Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

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4th Person Goes Free

Bookings of three full-paying guests may bring a fourth person for free on select 2022 departures. Offer applicable only on bookings of two double-occupancy cabins, and second cabin must be in same category or lower as first cabin. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on airfare or extensions, and is not combinable with other offers. Call for details.

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Complimentary Roundtrip Airfare on Select Expedition Cruises

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  • Dive or snorkel the stunning reefs of Fakarava Atoll, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
  • Venture into the limestone grottos of Makatea, an unusual coral atoll thrust high above the waterline by geological forces.
  • Learn about ancient Polynesian culture on a visit to Marae Taputapuatea, a spiritual and ceremonial center on Ra’iatea.
  • Explore fabled Bora Bora and its turquoise lagoon and explore the interior of the emerald island of Moorea.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Get immersed in the wonders of French Polynesia on a voyage that will have you diving or snorkeling amid spectacular marine life, discovering secluded beaches on remote atolls, and getting acquainted with islanders and their timeless way of life. Try out a world-famous drift dive and snorkel in aquamarine lagoons in the Tuamotu Islands. Soak up local culture on visits to welcoming villages and ancient sites from Bora Bora to Ra’iatea. As we make our way among these stunning archipelagos, take in marvelous island views and unforgettable South Pacific sunsets.

This trip is operated in collaboration with Lindblad Expeditions.

Days 1-2: Depart U.S./Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Fly overnight to Tahiti and arrive early the next morning. Transfer to Papeete and board the National Geographic Orion in time for breakfast. Enjoy free time to get settled or take a walk in Papeete’s city center and visit the central market where vendors sell fresh fruit, pareos, local artwork, and coveted black pearls. Gather for lunch on board and be on deck as we set sail from Tahiti on our way to the Tuamotu Archipelago. This afternoon, meet the expedition team and your fellow travelers and settle into island time.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Accommodations:

National Geographic Orion for the entire voyage

Days 3-4: Tuamotu Archipelago

Spend two days exploring some of the nearly 80 islands and atolls in the Tuamotus—known as the “Dangerous Archipelago,”—a region of French Polynesia that is as rich with marine life as it is vast. With crystalline lagoons fringed by white beaches and lush coconut groves, the Tuamotus are a tropical dream, both in the water and ashore. Meet the locals on sparsely inhabited Anaa and learn of their unique traditions. Snorkel or dive amid reef sharks, rays, and swirling schools of fish or learn to stand up paddleboard in the calm lagoon of one of the many pristine atolls in the archipelago.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 5-6: Fakarava

Spend two days exploring Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This coral atoll is home to many rare species of birds, plants, and crustaceans, and we have the opportunity to snorkel its protected reefs and ride the current into the lagoon on a world-famous drift dive. Visit the island’s main village of Rotoava, where there will be opportunities to take a leisurely bike ride, stop in at a pearl shop or stroll along the turquoise waterfront with a fresh coconut.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 7: Makatea

An uplifted coral atoll, the island of Makatea is one of the most unique landforms in the Pacific. Raised out of the water and tilted due to plate tectonics, Makatea is edged with stunning, vertical cliffs—a marked contrast to the flat, sandy atolls that surround it. This geological phenomenon occurs in other parts of the world and is named after this particular island of Makatea. Venture into the island’s limestone caves and grottos with your expedition team and local guides, or search for endemic fruit doves and myriad seabirds.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Taha’a/Bora Bora

Arrive in picture-perfect Taha’a and spend the morning snorkeling alongside black-tipped reef sharks. Or choose to go ashore and visit a family-run vanilla farm. Return to the ship for lunch as we sail to nearby Bora Bora and find a spot on deck as the iconic emerald crags of Mount Otemanu come into focus. This afternoon, snorkel and swim in the island’s refreshing lagoon, or choose to explore Bora Bora ashore. Gather for a barbecue dinner and live music on a private motu this evening.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Ra’iatea

Take in a South Pacific sunrise from on deck as we sail to Ra’iatea in the early morning light. Ra’iatea is home to one of the most important cultural sites in the Polynesian world: the UNESCO World Heritage site of Marae Taputapuatea. This spiritual center for Polynesian seafarers marks the spot from which they set out on voyages to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Hawai’i, and New Zealand. Learn about the ceremonial and historical significance of the site. Then enjoy a scenic lagoon cruise around the island as we sail toward the village of Uturoa. Here, taste Polynesian specialties over lunch at a local beachside restaurant, and spend the afternoon at the beach, swimming, snorkeling, or stand-up paddleboarding in Ra’iatea’s calm lagoon waters.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Moorea

Wake up to views of Moorea’s tall, green cliffs as we anchor in stunning Cook’s Bay. Spend the morning discovering the island by land and by sea: hike through a pineapple plantation in Moorea’s lush interior, or snorkel its crystalline lagoon. Have lunch on deck and take in views of the island as we cruise toward Opunohu Bay, where we’ll spend the rest of the day. Join an afternoon excursion to Moorea’s newest museum and enjoy the golden light of the late afternoon from ashore.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Moorea/Papeete/Home

If you wish, rise early today for a morning walk into Moorea’s caldera interior. Or enjoy a final snorkeling excursion, leisurely exploring the marine life of the lagoon. Sit down to lunch on board as we cast off for Tahiti. In the afternoon, disembark in Papeete and check into a hotel room for the afternoon. In the late evening, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner