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Pearls of The Pacific (Silver Explorer)

Expedition Highlights:

• Snorkel, swim and look for colourful reef-fish, sea-cucumbers, rays, and sea-turtles
• Explore a Lau Island lagoon with its mushroom-shaped limestone islands
• Watch for whales
• Tour by mountain bike or kayak
• Cross the International Dateline
• Arrive in Niue for their 40th Constitution Celebrations
• Identify tropic-birds, boobies, noddies, frigate-birds and terns
• Accept the challenge of a Cook Island warrior
• See ancient marae stone temples
• Cruise the only navigable river in French Polynesia by kayak or Zodiac
• Drift snorkel through the challenging Iriru Pass
• Spend the day in breathtaking Bora Bora

30 March, 2019 to 13 April, 2019 Make a booking request for Pearls of The Pacific (Silver Explorer), departing on 30 March, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Adventurer Suite £ 5609 GBP pp
Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their stateroom will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy Silversea accommodation. Dimensions: 157-167 sq ft / 14-15m2 with 2 portholes. All Adventurer Class staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Two portholes (15.75'' / 40cm in diameter). Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone
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Explorer Suite £ 5846 GBP pp
Deck Four forward is home to eight Explorer Class staterooms. Enjoy a separate sitting area and the passing scenery through a view window. Dimensions: 175-190 sq ft / 16-18m2 with view window. All Explorer Class staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. View window (31.5'' x 31.5'' / 80cm x 80cm). Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone
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View Suite £ 6478 GBP pp
The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. As spacious as a Veranda Suite, but with a view window and Deck Three location. Dimensions: 192 sq ft / 18m2 with view window. All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. View window, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Triple capacity that can accommodate young children on sofa bed, (View Suites 310, 311, 312, 313), Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone
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Vista Suite £ 6873 GBP pp
A quiet sanctuary. The sitting area has plenty of room to relax. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. Some Vista Suites can accommodate three guests. Dimensions: 192 sq ft / 18m2 with large picture window. All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Large picture window: 47'' x 43'' / 120cm / 110cm, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone
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Veranda Suite £ 9322 GBP pp
A Silversea signature. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a private French balcony. Each spectacular sunset feels like it is yours alone. Dimensions: 206-216 sq ft / 19-20m2 including French balcony (16 sq ft / 1.5m2). All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, (Suites 512 and 513 have a fixed queen bed), Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone
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Medallion Suite £ 12640 GBP pp
A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures surround you with distinguished luxury. The private veranda surrounds you with panoramic views. Dimensions: 400 sq ft / 37m2 including veranda (86 sq ft / 8m2). All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer's table
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Silver Suite £ 13509 GBP pp
Stylish and sophisticated. Spacious and welcoming. With separate dining and living rooms, two French balconies, and preferred midship location, Silver Suites are a favourite of returning Silversea guests. Silver Suites can accommodate three guests. Dimensions: 422 sq ft / 39m2 including 2 French balconies (30 sq ft / 3m2). All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest), Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer's table
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Grand Suite £ 14852 GBP pp
Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. At 618 square feet (57 square metres), the Grand Suite is ideal for entertaining friends or enjoying quiet time alone on your private veranda. Grand Suites can accommodate three guests. Dimensions: 618 sq ft / 57m2 including veranda (86 sq ft / 8m2). All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer's table, Four hours of Internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
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Owner's Suite £ 16432 GBP pp
The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those whose standards are higher than most. Owner's Suites can accommodate three guests. Dimensions: 728 sq ft / 67m2 including large veranda (158 sq ft / 15m2), All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer's table, Four hours of Internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
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Pearls of The Pacific (Silver Explorer) itinerary:

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Day 1 — Lautoka, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
Embark Silver Explorer and depart on your exciting 12-day Silversea Expedition – “Pearls of the Pacific”. This evening, after settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and participate in a mandatory safety drill. Tonight we invite you to familiarise yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travellers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.
