South Pacific Cruises


Experience the South Pacific in Windstar Style


Oceania’s scattered island nations bring to mind the breathtaking beaches and peacock-colored lagoons of Tahiti, but they also contain the most diverse indigenous cultures in the world. Come with us as we travel beyond the packaged resorts to experience a world few get to see. Go back to the way things used to be on tiny Niue or Maré, with no crowds, only twinkling stars at night, and a pace of life many yearn for. Discover villages that still follow traditional ways of life on Tanna, Vanuatu. Explore small Fijian communities and the untouched rainforest of the Wasali Nature Reserve near Savusavu. Add context to the postcard images the South Pacific is known for.

Cairns to Benoa - 16 Days

Arrive early in Cairns to allow extra time to wander the Cairns Esplanade, explore the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Daintree National Park, and experience the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef—one of the largest, most diverse ecosystems on the planet and the world’s only natural wonder visible from space. Thursday Island offers the adventure of a wet landing and an introduction to the indigenous Torres Strait Islanders. Cultural exploration continues in Yirrkala, an Aboriginal artisan city where bark paintings, weaving and some of the finest Didgeridoos abound. In the cosmopolitan city of Darwin, don’t miss Mindil Beach, Kakadu National Park, and Crocosaurus Cove, home to turtles, water buffalo and saltwater crocodiles. Cross the Timor Sea to Kupang, Indonesia where friendly locals delight in showing their tenun ikat woven cloths and secluded beaches. Expand your idea of color upon entering Ende, Flores. This small hidden harbor is the launch point to visit Mount Kelimutu volcano with its mysterious 3-color crater lakes and Blue Stone Beach, known for its gorgeous multi-colored rocks.

Auckland to Auckland - 15 Days

Your adventure begins in Auckland. Stake out must-sees from 1,076-feet in the air at Sky Tower. Enter the yachters’ beloved Mercury Bay to explore beautiful beaches or try game fishing. An overnight in Wellington offers a chance to explore the Te Papa Maori cultural museum, gorgeous beaches, and a waterfront promenade. In Christchurch, visit Hagley Park Botanic Gardens and punt on the Avon River. Stroll Baldwin Street in Dunedin, designated a UNESCO City of Literature. On Stewart Island, see parakeets, tui and kiwi birds, and paddle picturesque bays. Freycinet National Park boasts pink granite peaks, iconic Wineglass Bay, and beautiful black swans. Spend a relaxing day at sea on the way to Picton, where fantastic hiking, biking and the exceptional sauvignon blancs of the Marlborough Region await. In Kaikoura, witness sperm whales, fur seals, and dolphins, and try local crayfish. New Zealand is teeming with sheep; find some of the country’s most beautiful Merino wool creations in Napier. Unveil the underlying Maori culture in Gisborne, and walk the wine trail. Tauranga’s sparkling harbor and blue skies welcome you to the home of The Hobbit and leave a lasting impression before your voyage concludes in Auckland.

Before embarking on your journey across the Coral Sea, spend the day exploring Noumea, New Caledonia. The World War II headquarters for the U.S. military in the South Pacific, Noumea offers history and a warm, welcoming atmosphere in addition to magnificent beaches and incredible views from several of the city’s bays. Consider a visit to the Aquarium des Lagoons, Noumea Cathedral, Coconut Palm Square or Jean-Marie Tijbaou Cultural Center. Then prepare to sit back, relax and feel the calming rhythm of life at sea with no interruptions. Time at sea aboard what feels like your own private yacht, relaxes and rejuvenates in preparation for adventure ahead in Australia. Upon arriving in Cairns, plan for extra time to wander the Cairns Esplanade, explore the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, discover the beautiful gorges, beaches and mountainous rainforest of Daintree National Park, and experience the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef.

