French Polynesia and Easter Island

14 days / 13 nights
    Diving
    Excursions included
    French Polynesia and Easter Island

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania

    from 27 October 2017 to 9 November 2017
    14 days / 13 nights

    Departure Port : Papeete, Tahiti Island
    Arrival Port : Hanga Roa, Easter Island

    Ship : LE BOREAL

    • Ref : B271017

    Ponant invites you to enjoy an unforgettable experience discovering atypical destinations in the heart of the Pacific.

    From Papeete to Hanga Roa, you will sail aboard Le Boréal for an exceptional 14-day cruise.

    An experienced diving monitor is on board during the cruise. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the underwater world, whether scuba diving or snorkelling.

    Far from the major maritime routes, the Gambier Islandsare one of Polynesia’s most unspoiled destinations. Encircled by a large ring of coral, its multicoloured lagoons are each more beautiful than the next and will offer a breathtaking show.

    The Le Boréal will also make a stop in the small village of Rikitea, where Saint Michael’s Cathedral stands proudly, built entirely of coral and wood.  

    Clear waters, abundant flora and endemic fauna… you will sail to the Pitcairn Islands, an unspoiled subtropical environment whose capital, Adamstown, resembles a charming small village.

    Some 3,700 km away from the South American continent, you will reach the intriguing Easter Island. You will discover its famous wooden tablets called ‘Rongorongo’ and the Moai, or ‘walking statues’, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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      LE BOREAL

      Like her sisterships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

      Interior Design
      Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

      Port of call & excursions

      27 October 2017 – Fakarava, Tuamotu

      Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Embarkation 27/10/2017 from 16H30 to 17H30 . Departure 27/10/2017 at 18H00 .

      Capital of French Polynesia, the city of Papeete is on the north-west coast of the island of Tahiti. You’ll find a relaxed atmosphere here,where urban buzz combines with the legendary laid-back Polynesian lifestyle. Culture is not lacking. You can enjoy sites narrating the history of the archipelago, including the colonial cathedral and the Maison de la reine Marau. The Vaipahi public gardens will win you over by their abundant plant-life. The large municipal market offers local specialities: fresh fruit, spices and all kinds of fish abound on their stalls.

      28 October 2017 – Fakarava, Tuamotu

      28 October 2017 – Fakarava, Tuamotu

      Arrival 28/10/2017 midday. Departure 28/10/2017 late afternoon.

      Listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Fakarava’s coral ellipsis is a narrow stretch of land sitting on a crystal-clear sea. Travellers here are surprised by the immensity of the lagoon, whose colours evoke an infinite palette. The atoll, renowned for its immaculate beaches and preserved nature, is home to rare bird species, plants and crustaceans. You’ll disembark in a Zodiac® and berth in front of the Veke Veke guesthouse, where you will be welcomed with garlands of flowers and traditional music. You will then be able to go for a walk along the beach or put on flippers, mask and snorkel to make the most of the warm waters of Fakarava and observe its brightly coloured coral.

      29 October 2017▸30 October 2017 – At sea

      29 October 2017▸30 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 29/10/2017. Departure 30/10/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      31 October 2017 – Rikitea (Gambier Islands)

      31 October 2017 – Rikitea (Gambier Islands)

      Arrival 31/10/2017 early morning. Departure 31/10/2017 early evening.

      Discover Mangareva, which means “floating mountain” in Polynesian. Located in the Gambier Islands, surrounded by a magnificent coral reef and blessed with generous vegetation, this island, a cradle of Catholicism, has exceptional cultural heritage, with many vestiges of religious buildings dating from the 19th century. Nestling in the heart of this historic site with idyllic landscapes, do not miss the small village of Rikitea, where one of Polynesia’s wonders, Saint Michael’s Cathedral, stands proudly, entirely built from coral and timber. During your port of call, you will also have the opportunity to visit a pearl farm and admire pearls of a rare quality that are what make the reputation of this little piece of paradise.

      1 November 2017 – Aukena (Gambier Island)

      1 November 2017 – Aukena (Gambier Island)

      Arrival 01/11/2017 early morning. Departure 01/11/2017 early afternoon.

