Venture north through the Western Pacific from the rarely seen Federated States of Micronesia towards the unique islands of Tokyo Bay. Set sail from Yap and explore remote coral atolls and small villages of Ulithi, Sorol and Fais that will welcome expeditioners for the first time. Enjoy relaxing days at sea with our crew leading wellness activities along with Japanese whiskey and tea tastings and cooking presentations. Partake in a special ceremony onboard as we pause above the “Challenger Deep”, the ocean’s deepest point on earth at the Mariana Trench. Cruise past on a circumnavigation of Iwo Jima and learn of the historic World War II battles.
Upon our arrival in Japan, explore one of Japan’s most scenic ports at Shimuzu, with unparalleled views of Mt. Fuji and take a cable car to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Walk to the top of Mount Mihara, an active volcano with several moderate nature routes to the crater. Be immersed in local culture by witnessing the traditional kashitate dance and hachijo taiko drum performance at Hachijojima. In Yokohama, discover the Great Budha of Kamakura and the gilded wooden statue of Kannon before enjoying a traditional lunch and free time to explore. Join us on an adventure that will combine the striking biodiversity of Micronesia’s remote coral atolls and Japan’s ancient culture and traditions.
- Snorkel on coral reef gardens and stroll the idyllic beaches of a truly deserted islet in a remote part of the world at Ulithi Atoll
- Cross over Challenger Deep – the oceans deepest trench on Earth and participate in a special event
- Enjoy relaxing days at sea with onboard wellness activities, lectures, workshops and tastings
- Visit Shimizu, one of Japan’s most scenic ports with unparalleled views of Mt. Fuji and explore the Taisha Shrine in the foothills of Mt. Fuji
- Walk to the top of Mount Mihara, an active volcano with several moderate nature walk routes to the crater
- Be immersed in local culture with a Kashitate dance and Hachijo Taiko drum performance at Hachijojima
- Visit the colossal copper statue of Amida-butsu (the Great Buddha) constructed over 750 years ago, has been designated a National Treasure by the Japanese government.