Whether you prefer to snorkel or witness vibrant marine life from the comfort of a glass bottom boat, dive into your Eastern Australian adventure at the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef—accessible from Cairns and Port Douglas. Watch for wedge-tailed shearwaters, sooty terns, and noodies as we pass Willis Island, and fall in love with Whitehaven Beach where you’ll experience an unforgettable Windstar complimentary barbecue complete with fish feeding, hiking, volleyball, cricket, and rugby—a few Aussie favorites. Feel the rich maritime history the minute you step onto remote Middle Percy Island and experience rugged Fraser Island with a dip in picturesque Lake McKenzie or a drive on 75 Mile Beach, a veritable beach highway home to dingoes and birds of prey. Cuddle a koala at the Australia Zoo in Mooloolaba where the family of the late Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter, preserves his memory today. An overnight in Sydney brings opportunities to explore the famed Opera House, bustling Sydney Harbour, iconic Bondi Beach, and The Rocks, the birthplace of modern Sydney. Wake up and take in Melbourne and its insatiable thirst for artisan coffees, boutique gin and whisky distilleries, and the Yarra Valley’s famous Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and sparkling wine.

Natural splendors and architectural wonders beckon throughout this exceptional journey rich in expedition cruising excursions exclusive to small ports that very few other ships visit. This is small ship cruising at its best – remote islands teeming with wildlife and small villages with friendly locals. Observe Komodo dragons, wombats, koalas, kangaroos, and wallabies in their natural habitats at Komodo National Park near Loh Liang. Browse unique knit shawls and sample artisan-made nutmeg preserves among tiny shops and Portuguese colonial architecture in Ambon. Walk the gray stone battlements of Fort Belgica, the former protector of all nutmeg trade bound for Europe in the 1600s. Ride swift Zodiacs from the small port of Kokas to 35,000-year-old paintings and handprints throughout the caves and cliff walls of Andamata, globally recognized among the oldest human artwork on the planet. Snorkel amid schools of rare tropical fish and colorful, reclusive eels along the edges of the Great Barrier Reef. Gain insights on cutting-edge coral reef experiments and the latest conservation efforts from researchers at Australia’s Lizard Island Research Station.

Auckland to Sydney - 14 Days

Hailed as one of the world’s most livable cities, Auckland offers up Maori history, urban adventure, and natural wonders. In Christchurch, the Gateway to Antarctica, tour the International Antarctic Centre. Stroll Baldwin Street in Dunedin, designated a UNESCO City of Literature, and grab binoculars and swimsuits for birdwatching and kayak adventures on picturesque Stewart Island. For your New Zealand finale, find your perch up on deck for cruising Fiordland National Park to spot takahe and kakapo birds, bottlenose dolphins, seals, and penguins. An overnight in Melbourne offers time to venture out to the Yarra Valley for wine tasting, or stroll the cobbled laneways of the “Garden City” to sample fine food and boutique gin and whisky. The hidden harbor on Phillip Island brings a unique opportunity to celebrate your journey with the sunset Penguin Parade. Enjoy a day at sea before embarking on Eden, where you can feast on fresh, local seafood and explore its towering lighthouse. Sail into Sydney Harbor for a swan song at the Opera House.

Feel the pulse of Australia in Melbourne; wander cobbled laneways to discover local art, artisan coffee, and local distilleries. The Barossa Valley outside Adelaide beckons you to taste your way through Australia’s wine country while Kangaroo Island’s Remarkable Rocks and Admiral Arch offer opportunities to see wildlife roam free against an incredible backdrop. While at sea watch for blue whales as gannet dive deep in pursuit of underwater prey. Visit Port Arthur’s museum—once a 19th century penal settlement, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in the picturesque harbor of Hobart tucked beneath Mount Wellington and prepare your senses for the lively Salamanca Market and old growth forests at the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness. Pink granite peaks and Wineglass Bay are the pride of Freycinet National Park; swim, snorkel, and see black swans. From Launceston, venture to Cataract Gorge for panoramic views and return to Tamar River to sip sparkling wine. Phillip Island’s sunset penguin parade is truly a sight to see, as are the Australian fur seals and koalas. The wildlife journey continues in Eden, known for its Killer Whales. The swan song in Sydney brings a bustling harbor, and of course, the iconic Opera House.

