Postcard Polynesian Isles Cruise, French Polynesia
CURATED AQUATIC VOYAGES
AQUATIC VOYAGES - Postcard Polynesian Isles Cruise
This is a ThirdHome featured promotional sailing voyage opportunity - ideal for small groups of friends or families wishing to sail together on-board a boutique exploration yacht. The sailing voyage date and itinerary is set and listed below and will include a variety of specific excursions, dining and regional opportunities for this specific voyage. NO keys are required for this journey. Please refer to fees section in property details below.
Join renowned National Geographic Photographer and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Jay Dickman, onboard either of these two extraordinary South Pacific voyage sailing dates. Jay Dickman has worked in photojournalism for more than 40 years, and his work has appeared in 15 of the high-profile "A Day in the Life of…" series. Shooting topics as diverse as the war in El Salvador, the Olympics, national political conventions, six Super Bowls, and the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Jay has captured stunning moments in time and history. Among his more than 25 assignments for the National Geographic Society, Jay has lived for three months in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea and spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack sub. A popular photo instructor and expedition leader, he has also published five books and numerous articles for National Geographic Traveler, LIFE, Condé Nast Traveler, Time, Sports Illustrated, and Forbes.
Experience 8 nights/9 days onboard the Orion with the National Geographic-Lindblad expert team of veteran naturalists who are well-versed in the flora, fauna and culture of the South Pacific. The quality of the veteran staff is the reason the Lindblad name is known and respected for exceptional expeditions, assuring you will encounter the richest, most in-depth experience of this fascinating region. In the evenings you will enjoy fun educational lectures and social gatherings onboard.
PROMO DEPARTURE DATES offered:
JUL 19th, 2018 (OR) AUG 2nd, 2018
*** EXCLUSIVE PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNT ***
Book with a deposit on either of the two above voyage dates, and receive an exclusive promotion of $1200 OFF per person.
Booking deadline for this savings promotion is: JUN 30th, 2017
Venture to the heart of Polynesian culture and wildness on this highly immersive expedition where options abound. Choose to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, bike or hike for an independent exploration to connect with the local people and getting an up-close-and-personal viewpoint of these gorgeous islands. Expedition voyage highlights will include visiting one of the most historically important ceremonial sites (called a marae) in the Polynesian world, located on Radiate; Snorkeling and diving some of the healthiest reefs on the Pacific; Sailing among the stunning 80 atolls of the Tuamotu Archipelago, a string of tiny islands in an azure sea with thriving reefs; Learning to stand-up paddle-board in gorgeous turquoise lagoons; Watching on deck as the National Geographic Orion navigates Tiputa Pass into the breathtaking lagoon at Rangiroa, one of the largest atolls in the world.....all while having a famous National Geographic photographer helping you focus and capture every spectacular moment!
SHIP DETAILS -
Engineered for maximum comfort and safety, Orion is equipped with the latest technology including large retractable stabilizers, sonar, radar, and an ice-strengthened hull. A shallow draft plus bow and stern thrusters provide the convenience of being able to maneuver close to shore. 14 Zodiacs ensure quick disembarkation and offer the ideal transport for up-close exploration. Best of all, Orion is equipped with a glass-bottom Zodiac that enables remarkably clear, gratifying observations of the undersea for those who prefer to stay dry. National Geographic Orion accommodates 102 guests in 53 cabins, including several with balconies. She is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer panoramic views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Orion fosters a welcoming atmosphere where like-minded guests share in exceptional experiences and enrichment. Her public rooms include a dramatic window-lined main lounge, as well as an observation lounge and library perched at the very top of the ship, with plentiful observation decks. The spacious lounge is the heart of our expedition community, and is suited for spirited cocktail hours, informative presentations and our nightly tradition of Recap. Both the main dining room and outside buffet easily accommodate all guests at once for open seating dining. On selected nights, weather permitting, our dining room menu is also available on the outside deck. While the Orion interiors are elegant, life aboard is always casual, with no need for formal clothing. And you’ll find shipboard services like laundry, in-room cabled internet, and public-area WiFi make packing and traveling more convenient.
VOYAGE ITINERARY in Brief -
DAY 1: DEPART USA
Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Papeete, Tahiti (airfare can be included as an option)
DAY 2: ARRIVAL PAPEETE & EMBARKATION
Upon arrival into Papeete early this morning, check into day-rooms and enjoy a brief guided sightseeing tour of the island before embarking on the National Geographic Orion ship. Evening spent relaxing and dining onboard, sharing a drink with anyone from a naturalist guide to a guest speaker. Seek out a great book in the library or participate in a collective social happening depending on what your mood strikes up. (Breakfast & Lunch included)
DAY 3: BORA BORA - THE SOCIETY ISLANDS
Begin your voyage with a view of one of the South Pacific’s most iconic images, the angular crags of Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu. Explore the island’s interior by 4WD, for unparalleled views of the island’s turquoise lagoon, then snorkel, dive, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard from one of the motus on the outer reef. Evening spent as you wish onboard. (BLD included)
DAY 4: RAIATEA & TAHAA ISLES
Encircled by a single fringing reef, and sharing a common lagoon, Raiatea and Taha’a are islands well worth exploring. 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 exploring this site on Raiatea, then refresh yourself with a swim in warm turquoise seas. Watch from on deck as we navigate lagoon channels en route to Taha’a, then go ashore for a visit to a small, family-run vanilla plantation. Evening spent as you wish onboard. (BLD included)
DAY 5: HUAHINE ISLAND
One of Polynesia’s best-kept secrets, Huahine is well off the beaten path. Once the home of Tahitian royalty, Huahine maintains the highest density of ancient marae in French Polynesia. Visit these sites with cultural experts and archaeologists who bring them to life. Venture into the lush interior of the island on a bicycle, then explore the verdant shoreline by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or Zodiac. Finish the day with a swim in the island’s crystal-clear lagoon. Evening spent as you wish onboard. (BLD included)
DAY 6-7: TUAMOTU ARCHIPELAGO
Spend two days exploring some of the nearly 80 islands and atolls in the “Dangerous Archipelago.” Fakarava is 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. 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. Evening spent as you wish onboard. (BLD included)
DAY 8: 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, where local musicians greet us. 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. Evening spent as you wish onboard. (BLD included)
DAY 9: RANGIROA - DISEMBARK & RETURN HOME
Disembark this morning and take a short flight back to Papeete, where you’ll connect to international flights home. (Breakfast included)
TO INQUIRE FOR MORE DETAILS & CONFIRM YOUR SPOT ON THIS VOYAGE - please contact:
Liz Bates - Director of Travel & Concierge Services
Single Family Home with 1 level
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 square feet
1 guest maximum
In lieu of the normal ThirdHome exchange fees, this personally tailored journey is a full-pay travel option and the monetary cost will be quoted to the member based on whatever accommodations are chosen, along with all other itinerary arrangements and inclusions the member requests to be a part of their customized itinerary. This journey does not require a specific number of keys.
Activities of Interest
Places of Interest
- Papeete & Bora Bora
- Raiatea & Tahaa
- Huahine, Tuamoto & Rangiroa
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