Tahiti & the Pearls of French Polynesia – 12 Days (Panorama II)

Tahiti & the Pearls of French Polynesia – 12 Days (Panorama II)

From EUR €2,500

Description

Join us on board our Special Holidays sailings, roundtrip from Tahiti unraveling the Society and Tuamotu islands. Uncover the islands of two archipelagos by small ship. Bora Bora, Taha’a, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Rangiroa, Tetiaroa, Tikehau, and Makatea – 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.

Please note: 26 Jan. 2021 departure is 11 days long.

Trip Name
Tahiti & the Pearls of French Polynesia - 12 Days (Panorama II)
Days
12
Overview
Vessel Type: Sail Cruiser Length: 50 metres Passenger Capacity: 49 Built / refurbished: 1993 / 2008 / 2012 / 2015 Imagine a place far from home that feels just like home, where the borders are delineated by the golden shores of the sea; and home is wherever the anchors drop. Imagine 164 feet of comfort, sleek beauty, and safety classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards. Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, classic design Mega Yacht as she spreads her white sails through the seas under the name PANORAMA II, waving her Greek flag through the wind. Discover the world by sea at 10 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time on board the ultimate 3 masted motor sailer cruiser. Panorama loves to seduce her select 49 guests with her classic lines and wood paneled lounges redefining what yachting was meant to be. A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colors, rich library and two decks for sunbathing, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains. Embrace freedom as the Panorama II sets her white sails seduced by the clear winds of the sea. Mingle with likeminded travelers in our public areas, enjoy a moment to yourself in our ample deck space, or retreat to one of our 25 ocean view cabin-sanctuaries all offering windows or portholes connecting you with mother nature’s wonders. Panorama II’s experienced crew of 18 is trained with hospitality at heart to pamper her guests and guarantee the ultimate home away from home experience. Serenity is a state of mind; on board Variety. Home at Sea Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge - Bar, Indoor & Outodoor Restaurant, Audiovisual in Lounge, Mini library, Beach Towels, Snorkeling equipment, Kayak, Board Games, Swimming Platform, Wi-Fi Comfort Zone Windows: Upper & Main deck cabins, Portholes: lower deck cabins, Triple Occupancy cabins: Category B, Flat-Screen TV, Mini Safe, Mini Fridge Individually controlled A/C, En suite bathroom with shower, Hairdryers, Telephone for internal use, Central music

