Treasures of Polynesia

10 days / 9 nights
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    Treasures of Polynesia

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania

    from 25 October 2019 to 3 November 2019
    10 days / 9 nights

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

    Ship : LE BOREAL

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    Aboard Le Boréal, set sail to discover French Polynesia, considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. From Tahiti, PONANT invites you to embark on a 10-day cruise to the heart of idyllic islands and atolls hemmed by stunning clear-water lagoons and surrounded by an exceptional coral reef.  

    The first stop on this trip: Rangiroa, in the Tuamotus. This gigantic atoll with breathtaking underwater scenery is most known for the cultivation of its famous black pearls. Be sure to try snorkelling in these natural aquariums where colourful fish, rays and friendly sharks can be found playing amid the reefs.

    You will then head westward to discover some of the jewels that make up the Society Islands: authentic and wild Huahine, Raiata with its vanilla plantations and mountain peaks, Motu Ceran, a picture-postcard of paradise, but also Bora Bora and its unmistakable volcanic silhouette.

    Before disembarking in Papeete, feast your eyes on the incomparable beauty of Moorea.

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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

    • Set sail for a cruise 100% Polynesia and discover islands regarded as the most beautiful in the world
    • Discover Polynesia’s culture and traditions.
    • Enjoy white sand beaches and swimming in the calm, clear waters of this archipelago.
    • A number of excursions are possible from Moorea: outings and photo safaris through the deep valleys and the pineapple plantations, panoramic view from the scenic lookout, dolphin and whale watching, discovery of Polynesia’s traditional way of life and customs…
    • A lecturer with a passion for Polynesian culture will be on board.
    • Possibility of diving (PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board.

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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

      25 October 2019 – Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands

      Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Embarkation 25/10/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 25/10/2019 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.

      26 October 2019 – Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands

      26 October 2019 – Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands

      Arrival 26/10/2019 mid morning. Departure 26/10/2019 early evening.

      A secluded atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago, Rangiroa, meaning “vast sky” in Polynesian, is very aptly named. The lagoon of the largest atoll in Polynesia is reminiscent of the heavens, imprisoned by hundreds of islets formed by sand that veers from immaculate white to pink. But the beauty of Rangiroa, classed by Captain Cousteau as one of the most beautiful diving spots in the world, is most evident in its underwater life: you will have the occasion of admiring all the richness of the site on a snorkeling tour or on a glass-bottom boat tour. Rangiroa is also the high seat of Polynesian pearl culture.

      27 October 2019 – Huahine, Society Islands

      27 October 2019 – Huahine, Society Islands

      Arrival 27/10/2019 midday. Departure 27/10/2019 evening.

      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.

      28 October 2019 – Raiatea, Society Islands

      28 October 2019 – Raiatea, Society Islands

      Arrival 28/10/2019 early morning. Departure 28/10/2019.

      A volcanic island located halfway between Huahine and Bora-Bora, Raiatea is like the mother of Polynesia. It was on its rocky flanks that the oldest traces of local habitation were found. According to legend, it was even the cradle of the gods... You can admire several sites that bear witness to this past, including the first Polynesian holy site, the Te-Po religious centre, including the marae Taputapuatea, a sort of altar made of stone and coral. Although beaches are rare on Raiatea, here nature is totally captivating, and the coral islets offer myriads of ravishing creeks.

      29 October 2019 – Raiatea, Society Islands

      29 October 2019 – Raiatea, Society Islands

      Arrival 29/10/2019. Departure 29/10/2019 early morning.

      A volcanic island located halfway between Huahine and Bora-Bora, Raiatea is like the mother of Polynesia. It was on its rocky flanks that the oldest traces of local habitation were found. According to legend, it was even the cradle of the gods... You can admire several sites that bear witness to this past, including the first Polynesian holy site, the Te-Po religious centre, including the marae Taputapuatea, a sort of altar made of stone and coral. Although beaches are rare on Raiatea, here nature is totally captivating, and the coral islets offer myriads of ravishing creeks.

      29 October 2019 – Motu Ceran, Society Islands

      29 October 2019 – Motu Ceran, Society Islands

      Arrival 29/10/2019 mid morning. Departure 29/10/2019 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.

