STAR COLLECTOR: CROSSING CULTURES: POLYNESIA, AUSTRALIA & INDONESIA

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Star Collector: Crossing Cultures: Polynesia, Australia & Indonesia

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THU FEB 6
TO 4:00 PM Papeete

day 1 Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia


Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Relax on sunny beaches, sample Tahitian fare, and take in the effervescent spirit of the city. But whatever you do, save time — and luggage space — for shopping. Black pearls and colorful crafts fill the market and local treasures are so plentiful you’ll have trouble making your choices.
FRI FEB 7
9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Bora Bora

day 2 Bora Bora, French Polynesia


Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Our stay here allows plenty of time to capture the beauty in photographs — and you’ll want plenty. These stunning waters will show a different kaleidoscope of blue in each frame. You’ll have lots of options for exploration, whether you prefer the access provided by a 4-by-4, or the thrill of riding in the open air. Stretch out on stunning white-sand beaches, dive and swim in brightly colored seas, or sail among the tiny islands and lagoons. This is the stuff that dreams are made of.
MON FEB 10
7:00 AM TO 2:00 PM Avatiu

day 5 Avatiu, Rarotonga, Cook Islands


Avatiu, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The natural playground of Rarotonga is the hub of the Cook Islands. Surrounded by a lagoon, it offers palm-studded white-sand beaches, excellent snorkeling in the sparkling blue waters of Muri Lagoon and lush jungle forests. Just 20 miles (32 km) around, this popular island is becoming a foodie location with its numerous cafes and artisan and organic food scene. Other sights to see include Te Rua Manga peak (“The Needle”) and Takitumu Conservation Area.
THU FEB 13
11:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Alofi

day 8 Alofi, Niue


Alofi, Niue
Charming Niue is one of the largest raised coral atolls on earth. Step back in time and enjoy the laidback pace of relaxed clear waters and pristine beaches, the coral reefs everywhere and the vibrant, friendly locals who delight to meet you. Spend time on the beach or find the Taoga Niue Museum, the Ekalesia Church, Palaha Cave, and Hikulagi Sculpture Park.
FRI FEB 14
12:01 AM TO 11:59 PM Crossing International Date Line

day 9 Crossing International Date Line


Cross the International Date Line, the imaginary line of navigation that runs down the middle of the Pacific Ocean from the North Pole to the South Pole roughly following the 180⁰ Longitude north-south line.  The IDL was established in 1852 in Greenwich, England.
TUE FEB 18
8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Taveuni

day 13 Taveuni, Fiji


Taveuni, Fiji
Known as the “Garden Island of Fiji”  cigar-shaped Taveuni’s most famous tourist attraction is Lake Tagimaucia, the habitat of the rare tagimaucia flower. It is also the home of three major diving areas, with Rainbow Reef recognized as one of the world’s best soft coral dives. Two sanctuaries, Ravilevu Nature Reserve and Taveuni Forest Reserve have been created to protect Fiji’s wildlife.
WED FEB 19
7:00 AM TO 3:00 PM Savusavu

day 14 Savusavu, Fiji


Savusavu, Fiji
Known as “the hidden paradise of Fiji,” beautiful Savusavu with its abundance of waterfalls, hiking trails, rainforests and black pearls, has recently been realized to be a tourist hotspot. The shabby-chic main street is a hodgepodge of eclectic watering holes, a bustling market, and a variety of shops and cosmopolitan restaurants. Find a black pearl farm, see the Vuadomo and Nakawaga Waterfalls or kayak, snorkel, sail, fish or take an easy hike. Bula!
THU FEB 20
7:00 AM TO 3:00 PM Suva

day 15 Suva, Fiji


Suva, Fiji
Welcome to the capital of Fiji with its broad streets, majestic British colonial buildings, lively farmer’s market and lush, green parks. Considered the most multiracial, multicultural country in the South Pacific, find a variety of excellent cuisine here including Indo-Fijian, Chinese, Italian and Japanese. Highlights here include the Fiji museum, Thurston Gardens, Colo-I-Suva Forest Park and Albert Park.
FRI FEB 21
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Lautoka

