TAHITI & THE TUAMOTU ISLANDS

Shore Excursions

Fakarava, French Polynesia



2 HRS

Moderate

snorkeling

wildlife

unesco

beach

boating
Fakarava: Blue Lagoon
Embark on a unique journey to discover Fakarava's lagoon, classified by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. Board your boat for a 45-minute ride to the Island of Birds, from where you'll continue to the Green Lagoon after sightseeing from the boat. Between observing sea birds in their natural environment, enjoying the different shades of green and blue from the lagoon, and swimming in the pristine waters, you will feel what it’s like to be a castaway in paradise. Snorkeling will operate directly from the boat, so participants should note that they will enter some areas where water is too deep to stand in and harmless black tipped sharks may be present.                                                                                                                                   
Please note: There are no restroom facilities available on this tour. At the operator’s discretion, a waiver may be required prior to departure. The operator will require guests participating in water activities, to know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents. The depth of the water is not guaranteed, due to currents and sea level variation. Guests are reminded to verify their ability prior to taking part in a water activity. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on the coral reef, or touch any underwater animals for safety and environmental reasons. Wildlife sightings are likely but never guaranteed. Sailing on board a boat requires vigilance; guests must be physically alert of the boat environment and be fit to negotiate steps and vessel surroundings. 

price $135
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2 HRS

Moderate

snorkeling

wildlife

unesco

beach

boating
Fakarava: Blue Lagoon
Embark on a unique journey to discover Fakarava's lagoon, classified by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. Board your boat for a 45-minute ride to the Island of Birds, from where you'll continue to the Green Lagoon after sightseeing from the boat. Between observing sea birds in their natural environment, enjoying the different shades of green and blue from the lagoon, and swimming in the pristine waters, you will feel what it’s like to be a castaway in paradise. Snorkeling will operate directly from the boat, so participants should note that they will enter some areas where water is too deep to stand in and harmless black tipped sharks may be present.                                                                                                                                   
Please note: There are no restroom facilities available on this tour. At the operator’s discretion, a waiver may be required prior to departure. The operator will require guests participating in water activities, to know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents. The depth of the water is not guaranteed, due to currents and sea level variation. Guests are reminded to verify their ability prior to taking part in a water activity. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on the coral reef, or touch any underwater animals for safety and environmental reasons. Wildlife sightings are likely but never guaranteed. Sailing on board a boat requires vigilance; guests must be physically alert of the boat environment and be fit to negotiate steps and vessel surroundings. 

price $135
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Tiputa, Rangiroa, French Polynesia



1.5 HRS

Strenuous

snorkeling

wildlife
Rangiroa: Drift Snorkeling in Tiputa Pass
You will board your boat for a 5-minute ride to the lagoon at Tiputa Pass for your drift snorkeling adventure. Your guide will give you safety instructions and information about the site before entering the water from the boat. You will then start your drift snorkeling experience and discover a wide variety of species. Fish common to the area include sharks, dolphins, tropical fish like groupers, parrot fish and triggerfish.

Please note: This deep water activity is only recommended for experienced swimmers in good physical condition who are comfortable wearing snorkeling equipment. Guests should be accustomed to wearing snorkel equipment and coping with occasional currents. All snorkel equipment is available (mask, fins & snorkel). Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. For your own safety and to preserve the environment, when snorkeling, do not touch or step on the coral reef.

price $79
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1 hour

Easy

wildlife

sightseeing

boating
Rangiroa: Glass Bottom Boat
Here is a wonderful and easy way to get acquainted with the coral gardens and tropical fish of Rangiroa. You will board a glass bottom boat and float slowly over the massive coral heads that cluster in the shallow areas next to the Tiputa Channel. You will look through the large windows that open onto a colorful world full of parrot, butterfly and surgeonfish.  It is likely that you will also encounter black tipped sharks and the majestic napoleon fish. A cover provides protection from the sun and eliminates glare, so you are sure to take home some great photos. The boat crew will attract the fish to come right under the glass panels to allow you easy viewing and photos.

