In the true spirit of expedition cruising, explore some of the world’s greatest environmental and maritime treasures, pristine in isolation and far from the tourist mainstream, on Orion Expedition Cruises’ “Micronesia Revealed” voyage departing 26th November 2012. This twelve-night voyage between Rabaul and Palau on Orion II combines some of the world’s best snorkelling and diving spots, World War II battle sites, shipwrecks, chains of coral atolls and remote island cultures.
Exploring the vastness of the world’s largest ocean, the Captain will be checking the charts for remote atolls among this scattering of 600 plus islands – a perfect workout for the Zodiacs and the chance to visit places where man rarely steps ashore.
Guests will have the opportunity to snorkel with manta rays on untouched coral reefs the size of suburbs or dive the shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon. They’ll also join friendly villagers to absorb their rhythmic, throbbing, traditional dances and visit outlying islands where visitors are a rarity, even today. A fitting conclusion to this fascinating voyage is Palau with its famed Rock Islands, regarded by many as the most beautiful island group on the planet - 200 limestone islands, topped with jungle, sitting in transparent waters.
From virgin forests and the unique birdlife in Tingwon to the cultural traditions of Manus and Yap, the Japanese ship graveyard of Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon and a great eco system of coral reefs, guests will be enthralled as they explore the oceanic wonder of Micronesia.
This 12-night “Micronesia Revealed” voyage departs Rabaul, Papua New Guinea on 26th November 2012 and visits Tingwon Island; Nauna and Lorengau, Manus Province; Truk Lagoon; Satawall Atoll, Ifalik Atoll, Woleai Islands, Sorol Attol, Yap and Ngulu Atoll in Yap State; before finishing with an overnight in Koror Palau. Prices from £5,320 per person (£3,190 per person if booked before 30th November 2011) including 12 nights onboard Orion II, all meals, entertainment and educational programmes, use of the ship’s sporting equipment and facilities, Zodiac excursions, port and handling charges, tender transfers and government fees and taxes.
For further information and reservations call 020 7399 7620 or visit www.orionexpeditions.com