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Tahiti, the Society and Tuamotu Islands Cruise

12 Days
On request

MODERATE | CRUISE: Explore the lesser-known sites of The Islands of Tahiti alongside their famous icons on this Tahitian cruise. Sailing round-trip from Tahiti, you’ll venture to the Tuamotu Islands of Makatea, Rangiroa, and Tikehau before snorkelling the famous lagoons of the Society Islands, including Moorea, Huahine, Taha’a, Raiatea, and the legendary honeymoon island of Bora Bora.

This 12-day Tahiti cruise showcases the full splendour of The Islands of Tahiti. Port of departure is Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, where you’ll board your ship and begin your journey throughout these idyllic islands. Explore the towering mountain peaks of Moorea or go dolphin watching alongside an expert marine biologist team. Discover the little-visited Tuamotu Islands. Search for the rare endemic bird species of Makatea. Dive through the legendarily clear waters of Rangiroa. Lounge on the pink-sand beaches of Tikehau. Continue to the Society Islands to explore the temples of Huahine and feed the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie Bay.

Your Tahitian cruise continues to Bora Bora, the world’s most celebrated honeymoon island. Dock offshore for two nights to get the most of this iconic destination, snorkelling alongside reef shares and stingrays in its famous lagoon and exploring the mountainous overland by 4x4. Onwards to Taha’a to visit a pearl farm and rum factory and learn about the fabled cultivation of the rarest black pearls. Last port of call is Raiatea, the legendary homeland of the ancient Polynesians, where you can kayak along the only river in The Islands of Tahiti or visit the temple of Taputapuatea. It’s then back to Tahiti to disembark.


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12 Days
On request

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Day 1

Papeete, Tahiti

Embark the Panorama II in Papeete Port between 2pm and 3pm. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, we will set sail for Mo'orea. Late afternoon arrival, dinner on board and overnight.

Day 2

Mo'orea, Society Islands

With mountain peaks rising from its lagoon, Mo'orea is believed to be the inspiration for the mythical Bali Hai in Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener. Join our morning snorkeling and ray tour and our afternoon nature and culture tour to learn about the history of the island and her ancient remains, as well as taste the island's fruity flavors at the juice factory. Afternoon sailing to Makatea.

Day 3

Makatea, Tuamotu Islands

Much of French Polynesia is made up of atolls - a ring shaped coral reef encircling a central body of water - but Makatea is different. This raised island of coral is the sleepy but spectacular island home to three species of threatened endemic birds: the Makatea fruit dove, the imperial pigeon, and the reed warbler. Our half-day tour will take us across the island in discovery of these, plus beautiful beaches with rock pools ripe for exploring, as well as to an underwater grotto full of stalagmites and stalactites. Late afternoon departure to Rangiroa. Overnight at sea. Please note that due to visit by anchor adrift to the Tuamotu islands, such are dependent on favorable weather conditions.

Day 4

Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands

Morning arrival in Rangiroa. Composed of 240 islets, Rangiroa is the largest atoll of the Tuamotu archipelago and the best spot for diving in all of French Polynesia. We know you'll want to experience the wide array of sea-life so join us on our full-day optional tour to the atoll's Blue Lagoon; at only 16 feet deep it's a mecca for swimming, snorkeling and marine life. Re-energize with a traditional Polynesian picnic before returning to the ship. Overnight at anchor. Please note that due to visit by anchor adrift to the Tuamotu islands, such are dependent on favorable weather conditions.

Day 5

Tikehau, Tuamotu Islands

Early morning sailing and arrival at Tikehau, also called the Pink Sand island. Think of an island paradise: no, really think and dream about it. We bet it comes with pristine turquoise lagoons, long stretches of white-sand beaches, and is adorned with jewel-like flowers such as bougainvillea and hibiscus. Tick, tick and tick for Tikehau. Oh - but add some pink sand to your picture too. Tiny white and pink sand islets surround a lagoon and are engulfed in coconut groves and hidden alcoves. Idle time away lounging on the colorful sands or exploring the marine life which - according to legendary marine researcher Jacques Cousteau - has a higher concentration of fish than any other in French Polynesia. Today's optional tour is to Tuherahera where most islanders live, and to a family-owned fish farm to learn about their intriguing - and successful - process. Afternoon sail to Huahine. Please note that due to visit by anchor adrift to the Tuamotu islands, such are dependent on favorable weather conditions.

Day 6

Huahine, Society Islands

Huahine, once home to Tahitian royalty, is a tropical jungle dotted with ancient marae (temples), some of which date back to 700 AD. Our optional tour takes in many of the island's temples and small villages, and offers a chance to see and feed the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie Bay, as well as visit a vanilla plantation. If you're a keen cook, we recommend you purchase vanilla beans while here; you won't find tastier - or cheaper! - versions elsewhere. Night sailing to Bora Bora, overnight at sea.

Day 7

Bora Bora, Society Islands

Early morning arrival into the Bora Bora lagoon where you may feel like you've woken in a dream. In many respects you have; these are some of the world's most picturesque landscapes. You will have enough time for ample swim and snorkel stops, various optional tours such as: snorkel with stingrays and sharks, explore in an open-air bus known as 'Le Truck' and more. Or, choose your own adventure - tell us what you want to do and we'll arrange it. Overnight in port (docked or at anchor at times).

Day 8

Bora Bora, Society Islands

In Bora Bora 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 c) The Bora Bora tour by "Le Truck" and more. Overnight in port (docked or at anchor at times).

Day 9

Taha'a, Society Islands

Morning departure and arrival to nearby Taha'a, a true botanical paradise bursting with banana, watermelon and coconut groves. Taste the local fruit, gaze across calm waters in shades of turquoise you never knew existed, visit a pearl farm, and explore a traditional vanilla plantation. Afternoon sail and arrival to Raiatea.

Day 10

Raiatea, Society Islands

Raiatea means 'faraway heaven' and 'sky with soft light'. We know both to be true, but we'll leave you to discover why for yourself. This morning's optional excursion is with a local guide to Uturoa, the cultural and administrative centre, then on to Mount Temehani and the ancient Marae (open-air temple) of Taputapuatea. The latter is a UNESCO protected site, your guide will tell you about its Polynesian origins and historical relevance. Or choose out optional tour via kayak along the Faaroa River. Afternoon departure to Papeete. Overnight at sea.

Day 11

Papeete, Tahiti

This morning we will arrive back to Papeete, Tahiti. We invite you to join us for the final breakfast on board at 9AM before disembarkation.

Other Information


2023: Jan 13, 24


  • 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


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire

1 Jan 2025
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