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Tahiti, the Society and Tuamotu Islands Cruise

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 4,995

Sail on this round-trip from Tahiti, discovering the Society and Tuamotu islands. Let the true diversity and beauty of French Polynesia enchant you as you visit islands both famous and hidden, learning about Tahiti's unique culture, history, and utterly fantastic range of marine life along the way.


This 12-day cruise invites you to hop through the beautiful Islands of Tahiti, experiencing a more diverse taste of paradise. It begins in Papeete, capital of French Polynesia and the largest population centre on the island of Tahiti itself. Consider taking a day in Papeete before embarking, so you can experience Tahitian culture at its most robust and complex.

Your first port is French Polynesia’s most celebrated honeymoon island, Bora Bora. Characterised by its soaring volcanic peak, Otemanu, and perfect blue lagoon, this is the Tahiti of daydreams and tourist brochures alike. However, you’ll have a number of activities at your fingertips to explore the cultural side of Bora Bora, or meet its aquatic life up close. From here, it’s on to Taha’a, where sweet vanilla scents the air. Visit a traditional pearl farm and vanilla plantation before spending the afternoon snorkelling or swimming from a reef islet.

Across the lagoon, visit Raiatea, the legendary homeland of the ancient Polynesians. You’ll have the option of kayaking on French Polynesia’s only river, and visit the ancient temple Taputapuatea. If you really want to discover what Tahitian culture is about, your next port. Huahine may be your favourite. With the archipelago’s largest concentration of ancient temples, this is the history buff’s highlight of French Polynesia. You’ll even have the chance to feed the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie Bay.

Your next stop offers you the rare privilege of visiting Tetiaroa, a place held sacred by the Tahitians, formerly the retreat of island royalty and more recently, Hollywood royalty. Marlon Brando loved the island so much he bought the land for himself so that it could be preserved in its natural state. Today, it is home to a 100% self-sustained eco-resort

Sail on to a couple of the lesser known Polynesian islands, Tikehau and Ahe. The former is a snorkelling buff’s dream, identified by Jacques Cousteau as having the highest concentration of fish in French Polynesia. Ahe, meanwhile, is where the Tahitians go for their domestic vacation, making it Tahiti’s ultimate ‘hidden secret.’

Your final port is Moorea, the ‘Bali Hai’ of James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific, which remains one of French Polynesia’s most popular honeymoon islands to this day. Enjoy optional excursions before a farewell dinner, then sail overnight to disembark back in Papeete.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 4,995

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Day 1

Papeete, Tahiti

Embark the Panorama II in Papeete Port between 2:30pm and 4:00pm. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, you will set sail for Bora Bora. Overnight at sea.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration11 Nights
Accommodation

M/S Panorama II

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    M/S Panorama II


    The two-mast M/S Panorama II, carries just 49 passengers and offers high standard accommodation, comfort and safety. This state of the art Motorsailer has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, from the Seychelles to Monte Carlo and from the Black Sea to Tunis. The public areas …

    The two-mast M/S Panorama II, carries just 49 passengers and offers high standard accommodation, comfort and safety. This state of the art Motorsailer has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, from the Seychelles to Monte Carlo and from the Black Sea to Tunis. The public areas include a main bar and lounge, which was renovated in 2015 to feature wood flooring and new furniture with soft fabrics in warm coral tones. Service on board is provided by your Captain, the Cruise Coordinator and your experienced Marine and Hotel crew members.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Beach Towels Provided
    • Board Games
    • Kayaks
    • Lounge
    • Mini Library
    • Restaurant
    • Snorkeling Equipment
    • WI-FI

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Day 2

Bora Bora

Early morning arrival in Bora Bora, possibly the most photographed place on earth. Your ship sails into Bora Bora lagoon with Mount Otemanu rising proudly at the center. Over the following two days, you will have a variety of optional activities to choose from, such as: a) A Bora Bora Cultural Tour by 4x4; b) An excursion to snorkel with sting rays and sharks; c) An open-air Lagoon Aquarium experience; d) The Bora Bora tour by "Le Truck" and more. Overnight at anchor.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Bora Bora - Taha'a

This morning continue your Bora Bora activities. After lunch cruise the Bora Bora lagoon and sail to nearby Taha'a, a true botanical paradise. The fertile island is covered with banana, watermelon and coconut groves. The island also acts as a vast natural greenhouse for the treasured Tahitian vanilla orchid. Your optional half-day excursion will allow you to explore the beautiful interior of the island by 4x4 vehicle. Taste the local fruit and admire breathtaking views of the magnificent turquoise waters of Ha'amene Bay. This excursion also includes a visit to a pearl farm and a traditional vanilla plantation. In the afternoon, you will have plenty of time for swimming and snorkeling from a "motu", or atoll. Overnight at anchor.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Raiatea

