French Polynesia and Hawaii

16 days / 15 nights
    French Polynesia and Hawaii

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania

    from 22 May 2021 to 6 June 2021
    16 days / 15 nights

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

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : S220521

    From Papeete to Honolulu, the most beautiful islands in the Pacific are on the agenda during your 16-day PONANT cruise. You will sail aboard Le Soléal for an unforgettable journey to discover a wild and exotic world.  

    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.  

    At the heart of the Tuamotu Islands, you will spend some time in the magnificent Rangiroa Atoll. This gigantic atoll with breathtaking underwater scenery is most known for the cultivation of its famous black pearls.

    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.

    You will then chart a course towards Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands will delight you with their world-renowned idyllic beaches as well as their exuberant nature, a succession of rainforests, waterfalls and volcanic lands. From Hilo, a small island of lush green hills, you will visit the Volcano National Park, the only site in Hawaii listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Highlights

    • Beach time, swimming and snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of French Polynesia.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Site: from Hilo, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
    • Visit exceptional ports of call in the heart of the Marquesas Islands, whose volcanic landscapes are home to secluded bays and abundant wildlife.
    • Visit the small village of Atuona and discover the tombs of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel.
    • Possibility of diving (PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board.

    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
      AU$17,790
      AU$9,450
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Stateroom
      AU$19,290
      AU$10,200
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      AU$20,530
      AU$10,820
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      AU$21,190
      AU$11,150
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      AU$21,850
      AU$11,480
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite
      AU$29,890
      AU$15,500
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      AU$32,350
      AU$16,730
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6 Suite
      AU$33,330
      AU$17,220
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      AU$32,500
      AU$18,080
      Not Available
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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

    22 May 2021 – Rangiroa Lagoon, Tuamotu Islands

    Papeete, Tahiti Island

    Embarkation 22/05/2021 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 22/05/2021 at 18H00 .

    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.

    23 May 2021▸24 May 2021 – Rangiroa Lagoon, Tuamotu Islands

    23 May 2021▸24 May 2021 – Rangiroa Lagoon, Tuamotu Islands

    Arrival 23/05/2021 early morning. Departure 24/05/2021 midday.

    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. Fans of sea life will delight in the richness and clarity of the surrounding waters : wasn’t it Commander Cousteau who described this atoll as one of the most beautiful diving sites in the world? Rangiroa is also the high seat of Polynesian pearl culture.

    25 May 2021 – At sea

    25 May 2021 – At sea

    Arrival 25/05/2021. Departure 25/05/2021.

    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.

    26 May 2021 – Omoa, Fatu Hiva Island

    26 May 2021 – Omoa, Fatu Hiva Island

    Arrival 26/05/2021 early morning. Departure 26/05/2021 midday.

    Your ship will take you to Omoa, a peaceful fishing village far from all civilisation, nestling in a magnificent bay on the island of Fatu Hiva. In the valley, you will be able to spot some tohua, former sacred sites, as well as the many burial caves lost in the island’s abundant tropical forest. During your port of call, you’ll be able to discover the Maison Grelet, a museum that houses remarkable wooden sculptures and local works of art. Right in front of you, the village’s artisans will demonstrate how they make tapa, a bark cloth obtained through the technique of beating layers of wood, and explain the manufacturing processes of umu hei, a bouquet garni made from a delicious mix of fragrances.

    26 May 2021 – Hanavave (Bay of Virgins), Fatu Hiva Island

    26 May 2021 – Hanavave (Bay of Virgins), Fatu Hiva Island

    Arrival 26/05/2021 midday. Departure 26/05/2021 late afternoon.

    Grandiose, striking and powerful, the Marquesas are more rugged than their Polynesian sisters. 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. On the island of Fatu Hiva, you’ll discover the famous Hanavave Bay, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Make the most of your free time to stroll among the houses and gardens of the village. Its inhabitants, specialised in the manufacture of tapa (bark cloth), will welcome you with ukulele music and traditional songs. You’ll also have the pleasure of tasting the soft and juicy citrus fruits that grow on the island.

    27 May 2021 – Atuona, Marquesas Islands

    27 May 2021 – Atuona, Marquesas Islands

    Arrival 27/05/2021 early morning. Departure 27/05/2021 midday.

    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. This port of call will provide you with an opportunity to visit the small village of Atuona, home to the tombs of Jacques Brel and Paul Gauguin, as well as a cultural centre devoted to the memory of the famous French painter.

    27 May 2021 – Hapatoni, Tahuata Island

    27 May 2021 – Hapatoni, Tahuata Island

    Arrival 27/05/2021 early afternoon. Departure 27/05/2021 late afternoon.

    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!

    28 May 2021 – Sailing around Ua Pou

    28 May 2021 – Sailing around Ua Pou

    Arrival 28/05/2021. Departure 28/05/2021.

    28 May 2021 – Taiohae, Nuka Hiva Island

    28 May 2021 – Taiohae, Nuka Hiva Island

    Arrival 28/05/2021 midday. Departure 28/05/2021 early evening.

    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.

    29 May 2021 – Hatiheu, Nuka Hiva Island

    29 May 2021 – Hatiheu, Nuka Hiva Island

    Arrival 29/05/2021 early morning. Departure 29/05/2021 mid afternoon.

    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.

    29 May 2021 – Sailing in Anaho Bay, Nuku Hiva Island

    29 May 2021 – Sailing in Anaho Bay, Nuku Hiva Island

    Arrival 29/05/2021. Departure 29/05/2021.

    Considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in Polynesia, Anaho offers you a unique sailing experience in a grandiose natural setting. Surrounded by majestic mountains covered with lush vegetation and edged by a long sweep of white sand, the crystal-clear waters in countless shades of blue are home to a teeming population of marine wildlife. It is also famous for having the only reef platform in the Marquesas Islands.

    30 May 2021▸4 June 2021 – At sea

    30 May 2021▸4 June 2021 – At sea

    Arrival 30/05/2021. Departure 04/06/2021.

    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.

    5 June 2021 – Hilo, Hawaii

    5 June 2021 – Hilo, Hawaii

    Arrival 05/06/2021 early morning. Departure 05/06/2021 mid afternoon.

    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.

    6 June 2021▸5 June 2021 – Honolulu, Hawaii

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Disembarkation 06/06/2021 at 09H30 .

    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.

    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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