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Tahiti, the Society & Tuamotu Islands

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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 and brilliant clear blue 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 the south Pacific: discover their highlights on this relaxing cruise to the finest islands in the region.
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Highlights
  • Explore the stunning and world-famous Bora Bora
  • Visit Huahine, with its large concentration of ancient marae temples
  • Observe wildlife such as fish, dolphins, rays, sharks, turtles and more
  • Admire colorful clear-water coral gardens that are 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: Pape'ete, Tahiti | Embark

Embark the Panorama II in Papeete Port between 2pm and 3pm. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, set sail for Mo’orea. Arrival late afternoon. Dinner on board and overnight.

Day 2: Mo’orea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mo'orea is 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. Morning and afternoon optional half-day excursions; a/ a Snorkeling and ray tour b/ a Nature & Culture Tour taking you to admire magnificent views of the interior of the island. Afternoon sailing to Makatea.

Day 3: Makatea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The island of Makatea is like no other found in French Polynesia. It is not a coral atoll but rather a  raised island of coral. The limestone cliffs tower over the coast and the island’s interior shows significant vegetation, complete with a few species of endemic birds and a peculiar expanse of limestone holes. Today, this sleepy but spectacular island is home to three species of threatened endemic birds: the beautiful Makatea fruit dove, the impressive imperial pigeon, and the comely appearing singer extraordinaire, the reed warbler. Our half-day optional tour takes you across this unique island to a magnificent beach with rockpools to explore before visiting an incredible grotto. Swimming deeper inside the grotto, this underwater cave system slowly opens out to reveal a spectacular watery cathedral, full of weird and wonderful stalagmites and stalactites. Late afternoon departure to Rangiroa. Overnight at sea

Day 4: Rangiroa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning arrival in Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago and one of the largest in the world. One of the best destinations for scuba diving, Rangiroa is composed of 240 islets, more than 110 miles, encompassing a deep lagoon. Our full-day optional excursion takes you to the Blue Lagoon, a natural pool formed by islets and reefs within the central lagoon. At only 16 feet deep, the Blue Lagoon is an ideal location for swimming, snorkeling, and observing the vast 
assortment of marine life. Enjoy a traditional Polynesian picnic before returning to the ship. Overnight at anchor.

Day 5: Tikehau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early morning sailing and arrival at Tikehau also called the Pink Sand Island. This small atoll consists of countless tiny white and pink sand islets engulfed in coconut groves and hidden alcoves. In Tikehau, which actually means "peaceful landing," you find nothing but absolute serenity on her calm and graceful shores. The lagoon, formed by an almost unbroken ring of continuous coral, resembles an immense natural swimming pool. This underwater aquarium is teeming with marine life. According to the legendary marine researcher Jacques Cousteau, it has a higher concentration of fish than any other lagoon in French Polynesia. Our optional walking tour takes you to one of the family-owned fish farms where they trap different species of fish in a maze of underwater fencing. Much of their catch is then shipped to Papeete and sold at the local markets. Visit Tuherahera on the southern side where most locals live, leaving the remainder of the atoll virtually untouched. In fact, the northeastern quarter is mostly uninhabited. Naturally adorned with colorful flowers such as hibiscus and bougainvillea, Tuherahera is one of the most attractive villages in the Tuamotu Atolls. Afternoon sailing to Huahine.

*Please note that due to visits by anchor adrift to the Tuamotu islands, such are dependent on favorable weather conditions.

Day 6: 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 afternoon tour takes you by 4x4 vehicle around the island to visit 
the small villages of Fare and Maeva, an archaeological site, and a vanilla plantation. There also be an opportunity to see and feed the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie Bay. Evening sailing to Bora Bora, overnight at sea.

Day 7: 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. Have a variety of optional activities to choose from, such as a) An excursion to snorkel with sting rays and sharks and open-air Lagoon Aquarium exploration; b) The Bora Bora tour by "Le Truck" and more. Overnight at anchor.

Day 8: Tahaa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning arrival to nearby Taha'a, a true botanical paradise. 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. Our optional half-day excursion allows you to explore the beautiful interior of the island by 4x4 vehicle or by boat. 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. Afternoon sails to the nearby Raiatea. Overnight in port.

Day 9: Raiatea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning sail across the lagoon and 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. Our morning optional excursion introduces you to the highlights of Raiatea. Meet your guide for an informative & intimate tour by minibus. Enjoy a panoramic drive through the main town of Uturoa -- the cultural and administrative center of Raiatea. Shortly after leaving town, you see Mount Temehani -- endemic home to the Tiare Apetahi. Our highlight stop is at the main ancient Marae (open-air temple) of Taputapuatea, which recently became a UNΕSCO protected site – your guide cover the origins & history of this famous landmark. He learns about its Polynesian origins and historical relevance. Optional afternoon tour includes 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. Overnight at anchor

Day 10: Tetiaroa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A haven for birds, sea turtles and all kinds of marine life, Tetiaroa is treasured among Tahitians who know it as a sacred place. So sacred, that at one time the coconut-dotted white sand beaches and crystalline lagoon of this uninhabited atoll were an exclusive getaway for Tahitian royalty. It’s not surprising that actor Marlon Brando fell under its spell during the filming of “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1960 and later went on to become its owner. Under his direction, a luxury eco-resort was designed and it operates in a 100 % sustainable manner. Spend the morning on this charming island, exploring the lagoon and snorkeling in its crystal-clear waters. Enjoy an optional guided walking tour to the islet of Tahuna Iti, the Birds’ Island. The islet shelters one of the largest colonies of birds in Tahiti and is a national reserve for seabirds, frigates, sterns, phaetons (straw tails), brown gannets and other petrels. Afternoon sailing at Papeete. Overnight at sea.

Day 11: Pape'ete | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Early morning arrival in Papeete. Disembarkation at 9:00 am after breakfast

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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
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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 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
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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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Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 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
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  • 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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