day 16 Lautoka, Fiji


Lautoka, Fiji
Nicknamed the “Sugar City” due to its expansive sugarcane plantations, Lautoka’s biggest employer is the Lautoka Sugar Mill, founded in 1903. Lautoka is the birthplace of PGA star Vijay Singh and is lovely with its tree-lined streets, colonial homes, outdoor markets and a cheerful, vibrant culture. Sights to see include South Sea Orchid Garden, Sabeto Village and Nadi Marketplace or Temple. This is also the place to make time for a relaxing mud pool bath.
SAT FEB 22
9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Yasawa-I-Rara

day 17 Yasawa-I-Rara, Island, Fiji


Yasawa-I-Rara, Island, Fiji
The main attraction of this remote island is Mount Yasur, an active volcano considered one of the most accessible in the world. See the wild horses that roam the island, swim in the practically untouched underwater caves and snorkel some of the best coral reefs in the South Pacific.
TUE FEB 25
8:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Port Vila

day 20 Port Vila, Vanuatu


Port Vila, Vanuatu
Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, offers a downtown with a delightful mix of colorful market stalls selling produce and local crafts and Mama’s Market with fresh seasonal fruit samples. Take a boat to Tranquility Island to see the Hawksbill Turtle Sanctuary there. Or head to Mele Cascades, a multi-tiered waterfall with lovely rock pools or Jade Beach with excellent swimming and snorkeling.
THU FEB 27
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Lifou

day 22 Lifou, New Caledonia


Lifou, New Caledonia
Lifou is the largest of the Loyalty Islands, a fossilized coral atoll now raised high above sea level and is a center of traditional Melanesian culture. The towering cliffs here, Jokin Cliffs, are made up of layers of compressed coral stone. The Mucaweng Vanilla Plantation is a must-see as is the Jinek Beach for some of the best snorkeling and diving and possibly dolphin and whale watching.

Important Notice
New Caledonia authorities have advised that travelers/guests are now required to have travel insurance that covers both medical expenses and repatriation costs in order to enter into New Caledonia.  To guarantee that you do not encounter any problems while traveling we encourage you to obtain appropriate travel insurance for your trip.”
FRI FEB 28
8:00 AM TO 3:00 PM Mare, New Caledonia

day 23 Mare


Mare, New Caledonia
Mare is home to stunning and varied beaches. Wabao and Kurine are known for their immaculate, fine white sand. Shabadran boasts rugged terrain and Pede Beach is hailed as one of the most beautiful beaches I the world. And there is Tadine, a natural aquarium with its wide array of multi-colored fish, making it a snorkeler’s delight. In addition to the beaches the landscapes of the island offer steep cliffs, dense, wild forests, and delightful little coves on the ground of superimposed coral layers that reach down almost 427 feet (130 meters).

Important Notice
New Caledonia authorities have advised that travelers/guests are now required to have travel insurance that covers both medical expenses and repatriation costs in order to enter into New Caledonia.  To guarantee that you do not encounter any problems while traveling we encourage you to obtain appropriate travel insurance for your trip.”
SAT FEB 29
6:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Noumea

day 24 Noumea, New Caledonia


Noumea, New Caledonia
During World War II, Noumea was the headquarters for the U.S. military in the South Pacific, whose influence lingers today in the names of places and the general feeling of goodwill toward the U.S. The capital of New Caledonia offers magnificent beaches and incredible views from several bays that extend along the city.  Look for the Aquarium des Lagoons, Noumea Cathedral, Coconut Palm Square and Jean-Marie Tijbaou Cultural Center.