Please note:   The Tuamotus are very remote islands. This is mainly a scenic tour, so commentary from the crew will be very limited /almost non-existent.  Their command of English may be very poor. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated. Wear comfortable attire including shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen and a bottle of water. Expensive jewelry and  expensive clothing should not be worn. Wear your swimsuit under your clothes. 


price $75
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2 HRS

Strenuous

snorkeling

wildlife
Rangiroa: One Tank Certified Scuba
This program is for Certified Divers looking to do a little diving (approximately 2 hours). The typical time underwater for the 1- tank dive, either a reef or a drift dive is 45 minutes. 

Please note: The Dive Tour being offered is for Certified Divers only. Certified Divers need to bring their PADI - CMAS Cards or other proof of certification, including a log book. Waiver release forms must be signed and medical conditions must be disclosed. Bring your C-card. Nitrox is free of charge for Nitrox Certified Divers. Please wear your swimsuit under your clothing and bring a towel, spare t-shirt and sun block. Please take a refresher course before the cruise if you haven’t been diving in over a year.


price $129
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1 hour

Moderate

snorkeling

wildlife

boating
Rangiroa: Snorkeling at the Aquarium Coral Garden
Your boat will depart from the pier to the natural, open-water aquarium for an exciting snorkeling adventure at one of the best snorkeling spots on the atoll.  You will enter a wonderful and colorful world of tropical fish and coral formations.  You will snorkel directly from the boat and enter water that is too deep to stand in. Harmless black tipped sharks may be present.  As with all creatures in their natural environment there is no guarantee what marine animals you many see and swimming is restricted to the area surrounding the boat due to currents that can be strong. 

Please note: We require guests participating in water activities, to know how to swim, be comfortable in the water & able to cope with occasional currents. Depth of water is not guaranteed, due to currents and sea level variation, guests are reminded to verify their ability prior to take part in a water activity. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on the coral reef, or touch any underwater animals for safety & environmental reasons. Wildlife sightings are likely but never guaranteed. Sailing onboard a boat requires vigilance; guests must be physically alert of the boat environment & fit to negotiate steps and vessel surrounding. The Tuamotus are very remote islands. Commentary from the crew will be very limited /almost non-existent. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.  Guests are recommended to wear comfortable appropriate attire including shoes , sun protection , insect repellent, sunglasses, and a bottle of water. Expensive jewelry or expensive clothing should not be worn. Wear your swimsuit under your clothes. 


price $85
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1.5 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Rangiroa: Visit Gauguin's Farm
This tour is especially for guests who are interested in learning about pearl cultivation, or for those shopping for unset black pearls. You will board a bus and travel along the main road to the black pearl farm. The staff will give you a 20-minute presentation on pearl farming and how black pearls are produced. You will learn about the evolution of the industry, how oysters are selected, brown and the grafted for production. The highlight of your tour will be the opportunity to view a selection of unset black pearls that can be purchased. Your guide will be able to show you the elements of how the pearls are graded for quality. 

Please note: The prices are fixed; cash, Visa or MasterCard are accepted. The Tuamotus are very remote islands. Although the guides used are the best available, they are not certified and their command of English may be very poor. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.


price $29
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Motu Mahaea (Tahaa)



3 HRS

Moderate

snorkeling

wildlife

culture
Taha'a: Vanilla Plantation & Snorkeling
An ancient legend says that Raiatea and Tahaa were originally one island until a giant eel swallowed a young girl. Possessed by her spirit, the enraged creature broke through the surface of the earth, causing the sea to gush. The impact of the water cut the island in two and Raiatea and Tahaa were created. You will board a motorized boat and start your excursion gliding on the tranquil lagoon. Tahaa is often called “the vanilla island.” You will learn about this fragrant spice while visiting a small family plantation. A short walk is necessary to reach the farm. Take this opportunity to bring back souvenirs for your loved ones. After your visit, you will board your motorized boat for an enjoyable ride on the turquoises waters and stop for a snorkeling opportunity where you might encounter stingrays.

