Beautiful white sand beach with palm trees jutting out over turquoise water in the Pacific Islands
travelers on a covered zodiac skiff atop turquoise water of the pacific islands on a sunny day with a small white sand beach in the background
reef snapper swimming out from behind a coral head sitting atop a large colorful pacific islands reef
smiling indigenous pacific islands women wearing leaf and flower necklaces and head dresses
Aerial of Moorea and Tahiti in the South Pacific islands, French Polynesia with clouds above
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Pearls of the Pacific: Exploring The Society & Tuamotu Islands

On this 12-day Tuamotu and Society Islands cruise aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion, experience the renowned biodiversity and untouched beauty of bucket-list island destinations. From snorkeling with sea turtles and sharks to swimming into a hidden grotto and dining on a private motu, this Bora Bora cruise is an adventure in paradise.

Highlights of this Tuamotu and Society Islands cruise include diving and snorkeling among whales, manta rays, dolphins and sea turtles; learning about Polynesian history and culture at Ra’iatea’s Marae Taputapuatea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; a private beach BBQ with live music in Bora Bora; and exploring a grotto with stalagmites and stalactites. Topping the list are Fakarava, whose flora and fauna are so diverse that its breathtaking reefs and other habitats are protected by UNESCO; Makatea’s sheer volcanic cliffs; Bora Bora’s jagged Mount Otemanu; and the tall green peaks of Mo’orea that complement the underwater Gardens of Eden that surround these remarkable remote tropical islands.

An alternative 12-day Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotu & Marquesas Islands itinerary operates round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti, cruising between Papeete and Hiva Oa, Marquesas, with a one-way charter flight. Unique highlights of this Marquesas cruise include connecting with island residents over dance and food; experiencing the world’s largest marine mammal sanctuary; taking in the artistry of the region; and birding in search of endangered ultramarine lorikeet, zebra doves, manikins and fairy terns.

The 102-guest Nat Geo Orion acts as floating basecamp during these Tuamotu Islands cruises. This small expedition ship is technologically advanced and equipped with a full set of exploration tools, including an ROV and enough kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time. Additionally, select cabins offer private balconies for special moments taking in the awe-inspiring wilderness. The National Geographic Orion features a nearly 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio, ensuring that your trip to paradise comes with attentive service.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Pacific Island cruises and Pacific Island trips.



Itinerary

Pearls of The Pacific: Exploring The Society & Tuamotu Islands Itinerary

The Pearls of The Pacific: Exploring The Society & Tuamotu Islands itinerary cruises round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti, focusing on the Tuamotu Archipelago and uniquely visiting the Society Islands, including Bora Bora.

Route map of Pearls of The Pacific: Exploring The Society & Tuamotu Islands cruise, operating round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti with visits to Mo'orea, Ra'iatea, Taha'a, Bora Bora, Makatea, Fakarava, Tahanea, Faaite & Anaa islands.
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Days 1 - 2
Arrive Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Depart on an overnight flight to Tahiti. Arrive in the early morning on Day 2 and proceed directly to the ship for embarkation. While in port this morning, take some time to freshen up and settle into your cabin as the ship crew prepares to depart. Alternatively, choose to walk around downtown Papeete and visit the central market where vendors sell fresh fruit, pareos, artwork and coveted black pearls. Join for lunch aboard and be on deck as the ship sets sail from Tahiti toward the Tuamotu Archipelago. This afternoon meet the staff and fellow travelers and settle into island time.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); National Geographic Orion (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); breakfast, lunch and dinner (day 2)

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Days 3 - 4
Tuamotu Archipelago

Spend two days exploring some of the nearly 80 islands and atolls in the Dangerous Archipelago, a corner of Polynesia that is as rich with marine life as it is vast. With crystalline lagoons fringed by white beaches and lush coconut groves, the Tuamotus are a tropical dream, both in the water and ashore. Meet the locals on sparsely inhabited Anaa and learn of their unique traditions. Discover the abundant marine life on a snorkel or dive, or learn to stand up paddleboard in the calm lagoon of one of the many pristine atolls in the archipelago.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 6
Fakarava

Today arrive at Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This coral atoll is home to many rare species of birds, plants and crustaceans, and the opportunity exists to snorkel its protected reefs and ride the current into the lagoon on a world-famous drift dive. Spend time exploring Rotoava, the main village on Fakarava. Take a leisurely bike ride, visit a pearl shop or stroll along the turquoise waterfront with a fresh coconut.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Makatea