Day 2 — Levuka, Ovalau, Fiji Leleuvia, Fiji
For the first day of our journey, our excursions ashore highlight both the historical and natural aspects of Fiji. In the morning we will pay a visit to the island of Ovalau located off the east coast of Viti Levu. It is one of the smaller islands of Fiji, but its town of Levuka has the honour of having been Fiji’s very first capital where King Cakobau reigned and where the deed of cession to Queen Victoria was signed in 1874. Many of the old buildings in the town have remained nearly unchanged since the late 1800s, and during our walking tour of the town we will see Fiji’s first government school, the popular Ovalau Club, and the “Cession Stone” commemorating the signing of the Deed of Cession between Fiji and Great Britain. We will meet many of Levuka’s residents and hear stories from the town’s rich and interesting past. For guests wishing to explore outside the city, join members of the Expedition Team for a hike through pristine rainforest to the village of Lovoni, situated within the crater of an extinct volcano. As we hike we will learn from local guides about jungle medicines and bush food, and take in the magnificent natural beauty of the surrounding area. At the conclusion of our hike there will be a welcome opportunity to take a refreshing swim. In the afternoon the Silver Explorer relocates to Leleuvia, an island resort almost completely surrounded by a reef, ideal for snorkelling. Our onboard marine biologist will describe the different kinds of coral and colourful reef-fish that can be seen close to the shore. The little island even offers good birding. Or, if you prefer, you can relax in the shade of palm trees, enjoying the songs of local guitarists.  
Day 3 — Fulanga, Fiji
The proximity of the Tonga Trench has caused the Lau Islands to be raised out of the water, and as a result, ships can no longer use Fulanga’s formerly deep reef-passage. We will take our Zodiacs to explore the lagoon and its dozens of mushroom-shaped little islands. Once inside the lagoon we might visit one of the small villages along the north side. Fijian tradition states that a visit must begin with a Yanqqona – a Kava-ceremony – and all Silversea guests are invited to participate. Several of the rock islands have beautiful beaches and depending on the tide we will either enjoy an afternoon on the beach or continue with our exploration of this seldom-visited paradise. Hikers also have the option to trek across the uplifted coral onto the seaward side of the island.
Day 4 — At Sea
Having left Fiji, we cruise next to the Kingdom of Tonga. Silver Explorer will retrace the route of the famous British ship HMAS Bounty, and our onboard historian will expand on the story of the “Mutiny on the Bounty” in preparation for our visit to the Vava’u archipelago. The waters surrounding the archipelago are a favourite stomping ground for humpback whales, so be sure to have your binoculars handy throughout the day today.
Day 5 — Neiafu, Vava’u Archipelago, Tonga Swallows Cave, Mala Island, Tonga
In the Vava’u archipelago, the flat top of Mount Talau is famous both as a landmark and as a legend. The story goes that its peak was cut off and stolen by Samoan warriors. We will anchor alongside elegant yachts in the bay, and once ashore, begin our visit with an excursion to the Botanical Garden. A knowledgeable local guide will describe the heritage of the island’s plant-life and specifically point out species that have medicinal properties. Afterwards, we’ll head to the beach where we can cool off with a refreshing can swim or snorkel. Enjoy traditional entertainment and a chance to shop for arts and handicrafts before returning the ship. For guests wanting a more energetic outing, we’ll offer a guided island tour by mountain bike! Breathe in the fresh island air en route to a picturesque beach where we can swim in tropical blue waters! We will cycle along at a leisurely pace, passing by homes, villages and plantations; observing locals going about their daily routines; and stopping for photo opportunities at the most scenic viewpoints. Alternatively, outdoor enthusiasts can instead explore the island on a full-day guided kayak tour. We’ll kayak inside Swallows Cave and over colourful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish and have a chance to swim at a few of the island’s many pristine beaches. At Mala Island Resort we’ll stop for lunch and a chance to snorkel along the stunning coral reef at the Japanese Gardens. In the afternoon the Silver Explorer will relocate to the Ava Pulepule Kai channel, where we will take to the Zodiacs to explore some of the islands. Various types of seabirds nest or roost here, and we may even see flying foxes hanging in the trees. During our Zodiac cruise we will explore Swallows Cave and its nesting swiftlets.
