Boy in red swim trunks & girl in tan shorts each paddle a yellow stand-up paddleboard above turquoise water in Fiji.
Aerial view of small, lush islands with white-sand beaches beside sapphire-colored seas, seen on cruises from Fiji to Tahiti.
Volcano erupts, shooting hot magma & clouds skyward, seen on the Tahiti to Fiji: Reefs, Lagoons & Volcanic Isles cruise.
South Pacific Islanders play drums & guitar while singing on the Tahiti to Fiji: Reefs, Lagoons & Volcanic Isles Cruise.
2 divers swim beside a large manta ray in clear blue water, experienced during cruises from Fiji to Tahiti with Nat Geo.
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Asia / Pacific Pacific Islands Cruise

Tahiti to Fiji: Reefs, Lagoons & Volcanic Isles Cruise

On these 16-day cruises from Fiji to Tahiti on 102-guest Nat Geo Orion, uncover the tropical beauty and important cultural history of the South Seas. The archipelagos of the South Pacific have defined our notion of “island paradise” since Robert Louis Stevenson told his tales and Paul Gauguin captured Polynesia in paint. While sailing from Tahiti’s lush volcanic crags to the sparkling white shores of Fiji, discover a fascinating geology and a stunning wealth of bird species and marine life. Dive or snorkel among underwater canyons and tunnels formed from lava. Meet island communities. And explore the far-flung reef systems of the extraordinary archipelagos of the South Pacific.

These cruises to Samoa offer many highlights. Visit the marae complex of Marae Taputapuātea, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important cultural sites in Polynesia. Snorkel, swim, or stand-up paddleboard in the clear aqua lagoons and reefs of French Polynesia. Spot rare and colorful birds and flowers on Fiji’s spectacular Garden Island, Taveuni, and in the rainforests of Samoa. And visit remote island villages to discover rich cultural histories, including the tradition of fire-walking in Fiji.

Come aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion for attentive service with a nearly 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio. This small expedition ship is also educational with advanced technology and 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 paradise featured on cruises from Fiji to Tahiti.

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



Itinerary

Westbound Tahiti to Fiji: Reefs, Lagoons & Volcanic Isles Itinerary

The westbound Tahiti to Fiji: Reefs, Lagoons & Volcanic Isles cruise cruises from Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia, through the Cook Islands and Samoa, disembarking in Lautoka, Fiji.

Route map of Tahiti to Fiji: Reefs, Lagoons & Volcanic Isles cruise between Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia & Laukota, Fiji, with visits to The Cook Islands & Samoa.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia & Embark

Depart on an overnight flight to Tahiti and arrive in the early morning on Day 2. Check into a day room at the group hotel and in the afternoon, join the group for a tour before embarking the ship in the late afternoon.

Accommodations

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

Meals

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

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Days 3 - 5
Taha'a, Ra'iatea & At Sea

Spend the day acclimating to island time at beautiful Taha’a. Surrounded by a sparkling turquoise lagoon, make use of this private motu and choose to snorkel, swim, kayak or just enjoy the surroundings from the white sandy beach. 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 Ra’iatea, then refresh with a swim in the island’s lagoon. Spend time on deck during a day at sea, mesmerized by deep, sea-blue water while scanning the horizon for marine mammals and seabirds.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 8
Aitutaki, Cook Islands & At Sea

Known for its turquoise central lagoon, Aitutaki has been described as the perfect South Pacific island. Board Zodiacs to enter the lagoon via the pass on the western side of this almost atoll. Once ashore, step over sacred welcome stones to be greeted with a traditional Polynesian welcome. Explore the lagoon, walk palm-fringed beaches and finish with a swim in the warm, clear lagoon. Or, meet the friendly residents and experience traditional Polynesian food, culture and hospitality on a visit to an interior village. Then enjoy life aboard the ship for 2 days sailing west toward Samoa.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
Samoa

With its spectacular beaches and dense green foliage, hidden waterfalls and lava-sculpted landscapes, Samoa captures the essence of the South Pacific. During the time on these islands, hike through rain forests vibrant with flowers and birds, take a dip in a swimming hole, go snorkeling or diving and soak up the languid rhythms of island life that drew Robert Louis Stevenson to these shores.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
Wallis & Futuna

Another of France’s South Pacific territories, the tiny island nation of Wallis and Futuna lies between Samoa and Fiji. In Wallis, be greeted with local dancing and singing. Visit the beautiful crater lake Lalolalo and a cathedral built of blue volcanic stone, chiseled by hand. In Futuna, stop at a historic “cannibal oven” and learn of the history of these fascinating people, before a warrior dance performance in front of the Cathedral of Poi.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 15
Exploring Fiji

