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    Melanesian Encounter

    Lifou, New Caledonia

    Duration 2 hrs

    Visit the Melanesian village of Hnathalo, where ancient customs are still practiced religiously and traditional island values are held in high esteem. Hnathalo is also the name of the tribe living there. ...
    Visit the Melanesian village of Hnathalo, where ancient customs are still practiced religiously and traditional island values are held in high esteem. Hnathalo is also the name of the tribe living there. more...

    Visit the Melanesian village of Hnathalo, where ancient customs are still practiced religiously and traditional island values are held in high esteem. Hnathalo is also the name of the tribe living there. Following a welcoming coconut drink, you will walk among the village’s thatched huts, hand-carved totems and open expanses shaded by swaying palms and towering Royal Poinciana trees. It will be like traveling back in time, as little has changed over the years because traditional Melanesian ways are still fervently practiced in Hnathalo. That is especially true in the preparation of dishes such as bougna, a concoction that you will sample after seeing how it’s cooked over red-hot stones in a cleverly designed ground oven. You will also be invited to enter the circular Chief’s Hut, one of the largest of its kind in New Caledonia, and view a church that French Catholic missionaries constructed in 1883. It is decorated with period furnishings that enhance the authenticity.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Learn about the traditional Melanesian way of life in the rural village Hnathalo.
    • Sample the Melanesian dish bougna, which is cooked in banana leaves in an earthen oven.
    • See the interior of the revered Chief’s Hut and a missionary-built, 19th-century church.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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    • Adult from: $151.16 NZD
    • Child from: $151.16 NZD
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Cliffs of Jokin

    Lifou, New Caledonia

    Duration 2 hrs

    Gain an understanding of life on Lifou by visiting a prosperous vanilla plantation and the village of Jokin, which overlooks one of the island’s most gorgeous seascapes. ...
    Gain an understanding of life on Lifou by visiting a prosperous vanilla plantation and the village of Jokin, which overlooks one of the island’s most gorgeous seascapes. more...

    Gain an understanding of life on Lifou by visiting a prosperous vanilla plantation and the village of Jokin, which overlooks one of the island’s most gorgeous seascapes. Although Lifou’s terrain is rugged, especially along the coast, it is ideal for growing vanilla beans, as you will see firsthand on the plantation. The majority of the vanilla grown on the island is exported to flavor everything from ice cream to perfume, but a small quantity is always reserved for use by the islanders. After a tour of the wonderfully aromatic plantation, you will have the chance to sample a cup of vanilla-enhanced coffee. In the northernmost village of Jokin, you will enjoy free time to wander around and mingle with the residents, who will eagerly share the details of daily life in their small, rather remote village. Jokin perches high atop a fossilized coral cliff overlooking one of the island’s most magnificent bays, and the views are breathtaking.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Visit a vanilla plantation to see how this aromatic flavoring is derived from orchids.
    • Sample a cup of vanilla-enhanced coffee and discover other uses of versatile vanilla.
    • Mingle with the villagers in remote Jokin and admire the ocean views from its coral cliffs.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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    • Adult from: $151.16 NZD
    • Child from: $151.16 NZD
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Tropical Forest Walk & Secret Grotto

    Lifou, New Caledonia

    Duration 2 hrs

    Meander through a tropical forest and explore a grotto, where you will discover how the local Melanesians have gained great benefits from the natural environment. ...
    Meander through a tropical forest and explore a grotto, where you will discover how the local Melanesians have gained great benefits from the natural environment. more...

    Meander through a tropical forest and explore a grotto, where you will discover how the local Melanesians have gained great benefits from the natural environment. They have lived off the land for centuries, in particular, by hunting and using native flora for medicinal purposes. New Caledonia boasts more than 2,400 species of indigenous plants, so the islanders have always had a vast array of flora at their disposal. Some plants are used to treat ailments while others contain toxins that are sometimes added to rivers to temporarily paralyze fish so they can easily be caught. This is the sort of engaging information that the guide will impart during the forest walk. Later, you will explore a grotto by torchlight, which will eerily illuminate the interior, so you can see the odd shapes of the stalagmites and stalactites. You will also learn how the Melanesians use traditional methods to gather coconut crabs, trap birds and hunt wild pigs.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Take a leisurely walk through a forest with a naturalist guide that will describe the flora.
    • Hear how the Melanesians use plants for medicinal purposes and hunt in the forest.
    • Explore a grotto by torchlight, which will make the interior look all the more dramatic.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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    • Adult from: $134.17 NZD
    • Child from: $134.17 NZD
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Luecilla Beach & Scenic Drive

    Lifou, New Caledonia

    Duration 3 hrs

    Explore the natural side of Lifou on an inspiring driving tour along its sparsely inhabited northern shore, followed by a relaxing stop at a pristine beach that rims a lagoon. ...
    Explore the natural side of Lifou on an inspiring driving tour along its sparsely inhabited northern shore, followed by a relaxing stop at a pristine beach that rims a lagoon. more...