Please note:  Stops may be reduced or may alternate depending upon weather conditions. Guests should know how to swim, be comfortable wearing snorkeling equipment, and being in deep water as well as coping with occasional currents.  For your own safety and to help preserve the environment, when snorkeling, do not touch or step on coral.  Wear your swimsuit under your clothing, aqua shoes, a rash guard or t-shirt, biodegradable sunscreen and a hat. Bring water, insect repellent and a towel. Mask and snorkel will be provided. 


price $125
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

snorkeling

wildlife
Tahaa: Coral Garden Drift Snorkeling
Ride by covered motorized boat to the west coast of Tahaa to discover the beauty of the island. You’ll leave the boat and walk across an uninhabited motu (islet) off the coast. Start your snorkeling experience from the other side of the motu, and your guide will lead you as the current will carry you through the shallow lagoon on the way back to the boat. The area teems with a spectacular variety of tropical fish and amazing corals. The richness of this coral garden is unique in Polynesia! 

Please note: To cross the motu and reach the starting point of the drift snorkeling adventure, wear aqua shoes or similar shoes you do not mind getting wet.  Participants must be extremely comfortable in the water as snorkeling is done over very shallow water through a current that can be really strong. Itinerary and stops may be reduced or may alternate dependent upon weather conditions. For your own safety and to help preserve the environment, when snorkeling, do not touch or step on coral. Wear your swimsuit under your clothing, aqua shoes, a rash guard or t-shirt, biodegradable sunscreen, and a hat. Bring water and a towel. Mask and snorkel provided. 


price $119
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

snacks

culture
Tahaa: Scenic Exploration of Taha'a
You’ll depart from the dock of Patio in an off-road vehicle for a drive across one of the highest mountains on this island. Your Tahaa guide will point out sites along the way before stopping at a scenic viewpoint, where you’ll discover the traditional use of local plants and trees. You can also sample the various local fruits and learn the tamure, a Tahitian dance. The island of Tahaa is often called Vanilla Island and you’ll learn about this fragrant spice while visiting a family plantation. You will also visit a black pearl farm to learn how these treasures are cultivated and harvested. These small “cottage industries” represent a large part of this island’s economic structure. During the return drive on the east coast of the island, your guide will continue to entertain you with tales of island life. This is an exclusive tour offering the best views of Tahaa and is a great way to meet the locals and hear their traditions.

Please note:  This tour involves bumpy roads and is not recommended for pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems.  You will need to negotiate a high step to board the jeep.  Booking and participating on this tour will not conflict with your motu day.


price $99
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Moorea, French Polynesia



4 HRS

Strenuous

snorkeling

wildlife
Moorea: 2 Tank Certified Dive
This program is for Certified Divers looking to do a half day of diving (approximately 4 hours).. The typical time underwater for the 2 tank dive is 45 minutes for the first dive, with a long surface interval followed by a second dive of approximately 45 minutes. For guests only wanting a one tank, you can go at the same price and may choose to snorkel or swim while the second dive is going. Dives will take place at two of the following three sites (weather dependent)

The Anemones: An ocean dive where you’ll be visiting Nemo’s cousin’s house! This is an ideal “first ocean dive” – shallow and easy. You will see sharks (black tips) our friend Janine, a friendly turtle, octopi and many tropical fish. 
Sharks Dining Room: An ocean dive in a spectacular spot for watching the big lemon sharks (5-10 feet) that come here for feeding. 
The Opunohu Canyons: An ocean dive. Keeping to the bottom of the small canyon, you will see plenty of small marine fauna, black tip sharks, and of course huge lemon sharks. At the end of the dive, you will stop to see pretty anemones with their clown fish.

Please note: The Dive Tour being offered is for Certified Divers only. Certified Divers need to bring their PADI - CMAS Cards or other proof of certification, including a log book. Waiver release forms must be signed and medical conditions must be disclosed. Bring your C-card. Nitrox is free of charge for Nitrox Certified Divers. Please wear your swimsuit under your clothing and bring a towel, spare t-shirt and sun block.Please take a refresher course before the cruise if you haven’t been diving in over a year


price $190
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4 HRS

Strenuous

hiking

snacks

sightseeing
Moorea: Active Hike and Guided Tour of Three Coconut Trail
Here’s a brisk 4-mile workout to “get the kinks out,” while seeing some of the most spectacular scenery, flora and fauna of beautiful Moorea. You will transfer from the pier where your hike starts with a trek up to famous Belvedere Lookout Point boasting gorgeous panoramic views of both Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay. Continue your walk until you reach the ridge separating Mount Mouaroa (2,887 ft. high) from Mount Tohivea (3,959 ft. high).  Although named Three Coconut Trail, there is actually only one coconut palm remaining near the highest point of the trail. This intimate walk is one of the best ways to get a close look at the tropical nature of Tahiti. Your guide will introduce you to the fauna and flora of the island and you will sample some of their delicious fresh fruits.