Important Notice
New Caledonia authorities have advised that travelers/guests are now required to have travel insurance that covers both medical expenses and repatriation costs in order to enter into New Caledonia.  To guarantee that you do not encounter any problems while traveling we encourage you to obtain appropriate travel insurance for your trip.”
SAT MAR 7
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Cairns

day 31 Cairns, Australia


Cairns, Australia
Here is the gateway to see the Great Barrier Reef and no one should miss it if you’ve come this far, so plan to expand your stay here. Other highlights of Cairns include the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with stories of the indigenous aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, the beautiful gorges, beaches and mountainous rainforest of Daintree National Park and the Cairns Esplanade full of local flavor in its bars and restaurants.
SUN MAR 8
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Port Douglas

day 32 Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia


Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
Port Douglas is known for sitting adjacent to two UNESCO sites, the world’s largest reef system, Great Barrier Reef and the biodiverse Daintree Rainforest. It has delightful beach resorts and popular Macrossan Street, lined with boutique shops and restaurants. Swim in crystal-clear Mossman Gorge, crocodile watch at Daintree River, relax on the palm-fringed golden sands of Four Mile Beach or snorkel the Low Isles and the outer reef.
WED MAR 11
7:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Thursday Island

day 35 Thursday Island, Queensland, Australia


Thursday Island, Queensland, Australia
Part of the fun of Thursday Island is the wet landing needed to get there. It will seem like time stands still on this colorful island paradise, which is home to the indigenous Torres Strait Islanders whose lifestyle has evolved from the sea. During World War II Thursday Island became a military base for Australian and U.S. forces. Enjoy a drink on the pub deck overlooking aquamarine waters and offers a chance to interact with the friendly locals.
FRI MAR 13
8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Yirrkala

day 37 Yirrkala, Australia


Yirrkala, Australia
Yirrkala is part of the Arnhem Northern Territory, which is aboriginal. It is known for being an aboriginal artisan city where bark paintings, weaving and some of the finest Didgeridoos can be seen at the Yirrkala Arts Center. Children here are taught both their native Yolngu Matha and English and ancient spiritual practices for burials, marriages and other rituals are still very much alive here with rituals serving as a way to pass spiritual understandings to future generations.
MON MAR 16
7:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Darwin

day 40 Darwin, Australia


Darwin, Australia
This cosmopolitan city where over 50 nationalities are represented is a gateway to large Kakadu National Park and its popular waterfront has several lovely beaches like Mindil Beach, known for its night markets and green areas like Bicentennial Park and Litchfield Park. Crocosaurus Cove and Crocodylus Park both offer opportunities to see the wildlife of the area including turtles, water buffalo and saltwater crocodiles.
THU MAR 19
9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM Kupang

day 43 Kupang, Timor, Indonesia


Kupang, Timor, Indonesia
This remote off the path area is the first port of entry to Indonesia from Australia. During World War II it served as a refueling and landing site for the long flights from Europe. The locals here are very friendly and love to laugh. They will delight in showing you their woven cloths called tenun ikat with their beautiful and sometimes mysteriously formed patterns. For some secluded relaxing try Tablolong Beach or Lasiana Beach.
FRI MAR 20
9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Ende

day 44 Ende, Flores, Indonesia


Ende, Flores, Indonesia
Located on the island of Flores, Ende has both a hospital and a university and people with good English skills. This remote harbor is located near Mount Kelimutu volcano where the 3 crater lakes change colors all the time, and also near Blue Stone Beach with rocks of all colors, At Wologai Traditional Village you will see traditional houses, master wood carvers and traditional cloth weavers.
SAT MAR 21
12:00 PM TO 6:00 PM Loh Liang

day 45 Loh Liang, Komodo National Park, Indonesia


Loh Liang, Komodo National Park, Indonesia
The home to about 5,700 of the unique Komodo dragons, this park works to protect its biodiversity,. It has been declared both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Man and Biosphere Reserve. In addition to Komodo dragons, there are other notable wildlife here such as the orange-footed scrub fowl and the Timor deer. Marine life here finds more than 1,000 species of fish, 260 species of coral, Dugong sharks, manta rays, over 14 species of whales, dolphins and sea turtle, plus 70 species of sponges.
MON MAR 23
6:00 AM TO Benoa

day 47 Benoa, Bali, Indonesia


Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
Described as paradise, Bali’s spectacular beauty is difficult to describe in words.  The calm waters and beautiful white sand beaches of the small village of Benoa have made it the prime water sports area of Bali. Bali Volcano, also known as Mount Batur is a popular sightseeing destination with magnificent views from the Batur Caldera. Batik is still very popular in Bali and is considered one of the country’s most highly developed art forms.

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