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Expedition South Seas (Melanesia): The Authentic South Seas for Genuine Pioneers
Auckland, New Zealand - Lautoka, Fiji
MS Hanseatic - March 8 - 24, 2014
Voyage HAN1404

5% early booking discount if booked before August 8, 2013!

Mankind has been longing to experience the South Pacific since time immemorial. However, the entire beauty of nature in this part of the world is only revealed to those who travel beyond the familiar routes. Enjoy a truly special expedition premiere with the HANSEATIC which takes you to remote, magic island worlds. Here, you will have plenty of time to explore untouched beaches, lonely bays and lush rainforests – for a South Seas dream that could not be more authentic.
Date Destination
Sat 08-Mar-2014 Embarkation of the MS Hanseatic in Auckland/New Zealand, departure 19.00 hrs
Sun 09-Mar-2014 Bay of Islands
From New Zealand to New Caledonia: Expedition to the Green Heart of Oceania
Your fabulous voyage of discovery begins amidst the pristine scenery of the Bay of Islands, an archipelago with more than 150 idyllic islands. A fantastic view of the landscape and the world-famous Hole in the Rock off the coast of Cape Brett will be offered to you on a helicopter flight*. Alternatively, you could set out on a hike through mangrove forests to the Haruru Falls*. With a little luck, you will spot nesting cormorants here.
Mon 10-Mar-2014 Relaxation at sea
Tue 11-Mar-2014 Norfolk Island/Australia
If the weather is favourable, you will land with the Zodiacs on the rarely visited Norfolk Island – a world in itself, the island idyll of which is characterised by lush meadows and the typical Araucaria forests.
Wed12-Mar-2014 Relaxation at sea
Thu13-Mar-2014 - 14-Mar-2014 New Caledonia (Nouméa, Ile des Pins )
With the turquoise lagoon of the overseas department New Caledonia, you will get to know one of the most beautiful sides of France. The capital Nouméa welcomes you with its colonial charm. From here, you may wish to set out to visit the offshore Amedee Lighthouse Island* by glass-bottom boat or discover the overwhelming nature during a helicopter flight over the coast*. In the fine white sand of  Ile des Pins, you can subsequently unwind in the shade of the pine trees and enjoy your South Seas dream to the full.
Sat 15-Mar-2014 - 18-Mar-2014 Vanuatu (Tanna , Malakula , Ambrym Island , Espiritu Santo )
Fascinating Discoveries on Vanuatu
It is said that the inhabitants of this archipelago are the happiest people in the world. And when you land on the white beaches of Vanuatu off the tourist tracks with the Zodiacs and marvel at the gorgeous jungle, it will feel like paradise to you, too. The panorama of this pristine expedition territory is dominated by five active volcanoes. Even James Cook referred to Mount Yasur on Tanna as the “lighthouse of the South Seas“ back in his time. From Port Resolution, you can start out on a hike to the crater* where, from a safe distance, you might experience its natural “fireworks“. You can immerse yourself in the exotic rites of the archipelago when you reach Malakula with the Zodiacs for the first time, an island on which more than 30 languages are spoken. On Ambrym Island, you will be mesmerised by the magic of the Rom dance and unveil the secret of the sand drawings. Insights into the tranquil town of Luganville can be gained during the expedition stopover on Espiritu Santo. Visit the open-air market and see the astounding and fancy artistic craftwork before enjoying unique paradisiacal moments on the bright white Champagne Beach.
Wed 19-Mar-2014 Relaxation at sea
Thu 20-Mar-2014 - 22-Mar-2014 Fiji (Suva, Leleuvia , Yasawa Islands )
Fiji – The Treasury of Paradise
Radiant bloomage, dense primeval forests, turquoise water and impressive rituals - Fiji is the epitome of the South Seas. Near the capital city Suva, you can experience the traditions of the Bequa firewalkers*. When we visit the village of Togalevu, the inhabitants will provide evidence of their mystic power and walk across glowing coal. Fiji’s main island Viti Levu is an exotic Garden of Eden made up of jungle, waterfalls and river valleys which you will explore in the course of a drive across the spice island*. After swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on the beach of Leleuvia, more days brimming with unforgettable expedition experiences lie ahead of you.
Sun 23-Mar-2014 Mamanuca Islands - Lautoka/Fiji, arrival 22.00 hrs. Overnight stay on board
The HANSEATIC sets course for the remote Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands for the very first time – genuine insiders’ tips on which you still encounter the authentic South Seas feeling. With the manoueuvrable Zodiacs, you will land where humans usually rarely leave their footprints. Fine sandy beaches and secluded bays with crystal-clear water, the profuse vegetation of tropical forests and colourful coral reefs that entice you to go snorkelling – enjoy the perfect farewell to discoveries under the South Seas sun that will warm your heart for a long time.
Mon 24-Mar-2014 Disembarkaiton.

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition on the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the local conditions.

5% early booking discount if booked before August 8, 2013! ²


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