      Located 5 kilometres southeast of Mangareva, Aukena is today the 4th-largest of the Gambier Islands in French Polynesia, with a population of around thirty inhabitants. This port of call will be an opportunity for you to dive into the past, to the era when Aukena was discovered by the sailor James Wilson in 1797. There are several remnants of this missionary period, such as the watchtower serving as a landmark on the southwest of the island or the Church of St. Raphael, constructed in 1839. These buildings nestling in the forest lead to sumptuous white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Take the time to explore this island in the Gambier archipelago, and get a taste of French Polynesia’s gentle way of life.

      2 November 2017 – At sea

      2 November 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 02/11/2017. Departure 02/11/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      3 November 2017 – Adamstown (Pitcairn Islands)

      3 November 2017 – Adamstown (Pitcairn Islands)

      Arrival 03/11/2017 early morning. Departure 03/11/2017 early afternoon.

      If you’ve got a taste for adventure and you love discovering wild, remote lands, you’ll definitely be won over by the Pitcairn islands. This tiny British territory is mainly composed of atolls right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Rimmed by steep cliffs several hundreds of metres high, the volcanic Pitcairn Island is to be explored on foot. In Adamstown, the only village on this 5-square-kilometre land, you’ll meet the 50 sole inhabitants of the entire archipelago. The call to Pitcairn is suject to weather and sea conditions.

      4 November 2017 – Sailing along Ducie Island

      4 November 2017 – Sailing along Ducie Island

      Arrival 04/11/2017 midday. Departure 04/11/2017 mid afternoon.

      This lost atoll in the heart of the Pacific Ocean merits special attention. It was discovered by the British Captain Edward Edwards in 1791. He named it after Baron Francis Ducie, a captain in the British navy. Located around 500 kilometres from Pitcairn Island, it is one of the most remote islands in the world. Very few ships have approached it, and it has apparently never been permanently inhabited. Sailing away from this coral atoll, you will be able to admire from afar the volcanic island of Pitcairn, whose summit culminates at 330 metres and which has around fifty inhabitants. 

      5 November 2017▸6 November 2017 – At sea

      5 November 2017▸6 November 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 05/11/2017. Departure 06/11/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      7 November 2017 – Hanga Roa, Easter Island

      7 November 2017 – Hanga Roa, Easter Island

      Arrival 07/11/2017 early morning. Departure 07/11/2017.

      The main town of legendary Easter Island, Hanga Roa is also its only urban area. Bathed by the Pacific Ocean, this picturesque Chilean town is an excellent base for exploring the islandメs spectacular treasures, particularly the moai, the famous enigmatic monumental statues. The Polynesian Hanga Roa culture and its traditional houses are a sheer delight. As evening approaches, wend your way to the charming fishing port where, weather permitting, you can admire the captivating light of the setting sun.

      8 November 2017 – Hanga Roa, Easter Island

      8 November 2017 – Hanga Roa, Easter Island

      Arrival 08/11/2017. Departure 08/11/2017.

      The main town of legendary Easter Island, Hanga Roa is also its only urban area. Bathed by the Pacific Ocean, this picturesque Chilean town is an excellent base for exploring the islandメs spectacular treasures, particularly the moai, the famous enigmatic monumental statues. The Polynesian Hanga Roa culture and its traditional houses are a sheer delight. As evening approaches, wend your way to the charming fishing port where, weather permitting, you can admire the captivating light of the setting sun.

      9 November 2017▸8 November 2017 – Hanga Roa, Easter Island

      Hanga Roa, Easter Island

      Disembarkation 09/11/2017 at 00H00 .

      The main town of legendary Easter Island, Hanga Roa is also its only urban area. Bathed by the Pacific Ocean, this picturesque Chilean town is an excellent base for exploring the islandメs spectacular treasures, particularly the moai, the famous enigmatic monumental statues. The Polynesian Hanga Roa culture and its traditional houses are a sheer delight. As evening approaches, wend your way to the charming fishing port where, weather permitting, you can admire the captivating light of the setting sun.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Chile: Entry/Exit requirements for Australian and Mexican citizens entering/exiting Chile must have a valid passport and pay a RECIPROCITY TAX that will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment. Currently, the fee is only charged at the Santiago International Airport. Payment can be made in U.S. currency or by credit card. At time of print, the fees were as follow (subject to change without notice): Australia: US$117 - Mexico: US$23

      • USA: Should your flight transit via the USA, a visa or ESTA may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details.

