9 Night cruise departing roundtrip from Papeete Return onboard Le Soleal.
From Tahiti, PONANT invites you to embark on a brand-new 10-day cruise to discover French Polynesia. Set sail for an unforgettable journey to discover idyllic islands and atolls.
Between pearl farms and white sandy beaches, French Polynesia will reveal its many mysteries to you. Surrounded by superb lagoons of translucent waters edged by exceptional coral reefs, the islands of Polynesia are undoubtedly some of the most beautiful in the world and home to an astonishing and rich wildlife.
An experienced diving instructor is on board for the entire cruise, enabling you to safely enjoy swimming and scuba diving.
First of all, your ship will take you towards one of the most secret and authentic archipelagos in Polynesia: the Austral Islands.
Various ports of call will enable you to admire the sumptuous “motu piscine” reef islet of Raivavae, the coral reefs of Tubuai, the mysterious marine caves of Rurutu, and discover the traditional handicraft of Rimatara.
On these islands off the beaten path, nature and ancestral traditions are treasures that are shared in all simplicity.
You will then head towards the Society Islands. You will be dazzled by the incomparable beauty of Bora Bora, with its distinctly recognisable volcanic silhouette, and will also appreciate Moorea, with its hillside pineapple plantations and its verdant peaks overlooking the island.
Highlights of this cruise:
PAPEETE, TAHITI ISLAND
Capital of French Polynesia, the city of Papeete is on the north-west coast of the island of Tahiti. You’ll find a relaxed atmosphere here,where urban buzz combines with the legendary laid-back Polynesian lifestyle. Culture is not lacking. You can enjoy sites narrating the history of the archipelago, including the colonial cathedral and the Maison de la reine Marau. The Vaipahi public gardens will win you over by their abundant plant-life. The large municipal market offers local specialities: fresh fruit, spices and all kinds of fish abound on their stalls.
RURUTU, AUSTRAL ISLANDS
Far from the traditional tourist circuits, you’ll discover the wildest and most surprising parts of French Polynesia. In the heart of the Austral archipelago, over 500 km south-west of Tahiti, your ship will make a port of call at Rurutu, an elevated coral island of absolutely unique beauty. Carved with countless caves and surrounded by spectacular cliffs, this land of volcanic origin will reveal its mysterious and preserved landscapes to you. A real geological phenomenon, the troglodyte island also offers magnificent summits covered in lush vegetation that will delight hiking fans.
BORA BORA, SOCIETY ISLANDS
Paradisiacal atoll of the archipelago of the Leeward Islands, west of French Polynesia, mythical Bora Bora offers a natural spectacle of captivating beauty. You’ll be won over as much by the white sandy beaches as by its famous lagoon, one of the most beautiful in the world, where colourful fish frolic in waters of incomparable turquoise. The island is covered with tropical vegetation, and dominated by the majestic outline of Mount Otemanu. A promenade through this volcanic landscape will enable you to discover a number of villages and meet local communities.
A part of the Windward Island archipelago just to the west of Tahiti, famous Mo'orea will leave you with a series of unforgettable images and memories. Bask on its heavenly beaches, enjoy a dip in the turquoise waters of its lagoon, and soak up its luscious vegetation and the heady flowers that carpet the inland areas. Get the most out of this natural gem with a trip to the Mo'orea Belvedere. Exceptional views of Mount Rotui unfurl before your eyes, with the Opunohu Bay and its valley to the left, and the famous Cook's Bay, surrounded by notched, cathedral-style peaks, to the right.
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