Nadi / LautokaArrive in Nadi, Fiji and transfer to Lautoka to board the National Geographic Orion. Set sail for your South Pacific cruise!
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.
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.
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.
Northern Cook IslandsThe 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.
At Sea / Southern Line Islands, KiribatiArrive 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.
Rangiroa, French PolynesiaGain 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.
Papeete / DisembarkApproach 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.