a grassy hillside in easter island chile with several moai statues sitting on it with puffy clouds behind them
Woman stands at bow of ship & raises both arms toward a double rainbow over the sea on a sunny day near Easter Island.
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
Aerial view of small ship parked in the bay of a lush green island in the Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific cruise.
Aerial view of a string of Tahitian islands & coral reef surrounded by turquoise & deep blue water on the Easter Island to Tahiti cruise.
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Asia / Pacific Chile Cruise

Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

Follow in the wake of early Polynesian navigators on this 19- or 20-day Tahiti travel expedition aboard one of two small expedition ships. Cruise to the farthest reaches of Oceania, from Tahiti through the islands of the Tuamotu Archipelago, to the historically significant Pitcairn Islands and on to the remote and enigmatic Easter Island. Visit islands that are virtually inaccessible and untouched. 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. The voyage ends in one of the most isolated landfalls of Polynesia: Easter Island.

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 126-guest Nat Geo Resolution or 102-guest Nat Geo Orion acts as your floating basecamp during the voyage. These small expedition ships are 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. And on both ships, the bar tab is included for all passengers.

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



Itinerary

Eastbound Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific Itinerary

On the 19-day eastbound itinerary, begin with a flight to Papeete, Tahiti, to embark the ship. Cruise east, exploring the Tuamoto Archipelago before disembarking at Easter Island for 2 days of exploration. Finish by flying home via Santiago, Chile.

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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Day 1
Fly to Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Depart in the late afternoon for Tahiti and arrive late in the evening on the same day. Check into a hotel room and spend the evening at your leisure.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

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Day 2
Embark Papeete

This morning enjoy breakfast at your leisure and spend some time exploring the resort while adjusting to island time. Meet fellow travelers for lunch and then join the guides for a tour of Tahiti before embarking the ship in the late afternoon.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

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

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Day 3
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 among colorful fish on the nearby reef.

 

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 8
At Sea & Tuamotu Archipelago

Begin exploration of the “Dangerous Archipelago,” in Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Explore the protected reefs or ride the current into the lagoon on a world-famous drift snorkel. From here, the captain and expedition leader will determine the next spot for exploration. In true expedition mode, visit some of the Tuamotus’ most remote islands, taking the opportunity to explore them by land and by sea. Navigate reefs and islets as the ship cruises east, and explore one of French Polynesia’s many uninhabited atolls such as Tahanea.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Mangareva

Spend a day at sea scanning the horizon with the naturalists or relaxing on deck with a good book. Then arrive at Mangareva, the largest of the Gambier Islands, with its interesting history and beautiful lagoon. Venture underwater to snorkel, 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, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 13
Pitcairn Islands, French Polynesia & At Sea

Begin exploration at the famed Pitcairn Island. Many of the mutineers of the legendary Bounty made their home here 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.

Continue to 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. At Ducie Atoll, spend time watching for frigatebirds and boobies, and snorkeling or diving among spectacular reefs. Diving is available for guests on the National Geographic Orion.

 

 

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 14 - 15
At Sea

As the ship voyages east toward Easter Island, head up to the Bridge to watch for wildlife and observe expert navigation at work as the skilled captain and officers sail these historic waters. There’ll also be time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, work out in the gym and browse in the library. Each day the naturalists offer talks that add depth to the experience.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 16 - 17
Disembark & Explore Easter Island, Chile

Arrive at Easter Island and check into the Hanga Roa Eco Village & Spa (or similar) for 2 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.

Accommodations

Hanga Roa Eco Village & Spa (or similar)

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 18 - 19
Fly Home via Santiago, Chile

Fly to Santiago, Chile for your overnight international flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast and lunch (day 18); n/a (day 19)

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

One-way charter flight from Easter Island to Santiago (inquire for pricing); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 to $3,000 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 in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate
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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The eastbound Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the South Pacific cruise begins in Papeete, Tahiti (PPT), and ends in Santiago, Chile (SCL)Plan flights to arrive to Papeete anytime on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Santiago 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 Easter Island to Santiago, 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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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.

Westbound Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific Itinerary

On the 20-day westbound itinerary, begin with a flight to Santiago, Chile, with an overnight there on Day 2. Then fly to Easter Island for 2 days of exploration before embarking the ship, cruising west to Papeete, Tahiti, and disembarking.

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 on Day 2, transfer to the Mandarin Oriental Santiago (or similar) located in central Santiago. Then, join the group this evening for a welcome reception.

Accommodations

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

Meals

n/a

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

Early the morning of Day 3, fly to Easter Island and check into the Hanga Roa Eco Village & Spa (or similar) for 2 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.

Accommodations

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

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 7
At Sea

Set sail from Easter Island on the journey west. While underway, head up to the Bridge to watch for wildlife and observe expert navigation at work as the skilled captain and officers sail these historic waters. There’ll also be time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, work out in the gym and browse in the library. Each day the naturalists offer talks that add depth to the experience.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 10
Pitcairn Islands, French Polynesia

Begin exploration at the famed Pitcairn Island. Many of the mutineers of the legendary Bounty made their home here 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.

Continue to 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. At Ducie Atoll, spend time watching for frigatebirds and boobies, and snorkeling or diving among spectacular reefs. Diving is available for guests on the National Geographic Orion.

 

 

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
At Sea & Mangareva

Spend a day at sea scanning the horizon with the naturalists or relaxing on deck with a good book. Then arrive at Mangareva, the largest of the Gambier Islands, with its interesting history and beautiful lagoon. Venture underwater to snorkel or dive (Diving is available for guests on the National Geographic Orion.), 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

A day at sea brings the ship to the furthest reaches of the “Dangerous Archipelago,” where the captain and expedition leader will determine the next spot for exploration. In true expedition mode, visit some of the Tuamotus’ most remote islands, taking the opportunity to explore them by land and by sea. Navigate reefs and islets as the ship makes her way east and 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. Diving is available for guests on the National Geographic Orion.

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. Diving is available for guests on the National Geographic Orion.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 19 - 20
Disembark Papeete, Tahiti & Depart

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

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast and lunch (day 19); n/a (day 20)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

One-way charter flight from Santiago to Easter Island (inquire for pricing); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 to $3,000 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 in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate
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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The westbound Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the South Pacific cruise begins in Santiago, Chile (SCL), and ends in Papeete, Tahiti (PPT)Plan flights to arrive to Santiago ahead of the evening briefing on Day 2 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Papeete anytime in the evening on Day 20. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

A group charter flight from Santiago, Chile, to Easter Island 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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Nov 07 - Nov 25, 2022
National Geographic Resolution • 19 days
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From $20000USD
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National Geographic Orion • 19 days
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From $21280USD
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Apr 16 - May 05, 2023
National Geographic Orion • 20 days
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National Geographic Orion

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 Chile, Tahiti and beyond.

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Resolution

The 126-guest National Geographic Resolution is one of the newest additions to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability, efficiency, scholarship and long-range exploration in the polar regions.

Deals

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No Solo Premium On Select 2023 Easter Island to Tahiti Cruises

Book your select Easter Island to Tahiti cruise as a solo traveler and don't pay the premium in this special deal.

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