30th Anniversary Cruise in Polynesia

13 days / 12 nights
    New itinerary
    Diving
    30th Anniversary Cruise in Polynesia

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania

    from 24 September 2018 to 6 October 2018
    13 days / 12 nights

    Departure Port : Lautoka
    Arrival Port : Papeete, Tahiti Island

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : A240918

    In the presence of Jean Emmanuel Sauvée – CEO and Founder of PONANT*

    To sail from Fiji to French Polynesia via Wallis and Futuna, join us aboard L’Austral for Ponant’s Loyalty Cruise in the Southern Hemisphere.

    To celebrate the cruise line’s 30th anniversary, we are bringing you a brand new itinerary of idyllic beaches, turquoise waters, and encounters with little-known cultures.

    On Taveuni, also known as “the garden island”, the locals will welcome you with a traditional ceremony before your visit to the magnificent Bouma Falls, nestling amid lush, tropical vegetation.

    Then you will sail to Wallis and Futuna, small pieces of France lost in the Pacific, also the flag state of the Ponant fleet. After a traditional ceremony or katoaga, you will meet the local chiefs and be able to visit the Poi basilica, an important place of pilgrimage in Oceania.

    After a stop in Samoa, where the memory of Robert Louis Stevenson, the famous Scottish poet and author of Treasure Island, lives on, you will reach the Cook Islands and the clear blue waters of the Aitutaki lagoon. This stunning atoll is but a prelude to the idyllic ports of call awaiting you in French Polynesia:  Bora Bora, Motu Ceran, Moorea and Papeete.

    Highlights

    • Ponant’s 30th anniversary cruise in the Southern Hemisphere, in the presence of Jean Emmanuel Sauvée*, CEO and Founder of PONANT. 
    • A unique itinerary that will sail via Wallis and Futuna, where the Ponant fleet is registered;
    • Southern sea lagoons, white-sand beaches and lush vegetation – a picture postcard of paradise;
    • Encounters with the locals and opportunities to discover Polynesian cultures during traditional ceremonies;
    • Discovery of Fiji, Wallis and Futuna, Samoa, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia.
    • Possibility of diving and/or snorkeling with an experienced instructor on board.

     (*)Except in the event of force majeure.

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      L'AUSTRAL

      In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
       
      A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
       
      You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

      Port of call & excursions

      24 September 2018 – Taveuni

      Lautoka

      Embarkation 24/09/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 24/09/2018 at 18H00 .

      Lautoka is the second largest city of Fiji. Located on the western side of the island of Viti Levu, 24 kilometres north of Nadi. Lying in the heart of Fiji's sugar cane growing region, it is known as the Sugar City. Lautoka is the gateway to Fiji’s “Sun coast” a land of abundant sunshine, azure skies and dramatic grass-covered peaks chequered with sugar-cane fields, rural villages and quaint market towns. 

      25 September 2018 – Taveuni

      25 September 2018 – Taveuni

      Arrival 25/09/2018 midday. Departure 25/09/2018 late afternoon.

      Located to the east of Vanua Levu in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Taveuni is the third-largest island in Fiji, also called the “garden-island” because of its abundant flora, which includes the delicate and rare Tagimoucia flower, characterised by its red and white petals. The island is like a lush tropical forest, with nature trails, deserted beaches, many waterfalls melting into the vegetation, such as the Bouma Falls, and the Namena Marine Reserve. The island is justifiably reputed for ecotourism and scuba diving.

      26 September 2018 – Alofi Island

      26 September 2018 – Alofi Island

      Arrival 26/09/2018 midday. Departure 26/09/2018 evening.

      Located in the South Pacific, the Wallis and Futuna archipelago is a real jewel of nature, a territory that remains very little-known in tourism. Home to rare bird species unique to Oceania, the territory is surrounded by incredibly clear waters that protect a great variety of fish, dolphins, tortoises and rays. Stroll along the magnificent beaches of Alofi and the coast road. Inland, the Villa Malia de Leava Church on Futuna is known for its annual celebrations of the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of the village. This important event is eagerly awaited by devotees, who give a hundred pigs as an offering for this big religious festival.

      27 September 2018 – Mata Utu, Wallis Island

      27 September 2018 – Mata Utu, Wallis Island

      Arrival 27/09/2018 early morning. Departure 27/09/2018.

