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Travel to some of the most far-flung tropical islands in the world, plying the Pacific from the glittering skyscrapers of Taipei to the idyllic shores of Tahiti. Among the wispy atolls of Chuuk and Kiribati, trace the history of war in paradise, exploring the battle sites and shipwrecks of World War II. Encounter a range of remarkable cultures, including the Chamorros of Guam and the handful of residents descended from the first English settler of Palmerston Island. Enjoy leisurely days on turquoise seas, and immerse yourself in a dazzling marine world while snorkeling, kayaking, and diving among pristine reefs.
Brilliant blue water in Guam's Tumon baySnorkeling in the naturally formed poolsPalauPacific
  • Explore the secluded beaches, lagoons, and coral reefs
  • Discover the unique isolated island cultures
  • Visit important UNESCO sites like French Polynesia’s Marae Taputapuatea
  • Experience the energy and diversity of Taipei
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Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Palau

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive in Palau and check into a room at our group hotel. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome briefing in the evening. On day 2, after breakfast at the hotel, join us on an island tour before embarking National Geographic Resolution in the late afternoon

Day 2: Palau | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3: Exploring Palau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the richest marine ecosystems on the planet, the Pacific archipelago of Palau is home to an aquatic wonderland of more than 1,300 species of fish and some 700 species of corals. Spend the day discovering Palau’s dazzling undersea world or choose an adventure on land

Day 4-5: At Sea

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As we set a course for Guam, settle into life aboard the ship. Enjoy discussions with our naturalists about the wonders that await and spend time on deck, scanning the horizon for seabirds and whales.

Day 6: Guam, United States of America

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we explore Guam, the largest of the Mariana Islands. With a dynamic mix of cultures and over 4,000 years of intriguing history, this isolated landmass offers much to discover. Spend the day exploring Guam’s remote beaches and familiarize yourself with the island’s unique Chamorro culture, which is a melting pot of American, European, Asian, Spanish, and Micronesian heritage

Day 7-8: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During two days at sea, we traverse 550 nautical miles en route to Micronesia. Enjoy leisure time and attend expert-led talks about the history of Pacific wayfinding and navigation, as well as the flora, fauna, and geology of the islands we will visit. Join our naturalists on deck to identify the seabirds that follow us as we sail east.

Day 9-13: Chuuk & Pohnpei, Micronesia | At Sea

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
The vast selection of WWII artifacts still found in the Chuuk State after five decades is a testament to the unique history of the Micronesian Islands— visible propellers, torpedoes, cave networks, planes, and ships abound. We see the waterside monument to those who died in the massive American air attack of 1944. Snorkel or dive among Chuuk’s renowned WWII shipwrecks, now blooming with corals. Spot wildlife on rainforest walks, past waterfalls and deserted beaches, and become acquainted with the everyday traditions of the islands, largely unchanged over the centuries. Then spend a day at sea en route to Pohnpei—a tropical Micronesian paradise with much to discover. Explore the island’s mysterious Nan Madol ruins—UNESCO-recognized marvels that have puzzled historians and archaeologists for decades. Discover Pohnpei’s pristine mangrove forests and stunning undersea life as we traverse the island before continuing our course east toward Kiribati.

Day 14-15: Kiribati

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
We begin our exploration at Butaritari Atoll, an isolated island first discovered in the early 1600s. Home to resident traders during the 1800s and 1900s, the island was also the site of several foreign occupations during World War II. We’ll explore the island’s unique history and we’ll set out on walks to discover the four different species of mangrove that only grow on this particular island. The following day, we land at Tarawa: the capital of Kiribati and one of the most populous locations in the otherwise isolated Western Pacific. Spend the day exploring the island’s cultural and colonial history, as well as its role in World War II.

Day 16-20: At Sea | Tokelau, New Zealand

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Choose from an array of shipboard activities as we sail toward Tokelau. Attend a photo workshop with our National Geographic photographer, treat yourself to a massage or a wellness class, or compete for prizes in a Geo Bee. After three days at sea, arrive at Tokelau, easily one of the most inaccessible places in the world. Learn of the islanders' strong Polynesian culture, and discover the undersea by snorkel or scuba.

Day 21: Cook Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you let nature be your guide as you discover the pristine Cook Islands. Perhaps snorkel among colorful coral, or choose to kayak or stand-up paddleboard in the warm, crystal waters. Conditions permitting, visit Palmerston Island, home to fascinating locals, many of whom are descendants of the island’s original settlers.

Day 22-23: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy the rhythms of shipboard life as we continue our course east. Soak up the views from one of the infinity-style hot tubs or saunas; enjoy a stretching session in the glass-walled yoga studio; and attend engaging presentations on a range of subjects, from ancient Polynesian navigators to talks from our photography team on how to organize and share your images

Day 24: Ra’iatea & Taha’a, French Polynesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Encircled by a single fringing reef, and sharing a common lagoon, Ra’iatea and Taha’a are islands well worth exploring. One of the most important cultural sites in the Polynesian world, Marae Taputapuatea was a center for Polynesian seafarers and the location from which they set out for Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Hawai’i, and New Zealand. Watch from on deck as we navigate lagoon channels en route to Taha’a, then go ashore at our private motu and explore both above and under wate

Day 25: Papeete, Tahiti | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Arrive in Papeete and take a tour of Tahiti before your overnight flight home.


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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft. #406, 408, 411, 413, 415. Standard Cabin Amenities
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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft. #410, 412, 414, 416-419, 421-427
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #512-524
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Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft. #608, 610, 612, 613-623 Standard Cabin Amenities
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Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #708, 709, 711, 713
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Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft. #710
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Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft. #700-707, 712, 714-717
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Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #604, 606, 609, 611
  • 24 Breakfasts, 24 Lunches, 23 Dinners
  • 24 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • The Guidance and Company of the Expedition Staff
  • Hotels Ashore as Indicated in the Itinerary
  • Sightseeing & Entrance Fees
  • Special Access Permits, Park Fees, Port Taxes
  • Zodiac & Kayak Explorations
  • Snorkeling, Including Wetsuits, Masks, Fins & Snorkel Where Relevant
  • Presentations and Guest Speakers in the Lounge
  • Gratuities to the Ship Crew
  • Complimentary Parka - available only for the duration of the voyage.
  • Alcohol (except premium brands) 
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Additional Hotel Nights 
  • Private Transfers
  • Expedition Extensions 
  • Laundry 
  • Internet & Phone Charges
  • Regional charter flight fees not included, pricing varies by departure


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