oceanic

Voyage To The South Pacific

22 Days. Embark on a tour of discovery through the South Pacific, and see with your own eyes the importance of protecting this wondrous corner of the world. Meet the tribes keeping ancient traditions alive, swim in the clear seas of the Great Barrier Reef, and experience a wealth of history, culture and nature.

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Duration

22 days

Availability

2019: Call 844-359-2020 for availability: Open Enrollment
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Traveler Details

Leaders for Voyage To The South Pacific

June 24 to July 15, 2018 – Departs from Los Angeles (LAX)
July 10 to July 31, 2018 – Departs from Los Angeles (LAX)

Details of traveling Teacher Leaders will be confirmed shortly.

Duration in days

22

Program Details

Day to Day

Depart, USA

Departure Day

Day 1-2

Board your flight to the world’s smallest continent that boasts one of the most rich and diverse selections of nature found anywhere in the world. As you cross the various time lines between America and the South Pacific you’ll lose a day, but don’t worry, you’ll pick it up back up again on the way home!

Naviti, Fiji

Welcome to Fiji

Day 3

Enjoy a warm Fijian welcome as you are presented with Shel Lei by an official Pacific Destination Representative in Viti Levu. As Fiji’s largest Island, it is home to over 70% of the country’s population. Explore the City of Nadi and then enjoy the beach at the resort, or play a game of volleyball with your new friends before your Welcome Dinner.

Naviti, Fiji

Crystal Clear Waters

Day 4

Set sail on a journey up river, on-board traditional longboats, past the stunning natural beauty of the rainforest. Arrive at crystal clear waters where you’ll find a picture perfect scene that offers you the chance to swim beneath a waterfall. Discover genuine Fijian village life as you’re welcomed with open arms into their community. Take part in a traditional welcome ceremony where you’ll drink a helping of the delicacy ‘Kava’ before exploring the surrounding wildlife on a rainforest walk.

Naviti, Fiji

Regeneration and Reforestation

Day 5

Set out on a scenic drive through the famed Coral Coast on your way to the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. Work alongside a team of Park Rangers and take advantage of their expert knowledge on a tour of the area. Immerse yourself in the wildlife of Sigatoka during a special arranged trek including bird watching before helping to preserve its natural beauty by joining a reforestation program.

Nadi, Fiji

School Days

Day 6

For the ultimate immersive experience of Fijian society attend school for the day, during a specially arranged People to People visit. Listen, learn and play as the locals do during this whirlwind tour of the school system. Alongside your new friends, approach learning from a whole new angle in an exciting new environment, as you look at your own education through the perspective of your peers. Head out into Kula Eco Park on a quest to uncover Fiji’s wild side.

Nadi, Fiji

Island Paradise

Day 7

Set sail on a cruise to paradise. Board a 110 foot yacht and take in the Governor General’s Brigantine to the many wonders of Mystery Island. Once on the island, you’ll have access to a whole host of amazing activities including local sports, games and snorkeling. Explore the seas on-board a glass-bottom boat tour that allows you to marvel at the area’s magnificent reefs. Enjoy the beach and a Fijian BBQ!

Auckland, New Zealand

Farewell Fiji

Day 8

Bid farewell to Fiji as you set out on the next leg of your South Pacific tour. Upon your arrival in New Zealand, set out on a guided walking tour of Auckland that showcases its many landmarks as well as a variety of hidden gems off the beaten track. From the heights of the Sky Tower to the history of the Viaduct Harbour, uncover a wealth of fascinating facts, and engaging experiences during an action packed first day in the city.

Hokianga, New Zealand

The Twilight Forest Walk

Day 9

Head to Hokianga, a picturesque drowned valley to the North of Auckland. Following your journey, visit a local school to meet up with your New Zealand peers for an insight into life in this rural part of the country. Immerse yourself in Maori culture, hearing all about their famous myths and legends in the renowned Waipoua Forest. Explore the natural wonders of the forest, including the largest living kauri tress in the world, during a magical twilight walk.

Paihia, New Zealand

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Day 10

Explore some of the most spectacular examples of geology in the world, as you climb over the Wairere Boulders, made from ancient volcanic magma. Visit the famous Mangungu Mission House, over-looking the Harbour, a serene scene that contradicts the occasional turbulent history of the area. Explore the Waitangi Treaty Grounds; where Māori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown that is considered New Zealand’s founding document.