      A small town currently home to 1,100 inhabitants, Mata Utu is located on Wallis Island in the Wallis and Futuna archipelago. From afar, you will appreciate the colonial architecture of the Palace of the King; numerous traditional festivals are held in front of this building. Also discover the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, constructed in the 19th century and home to the seat of the Wallis and Futuna diocese. Be sure to take the unmissable walk along Lake Lalolao, which, at 82 metres deep, is certainly the most impressive of the crater lakes on Wallis. Mata Utu, a small corner of France lost in the Pacific, is also where the ships in the PONANT fleet are registered.

      28 September 2018 – Mata Utu, Wallis Island

      28 September 2018 – Mata Utu, Wallis Island

      Arrival 28/09/2018. Departure 28/09/2018 early morning.

      A small town currently home to 1,100 inhabitants, Mata Utu is located on Wallis Island in the Wallis and Futuna archipelago. From afar, you will appreciate the colonial architecture of the Palace of the King; numerous traditional festivals are held in front of this building. Also discover the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, constructed in the 19th century and home to the seat of the Wallis and Futuna diocese. Be sure to take the unmissable walk along Lake Lalolao, which, at 82 metres deep, is certainly the most impressive of the crater lakes on Wallis. Mata Utu, a small corner of France lost in the Pacific, is also where the ships in the PONANT fleet are registered.

      28 September 2018 – Faioa Island

      28 September 2018 – Faioa Island

      Arrival 28/09/2018 early morning. Departure 28/09/2018 midday.

      Located in the south of Wallis Island, Faioa will charm you with its beautiful untouched landscapes. This coral islet is easily recognisable by its shape that resembles the letter W and offers wonderful white-sand beaches bordered by coconut trees and crystal-clear waters. This wild and inhabited area is conducive to relaxation and discovery: the seabed notably is home to an abundant and well-preserved fauna.

      29 September 2018 – Apia

      29 September 2018 – Apia

      Arrival 29/09/2018 mid morning. Departure 29/09/2018 early evening.

      Not far from the Wallis and Futuna archipelago, your ship will set sail towards Apia, capital of Western Samoa. Located in the Pacific ring of fire, this destination remains little-known by tourists. You will be perpetually surrounded by turquoise blue lagoons and will spot waterfalls here and there in an intense green environment. Visit Apia Museum to discover the history of the region and then head for Mulinu’u, the territory’s former ceremonial capital. As for the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, it is home to magnificent underwater fauna and flora and attracts diving fans.

      30 September 2018 – Crossing the International Date Line

      30 September 2018 – Crossing the International Date Line

      Arrival 30/09/2018. Departure 30/09/2018.

      Your itinerary enables you to cross the International Date Line. This imaginary line across the Earth’s surface approximately follows the 180th meridian in the Pacific Ocean. Because of the roundness of the Earth and the necessity of having reference time meridians, we have to change dates when we cross this line. So if your ship is travelling west, you will need to add a day to the expected date; conversely, if travelling east, you will take away a day. This paradox, already noted by Magellan’s crews during his circumnavigation, serves as dramatic motivation in several novels, including Jules Verne’s famous Around the World in Eighty Days.

      1 October 2018 – Aitutaki

      1 October 2018 – Aitutaki

      Arrival 01/10/2018 early morning. Departure 01/10/2018 late afternoon.

      Aitutaki is a little island of 16 km², with a small fishing port with few motor boats, where a simple and peaceful life endures. During your visit, don’t miss the opportunity to walk along this magnificent lagoon, reputed as one of the most beautiful and spectacular in the world. Snorkelling fans will discover the treasures of underwater life here. The island is specialised in the sale of black pearls and the production of coloured sarongs, as well as “tivaevae” — patchwork quilting and handiworks. This local manufacture has great value because of its careful artisanal fabrication, and the pieces made are generally offered at important occasions.

      2 October 2018 – At sea

      2 October 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 02/10/2018. Departure 02/10/2018.

      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.

      3 October 2018 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

      3 October 2018 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

      Arrival 03/10/2018 early morning. Departure 03/10/2018 late afternoon.

      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.

      4 October 2018 – Sailing in Passe Paipai, Tahaa

      4 October 2018 – Sailing in Passe Paipai, Tahaa

      Arrival 04/10/2018. Departure 04/10/2018.

      4 October 2018 – Motu Ceran, Society Islands

      4 October 2018 – Motu Ceran, Society Islands

      Arrival 04/10/2018 mid morning. Departure 04/10/2018 early evening.

      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.

      5 October 2018 – Cook Bay, Moorea Island

      5 October 2018 – Cook Bay, Moorea Island

      Arrival 05/10/2018 early morning. Departure 05/10/2018 late afternoon.

      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.

