Silversea Cruise, South Pacific Islands

Koror To Honiara / Guadalcanal

Fares from €11,500 per guest

As world-wide destinations go, nothing can top the remote islands of Papua New Guinea. A colourful patchwork of tropical landscapes, rich with culture and character, these magical islands are an emotional explosion for any traveller. From village-wide welcomes and fire dances, to sandy lagoons and Catholic missions, this adventure laced with new destinations will change your life forever.

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Day 1: Koror

From Sunday 13 May To Monday 14 May 
Depart 13:00

Palau’s early history is still largely veiled in mystery. Why, how or when people arrived on this beautiful islands is unknown, but studies indicate that today’s Palauans are distant relatives of the Malays of Indonesia, Melanesians of New Guinea and Polynesians. As for the date of their arrivals, carbon dating of artefacts from the oldest known village sites on the Rock Islands and the spectacular terraces on Babeldaob place civilization here as early as 1,000 BC.
Day 2-3: Day at Sea

From Tuesday 15 May To Wednesday 16 May

While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.
Day 4: Vanimo

Thursday 17 May
Arrive: 09:30, Depart 19:30

Only about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the Indonesian border, Vanimo is the capital of the Sandaun (or Sundown) Province. It is one of only two towns in this remote region of Papua New Guinea. Although the Sepik River originates in the province, it bypasses Vanimo far to the south. The Sandaun Province is relatively undeveloped, but Vanimo has lovely beaches and some picturesque villages in the vicinity. The interior is covered in rainforest and logging is an important activity putting to use Vanimo’s port and protected bay.
Day 5: Ali Island

Friday 18 May
Arrive: 06:00, Depart 17:00

Ali Island is one of the four islands located close to Aitape, off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. The eastern shore of Ali Island has a beautiful white sandy beach and offers swimming and snorkeling. The five villages on the island connect via well-maintained trails that lead to the school and Catholic church closer to the northern end of the island. The indigenous populations of this island are welcoming to guests and yet maintain their unique way of living and dressing, with colorful ceremonial headdresses, arm bands and grass skirts.
Day 6: Kopar Village, Sepik River

Saturday 19 May
Arrive: 07:30, Depart 14:00

Kopar is a small village of no more than 200 inhabitants at the mouth of the Sepik River. The inhabitants make a living through subsistence hunting and gathering and go out in traditional canoes to look for suitable sago palms to produce their staple food. Since the Sepik meanders through swampy areas, the locals have cut narrow channels through the swamps to be able to connect more easily with their neighbours. The area surrounding Kopar will offer sights of flood plain birds, parrots and the odd kite, a large bird of prey.

Day 7: Alim Island

Sunday 20 May
Arrive: 06:00, Depart 14:30

Alim Island is one of the Purdys Islands, a small group of uninhabited islands south of Manus. This triangular-shaped island with long sandy beaches, coconut palm trees and a nice reef offers a relaxing day in the Bismarck Archipelago. Spend time on the beach or snorkel either to see the multi-coloured fish and coral. With luck there may be sightings of the sea turtles that come to lay their eggs on the islands.

Day 8: Madang

Monday 21 May
Arrive: 06:00, Depart 17:00

The eastern half of the island of New Guinea – second largest in the world – was divided between Germany (north) and the United Kingdom (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902, which occupied the northern portion during World War I and continued to administer the combined areas until independence in 1975. A nine-year secessionist revolt on the island of Bougainville ended in 1997 after claiming some 20,000 lives. On the north coast of the island, we find colourful Madang, called the “prettiest town in the South Pacific”.

Day 9: Garove Island

Tuesday 22 May
Arrive: 13:30, Depart 18:00

The volcanic island of Garove is part of the Witu Islands and once had a 5-kilometer-wide (3.1 miles) caldera. The island was historically used to produce copra and cocoa, and in fact, still is today. Most of the villages are located around the exterior of the volcano. Steep cliffs explain why there is only one area settled on the inside. A promontory at the entrance’s southwestern corner is taken up by the school and the catholic church of the village of Widu, the only village inside the caldera.

Day 10: Tsoi Island

Wednesday 23 May
Arrive: 11:00, Depart 17:00

Tsoi Island is a pristine and beautiful small island west of New Hannover and east of New Ireland. White sandy beaches, a turquoise lagoon, palm trees and lush vegetation make this a small South Pacific paradise. Raised grass shacks inhabited by the local population speak to the easeful ocean dwelling life here. The island boasts beachs and idyllic spots for snorkelling and swimming.

Day 11: Rabul

Thursday 24 May
Arrive: 13:30, Depart 23:30

Rabaul, the former provincial capital, has quite a remarkable location. The town is inside the flooded caldera of a giant volcano and several sub-vents are still quite active today! The fumes of the volcano Tavurvur can be seen continually and the town suffered greatly during the last major eruption of 1994 when some 80% of the houses collapsed due to the ash raining down onto their roofs. Rabaul has a Volcano Observatory sitting atop the town’s center, monitoring the 14 active and 23 dormant volcanoes in Papua New Guinea.

Day 12: Day at Sea

Friday 25 May

While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.
Day 13: Njari Island

Saturday 26 May
Arrive: 08:30, Depart 13:30

Njari is a small island almost entirely covered in trees with just a small sand spit at its eastern end. A labyrinth of reefs and coral heads make an approach only feasible from the north. The small beach invites one to relax, but swimming from the beach is almost impossible as the corals are too close. To enjoy the underwater world one has to enter the water from a small boat, a little distance from the shore, where an amazing array of fish and coral will be visible.

Day 14: Pavuvu Island

Sunday 27 May
Arrive: 07:30, Depart 18:30

The Melanesian Russel Islands, of which Pavuvu is the largest, are used to produce copra (the dried meat of coconuts) and extensive coconut palm plantations can be seen carpeting the islands in shades of green. The groves do not appear to be frequently tended and small-scale operations are favoured by the locals. Close to Guadalcanal, the Russel Islands were chosen by the American Marines during World War II to prepare for battles much further east, but little remains of their presence.

Day 15: Honiara/Guadalcanal

Monday 28 May
Arrive: 06:30

Known as the “Happy Isles,” the Solomons are one of the best-kept secrets in the Pacific. These are islands of great natural beauty from jungle-clad peaks and active volcanoes to dashing waterfalls, misty rainforests, turquoise lagoons, and brilliant coral reefs. The islands’ variety of cultures and customs is also striking; there are blue-black Papuans and chocolate-colored Melanesians, bronze-skinned Micronesians and even Polynesians with fair complexions and light hair.

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