      • In order to participate in diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.

      Diving in the Pacific Sea

      Diving in the Pacific Sea

      Scuba diving

      Your dives will be led by Patrick Brissac your instructor. He will take care of your safety and that all goes smoothly.

      On some diving sites, as in natural reserves or if the local regulations require it, a local guide will escort the diving.

      Thanks to check below.

      PORTS OF CALL

      CERTIFIED DIVES

      FIRST DIVES

      French Polynesia - Fakarava

      YES

      NO

      GAMBIER ISLAND – Rikitea

      YES

      NO

      PITCAIRN – Adamstown

      YES

      NO


      The minimum level required for scuba diving on this cruise is 1 star CMAS or the Open Water Diver Padi.

       

      What is a confirmed diver?

      A confirmed diver is 1 star CMAS certified diver, or the Open Water Diver (PADI).

      The certification card, the diving log book and a recent medical certificate (less than 12 months) must be presented at the beginning of the cruise to our diving instructor Patrick BRISSAC.

       

      How does it work?

      The instructor can dive with 4 confirmed divers at a time, according to their certification. The instructor reserves the right to check divers’ ability for maximum safety.

      The depth that can be reached will depend of the certification of the divers:

      • For those with Level 1 or PADI Open Water Diver certificates the maximum depth can be up to 20 metres.
      • If two Level 2 divers wish to dive together alone, they must have a briefing first. They must have dive computers and are allowed to go to a maximum depth of 20 metres.

       

      Duration of the dives

      The diving activity lasts from 2 to 3 hours, which includes the journey to the diving site and the diving. This duration is given as an indication and may vary according to the site, the level of divers, weather conditions and the number of participants.

      For experienced divers, the duration of dives varies between 35 and 60 minutes depending on the site, the diver’s experience and consumption. As we will dive in remote place, the dives will be done without decompression stop. A safety stop of 3 minutes at 5 meters will be mandatory.

       

      Supplied equipment

      • Diving wetsuit
      • Stabilizing jacket      
      • Fins
      • Mask
      • Snorkel
      • Regulator with octopus and pressure gauge
      • Diving computer

       

      Rates :

      Price per person

      • First dive:
        • Introductory dive (1 dive): €80
        • Ponant Discovery Pack (2 dives): €150
      • Certified dive:
        • Exploration (1 dive): €70
        • Excellence Package (3 dives): €195
        • Passion Package (6 dives): €360

       

      Fauna of the Pacific Sea

      The fauna of the Pacific Sea is very varied. During the various dives, divers could observe various species of benthic fauna such as, napoleon fish, raccoon butterfly fish, and pelagic fauna such as manta rays, gray reef sharks, dolphin fish as well as endemic wildlife such different soft corals.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Joanne Van Tilburg

      Joanne Van Tilburg

      Dr. ​ Jo Anne Van Tilburg ​ is an American archaeologist, founder and director of the Easter Island Statue Project (​www.eisp.org​)​, an international team of scholars and students working closely with the Easter Island (Rapa Nui) community to research and preserve the statues for which the island is world famous. She and her team are currently conducting the first large excavations in the Easter Island statue quarry since Thor Heyerdahl.  Van Tilburg has served two terms on the U.S. National ​ Parks​ Landmarks Commission Advisory Board ​and as Director of the ​Rock Art Archive​ ​UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology​.  She was honored with the California Governor's Award for Historic Preservation. Widely published, her biography of Katherine Routledge, first woman archaeologist in the Pacific, is in its second printing and now available in Spanish. ​Dr. Van Tilburg has a strong commitment to public outreach and has been the focus of biographies and documentaries on the BBC, PBS, ABC, and CBS. 

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Important information

      Ship’s tenders will be used for disembarkation, however, depending on sea conditions,  ship’s zodiacs may be used instead.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        09/11/2017 – Overnight in Santiago and panoramic transfer to the airport (2 days/1 night)

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        09/11/2017 – Overnight in Santiago and panoramic transfer to the airport (1 night)

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      2. Before your cruise

        27/10/2017 – Discover Tahiti (1 day)

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      3. Your packages

        26/10/2017 – Flights + Pre Discover Tahiti + Post Santiago

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