    Explore the natural side of Lifou on an inspiring driving tour along its sparsely inhabited northern shore, followed by a relaxing stop at a pristine beach that rims a lagoon. Along the way, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of coral cliffs, turquoise seas and lush foliage, punctuated with splashes of brightly colored flowers. This is a true tropical paradise with little or no development, much like it has been for centuries. Still, you will drive through the island’s administrative center of We on beautiful Châteaubriand Bay at the end of a sugar-white beach on the east coast. Nearby, you will find Luecila Beach, an unspoiled stretch of sand that ranks as one of Lifou’s most picturesque and enjoyable as there are no resorts or shops to detract from the natural beauty. You will be free to do as you please there, whether it be swimming, beachcombing or simply relaxing in the shade of a coconut palm.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Marvel at Lifou’s natural beauty on a panoramic drive along its undeveloped coast.
    • Pass through the island’s administrative center of We on lovely Châteaubriand Bay.
    • Spend free time relaxing on Luecila Beach, a serene stretch of sand near We.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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    • Adult from: $151.16 NZD
    • Child from: $151.16 NZD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Volcanoes National Park

    Hilo, Hawaii

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Spectacular volcanoes, craters and steam vents are waiting to be explored at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that has recently reopened after a period of tumultuous volcanic activity. ...
    Spectacular volcanoes, craters and steam vents are waiting to be explored at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that has recently reopened after a period of tumultuous volcanic activity. more...

    Spectacular volcanoes, craters and steam vents are waiting to be explored at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that has recently reopened after a period of tumultuous volcanic activity. The landscape of Volcanoes Park has dramatically changed as the floor of the Kilauea crater sunk over 1,500 feet and the overall caldera quadrupled in size and widened by over a square mile. Today, the explosive eruptions, earthquakes and ash clouds have been replaced by remarkable changes in the summit area. The highlights of this exciting tour include visits at each of the following destinations in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park while riding to each stop in comfort on a deluxe motor coach. Walk through the Kilauea Visitors Center to receive information on the Park’s current conditions, view educational exhibits and interact with park rangers. Enjoy unforgettable views of Kilauea from Volcano House, just a short walk across the street. Kilauea’s massive size and scale is realized from this vantage point. Then you’ll be engulfed in rising steam as ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks at the Steam Vents. The area between the edge of Kilauea’s caldera and the outer cliffs are treeless because the extreme heat destroys their roots; only shallow-rooted grasses and other hearty plants survive here. On you return to the pier, visit the Big Island Candies Store. Established in 1977, each of its delectable candies and cookies are hand-crafted in this factory store. View the production process and see what goes into making these world famous Hawaiian treats. All products are made from only freshly roasted Big Island macadamia nuts and pure Kona and Ka‘u coffee from farms on the Big Island. Since its founding, Big Island Candies has continuously introduced new and imaginative products that "wow" both the eyes and taste buds of its growing legion of fans. The Volcanoes National Park Tour is not to be missed and includes round-trip transportation from the pier by deluxe motorcoach.


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    • Adult from: $304.01 NZD
    • Child from: $219.09 NZD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Historic Kona

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Gain an understanding of the Big Island’s history through attractions that highlight the life of the early Hawaiians and the influence of Catholic missionaries. Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park will offer a glimpse into the early culture, as it was a place of refuge for those that had violated the sacred laws known as kapu. ...
    Gain an understanding of the Big Island’s history through attractions that highlight the life of the early Hawaiians and the influence of Catholic missionaries. Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park will offer a glimpse into the early culture, as it was a place of refuge for those that had violated the sacred laws known as kapu. more...

    Gain an understanding of the Big Island’s history through attractions that highlight the life of the early Hawaiians and the influence of Catholic missionaries. Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park will offer a glimpse into the early culture, as it was a place of refuge for those that had violated the sacred laws known as kapu. There, you will see a temple where criminals could be absolved of their transgressions and safely return to society. To complement the experience, you will visit the 19th-century Painted Church. Its interior features frescoes and murals of biblical scenes that a Belgian priest painted to teach the islanders Catholicism. The missionaries were also instrumental in dismantling the harsh kapu laws. You will also learn how coffee was introduced to Hawaii in the 1820s and how it is processed today at the Royal Kona Coffee Center. It is an excellent setting to enjoy a cup of fresh-brewed Kona coffee.


