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Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & Pitcairns

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Join this island excursion as Island Sky takes you on the 20-day cruise from Tahiti to Easter Island. Start the trip by learning about Tahiti through the different arts available in the museum. Visit Tuamotus Island, which is comprised of the world's largest atoll chain. Due to a low volume of visitors, you will be able to explore the underwater landscape and it is perfect for snorkeling and diving. Zodiacs will bring you to different islands where local dancers and drummers await to welcome you with their traditional songs and dances. Spend time bird-watching as you search for the endemic Nuku Hiva pigeon and Marquesan swiftlet. End your voyage at Easter Island, where you will witness the famous giant Moai statues before returning to Chile's mainland and making your way home.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Papeete, Tahiti
Day 2 : Papeete | Embark
Day 3 : Apataki, Tuamotu Islands
Day 4 : At Sea
Days 5-7 : Marquesas Islands
Day 8 : Puka Puka, Tuamotu Islands
Day 9 : Puka Rua
Day 10 : Tuamotu Islands
Day 11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands
Day 13 : Henderson
Day 14 : Ducie
Days 15-16 : At Sea
Days 17-18 : Easter Island, Chile
Days 19-20 : Easter Island | Disembark | Santiago

Highlights

  • Photograph the exquisite Marquesas with their sky-piercing volcanoes
  • See Easter Island’s giant volcanic stone statues or Moai
  • Meet and socialize with the Pitcairn Island residents
  • Birders can search for the endemic Nuku Hiva pigeon and Marquesan swiftlet

Ship

Island Sky (ZE)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Moai of Easter Island Sign to Rano Raraku, Easter Island Snorkel the vibrant waters of the South Pacific Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific Diving among the reef and marine life

Day 1 Papeete, Tahiti

Arrive in the late evening and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Papeete | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax during a morning at leisure, then join a tour of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia’s largest island. Pass by orchards of papaya as you drive along the stunning coast. Visit the renowned Museum of Tahiti, which traces the islands’ history. Embark the Island Sky this afternoon. 

Day 3 Apataki, Tuamotu Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Though remote and sparsely populated, the far-flung Tuamotus comprise the world’s largest atoll chain. These venerable coral constructions rise just high enough above the water to be called land, and if it weren’t for their waving coconut palms, they might be entirely invisible from any distance. With few visitors and little industry, the dazzling lagoon of Apataki offers a pristine underwater landscape for snorkelers and divers to explore. 

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Attend informative lectures today as the Island Sky cruises towards the legendary Marquesas Islands.

Day 5-7 Marquesas Islands

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Considered one of the most beautiful island groups in the South Pacific, the Marquesas lie farther from a continental coast than any other islands in the world. Unlike other Polynesian islands, the Marquesas have no surrounding reefs or placid lagoons. Their wide, deep bays are havens for vessels such as ours.
Spend three days exploring this dazzling collection of islands whose breathtaking vertical peaks reach into the clouds, while carpets of lush tropical vegetation drape cliffs and canyons that descend to sea-sculpted bays. Countless sooty, fairy, and bridled terns circle tiny, rocky pinnacle islets. Zodiacs bring you ashore on a variety of islands, to be greeted by dancers and drummers adorned in leis and tapa cloth. On walks, you may see petroglyphs or tiki figures—representing deified ancestors—flanked by banyan trees, fragrant plumeria, blooming orchids, and silvery waterfalls. Open-air craft markets display baskets, shell jewelry, and wooden carvings. Birders search for the endemic Nuku Hiva pigeon and Marquesan swiftlet. Though the islands lack fringing reefs, snorkelers and divers will discover colorful fish against a backdrop of sheer walls and dramatic arches.

Day 8 Puka Puka, Tuamotu Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Delightful music and dancing welcome you to this idyllic island—the first land sighted in the Pacific by Europeans. Visit the small village whose residents raise taro, bananas, and coconut palms for copra (dried coconut). Birders search for Pacific reef-heron while snorkelers and divers explore the fringing reef.  

Day 9 Puka Rua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Coconut palms and breadfruit trees cover the beautiful islets that surround Puka Rua’s lagoon. Garland-bedecked dancers greet you in the tiny village whose 150 hospitable inhabitants earn a living selling copra. Witness the process of coconut drying, visit a local crafts market, or stroll along the lagoon’s shores watching crested terns circling overhead. 

Day 10 Tuamotu Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, conditions permitting, explore one of the many uninhabited Tuamotu Islands and enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or diving.  

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend a day at sea as the ship continues towards the remote Pitcairn Islands. Join naturalists on deck to search for a variety of seabirds and marine mammals.

Day 12 Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Remote, enchanting, and tiny at six miles around, volcano-crowned Pitcairn was the fabled hideout of the HMS Bounty mutineers in 1790. Step ashore and visit with the 50 hospitable inhabitants of Adamstown, who are the direct descendants of the nine mutineers and 18 Polynesians. The anchor of the Bountyrests beside the courthouse and the ship’s Bible resides in the church.   

Day 13 Henderson

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sheer limestone cliffs surround this elevated coralline island, a World Heritage Site, pockmarked by caves and blowholes. Henderson’s astounding natural selection has produced ten endemic flowering plants and four endemic species of land birds, including the Henderson Island crake and Stephen’s lorikeet. There will also be an opportunity to snorkel or dive in the marinelife-rich waters.  

Day 14 Ducie

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This small, uninhabited, and rarely-visited atoll is rimmed in white sand beaches that in turn surround a crystalline lagoon. As you walk along the shore, witness a vast variety of seabirds—tens of thousands nest here, including Murphy’s and Phoenix petrels, masked boobies, frigatebirds, and red-tailed tropicbirds. Underwater forays bring you face-to-face with legions of rainbow-hued fish in the warm, clear waters.

Day 15-16 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Relax on deck and enjoy the ongoing lecture series as you cruise toward Easter Island, a World Heritage Site and one of the most mysterious places on earth.  

Day 17-18 Easter Island, Chile

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend two full days exploring Easter Island. View the intriguing stone heads, moai, built on massive stone platforms at Tahai, along with nearly 400 monolithic statues in various states of completion at the spectacular volcanic tuff quarries. Visit the ceremonial center of Ahu Vinapu where the island’s only female moai was found. At Ahu Tongariki visit the largest ceremonial site in Polynesia—a five-year archaeological restoration project was completed in 1996. Drive to the Rano Kau volcano to view the giant caldera, home to a sprawling lake dotted with small floating reed islets, and the ceremonial village of Orongo, dedicated to the fascinating “birdman” cult.    

Day 19-20 Easter Island | Disembark | Santiago

  • 2 Breakfasts
After breakfast disembark the Island Sky and enjoy a short tour before heading to the airport for your afternoon flight to Santiago.

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Notes

- Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
- Singles may be available at 1.6 times the share rate.

For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions. Ashore, you must be able to walk moderate distances, unaided, over rough terrain (rocky, uneven beaches in the sub-Antarctic islands, and occasional ice and snow on the Antarctic Peninsula). Temperatures will range from 45º – 55ºF in the sub-Antarctic region, and may get as cold as 30º – 40ºF on the Antarctic Peninsula itself. 

Included:
  • Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, nature walks, and cultural tours
  • All gratuities
  • All accommodations
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded:
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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