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

Our expedition seeks to reveal as many wonders as possible while you travel to Fiji 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:   




The ship travels from Papeete to Fiji on the itinerary below.


  • DAY 1: Depart U.S.

    Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Tahiti.
  • DAY 2: Papeete, French Polynesia/Embark

    Arrive in Papeete, Tahiti early this morning, check in to dayrooms and take a brief tour of Tahiti before embarking National Geographic Orion. (L,D)
  • DAY 3-5: Tahaa/Raiatea/At Sea

    Encircled by a single fringing reef, and sharing a common lagoon, Raiatea and Tahaa are islands well worth exploring. Acclimate to Polynesia’s slower pace with a day of snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding and beach exploration at Tahaa. 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 on Raiatea exploring this recently named UNESCO World Heritage site, then refresh yourself with a swim in warm turquoise seas. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 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, you’ll 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 National Geographic Orion as we spend two days sailing west toward Samoa. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 9-10: Samoa

    With its spectacular beaches and aqua lagoons, hidden waterfalls and lava-sculpted landscapes, Samoa captures the essence of the South Pacific. During our time on these islands, hike through rain forests vibrant with flowers and birds, take a dip in a swimming hole, go snorkeling or diving on the reef, and soak up the languid rhythms of island life that drew Robert Louis Stevenson to these shores. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 11 & 12: Exploring Wallis And Futuna

    Another of France’s South Pacific territories, the tiny island nation of Wallis and Futuna lies between Samoa and Fiji. Be on deck just after sunrise, as National Geographic Orion navigates the channel into the lagoon at Wallis Island, where we’ll anchor for the day. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Mata-Utu, a stunning edifice built of blue volcanic stone chiseled and trimmed by hand, or the Church of St. Joseph, with its colorfully decorated interior. Later, snorkel, kayak or stand-up paddleboard from one of the tiny islets offshore. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 13-15: Exploring Fiji

    Enter the island nation of Fiji with a stop at Taveuni, where you'll 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 firewalking ceremony, at Beqa Island. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 16-17: Lautoka/Disembark/Home

    Disembark in Lautoka this morning. Take a tour of western Viti Levu Island then transfer to the international airport at Nadi for overnight flight home, or choose to extend your stay and check in to our hotel. (Day 16: 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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