24 Night Star Collector: Beyond Polynesia: Society Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu & New Caledonia Cruise sailing from Noumea to Papeete onboard Wind Spirit.
Begin your adventure on the sunny beaches of Papeete then set sail for the crystal-clear lagoons of breathtaking Bora Bora. Rarotonga is an up-and-coming foodie destination with white-sand beaches skirted by palm trees, dense jungle forests and inviting waters in Muri Lagoon. Niue charms visitors with its friendly locals, pristine beaches, coral reefs and mystical caves. Escape to the remote port of Vava'u, Tonga where unspoiled waters with visibility exceeding 100 feet offer snorkelers and divers encounters with manta rays, turtles, spinner dolphins. Discover Savusavu's energetic waterfalls, rainforests and exotic black pearls. Suva offers a change of pace with multicultural cuisine, broad streets, and bustling farmer's market. In Lautoka, experience more outdoor markets and a mud pool bath. In Port Vila, Vanuatu don't miss Mele Cascades waterfall, Jade Beach and a visit to the turtle sanctuary. Take time to relax at Lifou's Jokin Cliffs and Jinek Beach in New Caledonia. This fossilized coral atoll is the center of traditional Melanesian culture. Mare is known for its turquoise waters full of colorful coral, white-sand beaches, and tall native pine trees. Your amazing voyage concludes in Noumea, the World War II headquarters for the U.S. military in the South Pacific with magnificent beaches and incredible views from its string of beautiful bays.
Highlights of this cruise:
Noumea, New Caledonia
During World War II, Noumea was the headquarters for the U.S. military in the South Pacific, whose influence lingers today in the names of places and the general feeling of goodwill toward the U.S. The capital of New Caledonia offers magnificent beaches and incredible views from several bays that extend along the city. Look for the Aquarium des Lagoons, Noumea Cathedral, Coconut Palm Square and Jean-Marie Tijbaou Cultural Center.
Mare, New Caledonia
Mare is home to stunning and varied beaches. Wabao and Kurine are known for their immaculate, fine white sand. Shabadran boasts rugged terrain and Pede Beach is hailed as one of the most beautiful beaches I the world. And there is Tadine, a natural aquarium with its wide array of multi-colored fish, making it a snorkeler's delight. In addition to the beaches the landscapes of the island offer steep cliffs, dense, wild forests, and delightful little coves on the ground of superimposed coral layers that reach down almost 427 feet (130 meters).
Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
This beautiful island, nicknamed The Closest Island to Paradise, is uniquely home to native pines.. Surrounded by turquoise waters full of colorful coral, white-sand beaches, and tropical vegetation including thesetall native pine trees, it is a wonderful place to explore. Highlights here include Notre Dame de L'Assumption Church built in 1860, Grotto of Queen Hortense and St. Joseph's Bay with its outrigger-style pirogues.
Yasawa-I-Rara, Island, Fiji
The main attraction of this remote island is Mount Yasur, an active volcano considered one of the most accessible in the world. See the wild horses that roam the island, swim in the practically untouched underwater caves and snorkel some of the best coral reefs in the South Pacific.
Nicknamed the Sugar City due to its expansive sugarcane plantations, Lautoka's biggest employer is the Lautoka Sugar Mill, founded in 1903. Lautoka is the birthplace of PGA star Vijay Singh and is lovely with its tree-lined streets, colonial homes, outdoor markets and a cheerful, vibrant culture. Sights to see include South Sea Orchid Garden, Sabeto Village and Nadi Marketplace or Temple. This is also the place to make time for a relaxing mud pool bath.
Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga
Remote and rarely visited, the Vava'u Island group is truly unspoiled and deep harbor Neiafu has waters so clear visibility exceeds 100 feet. There is an abundance of marine life here with over 100 species of tropical fish, manta rays, turtles and spinner dolphins. The tropical year-round climate makes it possible to swim, snorkel and dive anytime. Visible Mount Talau rises 669 feet (204 meters) above sea level.
Charming Niue is one of the largest raised coral atolls on earth. Step back in time and enjoy the laidback pace of relaxed clear waters and pristine beaches, the coral reefs everywhere and the vibrant, friendly locals who delight to meet you. Spend time on the beach or find the Taoga Niue Museum, the Ekalesia Church, Palaha Cave, and Hikulagi Sculpture Park.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Our stay here allows plenty of time to capture the beauty in photographs - and you'll want plenty. These stunning waters will show a different kaleidoscope of blue in each frame. You'll have lots of options for exploration, whether you prefer the access provided by a 4-by-4, or the thrill of riding in the open air. Stretch out on stunning white-sand beaches, dive and swim in brightly colored seas, or sail among the tiny islands and lagoons. This is the stuff that dreams are made of.
Moorea, French Polynesia
Welcome to paradise, where your stunning surroundings soak up superlatives and call for more. In our stay here you'll have plenty of time to do it all. Be sure to consider the opportunity to hone your photography talents on an optional tour of the island in the company of a professional photographer. Your choices here are endless. Hike the majestic Three Coconut Trail. Visit dolphins in their native habitat. Or spend your time swimming and kayaking from Wind Spirit's Watersports Platform as we lay at anchor in these beautiful sapphire seas.
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Relax on sunny beaches, sample Tahitian fare, and take in the effervescent spirit of the city. But whatever you do, save time - and luggage space - for shopping. Black pearls and colorful crafts fill the market and local treasures are so plentiful you'll have trouble making your choices.