Whangarei, New Zealand

New Zealand Homestay

Day 11-12

Take a trip into the Kawiti Caves and discover just what is ‘glowing’ up above.  Later, meet your host family for the next two nights. People to People’s exclusive homestays are designed to build lifelong friendships, meet local people, sample traditional foods and take part in general family life on the Island.

Rotorua, New Zealand

Outdoor Adventures

Day 13

Take part in a full day of thrilling activities designed to help with team building and self-development. These confidence building sports and games include the thrills of a High Ropes Course as well as Bubble Soccer, which is guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of everyone involved. Stay overnight in Tui Ridge, described as the ‘real New Zealand experience’.

Auckland, New Zealand

Hobbiton

Day 14

Uncover the secrets of the Waimangu Thermal Valley, during a fascinating hike over the volcanic area which showcases the ecology of the area. Here, you’ll also be able to take a skyline gondola ride as well as enjoying the thrills of a luge. Immerse yourself in the stunning setting for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Following a specially arranged Hobbit themed feast it’s time to live the life of a Hobbit. Visit Hobbiton to see the beautifully detailed props and sets of the smash hit movies and imagine you’re a star of the silver screen.

Sydney, Australia

Welcome to Australia

Day 15

Welcome to Sydney, one of the world’s most loved cities. Sydney’s laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical allure make it one of the world’s top cities to visit and live. The stunning harbor provides a dramatic backdrop for the city’s famous icons – the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Iconic beaches – most notably Bondi and Manly – and five major national parks deliver unforgettable outdoor experiences. This afternoon you will learn to play cricket at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground with some locals before getting your first glimpse of the city while enjoying dinner in Darling Harbour.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney's Highlights

Day 16

This morning embark on a city sights tour. Take in the famous sights of Sydney including the historic Rocks, Darling Harbour and Sydney Opera House. Visit the Sydney Opera House and explore every aspect of the building’s 14-year creation and 58-year history. Later, visit the New South Wales State Parliament to learn about the structure and history of how this state is governed.

Sydney, Australia

Surf's Up

Day 17

Travel to Bondi Beach, one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. Enjoy the thrill of surfing beautiful Bondi beach with your own personal instructor. Our private lessons are tailored specifically to meet all your needs and experience – even if its’ your first time surfing. Tonight, depart from Darling Harbour on your Sunset Dinner Cruise. During this cruise you will enjoy spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge lit up at night.

Bundaberg, Australia

Queensland's Beauty

Day 18

This morning fly from Sydney to Brisbane, before making your way by coach to Bundaberg. Bundaberg is located on the sub-tropical central coast of Queensland which has one of the most enviable climates in Australia. The area lays claim to the internationally renowned Southern Great Barrier Reef, Mon Repos Turtle Rookery. Bundaberg City is the provincial hub of this vibrant, unique region, and is centered on the picturesque Burnett River at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.

Bundaberg, Australia

Great Barrier Reef

Day 19

Embark on an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This is your chance to discover and experience the magnificent underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Lady Musgrave Island is a 45 acre pristine coral cay with 7,000 acres of spectacular surrounding reef and a 3,000 acre protected lagoon. Snorkeler’s of all experience levels will get to explore within the sheltered waters of the reef lagoon. Snorkel with turtles, get up close to manta rays, swim with clownfish, small reef sharks, and witness the majestic humpbacks during their breeding season.

Bundaberg, Australia

Aboriginal Australia

Day 20

Today, join your local and Aboriginal guide for an authentic indigenous hunting, gathering and tasting experience. This eco tour will take you back to a time that predates the arrival of Lt. Cook in the Endeavour at the Town of 1770, Queensland. Travel the coastline to Eurimbula National Park, adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. You will take an easy bush walking tour with an indigenous guide. Enjoy a theatrical experience, sample local flavors and learn about the wonderful culture that lived here sustainably for tens of thousands of years. After lunch, travel to the Town of 1770 to meet with a local councilor. Here you will learn first-hand about Australian political system of both local and national levels followed by a Q&A session and afternoon tea.

Brisbane, Australia

Sunshine Coast

Day 21

Head south to the Sunshine Coast. Today, you will have the opportunity to visit a wildlife park.  You will learn about the native wildlife of Australia, including the kangaroo and koala.

Brisbane/ Australia

Fly Back To USA

Day 22

Travel to Brisbane Airport to board your flight back to the USA.