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A cruise in this region of the world will open your eyes to a culture and lifestyle that is very different to what we know in the western world. It is an unobtrusive respectful way of approaching and meeting villagers, enjoying walks with them and their insights into the local flora and fauna, as well as their celebratory customs.
The main attraction of this cruise? You are right in the centre of the Coral Triangle, an area with the highest concentration of marine biodiversity in the world. There are 6 different turtle species, manta rays, reef sharks and more than 2,200 species of coral reef fish in a multicoloured coral habitat promising an underwater sight for sore eyes.
Another highlight of this cruise is exploring the untouched shores of deserted islands by sea, for that far side of the world experience.
Several routes from island to island are possible, depending on the weather and your mood.
To find out more about the different routes you can take, please contact us.
There is a huge variety of bird life in the area, including colourful parakeets and some rare native species. It will bring out the birdwatcher in you. (optional activity)
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The culture in this region is very developed, the result of several waves of settlement by different ethnic groups for more than 50,000 years. These movements were in successive stages, starting from the west, gradually exploring the windward archipelagos, eastwards, as far as Polynesia. The Austronesian peoples were probably historically the first great sailors known to man and the islands they populated went on to attract some other great explorers centuries later. Today, nearly 1,300 languages are spoken in Melanesia. The communities are divided into small groups and they live as they have always done, with a complex system of trade and commerce based on strong family ties. The trading routes connect distant communities and often include long passages on canoe-like crafts, using ancestral navigation techniques. The daily subsistence farming routine of hunting and fishing, is accompanied by a good number of rituals. This involves body painting and ceremonial weaves. The people don’t believe in a single god, but respect their ancestors, the spirits, and the other living creatures that share their natural environment.
Melanesia has taken care to protect its natural wealth from destructive fishing techniques. It is right in the centre of the Coral Triangle, which has the highest concentration of marine biodiversity in the world. You can see 6 of the 7 sea turtles, more than 2,200 coral reef fish species and several endangered cetaceans, including the largest mammal in the world: the blue whale.
Depending on your route and your mood, we can take the tender up the rivers into a tropical mangrove teeming with life, hike as far as the waterfalls and caves, and more.
Some of the Melanesian islands still show the signs of the various annexations by the Japanese and the Allied Forces during the Second World War. To immerse yourself in history, the ultimate experience is deep-sea diving to explore plane and ship wrecks on the sand. (optional activity)