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Luxury Tropics Cruises

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.

Maldives
Maldives
The Maldives is a group of low-lying coral islands, forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls situated south west of Sri Lanka. The Maldives boasts tropical landscapes hugged by picture-perfect beaches festooned with palm trees. The myriad islands are surrounded by coral reefs, perfect for diving and snorkelling.
Mauritius
Mauritius
Mauritius is a a small tropical paradise found in the Indian Ocean. The volcanic island lies east of Madagascar just south of the Equator, covered with lush forest, streams, and waterfalls, and fringed with palms, dazzling white sands, and teeming coral reefs.
Seychelles
Seychelles
The beautiful Seychelles archipelago in the heart of the Indian Ocean is often touted as one of the most romantic destinations in the world. The Seychelles casts a spell over travellers, with crystalline turquoise waters, pristine coral reefs and powdery beaches that encircle vast granite pinnacles and verdant rainforest.
Fiji
Fiji
The verdant islands of Fiji are famous for their eternal sunshine and their beauty is legendary, with orchids hanging over waterfalls in lush jungle, and palms lining long stretches of beach. Visitors can immerse themselves in offshore activities like swimming with manta rays, snorkelling over coral gardens, and scuba diving on the famous Astrolabe Reef.
Indonesia
Indonesia
Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago, comprised of over 17,000 islands. From the beaches of Bali and mountains of Java to the temples of Borobudur and the lush jungle of Sumatra, there is something exciting to discover for every traveller in Indonesia.
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is arguably one of the most intriguing and mysterious countries in the world. With lush jungles, smouldering volcanoes, and coral-ringed islands, it is safe to say that true adventure awaits in this enigmatic and largely unexplored corner of Melanesia.
Cook Islands
Cook Islands
The 15 Cook Islands were formed by volcanic activity and are scattered across the south Pacific Ocean. These unspoilt Polynesian tropical gems are enclosed by reefs, turquoise waters, and white sandy beaches. The main island, Rarotonga, is dominated by a high mountain peak from where lush rain forests cascade down to the palm-fringed shore.
Bora Bora
Tahiti & French Polynesia
Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Moorea are among the captivating, tropical islands forming the country of French Polynesia. Time and time again, travellers are entranced by the volcanic mountain peaks clothed in lush tropical vegetation and exotic flowering plants, and encased by coral reefs, warm waters, and white sand beaches.

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Mauritius

Top 10 Things to do on a Tropics Cruise

  1. Take to the waters in a kayak
  2. Go snorkelling or scuba diving in tropical waters
  3. Marvel at the Moai statues on Easter Island
  4. Visit colourful temples in the Seychelles
  5. Watch traditional tribal dancing in Papua New Guinea
  6. Stand-up paddleboarding in the Maldives
  7. Swim with tiger sharks in the Pacific
  8. Hike in the Black River Gorge National Park, Mauritius
  9. Discover the secrets and rituals of the Maya in Central America
  10. Zodiac tour of islands & archipelagoes

Nature and wildlife

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.

Culture

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.

Best time to go on Tropics Cruises

Blessed with warm tropical climates throughout the year, it is always a good time to go on a tropics cruise! However, it is also entirely dependent on which region you choose to visit and what weather you are hoping for. For the most part, the Indian Ocean is best to visit during the dry season from January to March, however December and April are slightly cooler. The Pacific is generally best to visit from April to November, throughout its dry season, but perhaps avoiding June to August when it is hottest and busiest.

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