Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to Tahiti
October 22, 2017

Overview:

Book-ended by the fabled islands of Fiji and Tahiti, this South Pacific expedition strings together a dazzling array of palm-fanned islands ringed in waters of incredible hues. From the jungle-draped volcanic mountains of Wallis & Futuna to the tiny, low-lying atolls of the Cook Islands, Tahiti adventure travel reveals a world of supreme natural beauty and people proud to share their ceremonial traditions of music and dance. Search for a bevy of rare and endemic birds, including Fiji orange doves, chattering kingfishers, and Cook Island fruit doves. Snorkel or dive nearly every day and soak in iconic scenery that defines the essence of paradise. Cruise by Zodiac to discover some of Polynesia’s lesser-visited islands and step ashore for hikes through lush, tropical vegetation and strolls along pristine white-sand beaches. Photograph Polynesia’s iconic landscapes—lush emerald islands rising from turquoise lagoons and white-sand beaches framed by lanky palms. Aboard the 100-Guest Caledonian Sky.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1-2: Depart USA / Cross International Date Line / En Route
Day 3: Nadi, Fiji / Lautoka / Embark Caledonian Sky
Day 4: Taveuni
Day 5: Futuna, Territory of Wallis & Futuna
Day 6: Wallis
Day 7: Niuafo’ou, Kingdom of Tonga
Day 8: Expedition Stop
Day 9: Neiafu, Vava’u Islands / Cross International Date Line
Day 10: Alofi, Niue
Day 11: At Sea
Day 12: Palmerston, Cook Islands
Day 13: Aitutaki
Day 14: Atiu
Day 15: At Sea
Day 16: Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia
Day 17: Papeete, Tahiti / Disembark
Day 18: Tahiti / USA

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Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to Tahiti
October 22, 2017

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1-2: Depart USA / En Route
Board your independent overnight flight to Fiji. Cross the International Date Line en route losing a day.

Day 3: Nadi, Fiji / Lautoka / Embark Caledonian Sky
Arrive early today and check in to your dayroom at the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa with the morning at leisure before lunch. In the afternoon set out for an island exploration, including a visit to The Garden of the Sleeping Giant, showcasing more than 2,000 varieties of orchids. Then visit the Vei Sei Sei village, and make a stop for magnificent island views at Vudu Lookout. In the city of Lautoka on the western “sunshine coast,” embark the Caledonian Sky.

Day 4: Taveuni
The Fiji Islands, considered part of Melanesia, cover an area of 386,000 square miles. Of the 325 islands large enough for habitation, only 106 have permanent residents. The third largest, Taveuni, is a dazzling emerald known as “the garden island,” and you have several excursions to choose from here. Hikers enjoy a visit to beautiful waterfalls in Bouma National Park, while birders explore the lush forests, keeping a lookout for collared lories, Fiji orange doves, and blue-crested flycatchers. A cultural tour includes a kava ceremony, demonstrations of cooking, tapa-cloth production, and basket weaving. Snorkelers and divers investigate Fiji’s underwater wonders.

Day 5: Futuna, Territory of Wallis & Futuna
Though linked through French colonialism, the language, customs, culture, and artistic traditions of Wallis and Futuna are distinctly different. While Wallis has ancestral ties with Tonga, Futuna traces its roots to Samoa. Be on deck as the ship approaches Futuna, whose verdant slopes ascend into the clouds. Stunning beaches fringe the east coast and Mt. Puke, the island’s largest volcano, soars to nearly 2,500 feet. Visit the shrine of the South Pacific’s only saint, Pierre Chanel; the interior is covered in elaborately-decorated tapa cloth. Birders keep an eye out for red-footed boobies, white-collared kingfishers, and blue-crowned lorikeets. Lunch on board is followed by snorkeling or diving in the clear waters to view longnose filefish, anemonefish, and colorful corals.

Day 6: Wallis
Tour the regional capital, Mata Utu, to visit its distinctive stone cathedral, then drive to one of the island’s beautiful crater lakes. Stroll through the interesting remains of a 14th-century fort, and browse local handicrafts. In the afternoon enjoy snorkeling or diving off one of the many motus, low-lying islands, near Wallis.

