The Pearls of French Polynesia Cruise
Plus, on the 12 night cruise
Tahiti & The Islands Of French Polynesia
Few words are more evocative of Pacific Island cruising than ‘Tahiti’ – thanks to great French painter Paul Gaugin we can immediately conjure up images of coconut palms and grass skirts. Yet Thaiti is just one of the treasures on offer.
This wonderful South Pacific archipelago is dotted with islands sculpted by sky-piercing, moss-green peaks and lined with vivid turquoise lagoons. Island-hopping in a small ship is the only way to see every landscape, from geometric ridges strung with waterfalls on the high islands to flat, desert-like atolls where lagoons far outsize the landmass. As you will discover there are many sides to
The Islands of Tahiti but, as any local will tell you, they are all connected by ‘Mana’ – the life force and spirit at the very soul of French Polynesia.. From the moment you arrive here, you will be embraced by it
A Choice Of Two Itineraries – 12 Day Or 8 Day
Tahiti is half-a-world away in every respect so, having come this far, we think it’s only sensible to give you a choice of itineraries, along with the option to extend your visit with a land stay (see below). The only way to see these islands is by boat and, to make the most of your adventure, we recommend the 12 days cruise – that way you get to enjoy the full flavour of the archipelago.
The 8 days cruise is ideal if you’re tighter for time, or for those who want to make sure they see the beauty of the islands but also get chance to spend some time on shore ‘living the Polynesian dream’.
12 Days In The South Pacific
Our 12 days cruise follows a similar journey around the Society Islands as the 8 days cruise, but also ventures north to explore the many small ‘atolls’ of the Tuamotu Islands. This is one of the most enchanting areas of the South Pacific, if not the world, much beloved by famous French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau for its lagoons and marine life.
Ports of Call – Papeete port/Tahiti, Society Islands | Bora Bora, Society Islands | Taha'a, Society Islands | Raiatea, Society Islands | Huahine, Society Islands | Tetiaroa, Society Islands | Tikehau, Tuamotu Islands | Ahe, Tuamotu Islands | Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands | Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands | Moorea, Society Islands | Papeete port/Tahiti
In French Polynesia, a vast archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, the climate is tropical, influenced by the south-east trade winds, with a hot and humid season from November to April and a cooler season from May to October. The hot season is also the rainiest, in addition, from December to April, there’s the risk of cyclones (except on the Marquesas Islands). The temperatures vary little throughout the year, but they are high on the northern islands and gradually cooler as you move to the south.
Embarkation 14.30 to 16.00 followed by an afternoon departure to Bora Bora – welcome cocktails and dinner will be served at sea!
Bora Bora is possibly the most photographed place on earth and any visit is a once in a lifetime dream. Panorama II cruises into Bora Bora lagoon, with Mount Otemanu standing tall in the centre, to begin 2 days spent in paradise. Whilst here we offer a variety of optional activities such as the 4×4 Bora Bora Cultural Tour, the Snorkeling with Stingrays and Sharks excursion, the Open-air Lagoon Aquarium experience, the Bora Bora tour by ‘le Truck’ and more. We spend the night at anchor.
Bora Bora – Taha’a
This morning we continue our Bora Bora activities. After lunch we cruise the Bora Bora lagoon and sail to Taha’a, making an early afternoon arrival at this true botanical paradise. The fertile valleys and sloping hillsides are covered with banana, watermelon and coconut groves, whilst the island also acts as an immense natural greenhouse for the highly prized Tahitian vanilla orchid. Our optional half-day Taha’a Island Adventure excursion allows you to explore the beautiful interior of Taha`a by 4×4 and discover the luxurious tropical vegetation. We have a tasting of local fruit and get breath-taking views of the magnificent turquoise bay of Haamene. This excursion also includes a visit to the pearl farm and a traditional vanilla plantation. In the afternoon we make time for swimming and snorkelling from a Motu – a reef surrounding an atoll. Overnight at anchor.
Today we sail inside the lagoon to reach nearby Raiatea, which translates to ‘faraway heaven’ and once the cultural and religious centre of the Society Islands. Known in legends as Hawaiki, ‘the homeland’, many believe that this is where the great Polynesian migration began and the island remains a place of pilgrimage today. Our optional excursion will start by exploring the Faaroa River, French Polynesia’s only navigable river, by kayak with an expert guide leading the way through Raiatea’s verdant interior. Then, we visit the ancient marae temple at Taputapuatea, a recent UNESCO World Heritage Site, and learn about its Polynesian origins and historical relevance. Lunch is a locally-inspired picnic before we return to Panorama II for dinner and overnight in the lagoon.
