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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.
Spend three days in the Southern Line Islands, identified as one of the healthiest reef systems in the world by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Enric Sala.
Watch on deck as National Geographic Orion navigates the pass in Moorea’s fringing reef to anchor in Opunohu Bay, as Captain James Cook did in 1777.
Ride Zodiacs through reef passes, snorkel over beds of giant clams, or dive the atolls’ outer reefs in the Southern Line Islands.
Hike tropical forest trails or visit ancient Polynesian archaeological sites on Moorea.
Itinerary - 9 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)
Day 9 — Papeete/Home
Disembark in Papeete this morning and tour Tahiti before transferring to the airport for your flight home.
Book by March 31, 2017 and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare from Los Angeles. We'll also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.
Book More and Save
Save 10% on the expedition cost when you book two or more voyages in French Polynesia aboard the National Geographic Orion. Voyages may be back-to-back or non-consecutive journeys. Please call for details.
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.
National Geographic Explorer and
acclaimed documentary photographer
Chris Rainier specializes in
documenting indigenous cultures
around the world. Chris was co-founder
of the Society’s All Roads Photography
Program; serves as a contributing editor for National
Geographic Traveler magazine; and was a co-director
of the Society’s Enduring Voices Project, which
documents vanishing languages and cultures. He
is the director of the Global Program for Traditional
Knowledge and Sustainability at Arizona State
University’s Global Institute for Sustainability, and
he also directs the Last Mile Technology Program,
which empowers endangered cultures to save their
ancient traditions through modern technology. His
numerous awards include the Lowell Thomas Award,
given by the Explorers Club. He was recently elected
a fellow at the Royal Geographical Society in London.