Making the most of your time & interest

This expedition offers an in-depth opportunity to discover the rich wildlife of these remote islands and interact with the intriguing, friendly people who live here. Relax on secluded beaches and snorkel above or near some of the world’s finest coral reefs. 

IMPORTANT: Your expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights.


  • DAY 1-2: Depart U.S./Taipei, Taiwan

    Depart on an overnight flight. Arrive in Taipei, Taiwan, and check into a room at our group hotel. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome briefing in the evening. 

  • DAY 3: Taipei/Embark

    After breakfast at the hotel, join us on a city tour before embarking National Geographic Resolution in the late afternoon. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Ryukyu Islands, Japan

    Scattered in the East China Sea off the coast of Taiwan, these tiny islands offer some of the best coral reefs and beaches in the region. Spend the day exploring above and below the water. Ride a Zodiac through the mangroves to spot mudskippers, ruddy kingfishers, or whistling green pigeons. Snorkel vibrant coral reefs and look for the elusive Okinawan dugong, a distant relative of the manatee. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5-8: At Sea

    As we set a course for Guam, settle into life aboard the ship. Enjoy discussions with our naturalists about the wonders that await; and spend time on deck, scanning the horizon for seabirds and whales. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9: Guam, United States of America

    Today we explore Guam, the largest of the Mariana Islands. With a dynamic mix of cultures and over 4,000 years of intriguing history, this isolated landmass has much to discover. Spend the day exploring Guam’s remote beaches and familiarize yourself with the island’s unique Chamorro culture which is a melting pot of American, European, Asian, Spanish and Micronesian heritage. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10-11: At Sea

    During two days at sea, we traverse 550 nautical miles en route to Micronesia. Enjoy leisure time and attend expert-led talks about the history of Pacific wayfinding and navigation, as well as the flora, fauna, and geology of the islands we will visit. Join our naturalists on deck to identify the seabirds that follow us as we sail east. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 12-16: Chuuk & Pohnpei, Micronesia / At Sea

    The vast selection of WWII artifacts still found in the Chuuk State after five decades are testament to the unique history of the Micronesian Islands—visible propellers, torpedoes, cave networks, planes and ships abound. We see the waterside monument to those who died in the massive American air attack of 1944. Snorkel or dive among Chuuk’s renowned WWII shipwrecks, now blooming with corals. Spot wildlife on rain forest walks, past waterfalls and deserted beaches, and become acquainted with the everyday traditions of the islands, largely unchanged over the centuries.

    Then, spend a day at sea en route to Pohnpei – a tropical Micronesian paradise with much to discover. Explore the island’s mysterious Nan Madol ruins – UNESCO-recognized marvels that have puzzled historians and archaeologists for decades. Discover Pohnpei’s pristine mangrove forests and stunning undersea life as we traverse the island before continuing our course east toward Kiribati. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 17-18: Kiribati

    We begin our exploration at Butaritari Atoll, an isolated island first discovered in the early 1600s. Home to resident traders during the 18-1900s, the island was also the site of several foreign occupations during World War II. We’ll explore the island’s unique history and we’ll set out on walks to discover the four different species of mangrove that only grow on this particular island.

    The following day, we land at Tarawa: the capital of Kiribati and one of the most populous locations in the otherwise isolated Western Pacific. Spend the day exploring the island’s cultural and colonial history, as well as it’s role in World War II. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 19-23: At Sea / Tokelau, New Zealand

    Choose from an array of shipboard activities as we sail toward Tokelau. Attend a photo workshop with our National Geographic photographer, treat yourself to a massage or a wellness class, or compete for prizes in a Geo Bee.

    After three days at sea, arrive at Tokelau, easily one of the most inaccessible places in the world. Learn of the islander’s strong Polynesian culture, and discover the undersea by snorkel or scuba. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 24: Palmerston Island, Cook Islands

    Part of the Cook Islands, Palmerston Island has an incredible history. Explorer James Cook is credited with the discovery of the island, however it is Englishman William Marsters after which Palmerston Island is known. Today, the small population of Palmerston is made up solely of Marsters’ descendants who have learned to thrive on this isolated island with few resources. Today we’ll meet some of the locals and we’ll discover what modern island life is like. (B,L,D)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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