Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & Pitcairns
October 10-29, 2019

Overview:

Photograph the exquisite Marquesas with their sky-piercing volcanoes, lushly-carpeted canyons, and chiseled bays. View Easter Island’s giant volcanic stone statues, or moai – representing deified amcestors, oral traditions suggest they ‘walked’ from the quarry to their stone platforms along the coastline. Meet the residents of tiny Pitcairn Island; most are direct descendants of the HMS Bounty crew. Visit Henderson and Ducie Islands, home to rare and endemic bird species, from Murphy’s ad Phoenix petrels to the Henderson Island crake and Stephen’s lorikeet. Enjoy excellent snorkeling and diving nearly every day to discover healthy reefs teeming with colorful, tropical fish.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Depart USA / Papeete, Tahiti
Day 2: Papeete / Embark Island Sky
Day 3: Apataki, Tuamotu Islands
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5-7: Marquesas Islands
Day 8: Puka Puka, Tuamotu Islands
Day 9: Puka Rua
Day 10: Expedition Stop
Day 11: At Sea
Day 12: Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands
Day 13: Henderson
Day 14: Ducie
Day 15-16: At Sea
Day 17-18: Easter Island, Chile
Day 19-20: Easter Island / Disembark / Santiago, Chile / USA
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Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & Pitcairns
October 10-29, 2019

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1 – Wednesday, October 10, 2019 – Depart USA / Papeete, Tahiti
Board your independent flight to Papeete. Arrive in the late evening and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2 – Thursday, October 11, 2019 – Papeete / Embark Caledonian Sky
Relax during a morning at leisure, then join a tour of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia’s largest island. Pass by orchards of papaya as you drive along the stunning coast. Visit the renowned Gauguin Museum to learn about the life of the artist in the islands and the Museum of Tahiti, which traces the islands’ history. Embark the Island Sky this afternoon.

Day 3 – Friday, October 12, 2019 – Apataki, Tuamotu Islands
Though remote and sparsely populated, the far-flung Tuamotus comprise the world’s largest atoll chain. These venerable coral constructions rise just high enough above the water to be called land, and if it weren’t for their waving coconut palms, they might be entirely invisible from any distance.
With few visitors, and little industry, the dazzling lagoon of Apataki offers a pristine underwater landscape for snorkelers and divers to explore.

Day 4 – Saturday, October 13, 2019 – At Sea
Attend informative lectures today as the Island Sky cruises toward the legendary Marquesas Islands.

Day 5-7 – Sunday – Tuesday, October 14 – 16, 2019 – Marquesas Islands
Considered one of the most beautiful island groups in the South Pacific, the Marquesas lie farther from a continental coast than any other islands in the world. Unlike other Polynesian islands, the Marquesas have no surrounding reefs or placid lagoons. Their wide, deep bays are havens for vessels such as ours.
Spend three days exploring this dazzling collection of islands whose breathtaking vertical peaks reach into the clouds, while carpets of lush tropical vegetation drape cliffs and canyons that descend to sea-sculpted bays. Countless sooty, fairy, and bridled terns circle tiny, rocky pinnacle islets. Zodiacs bring you ashore on a variety of islands, to be greeted on some by dancers and drummers adorned in leis and tapa cloth. On walks you may see petroglyphs or tiki figures—representing deified ancestors—flanked by banyan trees, fragrant plumeria, blooming orchids, and silvery waterfalls. Open-air craft markets display baskets, shell jewelry, and wooden carvings. Birders search for the endemic Nuku Hiva pigeon and Marquesan swiftlet. Though the islands lack fringing reefs, snorkelers and divers will discover many colorful fish against a backdrop of sheer walls and dramatic arches.

Day 8 – Wednesday, October 17, 2019 – Puka Puka, Tuamotu Islands
Delightful music and dancing welcome you to this idyllic island—the first land sighted in the Pacific by Europeans. Visit the small village whose residents raise taro, bananas, and coconut palms for copra (dried coconut.) Birders search for Pacific reef-heron while snorkelers and divers explore the fringing reef.

Day 9 – Thursday, October 18, 2019 – Puka Rua
Coconut palms and breadfruit trees cover the beautiful islets that surround Puka Rua’s lagoon. Garland-bedecked dancers greet you in the tiny village whose 150 hospitable inhabitants earn a living selling copra. Witness the process of coconut drying, visit a local crafts market, or stroll along the lagoon’s shores watching crested terns circling overhead.

Day 10 – Friday, October 19, 2019 – Expedition Stop
Today, conditions permitting, explore one of the many uninhabited Tuamotu Islands and enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or diving.

