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Top South Pacific Trips & Tours in December 2023

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Discover South Pacific in December 2023 on one of these 22 tours hand-selected by the travel experts at Adventure Life. Explore the best of Papeete, The Snares, Campbell Island, Bora Bora, and Invercargill during December 2023 as you enjoy cruises, small ship cruises, wildlife viewing, snorkeling, and village visits. Prices for trips in December 2023 range from $1,399 to $113,410 for a vacation of 5 to 34 days. Choose any of the below 22 amazing itineraries in December 2023 and customize it to make it your own with the help of one of Adventure Life's expert South Pacific trip planners.
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Beautiful view of Akaroa
$7,690
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New Zealand's East Coast

13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Enjoy a New Year’s Eve cruise
  • Experience the Maori culture
  • Explore Fiordland’s sounds
  • Encounter birds and marine wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
AboardCoral Geographer, experience New Zealand from a different perspective, as free time and the ability to customize your expedition from a choice of experiences in historic cities is contrasted with wilderness experiences guided by the knowledgeable expedition team. By small ship, enjoy access …
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Moai hillside on Easter Island
$1,399
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Easter Island

5 Day Itinerary
  • Visit the most important Moai sites
  • Wander Anakena Beach
  • View the quarry where Moai were cut
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Land
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Travel to the world's most isolated bit of land - Easter Island. A tiny pinprick in the great Pacific, the island is actually a mound of consolidated lava and ash from three submarine volcanoes. Fly from Santiago, Chile, and spend 5 days discovering the ancient history and traditions of Easter …
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Relax on the beaches of the South Pacific
$2,850
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Tahiti & the Society Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahana
  • Explore stunning Bora Bora
  • Visit the island of Moorea
  • Experience Tahiti's capital Papeete
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Helicopter Tours, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 8-day South Pacific cruise is perfect for those who want a core Polynesian experience.In 1891, when Paul Gauguin arrived in Tahiti, he captured the charm, culture, and languid grace of the natives in oils. You won't find his paintings here, but the original models still call this piece of …
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Kayaking in Hawaii's lava tubes.
$6,200
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Hawaiian Seascapes

8 Day Itinerary aboard Safari Explorer
  • Enjoy a paʻina and jam session
  • Take part in exploration activities
  • Visit the Puu Waawaa Sanctuary
  • Snorkel among coral gardens
  • Explore the island history
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark the Safari Explorer to discover gems of the Hawaiian Islands! On this 8-day voyage, partake in unparalleled snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, beach-combing, and skiff excurisons. Visit a plumeria farm, one of Hawaii's longest beaches, and discover island history at the …
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Explore the landscape of French Polynesia.
$6,900
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Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands

15 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Visit the remote island of Fakarava
  • Explore the island of Hiva Oa
  • Look for humpback whales
  • Snorkel in stunning Bora Bora
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this two-week South Pacific cruise, first call at the breathtaking isle of Bora Bora. Then it's on to the Tuamotus, specifically Fakarava, an atoll known for its pristine beaches, rare wildlife, and exceptional diving. Next, explore the mist-covered Marquesas, where you discover the islands …
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Enjoy a tropical escape
$3,990
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Tahiti, the Society & Tuamotu Islands

11 Day Itinerary aboard Panorama II
  • Explore stunning Bora Bora
  • Visit ancient temples on Huahine
  • Observe incredible marine wildlife
  • Snorkel around colorful reefs
Starts/ Ends in:
Papeete / Moorea
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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 …
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Coastal beauty of Dunedin
$30,250
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Southern Odyssey

Auckland to Dunedin - 20 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • See New Zealand’s cultural riches
  • Explore Fiordlands National Park
  • Watch vibrant wildlife
  • Spot unique species
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Dunedin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Navigate New Zealand’s verdant coastlines to encounter pristine beaches, quiet coves, and waters filled with whales, dolphins, and seals. The soaring peaks and countless waterfalls of the country’s dazzling fjords are at their jaw-dropping best in Fiordlands National Park, where …
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Lagoon of Bora Bora, French Polynesia
$2,290
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Tahiti & Pearls of French Polynesia

8 Day Itinerary aboard Panorama II
  • Visit the enchanted Huahine
  • Observe unique wildlife
  • Explore Bora Bora
  • Snorkel in clear blue waters
Starts/ Ends in:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sailing round-trip from Papeete port, Tahiti, uncover the world-famous Society islands of French Polynesia by small ship. Bora Bora, Taha'a, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea - islands sculpted by sky-piercing, moss-green peaks and lined with vivid turquoise lagoons. Island hopping allows you to see …
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Sea lion nestled in the seaweed.
$8,450
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Galapagos of the Southern Ocean: New Zealand and Australia's Subantarctic Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Macquarie Island
  • Venture on Zodiac excursions
  • View a vast array of endemic birds
  • Appreciate the rich biodiversity
  • Enjoy additional discovery by kayak
Starts/ Ends in:
Invercargill / Invercargill
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail on one of the most inspirational and educational expeditions into the Southern Ocean ecosystem that one may undertake around the globe. The Subantarctic Islands, located south of New Zealand, have long been recognized for their extraordinary biodiversity. They are UNESCO World Heritage …
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Snorkel with sea turtles
$3,392
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Marquesas, Tuamotu & Society Islands

