The Forgotten Islands of the
The plant life of the Sub Antarctic region is rare and unique. Sir Joseph
Hooker, botanist aboard Sir James Clark Ross’s 1840 Antarctic Expedition, who
later became curator of the famous Kew Gardens in England wrote about the plants
on these remote islands “the most extraordinary is the Pluerophyllum meadow, a
community dominated by the large leafed herbaceous composite, producing a flora
display second to none outside the tropics”
In recognition of the richness, special forms and unique associations, the World
Conservation Union (IUCN) has designated the region a world centre of floristic
diversity. Vascular plants number about 250, with 35 found only in the region
and several found only at a single island or group.
This expedition which visits the Snares, Auckland’s and Campbell Islands are
timed to coincide with this magnificent flora display. Because of the remoteness
of these islands only a few people have ever witnessed this display. This
expedition is your opportunity to enjoy this display and the magnificent
Next Voyage is #2563 –
4 January 2009 – 11 January 2009
Depart from central Invercargill to the Port of
Bluff and embark Spirit of Enderby, set course for
A day to become familiar with the ship, the rhythm
of life at sea and learn from our on board lecture
staff about your forthcoming destinations.
Day 3 and 4
Perseverance Harbour, Campbell Is gives our landing
place at the abandoned Meterological Service Base.
There are options for a full day walk to North West
Bay or a gentler walk to Col Lyall to observe the
Southern royal albatross. The megaherbs will be
reaching their flowering peak adding colour to the
dramatic scenery of Campbell Is. Our second day we
can explore onto Mt Honey or visit the coastal sites
of Tucker Cove, Garden Cove or the site of the
Day 5 and 6
Carnley Harbour in the south of the Auckland Is will
offer us an opportunity to visit the historic site at Tagua Bay or climb to South West Cape to view the
white capped albatross colony.
Our full day at Enderby Island in the north of the
main Auckland Is allows time to observe the breeding
of the New Zealand or Hookers sealion on Sandy Bay,
the yellow eyed penguins as they parade to and from
the sea, the numerous bellbirds and red crowned
parakeets, Auckland Is shag on their colony and the
flightless teal either at Derrycastle Reef or Teal
Arriving at Snares Is in time to see the estimated 6
million sooty shearwaters departing to sea is just
the start of a wildlife experience with Snares
crested penguins thronging on the shoreline, New
Zealand furseals and sealions, endemic tomtit and
fernbirds and a zodiac cruise experience of
sheltered inlets and open seas.
And at the end of our journey we return to our
beginnings having discovered ourselves. At Bluff we
will say our farewells and be transferred to the
city of Invercargill.
Landings at the Sub Antarctic Islands are by permit
only as administered by the Government of New
Zealand. No landings are permitted at Snares Is.
Circumstances may be encountered during our voyage
which will make it necessary or desirable to deviate
from the proposed itinerary. These circumstances
include poor weather and opportunities for making
unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will
keep you fully informed during the voyage.
$4,481.00 USD pp
Heritage Suite: has a large lounge area, a separate
bedroom with double bed, a single bed in the lounge,
writing desk, wardrobe, drawers, fridge. There is a
private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.
There are large forward and side facing windows with
Shared: $4,481.00 USD pp
Sole Occupancy: $8,962.00 USD pp
$4,230.00 USD pp
Mini Suite: has a small bedroom with a 3/4 bed and a
single bed in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk
and a private bathroom with shower. toilet and
washbasin. This suite has windows.
Shared: $4,230.00 USD pp
Sole Occupancy: $8,460.00 USD pp
$4,107.00 USD pp
Superior Plus cabins: Cabins have two lower berths,
wardrobe, drawers, a private bathroom with shower,
toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Shared: $4,107.00 USD pp
Sole Occupancy: $7,392.60 USD pp
$3,777.00 USD pp
Superior cabins: Cabins have one bunk (an upper and
lower – two), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private
bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These
cabins have windows.
Shared: $3,777.00 USD pp
Sole Occupancy: $6,798.60 USD pp
$3,226.00 USD pp
Main deck cabins: Cabins have two lower berths,
wardrobe, drawers, a desk, washbasin. The nearby
showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck
Shared: $3,226.00 USD pp
Sole Occupancy: $5,806.80 USD pp
Main Deck Triple
$2,767.00 USD pp
Main deck triple cabin: This cabin has one bunk (one
upper and one lower) and one lower berth, wardrobe,
drawers, a desk and washbasin. The nearby showers
and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins.
Shared: $2,767.00 USD pp
Government Landing Fees $150.00 USD pp
may be encountered during our voyage which will make it necessary or
desirable to deviate from this itinerary. These circumstances include
poor weather conditions and opportunities for making unplanned zodiac
excursions. Your Expedition leader will provide more information at the
start of the voyage and keep you fully informed during the voyage.
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