Day 11 -Saturday, October 20, 2019 – At Sea
Spend a day at sea as the ship continues towards the remote Pitcairn Islands. Join naturalists on deck to search for a variety of seabirds and marine mammals.

Day 12 – Sunday, October 21, 2019 – Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands
Remote, enchanting, and tiny at six miles around, volcano-crowned Pitcairn was the fabled hideout of the HMS Bounty mutineers in 1790. Step ashore and visit with the 50 hospitable inhabitants of Adamstown, who are the direct descendants of the nine mutineers and 18 Polynesians. The anchor of the Bounty rests beside the courthouse and the ship’s Bible resides in the church.

Day 13 – Monday, October 22, 2019 – Henderson
Sheer limestone cliffs surround this elevated coralline island, a World Heritage Site, pockmarked by caves and blowholes. Henderson’s astounding natural selection has produced ten endemic flowering plants and four endemic species of land birds, including the Henderson Island crake and Stephen’s lorikeet. In the afternoon, snorkel or dive in the marine-life-rich waters.

Day 14 – Tuesday, October 23, 2019 – Ducie
This small, uninhabited, and rarely-visited atoll is rimmed in white sand beaches that in turn surround a crystalline lagoon. As you walk along the shore, witness a vast variety of seabirds—tens of thousands nest here, including Murphy’s and Phoenix petrels, masked boobies, frigatebirds, and red-tailed tropicbirds. Underwater forays bring you face-to-face with legions of rainbow-hued fish in the warm, clear waters.

Day 15 & 16 – Wednesday & Thursday, October 24 & 25, 2019 – At Sea
Relax on deck and enjoy the ongoing lecture series as you cruise toward Easter Island, a World Heritage Site and one of the most mysterious places on earth.

Day 17 & 18 – Friday & Saturday, October 26 & 27, 2019 – Easter Island, Chile
Spend two full days exploring Easter Island. View the intriguing stone heads, moai, built on massive stone platforms at Tahai, along with nearly 400 monolithic statues in various states of completion at the spectacular volcanic tuff quarries. Visit the ceremonial center of Ahu Vinapu where the island’s only female moai was found. At Ahu Tongariki visit the largest ceremonial site in Polynesia—a five-year archaeological restoration project was completed in 1996. Drive to the Rano Kau volcano to view the giant caldera, home to a sprawling lake dotted with small floating reed islets, and the ceremonial village of Orongo, dedicated to the fascinating “birdman” cult.

Day 19-20 – Sunday & Monday, October 28 & 29, 2019 – Easter Island / Disembark / Santiago, Chile / USA
After breakfast disembark the Island Sky and enjoy a short tour before heading to the airport for your afternoon flight to Santiago; arrive home on October 29.

*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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Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & Pitcairns
October 10-29, 2019

Rates:

October 10-29, 2019
Category 1: $20,680
Category 2: $22,380
Category 3: $25,180
Category 4: $27,280
Category 5: $29,880
Category 6: $33,880
Owner’s Suite: $40,780

*Above rates are per person, based on double occupancy unless otherwise stated.
*Please contact us for solo travelers rates.

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:

– Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises
– All gratuities
– All accommodations
– World-class lecture and expedition team
– All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft-drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
– All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
– Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
– Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
– Medical expenses coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

Not Included:

– Airfare from your home city/Papeete and Easter Island/Santiago/home city
– Excess baggage charges
– Airport arrival and departure taxes
– Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
– Passport and/or visa fees
– Travel Insurance
– Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals
– 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

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Expedition Leader – Mike Messick

Mike was raised in Switzerland and began working in expedition travel during a summer break from college. He graduated in 1985 from Skidmore College with a degree in bio/psychology. One of the best expedition leaders in the business, Mike embarked on a full-time career in adventure travel shortly after graduation and has since visited more than 195 countries around the world. Mike has conducted research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in its onshore laboratory and aboard one of its research vessels. He is a member of The Explorers Club, holds a US Coast Guard captain’s license, and has his scuba instructor certificate from NAUI. In 1990 Mike and five others founded Zegrahm Expeditions.

Island Sky

Built in 1992 and recently refurbished, the Island Sky is a comfortable and contemporary expedition vessel. Public spaces include a large lounge, elegant bar with piano, library stocked with fiction and reference books along with a selection of games, and a single-seating dining room. Outside decks feature a bar, and a sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather. All suites feature ocean views, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, large wardrobes, small refrigerator, and television.

Ship Details & Deck Plan

Tonnage:4,200
Year Refurbished: 2018
Number of Guests: 100
Number of Crew: 72
Registry: Bahamas

October 10, 2019