Papeete to Lautoka - 15 Days

Tahiti’s Society Islands warmly welcome you to the South Pacific with sunny beaches, shopping and the spirited city of Papeete before you set off to Bora Bora for world-class snorkeling in crystal-clear lagoons (don’t forget your camera and underwater casing). Get a taste of the Cook Islands in Rarotonga—an up-and-coming foodie destination and natural playground boasting palm-studded white-sand beaches, lush jungle forests and the sparking waters of Muri Lagoon. One of the smallest countries in the world, Niue charms visitors with its friendly locals, pristine beaches, coral reefs and mystical caves. Discover Savusavu, “the hidden paradise of Fiji,” with abundant waterfalls, hiking trails, rainforests and beautiful black pearls. The shabby-chic main street features eclectic watering holes, a bustling market, and lively restaurants. Explore Suva, the capital of Fiji, with its broad streets, majestic British colonial buildings, farmer’s market, lush, green parks and multicultural cuisine. The Fijian finale of Lautoka, nicknamed Sugar City for its plentiful sugar cane, offers a stroll down tree-lined streets to see colonial homes, experience outdoor markets and absorb the cheerful culture. Be sure to save time for a relaxing mud pool bath or a visit to Nadi Temple.

Start your journey through Melanesia in lovely Lautoka, Fiji with a visit to Nadi Temple or the South Sea Orchid Garden followed by a relaxing mud pool bath before diving into the crystal clear waters of Yasawa-I-Rara Island. Upon arriving in Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, sink your teeth into fresh seasonal fruit at Mama’s Market, feel the mist of Mele Cascades waterfall, hit beautiful Jade Beach, or hop on the boat to Tranquility Island to visit the Hawksbill Turtle Sanctuary. The adventure continues at Lifou’s Jokin Cliffs and Jinek Beach in New Caledonia. This fossilized coral atoll is the center of traditional Melanesian culture. “The Closest Island to Paradise,” Ile de Pins, was once a penal colony and is now appreciated by all for it’s turquoise waters full of colorful coral, white-sand beaches, and tall native pine trees. Alas the journey concludes in Noumea, the World War II headquarters for the U.S. military in the South Pacific. The capital of New Caledonia, Noumea offers magnificent beaches and incredible views from its string of beautiful bays.

Start your South Pacific adventure at the sunny beaches of Papeete before setting off to Bora Bora for world-class snorkeling in crystal-clear lagoons. Get a taste of the Cook Islands in Rarotonga—boasting palm-studded white-sand beaches, lush jungles and the glistening waters of Muri Lagoon. Niue charms visitors with its friendly locals, pristine beaches, coral reefs and mystical caves. Escape to the remote and rarely visited port of Vava’u, Tonga where unspoiled waters offer snorkelers and divers encounters with a variety of sea life and visibility exceeding 100 feet. Discover Savusavu’s lovely black pearls and Suva’s British colonial buildings and farmer’s market.  See colonial homes, visit Nadi Temple, or take a relaxing mud pool bath in Lautoka. Upon arriving in Port Vila, sample the fresh seasonal fruit at Mama’s Market, relax at pristine Jade Beach, or take the boat to Tranquility Island to visit the Hawksbill Turtle Sanctuary. Continue to Lifou’s Jokin Cliffs and Jinek Beach at Ile de Pins, known for its tall native pine trees, turquoise waters full of colorful coral, and white-sand beaches.  Noumea, once the World War II headquarters for the U.S. military in the South Pacific, offers magnificent beaches and incredible views from its string of stunning bays. Reflect on your Polynesian adventures, relax and recharge as you cross the Coral Sea en route to Cairns, Australia—gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Begin your adventure on the sunny beaches of Papeete then set sail for the crystal-clear lagoons of breathtaking Bora Bora. Rarotonga is an up-and-coming foodie destination with white-sand beaches skirted by palm trees, dense jungle forests and inviting waters in Muri Lagoon. Niue charms visitors with its friendly locals, pristine beaches, coral reefs and mystical caves. Escape to the remote port of Vava’u, Tonga where unspoiled waters  with visibility exceeding 100 feet offer snorkelers and divers encounters with manta rays, turtles, spinner dolphins. Discover Savusavu’s energetic waterfalls, rainforests and exotic black pearls. Suva offers a change of pace with multicultural cuisine, broad streets, and bustling farmer’s market. In Lautoka, experience more outdoor markets and a mud pool bath. In Port Vila, Vanuatu don’t miss Mele Cascades waterfall, Jade Beach and a visit to the turtle sanctuary. Take time to relax at Lifou’s Jokin Cliffs and Jinek Beach in New Caledonia. This fossilized coral atoll is the center of traditional Melanesian culture. Mare is known for its turquoise waters full of colorful coral, white-sand beaches, and tall native pine trees. Your amazing voyage concludes in Noumea, the World War II headquarters for the U.S. military in the South Pacific with magnificent beaches and incredible views from its string of beautiful bays.

