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Tahiti, the Tuamotu, and Society Islands

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Panorama II
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Join Panorama II roundtrip from Tahiti unraveling the Society and Tuamotu islands. Discover the islands of two archipelagos by small ship. Visit Bora Bora, Taha'a, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Rangiroa, Tetiaroa, Tikehau, and more. Admire these stunning islands, with their sculptural green peaks and brilliant clear blue lagoons. Island hopping allows you to see every landscape, from geometric ridges strung with waterfalls on the high islands to flat, desert-like atolls where lagoons far outsize the landmass. There are many sides to the islands of the south Pacific: discover their highlights on this relaxing cruise to the finest islands in the region. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Pape'ete | Embark
Day 2 : Bora Bora
Day 3 : Bora Bora | Taha'a
Day 4 : Raiatea
Day 5 : Raiatea | Huahine
Day 6 : Makatea
Day 7 : Rangiroa
Day 8 : Rangiroa | Tikehau
Day 9 : Tetiaroa | Mo'orea
Day 10 : Mo'orea
Day 11 : Pape'ete | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the stunning and world-famous Bora Bora
  • Visit Huahine, with its large concentration of ancient marae temples
  • Observe wildlife such as fish, dolphins, rays, sharks, turtles and more
  • Admire colorful clear-water coral gardens that are excellent for snorkeling

Ship

Panorama II

Places Visited

  • South Pacific
  • Bora Bora
  • Huahine
  • Makatea
  • Moorea
  • Papeete
  • Raiatea
  • Rangiroa
  • Society Islands
  • Taha'a
  • Tahiti
  • Tuamotu Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive
  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Pape'ete | Embark

Embark Panorama II this afternoon. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, set sail for Bora Bora.

Day 2 Bora Bora

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive this morning in Bora Bora, possibly one of the most photographed places on earth and striking in its beauty. Sail into Bora Bora lagoon with Mount Otemanu rising proudly at the center. Over the course of the next two days, choose from a variety of optional activities, such as a cultural tour by 4x4, a snorkeling excursion with stingrays, sharks, and the open-air Lagoon Aquarium exploration, and more. 

Day 3 Bora Bora | Taha'a

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue activities on Bora Bora in the morning. After lunch, cruise the Bora Bora lagoon and sail to nearby Taha'a, a true botanical paradise. The fertile island is covered with banana, watermelon, and coconut groves, and acts as a vast natural greenhouse for the treasured Tahitian vanilla orchid. Join an optional half day excursion to explore the island by 4x4. Taste the local fruit and admire breathtaking views of the magnificent turquoise waters of Ha'amene Bay, visit a pearl farm, and stop at a traditional vanilla plantation. In the afternoon, take a break to swim or snorkel from an atoll. 

Day 4 Raiatea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail across the lagoon and reach nearby Raiatea, which translates to "faraway heaven" and "sky with soft light." Originally known as Havai'i, Raiatea is considered the homeland of the ancient Polynesians. Join an optional morning excursion for an introduction to the highlights of Raiatea. Meet your guide for an informative & intimate tour by minibus. Enjoy a panoramic drive through the main town of Uturoa -- the cultural and administrative center of Raiatea. Shortly after leaving town, you will see Mount Temehani -- endemic home to the Tiare Apetahi. The highlight stop is at the main ancient Marae (open-air temple) of Taputapuatea, recently became a UNΕSCO protected site – your guide will cover the origins & history of this famous land mark. Here, we will learn about its Polynesian origins and historical
relevance. Optional afternoon tour includes an exploration by kayak of the Faaroa River, French Polynesia's only navigable river, with an expert guide leading the way through Raiatea's verdant interior.

Day 5 Raiatea | Huahine

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, sail to Huahine, once home to Tahitian royalty and considered the cradle of Polynesian culture. The two islands maintain the largest concentration of ancient marae (temples) in French Polynesia, some of which are believed to date back to around 700 AD. Huahine is a colossal tropical jungle burgeoning with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. An optional full-day tour takes you by 4x4 vehicle around the island to visit the small
villages of Fare and Maeva, an archaeological site, and a vanilla plantation. There will also be an opportunity to see and feed the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie Bay. This evening, sail to Makatea. 

