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Extraordinary Islands By Private Jet: Explore the Natural Wonders & Hidden Cultures of Nine Unique Islands

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Travel days:  23 days
 /  22 nights

  • Deluxe or best available accommodations and all applicable taxes in the destinations and options as indicated in the program, from arrival at the Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu, Hawaii, on April 11, 2013 through departure from the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, Nadi, Fiji, on May 3, 2013, according to the itinerary.
  • All meals beginning with dinner on April 11, 2013 and ending with lunch on May 3, 2013 are included.
  • Airport transfers at the beginning and end of the expedition; all taxes;
  • Group transportation; excursions; complete program of special events and activities, including an extensive program of customized options at most destinations;
  • Enrichment program including lectures by a team of experts; services of professional staff, including an expedition physician, to assist you throughout the trip;
  • Cost of philanthropic activities;
  • Amenities package;
  • $100,000 medical evacuation insurance for covered reasons;
  • Bottled water throughout the program (during sightseeing, at scheduled meals, and in your room);
  • Internet access, where available;
  • All beverages, including liquor, aboard the private jet; liquor during special events and cocktail parties on land; house wine and/or beer at lunch and dinner, and coffee, tea, milk, and soft drinks at all scheduled meals on land;
  • baggage handling during the expedition;
  • Tips or gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters, and wait staff are included.
  • Any tips or gratuities not specifically mentioned as included in the total expedition price will be at your discretion.
  • Visa service
  • Trip Insurance
  • Commercial airfare between your home city and Honolulu, Hawaii;
  • Optional and additional accident/baggage/cancellation insurance; passport and visa fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, and fax charges; all beverages not mentioned above as included;
  • Hotel mini-bar charges; meals not scheduled by the Operator; and inoculation and medication costs of any kind.
  • Except for “major changes” as described below, no refund will be made for any accommodations or services included in the expedition price that you voluntarily do not use.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability. Kindly note that no reservation has been made at this moment.
  • For certain sightseeing venues, if a child is taller than 120 cm, entrance fees are calculated as an adult. For further visits or re-entry at some sites, the entrance fee must be paid again and this will be the responsibility of the client.  
  • If you have any further ideas, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to adjust the offer according to your wishes.

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Discovering the Natural Wonders & Hidden Cultures of 9 Unique Islands
Explore nine legendary and unique islands—where indigenous traditions, endemic flora and fauna, and rarely-seen vistas have developed in splendid isolation, leaving us extraordinary natural and cultural wonders to discover.

Travel by Private Jet
An ideal way to reach these remote cultures, we fly on a Boeing 757 private jet with 2x2 VIP-style seating for only 78 travelers. We set our own schedules, avoid the hassles of commercial travel, and land in smaller airports closer to our destinations, to provide the ultimate in luxury, convenience, and safety. Enjoy one of the highest crew-to-traveler ratios in the business: 1 to 5.

Follow Your Passion with a Flexible Itinerary
Go beyond the main itinerary, with your choice of personalized excursions along the way. Whether you want to take a cooking class, visit a school, or hike off the beaten path, we will ensure that your travels are tailored for you.

Make a Difference in the World
By joining this expedition, you will automatically support efforts to enhance the conditions of the places and peoples we visit—there is no further commitment necessary on your part. Our expedition will provide supplies to medical clinics and schools, as well as contribute funds for essential projects that many people depend on.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Honolulu Hawaii

    Thursday, April 11, 2013

    • Depart independently on a commercial flight to Honolulu and meet fellow travelers, lecturers, and expedition leaders this evening at a welcome dinner at our fine hotel.
    • Hotel: The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu
  • Day 2:
    Cross the International Date Line

    Friday, April 12, 2013

    • We continue our voyage across the Pacific, crossing the International Date Line.
    • We lose a day en route and arrive in Samoa the following afternoon.
  • Day 3:

    Saturday, April 13, 2013

    • Samoa’s beautiful chain of volcanic islands enchanted Robert Louis Stevenson, who called it home and wrote many stories featuring its people, customs, and beliefs. Visit Vailima, Stevenson’s last home, now a museum restored to show the lavish comfort he and his wife enjoyed while they lived in this Polynesian paradise. During dinner at our hotel, enjoy a fia fia—a colorful performance of traditional dance and song.
    • Hotel: Aggie Grey’s Lagoon Beach Resort & Spa, Apia
  • Day 4:
    The Highlands or Sepik River Basin, Papua New Guinea

    Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, April 14, 15 & 16, 2013

    • Our private jet takes us to Papua New Guinea, a wondrous land where several hundred isolated and self-sustaining communities still live very much as their ancient ancestors did. We arrive in Port Moresby where we spend the night. The next morning, board local aircraft to venture into your choice of three seldom-visited areas:
    • Travel to the Western Highlands, to Kum Mountain and the Waghi Valley, to observe some of the world’s oldest agricultural communities. Spend time with the Melpa people, and learn about the moka ceremony, a fascinating gifting ritual. Delight in the views overlooking lush expanses of tea and coffee fields, and with luck, spot some of the many wild orchids that thrive here. Or visit the Southern Highlands, where the Huli tribe has lived for ages. Observe how the Huli wigmen sport huge, decorated wigs of human hair, and if you wish, sit with the women of the tribe to learn about their lives here. Take advantage of the prime bird watching territory near the lodge, where you may catch sight of many exotic specimens, including more than a dozen species of Birds of Paradise. Those who prefer to venture into the Sepik River basin will travel by riverboat through vast tropical lowland forests. Along the way, see intricately designed spirit houses, and meet with various riverine tribes and skilled artisans who make beautifully carved story boards, masks, dugout canoes, and other unique and sought after art.
    • Hotel: Airways Hotel, Port Moresby and Rondon Ridge Lodge, Western Highlands Ambua Lodge, Southern Highlands or Karawari Lodge, Sepik River basin
  • Day 7:
    The Rock Islands of Palau

    Wednesday & Thursday, April 17 & 18, 2013

    • Explore Palau’s spectacular Rock Islands, composed of hundreds of mushroom-shaped islets overgrown with native trees and plants. Dive or snorkel among these “floating gardens” and encounter an incredible spectrum of undersea creatures, including sea wrasses, brittle stars, cuttlefish, Mandarin fish, anemones, sponges, and fan corals.
    • Hotel: Palau Pacific Resort, Koror Island
    • Option: You may choose to venture to Jellyfish Lake and swim with a unique species of jellyfish that have lost their stinging ability due to an absence of natural predators. Or cruise to a remote island and go hiking and birdwatching— Palau has over 100 bird species, 10 of which are endemic to the islands.
  • Day 9:
    The Sultanate of Brunei

    Friday, April 19, 2013

    • Our private jet flies to the northwest coast of Borneo and lands in the tiny Islamic Sultanate of Brunei, where the current Sultan is one of the world’s richest individuals and the citizens enjoy one of the highest standards of living on Earth. Aboard boats, we cruise past Kampong Ayer—Brunei’s water village constructed on stilts—and the Sultan’s residence, Istana Nurul Iman—the largest residential palace in the world with 1,788 rooms spread over more than 2 million square feet. Then continue through mangrove forests to search for Borneo’s unique proboscis monkeys.
    • Hotel: The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Brunei
    • Options: Before departing for Sri Lanka, explore Brunei’s heritage at the Royal Regalia Museum, or visit the Jame Asr’ Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque—one of the most magnificent in Asia and topped with 29 golden domes.
  • Day 10:
    Ancient Cities of Sri Lanka

    Saturday, Sunday & Monday, April 20, 21 & 22, 2013

    • Fly west to Sri Lanka, the“Pearl of the Indian Ocean.” Upon arrival in Colombo, board the vintage Viceroy steam train and journey to Habarana, our base for exploring the area’s nature reserves and ancient capitals. Discover the incredible rock fortress of Sigiriya,a UNES CO World Heritage site and a wonder of engineering with water gardens and ancient frescoes believed to represent divine damsels. Explore the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, known for its traditional waterworks and rock carvings, and the ruins of the Ritigala monastery, hidden in a jungle reserve where elephants abound.
    • Hotel: Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana
    • Options: You may also choose to ride an elephant through the Sri Lankan countryside, or go on a wildlife expedition in Minneriya National Park.
  • Day 13:
    Anjajavy Peninsula or Andasibe National Park or Montagne d’Ambre National Park, Madagascar

    Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, April 23, 24 & 25, 2013

    • Our private jet continues to Madagascar, home to a colorful, multi-ethnic culture; curious geological formations; and a staggering array of unique animals and plants. Land in the capital, Antananarivo, where you can spend a leisurely evening. The next day enjoy your choice of three ways to explore this remote island in the Indian Ocean:
    • Take a local flight to spend two relaxing days in the unspoiled Anjajavy Peninsula. Walk in the deciduous forest that abounds with more than 30 distinct lemur species. Travel by 4x4 vehicles to visit a nearby fishing village and view coastal caves and curious limestone formations, called tsingy. Enjoy a variety of water sports at our hotel, and afternoon tea in the superbly landscaped gardens, where you can see the resident lemurs at play.
    • Carlton Hotel, Antananarivo and Anjajavy Hotel, Anjajavy Peninsula
    • Or spend two days in the Andasibe National Park (formerly the Périnet Nature Reserve), a wet montane forest environment that is home to nine different species of lemur. Spot some of the 100 bird species that thrive here, including various beautiful vangas, ground rollers, and couas. Visit the Mandraka Reptile & Butterfly Farm. And, if you wish, explore this park during nocturnal and early morning walks to observe entirely different ranges of creatures active at these times. Carlton Hotel, Antananarivo and Andasibe Hotel, Andasibe National Park Or take a local flight to Montagne d’Ambre National Park, located on the northernmost tip of the island and one of the most biologically diverse places in all of Madagascar. Hike the broad easy trails to see waterfalls, crater lakes, lush forests, and a variety of lemurs, including the fork-marked lemur. Enjoy a festive dinner and folklore performance in the charming town of Antsiranana, formerly known as Diego Suarez.
    • Hotel: Carlton Hotel, Antananarivo and Domaine de Fontenay, Montagne d’Ambre National Park
  • Day 16:
    The Maldives

    Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 26, 27 & 28, 2013

    • Fly to the Maldives—an island paradise of white sand beaches, palm trees, and brilliant turquoise lagoons. The Maldives average less than five feet above sea level—the lowest country in the world—providing unending views of the dazzling blue-green horizon. Take a short boat ride to the tiny island of Villingili, part of the Addu Atoll. Swim or snorkel among delicate corals and the colorful creatures that inhabit them, including more than 700 species of fish such as nudibranches, harlequin shrimp, anemones, sweetlips, and lionfish. Come face-to-gills with the gentle and graceful manta ray—some of which have a wingspan of 20 feet. With luck, we will see a manta ray breach the water’s surface and launch into the air—an awe-inspiring sight that is not uncommon here.
    • Hotel: Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa
    • Options: Go wave-surfing, scuba-diving, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, or simply pass the time in your luxurious, private overwater villa
  • Day 19:
    Bali, Indonesia

    Monday & Tuesday, April 29 & 30, 2013

    • From the Maldives, fly by private jet to Bali—one of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands. Immerse yourself in one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, and discover the essence of Bali in bamboo forests, rice paddies, and the lush green hills of the central highlands. Take in the beauty of Bali’s historic temples and the refreshingly spiritual perspective of its people. Explore the area surrounding the village of Ubud, the island’s cultural and artistic capital.
    • Hotel: Royal Pita Maha, Ubud, Bali (A limited number of accommodation upgrades are available at Amandari.)
    • Options: Ride on an elephant through the countryside, nearby small villages and following pathways through dense jungle foliage. Or join a thrilling whitewater rafting excursion to waterfalls and through gorges, and visit temples where reliefs carved into their walls by modern artists depict scenes from the ancient Ramayana myths.
  • Day 21:
    Nadi, Fiji

    Wednesday & Thursday, May 1 & 2, 2013

    • On the more than 300 islands that make up the Fiji group, Melanesian culture mixes with Polynesian, and age-old traditions endure. Encounter the island’s rich and vibrant way of life on a visit to Navala village, where we’ll be welcomed with a traditional kava ceremony and a colorful native dance performance. Or, board jet boats and cruise up the magnificent Sigatoka River—the longest river on the island—and visit the Kalevu Cultural Center, which offers artisan demonstrations of Fijian handicrafts. Celebrate our journey with a gala farewell dinner with traditional entertainment.
    • Hotel: Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
  • Day 23:
    Fiji / International Date Line / Hawaii / Homeward

    Thursday, May 3, 2013

    • On May 3, board our private jet and depart Fiji, returning to Hawaii, where you can catch your independent commercial flight home. Because we will be re-crossing the International Dateline en route, we will arrive in Honolulu on May 2.
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