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The mountainous island chain of Tahiti

Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

Example 18 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Orion
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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

Ship

National Geographic Orion

Places Visited

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

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Upon arrival, transfer to the Ritz Carlton in central Santiago. Then, join your staff this evening for a welcome reception. Early the next morning, fly to Easter Island where you will 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.  

Day 5-9 At Sea | Pitcairn Islands

  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Set sail from Easter Island on your journey west, listening to talks by our experts as you sail for two days. You begin your exploration in Ducie Atoll, where you 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 there 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

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend a day at sea scanning the horizon with our naturalists, or relaxing on deck with a good book. You 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 there, and go on a hike with our naturalists. 

Day 12-17 At Sea | Tuamotu Archipelago

  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
You begin your exploration of the “Dangerous Archipelago” in Pukarua, where you’ll be 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, 1 Lunch
Arrive in Papeete, French Polynesia and take a tour of Tahiti before your flight home. 

National Geographic Orion

Per person starting at
$18,590
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
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Category 1
Cat 1 #316, 318-321. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
Your  Category B Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
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Category 1 Single
Cat 1S #301, 322, 323. These solo cabins feature a window or two portholes, a queen-size bed, except for #301 which has a double bed, writing desk and chair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a roomy shower stall with a glass door.
A Category A Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
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Category 2
Cat 2 #302-312, 314, 315, 317. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized, and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
A lovely category 3 suite on the National Geographic Oion
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Category 3
Cat 3 Suite with Window #401-412, 414-419. These suites feature a sitting area with a large window, a sofa–except slightly smaller #401 & #402–an armchair or two, writing/laptop desk, reading lamps, flat screen TV, & climate controls. Beds are configurable (call for details). Marble bathrooms include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
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Category 3 Single
Cat 3S Suite with Window #512. This solo suite features two beds and two large windows, plus two armchairs and small table, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls. The marble bathroom is generously sized and includes a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 4 Cabin.
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Category 4
Cat 4 Deluxe Suite with Window #511, 515. These two suites feature separate sleeping and sitting areas, with a chair and armchair and a two-cushion sofa facing an expansive window. Beds are configurable (call for details). Ample storage, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities.
National Geographic Orion's Category 5 Cabin.
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Category 5
Cat 5 Suite with French Balcony #501, 503-506, 508. These spacious suites feature open living areas and sliding glass doors opening to a shared French balcony. Beds are configurable (call for details.) A sitting area with arm chairs and a sofa, a writing/laptop desk, well-placed reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the decor.
National Geographic Orion's Category 6 Cabin.
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Category 6
Cat 6 Owner’s Suite with French Balcony #502, 507, 509*, 510. These large, elegant suites feature a French balcony, with the exception of #509 which has double windows. Each provides a separate living area with a sofa and two arm chairs, except for #502, which uniquely offers a 'soaking tub with a view' in addition to a shower stall and expansive vanity.

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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