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

Our French Polynesian holiday expedition seeks to reveal as many wonders as possible during your week 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:   


  • DAY 1: Depart U.S.

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

    Arrive Papeete, Tahiti early this morning and take a short, very scenic flight to the nearby atoll of Rangiroa. After a brief tour of the island, embark National Geographic Orion this afternoon. Settle in to your cabin, or linger on deck to take in the view of the island’s turquoise lagoon as you’re fanned by tropical ocean breezes. (L,D)
  • DAY 3: Rangiroa

    The atoll of Rangiroa is a ring of slender islands known for some of the best diving and snorkeling in French Polynesia. The turquoise lagoon at its center is the second-largest in the world. Our ship passes between the islets to anchor inside the lagoon near the village of Tiputa. Visit the village, and kayak, snorkel, and scuba dive in the rich waters here, home to large schools of pelagic fish, manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles, and hammerheads. (B,L,D) 
  • DAY 4: Apataki

    Seldom visited by any but sailboaters, Apataki is a jewel in the Tuamotus.  Known for pearl and copra production, it is also famed as an incredible place for diving and snorkeling.  With two passes into its aquamarine lagoon and snorkeling accessible from the beach and our snorkel platform, Apataki offers incredible opportunities to enjoy the marine environment. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 5 & 6: Fakarava

    We begin our exploration of the “Dangerous Archipelago” at 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 7: 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 clouds of colorful fish on the nearby reef. (B,L,D) 

  • DAY 8: Moorea, French Polynesia

    Approach the verdant island of Moorea this morning, and anchor for the day in Opunohu Bay on the island’s north shore. Spend the day hiking tropical forest trails or exploring ancient Polynesian sacred sites with an archaeologist. Take in the view of both Opunohu and Cook’s bays from the island’s famous Belvedere, then stop at the Lycée Agricole d’Opunohu to sample locally produced jam and sorbet. (B,L,D) 

  • DAY 9 & 10: Papeete/Disembark/Home

    Disembark in Papeete this morning and tour Tahiti before overnight flight home.

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

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