Expedition ratings

Please read this carefully as your enjoyment (and everybody else’s on the Expedition) depends on you having the appropriate level of fitness.  If there is any doubt or questions about your participation on any particular expedition, please contact us at info@strannikoceanvoyages.com.

We categorise or grade our voyages and expeditions under the following headings. Please make sure you familiarise yourself with these requirements when considering your participation in a particular voyage/expedition as your enjoyment, the enjoyment of others and the success of the expedition depends on it.

We deliberately do not publish a day by day intenerary for any of our expeditions\voyages because we believe once an itenrerary is published it ceases to be an expedition and potentially compromises or limits the outcome and results of the Expeditions. Instead each of our expeditions have clearly stated goals and objectives and you as a member of the expedition team will, under the leadership of the Expedition Leader, play a key role in deciding just how, when and where those objectives are best achieved. We hope that our stated goals and objectives will be shared by all team members and as a result each expedition will be a unique and rewarding travel experience. 


Extreme Travel

Includes overnight (possibly multi day) hikes with steeper ascents and descents often along unmarked trails. Participants must be familiar with the use of GPS and have appropriate equipment (see relevant Expedition Notes/Equipment Lists for details). Camping out in tents/huts is included and participants will be expected to backpack own personal gear and a share of party food and equipment. Expedition could include difficult zodiac travel/landings and/or travel by off road vehicles over rough terrain.

Adventure Travel

Includes day hikes along marked and unmarked trails with some steeper ascents and descents. Must be capable of carrying day pack with lunch and waterproof clothing. Could include difficult zodiac travel/landings and/or travel by off road vehicles over rough terrain.

Explorer Travel

Includes easier half day beach/village and/or guided bush walks. Easier zodiac landings and if applicable comfortable local transport.

Cruise Only

Is exactly that, a cruise only, however cruise only expeditions may include one or more landings, which, if they are included, will be easy zodiac landings or onto a wharf/jetty from our vessel.

Please note it is mandatory to have Medical Insurance including evacuation and repatriation for all of our voyages/expeditions.

Whales, dolphins and seabirds of the New Britain trench

10 Mar 2020 - 20 Mar 2020

Melanesian seas have a mouth-watering list of rare and iconic marine mammals and enigmatic seabirds, but their distribution and abundance remains virtually unknown in much of the region. Previous voyages in the Bismarck and Solomon seas have identified important areas for Blue and Sperm Whales and have begun to uncover the secrets of lost birds like Beck’s and Fiji Petrels. ...

Seabirds and islands of the Bismarck Sea

10 Apr 2020 - 20 Apr 2020

In 2017 a Beck’s Petrel was captured at sea and fitted with a satellite tracker to uncover the movements of this enigmatic species both at sea and on land. Christened “Pato” after the local name for Beck’s Petrel, this bird delivered a wealth of information as it travelled between feeding, breeding and wintering areas. On this trip we will be ...