Raiatea – Huahine
We weigh anchor and sail to Huahine, once home of Tahitian royalty and considered as the cradle of Polynesian culture. The island maintains the largest concentration of ancient marae (temples) in French Polynesia, some of which are believed to date back to the original ancestors of the Tahitians, the Lapita people, around 700 AD. Huahine is an immense tropical jungle thriving with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Our optional half-day tour takes us by 4×4 vehicle around the island to visit Fare, then the archaeological site and a vanilla plantation at Maeva, before going to see and feed the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie. An optional full-day excursion is also available including a land 4×4 tour plus a boat excursion including a visit to a pearl farm and a picnic. Overnight at sea to Tetiaroa.
The island of Makatea is like no other found in French Polynesia. It is not a coral atoll but rather a raised island of coral. The limestone cliffs tower over the coast and the island’s interior shows significant vegetation, complete with a few species of endemic birds and a peculiar expanse of limestone holes. Today, this sleepy but spectacular island is home to three species of threatened endemic birds: the beautiful Makatea fruit dove, the impressive imperial pigeon, and the comely appearing singer extraordinaire, the reed warbler. Our half day optional tour will take us across this unique island to a magnificent beach with rockpools to explore before we visit an incredible grotto. Swimming deeper inside the grotto, this underwater cave system will slowly open out to reveal a spectacular watery cathedral, full of weird and wonderful stalagmites and stalactites. Late afternoon departure to Rangiroa. Overnight at sea.
Morning arrival in Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago and one of the largest in the world. One of the best destinations for scuba diving, Rangiroa is composed of 240 islets, more than 110 miles, encompassing a deep lagoon. Our optional excursion will take us to the Blue Lagoon, a natural pool formed by islets and reefs within the central lagoon. At only 16 feet deep, the Blue Lagoon is an ideal location for swimming, snorkeling, and observing the vast assortment of marine life. Enjoy a traditional Polynesian picnic before returning to the ship. Overnight at anchor.
Rangiroa – Tikehau
Early morning sailing and arrival at Tikehau also called the Pink Sand Island. This small atoll consists of countless tiny white and pink sand islets engulfed in coconut groves and hidden alcoves. In Tikehau, which actually means “peaceful landing,” you will find nothing but absolute serenity on her calm and graceful shores. The lagoon, formed by an almost unbroken ring of continuous coral, resembles an immense natural swimming pool. This underwater aquarium is teeming with marine life. According to the legendary marine researcher Jacques Cousteau, it has a higher concentration of fish than any other lagoon in French Polynesia. Our optional walking tour will take us to one of the family-owned fish farm where they trap different species of fish in a maze of underwater fencing. Much of their catch is then shipped to Papeete and sold at the local markets. We will visit Tuherahera at the southern side where most locals live, leaving the remainder of the atoll virtually untouched. In fact, the northeastern quarter is mostly uninhabited. Naturally adorned with colorful flowers such as hibiscus and bougainvillea, Tuherahera is one of the most attractive villages in the Tuamotu Atolls. Afternoon sailing to Tetiaroa.
Tetiaroa – Mo’orea
A haven for birds, sea turtles and all kinds of marine life, Tetiaroa is treasured among Tahitians who know it as a sacred place. So sacred, that at one time the coconut-dotted white sand beaches and crystalline lagoon of this uninhabited atoll was an exclusive getaway for Tahitian royalty. It’s not surprising that actor Marlon Brando fell under its spell during the filming of “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1960 and later went on to become its owner. Under his direction a luxury eco-resort was designed and it operates in 100 % sustainable manner. We will spend the morning on this charming island, exploring the lagoon and snorkeling in its crystal clear waters. Enjoy an optional guided walking tour to the islet of Tahuna Iti, the Birds’ Island. The islet shelters one of the largest colony of birds in Tahiti and is a national reserve for seabirds, frigates, sterns, phaetons (straw tails), brown gannets and other petrels. Afternoon sailing and evening arrival at Moorea.
Mo’orea is believed to be the inspiration for the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific. Eight gargantuan mountain peaks rise from its magnificent lagoon, creating a distinctive silhouette visible from the western coast of Tahiti. Morning and afternoon optional half day excursions; a/ a Snorkeling and ray tour b/ a Nature & Culture Tour taking you to admire magnificent views in the interior of the island. Tonight we will enjoy our Farewell Dinner. Overnight at anchor.
Early morning sailing to Tahiti. Morning arrival in Papeete. Disembarkation at 9:00 am after breakfast.
Your vessel: The M/S Panorama II
Panorama II was launched in 2004 and fully renovated in 2012, offering the highest standard of accommodation and comfort safety. In 2015,the main lounge and bar area have been completely refitted followed by a redecoration.
The swimming platform enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.
