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Tahiti, Society and Tuamotu Islands

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Join Panorama II for a roundtrip from Tahiti, exploring the Society and Tuamotu islands. Uncover the charms of Bora Bora, Taha'a, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Rangiroa, Makatea, and Tikehau, also known as the Pink Island. Island hopping enables you to witness diverse landscapes, from geometric ridges adorned with waterfalls on the high islands to flat, desert-like atolls where lagoons far outsize the landmass.





 
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Highlights
  • Explore the stunning and world famous Bora Bora
  • Visit Huahine, with its largest concentration of ancient marae temples
  • Observe wildlife such as: Fish, dolphins, rays, sharks, turtles and more
  • Admire clear-water coral gardens that are as excellent for snorkeling
Places Visited
  • South Pacific
  • Tahiti
  • Bora Bora
  • French Polynesia
  • Huahine
  • Makatea
  • Moorea
  • Oceania
  • Papeete
  • Polynesia
  • Raiatea
  • Rangiroa
  • Society Islands
  • Taha'a
  • Tuamotu Islands
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Papeete, Tahiti | Embark

Settle in and meet your crew and cabin mates, we begin by setting sail for Mo'orea. Late afternoon arrival, dinner on board and overnight.

Day 2: Mo'orea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mo'orea, with its lagoon-framed mountain peaks, inspires the mythical Bali Hai in James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. Opt for morning and afternoon half-day excursions: a) Join Dr. Poole's biologist team for a dolphin-watching expedition, b) Embark on a 4x4 safari, or c) Explore the island and belvedere. In the late afternoon, we set sail for Makatea.

Day 3: Makatea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Makatea, a distinctive raised coral island in French Polynesia. Discover its sleepy yet spectacular landscape, home to three threatened endemic bird species: the Makatea fruit dove, the imperial pigeon, and the reed warbler. Discover its sleepy yet spectacular landscape, housing three threatened endemic bird species: the Makatea fruit dove, the imperial pigeon, and the reed warbler. Join the half-day tour as the island is traversed, unveiling beautiful beaches with inviting rock pools and leading to an underwater grotto adorned with stalagmites and stalactites. In the late afternoon, depart for Rangiroa, spending the night at sea. Please note that itineraries respond to weather conditions, implementing sailing restrictions at 6/7 Beaufort winds. The extended journey to the Tuamotu Islands considers factors such as wind force, strong currents, and wave height. In unforeseen weather challenges, rest assured, alternative routes are prepared. Adjustments are made at the discretion of Variety Cruises, the Vessel's Captain, or in response to port authorities' decisions. Changes do not warrant passenger refunds. The commitment is to ensure timely disembarkation, facilitate flight connections, and provide peace of mind.

Day 4: Rangiroa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Rangiroa in the morning. Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the Tuamotu archipelago with its 240 islets, is the ultimate diving spot in all of French Polynesia. Immerse yourself in the diverse sea life by joining our optional full-day tour to the Blue Lagoon, a mere 16 feet deep, making it a haven for swimming, snorkeling, and marine exploration. Recharge with a traditional Polynesian picnic before returning to the ship. Spend the night at anchor. Please note, our itineraries respond to weather conditions, enforcing sailing restrictions at 6/7 Beaufort winds. The extended journey to the Tuamotu Islands, including anchor-adrift visits, considers variables like wind force, strong currents, and wave height due to the nature of the long sailings. In unforeseen weather challenges, be assured that alternative routes are prepared. Adjustments are made at the discretion of Variety Cruises, the Vessel's Captain, or in response to port authorities' decisions during such circumstances. Be mindful that changes do not entitle you to refunds. The dedication is to ensure your timely disembarkation at the designated port, facilitate your flight connections, and provide you with peace of mind.

Day 5: Tikehau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set sail early in the morning and arrive at Tikehau, the Pink Sand island. Envision an island paradise: turquoise lagoons, long stretches of white-sand beaches, and vibrant flowers like bougainvillea and hibiscus. Tikehau checks all the boxes and adds some pink sand to the picturesque scene. Surrounding a lagoon, tiny white and pink sand islets are nestled amidst coconut groves and hidden alcoves. Spend your time lounging on the colorful sands or exploring the marine life, acclaimed by marine researcher Jacques Cousteau for its high concentration of fish in all of French Polynesia. Today’s optional tour takes you to Tuherahera, the main village, and a family-owned fish farm where you can learn about their intriguing and successful processes. In the afternoon, set sail for Huahine. Please note, that itineraries respond to weather conditions, implementing sailing restrictions at 6/7 Beaufort winds. The extended journey to the Tuamotu Islands, featuring anchor-adrift visits, considers variables like wind force, strong currents, and wave height due to the nature of the long sailings. In unforeseen weather challenges, be assured that alternative routes are prepared. Adjustments are made at the discretion of Variety Cruises, the Vessel's Captain, or in response to port authorities' decisions during such circumstances. Be aware that changes do not entitle passengers to refunds. The dedication is to ensure your timely disembarkation at the designated port, facilitate your flight connections, and provide you with peace of mind.