The sunny beaches of Papeete warmly welcome you to the start of your South Pacific adventure before setting off to Bora Bora for world-class snorkeling in crystal-clear lagoons. Get a taste of the Cook Islands in Rarotonga—an up-and-coming foodie destination and natural playground. Niue charms visitors with its friendly locals, pristine beaches, coral reefs and mystical caves. Taveuni offers unspoiled waters where snorkelers encounter soft coral reefs. Discover Savusavu’s abundant waterfalls, rainforests, and beautiful black pearls. Explore Suva’s British colonial buildings and farmer’s market. Upon arriving in Port Vila, feel the mist of Mele Cascades waterfall, or hop on the boat to Tranquility Island to visit the Hawksbill Turtle Sanctuary. The World War II headquarters for the U.S. military in the South Pacific, Noumea features magnificent beaches and incredible views from its string of beautiful bays.  Cross the Coral Sea en route to Cairns and experience the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef. Cooktown charms visitors with its quaint fishing community, pristine beaches and tropical lagoons, while Thursday Island offers an introduction to the indigenous Torres Strait Islanders. Cultural exploration continues in Yirrkala, an Aboriginal artisan city where you’ll find bark paintings, weaving and Didgeridoos. In Darwin, don’t miss Mindil Beach, Kakadu National Park, and Crocosaurus Cove. Cross the Timor Sea to Kupang, Indonesia where friendly locals delight in showing their tenun ikat woven cloths. Expand your idea of color upon entering Ende Flores, the launch point to visit Mount Kelimutu volcano and Blue Stone Beach. Wildlife lovers prepare to be amazed in Loh Liang. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve is home to nearly 6,000 Komodo Dragons, orange-footed scrub fowl, Timor deer, Dugong sharks, manta rays, whales, dolphins and sea turtles. The finale in Benoa does not disappoint. Bali’s spectacular beauty, calm waters and small village atmosphere is a taste of pure paradise. Don’t miss the view of Bali Volcano from Batur Caldera and be sure to bring home some of the island’s beautiful Batik.

Papeete to Singapore - 60 Days

Iconic ports are punctuated by hidden gem ports on this 59-day voyage through the South Pacific. Snorkel and swim your way from Polynesia to Australia and Bali delighting in the sapphire lagoons of Bora Bora, Rarotonga, Tonga and Ile de Pins while you encounter manta rays, turtles, spinner dolphins and visibility exceeding 100 feet. Discover diverse cultures from traditional Fijian villages with East Asian influence to Australia’s Aboriginals and Java’s mountain dwelling Tengger people who are said to be descendants of the Majapahit princes. Sample local curry, French fusion, fresh fish ceviche and earth-oven baked banana pudding. Erupt with excitement witnessing volcanoes such as Mount Bromo, Mount Batur, and Krakatoa. Cross the Coral Sea en route to Australia where you’ll cruise the Great Barrier Reef—one of the world’s seven wonders. Wildlife lovers prepare to be amazed in Loh Liang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve that is home to nearly 6,000 Komodo dragons. After adventures in Indonesia, extend your stay in Singapore to visit the UNESCO Botanic Gardens, Little India, and Chinatown before toasting a Singapore Sling to the trip of a lifetime.