Home at Sea
- Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge – Bar
- Indoor & Outodoor Restaurant
- Audiovisual in Lounge
- Mini library
- Beach Towels
- Snorkeling equipment
- Board Games
- Swimming Platform
- Windows: Upper & Main deck cabins
- Portholes: lower deck cabins
- Triple Occupancy cabins: Category B
- Flat-Screen TV
- Mini Safe
- Mini Fridge
- Individually controlled A/C
- En suite bathroom with shower
- Telephone for internal use
- Central music
Lower Deck – (Double Bed)
The category C cabins are located on the lower deck featuring portholes and bathrooms with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).
Lower Deck – (Twin Beds or Triple Beds)
Main or Upper Deck – (Twin or Double Bed)
Category A cabins are located on the main or upper deck offering windows and bathroom with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).
Upper Deck – (Double Bed)
Category P cabin is located on the upper deck offering a large window and bathroom with showers. The cabin is equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).
Upper Deck Outdoor Bar & Lounge area
Optional Cruise & Stay
French Pllynesia speaks for itself as a South Pacific island paradise of turquoise lagoons, colourful coral reefs and and palm fringed wite sand beaches. On land you will find volcanic peaks and lush vegetation. The local culture is fascinating and the welcome could not be warmer.
Extend your holiday with a relaxing few days at an ocean front Hotel in Tahiti
InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa 4*
3 nights from £390 per night per person
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti 4* 3 nights from £285 per person
Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort 4* 3 nights fr4o from £375 per person
Tahiti and the Pearls of French Polynesia Cruise 2022Cruise only prices (£) per person
|Departure Dates||Duration||Category C||Category B||Category A||Category P||Early Booking Discount|
Tahiti Cruise port charges, flights and supplements
|Category C||Category B||Category A||Category P|
|Port Charges 10 nights||£286||£286||£286||£286|
|Single use 7N H/Season||£2,777||£3,073||£3,664||£4,609|
|Single use 7N M/Season||£2,541||£2,955||£3,486||£4,314|
|Single use 7N L/Season||£2,305||£2,659||£3,132||£3,900|
|Single use 10N, H Season||£3,486||£3,959||£4,905||£6,027|
|Single use 10N, M Season||£3,250||£3,782||£4,491||£5,495|
|3rd person 7N, L||£1,655|
|3rd person 7N, M||£1,591|
|3rd person 7N, H||£1,432|
|3rd person 10N, M||£2,132|
|3rd person 10N, H||£2,036|
Tahiti and French Polynesia 2022 flight inclusive packagePRICES (£) PER PERSON
Cruise departures from Papeete, Tahiti with 2 days pre cruise hotel stay
Port charges and all local transfers included
A 10% early booking discount applies to the cruise only prices above for all bookings
|Departure Dates||Duration||Category C||Category B||Category A||Category P||Early Booking Discount|
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|Your flight inclusive holiday with us is financially secure as we are ATOL licensed and the full package is ATOL protected.
We have been trading since 1995 so with over 25 years under our belts, you can book with total confidence.
- 7 or 10 nights accommodation on board in your chosen cabin grade, each with private ensuite SH/WC & individually controlled air conditioning. Also mini fridge, and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
- Full-board including: American buffet breakfast and two meals daily, The programme includes a Welcome Cocktail, a themed Greek Night, a fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
- Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability).
- Professional English-speaking Cruise Director
- Flights & transfers (where booked as a flight inclusive package)
- Beverages, except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
- Shore excursions on the islands or other arrangements.
- Crew gratuities (optional – recommend Eur10-14 per passenger per day)
- Passenger personal expenses.
- Wi-Fi (available at charge).
- Flights & transfers (unless booked as a flight inclusive package)
ndirect flights are available through Singapore Airlines (via Singapore), Malaysia Airlines (via Kuala Lumpur), Qatar Airways (via Doha), Emirates (via Dubai), Thai (via Bangkok), Philippine Airlines (via Manila), Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong), Korean Air and Asiana (via Seoul).
From Gatwick: Emirates fly from the North Terminal while Cathay Pacific fly from the South Terminal. If you’re flying with Emirates and arriving at the airport by train you will need to take the free inter-terminal shuttle to reach your terminal. Both of Gatwick’s terminals have a wide selection of shops, eateries and lounge options to choose from.
From Heathrow: Singapore Airlines, Asiana and Thai depart from Terminal 2; Emirates and Cathay Pacific fly from Terminal 3; Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Korean Air and Qatar Airways fly from Terminal 4. Heathrow Airport is known for its designer stores and celebrity-run restaurants. Each terminal also has high-street stores and down-to-earth snack-bars, if you want to save your spending money.
This is only a guideline. Always check your boarding pass for up-to-date terminal information.
We recommend arriving at the airport at least two hours before your flight is scheduled to depart.
ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511
Road transfer to yacht in approximately 30 minutes.