Making the most of your time & interest in the South Pacific

Our Tahiti to Easter Island expedition seeks to reveal as many wonders as possible during your weeks with us. Our hallmark is flexibility—allowing us to take advantage of events, like wildlife sightings, as they occur to give you the richest, most dimensional experience. Here is a representation of the activities you’ll engage in as you travel to Tahiti:   


  • DAY 1-5: U.S/Santiago,Chile/Easter Island/Embark

    Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.  Upon arrival, transfer to the Mandarin Oriental Santiago central Santiago. Then join your Lindblad staff this evening for a welcome reception. Early the next morning, fly to Easter Island where you will check into the Hanga Roa Eco Village & Spa (or similar) for two nights. Explore volcanic calderas, jagged lava fields, and sweeping grasslands to discover the colossal moai statues, the astonishing legacy of a long-lost culture. Join archaeologists to examine these statues and discuss their meaning and creation; visit burial sites, quarries, and intricately carved ceremonial altars. Embark National Geographic Orion. (Day 3: L,D; Days 4-5: B,L,D)

  • DAY 6-7: At Sea

    Set sail from Easter Island on our journey west. As we voyage, head up to the Bridge to watch for wildlife and observe expert navigation at work as our skilled Captain and officers sail these historic waters. There’ll also be time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day our naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8-10: Pitcairn Islands

    We begin our exploration in Ducie Atoll, where we spend time watching for frigatebirds and boobies and snorkeling or diving among spectacular reefs. Our next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Henderson Island, an uplifted atoll that is uninhabited and virtually untouched by humans. Discover the island’s four endemic bird species, rich flora and fauna, and fascinating geology. Many of the mutineers of the legendary Bounty made their home on Pitcairn Island in the late 18th century, and about 50 of their descendants still live here today. Meet the residents and hear a few words of the unusual Pitkern dialect—a combination of English “sailor speak” and Polynesian phrases. Visit the gravesite of the last surviving Bounty mutineer, John Adams, and see the Bounty’s anchor, which was salvaged in 1957. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 11-12: At Sea/Mangareva, French Polynesia

    Spend a day at sea scanning the horizon with our naturalists, or relaxing on deck with a good book. We then arrive at Mangareva, the largest of the Gambier Islands, with its interesting history and beautiful lagoon. Venture underwater to snorkel or dive, meet islanders to learn about their culture and the missionaries who made their home here, or go on a hike with our naturalists. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 13-17: At Sea/Tuamotu Archipelago

    A day at sea brings us to the furthest reaches of the “Dangerous Archipelago,” where our Captain and Expedition Leader will determine our next spot for exploration. In true expedition mode, we will visit some of the Tuamotus’ most remote islands, taking the opportunity to explore them by land and by sea. Navigate reefs and islets as we make our way east and explore one of French Polynesia’s many uninhabited atolls such as Tahanea. Continue to Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Snorkel the protected reefs or ride the current into the lagoon on a world-famous drift dive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 18: Makatea

    An uplifted coral atoll, the island of Makatea is one of the most unique landforms in the Pacific. Spend the day exploring limestone caves and grottos with your expedition team and local guides, or search for endemic fruit doves and myriad seabirds, then snorkel and dive among colorful fish on the nearby reef. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 19-20: Papeete/Disembark/U.S.

    Arrive in Papeete, French Polynesia and take a tour of Tahiti before your overnight flight home. (Day 19: B,L)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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