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Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

Sail Among Oceania's Idyllic Islands & Explore a Mysterious Lost Civilization
19 Days
From $21280

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This may well be the ultimate voyage across the South Pacific. This storied Polynesian seascape dotted with dreamy atolls seduced French painter Paul Gauguin, and the same allure draws adventurers with a romantic spirit today. On a voyage aboard a brand-new expedition ship, cross the eastern expanse of Oceania from Tahiti to Easter Island and visit the remote Tuamotu, Gambier and Pitcairn archipelagos along the way. Palm-studded islets and rugged volcanic outposts draped in tropical foliage evoke the mystique of Eden. And that's just above water—below the surface, dazzling reefs delight snorkelers and divers inside natural aquariums. Islanders welcome us with the call of conch shells, drumbeats and traditional dances. Silken sand invites barefoot walks on deserted beaches. Let your imagination wander as you consider what brought early navigators to isolated Easter Island, and what compelled them to build the giant statues that remain one of the world’s great archaeological mysteries. 
    School of soldierfish swim over coral, Kiribati, South PacificWhite fair tern, Dulie Island, PitcairnMonolith, Moai, Rano Raraku, Easter IslandSea turtle swims underwater, South PacificTikehau beach, French PolynesiaTravelers ride a zodiac away from the National Geographic Orion, Fiji, South PacificMoai, Ahu Tongariki, Easter IslandLongboat shed, Bounty Bay, Pitcairn IslandLocal woodcarver, Easter Island

Trip Highlights

  • In-Depth Discovery of Easter IslandAccompanied by an expert archaeologist, discover the intriguing lost culture of Easter Island, visiting ancient ceremonial sites and the towering statues called moai
  • Pristine Reef Exploration in the TuamotusPlumb one of the world's most unspoiled reef systems as we encounter the rich marine life of Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Encounters on Remote Pitcairn IslandMeet the residents of Pitcairn Island, most of whom are direct descendants of the HMS Bounty mutineers, and see rare and endemic birds on Henderson and Ducie

Sail with the World Leader in Conservation-Focused Small Ship Cruising

We’re proud to offer a worldwide slate of Adventure Cruises through our partner, Lindblad Expeditions. Nat Hab joined forces with Lindblad in 2016 to expand our mutual collection of nature adventures. Founded in 1958 by Lars-Eric Lindblad, the company pioneered eco-conscious expeditions for “citizen explorers" and today is the world leader in conservation-focused small-ship cruises. Our Adventure Specialists are intimately familiar with the ships and itineraries and are on call to answer any questions you might have.

  1. Explore the South Pacific's Profusion of Wildlife
    You'll be awed by the abundance of Polynesian wildlife. This intimate journey gives you a chance to take in its breadth with our naturalists. Ninety different birds inhabit the islands, plus seabirds including fairy terns, Tahitian petrels, tropicbirds, frigatebirds, and red-footed boobies. Lush vegetation is studded with showy flowers, including Tiare Tahiti (gardenia), orchids, frangipani, bougainvillea and porcelain roses. And in the coral reefs, watch for bright blue needlefish, lemonpeel angelfish, schools of vibrant parrotfish, striped surgeonfish, Moorish idols, Titan triggerfish, giant clams and colossal humphead wrasse, along with sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins and several shark species.
  2. Sink Your Imagination into Oceania's Colorful History
    Missionaries, mutineers and intrepid explorers have passed through the South Pacific, in addition to the resident Polynesians who navigated this vast ocean by starlight. Our journey traces the legend of the ill-fated H.M.S. Bounty to Pitcairn Island, then meets descendants of some of the mutineers. And we'll spend two days delving into Easter Island travel, exploring its enigmatic archaeological sites and monolithic carved stones, called moai—fathoming an ancient culture rooted in mystery.
  3. Experience Makes a Difference
    Lindblad has been exploring the South Pacific since the 1980s. This deep experience is the key to helping you truly "get lost" in this tropical paradise—including all those dreamy islands and atolls that are only accessible by sea. The world's leader in small-ship expedition cruising, Lindblad owns and operates the National Geographic Orion, a state-of-the-art vessel used on this voyage. The result is attention to detail, along with a suite of amenities, which most other tour operators in the region simply cannot offer.
  4. Gain In-Depth Insight with Local Naturalists and an Archaeologist
    Every trip sails with a veteran Lindblad Expedition Leader and a hand-picked team of veteran naturalists well-versed in the flora, fauna and human history of the South Pacific. They accompany us on a wealth of daily activities. The small, intimate scale of the ship, plus our Zodiacs, means we can easily reach places inaccessible to larger vessels, offering more in-depth access with varied points of view. The ship's naturalists know shores, reefs, birds and uninhabited atolls well, and our exploration of Easter Island includes a professional archaeologist. Each of these experts is adept at spotting wildlife, and their expertise offers the richest, most in-depth experience of this fascinating region possible for our guests.
  5. Gear Up to Explore the South Pacific's Biodiversity Above and Below the Sea
    The ship is a base camp for exploring this remarkable world of idyllic islands and underwater wonders, and we’ve got the tools to help you be an engaged, active explorer. In addition to our fleets of  Zodiacs and kayaks, the ship provides complete snorkel gear—and you keep your personal setup for the entire voyage. Plus, the ship has scuba gear for 24 divers, with divemasters to oversee every excursion. If you'd rather stay dry, a glass-bottom Zodiac lets you look underwater without ever getting your face wet. Plus, we travel with an undersea specialist and a ROV which takes video images up to 1,000 feet below the surface, far beyond the range of divers. So you’ll get incomparable, up-close access to the dazzling marine environment and its inhabitants. Video microscopes, high-definition screens, hydrophones, a crow's nest camera and other tools provide added opportunities for in-depth understanding.
  6. Snap Your Finest Photos
    Uninhabited islands, a rainbow of fish and some of the worlds' most awe-inspiring ancient monoliths create irresistible opportunities for photographers in French Polynesia and the Easter Islands. A Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor is on board to provide assistance with your camera and instruction in elements of composition to help you take your best photos ever.
  7. We’re Committed to the Planet
    Natural Habitat Adventure is a standard-setter in eco-conscious travel. We have been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007. And we continue to break innovative ground in adopting practices that help to protect our global environment. Because of our concern for the environment, we are pleased to partner with Lindblad Expeditions for our Adventure Cruises, a company that shares our values and commitment to the planet.
  8. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
    WWFBecause of our environmental commitment and the outstanding quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund has chosen Natural Habitat Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation we’re very proud of! When you book your Lindblad Expeditions cruise with us, a portion of your trip fee supports WWF.

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