An uplifted coral atoll, the island of Makatea is one of the most unique landforms in the Pacific. A makatea is a raised coral atoll that is tilted due to plate tectonics and appears much different than the other islands in the region, containing spectacular, vertical cliffs. This specific island of Makatea gives its name to all other uplifted coral atolls worldwide. Spend the day exploring the island’s limestone caves and grottos with the expedition team and local guides, or search for endemic fruit doves and myriad seabirds.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Taha'a & Bora Bora

Arrive in picture-postcard Taha’a and spend the morning snorkeling alongside black-tipped reef sharks. Or choose to go ashore and visit a family-run vanilla farm. Enjoy lunch aboard while sailing to nearby Bora Bora and be on deck as the iconic crags of Mount Otemanu come into focus. This afternoon, explore Bora Bora either on land or in the water and join for a barbecue dinner and music on a private motu this evening.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Ra'iatea

Take in the sunrise on deck as the ship sails to Ra’iatea in the early morning light. This morning we visit one of the most important cultural sites in the Polynesian world. Marae Taputapuatea is a center for Polynesian seafarers and the location from which they set out for Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Hawai’i and New Zealand. Visit the marae and learn of its significance in Polynesian history. Join a scenic lagoon cruise around the island while sailing toward the village of Uturoa. Taste local Polynesian specialties over lunch at a local beachside restaurant and spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling or stand-up paddleboarding from the beach in Ra’iatea’s calm lagoon waters.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Mo'orea

Wake up to views of Moorea’s tall, green cliffs as the ship anchors in stunning Opunohu Bay. Spend the morning discovering all that the island has to offer: hike through a pineapple plantation, explore the island’s interior on horseback, or choose to snorkel in the island’s crystalline lagoon. Have lunch on deck and take in views of the island while cruising toward Cook’s Bay, stopping point for the rest of the day. Join an afternoon excursion to Moorea’s newest museum and enjoy the golden light of the late afternoon from ashore.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
Mo'orea & Disembark Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

This morning, choose to stretch the legs with an early walk into Mo’orea’s caldera interior, or opt to discover marine life beneath the surface of the lagoon on a leisurely snorkel excursion. Join on board for lunch as the ship casts off for Tahiti. In the afternoon of Day 11, disembark in Papeete and check into a hotel room for the afternoon. In the late evening, transfer to the airport for an overnight flight home (adding Day 12).

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion (day 11); n/a (day 12)

Meals

breakfast, lunch and dinner (day 11); n/a (day 12)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations, including a day room following disembarkation; meals indicated; excursions; services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Diving (advance reservations, certification and experience required-contact your Adventure Specialist); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Pearls of The Pacific: Exploring The Society & Tuamotu Islands cruise begins and ends in Papeete, Tahiti (PPT)We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Papeete in time for the onboard lunch on Day 2 of the itinerary. After disembarkation on the final day, guests will have a day room (true hotel room) before being transferred to the airport in the late evening (around 9:30pm) for the flight home. Plan flights to depart Papeete no earlier than 11:30pm on Day 12. Group flights via Los Angeles have an included transfer upon arrival and departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include swimming, snorkeling, diving (excluded), kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, horseback riding, cultural and plantation visits, land treks, birding and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Eastbound Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotu & Marquesas Islands Itinerary

The eastbound Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotu & Marquesas Islands cruise operates round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti, cruising east through the Tuamotu Archipelago to Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands and ending with a charter flight back to Papeete.

Route map of Ancient Polynesia Tuamotu & Marquesas cruise, operating round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti, with visits to Rangiroa, Takaroa, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Nuka Hiva, Ua Huka & Hiva Oa.
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Days 1 - 2
Arrive Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia & Embark

Depart on an overnight flight, land in Tahiti and proceed directly to embark the ship on Day 2. While in port this morning, take some time to freshen up and settle into your cabin as the ship crew prepares to depart. Alternatively, choose to walk around downtown Papeete and visit the central market where vendors sell fresh fruit, pareos, artwork and coveted black pearls. Join for lunch aboard and be on deck as the ship sets sail from Tahiti toward the Tuamotu Archipelago. This afternoon meet the staff and fellow travelers and settle into island time.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); National Geographic Orion (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); breakfast, lunch and dinner (day 2)

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Days 3 - 5
Rangiroa, Tuamotus

Today and tomorrow, visit the Tuamotu Archipelago. 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. Kayak, snorkel and scuba dive in the rich waters here, home to large schools of pelagic fish, manta rays, dolphins and sea turtles.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Takaroa Atoll

Today visit Takaroa Atoll, a remote island nearly 350 miles from Tahiti. Visit the main village and snorkel or dive stunning healthy reefs. Kayak and stand-up paddleboard in its turquoise lagoons and walk pristine beaches beneath coconut palms.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 6
At Sea & Tahuata, Marquesas