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Papeete, Tahiti
Embark the Panorama II in Papeete Port between 2:30pm and 4:00pm. After a welcome briefing andsafety drill, we will set sail for Bora Bora. Overnight at sea.
Day 2 - Day 2 Bora Bora
Early morning arrival in Bora Bora, possibly the most photographed place on earth. Our ship sails intoBora Bora lagoon with Mount Otemanu rising proudly at the center. Over the following two days, we willhave a variety of optional activities to choose from, such as: a) A Bora Bora Cultural Tour by 4x4; b)An excursion to snorkel with sting rays and sharks and open-air Lagoon Aquarium exploration; c) TheBora Bora tour by "Le Truck" and more. Overnight at anchor.
Day 3 - Day 3 Bora Bora - Taha'a
We continue our Bora Bora activities. After lunch we cruise the Bora Bora lagoon and sail to nearbyTaha'a, a true botanical paradise. The fertile island is covered with banana, watermelon and coconutgroves. The island also acts as a vast natural greenhouse for the treasured Tahitian vanilla orchid. Ouroptional half-day excursion will allow us to explore the beautiful interior of the island by 4x4 vehicle.Taste the local fruit and admire breathtaking views of the magnificent turquoise waters of Ha'amene Bay.This excursion also includes a visit to a pearl farm and a traditional vanilla plantation. In the afternoon,we will have plenty of time for swimming and snorkeling from a “motu”, or atoll. Overnight at anchor.
Day 4 - Day 4 Raiatea
In the morning we sail across the lagoon and 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 ancientPolynesians. Our morning optional excursion will introduce you to the highlights of Raiatea. Meet yourguide for an informative & intimate tour by minibus. Enjoy a panoramic drive through the main town ofUturoa -- the cultural and administrative center of Raiatea. Shortly after leaving town, you will see MountTemehani -- endemic home to the Tiare Apetahi. Our highlight stop is at the main ancient Marae (openair temple) of Taputapuatea, recently became a UNΕSCO protected site – your guide will cover theorigins & history of this famous land mark. Here, we will learn about its Polynesian origins and historicalrelevance. Optional afternoon tour includes an exploration by kayak of the Faaroa River, FrenchPolynesia's only navigable river, with an expert guide leading the way through Raiatea's verdant interior.Overnight at anchor.
Day 5 - Day 5 Raiatea - Huahine
Morning sailing to Huahine. Huahine, once home to Tahitian royalty, is considered the cradle ofPolynesian culture. The two islands maintain the largest concentration of ancient marae (temples) inFrench Polynesia, some of which are believed to date back to around 700 AD. Huahine is a colossaltropical jungle burgeoning with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees andwatermelon fields. Our optional full-day tour takes us by 4x4 vehicle around the island to visit the smallvillages of Fare and Maeva, an archaeological site, and a vanilla plantation. There will also be anopportunity to see and feed the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie Bay. Evening sailing to Makatea. Overnightat sea
Day 6 - Day 6 Makatea
The island of Makatea is like no other found in French Polynesia. It is not a coral atoll but rather a raisedisland of coral. The limestone cliffs tower over the coast and the island’s interior shows significantvegetation, complete with a few species of endemic birds and a peculiar expanse of limestone holes.Today, this sleepy but spectacular island is home to three species of threatened endemic birds: thebeautiful Makatea fruit dove, the impressive imperial pigeon, and the comely appearing singerextraordinaire, the reed warbler. Our half-day optional tour will take us across this unique island to amagnificent beach with rockpools to explore before we visit an incredible grotto. Swimming deeper insidethe grotto, this underwater cave system will slowly open out to reveal a spectacular watery cathedral, fullof weird and wonderful stalagmites and stalactites. Late afternoon departure to Rangiroa. Overnight atsea.
Day 7 - Day 7 Rangiroa
Morning arrival in Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago and one of the largest in theworld. One of the best destinations for scuba diving, Rangiroa is composed of 240 islets, more than 110miles, encompassing a deep lagoon. Our full-day ptional excursion will take us to the Blue Lagoon, anatural pool formed by islets and reefs within the central lagoon. At only 16 feet deep, the Blue Lagoonis an ideal location for swimming, snorkeling, and observing the vast assortment of marine life. Enjoy atraditional Polynesian picnic before returning to the ship. Overnight at anchor.
Day 8 - Day 8 Rangiroa