Day 6 — Alofi, Niue (Crossing the Dateline)
Today is a special day, as we will all become time-travellers: although we will have left the Kingdom of Tonga in the evening of October 22, 2014, we will arrive in Niue shortly after lunch of October 22, 2014, ahead of our departure! We cross the International Dateline between Tonga and Niue, and an Expedition Team member will explain the intricacies of the dateline and all it implies. Niue, or “The Rock” as it is known to its inhabitants, is one of the largest raised coral atolls in the Pacific, an island type named “Makatea” after an island in French Polynesia. Our arrival coincides with the Niue Constitution Celebrations, celebrating 40 years of self-governing in free association with New Zealand. Celebratory events may include canoe races, fishing competitions and also traditional dancing and singing performances. We will also spend some time exploring Niue’s coast, stopping at areas of historical and scenic interest including an opportunity for some snorkelling and swimming in Niue’s crystal clear water.
Day 7 — At Sea
Today will be a day to scan the seas for humpback whales, as we cruise towards Palmerston Atoll, an area chosen for scientific observation of humpbacks in the Cook Islands. Our lecture staff will have time to prepare you for our visit to the outer islands, and talk about the natural history, seabirds, and underwater creatures, as well as the early settlers and their interesting stories.
Day 8 — Palmerston, Cook Islands
At dawn, we approach the low-lying atoll of Palmerston and Home Islet where three families, all descendants of William Marsters (1831-1899), will come out to greet us and guide us into the lagoon. Once ashore, the whole community will greet us, followed by a presentation of speeches, prayers and church songs. Afterwards we will tour the island in small groups to see its highlights: the church, the oldest house, the cemetery, the school, the underground gardens and “Duke’s Pool” where we will be invited to swim and snorkel. Our marine biologist will point out the varied species found in the lagoon waters, including colourful reef-fish, sea cucumbers, rays, and sea turtles. Watch too for local birdlife, identifying tropicbirds, boobies, noddies, frigate birds and terns with the help of our onboard ornithologist.
Day 9 — Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Aitutaki is rightly known as one of the most spectacular destinations in the Cook Islands. Its reef completely encompasses a large turquoise lagoon. We board the Zodiacs but before stepping ashore, a local warrior appears and challenges all visitors. Though once we have each stepped across a special stone, we are free to do as we please on the island. So, that is exactly what we will do! Our excursion continues aboard local boats, crossing the lagoon to the small islet of Tapuaetai for a delicious barbecue luncheon in a lush South Pacific setting. Look for red-tailed tropicbirds, grab some snorkelling gear and see what’s underwater or let your stroll along the beach continue out onto a sand cay.
Day 10 — At Sea
Today is a day to relax on deck or peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library. As we sail towards the Society Islands, guests can participate in watching for birds, whales and dolphins on deck, or head to The Theatre to learn more about “French” Polynesia and the various artists that tried to make Tahiti their home.
Day 11 — Raiatea and Motu Iriru, Society Islands
Raiatea, meaning "faraway heaven", is not only famous for its stunningly beautiful bays and landscapes, but also its rich culture and history. The Silver Explorer will anchor in Faaroa Bay and guests can travel by either Zodiac or kayak up the Faaroa River, the only navigable river in the whole of French Polynesia whose historic waters launched migratory journeys to faraway islands now called Hawaii and New Zealand. Our journey takes us alongside dense tropical rainforests with trees that dip gracefully into the water, to a Botanical Garden where we will go ashore with a local guide to learn more about the island’s plant life, possibly sighting the rare tiare apetahi flower. A scenic driving tour past a vanilla plantation takes us to the dramatic and well maintained Marae Taputapuatea. As Raiatea is considered to be the birthplace of French Polynesia, this is a highly significant Marae site with many associated legends involving both the sacred and magical. In the afternoon we will make a Zodiac landing on the sandy beaches of tranquil Moto Iriru to swim and snorkel above colourful underwater gardens or drift snorkel through the more challenging Iriru pass.
