Treasures of Polynesia

8 days / 7 nights
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    Diving
    Treasures of Polynesia

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania

    from 20 October 2017 to 27 October 2017
    8 days / 7 nights

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

    Ship : LE BOREAL

    • Ref : B201017

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    Aboard Le Boreal, go on a discovery of the incomparable islands of French Polynesia, considered some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

    Cradled by stunning lagoons of translucent waters exposing the exceptional coral reefs, the Polynesian scenery invites you to dream: be it in Bora Bora, a testament of "Paradise on earth" or in Moorea, coral island with lush vegetation, you will savour the pleasures of total relaxation in the midst of a lost paradise.

    Be sure to try snorkelling in these natural aquariums where colourful fish, rays and friendly sharks can be found playing amid the reefs.

    An experienced diving monitor is on board during the cruise. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the underwater world, whether scuba diving or snorkelling.

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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

      20 October 2017 – Bora Bora

      Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Embarkation 20/10/2017 from 17H00 to 18H00 . Departure 20/10/2017 at 20H00 .

      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.

      21 October 2017 – Bora Bora

      21 October 2017 – Bora Bora

      Arrival 21/10/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 21/10/2017 .

      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.

      22 October 2017 – Bora Bora

      22 October 2017 – Bora Bora

      Arrival 22/10/2017 . Departure 22/10/2017 at 18H30 .

      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.

      23 October 2017 – Motu Ceran

      23 October 2017 – Motu Ceran

      Arrival 23/10/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 23/10/2017 at 18H00 .

      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 epitome of the desert island lost in the heart of the ocean. The islet is an ideal destination to enjoy the pleasures of the ocean, particularly diving. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll just need a simple snorkel to discover the treasures of the sea beds and to swim among multi-coloured fish. The décor of this little island, its coconut plantations and its beaches surrounded by a marvellous coral garden are a treat for the eyes.

      24 October 2017 – Huahine

      24 October 2017 – Huahine

      Arrival 24/10/2017 at 12H30 . Departure 24/10/2017 at 19H00 .

      Located less than 200 kilometres north-west of Tahiti, Huahine Island is a secret gem in French Polynesia. You’ll love the mysterious atmosphere emanating from its voluptuous contours, its wild vegetation and stunning remote creeks.   If you explore both parts of the island, la Grande Huahine to the north, and la Petite Huahine to the south, will reveal some of its hidden treasures, as well as some archaeological remains from the Polynesian past. You can meet the local population in the main town of Fare, or in the string of villages along the coast.

      25 October 2017 – Moorea (Baie de Cook)

      25 October 2017 – Moorea (Baie de Cook)

      Arrival 25/10/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 25/10/2017 at 21H00 .

      Lush, emerald vegetation contrasting with the limpid turquoise of the Ocean, charming wooden bungalows scattered along pristine beaches...The beauty of Moorea is sumptuous, unchanged since James Cook discovered the island in 1769. Edged with coral, this small island is renowned for its natural gardens of tropical flowers as well as for its pineapple plantations. Wander along the two bays that slice through the coral island, or head off to explore the Belvedere, which will offer you a breathtaking view over the majestic volcanic peaks of the island, such as Mount Rotui. Unless you would rather encounter the many Dolphins and Rays that swim gracefully in the lagoon. Total relaxation in the middle of a paradise lost, fragranced with Monoi.

      26 October 2017 – Moorea (Opunohu)

      26 October 2017 – Moorea (Opunohu)

      Arrival 26/10/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 26/10/2017 at 18H00 .

      Lush, emerald vegetation contrasting with the limpid turquoise of the Ocean, charming wooden bungalows scattered along pristine beaches...The beauty of Moorea is sumptuous, unchanged since James Cook discovered the island in 1769. Edged with coral, this small island is renowned for its natural gardens of tropical flowers as well as for its pineapple plantations. Wander along the two bays that slice through the coral island, or head off to explore the Belvedere, which will offer you a breathtaking view over the majestic volcanic peaks of the island, such as Mount Rotui. Unless you would rather encounter the many Dolphins and Rays that swim gracefully in the lagoon. Total relaxation in the middle of a paradise lost, fragranced with Monoi.

      26 October 2017 – Papeete

      26 October 2017 – Papeete

      Arrival 26/10/2017 at 21H00 . Departure 26/10/2017 .

      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.

      27 October 2017▸26 October 2017 – Papeete

      Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Disembarkation 27/10/2017 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: 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.

      Thanks to check below.

      PORTS OF CALL

      CERTIFIED DIVES

      FIRST DIVES

      French Polynesia - Huahine

      YES

      NO

      French Polynesia – Motu Ceran

      YES

      YES

      French Polynesia – Bora Bora

      YES

      NO

      French Polynesia – Moorea, Cook Bay

      YES

      YES

      French Polynesia – Moorea, Oponohu Bay

      YES

      NO


      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.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        Discover Tahiti (1 day)
        20/10/2017

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      2. After your cruise

        Transfer to Papeete International Airport
        27/10/2017

        40.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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      3. Your packages

        Flights + Pre Discover Tahiti + Post Papeete Transfer
        19/10/2017

      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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