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Hanga Roa to Papeete - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Le Soleal
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This 13-day cruise will start in Hanga Roa, Easter Island where you will discover its famous wooden tablets called ‘Rongorongo’ and the Moai, or ‘walking statues’. You will then sail through the clear waters of the South Pacific to the Pitcairn Islands, an unspoiled subtropical environment whose capital, Adamstown, resembles a charming small village. Far from the major maritime routes, the Gambier Islands are one of Polynesia’s most unspoiled destinations. Encircled by a large ring of coral, its multicolored lagoons are each more beautiful than the next. Le Soleal will make a stop in the small village of Rikitea, where Saint Michael’s Cathedral stands proudly, built entirely of coral and wood. Before disembarking in Papeete, feast your eyes on the incomparable beauty of Moorea.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Hanga Roa, Easter Island | Embark
Day 2 : Hanga Roa, Easter Island
Day 3 : Hanga Roa, Easter Island
Days 4-5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Sailing Along Dulcie Island
Day 7 : Adamstown, Pitcairn Island 
Days 8-9 : Sailing Around Temoe Atoll | Rikitea, Gambier Islands
Days 10-11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Moorea Island
Day 13 : Papeete, Tahiti Island | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover Ahu Tahai and its monumental Moai statues
  • Scuba dive in the turquoise waters of the Pacific with an experienced instructor
  • Visit Saint Michel’s Cathedral in Rikitea
  • Learn about Rapa Nui and Orongo culture both first hand and from onboard lectures

Ship

Le Soleal

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Moorea, French Polynesia Welcome to Tahiti! Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific Easter Island's famous Moai statues Explore Easter Island

Day 1 Hanga Roa, Easter Island | Embark

The main town of legendary Easter Island, Hanga Roa is also its only urban area. Bathed by the Pacific Ocean, this picturesque Chilean town is an excellent base for exploring the island's spectacular treasures, particularly the moai, the famous enigmatic monumental statues. The Polynesian Hanga Roa culture and its traditional houses are a sheer delight. As evening approaches, wend your way to the charming fishing port where weather permitting, you can admire the captivating light of the setting sun.

Day 2 Hanga Roa, Easter Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you will have your choice of two excursions:

Hanga Roa & Moais Mystery
The tour begins heading towards Ahu Akivi located 15 km (9 miles) north, one of the main sites of this island. In contrast to the monumental statuary at other sites on the island, the moai at Ahu Akivi faces the ocean, it is inland and has a commanding view of the western part of the island. Its seven moai, all about 4.2 meters (14 feet) tall and approximatively 12 tons (26,450 lb) each, are remarkably similar. Built-in 1460 BC, probably at a time when the statue cult was beginning to unravel, it is one of the "youngest" ahus of the island and was completely restored in 1960 by archaeologist William Mulloy. Continue your excursion towards Puna Pau, which is a quarry in a small crater or cinder cone on the outskirts of Hanga Roa in the southwest of the island. Puna Pau was the sole source of the red scoria that the Rapa Nui people used to carve the pukao (topknots) that they put on the heads of some of their iconic moai statues. The stone from Puna Pau was also used for a few nonstandard moai and for some petroglyphs.

From this site, the tour continues towards Huri a Urenga. This is one of the few inland ahus of the island. The inland ahus are generally thought to have astronomical significance. The four-hand single moai here faces the sun as it rises behind a hill (Poike) at the winter solstice. Finally, continue towards Hanga Roa Village, where you will have time at leisure to explore the village independently, discovering its church decorated with spectacular carved wooden statues, a syncretic vision of Christianity and indigenous spirituality. Also, you may visit the colorful handicraft market before joining your tour vehicle to drive back to the quay of Hanga Piko, to be tendered back to your ship.

Rapa Nui Culture
Depart from the quay towards the impressive Ahu Tahai, a complex constituted of three different ahu sites: Ahu Ko Te Riku, Vai Ure and Tahai.
Ahu Ko Te Riku is a beautiful single statue placed on a platform, dated back to 690 BC. The statue is in good conditions and has beautiful white eyeballs with dark pupils. Ahu Vai Ure holds five different statues whereas one of the ahu, and Ahu Tahai holds a single large moai. This complex is believed to be one of the oldest ancient statue sites on Rapa Nui.

Continue towards the Sebastian Englert Museum. This anthropological museum is dedicated to the conservation of the Rapa Nui cultural patrimony, housing the only female moai as well as one of its coral eyes. Next, drive up to the Ceremonial Village of Orongo, one of the most significant archaeological sites in Rapa Nui National Park. It was the center of the birdman cult established in an attempt to restore the society after the collapse of the moai culture. Clans would gather at the village each year, and their champions would compete in a kind of triathlon to elect the island's religious leader. The village consists of some 53 houses and a small square entry overlooking the ocean, where the clans would live during the ceremonies. Remaining the last period of ancient times, this was a historical landmark in the Rapa Nui culture.

Finally, drive down towards Hanga Piko quay, with a final stop at a look-out point to observe the impressive crater lake of the Rano Kau, being the second oldest volcano on the island and dating back over 2.5 million years. It is known because of its cliff and for its huge caldera containing one of the island's three freshwater lakes.

