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Tahiti & Pearls of French Polynesia

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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 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 Tahiti, yet they are all connected by Mana. Mana is a life force and spirit that surrounds us. You can see it. Touch it. Taste it. Feel it. And from the moment you arrive, you will understand why locals say the islands are embraced by Mana.
Woman snorkeling in clear water in Bora BoraCabanas silhouette  on a Bora Bora cruiseWomen wearing traditional dress of the South Pacific.Sail the crystal waters of the South Pacific reef systemLagoon of Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Highlights
  • Visit Huahine, with its largest concentration of ancient marae temples
  • Observe wildlife such as: Fish, dolphins, rays, sharks, turtles and more
  • Explore the stunning and world famous Bora Bora
  • Admire clear-water coral gardens that are as excellent for snorkeling
Places Visited
  • South Pacific
  • Tahiti
  • Bora Bora
  • French Polynesia
  • Huahine
  • Moorea
  • Oceania
  • Papeete
  • Polynesia
  • Raiatea
  • Society Islands
  • Taha'a
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Papeete, Tahiti | Embark

Embark the Panorama II in Papeete Port between 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm. After a welcome briefing and safety drill set sail for Bora Bora. Overnight at sea

Day 2: Bora Bora

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early morning arrival in Bora Bora, possibly the most photographed place on earth. Our ship sails into Bora Bora lagoon with Mount Otemanu rising proudly at the center. Over the following two days, have a variety of optional activities to choose from, such as:
a) A Bora Bora Cultural Tour by 4x4;
b) An excursion to snorkel with stingrays and sharks;
c) An open-air Lagoon Aquarium experience;
d) The Bora Bora tour by "Le Truck" and more.

Overnight at anchor.

Day 3: Bora Bora | Huahine

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, continue your Bora Bora optional activities. After lunch, cruise the Bora Bora lagoon and sail to Huahine, arriving late in the evening. Overnight at anchor inside the lagoon.

Day 4: Huahine

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Huahine, once home to Tahitian royalty, is 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. Our optional half-day tour takes us by 4x4 vehicles 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. An optional full-day excursion is also available, including a land tour via a 4x4 vehicle, a boat excursion to a pearl farm, and a picnic. Overnight at anchor.

Day 5: Huahine | Taha'a

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leave Huahine early this morning and sail to the island of Taha'a, which shares a magnificent lagoon with Raiatea Island. The fertile island is covered with banana, watermelon and coconut groves. The island also acts as a vast natural greenhouse for the treasured Tahitian vanilla orchid. Your optional half-day excursion will allow you to explore the beautiful interior of the island by 4x4 vehicles. Taste the local fruit and admire breathtaking views of the magnificent turquoise waters of Ha'amene Bay. This excursion also includes a visit to a pearl farm and a traditional vanilla plantation. In the afternoon, have plenty of time for swimming and snorkeling from a “motu”, or reef islet. Overnight at ancho

Day 6: Raiatea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail across the lagoon to 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. Your optional excursion will start with 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. Then, visit the ancient marae (temple) at Taputapuatea, a recent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, learn about its Polynesian origins and historical relevance, before sitting down to a locally inspired picnic lunch. Late in the evening, we sail to Mo'orea. Overnight at sea

Day 7: Mo'orea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, reach Mo'orea, 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. Pick from 2 optional excursions, a snorkeling and ray feeding tour or the 3 Coconuts Hiking tour. Tonight, enjoy our Farewell Dinner. Overnight at anchor.

Day 8: Papeete, Tahiti | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Early morning sailing to Tahiti. Morning arrival in Papeete. Disembarkation 9am to 10 am.

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Notes

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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