16 Night Star Colletor: Visions Of The South Pacific: Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia & The Coral Sea Cruise sailing from Cairns to Lautoka onboard Wind Spirit.
Start your journey through Melanesia in lovely Lautoka, Fiji with a visit to Nadi Temple or a relaxing mud pool bath before diving into the crystal clear waters of Yasawa-I-Rara Island. Upon arriving in Port Vila, sink your teeth into fresh seasonal fruit at Mama's Market, feel the cleansing mist of Mele Cascades waterfall, take a swim at beautiful Jade Beach, or head to the Hawksbill Turtle Sanctuary. Take in the aromatic Mucaweng Vanilla Plantation of Lifou and the outrigger-style pirogues of Ile de Pins. Before embarking on your journey across the Coral Sea, spend the day exploring Noumea, New Caledonia, the World War II headquarters for the U.S. military in the South Pacific. Then sit back, relax and feel the calming rhythm of life at sea with no interruptions. Reconnect with yourself and your companions on sea days crossing the Coral Sea before exploring Cairns, Australia. Plan extra time to wander the Cairns Esplanade, explore the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, discover Daintree National Park, and experience the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef.
Highlights of this cruise:
Here is the gateway to see the Great Barrier Reef and no one should miss it if you've come this far, so plan to expand your stay here. Other highlights of Cairns include the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with stories of the indigenous aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, the beautiful gorges, beaches and mountainous rainforest of Daintree National Park and the Cairns Esplanade full of local flavor in its bars and restaurants.
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.
Iles de Pins, 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. Important Notice: New Caledonia authorities have advised that travelers/guests are now required to have travel insurance that covers both medical expenses and repatriation costs in order to enter into New Caledonia. To guarantee that you do not encounter any problems while traveling we encourage you to obtain appropriate travel insurance for your trip.
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, offers a downtown with a delightful mix of colorful market stalls selling produce and local crafts and Mama's Market with fresh seasonal fruit samples. Take a boat to Tranquility Island to see the Hawksbill Turtle Sanctuary there. Or head to Mele Cascades, a multi-tiered waterfall with lovely rock pools or Jade Beach with excellent swimming and snorkeling.
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.