Easter Island and Polynesia

15 days / 14 nights
    Diving
    Easter Island and Polynesia

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania

    from 4 March 2019 to 18 March 2019
    15 days / 14 nights

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

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : S040319

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

    From Hanga Roa to Papeete, you will sail aboard Le Soléal for an exceptional 15-day cruise.  

    Some 3,700 km away from the South American continent, your cruise will start at 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.

    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.

    Far from the major maritime routes, the Gambier Islands are 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 Soléal will also make a stop in the small village of Rikitea, where Saint Michael’s Cathedral stands proudly, built entirely of coral and wood.  

    Then head towards the pearls of French Polynesia: Moorea, Bora Bora with its easily recognizable volcanic shape and Motu Ceran. These islands are true postcards from paradise and will end your cruise with a flourish, before you disembark at Papeete.

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    Highlights

    • Complementary shore excursions at Easter Island;
    • From Hanga Roa, discover the impressive Ahu Tahai and its monumental statues listed as Archaeological Heritage by Unesco;
    • From Pitcairn, visit the museum and its great collection of items from the Bounty;
    • From Mangareva, you can visit one of the most renowned pearl farms;
    • In Rikitea visit Saint Michel’s Cathedral;
    • A lecturer passionate about Rapa Nui and Orongo culture will be on board;
    • Possibility of diving and/or snorkeling with an experienced instructor on board.

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    Staterooms & Suites

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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.
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    Prestige Deck 4

    • 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.
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    Prestige Deck 5

    • 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.
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    Prestige Deck 6

    • 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.
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    Prestige Deck 5 Suite

    • Area : 36 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² 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 access wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 25%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Deck 6 Suite

    • Area : 36 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² 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 access wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 25%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   

    LE SOLEAL

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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

    4 March 2019 – Hanga Roa, Easter Island

    Hanga Roa, Easter Island

    Embarkation 04/03/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 04/03/2019 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.

    5 March 2019 – Hanga Roa, Easter Island

    5 March 2019 – Hanga Roa, Easter Island

    Arrival 05/03/2019. Departure 05/03/2019.

    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.

    6 March 2019 – Hanga Roa, Easter Island

    6 March 2019 – Hanga Roa, Easter Island

    Arrival 06/03/2019. Departure 06/03/2019 late afternoon.

    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.

    7 March 2019▸8 March 2019 – At sea

    7 March 2019▸8 March 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 07/03/2019. Departure 08/03/2019.

    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.

    9 March 2019 – Sailing along Ducie Island

    9 March 2019 – Sailing along Ducie Island

    Arrival 09/03/2019. Departure 09/03/2019.

    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. 

    10 March 2019 – Adamstown, Pitcairn Island

    10 March 2019 – Adamstown, Pitcairn Island

    Arrival 10/03/2019 early morning. Departure 10/03/2019 late 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.

    11 March 2019 – Sailing around Temoe Atoll

    11 March 2019 – Sailing around Temoe Atoll

    Arrival 11/03/2019. Departure 11/03/2019.

    Sailing around the Temoe Atoll is breathtaking. Trapezoidal in shape, it is the most easterly atoll in French Polynesia. In administrative terms, it belongs to the Gambier Islands and has been uninhabited since 1838, when missionaries moved all the inhabitants to Mangareva. There are several ancient Polynesian remains and archaeologists are attempting to preserve the integrity of the former heritage of the atoll by faithfully rebuilding certain coral monuments. In the waters around the atoll, it is common to see shoals of tuna or sea bream following the coastlines: a unique and marvellous spectacle.

    11 March 2019▸12 March 2019 – Rikitea, Gambier Islands

    11 March 2019▸12 March 2019 – Rikitea, Gambier Islands

    Arrival 11/03/2019 late afternoon. Departure 12/03/2019 midday.

    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.

    13 March 2019▸14 March 2019 – At sea

    13 March 2019▸14 March 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 13/03/2019. Departure 14/03/2019.

    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.

    15 March 2019 – Moorea Island

    15 March 2019 – Moorea Island

    Arrival 15/03/2019 early morning. Departure 15/03/2019 evening.

    A part of the Windward Island archipelago just to the west of Tahiti, famous Mo'orea will leave you with a series of unforgettable images and memories. Bask on its heavenly beaches, enjoy a dip in the turquoise waters of its lagoon, and soak up its luscious vegetation and the heady flowers that carpet the inland areas. Get the most out of this natural gem with a trip to the Mo'orea Belvedere. Exceptional views of Mount Rotui unfurl before your eyes, with the Opunohu Bay and its valley to the left, and the famous Cook's Bay, surrounded by notched, cathedral-style peaks, to the right.

    16 March 2019 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

    16 March 2019 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

    Arrival 16/03/2019 early morning. Departure 16/03/2019 late evening.

    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.

    17 March 2019 – Motu Ceran, Society Islands

    17 March 2019 – Motu Ceran, Society Islands

    Arrival 17/03/2019 late morning. Departure 17/03/2019 late afternoon.

    Located off the island of Tahaa, in the Leeward Islands, Motu Ceran is a small desert island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This small surface of emerged land is a real paradise. The décor of this little island, its coconut plantations and its beaches surrounded by a marvellous coral garden are a treat for the eyes. Don’t hesitate to devote yourself to the joys of swimming or pure relaxation. An enchanted interlude in a unique setting.

    18 March 2019▸17 March 2019 – Papeete, Tahiti Island

    Papeete, Tahiti Island

    Disembarkation 18/03/2019 at 07H00 .

    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.

    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.

    • 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.

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    PORTS OF CALL

    CERTIFIED DIVES

    FIRST DIVES

    CHILE, EASTERN ISLAND – Hanga Roa

    YES

    NO

    PITCAIRN – Adamstown

    YES

    NO

    GAMBIER ISLAND – Rikitea

    YES

    NO

    French Polynesia – Moorea, Cook Bay

    YES

    YES

    French Polynesia – Bora Bora

    YES

    NO

    French Polynesia – Motu Ceran

    YES

    YES


    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): €80
      • Excellence Package (3 dives): €225
    • Passion Package (6 dives): €420

     

    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.

     

    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. Before your cruise

      03/03/2019 – ON THE WAY TO EASTER ISLAND - ECONOMY CLASS (1 NIGHT)

      1140.00 € **

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    2. After your cruise

      18/03/2019 – Papeete and dolce farniente (1 night)

      690.00 € **

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    3. Your packages

      02/03/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + On the way to Easter Island - Economy Class 1N (Pre) + Papeete and Farniente 1N (Post)

      4140.00 € **
    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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