The pearls of French Polynesia Cruise
There are many sides to the Islands of Tahiti, yet they are all connected by Mana. Mana is a life force and spirit that surrounds us.
You can see it. Touch it. Taste it. Feel it.
Day 1 – Friday, Papeete Port - Bora Bora
Embark the Panorama II in Papeete Port between 1pm and 2pm. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, we will set sail for Bora Bora. Overnight at sea.
Day 2 – Saturday, Bora Bora - Bora Bora lagoon - Mount Otemanu
Early morning arrival in Bora Bora, possibly the most photographed place on earth. Our ship sails into Bora Bora lagoon with Mount Otemanu rising proudly at the center. Over the following two days, we will have a variety of optional activities to choose from, such as:
a) A Bora Bora Cultural Safari by 4x4;
b) An excursion to snorkel with sting rays and sharks and explore the lagoon
Day 3 – Sunday, Bora Bora lagoon - Huahine
Today, we continue our Bora Bora by le truck.. After lunch, we cruise the Bora Bora lagoon and sail to Huahine, arriving late in the evening. Overnight at anchor inside the lagoon.
Day 4 - Monday, Huahine - Taha'a
Huahine, once home to Tahitian royalty, is considered the cradle of Polynesian culture. The two islands maintain the largest concentration of ancient marae (temples) in French Polynesia, some of which are believed to date back to around 700 AD. Huahine is a colossal tropical jungle burgeoning with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Our optional halfday tour takes us around the island to visit the small villages of Maeva, an archaeological site, and a vanilla plantation. There will also be an opportunity to see and feed the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie Bay. Overnight at anchor.
Day 5 – Tuesday, Taha'a – lagoon with Raiatea Island.
We leave Huahine early this morning and sail to the island of Taha'a, which shares a magnificent lagoon with Raiatea Island. The fertile island is covered with banana, watermelon and coconut groves. The island also acts as a vast natural greenhouse for the treasured Tahitian vanilla orchid. Our optional morning excursion will allow us to explore the beautiful interior of the island by 4x4 vehicle, through the island of Taha’a to visit a pearl farm, a vanilla plantation and a rum factory. Discover the black pearl and the vanilla culture, two precious treasures of Tahaa.y. In the afternoon, we will have plenty of time for swimming and snorkeling from a “motu”, or reef islet. Overnight at anchor.
Day 6 – Wednesday, Taha'a - Raiatea - Mo'orea
We sail across the lagoon to reach nearby Raiatea, which translates to “faraway heaven” and “sky with soft light”. Originally known as Havai’i, Raiatea is considered the homeland of the ancient Polynesians. We will have a variety of optional activities to choose from, such as:
a) Morning tour with locak truck to Marae Taputapuatea
b) Morning or afternoon visit to Anapa Pearl farm
c) Farroa RIVER AND Motu Beach break.
An excursion to snorkel with sting rays and sharks and explore the lagoon Late in the evening we sail to Mo'orea. Overnight at sea.
Day 7 – Friday, Mo'orea
This morning, we reach Mo'orea, 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/ Dolphin watching expedition by Dr Poole’s biologist team
b/ Culture Eco Tour.
Tonight we will enjoy our Farewell Dinner. Overnight at anchor.
Day 8 - Saturday,Tahiti
Early morning sailing to Tahiti. Morning arrival in Papeete. Disembarkation at 9:00 am after breakfast.