    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Visit one Hawaii’s most sacred sites, where criminals could find safe refuge.
    • View the biblical murals and frescoes that adorn the Painted Church.
    • Enjoy a cup of Kona coffee and learn about its production at a coffee mill.


    HELPFUL HINTS

    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: $236.07 NZD
    • Child from: $219.09 NZD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Road to Hana

    Kahului, Maui

    Duration 9 1/2 hrs

    Sit back and enjoy the sights along the famed Hana Highway without having to navigate the twisting, curving road yourself. ...
    Sit back and enjoy the sights along the famed Hana Highway without having to navigate the twisting, curving road yourself. more...

    Sit back and enjoy the sights along the famed Hana Highway without having to navigate the twisting, curving road yourself. With an expert driver at the wheel, you won’t miss any of the incredible scenery of lava cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, the rugged northern coastline, lush hillsides of feathery ferns and trees laden with tropical fruits. You’ll stop to explore various sites along the way to "Heavenly Hana," in this wonderfully natural and pristine landscape. This tour goes to Hana and returns on the same route. A box lunch is included at the start of the tour.


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    • Adult from: $507.81 NZD
    • Child from: $507.81 NZD
    DURATION 9 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Lagoon Cruise & Beach Break

    Bora Bora, French Polynesia

    Duration 3 hrs

    This wonderful combination tour allows you to explore Bora Bora’s magical lagoon on board a covered boat, snorkel and relax on a pristine beach. ...
    This wonderful combination tour allows you to explore Bora Bora’s magical lagoon on board a covered boat, snorkel and relax on a pristine beach. more...

    This wonderful combination tour allows you to explore Bora Bora’s magical lagoon on board a covered boat, snorkel and relax on a pristine beach. You’ll have excellent photo opportunities of the hidden, eastern side of Bora Bora, so be sure to bring your camera.


    Cruise from Vaitape Bay, past beautiful Raititi Point and the enchanting islets of Motu Toopua and Motu Tapu. During your cruise, you'll be treated to some wonderful views on the crystal clear lagoon as well as the island highest peak, Mount Otemanu. Upon reaching the motu (coral islet), you'll enjoy a typical island beach break and refreshments. Relax, sunbathe, or dip your toes in the shallow waters.


    Since snorkeling from the motu is limited due to shallow waters, a snorkel stop is done at another location during the tour.


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    • Adult from: $280.23 NZD
    • Child from: $280.23 NZD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Lifou Vanilla House

    Lifou, New Caledonia

    Duration 2 hrs

    Discover how vanilla pods are cultivated and processed for export at a plantation and walk along a forest trail looking for Lifou’s fascinating wildlife. ...
    Discover how vanilla pods are cultivated and processed for export at a plantation and walk along a forest trail looking for Lifou’s fascinating wildlife. more...

    Discover how vanilla pods are cultivated and processed for export at a plantation and walk along a forest trail looking for Lifou’s fascinating wildlife. Although the vanilla orchid originated in Mexico, it flourishes in the Loyalty Islands, where it was introduced in 1850. You will watch the pods being prepared step by step and gain an understanding of the economic importance of vanilla, which is significant on Lifou. As you will see in the plantation’s gift shop, vanilla is readily infused into merchandise such as soaps, liqueurs and perfumes. Lifou is also known for its wildlife. Accompanied by a naturalist guide, you will meander through a forest where you may spot tropical birds, including endemic ones such as the New Caledonian cuckooshrike and two species of Lifou white-eye. The massive coconut crab is another creature commonly found in the forest. The name refers to its uncanny ability to crack open coconuts with its powerful pincers.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Visit a vanilla plantation to see how this aromatic flavoring is derived from orchids.
    • Recognize how vanilla is used in products such as soaps, liqueurs and perfumes.
    • Follow a trail through the forest while looking for birds and enormous coconut crabs.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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    • Adult from: $151.16 NZD
    • Child from: $151.16 NZD
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City (Airport Drop Off)

    Honolulu, Oahu

    Duration 6 hrs

    Explore Honolulu’s highlights – from Pearl Harbor and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to Hawaii’s first Christian church, and Iolani Palace and Washington Place, both former residences of the Hawaiian monarchy. ...
    Explore Honolulu’s highlights – from Pearl Harbor and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to Hawaii’s first Christian church, and Iolani Palace and Washington Place, both former residences of the Hawaiian monarchy. more...

    Explore Honolulu’s highlights – from Pearl Harbor and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to Hawaii’s first Christian church, and Iolani Palace and Washington Place, both former residences of the Hawaiian monarchy.


    Pearl Harbor is one of Hawaii’s best-known landmarks and the scene of the devastating aerial attack by Japan that drove the U.S. into WWII. The Pearl Harbor Visitor's center exhibit galleries bring visitors closer to the sights and sounds of the events leading up to the attack on Oahu and its aftermath. These galleries display personal memorabilia, dramatic photographs, artifacts of the battle, and other exhibits.


    In central Honolulu stand face to face with the larger-than-life statue of King Kamehameha I, the leader who united the Hawaiian Islands into one royal kingdom. Just across the street you’ll see the Iolani Palace, residence of Hawaii's last two monarchs. European in design, it boasted Hawaii’s first electric lights, flush toilets and internal phone system. Also nearby is Kawaiahao Church, Hawaii's first Christian house of worship, built of coral slabs from the offshore reefs.


    At the heart of the downtown historic district you will notice the elegant Washington Place, now a museum, and once home to Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last queen. Drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, in the extinct volcanic crater known as the Punchbowl. It is the final resting place of some 53,000 veterans who lost their lives in 20th century wars, including those who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Enjoy panoramic city views on your drive to the airport.


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    • Adult from: $236.07 NZD
    • Child from: $168.14 NZD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Mt. Tamborine, Winery & Crafts

    Brisbane, Australia

    Duration 8 hrs

    You’ll first be treated to a brief tour of Brisbane's highlights before leaving the city behind and traveling along winding roads to the base of Lamington National Park and the beautiful surroundings of the Gold Coast. ...
    You’ll first be treated to a brief tour of Brisbane's highlights before leaving the city behind and traveling along winding roads to the base of Lamington National Park and the beautiful surroundings of the Gold Coast. more...

    You’ll first be treated to a brief tour of Brisbane's highlights before leaving the city behind and traveling along winding roads to the base of Lamington National Park and the beautiful surroundings of the Gold Coast.


    You’ll visit the Rainforest Skywalk and Eco Discovery Centre and upon arrival you’ll have free time to explore the center and choose from a variety of walks through the rainforest. You can begin on the spectacular elevated walkway through the middle and upper canopies of the rainforest. The walkway is a stable, steel structure allowing you to explore the canopies safely. As you descend into the lower canopy, there are points of interest that include rock pools and waterfalls, a butterfly lookout and local history enclosure.


    Enjoy lunch at an authentic Aussie pub offering an incredible view over the valley. Travel a short distance to Gallery Walk at Eagle Heights, an artistic center that boasts a variety of craft shops and galleries, as well as numerous cafés. Whether you are looking for a special gift or something unique to take home as a memento, you'll no doubt find it here. From here, your coach will next make its way to a local winery for a wine tasting. As you travel through this magnificent National Parks region, you will be afforded spectacular panoramic views of the Gold Coast and brilliant blue Pacific Ocean.


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    • Adult from: $405.91 NZD
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    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Luau Kalamaku

    Nāwiliwili, Kaua`i

    Duration 4 hrs

    Do not miss this luau, it is a Hawaiian cultural extravaganza. Dine on a lavish buffet of local delicacies, feast your eyes on graceful hulas and traditional fire dances. ...
    Do not miss this luau, it is a Hawaiian cultural extravaganza. Dine on a lavish buffet of local delicacies, feast your eyes on graceful hulas and traditional fire dances. more...

    PREBOOK ONLY. NOT AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING ONBOARD. The luau is an essential part of the Hawaiian experience, and the cultural extravaganza at the historic Kilohana Plantation is a feast for all the senses. You’ll have the option to gather around the traditional fire pit and watch the roast pig emerge, a special treat to accompany the already lavish buffet of local delicacies and desserts. While torches blaze, graceful hulas and energetic fire dances will entertain you, and the ancient sea voyages that brought the original Hawaiians to these islands from Polynesia will be brought to life in story and song.


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    • Adult from: $405.91 NZD
    • Child from: $320.99 NZD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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NCL makes arrangements for Guests for shore excursions solely for the convenience of the Guest; NCL does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such excursions, and the same are provided by independent contractors. NCL assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such excursion provider, and Guests acknowledge that NCL shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such provider.

Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

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Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.