Reefs, Lagoons and Volcanic Isles: Fiji to Tahiti Cruise

A sea fan in the clear waters of Fiji
Walk the sandy beaches of Bora Bora
Snorkel with sea turtles as you cruise the South Pacific
View the exceptional underwater wildlife of Bora Bora
The beautiful island chain of Fiji
Jan Butchofsky Houser
The National Geographic Orion is sleek and at your service
Mick Fogg
Keep in shape in the exercise room aboard the National Geographic Orion
Experience the magic of the South Pacific on this 18-day cruise. Sail from Fiji to Tahiti, stopping to observe the pristine villages and reef systems in between. A great mix for your South Pacific cruise adventure.

Day 1

    Nadi / Lautoka

    Arrive in Nadi, Fiji and transfer to Lautoka to board the National Geographic Orion. Set sail for your South Pacific cruise!

    Days 2-4

      Fiji / At Sea

      Arrive at Taveuni, Fijiís third largest island and known as the 'Garden Island' for its rich vegetation. Head inland to discover the waterfalls of Bouma National Heritage Park and admire a panoramic view from 3,920-foot Des Voeux Peak. Dive or snorkel the reef or take a birding walk along a coastal trail to see species such as orange fruit doves, endemic silktails, fantails, and parrots. On Fijiís outer islands, explore the local cultures found in remote villages.

      Take advantage of a full day at sea to settle into the relaxed pace of life on board. Watch for marine life, study your route on the navigational charts, and attend lectures by on-board experts.

      Days 5-6


        Watch as the ship winds its way through a maze of uplifted limestone islets and arrive in the Kingdom of Tonga. In Neiafu, venture into the surrounding hills to visit a vanilla plantation before browsing the craft and produce markets on the wharf. Spend the afternoon on the water kayaking, snorkeling, diving, or taking a zodiac into the limestone caves along the coast.

        The following day, anchor off Niuatoputapu and witness daily life on Tongaís most remote islands. Enjoy an introduction to Tongan music and attend a traditional kava ceremony. On Tafahi, explore volcanic rocks and submerged canyons while snorkeling or diving.

        Days 7-9

          Samoa / At Sea

          Sail for Samoa to explore its beaches and lagoons, hidden waterfalls, and lava-sculpted landscapes. Hike through vibrant rain forests with flowers and birds, take a dip in a swimming hole, snorkel and dive along the reef, and soak up the languid rhythms of island life that ocne drew the author Robert Louis Stevenson to its shores.

          Enjoy the life aboard the National Geographic Orion as you spend two days sailing into the heart of Polynesia.

          Days 10-11

            Northern Cook Islands

            The 15 Cook Islands are scattered across the Pacific. Captain Cook was the first to thoroughly explore the islands in the 1770ís. The northern islands feature low coral atolls with vast turquoise lagoons and are known for their black pearl farms. Explore the area ashore and at sea, visiting the island communities and discovering the aquatic world beneath the waves.

            Days 12-15

              At Sea / Southern Line Islands, Kiribati

              Arrive at the Southern Line Islands and snorkel or dive along some of the most remote and pristine atolls on Earth. The islands were identified by Marine ecologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala as one of the last healthy and undisturbed places in the ocean. Go ashore on Caroline Island and navigate the intricate channels of its lagoons by Zodiac or kayak.

              Days 16-17

                Rangiroa, French Polynesia

                Gain a day as you cross the International Date Line and arrive in French Polynesia. Explore Rangiroa, a ring of slender islands known for some of the best diving and snorkeling in French Polynesia. The turquoise lagoon at its center is the second-largest in the world. Pass between the islets and anchor near the village of Tiputa. Local musicians greet you and will show you around the village.

                Day 18

                  Papeete / Disembark

                  Approach the emerald crags of Tahitiís volcanic peaks and disembark in French Polynesiaís capital city, Papeete. Check in to a day room and explore the cityís museums, markets, and black pearl shops before venturing off to the surrounding beaches. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your connecting flight home.
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                  2014 : Nov 16
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