Solomon Islands – Tropical Wildlife Cruises
AT A GLANCE
whales & dolphins, seabirds, other marine life, snorkelling & photography.
Honiara (Solomon Islands) – island hopping & cruising – Honiara
Tropical whales and dolphins, seabirds, reef fishes, turtles, Mantas etc
Tropical, warm to hot.
17 passenger comfortable liveaboard vessel, all cabins with private facilities and air-conditioning.
The Solomon Islands. A rugged, jungle-clad island chain in the south Pacific. Remembered for fierce WW2 battles, but largely overlooked in the decades since. This forgotten archipelago is home to a splendid diversity of island peoples, many still leading a traditional village life. The islands are also home to a rich diversity of wildlife, while the seas support kaleidoscopic coral reefs and an astonishing array of cetaceans.
Join renowned marine-life expert Dr. Charles ‘Chas’ Anderson, on an exploratory wildlife cruise through the Solomon Islands. Starting from the capital, Honiara, we sail amongst the islands, in search of whales and dolphins. All the expected tropical species are present (with dolphins being especially abundant) and with just a little luck we hope to see a good selection of them. A particular target will be Omura’s Whale, unknown to science before 2004, when it was first described from the Solomons. This is a recent ‘split’ from Bryde’s Whale.
For birders, these waters are also home to some of the least known of all seabirds, including Heinroth’s Shearwater and Collared Petrel among others. And the islands themselves host a wealth of regional specialties and island endemics.
The first sailing in 2017 was judged a complete success, with 15 different species of whales and dolphins seen, comprising over 2000 animals! The list includes the first ever live sighting of Deraniyagala’s Beaked Whale at sea! A nice selection of birds and fantastic underwater encounters make this a very special trip indeed. The colour report with species lists can be found on the tab above.
As with our other liveaboard trips, in the Solomons we will anchor each night in a sheltered location, allowing plenty of time to visit the islands and local villages and for snorkeling on the stupendous coral reefs.
These trips are based on the sturdy, spacious and comfortable liveaboard MV Bilikiki. She has an experienced captain and full-time chef. The twin/double cabins are all ensuite and air-conditioned. Group size 17 maximum.
We expect to have full details of these exciting new cruises in June 2014 but you may advance register now!
Day 1: Embark vessel at Honiara in the afternoon. Depart and cruise through Iron Bottom Sound.
Days 2 – 5: We will be heading west, past the Russell Islands, out onto the Solomon Sea and towards the New Georgia Islands and Marovo Lagoon. We shall snorkel as well as whale, dolphin and seabird watch. We plan a number of shore landings too.
Days 6 -10: We will then head back towards Guadalcanal but via a different route, with a possible stop at Mborukua Island on the way.More snorkeling, whale, dolphin and seabird watching as we go.
Day 11: Disembark Honiara after breakfast.
NB:Please see the trip report tab for more information!
Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.
Dates: 28th October – 7th November 2020
Cost: £4599 per person, sharing a twin cabin with private facilities and a/c.
£TBC single supplement (subject to availability)
Max group size: 18
Price includes: Transfers to vessel from Honiara airport or ‘approved’ hotels and v.v, cruise including all meals, tea and coffee on board, use of snorkeling gear and services of naturalist guide.
Price excludes: Flights UK – Honiara (available from c£1349), vessel fuel surcharges if levied, travel insurance, other drinks, gratuities and other items of a personal nature. We can also arrange pre and post cruise hotels in Honiara.
28th October – 7th November 2020