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Sailing round-trip from Papeete port, Tahiti, uncover the world-famous Society islands of French Polynesia by small ship. Bora Bora, Taha’a, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea – islands sculpted by sky-piercing, moss-green peaks and lined with vivid turquoise lagoons. Island hopping allows you to see every landscape, from geometric ridges strung with waterfalls on the high islands to flat, desert-like atolls where lagoons far outsize the landmass. There are many sides to the Islands of Tahiti, yet they are all connected by Mana. Mana is a life force and spirit that surrounds us. You can see it. Touch it. Taste it. Feel it.

Inclusions
  • 7 night cruise roundtrip Papeete aboard Panorama II (Variety Cruises)
  • Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner
  • Coffee, tea and mineral water all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (Masks, Fins and Snorkels), and Beach Towels
  • 2 Shore excursions; one to Bora Bora, by Le Truck and one to Moorea, Island tour & Belvedere
  • English-Speaking Local (Greek) Cruise Escort
October 11 – December 20, 2024 Cruise Only
Oceanview with Portholes $2749
Oceanview $3949
Taxes & Fees $321
Rates are in USD. Per person based on double occupancy.

 

White map of 7 night cruise in Society Islands in blue background

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 Moorea. Late evening arrival and overnight at anchor.

DAY 2 – MOOREA
This morning we are in Moorea, which is believed to be the inspiration for the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific. Eight gargantuan mountain peaks rise from its magnificent lagoon, creating a distinctive silhouette visible from the western coast of Tahiti.
Morning and afternoon optional half day excursions. Early evening departure to Raiatea, overnight at sea

DAY 3 – RAIATEA
Early in the morning we sail across the lagoon to reach nearby Raiatea, which translates
to “faraway heaven” and “sky with soft light”. Originally known as Havai’i, Raiatea is considered the homeland of the ancient Polynesians. We will have a variety of optional activities to choose from, such as: Faaroa River and Motu beach break or visiting Marea Taputapuatea , a Raiatea half day morning tour or visit the Anapa family Pearl farm*. Overnight in port. (docked or on anchor at times)

DAY 4 – TAHAA
Noon arrival in Taha’a, which shares a magnificent lagoon with Raiatea Island. The
fertile island is covered with banana, watermelon and coconut groves. The island also acts as a vast natural greenhouse for the treasured Tahitian vanilla orchid. Optional visit of the island with a vanilla plantation , a rum distillery while enjoying some snorkeling. Or take a 4X4 safari tour around. Late night departure to Bora Bora. Overnight at sea.

DAY 5 – BORA BORA
Early morning arrival in Bora Bora, possibly the most photographed place on earth. Our ship sails into Bora Bora lagoon with Mount Otemanu rising proudly at the center. In Bora Bora we will have a variety of optional activities to choose from like swimming and snorkeling with stingrays or join a truck to visit around . Overnight in port. (docked or on anchor at times)

DAY 6 BORA BORA
All day in Bora Bora for exploration or choose one of the optional activities.
Depart in the night to Huahine. Overnight at sea.

DAY 7 – HUAHINE
Huahine, once home to Tahitian royalty, is considered the cradle of Polynesian culture. The two islands maintain the largest concentration of ancient marae (temples) in French Polynesia, some of which are believed to date back to around 700 AD. Huahine is a colossal tropical jungle burgeoning with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Our optional half-day tour takes us around the island to visit the small villages of Maeva, an archaeological site, and a vanilla plantation, or visit a private motu for a picnic and snorkeling experience. Departure after lunch to Papeete. Overnight at sea.

DAY 8 – PAPEETE, TAHITI
Morning arrival in Papeete. Disembarkation at 9:00 am after breakfast.

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All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287