A day at sea brings the ship to one of the most remote island groups on Earth, the Marquesas Islands. Begin exploration of this archipelago on Tahuata, the smallest of the inhabited Marquesan Islands. Choose to attend a local church service with stunningly beautiful music and spend some time exploring Vaitahu, the main village on the island. In the afternoon the ship repositions to nearby Hapatoni Bay where both land and sea excursions await.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Nuku Hiva

Start the day at Hatiheu Bay, on the north shore of Nuku Hiva Island. Visit ancient petroglyphs and witness a spectacular dance performance at a Marquesan me’ae, 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Ua Huka

Today is open for exploration. Dive some of the incredible waters here and search for rare cetaceans with the naturalists. Marvel at the rugged volcanic silhouettes of these legendary islands from the Zodiacs and kayaks.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Fatu Hiva

Be sure to be on deck this morning to photograph the volcanic pillars of Hanavave Bay, as the ship approaches one of the most storied shorelines in the entire Pacific. Visit a remote village to 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 enables a birdwatching foray deep into the Omoa Valley.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 12
Exploring, Disembark Hiva Oa, Fly to Papeete & Depart

This morning, let nature be the guide. Set out exploring one of the Marquesas’ remote, uninhabited islands. In the afternoon, arrive at Hiva Oa and visit the village of Puamau to explore a well-maintained Marquesan sacred site, a me’ae Iipona. Accompanied by the team and knowledgeable local guides, learn about religious rites and photograph one of the largest, most arresting ancient tikis in Polynesia. On the last morning (Day 11), visit the village of Atuona before disembarking the ship and flying by charter aircraft back to Papeete. This evening, transfer to the airport for an overnight flight home (adding Day 12).

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion (day 10); n/a (days 11-12)

Meals

breakfast, lunch and dinner (days 10-11); n/a (day 12)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

One-way charter flight from Hiva Oa to Papeete ($495 per person in 2023 & 2024, subject to change); diving (advance reservations, certification and experience required-contact your Adventure Specialist); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The eastbound Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotu & Marquesas Islands cruise begins and ends in Papeete, Tahiti (PPT)We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Papeete in time for the onboard lunch on Day 2 of the itinerary. Following disembarkation, a charter flight brings guests back to Papeete ahead of evening flights home or to onward travel. Plan flights to depart Papeete no earlier than 11:30pm on Day 12. Group flights via Los Angeles have an included transfer upon arrival and departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

A group charter flight between Hiva Oa and Papeete is not included in the cruise price, but is arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book this flight for you on the scheduled charter flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these (as well as luggage weight limits) for you in their proposal and on your invoice. See Exclusions for sample airfare rates, subject to change. There is a strict luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage (maximum size under 150cm of combined length, width and height including wheels and handles) and 11 lbs (5 kg) cabin baggage (maximum size 45 x 35 x 20cm including wheels and handles) on the flight between Hiva Oa and Papeete.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include swimming, snorkeling, diving (excluded), kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, cultural visits, land treks, birding and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Westbound Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotu & Marquesas Islands Itinerary

The westbound Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotu & Marquesas Islands cruise operates round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti, starting with a charter flight to meet the ship in Hiva Oa, Marquesas, before cruising west through the Tuamotu Archipelago to disembark back in Papeete.

Route map of Ancient Polynesia Tuamotu & Marquesas cruise, operating round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti, with visits to Rangiroa, Takaroa, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Nuka Hiva, Ua Huka & Hiva Oa.
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Days 1 - 2
Arrive Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fly to Hiva Oa, Marquesas & Embark

Depart on an overnight flight to Tahiti. Arrive in the early morning on Day 2, take a charter flight to Hiva Oa, Marquesas, and proceed directly to the ship for embarkation. While in port this morning, take some time to freshen up and settle into your cabin as the ship crew prepares to depart. Alternatively, choose to explore the town of Atuona. This afternoon meet the staff and fellow travelers and settle into island time.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); National Geographic Orion (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); breakfast, lunch and dinner (day 2)

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Day 3
Exploring & Hiva Oa

This morning, let nature be the guide. Set out exploring one of the Marquesas’ remote, uninhabited islands. In the afternoon, arrive at Hiva Oa and visit the village of Puamau to explore a well-maintained Marquesan sacred site, a me’ae Iipona. Accompanied by the team and knowledgeable local guides, learn about religious rites and photograph one of the largest, most arresting ancient tikis in Polynesia.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Fatu Hiva

Be sure to be on deck this morning to photograph the volcanic pillars of Hanavave Bay, as the ship approaches one of the most storied shorelines in the entire Pacific. Visit a remote village to 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 enables a birdwatching foray deep into the Omoa Valley.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Ua Huka

