Pearls of French Polynesia

Take a deep dive into Polynesian culture and underwater wonders as you sail around this coral island-sprinkled paradise.

  • 24 Oct – 31 Oct 2022
  • 7 nights
  • From £1,799pp
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in polynesia rangiroa the pink sands of the coastline like paradise concept and relax

Delving deeper into French Polynesia’s wonders, we’ll leave Tahiti and sail for the Tuamotu Archipelago, stopping first at a geographical rarity: a raised coral atoll. Providing a spectacular, 80-metre-high perimeter, Makatea Island’s palm-topped cliffs loom over a white-sand fringe and sacred sea caves festooned with stalactites and stalagmites – some of which supposedly bring luck if touched.

Continuing northeast, we’ll next spend a day apiece at two paradise-like lands where diving and snorkelling is the stuff of sub-aqua legend. Ranking among Earth’s largest atolls, Rangiroa’s 415 isles and wispy sandbars encircle a massive lagoon in whose iridescent blue waters swim dolphins and whales. On the land above this natural aquarium are coral churches, boulangerie, black-pearl farms and even a winery offering tastings.

As for Fakarava, its rectangular reef (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve) and equally-transparent waters are especially good at yielding encounters with lemon or bizarre-looking hammerhead sharks, and the beaches are again wondrous. Turning for home, we stop last on Tahiti Iti (aka Le Presqu’île). Previously host to both Captain Cook and Robert Louis Stevenson, it offers an authentic dose of proper Tahitian culture courtesy of traditional Polynesian villages.

Ranking among Earth’s largest atolls, Rangiroa’s 415 isles and wispy sandbars encircle a massive lagoon in whose iridescent blue waters swim dolphins and whales.

Fakarava, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia

Voyage Itinerary: 24 Oct – 31 Oct 2022

  • Day 1: Papeete
  • Day 2: Sailing
  • Day 3: Makatea Island, Tuamotus
  • Day 4: Rangiroa, Atoll, Tuamotus
  • Day 5: Fakarava Atoll, Tuamotus
  • Day 6: Sailing
  • Day 7: Vairao, South Tahiti, Society Islands
  • Day 8: Papeete
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