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French Polynesia – Beyond The Postcard (10 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Papeete, French Polynesia to Papeete, French Polynesia
DAY
PORT
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Air travel

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

DAY 2
Papeete, French Polynesia
Air travel
Avatoru, Rangiroa, France, French Polynesia

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.

DAY 3
Rangiroa, French Polynesia

The atoll of Rangiroa is a ring of slender islands known for some of the best diving and snorkeling in French Polynesia. The turquoise lagoon at its center is the second largest in the world. Our ship passes between the islets to anchor inside the lagoon near the village of Tiputa, where local musicians greet us. Visit the village, and kayak, snorkel, and scuba dive in the rich waters here, home to large schools of pelagic fish, manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles, and hammerheads. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Fakarava, French Polynesia
DAY 5
Makatea, French Polynesia

Spend two days exploring some of the nearly 80 islands and atolls in the "Dangerous Archipelago". Fakarava is one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Snorkel the protected reefs or ride the current into the lagoon on a world famous drift dive. 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 6
Huahine, French Polynesia

One of Polynesia's best-kept secrets, Huahine is well off the beaten path. Once the home of Tahitian royalty, Huahine maintains the highest density of ancient marae in French Polynesia. Visit these sites with cultural experts and archaeologists who bring them to life. Venture into the lush interior of the island on a bicycle, then explore the verdant shoreline by kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or Zodiac. Finish the day with a swim in the island's crystal-clear lagoon. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Raiatea, French Polynesia
Tahaa, French Polynesia

Encircled by a single fringing reef, and sharing a common lagoon, Raiatea and Taha'a are islands well worth exploring. One of the most important cultural sites in the Polynesian world, Marae Taputapuatea was a center for Polynesian seafarers and the location from which they set out for Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Hawaii, and New Zealand. Spend the morning exploring this site on Raiatea, then refresh yourself with a swim in warm turquoise seas. Watch from on deck as we navigate lagoon channels en route to Taha'a, then go ashore for a visit to a small family-run vanilla plantation. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The angular crags of Bora Bora's Mount Otemanu are one of the South Pacific's most iconic images. Explore the island's interior by 4WD, for unparalleled views of the island's turquoise lagoon, then snorkel, dive, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard from one of the motus on the outer reef. Be on deck at sunset, for spectacular views and photo opportunities as Orion sails out Passe Teavanui en route back to Tahiti. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
Papeete, French Polynesia
Air travel
DAY 10
Air travel

Disembark in Papeete this morning and tour Tahiti before your overnight flight home. (Day 9: B,L)

French Polynesia – Beyond The Postcard map

What's Included

Included

  • All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship's crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

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  • Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.

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All accommodations aboard ship, meals as indicated, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment, services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, National Geographic photographer, naturalist staff and expert guides, services of a ship physician, all gratuities, and all port charges and service taxes.

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