2020 South Pacific Cruise to Totality Overview
|Day 1||Saturday||December 5||Papeete, Tahiti||23:00|
|Day 2||Sunday||December 6||Taha'a - private islet - Bora Bora|
|Day 3||Monday||December 7||Bora Bora|
|Day 4||Tuesday||December 8||At Sea|
|Day 5||Wednesday||December 9||At Sea|
|Day 6||Thursday||December 10||Hiva Oa - Atuona|
|Day 7||Friday||December 11||Nuku Hiva|
|Day 8||Saturday||December 12||At Sea|
|Day 9||Sunday||December 13||At Sea|
|Day 10||Monday||December 14||Total Solar Eclipse at sea – approx. 10° 52’ South / 126° 05’ West|
|Day 11||Tuesday||December 15||At Sea|
|Day 12||Wednesday||December 16||At Sea|
|Day 13||Thursday||December 17||Fakarava|
|Day 14||Friday||December 18||Moorea - Papeete|
|Day 15||Saturday||December 19||Disembark||09:30|
Level 1 – Easy: short walks over mostly level terrain, with conditions that will be unchallenging for the average traveler. (Please note that choosing certain optional shore excursions will elevate this trip level.)
At TravelQuest we want to be sure you find the trip that best suits your interests and level of fitness.
Arrive Papeete, Tahiti
Among the stunning islands of French Polynesia, a collection of more than 1,800 volcanic atolls strewn across the South Pacific, the largest and most renowned is Tahiti, “Queen of the Pacific” – and you’ll soon see why that royal title is so well deserved. Blending spectacular natural beauty with a fascinating history, it’s the kind of exotic locale that immediately comes to mind when you hear “island paradise.”
Landing at Tahiti’s Faa’a International Airport (code: PPT), you can take a taxi directly to the cruise terminal pier and our waiting ship, the M/S Paul Gauguin. Embarkation is scheduled from 15:00 (3:00 pm), and we sail at 23:00 (11:00 pm).
Overnight: M/S Paul Gauguin (14 nights)
Taha’a – private islet – Bora Bora
Choose among three fascinating shore excursions today – or simply relax on our own private islet, Motu Mahana, where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and unwinding on the beach with a drink from the floating bar. Add in a delicious seaside barbecue of local specialties, plus traditional Polynesian music and crafts presented by Les Gauguines, and you have the perfect first day of South Pacific cruising. We arrive in Bora Bora late in the evening.
A longstanding dream destination among seasoned adventurers, Bora Bora, with its jungle-clad peaks, hidden lagoons and white sand beaches, seems to have been created for photography. Among the iconic natural features you’ll want to capture is Mount Otemanu, whose forested slopes rise steeply from the shore. As for the island’s roughly 4,000 inhabitants, they have a gracious, laid-back spirit that will inspire you to relax and take in all of that unsurpassed beauty.
Hiva Oa - Atuona
High above the roar of the Pacific surf, the mountains of Hiva Oa are almost perpetually shrouded in mist. This is the largest and most fertile island in the southern Marquesas – a place of deep valleys, thick rainforest and plateaus covered in exotic flora and lush vegetation. The main town, Atuona, is a favorite port of call for yachters dropping anchor in Traitors Bay. Paul Gauguin, who captured many scenes of village life in his paintings, lived here in his final years and is buried nearby.
Sunrise Total Solar Eclipse at Sea – approx. 10° 52’ South / 126° 05’ West
There’s more to luxury than being pampered; it’s having the freedom to do whatever you wish – or opt to do nothing at all. For the next two days and nights, you can lounge poolside, relax in the spa, finally dig into that book you’ve been wanting to read, maybe even expand your knowledge in one of our fascinating expert talks, or just watch the seabirds diving and spiraling in our wake. You choose…
Moorea – Papeete
Moorea, often compared to James Michener’s mythical Bali Hai, appears on the horizon like a lost island from some classic fantasy novel, its volcanic peaks rising like a line of broken teeth above the palm-lined beaches of Cook’s and Opunohu bays. And beneath the waves, in waters justly celebrated by divers, you’ll encounter an even more magical world of dolphins, tuna, sharks (from a safe distance) and schools of iridescent fish.