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South Pacific Islands Expedition

Easter Island to Papeete - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Silver Explorer
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Join a 15-day journey that reverses part of the odyssey of the mutineers of the Bounty. Board the Silver Explorer in the magnetic Easter Island, stop at the Pitcairn Islands before exploring the Gambier and Austral Islands, Bora Bora and Tahiti. Enjoy the opportunity to see rare endemics birds and as well as large seabird colonies. Relish a chance to see what is hidden to most!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Easter Island, Chile | Embark
Days 2-3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Ducie Atoll, Pitcairn Islands, UK
Day 5 : Henderson, Pitcairn Islands, UK
Day 6 : Pitcairn Island, Pitcairn Islands, UK
Day 7 : Oeno, Pitcairn Islands, UK
Day 8 : Mangareva, Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Raivavae, Austral Islands, French Polynesia
Day 12 : Tubuai
Day 13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Bora Bora, Society Islands
Day 15 : Papeete, French Polynesia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Meet the descendants of the famed HMS Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn Island
  • Swim and snorkel at remote reefs and islands rarely visited
  • Explore Bora Bora on land, in the water and optionally from the air
  • Visit Mangareva’s magnificently restored St. Michael’s Cathedral

Ship

Silver Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sunset on Easter Island Horse grazing at sunset among moai Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific Woman snorkeling in clear water in Bora Bora Lagoon of Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Day 1 Easter Island, Chile | Embark

Embark the Silver Explorer and depart on your exciting Silversea Expedition — “In the Wake of the Bounty”. Once you have settled in and before Silver Explorer leaves Hanga Roa, attend a mandatory safety drill. During a special sail away party watch as the island’s moai slowly disappear from your view. This evening enjoy the delights of The Restaurant with the last views of Easter Island as it disappears on the horizon.

Day 2-3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
These two days offer you relaxation after the long voyage to Easter Island. Gather in The Theatre for staff introductions and briefings on Zodiac safety. The members of the Expedition Team, all knowledgeable experts in their various scientific fields, present lectures about the rarely visited islands and archipelagoes to visit. Topics include botany, anthropology and ornithology, and prepare you for the adventures to come. As your voyage follows to a certain degree the route of HMS Bounty, your Historian describes how your itinerary is connected to the famous breadfruit-expedition of William Bligh and Fletcher Christian.

Other onboard diversions may include photographic workshops, Spa treatments, and a workout in the Fitness Centre.

Day 4 Ducie Atoll, Pitcairn Islands, UK

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ducie, a small isolated atoll, is the easternmost of the Pitcairn Islands. A mere speck in the surrounding expanse of ocean, uninhabited except for thousands of nesting seabirds that reside among the two plant species (beach heliotrope and at least one specimen of Pemphis) that grow over seventy percent of the island. Bird species you should be able see include Murphy’s petrels, common white terns, great frigatebirds and masked boobies. Few have ever snorkelled on top of the remains of the Acadia, wrecked in 1881, or in the atoll’s lagoon waters. If conditions permit, this surely is a highlight of the voyage.

Day 5 Henderson, Pitcairn Islands, UK

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today intend to go ashore on the northern shore of this uninhabited raised coral island. Although inhabited by Polynesians a few hundred years ago, Henderson’s isolation has led to its primary attraction: four endemic land birds. The onboard Ornithologist would like to lead a guided nature walk, hoping to spot the flightless Henderson rail, Stephen’s (or Henderson) lorikeet, the Henderson fruit-dove, and the Henderson reed warbler. The island is also known to have ten endemic species of plant life. To protect the rare, natural state of Henderson Island, UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage Site in 1988. If conditions permit, enjoy some snorkelling from your anchored Zodiacs.

Day 6 Pitcairn Island, Pitcairn Islands, UK

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Halfway between Peru and New Zealand, Pitcairn was the perfect hiding spot for the famed HMS Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives. Not only had the island been misplaced on early maps of the region, but it can also be very difficult to come ashore as large breakers tend to build up just in front of the small harbour of Bounty Bay. Depending on the sea conditions, you can either go ashore by Zodiac, or have the privilege to use one of Pitcairn’s longboats.

Your goal is to visit with the islanders, descendants of the Bounty crew, and get a sense of their daily lives, far removed from the rest of the world. Listen to their distinct dialect, a combination of 18th-century English and Tahitian, and explore the island, either on your own or accompanied by one of your experts. Plan to visit the museum, the cemetery, the school and hike towards Fletcher Christian’s cave. Birders should be on the lookout for the endemic Pitcairn Reed Warbler, while stamp collectors may certainly want to purchase a few of the coveted Pitcairn Island stamps to keep as reminders of their visit to this remote island. Pitcairn Island cook books, hand-carved replicas of the Bounty, walking canes, and other souvenirs are set up at Adamstown’s meeting ground next to the church and post office.

Day 7 Oeno, Pitcairn Islands, UK

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located 120 kilometres northwest of Pitcairn, Oeno is a beautiful low-lying island rarely visited. Oeno used to be the island Pitcairn Islanders went to on their ‘holidays’. The little island is surrounded by white sandy beaches inside a lagoon. A sand bar, which is constantly undergoing change, is currently unattached to the island. The island is home to a number of seabirds -such as Murphy’s petrels, sooty terns and brown noddies.