      5 October 2018 – Papeete, Tahiti Island

      5 October 2018 – Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Arrival 05/10/2018 evening. Departure 05/10/2018.

      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.

      6 October 2018▸5 October 2018 – Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Disembarkation 06/10/2018 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.

      • 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.

      Scuba diving

      Scuba diving

      Fauna and flora of the Pacific Ocean

      The fauna of the Pacific Ocean is very varied. During the various dives, divers can 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 as different soft corals.

      Supervision of the dives

      Your dives will be led by your PONANT 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.

      Level required for scuba diving on this cruise

      The minimum level required for scuba diving on this cruise is 1 star CMAS or the PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent). 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 main diving instructor.

      Process of the dives (certified divers)

      The instructor can dive with 4 certified divers at a time. The instructor reserves the right to check divers’ ability for maximum safety. As we will dive in remote places, the dives will be done without decompression stop. A safety stop of 3 minutes at 5 metres will be mandatory. The depth that can be reached will depend on the certification of the divers:

      • For those with PADI Open Water Diver certificate (or equivalent), the maximum depth can be up to 20 metres.
      • If two PADI Advanced Open Water Divers (or equivalent) wish to dive together independently, they must have a briefing first. They must have dive computers and are allowed to go to a maximum depth of 20 metres.

      Process of the initiation dives (novice divers)

      Before your initiation dive, your instructor will show you the equipment and will explain to you how to communicate underwater using hand gestures and how to breathe through a regulator. Once in the water, equipped with your material, you will learn how to breathe through your regulator on the surface for a couple of minutes. When your instructor feels you are ready, he will immerse you in water for about 20 minutes to a depth of 6 metres maximum.

      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 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.

      Supplied equipment

      • Diving wetsuit
      • Stabilising jacket
      • Fins, mask and snorkel
      • Regulator with octopus and pressure gauge
      • Diving computer (for divers mastering their use)

      Scuba diving activities on this cruise

      PORTS OF CALL

      DIVES

      (for certified divers)

      DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING

      (for beginners)

      FIDJI ISLANDS - Taveuni

      YES

      NO

      WALLIS AND FUTUNA – Alofi/Futuna

      YES

      NO

      WALLIS AND FUTUNA – Mata’Utu

      YES

      NO

      SAMOA – Apia

      YES

      NO

      COOK ISLAND – Aitutaki

      NO

      NO

      FRENCH POLYNESIA – Bora Bora

      YES

      YES

      FRENCH POLYNESIA – Motu Ceran

      YES

      NO

      French Polynesia – Moorea

      YES

      YES

      These sites are indicative. The proposed diving excursions may be changed depending on weather and safety conditions and the number of divers.

       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
        • Master Package (10 dives): € 650

       

       

      Theme

      LOYALTY

      LOYALTY

      At PONANT, we attach great importance to being able to express our gratitude to our clients. Like the exclusive PONANT YACHT CLUB offers, the loyalty cruises were created to thank the most loyal among them.

      A unique programme

      Board one of our ships to discover or rediscover the treasures of our world while enjoying an exceptional programme. Our Loyalty cruises are specially designed to bring you a new and enriching experience and you’ll receive extra special attention.

      In the company of high-profile guests, enjoy the pleasures of a private cruise with exclusive features:

      • Gala dinners and cooking classes organised by renowned chefs,
      • Conferences and round tables led by high-profile professionals and recognised specialists,
      • Along with many other surprises, all in an idyllic setting…

      An intimate atmosphere

      True to its desire to cultivate the Yachting spirit, PONANT once again places the accent on intimacy for these private cruises. They are an opportunity to get together, socialise, and gather your opinions and comments about our products and services in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Olivier de Kersauson

      Olivier de Kersauson

      Olivier de Kersauson is a French sailor born in 1944. From 1967 to 1974 he sailed with the legendary Eric Tabarly on several of the latter’s Pen Duick classics. He went on to have his own career on Kriter. In the eighties he embarked on a multi-hull adventure. In brief, 45 years as a professional sailor, with several Jules Verne Trophies under his belt. The sea holds no secrets for Olivier. From San Francisco to Osaka, Sydney to Tahiti, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Horn, Australia, Atlantic and Indian Ocean, he has roamed the world’s oceans and holds several world records to this day.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Pascal ROSTAIN

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        06/10/2018 – Discover Tahiti (1 night)

        565.00 AU$ **

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        06/10/2018 – Soft adventure in Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa (6 nights)

        4680.00 AU$ **

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      2. Before your cruise

        20/09/2018 – In the heart of a civilization rich in natural wonders ( 2 nights)

        1715.00 AU$ **

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