Hawaii and French Polynesia

16 days / 15 nights
    Excursions included
    Diving
    Hawaii and French Polynesia

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania

    from 5 October 2017 to 20 October 2017
    16 days / 15 nights

    Departure Port : Honolulu, Hawaii
    Arrival Port : Papeete, Tahiti Island

    Ship : LE BOREAL

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    PONANT invites you to enjoy an unforgettable experience at the heart of the most beautiful islands of the Pacific.

    From Honololu to Papeete, you will sail aboard Le Boréal for an exceptional 16-day cruise to discover the wild beauty of this exotic world.

    From Hilo, a small island of lush green hills, visit the Volcano National Park, the only site in Hawaii listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    A little more to the east, discover the unique charms of the Marquesas Islands, whose volcanic landscapes are home to turquoise lagoons and secluded bays.

    At the heart of the Tuamotu Islands, you will spend some time in the magnificent Fakarava Atoll, a pristine environment that is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

    French Polynesia will reveal its mysteries to you, including pearl farms and white sandy beaches whose precious coral reefs are home to an astonishing and rich fauna.

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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

      5 October 2017 – Hilo, Hawaiian archipelago

      Honolulu, Hawaii

      Embarkation 05/10/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 05/10/2017 at 18H00 .

      Located on the island of Oahu, capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, offers its visitors a different image of the American dream: young women wrapped in sarongs, colourful cocktails and coconut trees. Here, the sun is divine, the waves a surfers’ dream, and its volcano, Diamond Head, are all features that will win your heart. The view from Diamond Head is simply incredible. But Honolulu is also about art museums, cycling tracks, the famous Waikiki beach and a tourist district with festive night-time animation. As for amateurs of history, the Iolani and Ali-iolani Hale palaces provide insight into the singular destiny of this State.

      6 October 2017 – Hilo, Hawaiian archipelago

      6 October 2017 – Hilo, Hawaiian archipelago

      Arrival 06/10/2017 at 09H00 . Departure 06/10/2017 at 14H00 .

      The little coastal town of Hilo welcomes you in the midst of the Pacific Ocean. With its 47,000 inhabitants, it is more populated than the island of Hawaii itself. Marked by tsunamis, it houses a strange museum, the museum of the Tsunamis of the Pacific, which is an emotional experience. The traditional market is one of the most famous, and an opportunity to taste delicious local specialities. In the surrounding areas, an enchanting natural landscape unrolls its gifts of caves, waterfalls and paradisiacal creeks. Higher up, in the heart of the island, there are several observatories open to visitors on the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes.

      7 October 2017▸10 October 2017 – At sea

      7 October 2017▸10 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 07/10/2017 . Departure 10/10/2017 .

      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.

      10 October 2017 – Crossing the equator line

      10 October 2017 – Crossing the equator line

      Arrival 10/10/2017 . Departure 10/10/2017 .

      Crossing the equator is a baptism, a maritime tradition that PONANT perpetuates with humour. The Captain and officers of your ship will choose some neophyte passengers and crew members, who will be submitted to the good-natured “trials’ of the passing of the line. As we change hemispheres, you will attend a ceremony organised in a fun and festive atmosphere: with white togas, Neptune’s trident and fancy dress on the agenda. An unforgettable moment of conviviality between passengers and crew, under the aegis of Neptune, God of the Seas!

      11 October 2017 – At sea

      11 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 11/10/2017 . Departure 11/10/2017 .

      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.

      12 October 2017 – Taiohae, Nuku Hiva I. - Marquesas

      12 October 2017 – Taiohae, Nuku Hiva I. - Marquesas

      Arrival 12/10/2017 . Departure 12/10/2017 .

      Taiohae Bay welcomes you in a sumptuous setting. Your ship will drop anchor a few kilometres from the black sandy beaches, nestled between majestic valleys. You will find yourself in the middle of the main village on the island of Nuku Hiva. You can follow the footpaths on foot or in an all-terrain vehicle. From the top of the hill of Mount Muake, a breathtaking panorama allows you to clearly identify the rocky islands that emerge on either side of the bay. Further on, the site of Piki Vehine shows its tikis, sacred statues used for religious practices. In addition, do not miss the Notre Dame des Marquises cathedral. Its distinguishing feature is that is was built using stone taken from the six Marquesa Islands.

      13 October 2017 – Hatiheu, Marquesas

      13 October 2017 – Hatiheu, Marquesas

      Arrival 13/10/2017 . Departure 13/10/2017 .

      Entering Hatiheu Bay, you will quickly make out the statue of the Virgin, which, standing more than 300 metres high, overlooks this beautiful little village. Located on the north of Nuku Hiva Island, this locality is dominated by impressive basalt pitons. In the past, the fear of tsunamis and attacks from other clans led the tribes to settle in the interior of the valleys. As a consequence, many archaeological sites remain preserved and make for interesting excursions. You will find many of the ceremonial plazas, called tohua, notably those of Kamuihei and Hikokua where you will be able to observe several reconstructed traditional houses.

      14 October 2017 – Atuona, Marquesas

      14 October 2017 – Atuona, Marquesas

      Arrival 14/10/2017 . Departure 14/10/2017 .

      You’ll immediately understand why this remote and unusual chain of islands bathing in the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean inspired Jacques Brel’s final album. During your cruise, we will stop at Hiva Oa, considered to be the “garden of the Marquesas Islands.” A special kind of power and charm emanate from its craggy skyline and black sand beaches. You’ll want to explore its lush, green valleys, home to impressive archaeological sites and a wide array of plants and wildlife. Visit the small village of Atuona, considered to be the island’s capital, and discover the tombs of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel, as well as two small museums dedicated to their life and work.

