Pacific Explorer Tour

Samoan DancersThe British tour operator Undiscovered Destinations has announced a 27-day Pacific Explorer Tour beginning and ending in Fiji. The itinerary is quite remarkable in that it visits some of the most remote Pacific islands, including Wallis, Grande Terre, Efate, Tanna, Guadalcanal, Kosrae, Tarawa, and Upolu. That means the aspiring globetrotter will be able to tick eight separate jurisdictions off their travel bucket list.

The tour departs Nadi, Fiji, on 20 July 2017, costing £9,750 (British pounds) per person. In 2018 the price rises to £10,450. If you want a single room it’s another £850 (you can avoid this by asking them to match you up with another same-sex traveler who will become your roommate).

Included in the price are all accommodations, most breakfasts, nine lunches, seven dinners, all transportation (from Nadi), airport transfers, sightseeing described in the itinerary, admission fees, and local guides. Not included are travel insurance, visas (probably none will be required), alcoholic drinks, and tips. A maximum of 12 persons will be accepted each year.

I have traveled with Undiscovered Destinations many times and have always found them very reliable. Emailed questions are answered promptly. Although not cheap, this tour provides a far more hands-on experience than South Pacific expedition cruises offered by Silversea and other companies for a similar price and I consider it better value. I don’t know of any other of Pacific island tour like this.

Coincidentally, the 6th edition of Lonely Planet South Pacific will be released on December 20, 2016. Although Lonely Planet doesn’t cover Kosrae and Tarawa and may mention Wallis Island only in passing, anyone considering this tour should certainly order a copy. New editions of the Lonely Planet guides to Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa & Tonga, and Vanuatu & New Caledonia have also just been released.