This month-long voyage from Melanesia to Australia and Indonesia offers a chance to relax and take in a wide range of unforgettable cultural experiences and breathtaking natural wonders. Begin your journey in Lautoka, Fiji with a visit to Nadi Temple or a relaxing mud pool bath before diving into the crystal clear waters of Yasawa-I-Rara Island. Snorkel your way through the colorful lagoons of Melanesia and visit the Hawksbill Turtle Sanctuary at Port Vila. Spend time at sea with virtually no interruptions. Witness several live volcanoes, and experience the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef. Cultural exploration continues in Yirrkala, an Aboriginal artisan community where bark paintings, weaving and some of the finest didgeridoos abound. Cross the Timor Sea to Kupang, Indonesia where friendly locals delight in showing their tenun ikat woven cloths and secluded beaches. Wildlife lovers prepare to be amazed in Loh Liang. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve is home to nearly 6,000 Komodo dragons, orange-footed scrub fowl, Timor deer, Dugong sharks, manta rays, whales, dolphins and sea turtles. The finale in Benoa boasts Bali’s spectacular beauty, calm waters and small village atmosphere—pure paradise.

Lautoka to Papeete - 22 Days

Tahiti’s Society Islands warmly welcome you to the South Pacific with sunny beaches, shopping and the spirited city of Papeete before you set off to Bora Bora for world-class snorkeling in crystal-clear lagoons (don’t forget your camera and underwater casing). Get a taste of the Cook Islands in Rarotonga—an up-and-coming foodie destination and natural playground boasting palm-studded white-sand beaches, lush jungle forests and the sparking waters of Muri Lagoon. One of the smallest countries in the world, Niue charms visitors with its friendly locals, pristine beaches, coral reefs and mystical caves. Discover Savusavu, “the hidden paradise of Fiji,” with abundant waterfalls, hiking trails, rainforests and beautiful black pearls. The shabby-chic main street features eclectic watering holes, a bustling market, and lively restaurants. Explore Suva, the capital of Fiji, with its broad streets, majestic British colonial buildings, farmer’s market, lush, green parks and multicultural cuisine. The Fijian finale of Lautoka, nicknamed Sugar City for its plentiful sugar cane, offers a stroll down tree-lined streets to see colonial homes, experience outdoor markets and absorb the cheerful culture. Be sure to save time for a relaxing mud pool bath or a visit to Nadi Temple.

Start your journey in Cairns, wandering the Esplanade, exploring Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Daintree National Park, and visiting the quaint fishing community of Cooktown before cruising one of the world’s seven wonders—the Great Barrier Reef. Thursday Island offers a wet landing and an introduction to the indigenous Torres Strait Islanders. Cultural exploration continues in Yirrkala, an Aboriginal artisan community where bark paintings, weavings and Didgeridoos abound. In the cosmopolitan city of Darwin, don’t miss Mindil Beach, Litchfield National Park and Kakadu National Park, and Crocosaurus Cove—home to turtles, water buffalo and saltwater crocodiles. Cross the Timor Sea to Kupang, Indonesia where friendly locals delight in showing their tenun ikat woven cloths. Wildlife lovers prepare to be amazed in Loh Liang; this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve is home to nearly 6,000 Komodo dragons, manta rays, whales, dolphins and turtles. Benoa instantly entrances visitors with Bali’s spectacular beauty, calm waters, small village atmosphere and Batik artistry. Savor satays and secluded beaches in Kepulauan Seribu, and Pantara Island. Conclude your Indonesian adventure in Singapore by exploring the Botanic Gardens, Chinatown and Little India.

Start your journey through Melanesia in lovely Lautoka, Fiji with a visit to Nadi Temple or a relaxing mud pool bath before diving into the crystal clear waters of Yasawa-I-Rara Island. Upon arriving in Port Vila, sink your teeth into fresh seasonal fruit at Mama’s Market, feel the cleansing mist of Mele Cascades waterfall, take a swim at beautiful Jade Beach, or head to the Hawksbill Turtle Sanctuary. Excitement ensues on the approach to Tanna, where Mount Yasur erupts daily, wild horses roam free, and untouched underwater caves await curious snorkelers. Take in the aromatic Mucaweng Vanilla Plantation of Lifou and the outrigger-style pirogues of Ile de Pins. Before embarking on your journey across the Coral Sea, spend the day exploring Noumea, New Caledonia, the World War II headquarters for the U.S. military in the South Pacific. Then sit back, relax and feel the calming rhythm of life at sea with no interruptions. Reconnect with yourself and your companions on sea days crossing the Coral Sea before exploring Cairns, Australia. Plan extra time to wander the Cairns Esplanade, explore the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, discover Daintree National Park, and experience the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef.

