Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises (SIDC) has announced its plans to operate six adventure itineraries in 2018-2019 for travellers who want to discover the Solomon Islands differently.
The dedicated niche adventure cruise program is operated by a local company with local experts, offering insight into the unique culture, history and environment in the Solomon Islands, while giving guests the opportunity to experience the amazing underwater world that has made the destination famous.
Departing from Honiara, travellers will cruise on the 30-metre MV Taka for six and seven-day itineraries, each of which have been designed to highlight two of the South Pacific’s truly unspoiled and culturally-rich regions – the Florida and Russell Islands archipelagos.
Fully immersing themselves in both region’s distinctive cultures and environments, passengers will experience itineraries that feature visits to remote villages along with plentiful opportunity to discover the region’s amazing coral pastures and abundant marine life with daily dive and snorkel options.
Both areas are also rich in WWII history giving passengers insight into the infamous Guadalcanal campaign in 1942 via the many wrecked US and Japanese aircraft, warships and relics which literally litter the seabed.
Congratulating SIDC on its initiative, Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the very nature of the Solomon Islands archipelago of 992 islands lent itself to dedicated small ship adventure itineraries.
“Lindblad Expeditions left a big hole when it decided to redeploy its small ship operation to the Galapagos two years ago,” he said.
“And while we regularly welcome Expedition Cruises’ vessels, these itineraries are always in conjunction with other destinations, such as Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, and passengers only get a very small taste of what we have to offer,” he said.
Prices for an inaugural 24 August seven-day/six-night cruises start from AUD2499* per person in quad share accommodation inclusive of all meals and all activities.
A daily per person AUD30.00 ‘kastom’ fee applies. SCUBA diving gear is available to rent.
The MV TAKA is serviced by a 12-strong crew, the 30-metre MV Taka features six upper deck cabins all with ensuite facilities and six lower deck cabins in twin and quad configuration with shared bathrooms. All cabins are fully air conditioned and come with reading lights, towels, bedding and charging stations.
For more information visit http://sidcruises.com.au