Sven-Olof Lindblad is in the South Pacific right now leading a reconnaissance trip to seek out never-before-offered experiences and ultimate snorkel and dive sites for guests on our five new 2018 South Pacific & French Polynesia expeditions. Follow along for an inside look at the thought, planning and passion that goes into creating Lindblad itineraries. Follow Sven on Instagram

Sven & team joined the Hōkūle‘a, a traditional Polynesia sailing vessel, to sail from Papeete to Raiatea on one of the final legs of their around-the-world journey. This is their first dispatch.

Photo Sven Lindblad

“A full day preparing the Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia for our momentous journey Papeete to Raiatea tomorrow.” -Sven Lindblad, who will be joining one of the last legs of Hōkūle’a, a Hawaiian voyaging canoe, sailing across earth’s oceans to grow the global movement toward a more sustainable future.

Meanwhile Justin DeShields gets on with expedition preparation.


Photo Kristin Hettermann

Before sailing Sven Lindblad interviewed fellow Ocean Elder Nainoa Thompson as they prepared to embark the Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia on one of the final legs of the three year Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Heading towards the completion of a circumnavigation of the globe using the stars and other elements of nature in traditional Polynesian fashion, they from Papeete to Raiatea. The goal of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage is to cross the Earth’s oceans to join and grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world. The interview will be part of a video created at the completion of this recon expedition.

“Getting settled in with a good wind and 8 knot speed.” -Sven Lindblad


“Dolphins escorted us out of the port in Papeete and the adventure begins. Always a good sign to be beside these messengers of the sea. The Hokulea is underway and we will shadow to Raiatea.” -Kristin Hettermann

“Kalepa gazing out towards Moorea. A captain and a master navigator, he seems to be contemplating our course and everything that plays into our journey.” -Sven Lindblad

Categories: South Pacific