Please note: This tour involves a very strenuous and lengthy hike over partly shaded and uneven terrain, on uphill and downhill trails to an elevation of 1,171 feet. This tour is recommended for guests in very good physical condition. Operation of this tour is dependent upon favorable weather conditions. Wear comfortable hiking shoes or hiking boots, bring insect repellent, a hat, and sunglasses, a change of socks and bottled water.


price $95
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2 HRS

Strenuous

snorkeling

wildlife
Moorea: Discover SCUBA
This program is for the guest who wants to experience SCUBA diving for the first time, or for the guest with no dive certification. You will have a great experience, and receive lots of personal attention. Dives will take place at the Aquarium.

The Aquarium: A lagoon dive where you will be visiting Nemo’s cousin’s house! This is the ideal “first dive” – shallow and easy.


Please note: Wear your swimsuit under your clothing and bring a towel. Waiver release form must be signed and medical conditions must be disclosed. SCUBA equipment is provided. 


price $109
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3 HRS

Easy

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Moorea: Dolphin Eco Tour
Join marine biologist Dr. Michael Poole or his assistant and learn about their ecotourism and research projects on the dolphins that frequent Moorea’s magnificent coastline. Dr. Poole, the founder of the Marine Mammal Research Program, has been studying dolphins and whales in French Polynesia since 1987. Spinner dolphins, rough-tooth dolphins, and pilot whales are often seen around Moorea. Hear details on the remarkable life and society of these fascinating mammals. Learn about the geology of French Polynesia while viewing and photographing the dramatic beauty of Moorea from the water. Dolphins are found on 95% of the tours, and the thoroughness of the commentary and the sheer magnificence of Moorea’s coastline will ensure a rewarding and educational experience. There is the additional chance to view humpback whales during their seasonal presence to mate and calf. This tour company follows international ecotourism guidelines and is an active contributor to the conservation of French Polynesia’s dolphins and whales. Participation in this tour will help to further their goal. 

Please note:  As with all creatures in their natural environment, the presence of wildlife cannot be guaranteed, but even so, dolphins are found 95% of the time. This is not a swim with the dolphins, but time permitting you can swim directly from the boat at the end of the tour.  Even though the boat is covered, you are advised to wear sunscreen as protection from the glare of the water.  And definitely bring your camera.  


price $135
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3 HRS

Easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Moorea: Island Tour Featuring Belvedere Lookout
Moorea is one of the most spectacular islands in the world, and it has a vibrant cultural history. The island itself is about 2 million years old.  People have lived on Moorea for almost 2,000 years, and a rich history of traditional knowledge has been passed down through the generations.  With two major research institutions here, including UC Berkeley’s Gump Research Station, it is also now likely the most studied island in the world. This tour has taken all of the available information generated by researchers and local elders and woven it into a tour that will introduce you to how the island of Moorea came to be as it is today, in all of its natural splendor and cultural richness.  You will explore beaches, forests, and take a walk through an ancient village where archaeologists are piecing together the pre-history of the Polynesians. Along the way you will learn and talk about the geology, plants and animals, Polynesian settlement, European explorations, and modern environmental issues.The leisurely pace of this tour will allow for plenty of photo opportunities and discussions and will leave you with a new appreciation for this wonderful island and its people.  