Day 3 Hanga Roa, Easter Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart from Hanga Piko quay towards the restored Ahu Tongariki. This magnificent platform is the largest on the island and holds fifteen moais. This site was completely destroyed by a tsunami in 1960. The ahu was restored in 1992-95 by Claudio Cristino of the University of Chile. From this site, the tour continues on to the volcano of Rano Raraku, which is on the UNESCO's World Heritage list. Enjoy 0.4 mile (700 m) guided trekking up by the walls of the volcano where 95% of the moais were carved. Today you will find 394 statues in various stages of completion. For those wanting to explore deeper, follow a second steep trail independently up to the crater of the volcano, where you will find a quarry where the locals extracted the hard volcanic rock to create nearly all of the existing, immense moais. The volcano crater has an interior of more than 164 feet (50 m) in depth. Its high walls, measuring 656 feet (200 m), constitute a natural reservoir used throughout time by the island's inhabitants. It conserves an enclosed garden of priceless Polynesian and native species that constitutes an appropriate microclimate for the main preserve of flora on the island. Afterward, continue towards Anakena Beach, located at the north-east coast, 15.5 miles (25 km) from Hanga Piko quay. Once in Anakena, it will be easy to understand why the first king of the island Hotu Matu'a landed at this beach and started one of the most amazing megalithic cultures this world has seen. Anakena has four ahu sites, two of them have been reconstructed and the other two attest to the weathering of time. The first ahu is called Ature Huki, which was restored by Heyerdahl in 1955 and the other is called Ahu Nau Nau, which was restored by the archaeologist Sergio Rapu. Enjoy your lunch surrounded by the palm trees with a Rapa Nui folkloric performance. If time allows, you may take a bath at the beach before heading back to the quay. A stop will be made in Hanga Roa Otai point, should you wish to visit downtown independently.
  • This tour involves moderate walking over uneven paths. We recommend you to wear comfortable walking shoes. Vehicles used are mainly vans and mini buses and are not equipped with air conditioning. As the offer on the island is very limited, they are filled with full capacity. Guides move from one vehicle to another during the tour; explanations are given on sites. Should you wish to take a bath, wear your swimsuit under your clothes.

Day 4-5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During your days 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 time 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 6 Sailing Along Dulcie Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This lost atoll in the heart of the Pacific Ocean merits special attention. It was discovered by the British Captain Edward Edwards in 1791. He named it after Baron Francis Ducie, a captain in the British navy. Located around 500 kilometers from Pitcairn Island, it is one of the most remote islands in the world. Very few ships have approached it, and it has apparently never been permanently inhabited. Sailing away from this coral atoll, you will be able to admire from afar the volcanic island of Pitcairn, whose summit culminates at 330 meters and which has around fifty inhabitants. 

Day 7 Adamstown, Pitcairn Island 

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If you’ve got a taste for adventure and you love discovering wild, remote lands, you’ll definitely be won over by the Pitcairn islands. This tiny British territory is mainly composed of atolls right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Rimmed by steep cliffs several hundreds of meters high, the volcanic Pitcairn Island is to be explored on foot. In Adamstown, the only village on this 5-square-kilometer land, you’ll meet the 50 sole inhabitants of the entire archipelago. The call to Pitcairn is subject to weather and sea conditions.

Day 8-9 Sailing Around Temoe Atoll | Rikitea, Gambier Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing around the Temoe Atoll is breathtaking. Trapezoidal in shape, it is the most easterly atoll in French Polynesia. In administrative terms, it belongs to the Gambier Islands and has been uninhabited since 1838, when missionaries moved all the inhabitants to Mangareva. There are several ancient Polynesian remains and archaeologists are attempting to preserve the integrity of the former heritage of the atoll by faithfully rebuilding certain coral monuments. In the waters around the atoll, it is common to see shoals of tuna or sea bream following the coastlines: a unique and marvelous spectacle.

Discover Mangareva, which means “floating mountain” in Polynesian. Located in the Gambier Islands, surrounded by a magnificent coral reef and blessed with generous vegetation, this island, a cradle of Catholicism, has exceptional cultural heritage, with many vestiges of religious buildings dating from the 19th century. Nestling in the heart of this historic site with idyllic landscapes, do not miss the small village of Rikitea, where one of Polynesia’s wonders, Saint Michael’s Cathedral, stands proudly, entirely built from coral and timber.

Day 10-11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During your days 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 time 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 12 Moorea Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A part of the Windward Island archipelago just to the west of Tahiti, famous Mo'orea will leave you with a series of unforgettable images and memories. Bask on its heavenly beaches, enjoy a dip in the turquoise waters of its lagoon, and soak up its luscious vegetation and the heady flowers that carpet the inland areas. Get the most out of this natural gem with a trip to the Mo'orea Belvedere. Exceptional views of Mount Rotui unfurl before your eyes, with the Opunohu Bay and its valley to the left, and the famous Cook's Bay, surrounded by notched, cathedral-style peaks, to the right.

Day 13 Papeete, Tahiti Island | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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 Vaipahi public 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.

Disembark this morning after breakfast.

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