Tahiti to Hawaii – in The Wake of The Ancient Navigators (18 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Papeete, French Polynesia to Kailua Kona, HI, United States
Dates: 23 May 2019 - 09 Jun 2019

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23 May 2019
Air travel

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

24 May 2019
Air travel
25 May 2019
Air travel
Papeete, French Polynesia
Moorea, French Polynesia

Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Tahiti and arrive in Papeete early the following morning. Check into dayrooms and take a brief tour of the city before embarking the National Geographic Orion. (L,D)
Approach the verdant island of Moorea this morning, and anchor for the day in Opunohu Bay on the north shore. Spend the day hiking tropical forest trails or exploring ancient Polynesian sacred sites with an archaeologist. Take in sweeping views of the island from Belvedere Lookout, then stop at the Lycée Agricole d'Opunohu agricultural school to sample locally produced juice, jam, and sorbet. (B,L,D)

26 May 2019
27 May 2019
Caroline Island, Kiribati

A day at sea brings us to the far-flung southern Line Islands, where we'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 explored these islands as part of National Geographic's Pristine Seas project and identified them as one of the last healthy, undisturbed places in the ocean. Spend two full days exploring seldom-visited Caroline Island, also known as Millennium Atoll after the realignment of the international date line made it one of the first places on Earth to welcome the year 2000. Navigate the turquoise waters by Zodiac or kayak, spot nesting seabirds, and swim among colorful reefs. (B,L,D daily)

28 May 2019
Caroline Island, Kiribati

Settle into life aboard National Geographic Orion, and enjoy the daily rhythms at sea as we navigate the Pacific—the largest body of water on the planet. Spend time with your fellow travelers, stop by the bridge to meet the captain and his officers, or join our naturalists on deck to scan for marine mammals and seabirds. Attend a wide range of engaging talks: hear about Polynesian wayfinding from master navigator Tua Pittman, learn the science of marine protected areas, and get insights into vanishing cultures from Keolu Fox and Randy Olson. (B,L,D daily)

29 May 2019
30 May 2019
31 May 2019
DAY 10
01 Jun 2019
Christmas Island, Christmas Island

The Line Islands are one of the longest island chains in the world, stretching across some 1,500 miles of the Pacific Ocean. Stop at Kiritimati (Christmas Island), the largest of this group and one of the few inhabited islands in this part of the Pacific. Continue north to Tabuaeran, also known as Fanning Island, and beyond. These far northern Line Islands are the closest landfall to the Hawaiian Islands, thought to have been a stopover for the ancient Polynesians that eventually settled Hawai'i. Opportunities for remote island exploration abound here. (B,L,D daily)

DAY 11
02 Jun 2019
Fanning Island, Kiribati
DAY 12
03 Jun 2019
DAY 13
04 Jun 2019

Spend three days at sea enjoying the amenities onboard. Unwind with a book in the library, enjoy a workout in the fitness center, or treat yourself to a massage. Learn photo tips from our National Geographic photographer and photo instructor, and head out on deck to take advantage of the opportunity to capture stunning images of wildlife like flying fish. Spend evenings discovering the equatorial constellations under starry skies. (B,L,D daily)

DAY 14
05 Jun 2019
DAY 15
06 Jun 2019
Kailua Kona, HI, United States

Arrive at the Big Island of Hawai'i and spend the day exploring its flora and fauna. Hike part of the scenic Nā Ala Hele trail system and explore its kipuka—protected forested areas surrounded by lava flows. Alternatively, ascend Mauna Kea volcano to 9,200 feet and learn about the famous Keck, Subaru, and Gemini observatories, or choose a birdwatching hike to see the native habitat of the endangered palila. This evening, join the captain for a farewell dinner aboard the ship. (B,L,D)

DAY 16
07 Jun 2019
Kailua Kona, HI, United States

Disembark the National Geographic Orion this morning and venture into Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park—a geologic wonderland centered on the smoldering crater of Kīlauea. Hike, walk, or explore the visitor's center to learn about the 70 million years of volcanic activity that has formed the park's otherworldly landscapes. Have lunch before continuing to our hotel. This evening, join us for a thrilling night snorkel among some of the largest manta rays in the world. (B,L)

DAY 17
08 Jun 2019
Kailua Kona, HI, United States

Begin the day with a visit to the fragrant and colorful Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, home to over 2,000 species of plants. Or embark on a hike along a winding trail to the Captain Cook monument, which overlooks the sparkling waters of the Kona Coast. Spend an afternoon at leisure enjoying the hotel's amenities, before celebrating our journey at a final farewell dinner. (B,D)

DAY 18
09 Jun 2019
Kailua Kona, HI, United States
Air travel

Depart from the hotel and transfer to the Kona airport for your flight home. (B)

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