Book-ended by the fabled islands of Fiji and Tahiti, this South Pacific expedition strings together a dazzling array of palm-fanned islands ringed in waters of incredible hues. From the jungle-draped volcanic mountains of Wallis & Futuna to the tiny, low-lying atolls of the Cook Islands, Tahiti adventure travel reveals a world of supreme natural beauty and people proud to share their ceremonial traditions of music and dance.

Highlights


• Enjoy exuberant welcomes from traditionally-clad dancers and experience warm hospitality as you are invited to visit private homes, join kava rituals, and sample local delicacies.

• Search for a bevy of rare and endemic birds, including Fiji orange doves, chattering kingfishers, and Cook Island fruit doves.

• Snorkel or dive nearly every day to discover dazzling coral reefs and healthy populations of tropical fish.

• Cruise by Zodiac to discover some of Polynesia’s lesser-visited islands and step ashore for hikes through lush, tropical vegetation and strolls along pristine white-sand beaches.

• Photograph Polynesia’s iconic landscapes—lush emerald islands rising from turquoise lagoons and white-sand beaches framed by lanky palms.

Arrive early today and check in to your dayroom at the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa with the morning at leisure before lunch. In the afternoon set out for an island exploration, including a visit to The Garden of the Sleeping Giant, showcasing more than 2,000 varieties of orchids. Then visit the Vei Sei Sei village, and make a stop for magnificent island views at Vudu Lookout. In the city of Lautoka on the western “sunshine coast,” embark the Caledonian Sky.
The Fiji Islands, considered part of Melanesia, cover an area of 386,000 square miles. Of the 325 islands large enough for habitation, only 106 have permanent residents. The third largest, Taveuni, is a dazzling emerald known as “the garden island,” and you have several excursions to choose from here. Hikers enjoy a visit to beautiful waterfalls in Bouma National Park, while birders explore the lush forests, keeping a lookout for collared lories, Fiji orange doves, and blue-crested flycatchers. A cultural tour includes a kava ceremony, demonstrations of cooking, tapa-cloth production, and basket weaving. Snorkelers and divers investigate Fiji’s underwater wonders.
Though linked through French colonialism, the language, customs, culture, and artistic traditions of Wallis and Futuna are distinctly different. While Wallis has ancestral ties with Tonga, Futuna traces its roots to Samoa. Be on deck as the ship approaches Futuna, whose verdant slopes ascend into the clouds. Stunning beaches fringe the east coast and Mt. Puke, the island’s largest volcano, soars to nearly 2,500 feet. Visit the shrine of the South Pacific’s only saint, Pierre Chanel; the interior is covered in elaborately-decorated tapa cloth. Birders keep an eye out for red-footed boobies, white-collared kingfishers, and blue-crowned lorikeets. Lunch on board is followed by snorkeling or diving in the clear waters to view longnose filefish, anemonefish, and colorful corals.
Tour the regional capital, Mata Utu, to visit its distinctive stone cathedral, then drive to one of the island’s beautiful crater lakes. Stroll through the interesting remains of a 14th-century fort, and browse local handicrafts. In the afternoon enjoy snorkeling or diving off one of the many motus, low-lying islands, near Wallis.
Tonga’s northernmost island, Niuafo’ou, is the tip of an underwater volcano, and recent eruptions have left part of it covered in black lava. Step ashore to visit the island’s interior caldera lake where the Niuafo’ou megapode incubates its eggs in the warm volcanic ash until the chicks emerge fully fledged. Under-water, silvery fish sparkle like diamonds against a dramatic backdrop of extrusive lava that has turned into black basalt.
Today explore on of the many uninhabited islands of Tonga. Go ashore for beach walks with naturalists, and, conditions permitting, spend time snorkeling or diving.
Locals welcome you ashore on Neiafu. Take a stroll through the small community and visit the colorful market. Then, cruise by Zodiac to a cavern hollowed out by wave action and spend the afternoon snorkeling or diving off one of Neiafu’s surrounding islands. This evening, cross the International Date Line and gain a day.
A saucer-shaped uplifted atoll—one of the world’s largest emerged coral atolls—Niue is endowed with some of the most extensive and dramatic limestone cave systems in the South Pacific. It is one of the world’s smallest self-governing states, with approximately 1,500 inhabitants. A hike to the sea caves takes you over a “pathway” of coral for spectacular views, including a huge arch rising from the aquamarine waters. In the afternoon, snorkelers and divers take in underwater wonders among the coral—including the chance to see the endemic sea snake—while birders may choose a rainforest walk to seek out the banded rail, masked lapwing, and blue-crowned lorikeet.
Savor a leisurely day on deck, watch for regional birds and marine life, and enjoy the continuing lecture series.
About 60 people reside on Palmerston, all descendants of the eccentric William Marsters, who managed the island’s coconut plantations in the 1860s. Permission pending, go ashore to meet the friendly islanders and stroll through the village. The translucent waters reveal numerous healthy coral heads and marine life.
Like a miniature Bora Bora, Aitutaki’s central peak rises above a reef-encircled lagoon and you are welcomed by villagers performing some of the Pacific’s finest dances. Local guides accompany you on an island tour highlighting the natural and cultural attributes of the island. After lunch on the ship, enjoy snorkeling or diving off a remote motu in crystal-clear waters dotted with coral heads.
This morning arrive at Atiu, whose shoreline is perforated with wave-sculpted caves. A tour will introduce you to the local culture with a village visit and a stop at a coffee plantation. Birders set out to look for the Raratonga monarch, Cook Island fruit dove, and nesting site of Kuhl’s lorikeet. Or, join a challenging hike to visit several natural caves. This afternoon snorkel or dive in the pristine surrounding waters.
Attend lectures today and join naturalists on deck to search for seabirds and marine life.
Be on deck early this morning as the ship enters the dazzling sapphire-hued lagoon of Bora Bora surrounded by soaring cloud-wreathed peaks. Tour this lush island, driving along roads lined with fragrant frangipani. Then venture to the large lagoon to snorkel or dive, watching for graceful stingrays and colorful fish such as fairy basslets and teardrop butterflyfish. Birders seek out chattering kingfishers and gray-green fruit doves.
After breakfast disembark the Caledonian Sky and set out to explore this beautiful island. Visit the superb Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands, dedicated to the history and culture of the people of Polynesia, and drive along the stunning coast. Continue to our hotel to check in to dayrooms. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the hotel and to rest before your late evening flight homeward.
We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

Category 1

$ 14980 USD pp
Category 1
Standard Suite - 244 sq feet, ocean-view cabin with sitting area, bathroom, and portholes; bed can be configured as two twins or one double

Category 2

$ 15880 USD pp
Category 2
Superior Suite - 232 sq feet, ocean-view cabin with sitting area, bathroom, and large window; bed can be configured as two twins or one double

Category 3

$ 16680 USD pp
Category 3
Premium Suite - 217 sq feet, ocean-view cabin with sitting area, bathroom, and large window; bed can be configured as two twins or one double

Category 4

$ 18380 USD pp
Category 4
Premium Deck Suite - 217 sq feet, ocean-view cabin with sitting area and bathroom; bed can be configured as two twins or one double

Category 5

$ 20880 USD pp
Category 5
Corner Deck Suite - 243 sq feet, ocean-view cabin with sitting area and bathroom; bed can be configured as two twins or one doubl

Category 6

$ 23380 USD pp
Category 6
Deluxe Balcony Suite - 217 sq feet plus 60 sq feet balcony, ocean-view with sitting area and bathroom; bed can be configured as two twins or one double.

Caledonian Sky ZE

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 114 (in 57 suites)

Built: 1991 / refurbished 2012

GENERAL

Five decks of guest facilities. - Castle Deck – guest suites, dining room, doctor’s office. - Caledonian Deck – guest suites, bar, lounge, reception. - Promenade Deck – guest suites with direct deck access, gym, hair salon. - Bridge Deck – guest suites with private balconies, bridge, outdoor dining. - Panorama Deck – sun deck, library, Panorama Lounge, and bar.

Stairs and an elevator service all decks.

The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day, contingent upon weather, security, and navigation conditions.

Smoking is permitted only on outside decks.

SUITES

All suites feature ocean views and have two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one queen, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.

Castle Deck has Category 1 suites that are 240 square feet and have three portholes.

Caledonian Deck has Category 2 suites that are 230 square feet with large picture windows.

Promenade Deck has Category 3 suites that are 220 square feet with a picture window; Category 4 suites that are 220 square feet with direct deck access via a sliding glass door; and Category 5 suites that are 240 square feet and feature two forward-facing portholes and direct deck access via a sliding glass door.

Bridge Deck has Category 6 suites that are 215 square feet and have patio doors leading to private balconies that are 45 square feet.

DINING

The main restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating. Most diets can be catered for on board, but special dietary requests must be made in advance.

Breakfast is served buffet-style and a la carte.

Dinner is served in the main restaurant. When weather permits, meals can also be served on deck.

Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day.

SERVICES

Caledonian Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs.

Laundry services (no dry cleaning), a hair salon, and a small doctor’s office are available on board.

The U.K. pound is the currency used on board. Traveler’s checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted for payment of shipboard accounts.

Wi-fi access is available throughout the ship. 

Cabin layout for Caledonian Sky ZE

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24 October 2017.

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24 October 2017.

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