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12 Night Rites and Relics from the Solomon Islands to Fiji and Land Tour

From Brisbane to Nadi
National Geographic Orion

National Geographic Orion

Lindblad Expeditions4 Stars
  • Cruise #: 2664314
  • Departs: Mon, Mar 13, 2023
  • Returns: Fri, Mar 24, 2023
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    Day by Day Details

    Land Segment of Itinerary

    Sunday - Mar 12, 2023
    Day
    1
    Brisbane, Australia
    • Brisbane, Australia
    Depart the U.S. and arrive in Brisbane, Australia, where we check into our hotel. Join a welcome briefing this evening to meet your fellow travelers.
    Monday - Mar 13, 2023
    Day
    2
    Brisbane, Australia
    • Brisbane, Australia
    • Air Travel
    • Honiara, Solomon Islands

    Cruise Segment of Itinerary

    Day 2 - Monday - Mar 13, 2023
    Day
    2
    Cruise Begins
    • Cruise Begins
    • Honiara, Solomon Islands
    Have breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for a flight to Honiara, a former U.S. supply depot and a strategic WWII battleground. Tour around the outskirts of the city to see sites well known from the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942-43. See the shores of Red Beach and the vital airbase at Henderson Field. Visit the hills above Honiara where some of the fiercest battles took places. Then, embark National Geographic Orion in the late afternoon. (B,L,D) ...
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    Tuesday - Mar 14, 2023
    Day
    3
    • Santa Ana , Solomon Islands
    On the tiny isle of Owaraha (formerly known as Santa Ana), we're greeted with a traditional dance performed by villagers in elaborate costumes, body paint, and masks. Walk across the small island to Nafinotoga to see Spirit Houses containing the skulls and bones of ancient chiefs of the Snake Clan and the Turtle Clan. (B,L,D) ...
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    Wednesday - Mar 15, 2023
    Day
    4
    At Sea
    • At Sea
    Take advantage of a full day at sea to settle into the relaxed pace of life on board. Watch for marine life from the deck, study our route on the navigational charts, and attend talks by our experts. (B,L,D)
    Thursday - Mar 16, 2023
    Day
    5
    • Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
    Captain James Cook named the islands of Vanuatu the "New Hebrides" because they reminded him of the rugged isles off Scotland's coast. On the main island of Espiritu Santo, experience one of the best wreck dives in the world: the S.S. President Coolidge, a luxury cruise liner used as a troop carrier during World War II. Alternatively, enjoy a serene canoe paddle to the Riri Blue Hole, a jewel-blue freshwater source surrounded by jungle. (B,L,D) ...
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    Friday - Mar 17, 2023
    Day
    6
    • Ambrym Island, Vanuatu
    Ambrym is known for its active volcanoes, black-sand beaches, and mystery and magic. Arrive ashore to witness the striking Rom dance, traditionally a secret event. Involving incredible masks and elaborate outfits that represent spirits, this is a cultural experience specific only to this island. (B,L,D) ...
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    Saturday - Mar 18, 2023
    Day
    7
    • Lelepa, Vanuatu
    Ride Zodiacs to Lelepa to visit Vanuatu's first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the final residence and burial site of 17th-century Chief Roi Mata. Here, we'll be welcomed with traditional songs and dance, and enter the impressive Fels Cave. (B,L,D)
    Sunday - Mar 19, 2023
    Day
    8
    Port Resolution, Vanuatu
    • Port Resolution, Vanuatu
    On Tanna Island, visit the friendly community in Port Resolution in the shadow of Mt. Yasur. Experience some of the local traditions and dances, as well as locally made handicrafts. Sample the strong, local kava made for special celebrations. (B,L,D)
    Monday - Mar 20, 2023
    Day
    9
    At Sea
    • At Sea
    Relax on deck as we make our passage from Vanuatu to Fiji or attend talks by our expert expedition and photo teams. (B,L,D)
    Tuesday - Mar 21, 2023
    Day
    10
    Beqa, Fiji
    • Beqa, Fiji
    More than 300 islands make up the remote volcanic archipelago of Fiji and we will be exploring here for three days. After entering the large lagoon of Beqa, come ashore at the lovely Lawaki Beach Resort, a rustic and beautiful place to spend the day. Take a boat ride and hike through across the island to a local village. Taste local fruits and snorkel off the beach in the beautiful Beqa Lagoon. Beqa is considered the traditional "home" of the Fijian firewalker. Witness this dramatic ceremony and the incredible strength and discipline required to perform it. (B,L,D) ...
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    Wednesday - Mar 22, 2023
    Day
    11
    • Taveuni, Fiji
    Taveuni, Fiji's third largest island, is known as "The Garden Island" for its rich vegetation, which includes several species found nowhere else in the world. Head inland to discover the waterfalls of Bouma National Heritage Park and search for species such as orange fruit doves, endemic silktails, fantails, and parrots. Visit the village of Waitabu to meet the local people, taste locally harvested fruits and prepared baked goods, and see a dance performance by some of the talented local children. (B,L,D) ...
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    Thursday - Mar 23, 2023
    Day
    12
    Dravuni Island, Fiji
    • Dravuni Island, Fiji
    Join the ship's naturalists for a beautiful scenic hike to see some of the incredible vistas and the rich variety of bird life. Explore the lovely village of Dravuni, or snorkel and dive in the refreshing Fijian water, rich in marine life. Enjoy a quiet exploration of the lagoon by stand-up paddleboard or kayak. (B,L,D) ...
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    Friday - Mar 24, 2023
    Day
    13
    Lautoka, Fiji
    • Lautoka, Fiji
    • Cruise Ends

    Land Segment of Itinerary

    Day 13 - Friday - Mar 24, 2023
    Day
    13
    • Bus Travel
    • Nadi, Fiji
    Disembark in Lautoka this morning. Take a tour of western Viti Levu Island then, transfer to the international airport at Nadi for flights home or choose to extend your stay and check into a hotel. (B,L)


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