TAHITI 11-NIGHTS CRUISE 2024
Tahiti, the Society and Tuamotu Islands - 2024
Departures all year round
|PAPEETE TO PAPEETE, TAHITI - 11 NIGHTS
LOW SEASON : JAN, FEB, MAR
12 Jan 2024
09 Feb 2024
29 Mar 2024
MID SEASON : APR, MAY, OCT, NOV
01 Nov 2024
HIGH SEASON : JUNE, JULY, AUG, SEP, DEC
21 Jun 2024
26 Jul 2024
23 Aug 2024
13 Dec 2024
|"Maeva [mah-yeh-vah]," which means "welcome" in Tahitian, we warmly welcome you to our French Polynesia cruise. Please take a moment to settle in and meet your crew and cabin mates. Our journey begins as we set sail for Bora Bora this evening. We will be spending the night at sea.
|Early in the morning, we arrive in Bora Bora, which is considered one of the most photographed places on earth. As our ship enters the Bora Bora lagoon, we are greeted by the majestic Mount Otemanu at its center. During the next two days, we will have the opportunity to participate in various optional activities, including a cultural tour of Bora Bora by 4x4, snorkeling with stingrays and sharks, exploring the open-air Lagoon Aquarium, taking a tour of Bora Bora on "Le Truck," and more. We will spend the night at anchor.
|We are continuing our activities in Bora Bora. After lunch, we will cruise the Bora Bora lagoon and sail to the nearby island of Taha'a, which is known for its botanical beauty. This fertile island is covered with groves of bananas, watermelons, and coconuts. It is also home to the treasured Tahitian vanilla orchid, which thrives in its natural greenhouse environment. As an optional half-day excursion, we can explore the stunning interior of the island using a 4x4 vehicle. During this excursion, we will have the opportunity to taste local fruits and enjoy breathtaking views of Ha'amene Bay's magnificent turquoise waters. Additionally, we will visit a pearl farm and a traditional vanilla plantation. In the afternoon, there will be ample time for swimming and snorkeling around a "motu," or atoll. We will spend the night anchored in the lagoon.
|In the morning, we sail across the lagoon and reach the nearby island of Raiatea, which is also known as "faraway heaven" and "sky with soft light." Originally called Havai'i, Raiatea is considered the ancestral homeland of the ancient Polynesians. During our optional morning excursion, you will have the opportunity to explore the highlights of Raiatea. Join your guide for an informative and intimate tour in a minibus. Experience a panoramic drive through Uturoa, the main town and cultural center of Raiatea. Shortly after leaving the town, we will pass by Mount Temehani, which is the exclusive habitat of the Tiare Apetahi flower. Our main highlight will be a visit to the ancient Marae (open-air temple) of Taputapuatea, which has recently been designated as a protected site by UNESCO. Your guide will provide insights into the origins and history of this famous landmark. Here, we will learn about the Polynesian roots and historical significance of the Marae. In the afternoon, you have the option to join a kayak exploration of the Faaroa River, the only navigable river in French Polynesia. An expert guide will lead the way through Raiatea's lush interior. We will spend the night at anchor.
|Morning sail to Huahine, which was once home to Tahitian royalty and is considered the cradle of Polynesian culture. These two islands have the largest concentration of ancient marae (temples) in French Polynesia, some dating back to around 700 AD. Huahine is a vast tropical jungle filled with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees, and watermelon fields. Optionally, you can take a full-day tour by 4x4 vehicle to explore the island, visit the small villages of Fare and Maeva, an archaeological site, and a vanilla plantation. You'll also have the chance to see and feed the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie Bay. In the evening, we will set sail for Makatea, where we will spend the night at sea.
|MAKATEA, TUAMOTU ISLANDS
|The island of Makatea in French Polynesia is distinct from the others in its composition. Instead of being a coral atoll, it is a raised island made of coral. The coastline is dominated by towering limestone cliffs, while the interior boasts abundant vegetation, including a few species of birds that are unique to the island. There is also a notable expanse of limestone holes. Presently, this tranquil yet breathtaking island is the habitat of three endangered bird species: the beautiful Makatea fruit dove, the impressive imperial pigeon, and the charming reed warbler, known for its extraordinary singing abilities. During our optional half-day tour, we will explore this exceptional island and make our way to a stunning beach with rockpools. Following that, we will have the opportunity to visit an incredible grotto. As we swim deeper into the grotto, we will gradually unveil a magnificent underwater cave system, resembling a wondrous cathedral. Inside, you'll encounter peculiar and captivating stalagmites and stalactites. We will depart in the late afternoon for Rangiroa, with the night spent at sea. Please keep in mind that our visits to the Tuamotu islands are subject to favorable weather conditions, as we may anchor adrift due to these circumstances.