Access to the island is quite limited, as the currents close to the channel leading to the island can be quite strong and one has to carefully navigate around the many coral heads.

Day 8 Mangareva, Gambier Islands, French Polynesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mangareva is the main island of the Gambier Islands and together with Taravai, Akamaru, Aukena and several smaller islands is the visible part of an old volcano. 
Before the large lagoon had been used for black pearl farming, local divers brought up black-lip pearl oysters for their mother-of-pearl and used them for trade. Mangareva is known as the cradle of Catholicism in French Polynesia and in the mid-19th century St. Michael’s Cathedral was built using large amounts of mother-of-pearl shells to decorate the altar. The building has recently been renovated and you can visit the church to see the workmanship of the locals. The church is still involved in teaching students how to engrave mother-of-pearl shells and you can visit their workshop.   

If possible, visit a pearl farm and can swim and snorkel in the lagoon.

Day 9-10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As the Silver Explorer travels towards the Austral Islands, learn about the residents of these remote islands –not only humans, but also plants and animals.
When not attending a lecture or relaxing on the Sun Deck, get help from the onboard Photographer during a workshop or contemplate the wide expanse of the South Pacific while Silver Explorer sails in a westerly direction to reach Raivavae.

Day 11 Raivavae, Austral Islands, French Polynesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your first stop in the Austral Islands has been described as a small and laid-back version of Bora Bora –without the tourists. Land on Raivavae’s north shore to semi-circumnavigate the island by local bus. A stop is made at a marae where one of the few tiki carved on Raivavae can still be seen in a private garden. Once past the airport –which had to be built in the lagoon because there was not enough flat space on land- meet your Zodiacs again on the southeast side to be transferred across the lagoon to Motu Vaiamanu. This is the typical South Sea paradise one expects: crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, pandanus and coconut palm trees, with reef fish for snorkelers to enjoy and tropicbirds, reef herons, noddies and the occasional shorebird for our birders. If you just want to relax on the beach listen to the local musicians and taste some of the local delicacies prepared for you.

Day 12 Tubuai

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tubuai is the administrative centre for the Austral Islands, but is probably best-known for the role it played in the selection of a home for the Bounty mutineers before they finally landed on Pitcairn. See where the mutineers’ settlement Fort George was meant to be built –only impressions of the moat are still visible- and observe two of the important marae (ancient ceremonial sites). 

If you want some exercise, a guided walk of some 7km around the island and even a strenuous hike to the top of the island (some 422 metres above sea level) could be done if it has not rained.

Day 13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join your experts in The Theatre for the final fascinating lectures about French Polynesia and attend a briefing on the variety of activities that are offered while in Bora Bora and other important information needed to make the most of your time ashore.

Later, join your Videographer to view the video presentation of oyur journey so far. Tonight the Captain would like to invite you to his Farewell Cocktail Reception and the Restaurant Manager and Executive Chef have prepared a special Farewell Dinner.

Day 14 Bora Bora, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
No superlatives can adequately describe the spectacular beauty of Bora Bora’s emerald-green hills and tranquil sapphire-blue lagoons. Cruise the narrow channel into the lagoon at dawn. Be out on deck to watch the sun rise behind Mount Pahia and Otemanu and look for dolphins playing at the entrance to the lagoon.

Select from a variety of excursions and activities today. Enjoy a leisurely, open-air ‘le truck’ tour of Bora Bora’s highlights: ancient marae stone temples, the Faanui Protestant Church, scenic lookout points with spectacular vistas of the lagoon and distant islands, old WWII remnants and popular Matira Beach. Sample local fruits and watch a pareo (sarong) demonstration before returning to the ship.

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-coloured lagoon. See canons remaining from the American’s presence during WWII.

If you would like to see Bora Bora’s underwater world, a snorkel safari permits you to swim with rays and with reef sharks.

Optional flight excursion:
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 the lagoon fringed with white sandy beaches and a network of smaller islets.

Day 15 Papeete, French Polynesia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer in Papeete, French Polynesia.

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Notes

Please note: Fares are capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time without notice. All prices are in US dollars, cruise-only per person based on double occupancy.

- The supplement for single occupancy in a Vista, Veranda or Midship Veranda Suite ranges from 25% – 100% above the double occupancy fare, depending upon the sailing and suite selected. Single supplement for a Silver or Medallion Suite (Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper), Owner’s, Grand or Royal Suites are 100% above of the double occupancy fare. Suites for single and third guests are capacity controlled.

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Included in the cruise fare:
  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI* throughout the ship
  • Onboard Gratuities
  • Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society.
Not included in your cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Optional hotel accommodation,
  • Transfers and luggage handling,
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Optional shore excursions 
  • Meals ashore
  • Accommodation while ashore
  • Security surcharges 
  • Any item or service of a personal nature such as casino gaming, laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques, childcare services aboard ship, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures.
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.
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