these remote island paradises we will have the opportunity to visit tribal villages little changed for centuries, see astonishing ceremonial dances, enjoy nature walks inland or swim in the warm waters from isolated palm-fringed beaches.
The final two days of our voyage will be spent exploring the islands of Papua New Guinea, a land of striking natural beauty and a hybrid of diverse and unique cultures, with more than 1000 tribal groups, each with different traditions. The region possesses exotic wildlife, turquoise seas, tropical rainforest and steep sided volcanoes. In this land of contrasts we will witness cultural ceremonies, enjoy fascinating underwater experiences and we hope to explore the beautiful D’Entrecasteaux Islands.