Day 12 — Bora Bora, Society Islands
No superlatives can adequately describe the spectacular beauty of Bora Bora's emerald-green hills and tranquil sapphire-blue lagoons. Select from a variety of excursions and activities today. Enjoy a leisurely, open-air ‘le truck’ tour of Bora Bora’s highlights: ancient marae stone temples, the Faanui Protestant Church, scenic lookout points with spectacular vistas of the lagoon and distant islands, old WWII remnants and popular Matira Beach. Sample local fruits, watch a pareo (sarong) demonstration, and stop at Bloody Mary’s restaurant before returning to the ship. Alternatively, climb into a specially designed, open-air, off-road vehicle, to circle the island and visit some of its most dramatic sites that are only accessible by four-wheel drive. Veer inland following a trail that leads up the mountain to an amazing 360-degree panorama. From this height, you can view Bora Bora’s breathtaking multi-coloured lagoons. See canons remaining from the American’s presence during WWII. Though perhaps the most spectacular way to see Bora Bora is from the air on a helicopter flyover. This optional flight aboard a 5-seat “Squirrel” helicopter circles the island for spectacular views of lagoons fringed with white sandy beaches and a network of smaller islets. Regardless of which tour you choose, your experienced guide will eagerly share his knowledge of the history, local legends, flora and fauna of this beautiful island. Of course, you may choose instead to simply spend the day swimming or snorkelling and savouring this idyllic tropical paradise. Local companies offer semi-submersible, glass bottom boats and snorkel safaris where one popular excursion permits you to swim with rays and with reef-sharks. Shortly before sunset, the Silver Explorer will set sail for our final destination: Papeete.
Day 13 — Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
We will arrive in port in the morning. Following breakfast, disembark the Silver Explorer. Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and sea conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Pearls of The Pacific (Silver Explorer) reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
We will arrive in port in the morning. Following breakfast, disembark the Silver Explorer. Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and sea conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
No superlatives can adequately describe the spectacular beauty of Bora Bora's emerald-green hills and tranquil sapphire-blue lagoons. Select from a variety of excursions and activities today. Enjoy a leisurely, open-air ‘le truck’ tour of Bora Bora’s highlights: ancient marae stone temples, the Faanui Protestant Church, scenic lookout points with spectacular vistas of the lagoon and distant islands, old WWII remnants and popular Matira Beach. Sample local fruits, watch a pareo (sarong) demonstration, and stop at Bloody Mary’s restaurant before returning to the ship. Alternatively, climb into a specially designed, open-air, off-road vehicle, to circle the island and visit some of its most dramatic sites that are only accessible by four-wheel drive. Veer inland following a trail that leads up the mountain to an amazing 360-degree panorama. From this height, you can view Bora Bora’s breathtaking multi-coloured lagoons. See canons remaining from the American’s presence during WWII. Though perhaps the most spectacular way to see Bora Bora is from the air on a helicopter flyover. This optional flight aboard a 5-seat “Squirrel” helicopter circles the island for spectacular views of lagoons fringed with white sandy beaches and a network of smaller islets. Regardless of which tour you choose, your experienced guide will eagerly share his knowledge of the history, local legends, flora and fauna of this beautiful island. Of course, you may choose instead to simply spend the day swimming or snorkelling and savouring this idyllic tropical paradise. Local companies offer semi-submersible, glass bottom boats and snorkel safaris where one popular excursion permits you to swim with rays and with reef-sharks. Shortly before sunset, the Silver Explorer will set sail for our final destination: Papeete.
