Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals – Southern Line Islands (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions - AUS/NZ
Papeete, French Polynesia to Papeete, French Polynesia
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Papeete, French Polynesia
Air travel
Tiputa, France

Arrive in Papeete, Tahiti, early this morning and take a short very scenic flight to the nearby atoll of Rangiroa. After a brief tour of the island, embark National Geographic Orion this afternoon. Settle into your cabin, or linger on deck to take in the view of the island's turquoise lagoon as you're fanned by tropical ocean breezes. Just before sunset, watch from on deck as we navigate the narrow Passe de Tiputa and exit the lagoon to the north. (L,D)


A day at sea brings us to the far-flung Southern Line Islands, where you'll snorkel or dive some of the most remote and pristine coral reefs on earth. Marine Ecologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala researched these islands as part of the Pristine Seas project and identified them as one of the last healthy undisturbed places in the ocean. You'll spend three full days exploring seldom-visited atolls such as Caroline Island, also known as Millennium Atoll after creative realignment of the international date line made it one of the first places on earth to welcome the year 2000. (B,L,D)

Southern Line Islands, Kiribati
Southern Line Islands, Kiribati
Southern Line Islands, Kiribati

For our final day in Kiribati, you'll navigate the intricate channels of the lagoons by Zodiac or, possibly, kayak, see nesting boobies and tropic birds on shore, and snorkel above beds of giant clams. Stroll along pristine white-sand beaches, or meander through palm groves with your naturalists as they search for endangered coconut crabs, the largest land-dwelling invertebrates in the world. Bring binoculars and join your naturalists on deck for a day at sea, as they search for marine mammals and seabirds. Photographers will want to try and capture the perfect image of a flying fish skimming above an azure sea. (B,L,D)

Moorea, French Polynesia

Approach the verdant island of Moorea this morning, and anchor for the day in Opunohu Bay on the island's north shore. Spend the day hiking tropical forest trails or exploring ancient Polynesian sacred sites with an archaeologist. Take in the view of both Opunohu and Cook Bays from the island's famous Belvedere, then stop at the Lycée Agricole d'Opunohu to sample locally produced jam and sorbet. (B,L,D)

Papeete, French Polynesia

Disembark in Papeete this morning and tour Tahiti before flights home.

Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals – Southern Line Islands map

About the Ship

National Geographic Orion

The 102 guest National Geographic Orion is engineered for maximum comfort and safety, equipped with the latest technology including large retractable stabilizers, sonar, radar, and an ice-strengthened hull. A shallow draft plus bow and stern thrusters provide the convenience of being able to maneuver close to shore.

What's Included


  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages. Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand. Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap. In April 2017 Bar tab and Crew tips will be included.

  • Ashore: Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary. Sightseeing & entrance fees. Special access permits, park fees, port taxes. Transfers to and from group flights. The expertise of our expedition staff.

  • Activities:

    •All excursions

    •Zodiac & kayak explorations

    •Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant

    •Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

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