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 Chile 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 view all of AdventureSmith’s Pacific Island cruises.