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Tahiti, the Society and Tuamotu Islands

11 Days | Explore some of the lesser-known islands of striking French Polynesia.

3 out of 5 based on 1 reviews submitted.
Adventure Cruising
GBP £3,250
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What better way to experience one of the world’s most stunning archipelagos than on a small ship cruise? This 11-day adventure around Tahiti, the Society Islands and Tuamotu showcases some of the most pristine parts of the world – from jungle, to coral reefs and everything in between. Learn about the fascinating cultures of the ancient French Polynesian people and take your pick of a wide range of optional activities each day of the trip. Couple that with an abundance of fresh tropical fruits and one beautiful beach after another and you’ve got yourself a holiday to remember.

Trip overview

Map of Tahiti, The Society And Tuamotu Islands including French Polynesia
Papeete, French Polynesia
Papeete, French Polynesia
Adventure Cruising
French Polynesia
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Min 7
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Min 1 - Max 47
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Take a tour of a local fish farm in Tikehau, also known as the Pink Sand Island.
  • Snorkel, swim and spot marine life in the Blue Lagoon in Rangiroa.
  • Take a jungle walk in Mo'orea, the island that inspired the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip is operated by our partners at Variety Cruises and is best suited to independent travellers who want flexibility from their itinerary. On Variety Cruises, all shore excursions are optional, so you don’t have to pay for an activity you’re not interested in. Trips operated by Variety begin at port, do not include tips and require solo travellers to pay a mandatory single supplement.
  • This is a small ship Adventure Cruising, which means you’ll be sailing on a motorised yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but this cruise focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.
  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
  • The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. There will be seasickness tablets on board and your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.
  • This trip is very much focused around marine activities so confidence in the water will allow you to make the most of the snorkelling opportunities. Flotation aids will be available on board.
  • There are no lifts (elevators) on board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs (fitted with handrails) to access all the decks.
  • French Polynesia has a tropical climate, so while the weather is normally quite warm in some parts of the year you might experience a heavy downpour of rain that lasts around 30 minutes or so.
  • None of the shore excursions on the trip are included, they are all optional extras.


Panorama II boat
Panorama II
For all our cruises in Asia and select departures in Greece, your home at sea is the M/S Panorama II.
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Map of Tahiti, The Society And Tuamotu Islands including French Polynesia



10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners


Small Cruise Ship


Small Cruise Ship 10 nights

Add on activities
  • Mo'orea - Island Tour & Belvedere - EUR77
  • Moorea - Dolphin Watch Expedition - EUR108
  • Moorea - Cultural Eco Tour - EUR75
  • Makatea - Exploration tour, Birds, Rockpools & The Grotto - EUR89
  • Rangiroa - The Blue Lagoon Tour with Motu Lunch - EUR137
  • Tikehau - Tuhenahera Village by car - EUR53
  • Huahine - Sacred Sites & Legendary Places - EUR87
  • Bora Bora - Le Truck Guided Tour - EUR58
  • Bora Bora - Snorkelling & Lagoon Exploration Boat Tour - EUR110
  • Taha'a - 4WD Taha'a Safari - EUR97
  • Taha’a - Vanilla Plantation & Rhumerie half day tour - EUR97
  • Raiatea - Tour of Raiatea including Marae Taputapuatea - EUR75
  • Raiatea - Faaroa River & Motu Beach Break - EUR88
  • Raiatea - Anapa Pearl farm( half day) - EUR92
  • Tetiaroa -Private Island Catamaran Tour - EUR124

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Important notes

Your voyage is operated by our partner company, Variety Cruises.

You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of AUD600, USD600, EUR450, NZD600, GBP300, CAD600, CHF450 or ZAR6,000 per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.
Please refer to our “Booking and Conditions” section on our website including the special conditions that apply to Adventure Cruising (Variety) trips for further information.

On this itinerary, shore excursions are optional and are paid on board the ship in Euro’s. The price and a description of these excursions are listed in the day to day itinerary. Please note many of the optional shore excursions require minimum numbers to go ahead.

It is not possible to share with a stranger on a Variety Cruises voyage and single travellers must pay the Single Occupancy rate.

Your group will be a mixture of Intrepid booked passengers and other international like-minded travellers from Variety Cruises.

Variety Cruises have implemented Health screening measures prior to embarkation and during the cruise for all guests and crew. This includes:
Mandatory pre-boarding health reporting and screening questionnaire.

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3 out of 5 based on 1 reviews submitted.
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Jennie · Traveled August 2023
To say that I am disappointed with the itinerary changes on my recent trip on Panorama II would be an understatement. I waited and saved money for a decade to explore French Polynesia. I specifically booked this trip and itinerary because I wanted to see more. I have sailed throughout the world and I understand itinerary changes due to weather, but I full-heartedly believe that was only half the issue. I think the bigger issue was the fact that the equipment was not working, specifically the ZODIAC. Because there was no zodiac for the entirety of the trip, I feel the itinerary had to change as we would be unable to access many of the atolls. I DO NOT feel Vareity Cruises compensated enough for this major equipment failure. Basically, customers paid double for the 7 days cruise. If Variety compensated more and valued its clients more for such drastic mistakes on the Aug 25 departure. The company oversold and underdelivered. For a cruise booked to two completely different areas and to only see one was heartbreaking. Additionally, had the zodiac been working, the ship could have at least parked in different areas around the islands to give customers variety and the beautiful array of views they were expecting when booking for 11 days. I firmly believe Variety owes its customers a partial refund for customers on the August 25 departure.
Review submitted 11 Sep 2023
Tahiti, the Society and Tuamotu Islands
GBP £3,250