Azure Seas From Tahiti to The Marquesas (17 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Papeete, French Polynesia to Papeete, French Polynesia
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Air travel

Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Tahiti.

Papeete, French Polynesia

Arrive in Papeete, Tahiti, early this morning, check into dayrooms at the InterContinental Tahiti, and take a brief tour before embarking National Geographic Orion. (L,D)

Fakarava, French Polynesia
Raroia, France

We begin our exploration of the "Dangerous Archipelago" at Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. After a festive welcome with traditional dancers, 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. Continue to Raroia, one of the easternmost atolls in this chain, and the site where Thor Heyerdahl's famous Kon-Tiki raft made landfall in 1947. (B,L,D)

Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

A day at sea brings us to one of the most remote island groups on earth, the Marquesas Islands. We begin our exploration of this archipelago at Hatiheu Bay, on the north shore of Nuku Hiva Island. Visit ancient petroglyphs and witness a spectacular dance performance at a Marquesan meae, or hike up the valley with the naturalists and local guides in search of rare birds and spectacular views. Later, sample local foods in the village, and peruse unique arts and crafts. (B,L,D)

Hiva Oa, French Polynesia

At Hiva Oa, go ashore at the village of Puamau to visit the stunning Marquesan meae, Ipona, and photograph one of the largest tikis in Polynesia. Stop for a fresh-baked French baguette before a short visit to Calvary Cemetery and the gravesites of French artists Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel. (B,L,D)

Fatu Hiva, French Polynesia

Be sure you're on deck this morning to photograph the volcanic pillars of Hanavave Bay, as Orion approaches one of the most storied shorelines in the entire Pacific. Visit a remote village where you'll see displays of uniquely Marquesan arts and crafts. Choose a challenging hike to a remote waterfall, or take Zodiacs to the next bay where local transport takes you on a birdwatching foray deep into the Omoa Valley. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
Marquesas Islands, France
DAY 11
Marquesas Islands, France
DAY 12

Our last two days in the Marquesas are open for exploration. Scuba dive with manta rays, search for rare cetaceans with your naturalists, and marvel at the rugged volcanic silhouettes of these legendary islands from the Zodiacs and kayaks. (B,L,D)

DAY 13
Tuamotu Islands, France

We let nature be our guide for these days, as we explore some of the more than 80 islands and atolls that make up this seldom-visited archipelago. Snorkel or dive stunning healthy reefs, kayak and stand-up paddleboard on turquoise lagoons, and walk pristine beaches beneath coconut palms. (B,L,D)

DAY 14
Tuamotu Islands, France
DAY 15
Makatea, French Polynesia

An uplifted coral atoll, the island of Makatea is one of the most unique landforms in the Pacific. Spend the day exploring limestone caves and grottos with your expedition team and local guides, or search for endemic fruit doves and myriad seabirds, then snorkel and dive among clouds of colorful fish on the nearby reef. (B,L,D)

DAY 16
Papeete, French Polynesia
Air travel
DAY 17
Air travel

Disembark in Papeete this morning and tour Tahiti before overnight flight home. (Day 16: B,L)

Azure Seas From Tahiti to The Marquesas map

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