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Papeete to Lautoka - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Le Soleal
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This 13-day cruise brings you an exceptional itinerary of idyllic beaches, turquoise waters, and encounters with little-known cultures. After the first stop in Bora Bora, with its unmistakable volcanic silhouette, you will reach the Cook Islands and the clear blue waters of the Aitutaki lagoon. Then you will sail to Wallis and Futuna, small pieces of France lost in the Pacific, also the flag state of the Ponant fleet. In particular, you will visit the Basilica of Poi in Futuna, an important pilgrimage site in Oceania, as well as Lake Lalolalo in Wallis. On Taveuni, also known as “the garden island”, you will visit the magnificent Bouma Falls, nestling amid lush, tropical vegetation, and will meet local school children for a rich moment of exchange.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Papeete, Tahiti Island | Embark
Day 2 : Bora-Bora, Society Islands
Day 3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Aitutaki
Day 5 : Palmerston Island
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7 : International Date Line, Extreme West
Day 8 : Apia
Day 9 : Mata Utu, Wallis Island
Day 10 : Alofi Island
Days 11-12 : Taveuni
Day 13 : Lautoka

Highlights

  • Discover the French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Wallis and Futuna and Fiji
  • Explore southern sea lagoons, white-sand beaches and lush vegetation
  • Encounter locals and their cultures during traditional ceremonies
  • Enjoy diving (PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board

Ship

Le Soleal

Places Visited

  • Fiji
  • South Pacific
  • Aitutaki
  • Alofi
  • Apia
  • Bora Bora
  • Cook Islands
  • Futuna
  • Lautoka
  • Palmerston
  • Papeete
  • Samoa
  • Society Islands
  • Tahiti
  • Taveuni

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Vast skies and seas Woman snorkeling in clear water in Bora Bora Lagoon of Bora Bora, French Polynesia Always having adventures together! Cabanas silhouette  on a Bora Bora cruise

Day 1 Papeete, Tahiti Island | Embark

Capital of French Polynesia, the city of Papeete is on the north-west coast of the island of Tahiti. You’ll find a relaxed atmosphere here, where urban buzz combines with the legendary laid-back Polynesian lifestyle. Culture is not lacking. You can enjoy sites narrating the history of the archipelago, including the colonial cathedral and the Maison de la Reine Marau. The Vaipahipublic gardens will win you over by their abundant plant-life. The large municipal market offers local specialties: fresh fruit, spices and all kinds of fish abound on their stalls.

Day 2 Bora-Bora, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The paradisiacal atoll of the archipelago of the Leeward Islands, west of French Polynesia, mythical Bora-Bora offers a natural spectacle of captivating beauty. You’ll be won over as much by the white sandy beaches as by its famous lagoon, one of the most beautiful in the world, where colorful fish frolic in waters of incomparable turquoise. The island is covered with tropical vegetation, and dominated by the majestic outline of Mount Otemanu. A promenade through this volcanic landscape will enable you to discover a number of villages and meet local communities.

Please note that the following excursions are available for additional fees: Off-road Adventure, Island Discovery On Board A "Truck", Lagoon Sailing & Snorkeling, Private Island Escape, Shark & Ray Snorkeling, and Scenic Flight Over Bora-Bora & Tupai.

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 4 Aitutaki

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Aitutaki is a little island of 16 km², with a small fishing port with few motorboats, where a simple and peaceful life endures. During your visit, don’t miss the opportunity to walk along this magnificent lagoon, reputed as one of the most beautiful and spectacular in the world. Snorkeling fans will discover the treasures of underwater life here. The island is specialized in the sale of black pearls and the production of colored sarongs, as well as “tivaevae” — patchwork quilting and handiworks. This local manufacture has great value because of its careful artisanal fabrication, and the pieces made are generally offered at important occasions.

Day 5 Palmerston Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You’ll call in on Palmerston Island, an enchanted island of the Cook Islands atoll. Its 60 inhabitants are all descendants of the Englishman William Marsters, who settled on the island with his three wives in 1863. It’s the easternmost island of the southern group of the Cook Islands, which owe their name to the very first European to have discovered the atoll, Captain James Cook, in 1774 during his second voyage to the South Pacific. As beautiful and majestic as it is isolated, Palmerston Island is bordered by a large and shallow lagoon. 11 km wide, it has an infinite palette of blues and is perfect for hiking and unforgettable snorkeling.

Day 6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 7 International Date Line, Extreme West

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, explore International Date Line, Extreme West.

Day 8 Apia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Not far from the Wallis and Futuna archipelago, your ship will set sail towards Apia, the capital of Western Samoa. Located in the Pacific ring of fire, this destination remains little-known by tourists. You will be perpetually surrounded by turquoise blue lagoons and will spot waterfalls here and there is an intense green environment. Visit Apia Museum to discover the history of the region and then head for Mulinu’u, the territory’s former ceremonial capital. As for the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, it is home to magnificent underwater fauna and flora and attracts diving fans.

Please note that the following excursions are available for additional fees: Stevenson's Museum & Aggie Grey's Homestead, and Coastal Villages, Waterfalls and Gardens.

Day 9 Mata Utu, Wallis Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A small town currently a home to 1,100 inhabitants, Mata Utu is located on Wallis Island in the Wallis and Futuna archipelago. From afar, you will appreciate the colonial architecture of the Palace of the King; numerous traditional festivals are held in front of this building. Also discover the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, constructed in the 19th century and home to the seat of the Wallis and Futuna diocese. Be sure to take the unmissable walk along Lake Lalolao, which, at 82 meters deep, is certainly the most impressive of the crater lakes on Wallis. Mata Utu, a small corner of France lost in the Pacific, is also where the ships in the fleet are registered.

Day 10 Alofi Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the South Pacific, the Wallis and Futuna archipelago is a real jewel of nature, a territory that remains very little-known in tourism. Home to rare bird species unique to Oceania, the territory is surrounded by incredibly clear waters that protect a great variety of fish, dolphins, tortoises, and rays. Stroll along the magnificent beaches of Alofi and the coast road. Inland, the Villa Malia de Leava Church on Futuna is known for its annual celebrations of the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of the village. This important event is eagerly awaited by devotees, who give a hundred pigs as an offering for this big religious festival.

Day 11-12 Taveuni

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Located to the east of Vanua Levu in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Taveuni is the third-largest island in Fiji, also called the “garden-island” because of its abundant flora, which includes the delicate and rare Tagimoucia flower, characterized by its red and white petals. The island is like a lush tropical forest, with nature trails, deserted beaches, many waterfalls melting into the vegetation, such as the Bouma Falls, and the Namena Marine Reserve. The island is justifiably reputed for ecotourism and scuba diving.

Day 13 Lautoka

  • 1 Breakfast
Lautoka is the second-largest city in Fiji. Located on the western side of the island of Viti Levu, 24 kilometers north of Nadi. Lying in the heart of Fiji's sugar cane growing region, it is known as the Sugar City. Lautoka is the gateway to Fiji’s “Sun coast” a land of abundant sunshine, azure skies and dramatic grass-covered peaks checkered with sugar-cane fields, rural villages and quaint market towns. 

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

Discounts are available for children sharing a cabin with two adults and third adult passengers in select cabin categories. Please contact us for details.

Single travelers can opt for a solo cabin - supplements start at 50%.

Optional Excursions are NOT included in the price. Contact us for details.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands… list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • Room service 24h (special selection)
  • Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team on all cruises identified by “Expedition” logo
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Optional pre and post cruise programs, overlands, and excursions
  • Visa expenses (which may include additional administrative charges imposed by the authorities of a country) and/or immigration reciprocity taxes, if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure; please ask for more information
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations, and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
  • Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment and Zodiacs®. Rates: €70 per standard dive; €80 per dive when local equipment or staff must be used, €80 for a “discover scuba dive” course, on some cruises a dive package might be on offer. In order to participate to diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1-year-old and their up to date dive book.
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