We begin our holiday with a flight to Brisbane, Australia, from where we fly to Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands and departure point for our 10-night cruise. As we travel west, we will be on the look-out out for an exciting range of cetaceans and will stop at a variety of coral-fringed islands home to Solomon Island Sea-eagle and Red-knobbed Imperial-pigeon, plus interesting Melanesian villages. The Solomon Islands lie within the so-called ‘Coral Triangle’, the centre of global marine biodiversity and we’ll anchor most nights in sheltered bays, allowing plenty of time for snorkelling – a dazzling array of marine-life awaits, including a chance to snorkel with huge Manta Rays!
- Join an exclusive 10-night charter cruise around the Solomon Islands
- Spotted & Fraser’s Dolphins, False Killer Whale & Blue Whale all possible
- Watch for the recently described Omura’s Whale
- Seabirds include Heinroth’s Shearwater & Beck’s Petrel
- Visit remote islands, home to Ducorps’ Cockatoo, Yellow-bibbed Lory & Steel-blue Flycatcher
- Snorkel with Manta Rays & over some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs
- Pre-tour birding extension to Lamington National Park in Queensland, Australia
- Led by Dr Chas Anderson & Naturetrek tour leader
All food is included once on board MV Bilikiki. Accommodation in Honiara is booked on a bed & breakfast basis.
For our cruise around the Solomon Islands we travel on board our exclusively chartered 38m liveaboard vessel, MV Bilikiki. All cabins are en-suite and air-conditioned.
In Honiara we stay in a comfortable tourist hotel with en-suite rooms.
Day 3 Arrive Brisbane, Fly Honiara & overnight
Day 4/13 Wildlife cruise on board MV Bilikiki
We are delighted to announce the launch of a new, and pioneering, wildlife cruise around the remote Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, departing in December 2018. Led by popular Naturetrek tour leader Nick Acheson and renowned marine biologist Dr Chas Anderson, this exciting new cruise will be based aboard the exclusively chartered, 18-berth, MV Bilikiki and offers a unique opportunity to go in search of some of our planet’s most exciting and inaccessible wildlife.
The Solomon Islands consist of six major palm-fringed islands, plus over 900 smaller atolls and islets. They lie to the east of Papua New Guinea, and north-east of the Australian state of Queensland, and not only offer an exciting variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife, but are also home to a unique culture and fascinating history. We begin our holiday with a flight to Brisbane, Australia, from where we fly to Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands and departure point for our 10-night cruise. As we travel west, we will be on the look-out out for an exciting range of cetaceans including Spotted and Fraser’s Dolphins, False Killer Whale and Blue Whale. We will be keeping an especially careful look-out for Omura’s Whale, a little known baleen whale that was first described as recently as 2004. There are some interesting seabirds in these waters too, including Heinroth’s Shearwater and Beck’s Petrel.
We will stop at a variety of coral-fringed islands where we will visit Melanesian villages and look for such birds as Solomon Island Sea-eagle, Red-knobbed Imperial-pigeon, Ducorps’ Cockatoo, Yellow-bibbed Lory, Finsch’s Pygmy-parrot, Buff-headed Coucal, Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-shrike and Steel-blue Flycatcher. Since the Solomon Islands lie within the so-called ‘Coral Triangle’, the centre of global marine biodiversity, we can also expect some world-class snorkelling during the cruise! We will anchor most nights in sheltered bays and lagoons and ensure there is plenty of time to snorkel over these magnificent coral reefs, including at least one site where there is a good chance of encountering huge Manta Rays!
Since our journey to the Solomon Islands will take us via Brisbane, Australia, we will also be offering a pre-tour extension to visit Lamington National Park in Queensland. This will provide an opportunity to enjoy a little birding ‘downunder’ and allow you a little time to recover from jet-lag before continuing to Honiara.
For more information please download the detailed tour itinerary.