      30 October 2019 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

      30 October 2019 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

      Arrival 30/10/2019 early morning. Departure 30/10/2019.

      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.

      31 October 2019 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

      31 October 2019 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

      Arrival 31/10/2019. Departure 31/10/2019 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.

      1 November 2019 – Moorea Island

      1 November 2019 – Moorea Island

      Arrival 01/11/2019 early morning. Departure 01/11/2019.

      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.

      2 November 2019 – Moorea Island

      2 November 2019 – Moorea Island

      Arrival 02/11/2019. Departure 02/11/2019 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.

      2 November 2019 – Papeete, Tahiti Island

      2 November 2019 – Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Arrival 02/11/2019 evening. Departure 02/11/2019.

      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.

      3 November 2019▸2 November 2019 – Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Disembarkation 03/11/2019 at 07H00 .

      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. Kindly print out a copy of your ESTA and keep it with your passport.

      • 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 Sea 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 1star 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 (beginners)

      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)

      FRENCH POLYNESIA – Tuamotu Rangiroa

      YES

      NO

      FRENCH POLYNESIA – Huahine

      YES

      NO

      FRENCH POLYNESIA – Raîatea

      YES

      NO

      FRENCH POLYNESIA – Motu Ceran

      YES

      YES

      FRENCH POLYNESIA – Bora Bora

      YES

      YES

      FRENCH POLYNESIA – Bora Bora

      YES

      YES

      FRENCH POLYNESIA – Moorea Hopunohu Bay

      YES

      YES

      FRENCH POLYNESIA – Moorea Cook Bay

      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

      • Initiation 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

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Franck Ferrand

      Franck Ferrand

      An historian by training (EHESS), author of a dozen books on history – including Versailles après les rois (Perrin), L’Histoire interdite (Tallandier), François Ier, roi de chimères (Flammarion) and Dictionnaire amoureux de Versailles (Plon), and the successful saga La Cour des Dames – Franck Ferrand has emerged over the years as one of our leading “history messengers”.

      For 15 years, he has hosted historic rendezvous on Europe 1, including the famous daily slot Au cœur de l’histoire. Since September 2018, we can find him on Radio Classique in Franck Ferrand raconte which in the first week became the most downloaded programme in France. After presenting some 50 editions of L’Ombre d’un doute on France 3, he now appears every week alongside Michel Drucker in Vivement dimanche. In the last 20 years, Franck Ferrand has given literally hundreds of talks on every continent.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Sylvain DUMAIS

      Serge Legat

      Serge Legat

      A graduate from the École du Louvre and Paris University I Panthéon-Sorbonne in history of art, Serge Legat rose rapidly as a speaker on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and lecturer for National Museums.

      As Professor of Art History at the Paris-Val-de Marne Architecture School (now incorporated into the Paris-Val-de-Seine Architecture School) and IESA (international studies in history and the business of art & culture) in Paris, he is much appreciated by students for the clarity and precision of his teaching.

      He is the official lecturer for Les Amis du Club de l’Art and works closely with many provincial museums, and prestigious institutions in the Île-de-France region like Polo de Paris and Golf de Saint-Cloud.

      Serge Legat is regularly invited by historian Franck Ferrand to appear on radio and television as the expert in ancient and modern art. He also regularly contributes alongside Stéphane Bern to Secrets d’Histoire on France 2 and recently to a programme dedicated to the secrets of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on RMC’s discovery channel.

      Serge Legat is author of a CD-ROM on Leonardo da Vinci and the Mona Lisa (Léonard de Vinci et la Joconde), published by Réunion des Musées Nationaux in 1998. In 2018, he was one of the writers on a collective work entitled Coups de Chœur (Éditions Tallandier).

      He recently started writing an arts column for the magazine Clubs et Cercles.

      Language spoken: French 

       

      Photo credit: ARR

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        24/10/2019 – DISCOVER PAPEETE AND RELAX (1 NIGHT)

        630.00 AU$ **

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        19/10/2019 – DISCOVER THE MARQUESAS ISLANDS (6 NIGHTS)

        4940.04 AU$ **

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      2. After your cruise

        03/11/2019 – Transfer to Papeete International Airport

        80.00 AU$ **

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