Please note: Some of the stops include walking on uneven ground however guests with limited mobility can remain on the bus. Bring sunscreen, mosquito repellent, water from the ship, and  wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $115
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3 HRS

Easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Moorea: Island Tour Featuring Belvedere Lookout
Moorea is one of the most spectacular islands in the world, and it has a vibrant cultural history. The island itself is about 2 million years old.  People have lived on Moorea for almost 2,000 years, and a rich history of traditional knowledge has been passed down through the generations.  With two major research institutions here, including UC Berkeley’s Gump Research Station, it is also now likely the most studied island in the world. This tour has taken all of the available information generated by researchers and local elders and woven it into a tour that will introduce you to how the island of Moorea came to be as it is today, in all of its natural splendor and cultural richness.  You will explore beaches, forests, and take a walk through an ancient village where archaeologists are piecing together the pre-history of the Polynesians. Along the way you will learn and talk about the geology, plants and animals, Polynesian settlement, European explorations, and modern environmental issues.The leisurely pace of this tour will allow for plenty of photo opportunities and discussions and will leave you with a new appreciation for this wonderful island and its people.  

Please note: Some of the stops include walking on uneven ground however guests with limited mobility can remain on the bus. Bring sunscreen, mosquito repellent, water from the ship, and  wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $125
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3.5 HRS

Easy

outdoors

sightseeing
Moorea: Photographer's Eye View of Moorea
Capture the beauty of Moorea on a unique and exclusive walking and 4X4 driving tour accompanied by an accomplished professional photographer, who will offer photographic tips and interesting information throughout your tour.  Begin your journey in the stunning interior of the island along large pineapple fields.  You’ll pass through lush subtropical forests dotted with ancient archaeological sites, and reach the Belvedere Lookout Point. This panoramic location offers amazing photo opportunities of Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay and the endless horizon of the Pacific Ocean.  You’ll see Mount Rotui, also known as Magic Mountain, with spectacular views of the barrier reef.  Riding along the coastal road to the west coast of the island, you’ll see expansive views of lush green vegetation, beautiful gardens, and a turquoise-blue lagoon. Highlights may also include Papetoai fishing village, and the interior of the Moorea Crater. 

Please note:  Based on the expertise of the photographer, your tour will be adapted to the weather forecast and light of the day. As a combined walking and 4X4 tour that involves bumpy roads this tour is not recommended for pregnant women and guests with back or neck problems.  You will need to negotiate a high step to board the jeep.  Bring your camera, memory cards, and protection for your photography equipment, biodegradable sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, and water. Wear comfortable clothing and trail shoes with nonskid soles.  


price $175
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3 HRS

Moderate

snorkeling

wildlife

boating
Moorea: Snorkel Safari
Board a comfortable boat with a cover to protect you from the direct rays of the sun and travel along a colorful lagoon. Dive into this magnificent lagoon — there’s no need to be a skilled diver to swim freely in the warm waters and enjoy this experience. The boat will take you near a gorgeous sandy islet surrounded by transparent turquoise waters. You will be able to enjoy time for snorkeling and even glide with the stingrays in these clear waters. As with all creatures in their natural environment, there is no guarantee you will see stingrays, and tickets are non-refundable should a sighting not occur.  Guests may remain in the boat, but from there viewing will be limited. 

Please note: There are some stairs involved so aqua shoes are recommended. Guests should be accustomed to wearing snorkel equipment and coping with occasional currents. While snorkel equipment is available (mask & snorkel), it is recommended you bring your own for maximum comfort. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. For your own safety and to preserve the environment, when snorkeling, do not touch or step on the coral reef. 


price $99
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Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia



3 HRS

Moderate

snacks

sightseeing
Papeete: East Coast Highlights
You will head towards the east coast of Tahiti to visit the James Norman Hall House. The home displays the daily environment of this poet and writer of American contemporary literature. Enjoy a local delicacy before you continue on to Matavai Bay, and reach Venus Point, the historic landing site for most European discoverers and evangelists. Matavai Bay boasts the only lighthouse of the island, built in 1867. A Handicraft Center is located next to the lighthouse and you will have a brief opportunity for some local shopping.  Your last stop will be at the Tahara’a View Point for an extraordinary photo opportunity overlooking Papeete and Moorea.

Please note: There are some uneven walkways at the waterfalls.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent and bring a bottle of water from the ship. The Handicraft Center may be closed on the weekend. 



price $89
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