Tales Of The Pacific: From Apia to Pape’ete (Coral Geographer)

Tales Of The Pacific: From Apia to Pape’ete (Coral Geographer)

From AUD $10,500

Description

Voyage to outlying atolls and islands at the heart of Polynesia, where isolated villages welcome you with a friendly South Pacific welcome like nowhere else. Discover centuries-old customs and unlock the mysteries that beckoned explorers to these remarkable South Seas isles. Follow in the wake of famed Polynesian navigators to the Cook Islands, where black pearls from the crystal-clear lagoon of Manihiki Atoll are revered across the world. Step ashore at Kiribati on one of the world’s most isolated atolls and be the first to see the sunrise on a new day. Immerse yourself in turquoise tropical waters across the South Pacific where colourful coral gardens and tropical fish compete for attention with picturesque, palm-fringed islands.

Trip Name
Tales Of The Pacific: From Apia to Pape'ete (Coral Geographer)
Days
15
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Passenger Capacity: 120 Built: 2020 Expedition capabilities > Two trademark Xplorer tenders seat all passengers and facilitate comfortable shore excursions > Six zodiacs for more intrepid exploration > Lecture lounge for daily expedition briefings and expert presentations > Small onboard library featuring books on destinations and wildlife > Shallow draft and advanced navigation and propulsion systems allowing access to locations closed to large cruise ships Marine immersion > Navigator lounge in the bridge > Over 1000 square metres of open deck space including a wrap-around promenade deck with panoramic views > Engine room tours and a high level of crew interaction with guests Food and wine features > Single seating dining with communal table serves buffet breakfast and lunch, and multi-course table d’hote dinners > Showcase galley with viewing window creating fresh small-batch cuisine featuring Australian and local produce > Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the sundeck for sunset drinks > Curated wine cellar featuring boutique wines and exceptional vintage Australian reds Guest comfort > All outside-facing guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms; the majority have a private balcony > Active stabilisers to dampen sea motion > Well-equipped gym > Passenger elevator > Wi-Fi available in all guest areas

