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Our team of naturalists, historians and ornithologists bring an enormous wealth of experience, knowledge and passion to our expeditions both in the field and onboard our ship during our lecture series.

Our new flagship, the 140-guest Heritage Adventurer, combines the highest passenger ship ice-class rating with an international flair and luxury amenities. Guests enjoy spacious suites (all with en suite facilities), elegant common areas and cuisine prepared by top NZ chefs.

Experience an epic journey through Melanesia

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For more than 35 years, Heritage Expeditions has pioneered voyages to some of the most wild and biologically rich regions on the planet. Our mission is to increase awareness and conservation of the natural world through responsible expedition travel.

About Heritage Expeditions

"Today, people want to feel like they really are going someplace unique and having a one-of-a-kind experience, and that’s exactly what Heritage Expeditions is all about." – Sherry Ott

Discover the Secrets of Melanesia: Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

23 Oct – 8 Nov 2023

Madang, Papua New Guinea to Port Vila, Vanuatu
 Heritage Adventurer

Prices From $11,195 USD per person

Discover the Secrets of Melanesia: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands & Vanuatu


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Rates per person based on double occupancy:

Main Deck Triple $11,195 USD per person
Superior Triple $11,995 USD per person
Deck 4 Superior $13,195 USD per person
Deck 5 Superior $13,975 USD per person
Main Deck Single $17,545 USD per person
Superior Single $17,995 USD per person
Worsley Suite $17,975 USD per person
Heritage Suite $24,495 USD per person

Guest Capacity: 140

Pre/post cruise transfers, one night hotel accommodation in a twin share room (incl. dinner/breakfast), all on board ship accommodation with meals, house beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner and all shore excursions and activities. Programme of lectures by noted naturalists.

Kayaking, all items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas, extensions and travel insurance.

Traveler insurance with evacuation coverage is required.

For all voyages, exact landings depend on weather. Wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed, but our years of experience mean that we are well equipped to find the best areas for wildlife. Past trip logs and species lists are available for all expeditions.


Ambassadors for conservation, pioneers of discovery, and leaders in expedition travel to the world’s best-kept secrets.


Discover the Secrets of Melanesia: Exploring Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu (17 Days)

Explore the remote, tucked-away corners of the Pacific, where larger ships can't go. Wake up to far-flung uninhabited islands with golden-sand and pristine forest canopies, and meet locals whose spirit will touch your heart. From warm hospitality and dazzling cultural traditions to coral reefs teeming with marine life, each day is an epic adventure of discovery. 

Below, I invite you to enjoy a reel I've put together with some of my favorite moments from the trip. For questions or to request the e-brochure, please complete and submit the contact form below, and someone from Heritage Expeditions will contact you.


Sherry Ott
Photographer & Travel Blogger

Greetings Travelers,

Last October, I had an opportunity to travel with my favorite expedition cruise company, Heritage Expeditions, on an immersive exploration of Melanesia – Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu – aboard their new flagship, the 140-guest luxury Heritage Adventurer.  

As you know, I love exploring the remote, lesser-visited parts of the world, and that’s exactly what this trip is about. I’ve sailed with Heritage Expeditions to Antarctica's Ross Sea, the Subantarctic Islands and Russia’s remote Far East Arctic Islands. Heritage Expeditions specializes in venturing to places very few travelers go…and they do a phenomenal job!

As one of their signature voyages, this expedition operates annually in October from Madang, Papua New Guinea:


  • Discover the hidden gems of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
  • Travel up the Sepik River, home to traditional artists
  • Be some of the first travellers in over two decades to return to the spectacular island of Bougainville
  • Superb snorkeling in crystalline waters
  • Mangrove Zodiac cruise in search of Dugong and crocodiles
  • Meet friendly local villagers – remarkable and diverse cultural visits from island to island
  • A Naturalist and Marine Biologist will also be on this expedition
    Exeptional birding including Manus Friarbird, Mussau Monarch, Superb Pitta, Roviana Rail, Solomon Sea Eagle, Beck's Petrel, Vanikoro White-eye, Kolombangara Monarch, Vanuatu Megapode and White-headed Fruit Dove
  • Isolated Ambrym - ‘island of volcanoes,' home to traditional Rom dance
  • Swimming at iconic Champagne Beach
Kolombangara Island, Solomon Islands
Rom Dance on Ambryn Island, Vanuatu

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23 Oct 2023 to 8 Nov 2023
Aboard Heritage Adventurer
Madang, Papua New Guinea to Port Vila, Vanuatu