Itinerary Overview

Travel to some of the most far-flung tropical islands in the world

Travel to some of the most far-flung tropical islands in the world, plying the Pacific from the glittering skyscrapers of Taipei to the idyllic shores of Tahiti. Among the wispy atolls of Chuuk and Kiribati, trace the history of war in paradise, exploring the battle sites and shipwrecks of World War II. Encounter a range of remarkable cultures, including the Chamorros of Guam and the handful of residents descended from the first English settler of Palmerston Island. Enjoy leisurely days on turquoise seas, and immerse yourself in a dazzling marine world while snorkeling, kayaking, and diving among pristine reefs.

Expedition Highlights

  • From the East China Sea to the South Pacific, be among the few to explore the secluded beaches, lagoons, and coral reefs of remote atolls alive with unusual endemic flora and fauna like tiny whistling green pigeons, Okinawan dugongs, and rare mangroves.
  • Discover the unique isolated island cultures: Guam’s Chamorro melting pot and Tokelau’s Polynesian heritage. Meet friendly inhabitants. Visit important UNESCO sites like French Polynesia’s Marae Taputapuatea and Pohnpei’s Nan Madol ruins.
  • Walk in the footsteps of brave soldiers and dive among shipwrecks at historic World War II sites in the Chuuk State and Butaritari Atoll, with vestiges including propellers, torpedoes, and cave networks.
  • Experience the energy and diversity of Taipei, buzzing with 300 years of history; Tarawa, where half of Kiribati’s population resides; and Papeete, the meeting point of cultures from surrounding archipelagos.

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