13 Day Itinerary aboard Aranui 5
  • Taste Marquesan cuisine
  • Explore Makatea
  • Tour the cathedral in Taiohae
  • Hike from Omoa to Hanavave
  • Explore the ruins of Puamau
Starts/ Ends in:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Aranui 5 for a 13-day South Pacific cruise where you are immersed in intriguing Polynesian culture. You'll visit the Tuamotu Islands, swim at the local black sand beaches, and savor the delicious aroma of frangipani on the island of Vaitahu. Other stops feature snorkeling, hiking, and …
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Lagoon of Bora Bora, French Polynesia
$3,392
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Classic Marquesas Cruise

12 Day Itinerary aboard Aranui 5
  • Explore Makatea atoll
  • Take a stroll in the villages
  • Dive and snorkel in Tuamotu atoll
  • Snorkel the lagoons of Rangiroa
  • Taste Marquesan cuisine
Starts/ Ends in:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
A Polynesian legend says that the gods created the Marquesas Islands to be the roof of French Polynesia. Aboard the Aranui 5, travelers are taken to the heart of Polynesian culture and traditions, to islands that have remained untouched and where time seems to have stopped. On this 12-day classic …
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New Zealand's remotest island.
$8,445
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Beyond Fiordland - New Zealand's Wildest Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Campbell Island
  • Visit Carnley Harbor
  • Zodiac cruise along Adams Island
  • Admire Stewart Island's beauty
Starts/ Ends in:
Invercargill / Invercargill
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The Spirit of Enderby is a one-of-a-kind journey to a remote region of New Zealand's wilderness. Visit Fiordland's lonely ice-carved mountains, beautiful forests, and flowing fiords; this incredible place inspires your desire to travel responsibly. Travel alone, away from the crowds, …
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$3,675
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Unseen Fiordland and Stewart Island: Exploring New Zealand's Remote Backyard

6 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Stewart Island
  • See different bird species
  • Discover Ulva Island.
  • Tour the stunning fiords
Starts/ Ends in:
Queenstown / Invercargill
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The Heritage Adventurer is a one-of-a-kind adventure to a remote part of New Zealand's wilderness. Visit Fiordland's lonely ice-carved mountains, beautiful forests, and flowing fiords. In isolation, away from the crowds, cruise the quiet seas of Fiordland and Stewart Island in search of …
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Marlborough Sounds
$3,400
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Discover Marlborough Sounds: An In-Depth Exploration of the Marlborough Sounds

7 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Explore Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Visit Tory Channel
  • Sail through d’Urville
  • Discover Pelorus Sound
Starts/ Ends in:
Blenheim / Blenheim
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Spend a week exploring the 1,500-kilometer-long Marlborough Sounds, which were carved out by submerged valleys 10,000 years ago. These destinations are renowned for their breathtaking natural beauty, which includes beautiful cobalt streams, classic vistas, thick indigenous forests, wildlife, and …
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Remote lagoon in Papua New Guinea
$7,170
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Forgotten Islands of Papua New Guinea

12 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • See Ataliklikun Bay's Fire Dance
  • Explore Jacquinot Bay
  • Visit Laughlan atoll
  • Discover Kuiawa Island
Starts/ Ends in:
Kavieng / Cairns
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Begin a 12-night trip from Cairns to distant Papua New Guinea islands that have witnessed millennia of history, from unspoiled villages to World War 2 battlegrounds. At Ataliklikun Bay, see the Baining Fire Dance on the first cruise ship to visit the village. Rabaul was the WW2 base for 110,000 …
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Hiking in Antarctica is rewarded with spectacular views
$52,990
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Epic Antarctica: From the Peninsula to the Ross Sea & Beyond

34 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Endurance
  • Discpver four different regions
  • Encounter the big tabular icebergs
  • Explore New Zealand & Australia
  • Kayak in pristine bays
  • Observe abundant wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Buenos Aires / Auckland
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This extraordinary new 34-day voyage is like a blockbuster film—the star is the seventh continent. And the co-stars are the big ice of remote West Antarctica, where we are sure to set foot on ice where no other humans ever have; the prolific wildlife and impressive ice shelf of the Ross Sea …
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Explore the stunning Milford Sound
$10,670
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Expedition to New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands

Dunedin - Dunedin - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Explore the Snares Islands
  • Enjoy a guided walk on Ulva Island
  • View fur seals, sea lions, & seals
  • See Fiordland Crested penguins
Starts/ Ends in:
Dunedin / Dunedin
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Le Soleal hosts this 15-day New Zealand Subantarctic Islands cruise expedition that immerses you in an incredible world of wildlife and introduces you to the pristine grandeur of New Zealand's Fiordlands and Subantarctic Islands. This journey begins in Dunedin, New Zealand's Edinburgh, a …
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$12,875
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Birding Down Under: Subantarctic and Chatham Islands

17 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Visit the best islands for birding
  • See the Albatross Latitudes
  • Marvel at diverse seabird colonies
  • Learn about nature and history
Starts/ Ends in:
Queenstown / Invercargill
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland, Campbell, Macquarie, and the Chatham Islands are only a few of the names. They are a delight to 'Birders.' Except for the Chathams, these islands are probably more isolated than they were when they were discovered in the late 1700s and early 1800s and …
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