The decision to remain in Vanuatu proved inspired as we experienced two marvelous days in Espiritu Santo. This morning as we finally made our way across to the Solomon Islands, the seas were kind. Gentle swells and light winds made for an exceptionally pleasant crossing and much better conditions for wildlife spotting.

In the morning we saw tropic birds and petrels amongst the regular flutter of flying fish, drawn out by the splashing of the bow through the swell. Most of the ship enjoyed a slow, lazy morning to recover from some busy expedition days, and the hotel and galley team laid out a beautiful brunch on the back deck later in the morning.

After lunch we had talks from Undersea Specialist Mike Greenfelder and Cultural Specialist and Navigator Tua Pitman before a special afternoon tea – pancakes!

During our evening recap Expedition Leader Alex Searle explained our plans for the following morning in the Solomon Islands, and National Geographic Orion made way with spectacular views of the sunset.