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1: Depart Apia
Enjoy a welcome function and one-night accommodation in Apia, before boarding Coral Geographer at 5:00 pm for a 6:00 pm departure. This evening, join the Captain’s welcome drinks and meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.
Day 2 - Days 2 -14: Remote Regions of the South Pacific
These are expedition itineraries covering remote regions. Your Captain and Expedition Team may make changes to the daily schedule when necessary to maximise the guest experience. Below are the highlight destinations of your voyage.Manu’a Islands, American SamoaThe Manu’a Islands of American Samoa are volcanic remnants rising out the sea. The beautiful islands of Ofu and Olosega are connected by a bridge, and the views of the two islands, standing alone in the Pacific, are breathtaking.A small population of some 1,500 people call the three islands home. This is an expedition stop, and subject to nature we will snorkel and swim, relax on the smooth expanse of Ofu Beach stargaze, and discover the National Park of Samoa with hikes and nature walks. We may also have the opportunity to enjoy traditional Samoan cuisine cooked in an umu, earth oven. Pukapuka Atoll, Cook IslandsPukapuka, sometimes called the “Island of Beautiful girls” is one of the most remote atolls in the Cook Islands. On this small island, traditional cultures and language have been preserved. The northern islet, where the residents have their village, is affectionately known as ‘Wale’ or ‘home’. Although the population is only around 500 people, it is the most densely populated island in the Cook Islands.Communal life is the most important thing on the island, and traditional conservation methods are practised. The internal crystal clear lagoon teems with life and provides an important food source for the Pukapukan people. Going ashore on this island, we will get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the people as they share their traditions, and we will soak up the peaceful and serene environment.See why author Robert Dean Frisbie moved to the atoll in 1924 to escape the technological world of the 20th century. He wrote about the island in his two books “The Book of Puka Puka” and “The Island of Desire”, and described it as a place where you won’t hear ‘the faintest echo from the noisy clamour of the civilised world’. Manihiki, Cook IslandsManihiki Atoll, known to many as the most beautiful of the Cook Islands, sits on the top of an underwater mountain which rises 4000 feet from the ocean floor. Forty tiny islets encircle the large lagoon, and here we will snorkel and kayak.Manihiki is the centre of the Cook Island’s pearl industry, and we will learn about the pearl farming industry and see the glorious green, blue, purple, silver and gold hues that make the famous black pearls shine.We may also visit the islets of Tauhuno and Tukao to see the locals showcase their titaevae and rito hat-making skills. Penrhyn, Cook IslandsAt just nine degrees below the equator, Penrhyn Atoll is the most northern of the Cook Islands. The large lagoon is ringed by uninhabited islets, with the inhabitants living in just two villages. Here, everyone grows up fishing, and the lagoon is the source of livelihood.The lagoon is filled with abundant marine life and is known to have the highest amount of reef sharks in the Cook Islands.Here we will learn about the local lifestyle, enjoy dancing and singing welcomes, and snorkel among the abundance of harmless black-tip reef sharks in the lagoon. There will also be an opportunity to purchase the exquisite handicrafts that are produced here, including woven hats, fans and necklaces. Millennium Atoll, KiribatiOne of the most remote points on the planet, Millennium Atoll is one of the Line Islands of Kiribati. Relatively untouched, it is one of the world’s most pristine islands, and has been considered as a World Heritage Site. A large population of coconut crabs thrive here, and it is also a breeding site for seabirds, while giant clams thickly cover the lagoon. Millennium Atoll is best known for being the first place on Earth to receive sunlight each day during much of the year, and for its role in the millennium celebrations. Spend the day kayaking over the giant clams in the clear lagoon or birdwatching on the island. Raiatea, Society IslandsThe second largest of the Society Islands, Raiatea means ‘bright sky’ in Tahitian. Regarded as the centre of ancient Polynesia, it is likely that the organised migrations to Hawai’i and New Zealand started here. Raiatea is home to rare flora and fauna species such as the Tiare ‘apetahi’ flower, which is found nowhere else in the world.Here we will have the privilege of visiting the sacred site of Taputapuatea Marae, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the world of the living intersected with the world of the gods. Considered the religious and central temple of Eastern Polynesia, the Marae was established over a thousand years ago as a place of learning where knowledge of navigation and the origins of the universe were shared.We will explore the site and learn about the ancient knowledge and religious practices of the Tahitian people, and how they voyaged from Raiatea to the far corners of the Polynesian islands. Huahine, Society IslandsHuahine, one of Tahiti’s best-kept secrets, offers the slower pace of old Polynesia. Only eight villages are scattered across the island, but Huahine was once the home of Tahitian royalty and has the highest density of ancient marae, hidden in the lush forests. Surrounded by a deep and clear lagoon, Huahine also boasts stunning white-sand beaches. Here we will explore the lush shoreline of the lagoon by snorkelling or kayaking, visit the archeological site at Maeva Village with local guides, or take a nature walk into the forest to encounter sacred blue-eyed eels. Mo’orea, Society IslandsMoorea, one of the high islands of French Polynesia, is also one of the most scenic. Jagged green pinnacles are bounded by a translucent lagoon and coral reef, and waterfalls flow through forested gorges. Simple villages circle the island, and we will explore to get a taste of the French-influenced lifestyle of Tahiti. Enjoy local cuisine, explore the quiet waters of the lagoon, or watch fishermen on their outrigger canoes. Snorkellers or divers might spot stingrays, sharks and turtles in the turquoise lagoon. Hear the stories of the artists who, over the centuries, have been inspired by the beauty of Mo’orea, and see the work of contemporary artists who live there today.
Day 3 - Day 15: Arrive Pape’ete
Disembark the Coral Geographer at 8:00 am. Complimentary transfers to central hotels or the airport are included.
Day 4 - Please Note:
This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. The itinerary includes the possibility of interaction with wild animals and this interaction is subject to the presence of this wildlife on the day.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
04-06-2020AUD $0-
05-11-202118-11-2021AUD $10,500Coral Deck
05-11-202118-11-2021AUD $13,160Promenade Deck Stateroom
05-11-202118-11-2021AUD $15,750Coral Deck
05-11-202118-11-2021AUD $16,520Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
05-11-202118-11-2021AUD $19,740Promenade Deck Stateroom Solo
05-11-202118-11-2021AUD $20,860Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
05-11-202118-11-2021AUD $24,780Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Solo
04-06-2020AUD $0-

Inclusions

    • Voyage to little-visited atolls and uninhabited islands of the South Pacific, many only accessible by sea
    • See the jagged peaks and stunning scenery of Manua Islands, American Samoa
    • Learn about the rare rainbow-hued black pearls cultivated at Manihiki Atoll, known as the Island of Pearls
    • Snorkel and dive amongst one of the highest populations of blacktip reef sharks in Polynesia at Penrhyn Atoll
    • See the world’s first rays of sunlight from Millenium (Caroline) Island, the easternmost atoll of Kiribati’s Line Islands
    • Be immersed in Polynesian culture and meet welcoming islanders who live traditional subsistence lifestyles
    • Visit the ‘sacred heart of Polynesia’, UNESCO-listed Marae Taputapuatea, an ancient place of learning and sacrifice
    • At Moorea stand in awe of the jagged green pinnacles and a bright blue lagoon that has inspired many painters and carvers

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