Orion cruise PNG

Dive into beauty

Putting boats and Papua New Guinea in the same sentence these days doesn't automatically evoke visions of luxury or expectations of wonder. But Orion Expedition's Melanesian cruise, from New Zealand via Norfolk Island, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands in March 2014 is a boat trip to PNG with plenty of appeal.

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Sun, surf and boiling mud

From digging for dinosaurs to a cooking school, Deborah Dickson-Smith comes up with six holidays you may never have thought of.

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Pleasure island ... Tanna Island, one of 83 in Vanuatu.

Isle of smiles

Daniel Scott talks to Ni-Vanuatu on Tanna Island, among the happiest people on Earth.

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Under sail ... on board the brigantine Soren Larsen.

Tall tales and true

Melanie Ball signs up as a crew member on a sailing adventure to Vanuatu's remote northern islands.

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