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:   




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  • DAY 1: Depart U.S.

    Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Tahiti.

  • DAY 2: Papeete, French Polynesia

    Arrive in Papeete, Tahiti early this morning and check into your room at the tropical InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa. Spend the day adjusting to island time and enjoying the resort’s many amenities or join us for a leisurely afternoon tour. This evening, connect with your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail party.

  • DAY 3: Papeete/Nuku Hiva, Marquesas/Embark

    This morning, take a privately chartered flight to Nuku Hiva, Marquesas and embark Orion. If you read Herman Melville’s Typee in prep for your voyage, you’ll thrill doubly to the green-mantled, rugged silhouette of Nuku Hiva, the largest and most imposing of the Marquesas. Spend the afternoon exploring the island, before setting sail for Hiva Oa.

  • DAY 4: Hiva Oa, Marquesas

    At Hiva Oa, we plan to land at Atuona. Stop for a fresh-baked French baguette before a short visit to Calvary Cemetery and the gravesites of French artist Paul Gauguin and Belgian, Jacques Brel, both revered on the island. We’ll visit the village of Puamau to explore a well-maintained Marquesan sacred site, a me’ae Iipona. Accompanied by our team and knowledgeable local guides, we’ll learn about religious rites, and get the chance to photograph one of the largest, most arresting ancient tikis in Polynesia. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5-6: Fatu Hiva, Marquesas/At Sea

    One never forgets the first sight of lovely Hanavave Bay, fronting one of the world’s most soul-stirringly beautiful islands-Fatu Hiva. Be sure you’re on deck and camera-armed as we arrive at one of the most storied shorelines in the entire Pacific. Enjoy a warm Polynesian welcome on a visit to a remote village where you’ll see displays of well-made, uniquely Marquesan arts and crafts. Choose a challenging hike through landscapes studded with sculptural granite and stunning flora to a remote waterfall, or Zodiac to the next bay where local transport takes you birdwatching deep in the Omoa Valley. A relaxing day at sea brings us toward the stunning Tuamotu Archipelago. (B,L,D Daily)

  • DAY 7-8: Tuamotu Archipelago

    Spend two days exploring this idyllic archipelago. Experience with all your senses while learning the geological distinction between volcanic islands, atolls, and uplifted coral atolls, like the stunning island of Makatea, one of the most unique landforms in the Pacific. See the spectral remains of a mining operation as you hike through a primeval landscape with your expedition team, to discover an incredible limestone grotto. Birders might add endemics such as the Imperial Pigeon or the Makatea Fruit Doves to their lists. Snorkelers will revel in the protected reefs of gorgeous Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Conditions permitting, ride the current into the vast lagoon on a world-famous drift dive or snorkel. (B,L,D Daily)

  • DAY 9-10: Papeete, French Polynesia/Disembark/Return to the U.S.

    Disembark Orion after breakfast and take a tour of Tahiti. Have lunch at a local restaurant, and check into a hotel room before departing on a late-night flight home. (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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