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From Honiara to Noumea, PONANT invites you aboard Le Soléal on an 11-day expedition cruise into the heart of the South Pacific, to discover ancestral tribes and sublime landscapes of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.Your ship will first sail towards the Solomon Islands, a tropical Eden. In the heart of these sumptuous natural setting, you will be able to appreciate warm encounters with the inhabitants of Santa Ana Island and discover their cultural traditions. You will then continue towards the Vanikoro islands, where the disappearance of French explorer La Pérouse's expedition remains a mystery.
Your cruise will continue to Vanuatu, often called the 'happiest country in the world', where its 83 islands showcase a palette of extremely varied landscapes. Active volcanoes, beaches bordered by palm trees, and tropical forests welcome visitors to this remarkable archipelago in Melanesia.
Le Soléal will provide you with the opportunity to disembark onto pristine beaches. Espiritu Santo, the archipelago's main island, promises you an unforgettable aquatic experience in an idyllic setting.
During your cruise, you will have the opportunity to visit several traditional villages, particularly on the islands of Ureparapara, Ambrym and Malekula. Their inhabitants will be happy to share with you their customs, including singing, dancing and art.
In Tanna, do not miss out on exploring the imposing Mount Yasur, which is considered the most accessible active volcano in the world and has been erupting continuously since its discovery by Captain Cook in 1774.
Le Soléal will then take you to the sublime island of Lifou with its picture-postcard landscapes of white-sand beaches and tropical vegetation, located in the Loyalty archipelago.
Your cruise will come to an end in Noumea, capital of New Caledonia.