Day 6 Makatea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The island of Makatea is like no other found in French Polynesia. It is not a coral atoll but rather a raised island of coral. The limestone cliffs tower over the coast and the island’s interior shows significant vegetation, complete with a few species of endemic birds and a peculiar expanse of limestone holes. Today, this sleepy but spectacular island is home to three species of threatened endemic birds: the beautiful Makatea fruit dove, the impressive imperial pigeon, and the comely appearing singer extraordinaire, the reed warbler. A half-day optional tour will take you across this unique island to a magnificent beach with rockpools to explore before visiting an incredible grotto. Swimming deeper inside the grotto, this underwater cave system will slowly open out to reveal a spectacular watery cathedral, full of weird and wonderful stalagmites and stalactites. Late afternoon departure to Rangiroa.

Day 7 Rangiroa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning arrive in Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago and one of the largest in the world. One of the best destinations for scuba diving, Rangiroa is composed of 240 islets, more than 110 miles, encompassing a deep lagoon. A full-day optional excursion will take you to the Blue Lagoon, a natural pool formed by islets and reefs within the central lagoon. At only 16 feet deep, the Blue Lagoon is an ideal location for swimming, snorkeling, and observing the vast assortment of marine life. Enjoy a traditional Polynesian picnic before returning to the ship.

Day 8 Rangiroa | Tikehau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early morning sailing and arrival at Tikehau, also called the Pink Sand Island. This small atoll consists of countless tiny white and pink sand islets engulfed in coconut groves and hidden alcoves. In Tikehau, which actually means "peaceful landing," you will find nothing but absolute serenity on her calm and graceful shores. The lagoon, formed by an almost unbroken ring of continuous coral, resembles an immense natural swimming pool. This underwater aquarium is teeming with marine life. According to the legendary marine researcher Jacques Cousteau, it has a higher concentration of fish than any other lagoon in French Polynesia. An optional walking tour will take you to one of the family-owned fish farm where they trap different species of fish in a maze of underwater fencing. Much of their catch is then shipped to Papeete and sold at the local markets. We will visit Tuherahera at the southern side where most locals live, leaving the remainder of the atoll virtually untouched. In fact, the northeastern quarter is mostly uninhabited. Naturally adorned with colorful flowers such as hibiscus and bougainvillea, Tuherahera is one of the most attractive villages in the Tuamotu Atolls. Afternoon sailing to Tetiaroa. 

Day 9 Tetiaroa | Mo'orea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A haven for birds, sea turtles and all kinds of marine life, Tetiaroa is treasured among Tahitians who know it as a sacred place. So sacred, that at one time the coconut-dotted white sand beaches and crystalline lagoon of this uninhabited atoll was an exclusive getaway for Tahitian royalty. It’s not surprising that actor Marlon Brando fell under its spell during the filming of “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1960 and later went on to become its owner. Under his direction a luxury eco-resort was designed and it operates in 100 % sustainable manner. Spend the morning in this charming island, exploring the lagoon and snorkeling in its crystal clear waters. Enjoy an optional guided walking tour to the islet of Tahuna Iti, the Birds’ Island. The islet shelters one of the largest colony of birds in Tahiti and is a national reserve for seabirds, frigates, sterns, phaetons (straw tails), brown gannets and other petrels. Afternoon sailing and evening arrival at Mo'orea.

Day 10 Mo'orea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mo'orea is believed to be the inspiration for the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. Eight gargantuan mountain peaks rise from its magnificent lagoon, creating a distinctive silhouette visible from the western coast of Tahiti. Optional excursions today include a snorkeling and ray tour or a nature and culture tour to admire incredible views in the interior of the island. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. 

Day 11 Pape'ete | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast. 
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Located on the lower deck, porthole and private bath facilities. Twin beds, one double bed or triple beds. 135 square feet.
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Notes

- Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.

- Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.

Included:
  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning.
  • Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day.
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability).
  • English-Speaking Cruise Escort.
Not included:
  • International flights and airport taxes.
  • Transfers from and to the airport.
  • Beverages (except those mentioned above).
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
  • Crew tips.
  • Passenger personal expenses.
  • Wi-Fi (available at a charge).
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