Macquarie Island: Galapagos of the Southern Ocean
DURATION:13 Days/ 12 NightsREGION:Australia, New Zealand & PacificSHIP:Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy
This is without doubt one of the most inspirational and informative journeys or expeditions into the Southern Ocean ecosystem that one can make anywhere in the world. Long recognised for their rich biodiversity, the Subantarctic Islands lying to the south of New Zealand are UNESCO World Heritage sites. This places them in a select group of only 180 natural sites that have been designated as ‘the most important and significant natural habitats' on the planet. They are also afforded the highest conservation status and protection by the Australian and New Zealand governments and access to these islands is by permit only. On this expedition we offer you the unique chance to explore, photograph and understand these wonderful places in the company of some of the most knowledgeable and passionate guides.
The name given to this voyage ‘Galapagos of the Southern Ocean' reflects the astounding natural biodiversity and the importance of these islands as a wildlife refuge. The islands all lie in the cool temperate zone with a unique climate and are home to a vast array of wildlife including albatross, penguins, petrels, prions, shearwaters and marine mammals like sea lions, fur seals and elephant seals. The flora is equally fascinating; the majority of it being like the birds and endemic to these islands.
This expedition includes four of the Subantarctic Islands, The Snares, Auckland, Macquarie and Campbell. Each one is different and each one is unique, just like this expedition.
Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy
Operated by: Heritage Expeditions
Sister ships The Spirit of Enderby and Shokalskiy are fully ice-strengthened expedition vessels, built in 1984 for Russian polar and oceanographic research.
They accommodate just 50 passengers and were refurbished in 2013 to provide comfortable accommodation in twin share cabins, approximately half of which have private facilities. All cabins have outside windows or portholes and ample storage space.
It is important to note that both ships were not built as tourist ships, and therefore the onboard facilities are rudimentary. There is a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room. The cuisine is very good and is prepared by New Zealand and Australian chefs. What is lacking in the way of onboard luxuries is more than made up for by the ships' tough construction, which includes an 1A ice-rating.
The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. These expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit. The ships are crewed by a very enthusiastic and most experienced Russian Captain and crew.
Important note: Heritage Expeditions applies a local payment of USD $800 per person in addition to the published cruise fare. This payment is due when boarding the ship.
Your cruise price includes:
- Pre/Post cruise transfers
- All on board ship accommodation
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
- Expedition shore excursions
Your cruise price does not include:
- All items of a personal nature
- International/domestic flights, visas
- Travel Insurance (compulsory for this voyage - SAVE 20% when you purchase with your expedition)
- USD $800 per person local payment