Explore some of the lesser-known islands of striking French Polynesia.
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.
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
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.
For all our cruises in Asia and select departures in Greece, your home at sea is the M/S Panorama II.
Trip departures are unavailable.
There are currently no scheduled departures on our Tahiti, the Society and Tuamotu Islands trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
Your voyage is operated by our partner company, Variety Cruises.
SPECIAL BOOKING CONDITIONS
You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of AUD600, USD600, EUR400, NZD600, GBP300, CAD600, CHF450 or ZAR6,000 per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed.
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 there is a a minimum of 14 customers required for all shore excursions 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.
Variety Cruises have implemented Health screening measures prior to embarkation and during the cruise for all guests and crew. This includes:
Mandatory covid19 vaccination – all customers must be fully vaccinated with a current covid19 vaccine at least 14 days before embarkation. Proof of vaccination will be required at check-in on day one of the trip. Variety Cruises highly recommend guests to receive their booster vaccinations for extra precaution
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