Raiatea, meaning "faraway heaven", is not only famous for its stunningly beautiful bays and landscapes, but also its rich culture and history. The Silver Explorer will anchor in Faaroa Bay and guests can travel by either Zodiac or kayak up the Faaroa River, the only navigable river in the whole of French Polynesia whose historic waters launched migratory journeys to faraway islands now called Hawaii and New Zealand. Our journey takes us alongside dense tropical rainforests with trees that dip gracefully into the water, to a Botanical Garden where we will go ashore with a local guide to learn more about the island’s plant life, possibly sighting the rare tiare apetahi flower. A scenic driving tour past a vanilla plantation takes us to the dramatic and well maintained Marae Taputapuatea. As Raiatea is considered to be the birthplace of French Polynesia, this is a highly significant Marae site with many associated legends involving both the sacred and magical. In the afternoon we will make a Zodiac landing on the sandy beaches of tranquil Moto Iriru to swim and snorkel above colourful underwater gardens or drift snorkel through the more challenging Iriru pass.
Today is a day to relax on deck or peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library. As we sail towards the Society Islands, guests can participate in watching for birds, whales and dolphins on deck, or head to The Theatre to learn more about “French” Polynesia and the various artists that tried to make Tahiti their home.
Aitutaki is rightly known as one of the most spectacular destinations in the Cook Islands. Its reef completely encompasses a large turquoise lagoon. We board the Zodiacs but before stepping ashore, a local warrior appears and challenges all visitors. Though once we have each stepped across a special stone, we are free to do as we please on the island. So, that is exactly what we will do! Our excursion continues aboard local boats, crossing the lagoon to the small islet of Tapuaetai for a delicious barbecue luncheon in a lush South Pacific setting. Look for red-tailed tropicbirds, grab some snorkelling gear and see what’s underwater or let your stroll along the beach continue out onto a sand cay.
At dawn, we approach the low-lying atoll of Palmerston and Home Islet where three families, all descendants of William Marsters (1831-1899), will come out to greet us and guide us into the lagoon. Once ashore, the whole community will greet us, followed by a presentation of speeches, prayers and church songs. Afterwards we will tour the island in small groups to see its highlights: the church, the oldest house, the cemetery, the school, the underground gardens and “Duke’s Pool” where we will be invited to swim and snorkel. Our marine biologist will point out the varied species found in the lagoon waters, including colourful reef-fish, sea cucumbers, rays, and sea turtles. Watch too for local birdlife, identifying tropicbirds, boobies, noddies, frigate birds and terns with the help of our onboard ornithologist.
Today will be a day to scan the seas for humpback whales, as we cruise towards Palmerston Atoll, an area chosen for scientific observation of humpbacks in the Cook Islands. Our lecture staff will have time to prepare you for our visit to the outer islands, and talk about the natural history, seabirds, and underwater creatures, as well as the early settlers and their interesting stories.
Today is a special day, as we will all become time-travellers: although we will have left the Kingdom of Tonga in the evening of October 22, 2014, we will arrive in Niue shortly after lunch of October 22, 2014, ahead of our departure! We cross the International Dateline between Tonga and Niue, and an Expedition Team member will explain the intricacies of the dateline and all it implies. Niue, or “The Rock” as it is known to its inhabitants, is one of the largest raised coral atolls in the Pacific, an island type named “Makatea” after an island in French Polynesia. Our arrival coincides with the Niue Constitution Celebrations, celebrating 40 years of self-governing in free association with New Zealand. Celebratory events may include canoe races, fishing competitions and also traditional dancing and singing performances. We will also spend some time exploring Niue’s coast, stopping at areas of historical and scenic interest including an opportunity for some snorkelling and swimming in Niue’s crystal clear water.
