This trip is ideal for those wanting to explore the French Polynesian islands with the least amount of effort, unpack once and explore a lot. On this 13-day cruise you will explore the Marquesas Islands which is home to UNESCO Heritage Sites, archaeological sites, and jaw dropping views.
Visit a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and French Polynesia's second largest atoll.
Snorkel French Polynesia's largest atoll.
Meet local wood carvers and artists.
Explore Taipivai Valley and its sacred ritual sites.
Relax on the beautiful Vahine Island.
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- Hiva Oa
- Nuku Hiva
- Bora Bora
- Vahine Island
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With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tahiti.
Day 2 Tahiti
Day 3 Tahiti
You will arrive early this morning and so a room has been pre-booked for you in Tahiti, so that you can check straight in and relax. You then have a full day at leisure in Tahiti to relax in the lagoon or by the pool. You might also like to take a trip to the Museum of Polynesia and the Isles which is a good introduction to Polynesian history and culture before you head to your cruise.
Day 4 Tahiti
Day 5 Tahiti
Day 6 Tahiti
Hiva Oa , Tahiti
Day 7 Tahiti
Nuku Hiva , Tahiti
Explore Hiva Oa, the second largest of the islands in the Marquesas. Your tour this morning takes in Puamau which is close to the world famous tiki statue sites. After lunch on board you will set sail for Tahuata and spend the afternoon in the village of Vaitahu. The French Catholic church in the village is particularly impressive.
Day 8 Tahiti
Explore Nuku Hiva, Marquesas. Your next stop is Taiohae Bay, where you can explore Taiohae, the tiny administrative capital of the Marquesas, the valley of Hatiheu and the valley of Taipivai. You will enjoy lunch at Yvonne's Restaurant, who also happens to be the local mayor! Afterwards you will have the chance to walk to an archaeological site; which is above a coconut plantation. The path to the site is steep and often slippery when raining.
Day 9 Tahiti
Day 10 Tahiti
Explore Hiva Oa, the second largest of the islands in the Marquesas. Enjoy a leisurely day exploring Atuona, the home of impressionist, Paul Gauguin. You will enjoy a Marquesan lunch and have the chance to visit the graves of the two most famous international residents: Paul Gauguin and Jaques Brel.
Day 11 Tahiti
Day 12 Tahiti
Today, on Ua Huka, you will visit a museum with exquisite replicas of Marquesan art. You can choose to explore the island by four-wheel drive or ride the famed Marquesan horses to explore the mountain landscape, and views of the Pacific. You'll enjoy lunch at local restaurant and have plenty of time to visit studios of wood carvers before visiting the arboretum and the garden of fruits and flowers.
Day 13 Tahiti
Rangiroa , Tahiti
Day 14 Tahiti
Day 15 Vahine Island
Day 16 Vahine Island
Sail back to Tahiti where you will arrive this morning. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the airport for your Air Tahiti flight to Raiatea where a boat transfer will take you across the lagoon to your small luxury hotel, Vahine Island Resort. Dinner bed and breakfast is included in your stay.
Day 17 Vahine Island
A full day at leisure on Vahine Island at your resort which enjoys a very relaxing location on the outer reef with fine views of the lagoon and islands. Take the time to talk to your hosts today as they are experts in the best ways to explore the lagoon and the islands of Taha'a and Raiatea which both occupy the same reef system.
Day 18 Vahine Island
A full day at leisure at Vahine. The lagoon has some wonderful coral gardens for swimming and snorkeling. Look out for the turtles which live in the lagoon and are very inquisitive.
Day 19 International return flight
Day 20 International return flight
International return flight
On-board your international return flight home.
Day 21 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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