For many, Polynesia is the very definition of paradise; evoking classic images of palm-fanned beaches, azure lagoons, and exotic, flower-bedecked islanders. Begin in legendary Tahiti and continue east for a Marquesas tour, admiring their sky-piercing volcanoes, lushly-carpeted canyons, and chiseled bays. The low-lying Tuamotu Archipelago, whose remote atolls—mere rings of coral dotted by tiny islets enclosing aquamarine lagoons—offer some of the world’s most dazzling snorkeling and diving. Step ashore on seldom-visited Pitcairn, witness the amazing bird life of uninhabited Henderson and Ducie Islands, and conclude your adventure with an Easter Island tour. This voyage offers a comprehensive blend of Polynesia’s natural and cultural splendors, backdropped by dreamy, postcard-perfect scenery.
• View Easter Island’s giant volcanic stone statues, or moai—their original purpose, lost through the centuries, is one of the world’s great archaeological mysteries.
• Visit remote Henderson and Ducie islands, home to rare and endemic bird species, from Murphy’s and Phoenix petrels to the Henderson Island crake and Stephen’s lorikeet.
• Meet the residents of tiny Pitcairn Island, most are direct descendants of the HMS Bounty crew.
• Enjoy excellent snorkeling and diving in placid turquoise lagoons, over healthy fringing reefs, and along dramatic walls and arches covered in colorful soft corals.
• Step ashore to exuberant welcomes, from the traditional blowing of conch shell “trumpets,” to graceful dancers and energetic drummers adorned in tapa cloth and fragrant flower leis.
Make your way to Papeete where you will join your fellow travellers and stay overnight in the hotel.
Relax during a morning at leisure, then join a tour of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia’s largest island. Pass by orchards of papaya as you drive along the stunning coast. Visit the renowned Gauguin Museum to learn about the life of the artist in the islands and the Museum of Tahiti, which traces the islands’ history. Embark the Caledonian Sky this evening.
Though remote and sparsely populated, the far-flung Tuamotus comprise the world’s largest atoll chain. These venerable coral constructions rise just high enough above the water to be called land, and if it weren’t for their waving coconut palms, they might be entirely invisible from any distance. Step ashore on Rangiroa this afternoon, whose name translates into “vast sky.” The largest atoll in the Tuamotus, more than 400 motu—low-lying islets and sandbars—sit atop a ring of coral through which at least 100 channels flow. The dazzling lagoon is hailed as one of the world’s greatest dive destinations, and whether snorkeling or diving, you will be rewarded with unparalleled underwater vistas. Birders watch for blue lorikeets, red-footed boobies, and great frigatebirds, while a beach walk takes you to Tiputa village to meet locals who demonstrate energetic traditional dances.
Attend informative lectures today as the Caledonian Sky cruises toward the legendary Marquesas Islands.
Considered one of the most beautiful island groups in the South Pacific, the Marquesas lie farther from a continental coast than any other islands in the world. Unlike other Polynesian islands, the Marquesas have no surrounding reefs or placid lagoons. Their wide, deep bays are havens for vessels such as yours.
Spend three days exploring this dazzling collection of islands whose breathtaking vertical peaks reach into the clouds, while carpets of lush tropical vegetation drape cliffs and canyons that descend to sea-sculpted bays. Countless sooty, fairy, and bridled terns circle tiny, rocky pinnacle islets. Zodiacs bring you ashore on a variety of islands, to be greeted on some by dancers and drummers adorned in leis and tapa cloth, and welcomed to others by the blowing of large conch shells—the traditional pu greeting. On walks you may see petroglyphs or tiki figures—representing deified ancestors—flanked by banyan trees, fragrant plumeria, blooming orchids, and silvery waterfalls. Open-air craft markets display baskets, shell jewelry, and wooden carvings. Birders search for the endemic Nuku Hiva pigeon and Marquesan swiftlet. Though the islands lack fringing reefs, snorkelers and divers will discover many colorful fish against a backdrop of sheer walls and dramatic arches covered in soft corals.