In the Vava’u archipelago, the flat top of Mount Talau is famous both as a landmark and as a legend. The story goes that its peak was cut off and stolen by Samoan warriors. We will anchor alongside elegant yachts in the bay, and once ashore, begin our visit with an excursion to the Botanical Garden. A knowledgeable local guide will describe the heritage of the island’s plant-life and specifically point out species that have medicinal properties. Afterwards, we’ll head to the beach where we can cool off with a refreshing can swim or snorkel. Enjoy traditional entertainment and a chance to shop for arts and handicrafts before returning the ship. For guests wanting a more energetic outing, we’ll offer a guided island tour by mountain bike! Breathe in the fresh island air en route to a picturesque beach where we can swim in tropical blue waters! We will cycle along at a leisurely pace, passing by homes, villages and plantations; observing locals going about their daily routines; and stopping for photo opportunities at the most scenic viewpoints. Alternatively, outdoor enthusiasts can instead explore the island on a full-day guided kayak tour. We’ll kayak inside Swallows Cave and over colourful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish and have a chance to swim at a few of the island’s many pristine beaches. At Mala Island Resort we’ll stop for lunch and a chance to snorkel along the stunning coral reef at the Japanese Gardens. In the afternoon the Silver Explorer will relocate to the Ava Pulepule Kai channel, where we will take to the Zodiacs to explore some of the islands. Various types of seabirds nest or roost here, and we may even see flying foxes hanging in the trees. During our Zodiac cruise we will explore Swallows Cave and its nesting swiftlets.
Having left Fiji, we cruise next to the Kingdom of Tonga. Silver Explorer will retrace the route of the famous British ship HMAS Bounty, and our onboard historian will expand on the story of the “Mutiny on the Bounty” in preparation for our visit to the Vava’u archipelago. The waters surrounding the archipelago are a favourite stomping ground for humpback whales, so be sure to have your binoculars handy throughout the day today.
The proximity of the Tonga Trench has caused the Lau Islands to be raised out of the water, and as a result, ships can no longer use Fulanga’s formerly deep reef-passage. We will take our Zodiacs to explore the lagoon and its dozens of mushroom-shaped little islands. Once inside the lagoon we might visit one of the small villages along the north side. Fijian tradition states that a visit must begin with a Yanqqona – a Kava-ceremony – and all Silversea guests are invited to participate. Several of the rock islands have beautiful beaches and depending on the tide we will either enjoy an afternoon on the beach or continue with our exploration of this seldom-visited paradise. Hikers also have the option to trek across the uplifted coral onto the seaward side of the island.
For the first day of our journey, our excursions ashore highlight both the historical and natural aspects of Fiji. In the morning we will pay a visit to the island of Ovalau located off the east coast of Viti Levu. It is one of the smaller islands of Fiji, but its town of Levuka has the honour of having been Fiji’s very first capital where King Cakobau reigned and where the deed of cession to Queen Victoria was signed in 1874. Many of the old buildings in the town have remained nearly unchanged since the late 1800s, and during our walking tour of the town we will see Fiji’s first government school, the popular Ovalau Club, and the “Cession Stone” commemorating the signing of the Deed of Cession between Fiji and Great Britain. We will meet many of Levuka’s residents and hear stories from the town’s rich and interesting past. For guests wishing to explore outside the city, join members of the Expedition Team for a hike through pristine rainforest to the village of Lovoni, situated within the crater of an extinct volcano. As we hike we will learn from local guides about jungle medicines and bush food, and take in the magnificent natural beauty of the surrounding area. At the conclusion of our hike there will be a welcome opportunity to take a refreshing swim. In the afternoon the Silver Explorer relocates to Leleuvia, an island resort almost completely surrounded by a reef, ideal for snorkelling. Our onboard marine biologist will describe the different kinds of coral and colourful reef-fish that can be seen close to the shore. The little island even offers good birding. Or, if you prefer, you can relax in the shade of palm trees, enjoying the songs of local guitarists.  
Embark Silver Explorer and depart on your exciting 12-day Silversea Expedition – “Pearls of the Pacific”. This evening, after settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and participate in a mandatory safety drill. Tonight we invite you to familiarise yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travellers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.
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Silver Explorer, the ship servicing Pearls of The Pacific (Silver Explorer)

Silver Explorer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 108 metres

Passenger Capacity: 132

Built / refurbished: 1989 / 2008

The purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition ship (formerly the Prince Albert II) has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease.

A fleet of Zodiac boats allows guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer cruise adventure.

Cabin layout for Silver Explorer
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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