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The mountainous island chain of Tahiti

Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

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Following in the wake of early Polynesian navigators, this voyage takes you to the farthest reaches of Oceania. As you sail from mysterious Easter Island to Tahiti, interact with the locals of small villages and discover some of the secrets and traditions of the islands. Walk the length of untouched tropical beaches, meet the descendants of of H.M.S. Bounty mutineers, and drift dive or snorkel through an atoll pass.

Day-by-Day Summary

Days 1-4 : Santiago,Chile | Easter Island | Embark
Days 5-9 : At Sea | Pitcairn Islands
Days 10-11 : At Sea | Mangareva, French Polynesia
Days 12-17 : At Sea | Tuamotu Archipelago
Day 18 : Papeete | Disembark

Highlights

  • Dive or snorkel the stunning reefs of Fakarava and the Pitcairn Islands
  • Trace the legend of the ill-fated H.M.S. Bounty from Tahiti to Pitcairn Isl.
  • Explore the unusual geology and wildlife of Henderson Island
  • Delve into the intriguing lost culture and burial sites of Easter Island

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National Geographic Orion

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The mountainous island chain of Tahiti View the exceptional underwater wildlife of Bora Bora An amazing sunset over Bora Bora Moai hillside on Easter Island A white-sand beach of Tuamotu

Day 1-4 Santiago,Chile | Easter Island | Embark

  • Hotels
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Arrive in Santiago, Chile, and transfer to the Ritz Carlton in central Santiago. Join your staff this evening for a welcome reception. Early the next morning, fly to Easter Island where check into the Hanga Roa Eco Village & Spa for two nights. Explore volcanic calderas, jagged lava fields, and sweeping grasslands to discover the colossal moai statues, the astonishing legacy of a long-lost culture. Join archaeologists to examine these statues and discuss their meaning and creation; visit burial sites, quarries, and intricately carved ceremonial altars. Embark National Geographic Orion

Note that flights are not included.

Day 5-9 At Sea | Pitcairn Islands

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Set sail from Easter Island on your journey west, listening to talks by experts as you sail for two days. Begin your exploration in Ducie Atoll, where you can spend time watching for frigatebirds and boobies and snorkeling or diving among spectacular reefs. Your next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Henderson Island, an uplifted atoll that is uninhabited and virtually untouched by humans. On hikes and Zodiac excursions, discover the island’s four endemic bird species, rich flora and fauna, and fascinating geology.

Many of the mutineers of the legendary Bounty made their home on Pitcairn Island in the late 18th century, and about 50 of their descendants still live here today. Meet the residents and hear a few words of the unusual Pitkern dialect—a combination of English “sailor speak” and Polynesian phrases. Visit the gravesite of the last surviving Bounty mutineer, John Adams, and see the Bounty’s anchor, which was salvaged in 1957. 

Day 10-11 At Sea | Mangareva, French Polynesia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend a day at sea scanning the horizon with naturalists, or relaxing on deck with a good book. Then arrive at Mangareva, the largest of the Gambier Islands, and famous for its black pearls. Venture underwater to snorkel or dive, meet islanders to learn about their culture and the missionaries who made their home here, and go on a hike with naturalists. 

Day 12-17 At Sea | Tuamotu Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Begin your exploration of the “Dangerous Archipelago” in Pukarua, where you are greeted by traditional dancers. Navigate reefs and islets during a day at sea and then in true expedition mode, explore one of the uninhabited atolls such as Tahanea. After a festive welcome with traditional dancers in Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, learn about the island’s pearl industry, and walk its pristine beaches. Snorkel the protected reefs or ride the current into the lagoon on a world famous drift dive. 

Day 18 Papeete | Disembark

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

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Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available but is subject to availability.

Cost Includes:
  • Accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • Entrance fees
  • All port charges and service taxes
Not Included:
  • Immigration fees
  • Air transportation
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion

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  • 17 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 16 Dinners
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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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