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14-NIGHT POLYNESIAN IDYLL

 
 
14-NIGHT POLYNESIAN IDYLL
Starting from $1,699*

Papeete, French Polynesia to Papeete, French Polynesia


Ship: ms Maasdam


Departure Date :

Oct 28 2018

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Papeete, French Polynesia

Relax on sunny beaches, sample Tahitian fare, and take in the effervescent spirit of the city. But whatever you do, save time — and luggage space — for shopping. Black pearls and colorful crafts fill the market and local treasures are so plentiful you’ll have trouble making your choices.
Papeete, French Polynesia
 
 
Day Papeete, French Polynesia
Depart 05:00 PM
Relax on sunny beaches, sample Tahitian fare, and take in the effervescent spirit of the city. But whatever you do, save time — and luggage space — for shopping. Black pearls and colorful crafts fill the market and local treasures are so plentiful you’ll have trouble making your choices.
Papeete, French Polynesia
 
 
Day Fakarava, Tuamotu, French Polynesia
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Arriving by sea, you'll experience the innumerable shades of blue that are the lagoon encircling Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia's Tuamotu Archipelago. Once you step ashore, you'll notice the beaches alternate between whitest white and palest pink sand, with a backdrop of coconut trees swaying gently in the tropical breeze. And while this pristine paradise—which counts only around 800 residents on an island 60 kilometers (37 miles) long and 21 kilometers (13 miles) wide—has a healthy tourism industry, it's also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. That designation means Fakarava, as well as its six neighboring atolls, are entirely protected—both onshore and in the surrounding waters. No wonder then that Fakarava is famous for its incredible snorkeling and diving. A lagoon excursion, which also spirits you to the atoll's most beautiful beach—one accessible only by boat—is a great way to complete your Seven Seas fantasy.
Fakarava, Tuamotu, French Polynesia
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 11:00 PM
Taiohae is a town on the island of Nuku Hiva in the French Polynesia. Nuku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas Islands. Taiohae is situated on a volcanic crater, which has partially collapsed into the ocean hence forming a bay. Taiohae is located on the Southern part of the island and acts as its administrative center. Latest studies and evidence suggest that humans began arriving at the island approximately 2,000 years ago from Samoa.
Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
 
 
Day Hapatoni, Tahuata, Marquesas, French Polynesia
Arrive 09:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM
Tahuata is a small island in French Polynesia. It is the smallest inhabited island among the Marquesas Islands. The island forms the municipality of Tahuata with its main center being Vaitahu, which is a settlement located on the Western part of the island. Mount Amatea is the highest point on the island.
Hapatoni, Tahuata, Marquesas, French Polynesia
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Avatoru, Rangiroa, French Polynesia
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
"Rangiroa, a string of coral encircling a luminous turquoise and jade-green lagoon, is one of the world's greatest dive destinations. From the air, the atoll - the second largest in the world - seems to be a giant pearl necklace laid upon the water. Here is a world where 240 tiny islets, or motu, each no more than three feet in elevation, lay upon the ocean for more than 110 miles completely encircling an infinitely deep lagoon. Surrounded by two legendary bodies of water, Moana-tea (Peaceful Ocean) and Moana-uri (Wild Ocean), the main villages of Avatoru and Tiputa offer the visitor with a unique look at the South Pacific. Along the few roads, coral churches, craft centers, local restaurants, and tiny shops provide enjoyable land-based experiences to complement the many activities in the lagoon. "
Avatoru, Rangiroa, French Polynesia
 
 
Day Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Arrive 10:00 AM Depart 11:59 PM
Bora Bora, has long been noted for its stunning beauty. A tiny island, less than 20 miles in circumference, Bora Bora is dominated by the castle-like Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia, two volcanic peaks with lush tropical slopes. A protective coral reef encloses Bora Bora, and the lagoon is dotted with colorful motus, or islets. Perfect white-sand beaches give way to brilliant turquoise and sapphire-colored waters, and locals in the small village of Viatape sell colorful fabrics, sculptures carved from native wood and precious black pearls.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Rarotonga was one of the last of the Cook Islands to be visited by European ships, but since its "discovery," it was always a favorite of sailors and merchants. Today, Rarotonga is the most populous island of the Cook Islands, and the location of the country's capital, Avarua. Isolated for years from major tourist routes, travelers began to arrive in Rarotonga following the opening of the international airport in 1974, many lured by the untouched beauty of pristine white sand beaches edged with swaying palms and crystal-clear lagoons.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Raiatea, French Polynesia
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 11:00 PM
Raiatea, “The Sacred Island,” is located just across the lagoon from Tahaa and shares the same barrier reef. (Legend claims the two were a single island until a conger eel possessed by the spirit of a princess separated them.) It used to be the center of religion and culture in the Society Islands. Taputapuatea, on the southeast coast, was once the most important marae around, the place where kings from the neighboring islands would gather for important ceremonies. Uturoa, the main town, reminds some people of Papeete in its younger days with its quaint low-rise buildings. Raiatea is also home to the only navigable river in the islands, the Fa’aroa. Explore Polynesian history or climb Mount Temehani in search of the rare tiare apetahi flower, which grows only here.
Raiatea, French Polynesia
 
 
Day Papeete, French Polynesia
Arrive 08:00 PM
Relax on sunny beaches, sample Tahitian fare, and take in the effervescent spirit of the city. But whatever you do, save time — and luggage space — for shopping. Black pearls and colorful crafts fill the market and local treasures are so plentiful you’ll have trouble making your choices.
Papeete, French Polynesia
 
 
Day Papeete, French Polynesia
Arrive 06:00 AM
Relax on sunny beaches, sample Tahitian fare, and take in the effervescent spirit of the city. But whatever you do, save time — and luggage space — for shopping. Black pearls and colorful crafts fill the market and local treasures are so plentiful you’ll have trouble making your choices.
Papeete, French Polynesia
 
 
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