Legends of the South Pacific: Tahiti to Easter Island Cruise

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The mountainous island chain of Tahiti
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View the exceptional underwater wildlife of Bora Bora
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An amazing sunset over Bora Bora
Moai hillside on Easter Island
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A white-sand beach of Tuamotu
Jan Butchofsky Houser
The National Geographic Orion is sleek and at your service
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Keep in shape in the exercise room aboard the National Geographic Orion
Sail for the mysterious Easter Island on this 18-day South Pacific cruise starting in Tahiti. Explore the sun-washed beaches of the region and interact with the locals of small villages before making the journey to Easter Island. Hope to discover some of the island's secrets and tradition on this South Pacific cultural adventure.

Day 1

    Arrive Papeete, Tahiti / Embark

    Arrive in Papeete in the morning and transfer to your hotel, the Intercontinental Tahiti. The next day, take a guided tour of French Polynesia’s capital city, including the the Musée de Tahiti et des Îles and the Paul Gaugin Museum. Stroll the waterfront before boarding National Geographic Orion. (D)

    Day 2

      Bora Bora, Society Islands

      Jutting out from an aquamarine lagoon ringed with tiny islets, Bora Bora’s angular volcanic crags are a spectacular sight. Explore the island’s slopes and shores with the Expedition Team, or venture out to dive the island's fringing reef. If you're feeling energetic, you may choose to hike to the summit of Mt. Paihia, for unparalleled views. (B,L,D)

      Days 3-4

        Mo'orea / At Sea

        Join your ship's crew and fellow passengers on deck this morning, as you approach verdant Mo’orea. Playful dolphins and even humpback whales can be seen off the island’s northern coast, so be sure to bring your binoculars. Entering one of the narrow passes in the island’s fringing reef, sail into Cook’s Bay, arguably one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Spend your morning touring the island, with a stop at the famous “Belvedere” for a stunning view of Mt. Rotui and both Cook’s and Opunohu Bays. This afternoon, you have the opportunity to snorkel and swim, perhaps even with the resident Tahitian stingrays and blacktip reef sharks! (B,L,D)

        Days 5-8

          Tuamotu Archipelago / At Sea

          Begin your exploration of the “Dangerous Archipelago” at Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. After a festive welcome with traditional dancers, learn about the island’s pearl industry, and see its historic sites, including a 19th-century church built out of coral. Snorkel among the protected reefs or ride the current into the lagoon on a world-famous drift-dive. Navigate jewel-like reefs and islets during a day at sea on your way to Pukarua, where traditional dances greet you. Meet the friendly people of this remote atoll, and learn about their traditional lifestyle. (B,L,D)

          Days 9-10

            Mangareva, Gambier Islands / At Sea

            Famous for its black pearls, Mangareva is the largest of the Gambier Islands. Venture underwater to snorkel or dive, meet islanders to learn about their culture and the missionaries who made their home here, and go on a hike with your ship's naturalists. Then spend a day at sea visiting the sauna or the gym, watching footage of the ocean with the onboard undersea specialist, or relaxing on deck. (B,L,D)

            Days 11-15

              Pitcairn Islands / At Sea

              Many of the mutineers of the legendary Bounty made their home on Pitcairn Island in the late 18th century, and about 50 of their descendants still live here today. Visit this last remnant of the British Empire and learn about its place in 18th-century exploration. Meet the locals and hear a few words of the unusual Pitkern dialec, a combination of English “sailor speak” and Polynesian phrases. Visit the gravesite of mutiny leader Fletcher Christian, and see the Bounty’s anchor, which was salvaged in 1957.

              The next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Henderson Island, an uplifted atoll that is uninhabited and virtually untouched by humans. On hikes and Zodiac excursions, discover the island’s four endemic bird species, rich flora and fauna, and fascinating geology.

              Then spend a day on Ducie Atoll, watching for frigatebirds and boobies and snorkeling or diving among spectacular reefs. The Pitcairn Islands have been identified as one of the last unspoiled ocean environments on the planet by marine ecologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala as part of the Pristine Seas project. Set out on your final leg east, listening to talks by onboard experts as the ship sails two days towards Easter Island. (B,L,D)

              Days 16-17

                Disembark in Easter Island

                Disembark on Easter Island and check into the Hotel Hangaroa for two nights. Explore volcanic calderas, jagged lava fields, and sweeping grasslands to discover the colossal moai statues, the astonishing legacy of a long-lost culture. Join archaeologists to examine these statues and discuss their meaning and creation; visit burial sites, quarries, and intricately carved ceremonial altars. (B,L,D)

                Day 18

                  Fly to Santiago, Chile / Return Home

                  On your final morning, explore some more before flying to Santiago and continuing on your homeward flights.
                   Category 1Category 2Category 3Category 4Category 5Category 6
                  2014-Dec-04$17,930$20,770$24,550$26,870$31,990$36,990
                  2015-Nov-14$17,390$19,990$23,790$25,990$30,990$35,920
                  Note- 2015 itinerary is an 17 day version without stop in Bora Bora
                  Single supplement varies by itinerary.
                  INCLUDED FEATURES
                  Aboard ship:
                  - All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
                  - Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
                  - 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
                  - Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
                  - Fitness center or exercise equipment
                  - Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
                  - The guidance and company of expedition staff

                  Ashore:
                  - Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
                  - Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
                  - Sightseeing & entrance fees
                  - Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
                  - Transfers to and from group flights
                  - The expertise of expedition staff

                  Activities:
                  - All excursions
                  - Zodiac & kayak explorations
                  - Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

                  NOT INCLUDED
                  Airfare:
                  - International and internal airfare

                  Pre- and post-expedition:
                  - Additional hotel nights
                  - Private transfers
                  - Travel Protection Plan
                  - Passport, visa, and immigration fees
                  - Expedition extensions
                  - Gratuities

                  Aboard ship
                  - Alcoholic beverages
                  - Spa treatments
                  - Gratuities
                  - Scuba diving
                  - Laundry
                  - Internet and phone
                  - Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature

                  Deposit & Payment

                  Initial deposit is variable, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

                  Final payment is due 100 days prior days prior to departure.

                  Final payment by check, bank transfer, credit cards.

                  Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior days prior to departure.

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                  Cancellation Policy

                  Days Prior to departureFee
                  180+ days$950
                  179-120Deposit
                  119-9030%
                  89-6055%
                  59-0100%