French Polynesia & Pacific Islands Expeditions

Exploring untouched paradises and diverse cultures across the vast Pacific

Only a few hours by air beyond Hawaii’s familiar beaches, remote Pacific isles stretch across pristine seas, offering travelers illuminating perspectives on the South Pacific. Here, vibrant modern-day cultures mingle with ancient Polynesian and Melanesian traditions, and thousands of endemic plant and animal species can be found under water, on land, and in the sky.


Go beyond the bungalows to experience all this tropical paradise has to offer, traveling by expedition ship to secluded lagoons and uninhabited islands. Snorkel coral gardens teeming with turtles and tropical fish, hike through rainforests in search of rare wildlife, and share enriching moments with the people who live in these remote places. Each evening holds the promise of a dazzling Pacific sunset and the dawn of surprising adventures on a stunning, yet unfamiliar, isle.

(6) French Polynesia & Pacific Islands Itineraries

NOTE: For expeditions departing April 2024 onward, Day 1 of our itineraries will no longer reflect “departure from the U.S.” and will reflect “arrival to the city” where your expedition begins.  Durations of expeditions will remain unchanged. More details. 

French Polynesia & Pacific Islands

Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotu and Marquesas Islands

Duration

12 days
Feb

From

$11,363

Prices are per person

Highlights

French Polynesia & Pacific Islands

Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotu and Marquesas Islands

Duration

12 days
Feb

From

$11,363

Top Highlights

  • Experience warm, heartfelt welcomes from island residents and visit ancient maraes (sacred sites)
  • Taste local foods and connect with Marquesans during a cultural dance performance
  • On jungle hikes, be on the lookout for birds including endangered ultramarine lorikeet, zebra doves, manikins, and fairy terns

French Polynesia & Pacific Islands

Fiji and Beyond: Exploring the Rites and Relics of the Pacific

Duration

15 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Apr

From

$10,032

Prices are per person

Highlights

French Polynesia & Pacific Islands

Fiji and Beyond: Exploring the Rites and Relics of the Pacific

Duration

15 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Apr

From

$10,032

Top Highlights

  • Spot rare and colorful birds and flowers on Fiji’s spectacular “Garden Island,” Taveuni, and the lovely and less-visited Kadavu
  • Swim in the spectacular Matevulu Blue Hole grotto on Vanuatu’s Espiritu Santo Island
  • Arrive at Owaraha in the Solomon Islands for a series of traditional dances and music, then walk to see the island’s traditional spirit houses

French Polynesia & Pacific Islands

Fiji and Tahiti Adventure: Vibrant Reefs and Cultural History

Duration

17 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Apr

From

$14,404

Prices are per person

Highlights

French Polynesia & Pacific Islands

Fiji and Tahiti Adventure: Vibrant Reefs and Cultural History

Duration

17 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Apr

From

$14,404

Top Highlights

  • Snorkel, swim, scuba dive, or stand-up paddleboard in the clear, aqua lagoons of French Polynesia and Fiji
  • Experience untouched beauty, remarkable cultures, and rare flora and fauna
  • Visit the marae complex of Marae Taputapuātea, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important cultural sites in Polynesia

French Polynesia & Pacific Islands

Pearls of the Pacific: Exploring The Society and Tuamotu Islands

Duration

12 days
  1. Feb
  2. Mar
  3. Jun

From

$9,800

Prices are per person

Highlights

French Polynesia & Pacific Islands

Pearls of the Pacific: Exploring The Society and Tuamotu Islands

Duration

12 days
  1. Feb
  2. Mar
  3. Jun

From

$9,800

Top Highlights

  • Discover an extraordinary undersea world of whales and dolphins, manta rays and sea turtles, sharks and vast schools of colorful fish
  • Swim into an otherworldly grotto on Makatea and float in a hidden cave surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites
  • Learn about Polynesian history and culture at Ra'iatea’s Marae Taputapuātea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

French Polynesia & Pacific Islands

Polynesian Discovery: Exploring Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the Tuamotus

Duration

7 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr

From

$5,943

Prices are per person

Highlights

French Polynesia & Pacific Islands

Polynesian Discovery: Exploring Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the Tuamotus

Duration

7 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr

From

$5,943

Top Highlights

  • See iconic landscapes like Bora Bora's verdant Mount Otemanu, jutting 2,400 feet above turquoise waters
  • Dive and snorkel in crystalline waters to discover an undersea world of 16-foot manta rays, green sea turtles, black-tipped reef sharks, and enormous schools of fish
  • Swim into an otherworldly grotto on Makatea and float in a hidden cave surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites

Australia and New Zealand

French Polynesia & Pacific Islands

Roots of the Pacific: Exploring New Zealand and Melanesia

Duration

15 days
  1. Jan
  2. Oct
  3. Dec

From

$10,864

Prices are per person

Highlights

Australia and New Zealand

French Polynesia & Pacific Islands

Roots of the Pacific: Exploring New Zealand and Melanesia

Duration

15 days
  1. Jan
  2. Oct
  3. Dec

From

$10,864

Top Highlights

  • Encounter an impressive diversity of cultures from the Māori of the Bay of Islands to the spear dancers of the Solomons, and delve into their artistic and spiritual traditions
  • Venture to the former penal colony of Norfolk Island, now a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting the unusual trees called Norfolk Island pines
  • Visit the island nation of New Caledonia, made up of immaculate beaches and steep coral cliffs, and hike into the tropical forest to a vanilla plantation or enjoy world-class snorkeling among diverse coral species

Discover

Discover Pacific Islands

Expedition Highlights

The exploration lore and legend of the South Pacific is among the world’s most romantic. As we venture from west to east, we follow the routes of the bold people who populated these islands. Sail in their wake, and learn their stories. You’ll enter a world of visual wonder. Discover a profusion of wildlife—fairy terns, Tahitian petrels, tropicbirds, frigatebirds, and red-footed boobies—plus rare endemic species like the brilliantly hued, white-capped fruit dove in the Marquesas. The islands’ flora, lush and luxurious as a dream, is equally intriguing. Discover enchanting colors and sweet aromas of tropical flowers. Under the sea a kaleidoscopic world unfurls among pristine, colorful coral reefs.

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Being able to experience the ceremonies of the welcome—the dances, singing, leis—in an authentic Polynesian cultural context was not just artful, beautiful, and fragrant, it was also sincere and meaningful—pure bliss for both audience and performers.
Christine B.

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In the past three years I’ve spent a couple weeks in French Polynesia, each time exploring some new terrain. Why return year after year? Because I find the region utterly joyous, beautiful and fascinating; the people, the land and sea and particularly the undersea.

Sven-Olof Lindblad

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