French Polynesia & Pacific Islands, New and Noteworthy

Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotu and Marquesas Islands

Find paradise on remote islands rich in ancient culture and astonishing marine life

On an expedition to some of the world’s most remote islands, volcanic peaks rise dramatically from turquoise lagoons, 20 species of whales and dolphins thrive in protected waters, and welcoming villagers share their ancient cultural traditions. Begin in the renowned diving destination Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Archipelago, where 16-foot manta rays, colorful butterfly fish, whales, and sea turtles flourish in pristine, nutrient-rich waters. Exploring the sparsely populated Marquesas Islands, encounter moss-covered giant tikis on Hiva Oa, thousand-year-old petroglyphs on Nuku Hiva, the wild horses of Ua Huka, and lush rainforests with rare birds and rushing waterfalls. Join the legacy of explorers, writers, and artists like James Cook, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Paul Gauguin who crossed oceans seeking distant primordial landscapes and distinct ways of life in a region that embodies paradise in both the breathtaking landscapes of its islands and in the abundant biodiversity of the surrounding sea.

  • Explore one of the world's largest groups of coral atolls and their incredible blue lagoons via kayak, Zodiac, or stand-up paddleboard. Be on the lookout for marine mammals, including resident spinner dolphins and migrating humpback whales

  • Dive and snorkel in an extraordinary undersea world of massive manta rays, green sea turtles, and vast schools of pelagic fish

  • Learn about Polynesian history on visits to ancient maraes (sacred sites), petroglyphs, and an 8-foot tiki, and connect with Nuku Hiva residents during a cultural dance performance

  • Admire the volcanic spires of Hanavave Bay as we approach one of the most storied shorelines in the Pacific

  • Appreciate the skilled artistry behind tapa cloths, bone and rosewood carvings, and oils and perfumes crafted from natural materials, like the tiare flower

  • On jungle hikes, seek out unique birds, including the endangered ultramarine lorikeet, the Fatu Hiva monarch, and the endemic Upe, one of the largest pigeon species in the world

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Duration

12 Days

Price

From $12,110 per person
(does not include flight)

Dates

Feb

May

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Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotus and Marquesas Islands

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Begin in the renowned diving destination Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Archipelago where 16-foot manta rays, colorful butterfly fish, whales, and sea turtles flourish in pristine, nutrient-rich waters. Exploring the sparsely populated Marquesas Islands, encounter moss-covered giant tikis on Hiva Oa, thousand-year-old petroglyphs on Nuka Hiva, the wild horses of Ua Huka, and lush rain forests with rare birds and rushing waterfalls.

2023 (Standard)

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Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

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Hiva Oa, Marquesas, French Polynesia

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2023 (Reverse)

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Hiva Oa, Marquesas, French Polynesia

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Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

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2025 (Standard)

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Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

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Hiva Oa, Marquesas, French Polynesia

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2025 (Reverse)

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Hiva Oa, Marquesas, French Polynesia

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Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

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