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. Just before sunset, watch from on deck as we navigate the narrow Passe de Tiputa and exit the lagoon to the north. (L,D)
  • DAY 3-5: At Sea/Southern Line Islands, Kiribati

    A day at sea brings us to the far-flung Southern Line Islands, where you’ll snorkel or dive some of the most remote and pristine coral reefs on Earth. Marine Ecologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala researched these islands as part of the Pristine Seas project and identified them as one of the last healthy, undisturbed places in the ocean. You’ll spend three full days exploring seldom-visited atolls such as Caroline Island, also known as Millennium Atoll after creative realignment of the international date line made it one of the first places on earth to welcome the year 2000. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6 & 7: Southern Line Islands/At Sea

    For our final day in Kiribati, you’ll navigate the intricate channels of the lagoons by Zodiac or, possibly, kayak, see nesting boobies and tropic birds on shore, and snorkel above beds of giant clams. Stroll along pristine white sand beaches, or meander through palm groves with your naturalists as they search for endangered coconut crabs, the largest land-dwelling invertebrates in the world. Bring binoculars and join your naturalists on deck for a day at sea, as they search for marine mammals and seabirds. Photographers will want to try and capture the perfect image of a flying fish skimming above an azure sea. (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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