      14 October 2017 – Hapatoni, Marquesas

      14 October 2017 – Hapatoni, Marquesas

      Arrival 14/10/2017 . Departure 14/10/2017 .

      Located on Tahuata, the smallest of the inhabited Marquesas Islands, the village of Hapatoni will open its doors to you. A road built in old stones will lead you from the seashore to the village cathedral. You will also find a craft centre presenting various sculptures and engravings in bone or wood. Marquesan art is, in fact, recognised all over French Polynesia. Further on, vegetation takes over, inviting you to walk among its beautiful green valleys. Here, the population will give you a proper welcome, with traditional singing and dancing. A moment of conviviality you’ll remember!

      15 October 2017 – Omoa, Marquesas

      15 October 2017 – Omoa, Marquesas

      Arrival 15/10/2017 . Departure 15/10/2017 .

      Your ship will take you to the discreet peaceful fishing village of Omoa, far from all civilisation and nestling in a magnificent bay. In the valley, you will be able to spot some tohua, former sacred sites, including those of Pouau and Tonoeve, as well as the many burial caves lost in the island’s abundant tropical forest. The inhabitants here are specialised in the manufacture of tapa, a bark cloth obtained through the technique of beating layers of wood; they also make perfumed monoï oil and sculpt coconuts and other precious woods.

      15 October 2017 – Hanavave (=Bay of Virgins), Fatu Hiva I. Marquesas

      15 October 2017 – Hanavave (=Bay of Virgins), Fatu Hiva I. Marquesas

      Arrival 15/10/2017 . Departure 15/10/2017 .

      Grandiose, striking and powerful, the Marquesas are more rugged than their Polynesian sisters. Here, you will find neither lagoons nor reefs; the archipelago’s charm lies in its extraordinary wild beauty: waterfalls flowing down vertiginous peaks, jagged cliffs sinking into the indigo sea, and lush vegetation. When the ship stops on the island of Fatu Hiva, the inhabitants of what is considered to be one of the beautiful bays in the world, Hanavave Bay, will welcome you with ukulele music and traditional songs. Do not miss your chance to discover these exotic dances and customs as the trade winds gently blow through the palm trees, infusing the island with the scent of frangipane and Tahitian flowers.

      16 October 2017 – At sea

      16 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 16/10/2017 . Departure 16/10/2017 .

      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.

      17 October 2017 – Fakarava, Tuamotu

      17 October 2017 – Fakarava, Tuamotu

      Arrival 17/10/2017 at 09H00 . Departure 17/10/2017 at 18H00 .

      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. On land, beyond the white-sand beaches, Fakarava is home to pearl farms that are open to visitors. Here you will find the most stunning examples of the famous Tahitian pearls – black pearls with glints of colour, also called tears of the gods.

      18 October 2017 – Rangiroa

      18 October 2017 – Rangiroa

      Arrival 18/10/2017 at 07H00 . Departure 18/10/2017 at 13H30 .

      A secluded atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago, Rangiroa is a narrow ring of coral surrounding a splendid lagoon. You can admire its transparent waters, rose-white beaches and famous “Blue Lagoon” seated in the middle of the large lagoon. Divers will be amazed by the richness and clarity of the sea beds: wasn’t it Commander Cousteau who described this atoll as one of the most beautiful diving sites in the world? Rangiroa is the high seat of Polynesian pearl culture, and also, surprisingly enough... wine-growing, thanks to an imported vineyard suitable for the climate.

      19 October 2017 – Moorea

      19 October 2017 – Moorea

      Arrival 19/10/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 19/10/2017 at 18H30 .

      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.

      19 October 2017 – Papeete

      19 October 2017 – Papeete

      Arrival 19/10/2017 at 21H00 . Departure 19/10/2017 .

      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.

      20 October 2017▸19 October 2017 – Papeete

      Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Disembarkation 20/10/2017 at 00H00 .

      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.

      • USA : Visa 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

      HAWAII - Hilo

      NO

      NO

      French Polynesia - Taiohae

      YES

      NO

      French Polynesia - Hatiheu

      YES

      NO

      French Polynesia - Atuona

      YES

      NO

      French Polynesia - Hapatoni

      YES

      NO

      French Polynesia - Omoa

      YES

      NO

      French Polynesia - Hanavave

      YES

      NO

      French Polynesia - Fakarava

      YES

      NO

      French Polynesia - Rangiroa

      YES

      NO

      French Polynesia - Moorea

      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): €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.

      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

        Honolulu, from the Hawaiian monarchs to the battles of the 20th-century (2 nights)
        03/10/2017

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        Honolulu, on your own (1 day/1 night)
        04/10/2017

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      2. After your cruise

        Escapade in Bora Bora (2 days/2 nights)
        20/10/2017

        1380.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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        Transfer to Papeete International Airport
        20/10/2017

        40.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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        Escapade in Bora Bora (2 nights)
        20/10/2017

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      3. Your packages

        Flights + Pre Honolulu, the Hawaiian monarchs + Post Papeete Transfert
        03/10/2017

        3115.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

        Flights + Pre Honolulu, the Hawaiian monarchs + Post Escapade in Bora Bora
        03/10/2017

        3965.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

        Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Honolulu 2N (Pre) + Escapade in Bora Bora Intercontinental Hotels 2N (Post)
        03/10/2017

        4735.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy
      4. During your cruise

        Circle of Fire by Helicopter (2h30)
        06/10/2017

        410.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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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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