Today is open for exploration. Dive some of the incredible waters here and search for rare cetaceans with the naturalists. Marvel at the rugged volcanic silhouettes of these legendary islands from the Zodiacs and kayaks.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Tahuata, Marquesas

Begin today’s exploration on Tahuata, the smallest of the inhabited Marquesan Islands. Choose to attend a local church service with stunningly beautiful music and spend some time exploring Vaitahu, the main village on the island. In the afternoon the ship repositions to nearby Hapatoni Bay where both land and sea excursions await.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 8
Nuku Hiva & At Sea

Start the day at Hatiheu Bay, on the north shore of Nuku Hiva Island. Visit ancient petroglyphs and witness a spectacular dance performance at a Marquesan me’ae, 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. A relaxing day at sea brings everyone away from the Marquesas. Practice your photography from on deck.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Takaroa Atoll

Today visit Takaroa Atoll, a remote island nearly 350 miles from Tahiti. Visit the main village and snorkel or dive stunning healthy reefs. Kayak and stand-up paddleboard in its turquoise lagoons and walk pristine beaches beneath coconut palms.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Rangiroa, Tuamotus

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. Kayak, snorkel and scuba dive in the rich waters here, home to large schools of pelagic fish, manta rays, dolphins and sea turtles.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
Disembark Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Arrive in Papeete and choose to visit the downtown area or the central market where vendors sell fresh fruit, pareos, artwork and coveted black pearls. In the afternoon, disembark and check into a hotel room. This evening, transfer to the airport for an overnight flight home (adding Day 12).

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch and dinner (day 11); n/a (day 12)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations, including a day room following disembarkation; meals indicated; excursions; services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

One-way charter flight from Papeete to Hiva Oa ($495 per person in 2023 & 2024, subject to change); diving (advance reservations, certification and experience required-contact your Adventure Specialist); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The westbound Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotu & Marquesas Islands cruise begins and ends in Papeete, Tahiti (PPT)We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Papeete early on Day 2 of the itinerary, as a charter flight to Hiva Oa follows. After disembarkation on the final day, guests will have a day room (true hotel room) before being transferred to the airport in the late evening (around 9:30pm) for the flight home. Plan flights to depart Papeete no earlier than 11:30pm on Day 11. Group flights via Los Angeles have an included transfer upon arrival and departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

A group charter flight between Papeete and Hiva Oa is not included in the cruise price, but is arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book this flight for you on the scheduled charter flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these (as well as luggage weight limits) for you in their proposal and on your invoice. See Exclusions for sample airfare rates, subject to change. There is a strict luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage (maximum size under 150cm of combined length, width and height including wheels and handles) and 11 lbs (5 kg) cabin baggage (maximum size 45 x 35 x 20cm including wheels and handles) on the flight between Papeete and Hiva Oa.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include swimming, snorkeling, diving (excluded), kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, cultural visits, land treks, birding and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

May 14 - May 25, 2023
National Geographic Orion • 12 days
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May 24 - Jun 04, 2023
National Geographic Orion • 12 days
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Jun 03 - Jun 14, 2023
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Mar 09 - Mar 20, 2024
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Mar 19 - Mar 30, 2024
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Expedition Ship
National Geographic Orion

102-guest National Geographic Orion is one of the most sophisticated vessel in its class. Small ship cruises aboard the Orion offer a luxurious exploration of Chile, Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

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No Solo Premium On Select South Pacific Cruises

Book your select South Pacific cruise as a solo traveler and don't pay the premium in this special deal.

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Up To $1,500 Air Credit On Select Nat Geo South Pacific Cruises

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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

In conjunction with these Tuamotu Islands cruises, the following pre- and post-cruise option is available for a seamless land-and-sea group travel experience with National Geographic guides and fellow passengers. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing.

The Brando, Tetiaroa Extension is a pre- or post-cruise stay (minimum 2 nights) at a luxurious, private beachfront villa. Enjoy one excursion daily per person (kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, biking, kite surfing, natural history walks, etc.), plus access to two restaurants that are under the guidance of a Michelin-starred chef. Take advantage of a spa offering holistic treatments during this private island experience on land purchased by Marlon Brando.

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Wild Polynesian Escape: Tahiti to Bora Bora

On this 7-day Wild Polynesian Escape, cruise aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion and explore French Polynesia's crystalline waters, deserted beaches and welcoming cultures with expert National Geographic guides.

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5 - 7 Day Land Tour
Explora Rapa Nui

Experience the mysterious draw of the moai statues of Easter Island on foot, by sea or bike at Explora Rapa Nui. This 5-, 6- or 7-day adventure blends the island's unique history, vibrant Polynesian culture and stunning scenery into over 30 possible tailored activities.

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