Tahiti to Easter Island – Marquesas, Tuamotus, and Pitcairns (20 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
Ship: Island Sky  |  2 Reviews
Papeete, French Polynesia to Santiago, Chile
Dates: 10 Oct 2019 - 29 Oct 2019

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10 Oct 2019
Air travel
Papeete, French Polynesia

Board your independent flight to Papeete. Arrive in the late evening and transfer to our hotel.

11 Oct 2019
Museum of Tahiti, France
Papeete, French Polynesia

Relax during a morning at leisure, then join a tour of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia's largest island. Pass by orchards of papaya as you drive along the stunning coast. Visit the renowned Museum of Tahiti, which traces the islands' history. Embark the Island Sky this afternoon.

12 Oct 2019
Apataki, French Polynesia

Though remote and sparsely populated, the far-flung Tuamotus comprise the world's largest atoll chain. These venerable coral constructions rise just high enough above the water to be called land, and if it weren't for their waving coconut palms, they might be entirely invisible from any distance. With few visitors, and little industry, the dazzling lagoon of Apataki offers a pristine underwater landscape for snorkelers and divers to explore.

13 Oct 2019

Attend informative lectures today as the Island Sky cruises towards the legendary Marquesas Islands.

14 Oct 2019
Marquesas Islands, France

Considered one of the most beautiful island groups in the South Pacific, the Marquesas lie farther from a continental coast than any other islands in the world. Unlike other Polynesian islands, the Marquesas have no surrounding reefs or placid lagoons. Their wide, deep bays are havens for vessels such as ours. Spend three days exploring this dazzling collection of islands whose breathtaking vertical peaks reach into the clouds, while carpets of lush tropical vegetation drape cliffs and canyons that descend to sea-sculpted bays. Countless sooty, fairy, and bridled terns circle tiny, rocky pinnacle islets. Zodiacs bring you ashore on a variety of islands, to be greeted by dancers and drummers adorned in leis and tapa cloth. On walks you may see petroglyphs or tiki figures—representing deified ancestors—flanked by banyan trees, fragrant plumeria, blooming orchids, and silvery waterfalls. Open-air craft markets display baskets, shell jewelry, and wooden carvings. Birders search for the endemic Nuku Hiva pigeon and Marquesan swiftlet. Though the islands lack fringing reefs, snorkelers and divers will discover colorful fish against a backdrop of sheer walls and dramatic arches.

15 Oct 2019
Marquesas Islands, France
16 Oct 2019
Marquesas Islands, France
17 Oct 2019
Puka Puka, France

Delightful music and dancing welcomes you to this idyllic island—the first land sighted in the Pacific by Europeans. Visit the small village whose residents raise taro, bananas, and coconut palms for copra (dried coconut). Birders search for Pacific reef heron while snorkelers and divers explore the fringing reef.

18 Oct 2019
Pukarua, France

Coconut palms and breadfruit trees cover the beautiful islets that surround Puka Rua's lagoon. Garland-bedecked dancers greet you in the tiny village whose 150 hospitable inhabitantsearn a living selling copra. Witness the process of coconut drying, visit a local crafts market, or stroll along the lagoon's shores watching crested terns circling overhead.

DAY 10
19 Oct 2019
Tuamotu Archipelago (Cruising), France

Today, conditions permitting, explore one of the many uninhabited Tuamotu Islands and enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or diving.

DAY 11
20 Oct 2019

Spend a day at sea as the ship continues towards the remote Pitcairn Islands. Join naturalists on deck to search for a variety of seabirds and marine mammals.

DAY 12
21 Oct 2019
Pitcairn Island, Pitcairn Islands

Remote, enchanting, and tiny at six miles around, volcano-crowned Pitcairn was the fabled hideout of the HMS Bounty mutineers in 1790. Step ashore and visit with the 50 hospitable inhabitants of Adamstown, who are the direct descendants of the nine mutineers and 18 Polynesians. The anchor of the Bounty rests beside the courthouse and the ship's Bible resides in the church.

DAY 13
22 Oct 2019
Henderson Island, Pitcairn Islands

Sheer limestone cliffs surround this elevated coralline island, a World Heritage Site, pockmarked by caves and blowholes. Henderson's astounding natural selection has produced ten endemic flowering plants and four endemic species of land birds, including the Henderson crake and Stephen's lorikeet. There will also be an opportunity to snorkel or dive in the marinelife-rich waters.

DAY 14
23 Oct 2019
Ducie Island, Pitcairn Islands

This small, uninhabited, and rarely-visited atoll is rimmed in white-sand beaches that in turn surround a crystalline lagoon. As you walk along the shore, witness a vast variety of seabirds—tens of thousands nest here, including Murphy's and Phoenix petrels, masked boobies, frigatebirds, and red-tailed tropicbirds. Underwater forays bring you face-to-face with legions of rainbow-hued fish in the warm, clear waters.

DAY 15
24 Oct 2019

Relax on deck and enjoy the ongoing lecture series as you cruise toward Easter Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most mysterious places on earth.

DAY 16
25 Oct 2019
DAY 17
26 Oct 2019
Hanga Roa, Chile
DAY 18
27 Oct 2019
Hanga Roa, Chile

Spend two full days exploring Easter Island. View the intriguing stone heads, moai, built on massive stone platforms at Tahai, along with nearly 400 monolithic statues in various states of completion at the spectacular volcanic tuff quarries. Visit the ceremonial center of Ahu Vinapu where the island's only female moai was found. At Ahu Tongariki visit the largest ceremonial site in Polynesia—a five-year archaeological restoration project was completed in 1996. Drive to the Rano Kau volcano to view the giant caldera, home to a sprawling lake dotted with small floating reed islets, and the ceremonial village of Orongo, dedicated to the fascinating "birdman" cult.

DAY 19
28 Oct 2019
Hanga Roa, Chile
Air travel
Santiago, Chile
DAY 20
29 Oct 2019
Air travel

After breakfast disembark the Island Sky and enjoy a short tour before heading to the airport for your afternoon flight to Santiago; arrive in the USA on October 29.

Tahiti to Easter Island – Marquesas, Tuamotus, and Pitcairns map

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About the Ship

Island Sky
Island Sky

Built in 1992 and recently refurbished, public spaces include a large lounge, elegant bar, library, and a single-seating dining room. Outside decks feature a bar and a sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather. All suites feature ocean views, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, large wardrobes, small refrigerator, and television.

What's Included


  • Included:  All gratuities; accommodations as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; services of the expedition staff including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included

  • Not Included: All air transportation (except where noted); optional estensions and excursions as noted in the itinerary; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above); e-mail/internet/fax/telephone charges.

About Us

With over 25 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.

Insider Tip

Virtually everything is included: gratuities, transfers, group hotels, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and a variety of excursions including snorkeling and birding.

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Shore Excursions

Papeete, French Polynesia - 10 Oct 2019

Museum of Tahiti, France - 11 Oct 2019

Papeete, French Polynesia - 11 Oct 2019

Santiago, Chile - 28 Oct 2019

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