13 DAY SUB ANTARCTIC ISLANDS: GALAPAGOS OF THE SOUTH

13 DAY SUB ANTARCTIC ISLANDS: GALAPAGOS OF THE SOUTH

Invercargill or Dunedin - Port of Bluff or Otago Harbour - The Snares - Enderby Island - Carnley
Harbour - Macquarie Island - Campbell Island - Invercargill

Spirit of Enderby

Join us on this expedition from New Zealand into the remote Southern Ocean, where we visit the Sub Antarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia: The Snares, Macquarie Island, Campbell Islaland and Auckland Islands. You will travel with crew that are experienced in the regions on the ice-strengthened ship Spirit of Enderby, with 50 intrepid travellers. These islands, that have been referred to as "The Galapagos of the Southern Ocean" offer unique climates, including many endemic species.

Departures:

12 Nov 20 - 24 Nov 20 - FILLING FAST
30 Nov 20 - 11 Dec 20
11 Dec 20 - 23 Dec 20

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Invercargill or Dunedin

Meet your fellow voyagers and expedition staff for an informal get-together over dinner at the hotel, where you will stay overnight.

Day 2 - Port of Bluff or Otago Harbour

We transfer you to the port where staff will welcome you on board the Spirit of Enderby, and as you settle into your cabin, our adventure begins.

Day 3 - The Snares

North East Island is the largest of The Snares and staggeringly, this one island is claimed by some to be home to more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles together. Zodiac cruising the rugged coastline we learn how the islands got their name and encounter Snares Crested Penguins, Cape Petrel and Buller’s Albatross on the imposing cliffs. We are also likely to encounter Antarctic Terns, White-fronted Terns, Red-billed Gulls, Tomtits and Fernbirds.

Day 4 - Auckland Islands – Enderby Island

Named for the same distinguished shipping family as our own vessel and one of the most beautiful islands in the group, this is a great birding location and a chance to see everything from the famous Southern Royal Albatross and Northern Giant Petrel to parakeets, Bellbirds and the endemic shag, teal and snipe. Sandy Bay is one of three breeding grounds on the Auckland Islands for the rare Hooker’s, or New Zealand, Sea Lion.

Day 5 - Auckland Islands – Carnley Harbour

These islands have witnessed many a shipwreck in days gone by. Loaded in human history, they harbour tales of castaways, bullion and Coastwatchers through to today’s scientific visitors. Today we land in Carnley Harbour and, if weather and sea conditions permit, visit the Shy Mollymawk colony at South West Cape or, if weather is not suitable, we will select one of a number of other sites available to us.

Day 6 - At Sea

As we make our way through an area known as the Furious Fifties in the tumultuous Southern Ocean, we will learn more about the flora and fauna as we prepare for our arrival at Macquarie Island. En route there are great birding opportunities which may include the Wandering Albatross, Royal Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Salvin’s Albatross, Grey-headed Albatross, Northern and Southern Giant Petrel, Sooty Shearwater and Little Shearwater. We will endeavour to spot the Fairy Prion, Fulmar Prion and Antarctic Prion – never an easy task – but we should get some great views. Other species to be on the lookout for include the Soft-plumaged Petrel, Mottled Petrel, White-headed Petrel, Grey-faced Petrel, White-chinned Petrel, Grey-backed Storm-Petrel, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel and the Black-bellied Storm-Petrel.

Day 7-8 - Macquarie Island

Described by one Australian explorer as “One of the wonder spots of the world” this is the only place in the world where the beautiful Royal Penguin breeds. Three other species of penguins, the King, Gentoo and Rockhopper also breed here. You will never forget your first experience of a noisy ‘penguin city’, where the dapper inhabitants show no fear of their strange visitors and where you will be immersed in a tumult of chattering, feeding chicks; territorial disputes; petty pilfering and courtship displays. This all happens amongst the hundreds of Southern Elephant Seals lolling on the beaches and dunes. On arrival we meet with scientists and Park Rangers based here who will accompany us on all our landings.

Day 9 - At Sea

We head north from Macquarie Island through waters rich in seabirds towards Campbell Island. We invite you to join the captain on the bridge, to keep a keen lookout for birds and for whales. Today there will also be briefings and lectures on Campbell Island in preparation for our visit there.

Day 10-11 - Campbell Island – Perseverance Harbour

We spend two days exploring the island by foot taking in the panorama of rocky islets and sea stacks; once the lonely preserve of settlers and seal hunters and now returned to nature. Enjoy an easy walk to the nesting site of the Southern Royal Albatross at Col Lyall or walk across the hills to Northwest Bay and see the strange and beautiful megaherbs on the hills. These huge pink and yellow wild flowers have adapted well to the harsh conditions. We also seek out other wildlife such as Campbell Island Shags, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross and, on the beaches beyond, young male sea lions testing their strength.

Day 12 - At Sea

At sea en route to the Port of Bluff, take the opportunity to relax and reflect on an amazing experience. We will recap the highlights of our expedition and enjoy a farewell dinner tonight as we complete the last few miles of our journey.

Day 13 - Invercargill

We arrive at the Port of Bluff early in the morning. After breakfast, customs formalities and a last minute opportunity to bid farewell to your expedition team, you disembark and board our complimentary coach transfer to downtown Invercargill or Invercargill Airport.

Enquire for a full itinerary
NOTE: Voyages depart from both Invercargill and Dunedin, please ask for more info.

Price:

From $11,900 NZD per person, twin share

Includes:
* 1 night hotel accommodation with dinner and breakfast
* 11 nights shipboard accommodation
* All meals onboard the ship
* All scheduled landings/shore excursions
* English-speaking expedition team
* Guiding and lectures by expedition team and team
* Landing Fees (per person in USD): $880.00 per person
* International/domestic flight, travel insurance, laundry, drinks, gratuities

Highlights:
* Great for penguin lovers - King, Royal, Rockhopper, Gentoo & Snares penguins
* Fantastic photo opportunities - rugged islands, beaches and windswept landscapes
* Wildlife watching - Hooker Sea Lion, Southern Elephant Seals
* Sightseeing by Zodiac
* Shore excursions
* Interesting flora - wild flowers and mega herbs of the Sub Antarctics!

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