a grassy hillside in easter island chile with several moai statues sitting on it with puffy clouds behind them
zodiac skiff taking adventure travelers across the water with a national geographic chile small ship anchored behind them and blue skies above
solo traveler takes a photograph of a rapa nui statue in easter island chile while standing on a grassy knoll on a partly sunny day
line of moai statues in chile all facing the same direction on a sunny day with clouds above
national geographic small ship cruising chile waters at night with a blood red moon behind it
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Asia / Pacific Chile Cruise

Tales of the Pacific: Easter Island to Tahiti

Follow in the wake of early Polynesian navigators on this 20-day Tahiti travel expedition aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion. Cruise to the farthest reaches of Oceania, from remote and enigmatic Easter Island, to the historically significant Pitcairn Islands, through the islands of the Tuamotu Archipelago and on to Tahiti. Visit islands that are virtually inaccessible and untouched. The voyage begins in one of the most isolated landfalls of Polynesia: Easter Island. Walk the length of untouched tropical beaches, meet the descendants of H.M.S. Bounty mutineers and drift dive or snorkel through an atoll pass.

Highlights of this cruise include delving into the intriguing lost culture of Easter Island and examining ancient burial sites and towering moai with an archaeologist; tracing the legend of the ill-fated H.M.S. Bounty from Tahiti to Pitcairn Island, where descendants of its mutineers still live today; diving or snorkeling the stunning reefs of Fakarava—part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve—and the Pitcairn Islands, identified as one of most unspoiled reef systems in the world by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala; and exploring the unusual geology and wildlife of Henderson Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, while also looking for endemic bird species.

The 102-guest Nat Geo Orion acts as floating basecamp during the voyage. This small expedition ship is technologically advanced and equipped with a full set of exploration tools, including an ROV and enough kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time. Additionally, select cabins offer private balconies for special moments taking in the awe-inspiring wilderness. The National Geographic Orion features a nearly 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio, ensuring that your trip to paradise comes with attentive service.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Pacific Island cruises.



Itinerary

Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific Itinerary

The Tales of the Pacific: Easter Island to Tahiti cruise begins with a flight to Santiago, Chile, followed by a flight to Easter Island for exploration and embarkation. The ship moves west, exploring the Tuamoto Archipelago before disembarking in Papeete, Tahiti.

Route map of Tales of the Pacific: Easter Island to Tahiti Chile small ship cruise, operating from Santiago, Chile to Easter Island and ending in Papeete, Tahiti, with visits to the Pitcairn Islands, Mangareva, French Polynesia and the Tuamotu Archipelago.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Santiago, Chile

Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to the Mandarin Oriental Santiago in central Santiago then join the expedition staff this evening for a welcome reception.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Mandarin Oriental Central Santiago (day 2)

Meals

n/a

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Days 3 - 5
Fly to Easter Island, Explore & Embark

Early on day 3, fly to Easter Island and check into the Hanga Roa Eco Village & Spa (or similar) for two nights. Explore volcanic calderas, jagged lava fields and sweeping grasslands to discover the colossal moai statues, the astonishing legacy of a long-lost culture. Join archaeologists to examine these statues and discuss their meaning and creation; visit burial sites, quarries and intricately carved ceremonial altars. Embark the ship.

Accommodations

Hanga Roa Eco Village & Spa (or similar) (days 3-4); National Geographic Orion (day 5)

Meals

lunch and dinner (day 3); breakfast, lunch and dinner (days 4-5)

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Days 6 - 7
At Sea

Set sail from Easter Island on the journey west. Head up to the Bridge to watch for wildlife and observe expert navigation at work as the skilled Captain and officers sail the historic waters. Each day join the naturalists for fascinating talks about one of the planet’s most inspiring regions. Take the time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library.

 

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 10
Pitcairn Islands

Begin the exploration in Ducie Atoll, spending time watching for frigatebirds and boobies and snorkeling or diving among spectacular reefs. The next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Henderson Island, an uplifted atoll that is uninhabited and virtually untouched by humans. Discover the island’s four endemic bird species, rich flora and fauna, and fascinating geology.

Many of the mutineers of the legendary Bounty made their home on Pitcairn Island in the late 18th century, and about 50 of their descendants still live here today. Meet the residents and hear a few words of the unusual Pitkern dialect—a combination of English sailor speak and Polynesian phrases. Visit the gravesite of the last surviving Bounty mutineer, John Adams, and see the Bounty’s anchor, which was salvaged in 1957.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
At Sea & Mangareva, French Polynesia

Spend a day at sea scanning the horizon with the onboard naturalists, or relaxing on deck with a good book. Arrive at Mangareva, the largest of the Gambier Islands, with its interesting history and beautiful lagoon. Venture underwater to snorkel or dive, meet islanders to learn about their culture and the missionaries who made their home here, or go on a hike with the naturalists.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 17
At Sea & Tuamotu Archipelago: Pukarua, Tahanea & Fakarava

Begin exploration of the “Dangerous Archipelago” in Pukarua. Visit Tuamotus’ most remote islands by land and by sea, where in true expedition mode, the Captain and Expedition Leader will determine the perfect spot for exploration. Head east during a day at sea, navigating reefs and islets to explore one of French Polynesia’s many uninhabited atolls such as Tahanea. Continue to Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Snorkel the protected reefs or ride the current into the lagoon on a world famous drift dive.

 

 

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 18
Makatea

An uplifted coral atoll, the island of Makatea is one of the most unique landforms in the Pacific. Spend the day exploring limestone caves and grottos with the expedition team and local guides, or search for endemic fruit doves and myriad seabirds, then snorkel and dive among colorful fish on the nearby reef.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 19 - 20
Papeete, Tahiti, Disembark & Fly Home

Arrive in Papeete, French Polynesia and take a tour of Tahiti before your overnight flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuity to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Air transportation; one-way charter flight from Santiago to Easter Island (from $680 per person, subject to change); insurance of any kind; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Tales of the South Pacific: Easter Island to Tahiti cruise begins in Santiago, Chile (SCL), and ends in Papeete, Tahiti (PPT)Plan flights to arrive to Santiago by 11:30am on day 2 of the itinerary for an included transfer to the hotel. Plan flights to depart Papeete anytime in the evening on day 19; guests on the group flight to Los Angeles have an included transfer upon departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

A group charter flight from Santiago to Easter Island, Chile, is required on this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of 1 checked bag weighing up to 50 lbs (23 kg) and 1 carry-on bag weighing up to 11 lbs (5 kg).

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include snorkeling, diving (included), inflatable boat/skiff excursions, cultural and historical visits, hiking/land treks and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

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Mar 26 - Apr 14, 2021
National Geographic Orion • 20 days
From $19670USD
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102-guest National Geographic Orion is one of the most sophisticated vessel in its class. Small ship cruises aboard the Orion offer a luxurious exploration of Antarctica, Chile, Tahiti and beyond.

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