Day 7: Niuafo’ou, Kingdom of Tonga
Tonga’s northernmost island, Niuafo’ou, is the tip of an underwater volcano, and recent eruptions have left part of it covered in black lava. Step ashore to visit the island’s interior caldera lake where the Niuafo’ou megapode incubates its eggs in the warm volcanic ash until the chicks emerge fully fledged. Under-water, silvery fish sparkle like diamonds against a dramatic backdrop of extrusive lava that has turned into black basalt.

Day 8: Expedition Stop
Today explore on of the many uninhabited islands of Tonga. Go ashore for beach walks with naturalists, and, conditions permitting, spend time snorkeling or diving.

Day 9: Neiafu, Vava’u Islands
Locals welcome you ashore on Neiafu. Take a stroll through the small community and visit the colorful market. Then, cruise by Zodiac to a cavern hollowed out by wave action and spend the afternoon snorkeling or diving off one of Neiafu’s surrounding islands. This evening, cross the International Date Line and gain a day.

Day 10: Alofi, Niue
A saucer-shaped uplifted atoll—one of the world’s largest emerged coral atolls—Niue is endowed with some of the most extensive and dramatic limestone cave systems in the South Pacific. It is one of the world’s smallest self-governing states, with approximately 1,500 inhabitants. A hike to the sea caves takes you over a “pathway” of coral for spectacular views, including a huge arch rising from the aquamarine waters. In the afternoon, snorkelers and divers take in underwater wonders among the coral—including the chance to see the endemic sea snake—while birders may choose a rainforest walk to seek out the banded rail, masked lapwing, and blue-crowned lorikeet.

Day 11: At Sea
Savor a leisurely day on deck, watch for regional birds and marine life, and enjoy the continuing lecture series.

Day 12: Palmerston, Cook Islands
About 60 people reside on Palmerston, all descendants of the eccentric William Marsters, who managed the island’s coconut plantations in the 1860s. Permission pending, go ashore to meet the friendly islanders and stroll through the village. The translucent waters reveal numerous healthy coral heads and marine life.

Day 13: Aitutaki
Like a miniature Bora Bora, Aitutaki’s central peak rises above a reef-encircled lagoon and you are welcomed by villagers performing some of the Pacific’s finest dances. Local guides accompany you on an island tour highlighting the natural and cultural attributes of the island. After lunch on the ship, enjoy snorkeling or diving off a remote motu in crystal-clear waters dotted with coral heads.

Day 14: Atiu
This morning arrive at Atiu, whose shoreline is perforated with wave-sculpted caves. A tour will introduce you to the local culture with a village visit and a stop at a coffee plantation. Birders set out to look for the Raratonga monarch, Cook Island fruit dove, and nesting site of Kuhl’s lorikeet. Or, join a challenging hike to visit several natural caves. This afternoon snorkel or dive in the pristine surrounding waters.

Day 15: At Sea
Attend lectures today and join naturalists on deck to search for seabirds and marine life.

Day 16: Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia
Be on deck early this morning as the ship enters the dazzling sapphire-hued lagoon of Bora Bora surrounded by soaring cloud-wreathed peaks. Tour this lush island, driving along roads lined with fragrant frangipani. Then venture to the large lagoon to snorkel or dive, watching for graceful stingrays and colorful fish such as fairy basslets and teardrop butterflyfish. Birders seek out chattering kingfishers and gray-green fruit doves.

Day 17: Papeete, Tahiti / Disembark
After breakfast disembark the Caledonian Sky and set out to explore this beautiful island. Visit the superb Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands, dedicated to the history and culture of the people of Polynesia and take a drive along the stunning coast. Continue to the InterContinental Resort Tahiti for dinner and overnight.

Day 18: Tahiti / USA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the weather, wildlife activity and overall conditions.

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Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to Tahiti
October 22, 2017

Rates:

October 22, 2017
Category 1: $14,980
Category 2: $15,880
Category 3: $16,680
Category 4: $18,380
Category 5: $20,880
Category 6: $23,380

*Above rates are per person, based on double occupancy.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

– All gratuities; accommodations in hotel and on board the Caledonian Sky as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included:

– All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; travel insurance; scuba diving fees and equipment where required; passport and/or visa fees; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages except as listed, email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

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October 22, 2017