Enter the island nation of Fiji with a stop at Taveuni—Fiji’s third largest island—known as The Garden Island for its rich vegetation which includes several species found nowhere else in the world. Experience warm Fijian welcomes at the village of Waitabu and snorkel in one of the Pacific’s most successful community marine parks. Explore the waterfalls of nearby Bouma National Heritage Park and dive nearby reefs. Witness a dramatic fire-walking ceremony at Beqa Island.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Lautoka, Fiji, Explore & Depart

Disembark in Lautoka this morning. Take a tour of western Viti Levu Island then transfer to the international airport at Nadi for flights home or choose to extend your stay and check in to a hotel.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations, including a day room on Day 2; 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

Immigration fees; diving (advance reservations, certification and experience required-contact your Adventure Specialist); 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 $3,000 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 Tahiti to Fiji: Reefs, Lagoons & Volcanic Isles cruise begins in Papeete, Tahiti (PPT), and ends in Lautoka, Fiji, with departing flights available via Nadi International Airport (NAN)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 ahead of an afternoon group tour and late-afternoon embarkation on Day 2. Upon arrival on Day 2, guests will have a day room (true hotel room) before the tour. Consult your Adventure Specialist for departing flight recommendations. 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, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, cultural visits, land treks 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 Tahiti to Fiji: Reefs, Lagoons & Volcanic Isles Itinerary

The eastbound Tahiti to Fiji: Reefs, Lagoons & Volcanic Isles cruise cruises from Lautoka, Fiji, through Samon and the Cook Islands, disembarking in Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia.

Route map of Tahiti to Fiji: Reefs, Lagoons & Volcanic Isles cruise between Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia & Laukota, Fiji, with visits to The Cook Islands & Samoa.
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Days 1 - 3
Fly to Lautoka, Fiji, Explore & Embark

Depart and fly across the International Date Line (depending on flight path), gaining a day in the air. Arrive in Lautoka. Take a tour of western Viti Levu Island before embarking the ship.

Accommodations

n/a (days 1 - 2); National Geographic Orion (day 3)

Meals

n/a (days 1 - 2); lunch and dinner (day 3)

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Days 4 - 6
Exploring Fiji

Explore Kadvadu’s stunning beauty. Witness a dramatic fire-walking ceremony at Beqa Island. Explore Taveuni—Fiji’s third largest island—known as The Garden Island for its rich vegetation which includes several species found nowhere else in the worldd. Experience warm Fijian welcomes at the village of Waitabu and snorkel in one of the Pacific’s most successful community marine parks. Explore the waterfalls of nearby Bouma National Heritage Park and dive nearby reefs.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 8
Wallis & Futuna

One of France’s South Pacific territories, the tiny island nation of Wallis and Futuna lies between Samoa and Fiji. In Futuna, stop at a historic “cannibal oven” and learn of the history of these fascinating people, before a warrior dance performance in front of the Cathedral of Poi. In Wallis, be greeted with local dancing and singing. Visit the beautiful crater lake Lalolalo and a cathedral built of blue volcanic stone, chiseled by hand.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 11
Samoa & At Sea

With its spectacular beaches and dense green foliage, hidden waterfalls and lava-sculpted landscapes, Samoa captures the essence of the South Pacific. During the time on these islands, hike through rain forests vibrant with flowers and birds, take a dip in a swimming hole, go snorkeling or diving and soak up the languid rhythms of island life that drew Robert Louis Stevenson to these shores.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 14
Aitutaki, Cook Islands & At Sea

Known for its turquoise central lagoon, Aitutaki has been described as the perfect South Pacific island. Board Zodiacs to enter the lagoon via the pass on the western side of this almost atoll. Once ashore, step over sacred welcome stones to be greeted with a traditional Polynesian welcome. Explore the lagoon, walk palm-fringed beaches and finish with a swim in the warm, clear lagoon. Or, meet the friendly residents and experience traditional Polynesian food, culture and hospitality on a visit to an interior village. Then enjoy life aboard the ship for 2 days sailing east toward French Polynesia.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 15 - 16
At Sea, Ra'iatea & Taha'a

Spend the morning on deck while at sea, mesmerized by deep, sea-blue water while scanning the horizon for marine mammals and seabirds. 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 time exploring this site on Ra’iatea, then refresh with a swim in the island’s lagoon. The ship transits to the nearby island of Taha’a overnight. Surrounded by a sparkling turquoise lagoon, Taha’a waters beckon: choose to snorkel, swim, kayak or just enjoy the surroundings from the white sandy beach.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Disembark Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Disembark in Papeete and connect to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

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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

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 $3,000 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 Tahiti to Fiji: Reefs, Lagoons & Volcanic Isles cruise begins in Lautoka, Fiji, via Nadi International Airport (NAN), 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. Consult your Adventure Specialist for arrival and departure flight recommendations. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. 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, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, cultural visits, land treks 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.

Mar 22 - Apr 06, 2023
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