For guests wishing to explore outside the city, join members of the Expedition Team for a hike through pristine rainforest to the village of Lovoni, situated within the crater of an extinct volcano. As you hike learn from local guides about jungle medicines and bush food, and take in the magnificent natural beauty of the surrounding area. At the conclusion of your hike there will be a welcome opportunity to take a refreshing swim.
In the afternoon the Silver Explorer relocates to Leleuvia, an island resort almost completely surrounded by a reef, ideal for snorkeling. Your onboard marine biologist will describe the different kinds of coral and colorful reef-fish that can be seen close to the shore. The little island even offers good birding. Or, if you prefer, you can relax in the shade of palm trees, enjoying the songs of local guitarists.
For guests wanting a more energetic outing, enjoy a guided island tour by mountain bike! Breathe in the fresh island air en route to a picturesque beach where you can swim in tropical blue waters. Cycle along at a leisurely pace, passing by homes, villages and plantations; observing locals going about their daily routines; and stopping for photo opportunities at the most scenic viewpoints. Alternatively, outdoor enthusiasts can instead explore the island on a full-day guided kayak tour. Kayak inside Swallows Cave and over colorful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish and have a chance to swim at a few of the island’s many pristine beaches. At Mala Island Resort stop for lunch and a chance to snorkel along the stunning coral reef at the Japanese Gardens.
In the afternoon the Silver Explorer will relocate to the Ava Pulepule Kai channel, where you will take to the Zodiacs to explore some of the islands. Various types of seabirds nest or roost here, and you may even see flying foxes hanging in the trees. During your Zodiac cruise explore Swallows Cave and its nesting swiftlets.
Niue, or “The Rock” as it is known to its inhabitants, is one of the largest raised coral atolls in the Pacific, an island type named “Makatea” after an island in French Polynesia. Your arrival coincides with the Niue Constitution Celebrations, celebrating 40 years of self-governing in free association with New Zealand. Celebratory events may include canoe races, fishing competitions and also traditional dancing and singing performances. Also spend some time exploring Niue’s coast, stopping at areas of historical and scenic interest including an opportunity for some snorkeling and swimming in Niue’s crystal clear water.
Your marine biologist will point out the varied species found in the lagoon waters, including colorful reef-fish, sea cucumbers, rays, and sea turtles. Watch too for local birdlife, identifying tropicbirds, boobies, noddies, frigate birds and terns with the help of your onboard ornithologist.
Your journey takes you alongside dense tropical rainforests with trees that dip gracefully into the water, to a Botanical Garden where you will go ashore with a local guide to learn more about the island’s plant life, possibly sighting the rare tiare apetahi flower.
A scenic driving tour past a vanilla plantation takes you to the dramatic and well maintained Marae Taputapuatea. As Raiatea is considered to be the birthplace of French Polynesia, this is a highly significant Marae site with many associated legends involving both the sacred and magical. In the afternoon make a Zodiac landing on the sandy beaches of tranquil Moto Iriru to swim and snorkel above colorful underwater gardens or drift snorkel through the more challenging Iriru pass.
Alternatively, climb into a specially designed, open-air, off-road vehicle, to circle the island and visit some of its most dramatic sites that are only accessible by four-wheel drive. Veer inland following a trail that leads up the mountain to an amazing 360-degree panorama. From this height, you can view Bora Bora’s breathtaking multi-colored lagoons. See canons remaining from the American’s presence during WWII.
Though perhaps the most spectacular way to see Bora Bora is from the air on a helicopter flyover. This optional flight aboard a 5-seat “Squirrel” helicopter circles the island for spectacular views of lagoons fringed with white sandy beaches and a network of smaller islets.
Regardless of which tour you choose, your experienced guide will eagerly share his knowledge of the history, local legends, flora and fauna of this beautiful island. Of course, you may choose instead to simply spend the day swimming or snorkeling and savoring this idyllic tropical paradise. Local companies offer semi-submersible, glass bottom boats and snorkel safaris where one popular excursion permits you to swim with rays and with reef-sharks.
Shortly before sunset, the Silver Explorer will set sail for your final destination: Papeete.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|121 days or more||$300|
|120-91 days||20% cruise cost|
|90-46 days||55% cruise cost|
|45-31 days||80% cruise cost|
|30-0 days||100% cruise cost|