Blue Water Holidays
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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Mysteries of Melanesia

Discover the traditional villages, tropical beaches and active volcanoes of Vanuatu and the surrounding islands on this 11-night luxury expedition cruise through the Pacific Ocean

Cruise Only
11 nights

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • New Caledonia
  • Vanuatu
  • Espiritu Santo rainforest house

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday


Journey into the heart of the South Pacific on this expedition cruise, where tropical islands offer palm-fringed beaches, active volcanoes and tranquil lagoons. Discover a wide range of cultures with visits to traditional villages where performances by the locals will demonstrate their singing, dancing and art.

Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 islands and is considered by some to be the happiest country in the world. See traditional thatched huts and Catholic churches in Lifou then head to wild Tanna Island, home to the unique John Frum Cargo Cult and the thrilling Mt Yasur, one of the most accessible active volcanoes in the world.

The famous blue holes of Espiritu Santo ensure an unforgettable bathing experience in a dream setting and on the islands of Malekula, Ambrym and Ureparapara the inhabitants will be happy to share their customs and traditions. In the Solomon Islands learn about the disappearance of the explorer La Perouse and relax on white sandy beaches or snorkel among stunning coral reefs.

CP742 Operated by Ponant Luxury and Expedition


Mysteries of Melanesia Itinerary

Day 1 - Noumea (New Caledonia)

Embark Le Laperouse in New Caledonia.

Day 2 - Lifou

Lifou is a coral atoll whose spectacular scenery ranges from tropical forest to white-sand beaches and hidden caves. Dotted around the island are traditional thatched huts, historic Catholic churches and vanilla plantations.

Day 3 - Tanna Island (Vanuatu)

The wild island of Tanna is home to the world's most accessible active volcano which puts on a spectacular lava light show every night. The spectacular landscape ranges from undisturbed rainforests to hot springs, cascading waterfall and secluded beaches. Unique cargo cults, whose devotees believe ancestral spirits will return with cargoes of supplies, worship American servicemen, as well as Prince Philip.

Day 4 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 5 - Paradise Lagoon, Espiritu Santo

Swim or snorkel in the famous blue holes of Espiritu Santo - an unforgettable experience in an idyllic setting.

Day 6 - South West Bay, Malakula

South West Bay is stunningly beautiful, with dramatic red cliffs lining the shore. Malakula is well known for its tribal groups, who were once cannibals, and who today still wear the traditional 'namba' and perform ritual ceremonies.

Day 7 - Ambrym Island

Ambrym Island is a deeply spiritual place, with two fiery volcanoes featuring heavily in the island's black magic beliefs. Traditional customs can be seen in the famous and sacred Rom dances; secretive events performed by male villagers.

Day 8 - Ureparapara

The dormant volcano on Ureparapara Island features a caldera with sheer walls dropping down to a tranquil lagoon, a magnificent site for snorkelling.

Day 9 - Sana Island

Enjoy swimming and snorkelling among the magical coral reefs at Sana Island.

Day 10 - Vanikoro (Solomon Islands)

The French explorer La Pérouse was stranded on Vanikoro in 1788. Head ashore to the infamous location of this historical event where there will be a cultural performance.

Day 11 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 12 - Santa Ana

The small coral island of Santa Ana offers palm-fringed beaches, traditional villages and tropical forests.

Day 13 - Honiara, Guadalcanal

Disembark Le Laperouse in Honiara and transfer to the airport for the flight to Brisbane.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 11-night full board cruise on Le Laperouse
  • Flight from Honiara to Brisbane
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, selection of wines served with meals
  • Open bar serving unlimited complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • French/English speaking guest speakers
  • Zodiac landings, moderate walks and active hikes accompanied by an expedition team
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights - please contact us for a quote
  • Port charges and taxes
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Travel insurance