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Luxury

Oceania by Small Ship

Auckland to Cairns
17 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NOBCAR17
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

The Wonders of Norfolk Island

Wander amid the lush landscapes of Norfolk Island and discover its convict history, bright birdlife and natural vistas.

A Warm Welcome

Receive a traditional welcome in Santa Ana with local performers wearing mud masks and wielding spears while dancing.

History in Honiara

Uncover a wealth of World War II history in Honiara, visiting sites such as Henderson Field and the Japanese Peace Park.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 12 destinations
  • Expert services of an Expedition Leader and Team
  • 16-nights aboard the elegant MS Caledonian Sky
  • Finest dining - a total of 47 meals
  • Beverages served at your discretion on board your ship
  • Return airport transfers, porterage, park fees and tipping

Map & Itinerary

Oceanic Map NOBCAR17 2020
Auckland to Cairns

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

On arrival be transferred to your small ship. This evening, get to know your fellow passengers during a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: 16 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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  • Dinner

Awake this morning in Paihia, the gateway to New Zealand's Bay of Islands where Captain Cook landed in 1769. Make port and disembark for a morning tour to the Waitangi Treaty House, site of the Māori and British Crown treaty. Continue to Kerikeri to see the country's oldest buildings. Explore the town of Russell at your own pace this afternoon.

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  • Dinner

The day is spent at sea as your ship cruises north. Perhaps learn more about the regions you'll visit with a lecture led by your Expedition Team. Or, simply sit out on deck and relax.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps learn more about the historic convict settlements of Kingston, discover rare plant species at the botanical gardens, or those feeling more active may like to trek through the island's national park to Mount Pitt for remarkable views. While here, keen birders may glimpse noddies, tropical birds and rainbow-bright parrots.


As the morning unfolds, look to the horizon and spot the impossibly green land of Norfolk Island. Step ashore for a morning visit to St Barnabas Chapel, a mission church completed in 1880. The afternoon is yours to shape with a choice of activities.

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  • Breakfast
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  • Dinner

The day is spent on board as your ship cruises the South Pacific, New Caledonia set in its sights.

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  • Breakfast
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  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps join a nature walk to Nga Peak for views over the whole island. Alternatively, join a snorkelling trip. Or, simply relax on the beach.


With its turquoise waters, white sand beaches and lush green vegetation, Ile des Pins is paradise. Step aboard a Zodiac for direct access to a remote beach. Here, choose from two sightseeing experiences.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

The adventurous might choose to join a convoy of local trucks through the rainforest to the volcano’s peak, where you'll explore the crater on foot. Or, visit a local village to learn about the long-established customs, medicinal practises and traditional dishes which have been almost completely unaffected by the outside world.


Land at Tanna, which translates to 'Earth' in the local Kwamera language. This island is home to Mount Yasur, the 361-metre active volcano dominating the landscape. Choose your sightseeing activity.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Anchor off at Port Havannah, your base for today's Zodiac explorations to tropical outer islands. Weather permitting, embark on a nature walk to Feles Cave, the resting place of legendary Melanesian Chief Roi Mata. It's then onto Moso Island and the Tassiriki Turtle Sanctuary to learn about wildlife conservation. This afternoon, snorkel off your ship or simply enjoy a beach swim.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps snorkel among the colourful coral, spotting military equipment dumped during World War II. Or, join an island tour and visit a local village before taking a dip in a nearby crystal-clear blue hole.


This pristine island is yours to explore with a choice of activity.

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  • Breakfast
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Your Zodiac lands on the shores of Vanikoro, where the ill-fated French La Pérouse expedition was wrecked and stranded in 1788. Go ashore and be greeted by a group of local villagers before exploring the island.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You might like to explore the town, embark on a nature walk, meet students from the local school or head to the beach for a swim.


Be immersed in the culture of Santa Ana as you are greeted ashore by smiling local dancers wearing traditional headdresses. Upon arrival, choose your sightseeing activity.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps discover more of the island's World War II historical sites. Or, join a morning tour which includes the market, parliament building and National Museum.


Your ship cruises through Iron Bottom Sound on its way to Honiara, the site of heavy naval loses in the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. On arrival, choose how you would like to explore with a selection of sightseeing experiences. After lunch, enjoy time at leisure.

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  • Breakfast
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  • Dinner

Enjoy a whole day to spend among the aquamarine waters of this lagoon. Visit a village specialising in wood carving, enjoy a spot of snorkelling and swimming, and jump into a Zodiac in search of wildlife.

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Welcome to the Southern Hemisphere's largest uninhabited tropical island. Take a guided walk through the rainforest while local conservationists explain their work.

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With a jewel-bright ocean below and an endless sky above, enjoy your day at sea.

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As your ship docks in Rabaul, the hulking volcanic landscape will leave you breathless. A morning tour includes the Volcanic Observatory, the active Mount Tavurvur and the hot springs. Spend time at leisure before a Baining tribe fire performance tonight.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, be transferred to Rabaul airport for your included charter flight to Cairns to connect with your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Ship cruising at sea

Your Boutique Expedition Ship

APT's MS Caledonian Sky offers the ultimate expedition cruising experience with exclusive access to remote locations.

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Zodiac Excursions

Land ashore or venture out on a Zodiac to explore the landmarks and hidden gems on your expedition cruise.

Flights from Rabaul

Enjoy ease of travel with privately chartered flights between Rabaul and Cairns.

It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.