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Discover the idyllic South Pacific paradise filled with lagoons, tropical islands, and active volcanoes, making it one of the most beautiful places in the world. Explore the best South Pacific cruises in 2022 with these top 113 itineraries. Our expert guides will share insights into local food and culture at every port where you may enjoy a variety of activities such as small ship cruises, cruises, wildlife viewing, snorkeling, and village visits. Our South Pacific cruises offer a chance to explore the mystery, enchantment, and natural beauty of this remote and diverse region, taking in the sights and sounds of Papeete, Darwin, Broome, Dunedin, and Auckland. We specialize in small ships hosting 10 to 500 guests, and we can help you find the perfect ship and cruise for your next trip. Adventure Life South Pacific cruise specialists can help you organize a successful vacation.
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Cascading waterfall in the Milford Sound
$9,520
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Expedition to the Albatross Latitudes: The Subantarctic & Chatham Islands

17 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Explore Dusky and Doubtful Sounds
  • Discover Subantarctic islands
  • Spend time on Chatham Islands
  • Spot incredible wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Queenstown / Wellington
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
AboardCoral Geographer, discover why these islands are part of New Zealand’s Subantarctic UNESCO World Heritage site. Each wilderness experience is guided by our knowledgeable expedition team, as you spot rare birds, hike through wonderful fields of mega herbs and encounter numerous species …
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Beautiful view of Akaroa
$7,635
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New Zealand's East Coast

13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Enjoy a New Year’s Eve cruise
  • Experience the Maori culture
  • Explore Fiordland’s sounds
  • Encounter birds and marine wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
AboardCoral Geographer, experience New Zealand from a different perspective, as free time and the ability to customize your expedition from a choice of experiences in historic cities is contrasted with wilderness experiences guided by the knowledgeable expedition team. By small ship, enjoy access …
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Paul Gauguin sits outside Bora Bora.
$5,320
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Cook Islands & Society Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Snorkel in Bora Bora
  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahaha
  • Visit the famous Aitutaki lagoons
  • Experience the Cook Islands
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Helicopter Tours, Hiking, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this South Pacific cruise, the region's incredible diversity of scenery is front and center. Discover the isle of Huahine, renowned for its spectacular rainforests. Then experience the unique majesty of the Cook Islands. Arid Aitutaki is virtually flat - so much so that you can spot the …
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Relax on the beaches of the South Pacific
$2,850
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Tahiti & the Society Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahana
  • Explore stunning Bora Bora
  • Visit the island of Moorea
  • Experience Tahiti's capital Papeete
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Helicopter Tours, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 8-day South Pacific cruise is perfect for those who want a core Polynesian experience.In 1891, when Paul Gauguin arrived in Tahiti, he captured the charm, culture, and languid grace of the natives in oils. You won't find his paintings here, but the original models still call this piece of …
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Kayaking in Hawaii's lava tubes.
$5,795
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Hawaiian Seascapes

8 Day Itinerary aboard Safari Explorer
  • Enjoy a paʻina and jam session
  • Take part in exploration activities
  • Visit the Puu Waawaa Sanctuary
  • Snorkel among coral gardens
  • Explore the island history
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark the Safari Explorer to discover gems of the Hawaiian Islands! On this 8-day voyage, partake in unparalleled snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, beach-combing, and skiff excurisons. Visit a plumeria farm, one of Hawaii's longest beaches, and discover island history at the …
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Walk out over the crystal clear waters of Indonesia
$13,600
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West Papua, Raja Ampat & Micronesia

Darwin to Guam - 17 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Discover Banda Niera
  • Hike to the summit of Pindito Peak
  • Experience ancient traditions
  • Swim at the famous Jellyfish Lake
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Guam
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Be touched by genuinely warm welcomes as we experience cultural traditions and performance shaped by the rich cultural history of Melanesian and Micronesian customs. Amidst striking natural landscapes and seascapes boasting vibrant marine biodiversity, learn about centuries-old navigational …
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Sunrise in Papua New Guinea Highlands
$11,070
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South Pacific Expedition: Cairns to Lautoka

2022 - 17 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Experience a Melanesian welcome
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef
  • Witness Vanuatu’s traditions
  • Swim at Sawa-i-Lau
Starts/ Ends in:
Cairns / Lautoka
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Both humongous and humbling, Melanesia has been topping wanderlust wish lists for years. Join a team of onboard experts aboard Silver Explorer and explore this lesser known region. Leaving Cairns, venture to hot springs and view birds of paradise in Papua New Guinea, exploring the island’s …
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Explore the landscape of French Polynesia.
$6,900
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Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands

15 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Visit the remote island of Fakarava
  • Explore the island of Hiva Oa
  • Look for humpback whales
  • Snorkel in stunning Bora Bora
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this two-week South Pacific cruise, first call at the breathtaking isle of Bora Bora. Then it's on to the Tuamotus, specifically Fakarava, an atoll known for its pristine beaches, rare wildlife, and exceptional diving. Next, explore the mist-covered Marquesas, where you discover the islands …
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Women wearing traditional dress of the South Pacific.
$7,640
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Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji

15 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Discover Motu Mahana beach
  • Tour Fiji's capital city, Suva
  • Experience unique Tongan culture
  • Snorkel one of the largest reefs
Activities:
Helicopter Tours, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Follow in the wake of explorers on this comprehensive 15-day South Pacific cruise onboard Paul Gauguin. Discover the South Pacific’s most storied, beautiful, and culturally vibrant islands, towns, and cities.No matter what kind of experience you seek, there are treasures to discover at every …
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Relax in the magnificent beaches of Fiji
$7,300
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Fiji to Bali

17 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Enjoy Dili's fine beaches
  • Explore Espiritu Santo's sceneries
  • Visit the historical Guadalcanal
  • Take a stroll along Samarai Island
  • Admire the mosaic façade
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take a westward voyage deep into the Far East on this one-time, one-of-a-kind itinerary. Embark The Gauguin in the “Sugar City” Lautoka, the heart of Fiji’s sugarcane-growing region — and sail to exotic ports in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and …
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Moorea, French Polynesia
$5,250
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Society Islands and Tuamotus

11 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Enjoy two full days in Bora Bora
  • Explore Fakarava, a UNESCO site
  • Spend a day relaxing on Motu Mahana
  • Visit the Tuamotu Archipelago
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Helicopter Tours, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark Paul Gauguin to visit the Society Islands on this South Pacific cruise, including Huahine, with its stunning crystalline lagoon. The Tuamotu Archipelago awaits you next. Comprised of very low-lying atolls, none of the chain's many islets rise more than ten feet above sea level. Visit …
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Explore the landscape of French Polynesia.
$8,460
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Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands

13 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Visit Lautoka, the Sugar City
  • Explore fascinating Suva
  • Enjoy Tongan culture and food
  • Discover dramatic Bora Bora
Starts/ Ends in:
Lautoka / Papeete
Activities:
Helicopter Tours, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This exciting 13-day Polynesia trip on the Paul Gauguin gives you a glimpse of the various cultures and natural beauty of this diverse and verdant region. From Fiji’s colonial charms to the white-sand beaches of Bora Bora to the coral reef-enclosed lagoon of Aitutaki, this is an experience …
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Beautiful beaches of Bora Bora.
$7,200
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Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Visit Lautoka, the Sugar City
  • Explore fascinating Suva
  • Enjoy Tongan culture and food
  • Discover dramatic Bora Bora
Activities:
Helicopter Tours, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Calling upon ports in four very different South Seas archipelagos, this exciting 12-day journey on the Paul Gauguin offers a window into the cultures and natural beauty of this diverse and verdant corner of the world. From Fiji’s colonial charms to the white-sand beaches of Bora Bora, to the …
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Enjoy a tropical escape
$3,090
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Tahiti, the Society & Tuamotu Islands

11 Day Itinerary aboard Panorama II
  • Explore stunning Bora Bora
  • Visit ancient temples on Huahine
  • Observe incredible marine wildlife
  • Snorkel around colorful reefs
Starts/ Ends in:
Papeete / Moorea
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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 …
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Lagoon of Bora Bora, French Polynesia
$2,290
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Tahiti & Pearls of French Polynesia

8 Day Itinerary aboard Panorama II
  • Visit the enchanted Huahine
  • Observe unique wildlife
  • Explore Bora Bora
  • Snorkel in clear blue waters
Starts/ Ends in:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sailing round-trip from Papeete port, Tahiti, uncover the world-famous Society islands of French Polynesia by small ship. Bora Bora, Taha'a, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea - islands sculpted by sky-piercing, moss-green peaks and lined with vivid turquoise lagoons. Island hopping allows you to see …
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Coastal beauty of Dunedin
$29,370
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Southern Odyssey

Auckland to Dunedin - 20 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • See New Zealand’s cultural riches
  • Explore Fiordlands National Park
  • Watch vibrant wildlife
  • Spot unique species
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Dunedin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Navigate New Zealand’s verdant coastlines to encounter pristine beaches, quiet coves, and waters filled with whales, dolphins, and seals. The soaring peaks and countless waterfalls of the country’s dazzling fjords are at their jaw-dropping best in Fiordlands National Park, where …
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15 Moai at Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island
$21,280
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Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

19 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Dive or snorkel reefs of Fakarava
  • Trace the legend of H.M.S. Bounty
  • Explore Henderson Island's wildlife
  • Discover mythical Easter Island
Starts/ Ends in:
Santiago / Papeete
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 18-day cruise will have you following in the wake of early Polynesian navigators, this Tahiti travel expedition takes you to the farthest reaches of Oceania. From remote and enigmatic Easter Island to the historically significant Pitcairn Islands through the “low islands” of the …
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A quiet morning near Dunedin
$6,650
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The Best of New Zealand

10 Day Itinerary aboard Le Laperouse
  • Sail through New Zealand’s fjords
  • Explore Dunedin the oldest city
  • Meet the Maori people's culture
  • Discover Te Papa Tongarewa museum
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Port of Lyttelton
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this cruise,PONANTinvites you to discoverNew Zealand, a unique destination with a multitude ofnatural treasures.Set sail aboardLeLap.érousefor a10-daycruisefrom Lyttelton to Auckland.FromDunedin, the Edinburgh of New Zealand is a lively student city, with a rich Scottish Heritage. Explore …
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