|Morning arrival in Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago and one of the largest in the world. Rangiroa is renowned as one of the best destinations for scuba diving. It consists of 240 islets, covering over 110 miles, and features a deep lagoon. As part of our optional excursion, we will visit the Blue Lagoon, a natural pool created by islets and reefs within the central lagoon. The Blue Lagoon, with a depth of only 16 feet, offers an ideal setting for swimming, snorkeling, and observing a wide variety of marine life. Before returning to the ship, we will enjoy a traditional Polynesian picnic. Please be aware that visits to the Tuamotu islands are subject to favorable weather conditions due to the ship being anchored adrift.
|This morning, you can enjoy our optional excursion, Dolphins in Tiputa Pass, which offers the opportunity to interact with these joyful mammals. We will be overnighting at anchor. Please note that visits to the Tuamotu Islands are dependent on favorable weather conditions, as the anchor adrift can affect the schedule.
|RANGIROA TIKEHAU, TUAMOTU
|Imagine an idyllic island paradise, complete with pristine turquoise lagoons, long stretches of white-sand beaches, and vibrant flowers like bougainvillea and hibiscus. That's exactly what you'll find in Tikehau. And here's an extra touch of beauty: the picture-perfect pink sand. Surrounding the lagoon, you'll discover small islets covered in coconut groves and hidden alcoves. Spend your time relaxing on the colorful sands or exploring the incredible marine life. According to renowned marine researcher Jacques Cousteau, this area has the highest concentration of fish in all of French Polynesia. As an optional tour today, you can visit Tuherahera, where most islanders reside, and learn about the intriguing and successful process of a family-owned fish farm. In the afternoon, set sail for Tetiaroa. Please keep in mind that visits to the Tuamotu islands are subject to favorable weather conditions due to the anchor adrift
|TETIAROA , MO'OREA
|Tetiaroa holds great significance for Tahitians, once serving as an exclusive retreat for Tahitian royalty. It's easy to understand why Marlon Brando, enchanted by its allure during the 1960 filming of "Mutiny on the Bounty," decided to purchase the island. He transformed it into a luxury eco-resort that remains operational to this day. Although it is a private island resort, we have special access to enjoy the morning there. Take the time to explore the lagoons and the islet of Tahuna Iti, known as Birds' Island, which is a national reserve for various seabirds such as frigates, sterns, phaetons, and more. In the afternoon, we will set sail and arrive at Mo'orea in the evening.
|Mo'orea, with its mountain peaks emerging from the lagoon, is thought to have inspired the mythical Bali Hai in James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. Join our morning snorkeling and ray tour, as well as our afternoon nature and culture tour, to discover the island's history, ancient remains, and indulge in the fruity flavors at the juice factory. In the evening, enjoy our signature Captain's Farewell Dinner. Spend the night anchored at the location.
|This morning, we will sail back to Papeete, Tahiti, early. We invite you to join us for the final breakfast on board at 9 AM before disembarkation.
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* Children Policy & Family offer
--SINGLE parent with 1 or max. 2 children in same cabin: The parent pays Single cruise fare & children cruise for FREE
--COUPLE with 1 child sharing the same cabin:
--COUPLE with 2 or 3 (regardless of age) children: Both cabins will be charged at Single rate (single adult rate)
--Discounts which only apply for the children (5-17 years old): 25% reduction on all optional excursions
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Cruise fares are per person and include:
--Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
--Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner
--Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day
--Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)
--English-Speaking Cruise Escort
Conditions and restrictions
--*In case of cancellation the administration fee per booking will be converted to a future cruise credit redeemable on bookings made up to 12 months after cancellation, valid for any cruise and date of cruise.
There may be a charge for amendments of cruise date or decreasing pax number received less than 60 days prior to sailing. Amendments must be confirmed by VARIETY CRUISES in writing.
NOT INCLUDED IN CRUISE FARE
Such personal expenses as drinks (other than included in the rate), laundry, spa-where applicable-, boutique items and gratuities, (gratuities are optional but as a rule, satisfied clients are expected to give to the captain, at the end of the cruise, approximately €13-15 per person per day for distribution among all crew members) medical expenses, port taxes, shore excursions (shore excursions are proposed and arranged on board by the tour leaders), use of the on board Wi-Fi (available at a charge), expenditures incurred ashore, and anything not mentioned in cruise program.