Sail across the lagoon to reach nearby Raiatea, which translates to "faraway heaven" and "sky with soft light". Originally known as Havai'i, Raiatea is considered the homeland of the ancient Polynesians. Your optional excursion will start with an exploration by kayak of the Faaroa River, French Polynesia's only navigable river, with an expert guide leading the way through Raiatea's verdant interior. Then, you will visit the ancient marae (temple) at Taputapuatea, a recent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you will learn about its Polynesian origins and historical relevance, before sitting down to a locally inspired picnic lunch. Overnight in the lagoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Raiatea - Huahine

Morning sailing to Huahine. Once home to Tahitian royalty, Huahine is considered the cradle of Polynesian culture. The two islands maintain the largest concentration of ancient marae (temples) in French Polynesia, some of which are believed to date back to around 700 AD. Huahine is a colossal tropical jungle burgeoning with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Your optional half-day tour takes you by 4x4 vehicle around the island to visit the small villages of Fare and Maeva, an archaeological site, and a vanilla plantation. There will also be an opportunity to see and feed the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie Bay. An optional full-day excursion is also available, including a land tour via 4x4 vehicle, a boat excursion to a pearl farm, and a picnic. Overnight at sea on the way to Tetiaroa.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Tetiaroa

Held sacred by the Tahitians, the secluded atoll of Tetiaroa was once the retreat of Tahitian royalty. During the filming of Mutiny on the Bounty, actor Marlon Brando fell under its spell and bought the land for himself, with an aim to keep it as pristine as possible. A luxury eco-resort was designed under his direction and it operates in a 100 percent sustainable manner. Spend the morning exploring the lagoon and snorkeling in the crystalline waters. This afternoon, sail north to the Tuamotus Islands. Overnight at sea.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Tikehau

This morning you reach the small atoll of Tikehau, also called the Pink Sand Island, comprised of innumerable tiny white and pink sand islets. The lagoon, formed by a nearly uninterrupted ring of coral, is home to abundant varieties of marine life. According to the legendary marine researcher Jacques Cousteau, this lagoon contains a higher concentration of fish than any other lagoon in French Polynesia. Your walking tour will take you to one of the family-owned fish-farms, where they trap different species of fish in a maze of underwater fencing. Much of their catch is then shipped to Papeete and sold at the local markets. You will visit the islet of Tuherahera, one of the only inhabited sections of the atoll. Naturally adorned with colorful flowers such as hibiscus and bougainvillea, Tuherahera is one of the most attractive villages in the Tuamotu Archipelago. This evening, return to the ship and set sail for Ahe.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Ahe

Ahe, one of the more obscure atolls in the Tuamotu Archipelago, is a favored vacation destination for native Tahitians. The serene atoll is almost entirely enclosed and boasts aquamarine waters, startlingly white beaches, and vibrant coral. Spend the morning snorkeling among the shallow sandbanks sprinkled throughout the lagoon, before enjoying a beach BBQ in a secluded "motu", or reef islet. Return to the ship for an overnight at sea to Rangiroa.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Rangiroa

Morning arrival in Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago and one of the largest in the world. One of the best destinations for scuba diving, Rangiroa is composed of 240 islets, more than 110 miles, encompassing a deep lagoon. Your optional excursion will take you to the Blue Lagoon, a natural pool formed by islets and reefs within the central lagoon. At only 16 feet deep, the Blue Lagoon is an ideal location for swimming, snorkeling, and observing the vast assortment of marine life. Enjoy a traditional Polynesian picnic before returning to the ship. Overnight at anchor.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Rangiroa

This morning, enjoy an optional Dolphins in Tiputa Pass excursion, which will allow you to interact with these incredible mammals. After lunch leave Rangiroa and the Tuamotu Islands and sail south to Mo'orea and the Society Islands. Overnight at sea.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Moorea

At mid-day, you reach Mo'orea, believed to be the inspiration for the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. Eight gargantuan mountain peaks rise from its magnificent lagoon, creating a distinctive silhouette visible from the western coast of Tahiti. Pick from 2 optional excursions, a snorkeling and ray feeding tour or the 3 Coconuts Hiking tour. Tonight enjoy your Farewell Dinner. Overnight at anchor.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Papeete, Tahiti

Early morning sailing to Tahiti. Morning arrival in Papeete. Disembarkation at 9:00 am after breakfast.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Dec 17, 28

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
  • Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain's Dinner
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)
  • English-Speaking Cruise Escort

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquir

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