From Rangiroa’s sparkling lagoon to the verdant peaks of Tahiti’s neighbor, Moorea, immerse yourself in tropical paradise amid some of the planet’s most vibrant underwater realms. This voyage features an incredible opportunity to snorkel or dive the far-flung reefs of Kiribati, chosen as part of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project.
Watch for dolphins and humpback whales from the decks of the National Geographic Orion, and anchor in Moorea’s Opunohu Bay, to hike in the tropical forest.
Spend three days exploring the Southern Line Islands, identified as one of the healthiest reef systems in the world by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala.
Ride Zodiacs through reef passes, snorkel over beds of giant clams, or dive the atolls’ outer reefs in the Southern Line Islands.
Examine ancient Polynesian sacred sites on Moorea with an archaeologist.
Itinerary - 10 Days
Day 1 — Depart U.S.
Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Tahiti.
Day 2 — Papeete/Rangiroa
Arrive in Papeete, Tahiti, early this morning and take a short flight to Rangiroa. Embark National Geographic Orion in the afternoon. (D)
Days 3 through 7 — At Sea/Southern Line Islands, Kiribati
A day at sea brings us to the far-flung Southern Line Islands, where we’ll snorkel or dive some of the most remote and pristine coral reefs on Earth. Marine ecologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala researched these islands as part of the Pristine Seas project and identified them as one of the last healthy, undisturbed places in the ocean. Spend three full days exploring these seldom-visited atolls: navigate the intricate channels of their lagoons by Zodiac or kayak, see nesting boobies and tropicbirds on shore, and swim above colorful tropical reefs. (B,L,D)
Day 8 — Moorea, French Polynesia
Approach the verdant island of Moorea this morning, and anchor for the day in Opunohu Bay on the island’s north shore. Spend the day hiking tropical forest trails or exploring ancient Polynesian sacred sites with an archaeologist. (B,L,D)
Days 9 & 10 — Papeete/Home
Disembark in Papeete this morning and tour Tahiti before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight home. (Day 9: B, L)
Book by December 31, 2017 and receive complimentary
round-trip international airfare between Los Angeles
and Papeete. We will also cover your bar tab on
board and all tips for the crew. Book two or more
South Pacific voyages aboard National Geographic
Orion and save 10% on each expedition.
Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to availability. Please call for details.
Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts — from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
David Doubilet and Jen Hayes
Underwater photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes are married partners who work together as a team to produce National Geographic stories from equatorial coral reefs to beneath the polar ice. David estimates he has spent nearly half his life in the sea since taking his first underwater photograph at the age of 12 with a Brownie Hawkeye camera sealed in a bag. Between them, Jennifer and David have photographed and explored the ocean depths in such places as New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Tasmania, Scotland, and Antarctica. David has photographed stingrays, sponges, and sleeping sharks in the Caribbean, as well as shipwrecks in the South Pacific, the Atlantic, and at Pearl Harbor. He has produced more than 70 stories for National Geographic magazine and several books, and has received the Explorers Club’s prestigious Lowell Thomas Award and the Lennart Nilsson Award in Photography.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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