This morning enjoy a Rangiroa Black Pearl Farm tour. We will be transferred by bus to the Black PearlFarm. Learn about the chronology and evolution of the industry, how oysters are selected, grown andthen grafted for production, as grafting is the key element it requires a skilled craftsman to perform precisesurgery on each oyster. The real highlight of the excursion is the opportunity to view a selection of unset black pearls that are also available for purchase. In the afternoon you will have the chance to getacquainted with the coral gardens and tropical fish of Rangiroa during a scenic glass-bottom boat tourto float over the huge coral heads that cluster in shallow areas inside the Tiputa Channel and see acolorful world full of parrot fish, butterfly fish, and surgeon fish, black-tipped sharks, and the majesticNapoleon fish through the large windows. During the tour, our boat crew will attract the fish directly underthe glass panels to make it easy for you to observe and photography them. Overnight at anchor.
Day 9 - Day 9 Rangiroa Tikehau
Early morning sailing and arrival at Tikehau also called the Pink Sand Island. This small atoll consists ofcountless tiny white and pink sand islets engulfed in coconut groves and hidden alcoves. In Tikehau,which actually means "peaceful landing," you will find nothing but absolute serenity on her calm andgraceful shores. The lagoon, formed by an almost unbroken ring of continuous coral, resembles animmense natural swimming pool. This underwater aquarium is teeming with marine life. According to thelegendary marine researcher Jacques Cousteau, it has a higher concentration of fish than any otherlagoon in French Polynesia. Our optional walking tour will take us to one of the family-owned fish farmwhere they trap different species of fish in a maze of underwater fencing. Much of their catch is thenshipped to Papeete and sold at the local markets. We will visit Tuherahera at the southern side wheremost locals live, leaving the remainder of the atoll virtually untouched. In fact, the northeastern quarter ismostly uninhabited. Naturally adorned with colorful flowers such as hibiscus and bougainvillea,Tuherahera is one of the most attractive villages in the Tuamotu Atolls. Afternoon sailing to Tetiaroa.
Day 10 - Day 10 Tetiaroa – Mo’orea
A haven for birds, sea turtles and all kinds of marine life, Tetiaroa is treasured among Tahitians whoknow it as a sacred place. So sacred, that at one time the coconut-dotted white sand beaches andcrystalline lagoon of this uninhabited atoll was an exclusive getaway for Tahitian royalty. It’s not surprisingthat actor Marlon Brando fell under its spell during the filming of “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1960 and laterwent on to become its owner. Under his direction a luxury eco-resort was designed and it operates in100 % sustainable manner. We will spend the morning in this charming island, exploring the lagoon andsnorkeling in its crystal clear waters. Enjoy an optional guided walking tour to the islet of Tahuna Iti,the Birds’ Island. The islet shelters one of the largest colony of birds in Tahiti and is a national reservefor seabirds, frigates, sterns, phaetons (straw tails), brown gannets and other petrels. Afternoon sailingand evening arrival at Moorea.
Day 11 - Day 11 Mo'orea
Mo'orea is believed to be the inspiration for the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener's Tales of theSouth Pacific. Eight gargantuan mountain peaks rise from its magnificent lagoon, creating a distinctivesilhouette visible from the western coast of Tahiti. Morning and afternoon optional half dayexcursions; a/ a Snorkeling and ray tour b/ a Nature & Culture Tour taking you to admire magnificentviews in the interior of the island. Tonight we will enjoy our Farewell Dinner. Overnight at anchor.
Day 12 - Day 12 Papeete
Tahiti Early morning sailing to Tahiti. Morning arrival in Papeete. Disembarkation at 9:00 am after breakfast.
Day 13 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
17-12-202028-12-2020EUR €2,750Category C
17-12-202028-12-2020EUR €3,200Category B
17-12-202028-12-2020EUR €3,750Category A
17-12-202028-12-2020EUR €4,700Category P
28-12-202008-01-2021EUR €2,750Category C
28-12-202008-01-2021EUR €3,200Category B
28-12-202008-01-2021EUR €3,750Category A
28-12-202008-01-2021EUR €4,700Category P
15-01-202126-01-2021EUR €3,750Category A
15-01-202126-01-2021EUR €4,700Category P
15-01-202126-01-2021EUR €2,750Category C
15-01-202126-01-2021EUR €3,200Category B
26-01-202105-02-2021EUR €2,500Category C
26-01-202105-02-2021EUR €2,950Category B
26-01-202105-02-2021EUR €3,450Category A
26-01-202105-02-2021EUR €4,300Category P

Inclusions

    • Beyond Imagination: Rangiroa. 240 islets string together in the ocean for more than 110 miles (177 km), completely encircling a deep lagoon. This is Rangiroa, a place that is simply beyond human imagination. Also the world’s second largest atoll, Rangiroa is a place where land and sea form an unexpected truce.
    • Sailing into Bora Bora Lagoon. Ah, Bora Bora. Sail into one of the most photographed places in the world, the Bora Bora lagoon with Mount Otemanu standing tall in the center. Beyond the turquoise lagoon and dazzlingly white sandy stretches of beach, experience the island differently: Hike, snorkel with stingrays and sharks or visit unknown archaeological sites located on private family lands.
    • Undiscovered Tuamotus. Slices of Paradise: the relatively undiscovered Tuamotus are the jewels in its Pacific island crown. Far from the glitz and glam of iconic Bora Bora, the Tuamotu archipelago feels distinct from the rest of French Polynesia.

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