Heritage Expeditions release our Russian Far East 2013 brochure, and  Melanesia voyages . Read passengers' tales from the ship, an update on the Spoonbilled Sandpiper and more.
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Melanesia Departures
                                                                                                           Photo credit: Papua New Guinea Tourism Board

In October 2013 Heritage Expeditions will lead two new voyages into the Melanesia region. Being lesser-known than other Pacific islands, much of the region has escaped aspects of modern development and high-turnover package tourism. 
With opportunities to visit and explore isolated islands, these voyages are ideal for expedition travel – flexible travel programmes make the most of every opportunity.  Sail into a world that few have ever experienced, idyllic islands and isolated villages where unique time-honoured traditions and elaborately costumed dancers welcome us into their world. Birders will find a high number of endemic species and a chance to sight ‘once in a lifetime’ species.  As well as optional birding excursions on offer, the opportunities for diving and snorkelling are second to none, with an additional scuba diving programme available.

Our 14-Day Melanesia Discoverer departs on 11 October 2013 and explores islands of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Secrets of Melanesia departs on 24 October 2013 from Honiara and includes the outer Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Limited additional scuba diving and birding addons available. Contact us for more information.
Steller's Sea Lions Sea of Okhotsk

Passenger Tales:
Meeting Steller's Sea Lions

I’m up at 0500hrs, too early to wish my wife a happy 65th birthday, and on the deck to enjoy a pale pink sunrise as we head towards Iony Island, slap bang in the middle of the Sea of Okhotsk. It’s a flat calm ocean and I can see sea mist ahead, but thankfully no ice to impede our passage.

 It’s now early afternoon and we are in a zodiac with eight other people heading towards Iony. Visibility is about 200 metres at the most and the ship Enderby is out of sight and well behind us drifting in 70m of water. Our GPS guides us towards this tiny island and we hear it before we see it. The noise coming from a huge Stellar Sea Lion colony, the sound is powerful and the sight is one to put in the Memory Box -  awesome, raw, surreal.  The smell is in the air and we are sharing it with hundreds of  thousands of Auklets, Guillemots, Fulmars and Kittiwakes and the surrounding sea mist. It’s ethereal.

We circumnavigate this small island breathing in the spectacle of massive bull sea lions jealously protecting their harems, as inquisitive ones take to the water and surround us. The sky is alive with Brunnich’s Guillemots, Northern Fulmars and Auklets. Four different species of  Auklets in the same place was something our guides had never heard of, never mind seen, and these guys literally travel the World.
Three hours later and we are heading back through the fog to the ship and with the help of radio, fog horn and GPS we meet the Enderby. Time for reflection on a part of Russia rarely visited.

- This is an excerpt taken from Jesz Fleming's diary from the Sea of Okhotsk Expedition 2012. Feel free to send us any poems or diary entries written onboard to info@heritage-expeditions.com and we will feature them in our upcoming newsletters or on our website.
Photocredit: KOvsyanikova

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RShuckard Spoonbilled Sandpiper Chick

Saving the Spoon-Billed Sandpiper DVD release                     

Shot guerrilla-style, in the field by its stars, Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper brings real-life human drama to the nature documentary format.
The 60-minute film features stunning footage of spoon-billed sandpipers, as a handful of the last remaining pairs attempt to breed in the fleeting Arctic summer.  It follows two expedition team members from the UK to the Russian wilderness and sees them pushing themselves to the limit to achieve a seemingly impossible task.

Watch the trailer here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0PCgYfpIsY

You can find out more about purchasing the DVD and how to support at www.WWT.org.uk.

Photocredit: RShuckard
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Late Availability

South Indian Ocean -
8 Nov 2012 ex Fremantle, WA
25 Days from $US 16 000

Birding the Australian Bight
2 Dec 2012 ex Albany, WA
8 Days from $US 2000

Birding Downunder
21 Dec 2012 ex Invercargill, NZ
19 Days from $US 9500

View our expedition calendar to keep up to date with our availability for our Russian, Southern Ocean and Pacific voyages - we are taking bookings right through until March 2014.
RFE 2013 brochure

RFE 2013 Brochure

We are pleased to announce that our Russian Far East 2013 brochure has now been published, it can be viewed and downloaded from our website, or contact us to get a brochure mailed to you.
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