Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

SPECIAL OFFERS

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.

Early Booking Savings: 2023 Dates for 2022 Rates

2022 prices guaranteed for select 2023 departures if booked by Jan. 31, 2022. Valid on the cabin fare only. Does not include rate protection on offers that may have been promoted for 2023 departures, extensions or land-only programs. This promotion is valid only on itineraries that repeat in 2023 from 2022. If a product is offered in 2023 and was not available in 2022, there is no special rate for it. This offer excludes expeditions on the Sea Cloud and Lord of the Glens.

Air Credit on Select Expedition Cruises

Book by February 28, 2022 and receive a $1,200 air credit per person on select 2022 departures. Offer subject to availability. New bookings only, not applicable on extensions, and not combinable with other offers. Call for details.

Complimentary Roundtrip Airfare on Select Expedition Cruises

Book select 2022 departures by February 28, 2022 and receive free round-trip economy group airfare between Los Angeles and Papeete. Complimentary air is based on economy group flights and must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. New bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and not combinable with other offers.

Special Offer for Solo Travelers

Book by February 28, 2022, and we will waive the solo premium on solo cabins on select departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.

  • Snorkel or dive the spectacular reefs and lagoons of Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Marae Taputapuatea on Ra’iatea, and learn about its spiritual and historic significance in Polynesian culture.
  • Venture into the limestone grottos of Makatea, and learn about the unusual geology of this uplifted coral atoll.
  • Explore fabled Bora-Bora and its turquoise water by land and by sea.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Escape to French Polynesia and experience the best of these spectacular islands during a six-day voyage aboard the National Geographic Orion. As we make our way from the coral atolls of the Tuamotu Archipelago to the jungle-covered peaks of Bora-Bora, we’ll explore the natural wonders of the islands and get to know their ancient cultures. Snorkel and dive among incredibly diverse marine life on pristine reefs, swim and stand-up paddleboard in impossibly turquoise lagoons, and visit modern-day villages and ancient sites for a glimpse into every day life in this far-flung French territory.

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

Day 3: Rangiroa

The Tuamotus are comprised of nearly 80 coral atolls and islands strung across more than 900 miles of ocean. The largest of the atolls is Rangiroa, a ring of slender islands that encircle the second largest lagoon in the world, boasting some of the best diving and snorkeling in French Polynesia. Kayak, snorkel, and scuba dive in the rich waters here, home to large schools of pelagic fish, manta rays, dolphins, and sea turtles.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: 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 5: Ra’iatea/Taha’a

Encircled by a single fringing reef, Ra’iatea and Taha’a are vastly different islands that share a common lagoon. Steep-sided Raiatea is home to the second largest town in the Society Islands, as well as MaraeTaputapuatea—one of the most important spiritual sites in the Polynesian world. Visit this ceremonial center, where Polynesian seafarers once set out for Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Hawaii, and New Zealand. Watch from on deck as we navigate lagoon channels en route to the much smaller Taha’a, then go ashore to visit a family-run vanilla plantation. Spend time snorkeling in the crystalline lagoons where we’ll encounter black-tipped reef sharks.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6-7: Bora-Bora/Papeete/Home

Be on deck at sunrise this morning to take in one of the South Pacific’s most iconic images: the angular green crags of Bora-Bora’s Mount Otemanu. Spend the morning exploring Bora-Bora by land or sea and then return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, take a short charter flight back to Papeete where a hotel room will be available for you to rest and refresh before your international overnight flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Day rooms at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa