ENCHANTED JOURNEY OF THE SOUL
Shore Excursions with Denise
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Huahine, Society Islands

Sacred Sites & Legendary Places
Sun. Aug. 26, 2018

Your spectacular excursion starts with a friendly introduction from your expert anthropologist/archaeologist guide, who has first hand experience working on the sites you will visit. Boarding "Le Truck", French Polynesia's famous local style bus, you will depart from Maroe Village on the small island of Huahine Iti, crossing the bridge to Huahine Nui, or 'big island'. Here you will drive past lush green valleys and turquoise lagoon through the capital town of Fare, where Captain James Cook sojourned on his visits to the island.

Your first stop is Maeva village, considered to be one of French Polynesia's most important archaeological areas and home to the largest pre-historic habitation site in Polynesia. During your walk through the village, you will explore the archaeological sites along the lake shoreand the Fare Pote'e Museum. You will learn about Polynesian origins and migrations, traditional society, religion, botany, European explorers and get a first hand look at various traditional tools, handicrafts and artifacts.

You will continue on to Mata'ire'a hill, just above the Village of Maeva and home to more than 200 stone structures, including marae, agricultural terraces, house foundations, fortification walls and burial platforms.

Your next stop, via "Le Truck", is a local family run vanilla plantation where you will have the opportunity to purchase various vanilla products. Continuing on, you will stop to see and learn about the 500 year old fish traps that thanks to restoration work are used again today by the people of Maeva Village.

Your return journey to port, will take you through the village of Faie where your guide will feed the island's giant blue-eyed eels that swim in the stream, before enjoying a photo-stop at the Belvedere Lookout, for panoramic views of Huahine Iti and beautiful Maroe Bay.




Duration: 4 Hours - $TBA

Please note: This tour involves some slight uphill walking. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. The order of sites visited may vary. Please bring some cash along with you, as you may have the opportunity to purchase some authentic Tahitian vanilla during this tour.


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Taha'a, Society Islands

Exploration of Taha'a
Mon. Aug. 27, 2018

Explore Taha'a's exquisite topography, ancient culture, and local economy during this scenic and memorable off-road tour.

Depart the pier in an off-road vehicle for the ride across one of Taha'a's highest mountains. Along the way, your guide will point out sights of interest, and a stop will be made at a scenic viewpoint to learn about the traditional uses of local plants and trees.

The island of Taha'a is often called Vanilla Island, and you will learn about this fragrant spice while visiting a small family plantation. Afterward, you will visit a small black pearl farm to learn how these treasures are cultivated and harvested. These small cottage industries represent a large part of this small island's economic structure.

During the return drive along the east coast of the island, your guide will entertain you with tales of island life and lore.

Upon returning to the ship, a tender service to the Paul Gauguin's private island, Motu Mahana will be available throughout the day.

Duration: 3.5 Hours - $TBA

Please note: This tour involves travel over very rough roads, with steep ascents and descents. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests who suffer from motion sickness or vertigo, or guests with limited mobility. The itinerary may be modified depending on weather conditions. Guests must remain seated in the vehicle, as standing can be dangerous.


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Bora Bora, Society Islands

Land & Sea Safari with Snorkeling
Tues. Aug. 28, 2018

Depart the pier in Vaitape aboard a specially equipped Land Rover for a scenic ride to the location in the hills where the original cannons from WWII still stand. From here, your Land Rover will head south along the shore of Pofai Bay, then ascend to the top of Pahonu Hill on the southern ridge. Here, you will take in wonderful vistas of the lagoon and neighboring islands of Taha’a and Raiatea. Your exploration will continue aboard a canvas-covered outrigger canoe, which will carry you to a beautiful coral garden. Upon arrival, you will have an opportunity to snorkel among the colorful fish and delicate coral formations in water depths of 10-15 feet. After snorkeling, you will be offered fruit juice and freshly-cut fruit before a leisurely canoe ride along Bora Bora’s south coast back to the pier in Vaitape.

Duration: 3.5 Hours - $TBA

Please note: As this tour involves rough, off-road driving and steep ascents and descents, guests with back and/or neck problems and guests with limited mobility are discouraged from participating. The order of activities may vary. If traveling with friends on this tour, please book at the same time. Since snorkeling takes place in open water at depths ranging from 10-15 feet, participants must be experienced snorkelers.


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Bora Bora, Society Islands

Lagoon Excursion with Maohi Nui
Wed. Aug. 29, 2018

Circumnavigate beautiful Bora Bora on a private island tour complete with ukulele music and expert commentary on local culture, history, and nature. Board a traditional outrigger canoe with padded seats and flower-and-leaf decoration for protection from the sun, and set out for the first of three stops you’ll enjoy along the way. First stop is a coral garden, where you can snorkel amid colorful fish, corals, and other inhabitants of this wonderful ecosystem, in the company of an expert guide. On the second stop, visit stingrays that inhabit the shallow waters. Our approach is gentle and respectful of these fascinating creatures, which have been tamed for more than 20 years. Continue to the ocean side of the island, for snorkeling and observation of Lemon Sharks in their natural habitat. Measuring three to five feet in length, the sharks are harmless to humans.

Duration: 3 Hours - $TBA

Please note: Snorkeling equipment is provided, as well as select beverages (mineral water, fruit juice, soft drinks, and beer). To preserve your memories, an underwater camera is recommended. Please wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, reef shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, and bring a towel from the ship. Raincoats will be available in case of rain.


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Moorea, Society Islands

Dolphin Watching Experience
Thur. Aug. 30, 2018

Join American marine biologist Dr. Michael Poole, a dolphin and whale specialist in French Polynesia since 1987, or his assistant for this combination eco-tour and research expedition focusing on wild, free-ranging dolphins. Depart the pier aboard a covered boat for the scenic ride to Moorea's reef. Spinner dolphins, rough-tooth dolphins, and pilot whales can be seen around Moorea, with spinner dolphins regularly swimming inside the lagoon. Most often you will see schools of acrobatic spinner dolphins, while listening to informative commentary about their remarkable life and society at sea.

Dolphins are found on 95% of the tours, but the engaging narrative and sheer magnificence of Moorea's coastline will ensure a rewarding time in any event. Guests visiting between July and early November may also have an opportunity to view humpback whales performing their annual mating and calving rituals. While viewing Moorea's dramatic beauty from the sea, you will also learn about French Polynesia's geology. Following your tour and time permitting, you may have an opportunity to go swimming or snorkeling directly from the boat before returning to the pier.


Duration: 3.5 Hours - $TBA

Please note: This tour is not a swim with the dolphins program, but during humpback whale season it is sometimes possible to snorkel near the whales. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. Operation of this tour is subject to guide availability.


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Vairo, Tahiti Iti

Ceremony of the Ancient Ones
Fri. Aug. 31, 2018

On sparkling white sands, against the backdrop of crystal clear shimmering waters, experience a ceremony that calls the Ancient Ones and opens a gateway for blessings from Spirit Elders to flow through you. During this sacred ceremony, the rhythmic sound of spirit pulses through you as a cleansing and healing of your energy fields in occurs and activated the ancient wisdom that dwells within you. Hear the voices of the ancestoral soul that dwells within you.


A spectacular, pristine region, untouched by the hustle and bustle of tourism, Tahiti Iti is home to clear waters, waterfalls, petroglyphs, archeological sites, sacred marae, and caves. Not the glamorous Tahiti of tourist brochures, here you will experience a simple and authentic Polynesia with friendly, loving people. This is a rare part of French Polynesia with a wild coastline accessible only by boat or on foot. A day's trip along its quiet coastal roads yields magnificent views and treasures. Here you will also find one of the most dangerous, celebrated surfing waves in the world: Teehupo'o.


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