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• Reflect upon the ancient marae stone temples of Bora Bora. • Swim and snorkel among colourful reef-fish and black pearl lines. • Discover 153 different species of fish and marine life including: stingrays, eels sharks and sea turtles. • Visit the world’s largest marine reserve, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. • See remnants from America’s presence during WWII. • Visit the remote solitary island home of Tom Neale in the Cook Islands • Scan the sea and air in search for Humpback Whales and Red-tailed Tropicbirds. • Indulge in lush scenic vistas and unique local foods.

Capacity: 116, Type: Luxury Expedition

The colors of the South Pacific amaze: emerald-green hills, sapphire-blue lagoons, white-sand beaches and rare black pearls. As you discover a swath of some of the most remote islands of this part of the world, enjoy the variety of experiences here: see remnants of World War II presence here, discover a variety of marine life while snorkeling and marvel at ancient stone temples.

• Reflect upon the ancient marae stone temples of Bora Bora. • Swim and snorkel among colourful reef-fish and black pearl lines. • Discover 153 different species of fish and marine life including: stingrays, eels sharks and sea turtles. • Visit the world’s largest marine reserve, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. • See remnants from America’s presence during WWII. • Visit the remote solitary island home of Tom Neale in the Cook Islands • Scan the sea and air in search for Humpback Whales and Red-tailed Tropicbirds. • Indulge in lush scenic vistas and unique local foods.

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Day 1 — Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
Embark Silver Discoverer and depart on your exciting 15-day journey. 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 — 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. Regardless of which tour you choose, your experienced guide will eagerly share his knowledge of the history, local legends, and flora and fauna of this beautiful island. Perhaps the most spectacular way to see Bora Bora is from the air on a helicopter flyover. This optional excursion includes 15 minutes of actual flight time aboard a 5-seat “Squirrel” helicopter. Circle the island to enjoy spectacular views of lagoons fringed with white sandy beaches and linked to smaller islets. Fly low over the reef to see rays and sharks skimming through the water. At one point, the aircraft climbs over the velvety green peaks, providing incredible views. Of course, you may choose instead to simply spend the day swimming and snorkelling in this idyllic tropical paradise.
Day 3 — At Sea
Become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found onboard Silver Discoverer. Gather in the Lounge to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Knowledgeable experts in a variety of scientific fields present lectures and seminars, preparing you for the upcoming ports-of-call and the possible unscheduled adventures that may lie ahead.
Day 4 — 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 go ashore using our fleet of Zodiacs but before stepping on land, 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 5 — At Sea
Today will be a day to scan the seas for humpback whales. 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 6 — Suwarrow Atoll, Cook Islands
Suwarrow, a low coral atoll in the Pacific Island’s Cook Islands, is just 1300km south of the equator. The island has a rich history that spans literary ties with Robert Louis Stevenson, through to the island’s relevance during World War II. New Zealander Tom Neale lived alone on Suvorov for a total of 16 years in three periods between 1952 and 1977. He described his experience in the first two of those periods in An Island to Oneself. (NB: Tom Neale happens to be the uncle of one of Silversea’s onboard photographers, Richard Sidey – who will accompany this expedition.) In 1978, the island was declared to be a National Park of the Cook Islands due to the plentiful marine and bird life it supports, making this a paradise for our divers and birdwatchers alike.
Day 7 — Manihiki, Cook Islands
According to many, Manihiki is the most beautiful of the Cook Islands. Known as The Island of Pearls, it is a triangular atoll composed of 40 tiny islets encircling a lagoon four kilometres (2.5 miles) wide. This completely enclosed body of water is the source of the island's greatest asset—black pearls. Here, you can make a day to remember of your choosing. Learn first-hand how the pearls are made by taking an informative pearl farm tour, or use the day to swim and/or snorkel over and around the pearl lines.
Days 8–9 — At Sea (Cross the International Date Line and loose a day)
A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of the day’s lectures. Join the lectures and hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Our knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields.
Days 10–12 — Kanton & Phoenix Islands Marine Park, Phoenix Islands, Kiribati
Far out in the Central Pacific, the Phoenix Islands boast calm lagoons protected from the sea by a series of encircling reefs. The lagoon of Kanton Island is filled with 153 different species of fish and marine life, including tuna, sharks, stingrays and eels. In a remote corner of the Pacific, the nation of Kiribati has created the world's largest marine reserve: the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. The reserve covers 410,500 square kilometres and is home to thriving coral reefs and an abundance of sea life, including sharks and manta rays. Our expedition has allocated three full days to explore and marvel at the wonders of this preserved marine area. Our Expedition Leader and Captain will determine the best plan for the three days, making sure that we spend as much time under and above water. Time and conditions permitting we might even make a stop at Nikumaroro Island, where recently sonar exploration found a wing of an aircraft, suspected to be that of Amelia Earhart’s plane. Earhart the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, vanished during a flight across the Pacific in July 1937. New evidence points to a crash landing on or near remote Nikumaroro Island.
Day 13 — Nukononu, Tokelau
Nukunonu, a group of coral islets within Tokelau, consists of a circle of coral anchored to the rim of a huge undersea volcano. Just 300 miles above Samoa in Oceania, and halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, it is the largest of the three islands which comprise Tokelau. Originally settles by Polynesian immigrants from surrounding island groups, the Tokelau Islands have been protected under both British and New Zealand rule. According to a UN report, these low-lying islands will is disappear in the 21st-century if global warming continues.
Day 14 — Asau, Samoa
Today we arrive in Asau, which is situated on the northwest coast of Savai'i island in Samoa, is the capital village of the Vaisigano political district and serves as the island’s main business centre. Asau was the integral to the Samoan timber industry in Samoa. But in September 2008, bushfired inland from Asau and Aopo village destroyed more than two thousand acres of trees. The breakwater protecting the bay is an old American airstrip from World War II. The port was well used in the past as it was well protected on the east and south by the main land and on the north and west by coral reefs.
Day 15 — Apia, Samoa
We will arrive in port in the morning. Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.
Please Note:
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.

Silver Discoverer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 338 Feet/102.9 Metres

Passenger Capacity: 116 passengers

Refurbished: 2016

Her small size and shallow draft allow close-up access to rugged coasts well beyond the reach of ordinary vessels. And she has been newly refurbished to help guests maximize their experience and build a genuine connection with the regions they visit. 

Spacious decks and panoramic public rooms mean the drama of the unexpected is never far from view. A fleet of Zodiacs allows exploration from the water or remote landings anywhere nature or curiosity dictate. Since many of our expeditions sail to some of the world's most pristine coral reef systems, there's a glass-bottom boat for underwater viewing along with a full complement of snorkelling equipment and a dive programme for advanced divers. 

We've also taken great care to assemble a truly outstanding Expedition Team, composed of experts in the culture, history and wild life of the destinations, to present informal talks, guide Zodiac outings and lead small-group explorations ashore.

While back on board, every creature comfort awaits: an ocean-view suite, in-suite bar and the head-to-toe pampering of a butler; elegant lounges and open bar where fellow travellers gather to swap tales about their day's adventures; and cuisine that meets high standards of culinary excellence — which are lofty, indeed. Imaginative menus in The Restaurant feature both regional offerings and dishes inspired by Relais & Châteaux. Additional amenities include a sun-catching pool deck, an internet cafe, a fitness centre, and a beauty and massage centre — particularly alluring after an adventurous day ashore.

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