The first thing that comes to mind when you hear ‘expedition cruise’ is probably the polar regions. However, there are some incredible opportunities to explore the most remote corners of the globe in more tropical climates, too.
Expect to see waterfalls, rainforests and coral reefs teeming with life. From the wilderness of Papua New Guinea and the mysterious statues on Easter Island, to the golden beaches of the Seychelles and Mauritius, the tropical regions of the Pacific and Indian Ocean are amazing destinations for an extraordinary expedition cruise.
With a more amenable climate comes more cultural encounters. On a tropical expedition around the Pacific Islands, for example, you are likely to meet indigenous people and have more opportunities to learn about traditional customs and ways of life which are wildly different from our own in the Western world. This discovery of ancient customs, mysterious rituals, and fascinating history are what make an expedition cruise to the tropics so unique.
Some of the most majestic wildlife will be found on a tropical expedition cruise throughout the Indian Ocean. Madagascar is renowned for its abundance of incredible – and rare – wildlife, from beautiful birds of paradise and vibrant chameleons to ring-tailed lemurs and adorable aye-ayes. On an expedition to the Seychelles, delve into the ocean and discover a magical underwater kingdom, home to clownfish, parrotfish, hawksbill turtles, and terrapins.
In the South Pacific islands of Tahiti and Fiji you’ll find red-footed boobies, humpback whales, dolphins, manta rays, and tiger sharks. In the depths of the jungle in Papua New Guinea you might find a myriad of exotic birds, curious marsupials, or tiny amphibians, whilst the rainforests of Central America are home to toucans, scarlet macaws, jaguars, and tapirs.
Immerse yourself in explorations of mysterious cultures and unknown histories on a tropics cruise. Discover ancient rituals from Mayan civilisations, celebrate spiritual festivals, and join in with traditional dancing which the indigenous people of Polynesia are incredibly proud of.
Make the most of having an expert expedition guide - oftentimes a local from the region of your tropics cruise - who can teach you about the most fascinating aspects of the local culture, history, and wildlife.