Delightful music and dancing welcome you to this idyllic island—the first land sighted in the Pacific by Europeans. Visit the small village whose residents raise taro, bananas, and coconut palms for copra (dried coconut.) Birders search for Pacific reef-heron while snorkelers and divers explore the fringing reef.
Coconut palms and breadfruit trees cover the beautiful islets that surround Puka Rua’s lagoon. Garland-bedecked dancers greet you in the tiny village whose 150 hospitable inhabitants earn a living selling copra. Witness the process of coconut drying, enjoy a local crafts market, or stroll along the lagoon shores watching crested terns circling overhead. Spend the afternoon exploring this lovely atoll’s underwater wonders.
Today, conditions permitting, explore one of the many uninhabited Tuamotu Islands and enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or diving.
Go ashore to stroll along tidy streets flanked with colorful tropical vegetation in Rikitea and ascend the slopes of Mt. Duff for nature walks. Birders search for Christmas and tropical shearwaters. Spend the afternoon snorkeling or diving in the large lagoon.
Remote, enchanting, and tiny at six miles around, volcano-crowned Pitcairn was the fabled hideout of the HMS Bounty mutineers in 1790. Step ashore and visit with the 50 hospitable inhabitants of Adamstown, who are the direct descendants of the nine mutineers and 18 Polynesians. The anchor of the Bounty rests beside the courthouse and the ship’s Bible resides in the church. After your island visit, the warm and inviting waters are perfect for a swim, snorkel, or dive.
Sheer limestone cliffs surround this elevated coralline island, a World Heritage Site, pockmarked by caves and blowholes. Henderson’s astounding natural selection has produced ten endemic flowering plants and four endemic species of land birds, including the Henderson Island crake and Stephen’s lorikeet. In the afternoon, snorkel or dive in the marine-life-rich waters.
This small, uninhabited, and rarely-visited atoll is rimmed in white sand beaches that in turn surround a crystalline lagoon. As you walk along the shore, witness a vast variety of seabirds—tens of thousands nest here, including Murphy’s and Phoenix petrels, masked boobies, frigatebirds, and red-tailed tropicbirds. Underwater forays bring you face-to-face with legions of rainbow-hued fish in the warm, clear waters.
Relax on deck and enjoy the ongoing lecture series as you cruise toward Easter Island, a World Heritage Site and one of the most mysterious places on earth.
Spend two full days exploring Easter Island. Visit the ceremonial center of Ahu Vinapu where the monolithic stonework is reminiscent of the Inca civilization in Peru, contributing to the theory of contact between the islanders and South America. View the intriguing stone heads, moai, built on massive stone platforms at Tahai, along with nearly 400 monolithic statues in various states of completion at the spectacular volcanic tuff quarries. At Ahu Tongariki visit the largest ceremonial site in Polynesia—a five-year archaeological restoration project was completed in 1996. Drive to the Rano Kau volcano to view the giant caldera, its sprawling floor dotted with lakes and the ceremonial village of Orongo, dedicated to the fascinating “birdman” cult.
After breakfast disembark the Caledonian Sky and enjoy a short tour before heading to the airport for your afternoon flight to Santiago (extra charge)
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.
Standard Suite - 244 sq feet, ocean-view cabin with sitting area, bathroom, and portholes; bed can be configured as two twins or one double
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
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
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 2 Single Rate (Limited)
Corner Deck Suite - 243 sq feet, ocean-view cabin with sitting area and bathroom; bed can be configured as two twins or one doubl
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.
Category 4 Single Rate (Limited)
Caledonian Sky ZE
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition
Length: 90 metres
Passenger Capacity: 114 (in 57 suites)
Built: 1991 / refurbished 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
Combine 2 Polynesian Voyages aboard Caledonian Sky ZE and Save 5%
From Nadi to Easter Island.
Aboard Caledonian Sky ZE.
24 October 2017.
Saving: US$1 748 - US$2 668
Discounted Rates: US$33 212 - US$50 692
Standard Rates: US$34 960 - US$53 360
Combine Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to Tahiti (24 October, 2017 to 06 November, 2017) & Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & Pitcairns Polynesia (05 November, 2017 to 23 November, 2017) and save 5% on total cruise fare.
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