French Polynesia & Hawaii

16 days / 15 nights
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    French Polynesia & Hawaii

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania

    from 18 March 2019 to 2 April 2019
    16 days / 15 nights

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

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

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    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 Fakarava Atoll, a pristine environment that is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

    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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    Special offer(s) :

    CONSECUTIVE CRUISES  

    Take advantage of our special consecutive cruises offers*

    -When this cruise is in 2nd position get a -20% discount

    -When this cruise is in 3rd position get a -30% discount

    - When this cruise is in 4th position get a -40% discount

    - When this cruise is in 5th position get a -50% discount

    - When this cruise is in 6th position get a -60% discount

    - When this cruise is in 7th position get a -70% discount

    *Reduction does not apply to the first cruise and relates to the port/port fare excluding port taxes, non available for Ocean Voyages and subject to availability. The offer is only available on selected cruises. Please, contact us.

    Highlights

    • Unesco site: From Hilo, 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;
    • Beach, swim and snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of French Polynesia;
    • Visit the small village of Atuona, considered to be the island’s capital, and discover the tombs of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel, as well as two small museums dedicated to their life and work;
    • Lecturer on board, specialist in French Polynesia.
    • Possibility of diving and/or snorkeling with an experienced instructor on board.

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    Superior Stateroom

    • Area : 21 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
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    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Deluxe Stateroom

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Deck 4

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 5 Suite

    • Area : 36 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   

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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

    18 March 2019 – Moorea Island

    Papeete, Tahiti Island

    Embarkation 18/03/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 18/03/2019 at 21H00 .

    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.

    19 March 2019 – Moorea Island

    19 March 2019 – Moorea Island

    Arrival 19/03/2019 early morning. Departure 19/03/2019 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.

    20 March 2019 – Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands

    20 March 2019 – Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands

    Arrival 20/03/2019. Departure 20/03/2019.

    Listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Fakarava’s coral ellipsis is a narrow stretch of land sitting on a crystal-clear sea. Travellers here are surprised by the immensity of the lagoon, whose colours evoke an infinite palette. The atoll, renowned for its immaculate beaches and preserved nature, is home to rare bird species, plants and crustaceans. You’ll disembark in a Zodiac® and berth in front of the Veke Veke guesthouse, where you will be welcomed with garlands of flowers and traditional music. You will then be able to go for a walk along the beach or put on flippers, mask and snorkel to make the most of the warm waters of Fakarava and observe its brightly coloured coral.

    21 March 2019 – At sea

    21 March 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 21/03/2019. Departure 21/03/2019.

    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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    22 March 2019 – Omoa, Fatu Hiva Island

    22 March 2019 – Omoa, Fatu Hiva Island

    Arrival 22/03/2019. Departure 22/03/2019.

    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.

    22 March 2019 – Hanavave (Bay of Virgins), Fatu Hiva Island

    22 March 2019 – Hanavave (Bay of Virgins), Fatu Hiva Island

    Arrival 22/03/2019. Departure 22/03/2019.

    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.

    23 March 2019 – Atuona, Marquesas Islands

    23 March 2019 – Atuona, Marquesas Islands

    Arrival 23/03/2019. Departure 23/03/2019.

    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.

    23 March 2019 – Hapatoni, Tahuata Island

    23 March 2019 – Hapatoni, Tahuata Island

    Arrival 23/03/2019. Departure 23/03/2019.

    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!

    24 March 2019 – Hatiheu, Nuka Hiva Island

    24 March 2019 – Hatiheu, Nuka Hiva Island

    Arrival 24/03/2019. Departure 24/03/2019.

    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.

    24 March 2019 – Sailing in Anaho Bay, Nuku Hiva Island

    24 March 2019 – Sailing in Anaho Bay, Nuku Hiva Island

    Arrival 24/03/2019. Departure 24/03/2019.

    25 March 2019 – Taiohae, Nuka Hiva Island

    25 March 2019 – Taiohae, Nuka Hiva Island

    Arrival 25/03/2019. Departure 25/03/2019.

    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.

    26 March 2019 – At sea

    26 March 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 26/03/2019. Departure 26/03/2019.

    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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    27 March 2019 – Crossing the equator line

    27 March 2019 – Crossing the equator line

    Arrival 27/03/2019. Departure 27/03/2019.

    Crossing the equator is a baptism, a maritime tradition that PONANT perpetuates with humour. The Captain and officers of your ship will choose some neophyte passengers and crew members, who will be submitted to the good-natured “trials’ of the passing of the line. As we change hemispheres, you will attend a ceremony organised in a fun and festive atmosphere: with white togas, Neptune’s trident and fancy dress on the agenda. An unforgettable moment of conviviality between passengers and crew, under the aegis of Neptune, God of the Seas!

    28 March 2019▸30 March 2019 – At sea

    28 March 2019▸30 March 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 28/03/2019. Departure 30/03/2019.

    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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    31 March 2019 – Hilo, Hawaii

    31 March 2019 – Hilo, Hawaii

    Arrival 31/03/2019 mid morning. Departure 31/03/2019 late 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.

    1 April 2019 – Honolulu, Hawaii

    1 April 2019 – Honolulu, Hawaii

    Arrival 01/04/2019 early morning. Departure 01/04/2019.

    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.

    2 April 2019▸1 April 2019 – Honolulu, Hawaii

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Disembarkation 02/04/2019 at 00H00 .

    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.

    • 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 : Visa 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.

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    PORTS OF CALL

    CERTIFIED DIVES

    FIRST DIVES

    French Polynesia - Moorea

    YES

    YES

    French Polynesia - Rangiroa

    YES

    NO

    French Polynesia - Omoa

    YES

    NO

    French Polynesia - Hanavave

    YES

    NO

    French Polynesia - Atuona

    YES

    NO

    French Polynesia - Hapatoni

    YES

    NO

    French Polynesia - Hatiheu

    YES

    NO

    French Polynesia - Taiohae

    YES

    NO

    HAWAII - Hilo

    NO

    NO

    HAWAII - Honolulu

    NO

    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): €80
      • Excellence Package (3 dives): €225
      • Passion Package (6 dives): €420
      • Master Package (10 dives): €650

     

    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

      17/03/2019 – Discover Papeete (1 night)

      550.00 AU$ **

      More information

    2. After your cruise

      02/04/2019 – Honolulu, panorama and botanical garden (1 night)

      730.00 AU$ **

      More information

      02/04/2019 – Transfer from port to airport

      110.00 AU$ **

      More information

    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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