MV Taka Discovery Cruise

8 Days & 7 Nights Aboard

Tour Highlights

Honiara airport/hotel transfers to and from the MV Taka

All tour activities and excursions

Services of expert local guides

7 nights on-board accommodation

All on-board meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages

Use of sporting equipment including stand up paddleboards and snorkelling gear

Scuba dives including an introductory dive with fully qualified instructors

Day 1 - TUESDAY

Welcome to the Solomon Islands! On arrival, you’ll be greeted by our crew for your transfer to the MV Taka. We’ll begin with a visit to a local resort where you can grab a drink or two and have a cooling dip in the pool before we drive through Honiara. Once on board your home- away-from-home, you’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner with your fellow guests before relaxing on board as we steam overnight to the Florida Islands.

DAY 1 SUMMARY

 Resort visit   Pass through Honiara   Board MV Taka   Welcome Dinner   Overnight cruise

DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY

After breakfast you’ll visit Gavutu Wharf, which has a small reef, abundant marine life and a tiny WW2 wreck, making it a great spot for snorkeling. If you’re keen, this is the spot to learn scuba-diving. Next we’ll head to former capital Tulagi, for a historical tour and a refreshing beer. Cruising north to the tiny island of Kovahika, take a guided snorkel along the coastline to check out the reef, turtles and coral gardens, or just enjoy relaxing on the pristine beach. Then it’s back to Taka for dinner and sunset cocktails.

DAY 2 SUMMARY

Gavutu Wharf snorkel Tour of Tulagi Island Visit to Kovahika Island

DAY 3 - THURSDAY

Visit the village of Olevuga for a sample of daily life. Meet a local schoolteacher and her pupils. In the afternoon, snorkel Maravagi & Devil’s Highway and if the conditions are just right you may even get to swim with manta rays. Explore the warm shallow waters and photograph giant clams, cuttlefish and anemones. As evening draws in, enjoy a BBQ feast on the roof of the boat as you admire the stunning scenery.

DAY 3 SUMMARY

Visit Olevugha Village  Snorkel Maravagi & Devil’s Highway BBQ dinner aboard MV Taka

DAY 4 - FRIDAY

After an overnight steam from the Floridas, you’ll arrive at White Beach in the Russell Islands. Explore the old WW2 wreckage in the shallows, on either a stand up paddleboard, or with your dive/snorkel gear. See if you can find an old WW2 Coca Cola bottle! After lunch, the vessel makes a quick trip to the stunning Hanasivi Beach. Sunbathe on this pristine island beach, or swim in the secluded crystal-clear waters. In the late afternoon, sample a cocktail or beer while relaxing in tranquil ankle-deep water. Before dinner, our chefs will be topping up supplies at the back-deck market as the villagers arrive in their canoes with produce grown especially for you. Come watch the negotiations and maybe pick out a papaya or fresh coconut for an afternoon snack.

DAY 4 SUMMARY

Snorkel at historic White Beach Afternoon Beach Party & BBQ Market Shopping

DAY 5 - SATURDAY

Today begins with a snorkel through the majestic underwater gardens of Karamulon Reef, followed by a visit to a local village, hosted by our friend Chief Raymond. Watch a traditional dance, with a special appearance by a bamboo band, then splash around in canoes with the local kids. After lunch, cruise to beautiful Mane Island, and along the way, watch dolphins play on the bow. On arrival at Mane, drop in for a snorkel or dive.

DAY 5 SUMMARY

 Karamulon Reef  Village visit with Chief Raymond Mane Island

DAY 6 - SUNDAY

Wake for a sunrise paddleboard trip across the turquoise waters of Mane. After a hearty breakfast, snorkel or dive the reef and explore the beautiful Mirror Pond, which is encircled by rainforest. As you glide through the crystal clear waters, encounter huge schools of fish on the outer reef wall. In the afternoon swim, dive and explore the remarkable Mane Bay, where rainforest meets reef. This is a truly breathtaking spot. An evening croc-spotting adventure rounds off this fun-packed day.

DAY 6 SUMMARY

 Explore and snorkel Mane Coral Reef  Visit Mane Bay and Mirror Pond  Croc spotting by torchlight

DAY 7 - MONDAY

Rise and get ready to explore the island’s famous crevasse, known as Leru Cut. Snorkel through the stunning inlet, teeming with anemones and fish, and surrounded by rainforest and shimmering, sun-dappled sand. This unforgettable moment is always one of the trip’s major highlights. Then spend the afternoon on the gorgeous beach at Loun Island. Ride a sea biscuit, or just relax on the sand with a cold beer or glass of wine.

DAY 7 SUMMARY

 Discover Leru Cut  Visit Loun Island  Bonfire dinner beach farewell

DAY 8 - TUESDAY

We arrive back in Honiara in the morning for an early departure from the boat. You’ll have time before your flight for an optional tour to explore Honiara and also the American War Memorial, to take in the stunning views.

Following a final stop at a local coffee shop, it’s time to bid these incredible islands a fond farewell, until next time.

DAY 8 SUMMARY

 Arrive in homeport Visit Honiara and American War Memorial (Additional tour on request) Bid farewell to the Solomon Islands

We want to ensure you experience the best of what the Solomon Islands has to offer. As such, we customize our itinerary each week to ensure you experience the best of everything with the weather available. Above is a sample of what you might expect on a 7 night cruise, which may be altered with conditions, visibility and guest safety in mind. Weather depending, this itinerary may also be offered in reverse.