Lindblad Expeditions Plans 2018 South Pacific Cruises

Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have announced plans for a series of expedition cruises in the South Pacific for 2018.

 

Taking place from March to August, the 102-passenger National Geographic Orion will bring guests on explorations of some of the world’s most pristine seas. Part research vessel and part cruise ship, she is equipped with a range of tools including snorkelling and scuba gear, a glass-bottomed boat, kayaks, paddleboards, a fleet of Zodiacs and a remote operated vehicle (ROV) that can reach depths of more than 300 metres.

 

18-day Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

From remote and enigmatic Easter Island, to the historically significant Pitcairn Islands through the “low islands” of the Tuamotu Archipelago to Tahiti, this voyage follows in the wake of the early Polynesian navigators. Highlights include untouched tropical beaches, the chance to meet the descendants of H.M.S. Bounty mutineers, and diving or snorkelling the stunning reefs of Fakarava, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

 

16-day Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas

Offering an in-depth exploration of the Marquesas, this round-trip sailing from Papeete gives cruisers the chance to see one of the most remote and culturally unique island groups on Earth from land and by sea. Highlights include ancient stone tikis on Hiva Oa, a hike to a remote waterfall and wildlife on Fatu Hiva and the reefs of Fakarava.

 

16-day Epic Polynesia: Cook Islands to Fiji

Covering 5 different Pacific island nations – Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Samoa and Wallis and Futuna, the itinerary sees cruisers experience the Polynesian culture and the region’s spectacular nature. From entering the sparkling lagoon at Aitutaki in zodiacs to the impressively-decorated cathedrals at Mata-Utu and being welcomed into Fijian villages with traditional kava ceremonies, a comprehensive exploration of the tropical islands and reefs that few others will see awaits.

 

9-day French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard

Shorter in duration but not experiences is this highly immersive expedition where guests can partake in kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or a bike ride to the heart of Polynesian culture and wildness. On Raiatea, they will gain new understanding on Polynesian seafaring (which would eventually lead to the populating of Hawaii and New Zealand) during a visit to the historic ceremonial site, called a marae and pay tribute to this tradition in sailing among some of the 80 atolls of the Tuamotu Archipelago.

 

9-day Isles, Atolls and Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands

With 3 full days in the Southern Line Islands, identified as one of the healthiest reef systems in the world by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala, this compact expedition maximizes limited time in some of the most vibrant undersea sites in the world. Highlights include the National Geographic Orion’s navigation of the pass in Moorea’s fringing reef to anchor in Opunohu Bay (as Captain James Cook did in 1777) and visits to ancient archaeological sites on Moorea.

 

Backed by over 50 years of expedition experience and a longstanding partnership with the National Geographic Society since 2004, travelling with Lindblad Expeditions promises a shared adventure to the planet’s most remote and interesting places with writers, photographers and filmmakers. A fleet of 6 National Geographic-flagged expedition ships serve as a platform for experts to visit field sites with budding adventurers in tow, with the new National Geographic Quest set to debut later this year.

 

For more information, visit www.expeditions.com.

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