Polynesia: the Austral Islands and Bora Bora

10 days / 9 nights
    Polynesia: the Austral Islands and Bora Bora

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania

    from 4 May 2021 to 13 May 2021
    10 days / 9 nights

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

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : S040521

    From Tahiti, PONANT invites you to embark on a brand-new 10-day cruise to discover French Polynesia. Set sail for an unforgettable journey to discover idyllic islands and atolls.

    Between pearl farms and white sandy beaches, French Polynesia will reveal its many mysteries to you. Surrounded by superb lagoons of translucent waters edged by exceptional coral reefs, the islands of Polynesia are undoubtedly some of the most beautiful in the world and home to an astonishing and rich wildlife.  

    An experienced diving instructor is on board for the entire cruise, enabling you to safely enjoy swimming and scuba diving.

    First of all, your ship will take you towards one of the most secret and authentic archipelagos in Polynesia: the Austral Islands.

    Various ports of call will enable you to admire the sumptuous “motu piscine” reef islet of Raivavae, the coral reefs of Tubuai, the mysterious marine caves of Rurutu, and discover the traditional handicraft of Rimatara.

    On these islands off the beaten path, nature and ancestral traditions are treasures that are shared in all simplicity.

    You will then head towards the Society Islands. You will be dazzled by the incomparable beauty of Bora Bora, with its distinctly recognisable volcanic silhouette, and will also appreciate Moorea, with its hillside pineapple plantations and its verdant peaks overlooking the island.

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    Highlights

    • An 100% Polynesian brand-new cruise to discover islands considered to be the most beautiful in the world.
    • Exceptional ports of call throughout the Austral Islands archipelago: turquoise lagoons, marine caves, white sand beaches, the chance to swim in the heart of a huge natural aquarium.
    • Discovering Polynesia’s culture and traditions.
    • A number of excursions are possible from Moorea: outings and photo safari through the deep valleys and the pineapple plantations, panoramic view from the scenic lookout, dolphin watching, discovery of Polynesia’s traditional way of life and customs…
    • Possibility of diving (PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board.

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      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 May 2021 – At sea

      Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Embarkation 04/05/2021 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 04/05/2021 at 19H00 .

      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.

      5 May 2021 – At sea

      5 May 2021 – At sea

      Arrival 05/05/2021. Departure 05/05/2021.

      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.

      6 May 2021 – Raivavae, Austral Islands

      6 May 2021 – Raivavae, Austral Islands

      Arrival 06/05/2021 early morning. Departure 06/05/2021 early evening.

      7 May 2021 – Tubuai, Austral Islands

      7 May 2021 – Tubuai, Austral Islands

      Arrival 07/05/2021 early morning. Departure 07/05/2021 early evening.

      8 May 2021 – Rurutu, Austral Islands

      8 May 2021 – Rurutu, Austral Islands

      Arrival 08/05/2021 early morning. Departure 08/05/2021 early evening.

      Far from the traditional tourist circuits, you’ll discover the wildest and most surprising parts of French Polynesia. In the heart of the Austral archipelago, over 500 km south-west of Tahiti, your ship will make a port of call at Rurutu, an elevated coral island of absolutely unique beauty. Carved with countless caves and surrounded by spectacular cliffs, this land of volcanic origin will reveal its mysterious and preserved landscapes to you. A real geological phenomenon, the troglodyte island also offers magnificent summits covered in lush vegetation that will delight hiking fans.

      9 May 2021 – Rimatara, Austral Islands

      9 May 2021 – Rimatara, Austral Islands

      Arrival 09/05/2021 early morning. Departure 09/05/2021 early evening.

      10 May 2021 – At sea

      10 May 2021 – At sea

      Arrival 10/05/2021. Departure 10/05/2021.

      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.

      11 May 2021 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

      11 May 2021 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

      Arrival 11/05/2021 early morning. Departure 11/05/2021 early 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.

      12 May 2021 – Moorea Island

      12 May 2021 – Moorea Island

      Arrival 12/05/2021 early morning. Departure 12/05/2021 late afternoon.

      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.

      12 May 2021 – Papeete, Tahiti Island

      12 May 2021 – Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Arrival 12/05/2021 evening. Departure 12/05/2021.

      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.

      13 May 2021▸12 May 2021 – Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Disembarkation 13/05/2021 at 08H00 .

      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.

      • 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.

      • 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 : Depending on your nationality, an ESTA or Visa may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details. A copy of your visa or ESTA must be sent to PONANT at the very latest 45 days prior to your cruise date. In case the ESTA is sufficient to enter the USA, we also ask you to keep a copy of your ESTA with your passport throughout the duration of your trip.

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