Lautoka to Singapore - 45 Days

A 44-day adventure from Melanesia to Australia and Indonesia allows time for in–depth South Pacific exploration of 12 islands. Begin in Lautoka, Fiji with a relaxing mud pool bath before diving into the crystal clear waters of Yasawa-I-Rara Island. Snorkel your way through the colorful lagoons of Melanesia and encounter the World War II remnants and friendly folks in Noumea. Watch for volcanic activity from Mount Bromo, Mount Batur and Krakatoa. Tour the Cairns Esplanade and experience the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef. Keep your eyes out for wallabies, water buffalo and turtles near Darwin. Visit the Aboriginal artisan community of Yirrkala where bark paintings, weaving and Didgeridoos abound. Cross the Timor Sea to Kupang, Indonesia where friendly locals delight in showing their tenun ikat woven cloths. Wildlife lovers prepare to be amazed in Loh Liang. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve is home to nearly 6,000 Komodo dragons, while Benoa boasts Bali’s spectacular beauty, calm waters and small village atmosphere. Don’t forget to extend your stay in Singapore to find the UNESCO site Botanic Gardens, Little India and Chinatown.

Benoa to Singapore - 14 Days

Begin your voyage in Benoa and be instantly entranced by Bali’s spectacular beauty, calm waters, small village atmosphere and Batik artistry. Bali Volcano is the first of four, followed by Gunung Rinjani on Lombok, Java’s Mount Bromo and the famous Krakatoa. In the rarely visited port of Lembar, experience true island life and savor a satay cooked over coals and topped with peanut sauce. Celukan Bawang offers the volcanic black sand Lovina Beach and Puri Agung Beleleng Compound, the home of the first king of Beleleng Regency. Java’s Probolinggo is home to Mount Bromo and the ethnic minority Tengger people who have held onto their traditions for centuries. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the private island feel of remote Pulau Menyawakan, where white-sand beaches, rainforests, coastal mangroves and a biodiverse reef system welcomes snorkelers and divers with 35 types of corals and sponges. In Semarang, sample the fantastic Chinese food and climb to enlightenment at the 8th century Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple. In the small port of Kepulauan Seribu, visit the secluded unspoiled beaches of Pantara Island featuring white-sand surrounded by emerald-green waters. Conclude your Indonesian adventure upon arriving in the world’s second busiest port of Singapore. After a day of exploring the Botanic Gardens, Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam and shopping on Orchard Road, toast a Singapore Sling to the trip of a lifetime at the Raffles Hotel.

Sydney to Auckland - 15 Days

Start your adventure in Sydney by getting your feet wet at Bondi Beach and visiting the Opera House. On Christmas Day, embark on Phillip Island where hundreds of penguins come ashore at sunset. From Melbourne, head to Yarra Valley to taste exquisite local wines. Retreat to nature in Launceston, famous for its Cataract Gorge; or sip sparkling wine along the Tamar River. Explore Freycinet National Park’s pink granite peaks and snorkel in secluded bays. Sail into Tasmania’s picturesque Hobart Harbor tucked beneath Mount Wellington where the lively Salamanca Market and Bonorong Wildlife Park await. Relax en route to New Zealand and cruise scenic Fiordland National Park. Upon arriving in Bluff, snap a photo of the Bluff international sign and sample world-renowned Bluff oysters. Discover Dunedin’s Scottish and Maori heritage and Edwardian architecture. From Lyttelton, ride a double-decker bus to Christchurch to visit the International Antarctic Centre or spend the afternoon punting on the Avon River. Wellington invites food lovers to taste their way through town, or venture out to the famous site of the Lord of the Rings. Set sail for the finale in Auckland, where the 1000-ft Sky Tower offers views of the city’s natural beauty and urban landscape.

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