Kermadec Islands

    Marine Mammals
    Bird Watching
    Day Hikes
    Scuba Diving
    Multi-day Hiking
Start: Tauranga
Finish: Tauranga
Length: 11 days
A (you need to be in reasonably good health)
Accom: Cabins
Extra Costs: Landing fees US$375. Diving supplement US$500
Departs: April 2015, April 2016 - see departures
Highlights: The Kermadec Islands are New Zealand's northern most islands. The aquatic ecosystem surrounding the islands is protected by the extensive 748,000 - hectare Kermadec Islands Marine Reserve, offering amazing diving opportunities. Because of its distance far from the main shipping routes, the Kermadec Islands are one of the more difficult places in the world to get to. This cruise provides a unique opportunity to explore the Islands and dive in the marine reserve.

A team of Pacific historians and naturalists will join you for this expedition on board your expedition vessel the Spirit of Enderby. They will ensure that you not only enjoy the trip but also learn as you travel. While learning is not compulsory, we have found this is quite addictive! At each of the stops there is an opportunity to join organised excursions or activities such as birding, cultural history or snorkelling/diving. Alternatively you can simply enjoy the free time and fresh air.

This is an expedition and as with all expedition travel, there is a degree of flexibility in the itinerary which allows you the freedom to stay longer if a landing is particularly good or divert from your planned course if there is something unique that you couldn’t possibly have planned for or predicted.

This trip was awesome, especially the diving. At one stage we had over 30 Galapagos sharks swimming around us (only 2 metres long). The food and staff were terrific.

Mark, New Zealand

Did you know?

Raoul Island erupted in 1964 and then again in 2006. A Department of Conservation worker was killed in the last eruption. He was taking readings in the crater at the time it occurred.

Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Service Tourism Industry Association Member Department of Conservation Approved