Jewels of the South Seas

13 days / 12 nights
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    Jewels of the South Seas

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania

    from 20 March 2020 to 1 April 2020
    13 days / 12 nights

    Departure Port : Papeete, Tahiti Island
    Arrival Port : Lautoka

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : S200320

    To sail from French Polynesia to Fiji via Wallis and Futuna, join us aboard Le Soléal for a 13-day cruise in the South Pacific Ocean.  

    PONANT brings you an exceptional itinerary of idyllic beaches, turquoise waters, and encounters with little-known cultures.

    After a first stop in Bora Bora, with its unmistakable volcanic silhouette, you will reach the Cook Islands and the clear blue waters of the Aitutaki lagoon.

    You will then discover Samoa, where the memory of Robert Louis Stevenson, the famous Scottish poet and author of Treasure Island, lives on.

    Then you will sail to Wallis and Futuna, small pieces of France lost in the Pacific, also the flag state of the PONANT fleet. In particular, you will visit the Basilica of Poi in Futuna, an important pilgrimage site in Oceania, as well as Lake Lalolalo in Wallis.

    On Taveuni, also known as “the garden island”, you will visit the magnificent Bouma Falls, nestling amid lush, tropical vegetation, and will meet local school children for a rich moment of exchange.

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    Highlights

    • Discovery of French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Wallis and Futuna and Fiji.
    • Southern sea lagoons, white-sand beaches and lush vegetation – a picture postcard of paradise.
    • Encounters with the locals and opportunities to discover Polynesian cultures during traditional ceremonies.
    • An itinerary that will sail via Wallis and Futuna, where the PONANT fleet is registered.
    • Possibility of diving (PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board.

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    Superior Stateroom

    • Area : 21 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Deluxe Stateroom

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   

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    LE SOLEAL

    Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships 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

    With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

    Port of call & excursions

    20 March 2020 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

    Papeete, Tahiti Island

    Embarkation 20/03/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 20/03/2020 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.

    21 March 2020 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

    21 March 2020 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

    Arrival 21/03/2020 early morning. Departure 21/03/2020 late afternoon.

    Paradisiacal atoll of the archipelago of the Leeward Islands, west of French Polynesia, mythical Bora-Bora offers a natural spectacle of captivating beauty. You’ll be won over as much by the white sandy beaches as by its famous lagoon, one of the most beautiful in the world, where colourful fish frolic in waters of incomparable turquoise. The island is covered with tropical vegetation, and dominated by the majestic outline of Mount Otemanu. A promenade through this volcanic landscape will enable you to discover a number of villages and meet local communities.

    22 March 2020 – At sea

    22 March 2020 – At sea

    Arrival 22/03/2020. Departure 22/03/2020.

    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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    23 March 2020 – Aitutaki

    23 March 2020 – Aitutaki

    Arrival 23/03/2020 early morning. Departure 23/03/2020 late afternoon.

    Aitutaki is a little island of 16 km², with a small fishing port with few motor boats, where a simple and peaceful life endures. During your visit, don’t miss the opportunity to walk along this magnificent lagoon, reputed as one of the most beautiful and spectacular in the world. Snorkelling fans will discover the treasures of underwater life here. The island is specialised in the sale of black pearls and the production of coloured sarongs, as well as “tivaevae” — patchwork quilting and handiworks. This local manufacture has great value because of its careful artisanal fabrication, and the pieces made are generally offered at important occasions.

    24 March 2020 – Palmerston Island

    24 March 2020 – Palmerston Island

    Arrival 24/03/2020 early morning. Departure 24/03/2020 late afternoon.

    25 March 2020 – At sea

    25 March 2020 – At sea

    Arrival 25/03/2020. Departure 25/03/2020.

    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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    26 March 2020 – International Date Line, Extreme West

    26 March 2020 – International Date Line, Extreme West

    Arrival 26/03/2020. Departure 26/03/2020.

    27 March 2020 – Apia

    27 March 2020 – Apia

    Arrival 27/03/2020 early morning. Departure 27/03/2020 midday.

    Not far from the Wallis and Futuna archipelago, your ship will set sail towards Apia, capital of Western Samoa. Located in the Pacific ring of fire, this destination remains little-known by tourists. You will be perpetually surrounded by turquoise blue lagoons and will spot waterfalls here and there in an intense green environment. Visit Apia Museum to discover the history of the region and then head for Mulinu’u, the territory’s former ceremonial capital. As for the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, it is home to magnificent underwater fauna and flora and attracts diving fans.

    28 March 2020 – Mata Utu, Wallis Island

    28 March 2020 – Mata Utu, Wallis Island

    Arrival 28/03/2020 early morning. Departure 28/03/2020 late afternoon.

    A small town currently home to 1,100 inhabitants, Mata Utu is located on Wallis Island in the Wallis and Futuna archipelago. From afar, you will appreciate the colonial architecture of the Palace of the King; numerous traditional festivals are held in front of this building. Also discover the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, constructed in the 19th century and home to the seat of the Wallis and Futuna diocese. Be sure to take the unmissable walk along Lake Lalolao, which, at 82 metres deep, is certainly the most impressive of the crater lakes on Wallis. Mata Utu, a small corner of France lost in the Pacific, is also where the ships in the PONANT fleet are registered.