Day 6-7: Huahine

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Arrive late afternoon at Huahine. Formerly the residence of Tahitian royalty, Huahine is a tropical jungle adorned with ancient marae (temples), some dating back to 700 AD. Spend the night in port.

The next day, embark on our optional tour to explore many of the island's temples and small villages, offering you the opportunity to see and feed the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie Bay and visit a vanilla plantation. If you are a keen cook, we recommend purchasing vanilla beans here, as you won't find tastier or more affordable versions elsewhere. Sail through the night to Bora Bora, spending the night at sea.

Day 8-9: Bora Bora

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Arrive early in the morning into the Bora Bora lagoon, and it may feel like you've woken in a dream. In many respects, you have; these are some of the world’s most picturesque landscapes. You have enough time for ample swim and snorkel stops, along with various optional tours such as snorkeling with stingrays and sharks, exploring in an open-air bus known as ‘Le Truck,’ and more. Alternatively, choose your own adventure - let us know what you want to do, and we’ll arrange it. Spend the night in port (docked or at anchor at times).

The following day in Bora Bora, a variety of optional activities are available, including:
a) An excursion to snorkel with stingrays and sharks and explore the lagoon
b) The Bora Bora tour by "Le Truck" and more. Spend the night in port (docked or at anchor at times).

Day 10: Taha'a

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart in the morning and arrive at nearby Taha'a, a true botanical paradise bursting with banana, watermelon, and coconut groves. Taste the local fruit, gaze across calm waters in shades of turquoise you never knew existed, visit a pearl farm, and explore a traditional vanilla plantation. In the afternoon, sail and arrive at Raiatea.

Day 11: Raiatea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Raiatea, meaning ‘faraway heaven’ and ‘sky with soft light’, holds true to both descriptions. This morning's optional excursion invites you, with a local guide, to explore Uturoa, the cultural and administrative center. Continue to Mount Temehani and the ancient Marae (open-air temple) of Taputapuatea, a UNESCO protected site with Polynesian origins and historical significance. Alternatively, opt for our kayak excursion along the Faaroa River. Depart in the afternoon for Papeete, spending the night at sea.

Day 12: Papeete, Tahiti | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning marks our arrival back in Papeete, Tahiti. Join for the final breakfast on board at 9 AM before disembarkation.

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Book now and save up to 50% and receive onboard credits per person when booking a minimum of 6-8 passengers in 3-4 double cabins (depending on the cruise program). A deposit of 35% is required upon confirmation. The balance is to be settled 60 days before sailing. This promotion is subject to availability and applies to select departures only. Valid for new bookings, not combinable with any existing or future offers, and capacity-controlled. Additional restrictions may apply. Please contact us for details.

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$4,390
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Category C (Double)
Category C cabins are located on the lower deck offering portholes and a bathroom with showers. The cabins are equipped with individually controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini-fridge, and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V). Size: 114 sq. ft to 119 sq.ft Max occupancy: 2 people Bedding: Double bed Ensuite Bathroom: Yes Aircon: Aircon with control in the room
Panorama IIPanorama II's Category C Cabin.
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Category B
Category B cabins are located on the lower deck offering portholes and a bathroom with showers. The cabins are equipped with individually controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini-fridge, and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V). Size: 108 sq. ft to 140.5 sq. ft Max occupancy: 2 people Bedding: Twin (2 Single) Ensuite Bathroom: Yes Aircon: Aircon with control in the room
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Category A
Category A cabins are located on the main or upper deck offering windows and a bathroom with showers. The cabins are equipped with individually controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini-fridge, and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V). Size: 97 sq. ft to 130 sq.ft Max occupancy: 2 people Bedding: Double OR Twin Ensuite Bathroom: Yes Aircon: Aircon with control in the room
Panorama II's Category A Cabin.
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Category P (Double)
Category P cabin is located on the upper deck offering a large window and bathroom with showers. The cabin is equipped with individual-controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini-fridge, and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V). Size: 135 sq.ft Max occupancy: 2 people Bedding: Double bed Ensuite Bathroom: Yes Aircon: Aircon with control in the room

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- Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability)
  • English-Speaking Cruise Escort.
  • Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening , fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Port Fees
  • Wifi
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions

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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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