    29 March 2020 – Alofi Island

    29 March 2020 – Alofi Island

    Arrival 29/03/2020 early morning. Departure 29/03/2020 early evening.

    Located in the South Pacific, the Wallis and Futuna archipelago is a real jewel of nature, a territory that remains very little-known in tourism. Home to rare bird species unique to Oceania, the territory is surrounded by incredibly clear waters that protect a great variety of fish, dolphins, tortoises and rays. Stroll along the magnificent beaches of Alofi and the coast road. Inland, the Villa Malia de Leava Church on Futuna is known for its annual celebrations of the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of the village. This important event is eagerly awaited by devotees, who give a hundred pigs as an offering for this big religious festival.

    30 March 2020▸31 March 2020 – Taveuni

    30 March 2020▸31 March 2020 – Taveuni

    Arrival 30/03/2020 midday. Departure 31/03/2020 midday.

    Located to the east of Vanua Levu in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Taveuni is the third-largest island in Fiji, also called the “garden-island” because of its abundant flora, which includes the delicate and rare Tagimoucia flower, characterised by its red and white petals. The island is like a lush tropical forest, with nature trails, deserted beaches, many waterfalls melting into the vegetation, such as the Bouma Falls, and the Namena Marine Reserve. The island is justifiably reputed for ecotourism and scuba diving.

    1 April 2020▸31 March 2020 – Lautoka

    Lautoka

    Disembarkation 01/04/2020 at 08H00 .

    Lautoka is the second largest city of Fiji. Located on the western side of the island of Viti Levu, 24 kilometres north of Nadi. Lying in the heart of Fiji's sugar cane growing region, it is known as the Sugar City. Lautoka is the gateway to Fiji’s “Sun coast” a land of abundant sunshine, azure skies and dramatic grass-covered peaks chequered with sugar-cane fields, rural villages and quaint market towns. 

    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.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • USA: Should your flight transit via the USA, a visa or ESTA may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details. Kindly print out a copy of your ESTA and keep it with your passport.

    • 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.

    Scuba diving

    Scuba diving

    Fauna and flora of the Pacific ocean

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

    Supervision of the dives

    Your dives will be led by your PONANT 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.

    Level required for scuba diving on this cruise

    The minimum level required for scuba diving on this cruise is 1star CMAS or the PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent). 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 main diving instructor.

     

    Process of the dives (certified divers)

    The instructor can dive with 4 certified divers at a time. The instructor reserves the right to check divers’ ability for maximum safety. As we will dive in remote places, the dives will be done without decompression stop. A safety stop of 3 minutes at 5 metres will be mandatory. The depth that can be reached will depend on the certification of the divers:

    • For those with PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certificate (or equivalent), the maximum depth can be up to 25 metres.
    • If two PADI Advanced Open Water Divers (or equivalent) wish to dive together independently, they must have a briefing first. They must have dive computers and are allowed to go to a maximum depth of 20 metres.
    • Process of the initiation dives (novice divers)
    • Before your initiation dive, your instructor will show you the equipment and will explain to you how to communicate underwater using hand gestures and how to breathe through a regulator. Once in the water, equipped with your material, you will learn how to breathe through your regulator on the surface for a couple of minutes. When your instructor feels you are ready, he will immerse you in water for about 20 minutes to a depth of 6 metres maximum.

     

    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 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.

     

    Supplied equipment

    • Diving wetsuit
    • Stabilising jacket
    • Fins, mask and snorkel
    • Regulator with octopus and pressure gauge
    • Diving computer (for divers mastering their use)

    Scuba diving activities on this cruise

    PORTS OF CALL

    DIVE

    (for certified divers)

    DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING

    (for beginners)

    FRENCH POLYNESIA- Bora Bora

    YES

    YES

    COOK ISLAND-Aitutaki

    YES

    YES

    COOK ISLAND- Palmerston island

    YES

    NO

    SAMOA- Apia

    YES

    NO

    WALLIS & FUTUNA- Mata Utu

    YES

    YES

    WALLIS & FUTUNA- Alofi island

    YES

    YES

    FIJI-  TAVEUNI

    YES

    NO

    FIJI-  TAVEUNI

    YES

    NO

    These sites are indicative. The proposed diving excursions may be changed depending on weather and safety conditions and the number of divers.

    Rates

    Price per person

    • Dives:
      • Exploration (1 dive) : € 80
      • Excellence Package (3 dives) : € 225
      • Passion Package (6 dives) : € 420
      • Master Package (10 dives) : € 650

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. After your cruise

      01/04/2020 – A GLIMPSE OF NADI AND RELAXING AFTERNOON

      340.00 $ **

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      01/04/2020 – RELAX ON THE MALOLO ISLAND (2 NIGHTS)

      2150.00 $ **

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    2. Before your cruise

      19/03/2020 – DISCOVER PAPEETE AND RELAX (1 NIGHT)

      510.00 $ **

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      14/03/2020 – DISCOVER THE MARQUESAS ISLANDS (6 NIGHTS)

      3950.04 $ **

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    Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
    Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.

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