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French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard


DURATION:8 Days/ 7 NightsREGION:Australia, New Zealand & PacificSHIP:National Geographic Orion

Over 8-days venture to the heart of Polynesian culture and wilderness on this highly immersive expedition where options abound. Choose to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or take a bike ride for independent exploration and to connect with these people and islands on a personal level. Explore the historic ceremonial site, called a marae, on Raiatea where Polynesian seafarers would begin their bold expeditions sailing into the unknown - expeditions that would eventually lead to 

populating Hawaii and New Zealand. Sail among some of the 80 atolls of the Tuamotu Archipelago, a string of tiny islands in an azure sea that hides thriving reefs and explore while SCUBA diving and snorkelling. Your home-base is the lavish expedition ship National Geographic Orion. Fully equipped for adventure and accommodating just 102 guests, you will enjoy outstanding dining along with interpretive services provided by expert guest lecturers and naturalists.

Ship Details

National Geographic Orion

National Geographic Orion

Operated by: Lindblad Expeditions

Built and engineered in Germany in 2003 for maximum comfort and safety, National Geographic Orion is equipped with the latest technology including large retractable stabilisers, sonar, radar, and an ice-strengthened hull. A shallow draught plus bow and stern thrusters provide the convenience of being able to maneuver close to shore. 14 Zodiacs ensure quick disembarkation and offer the ideal transport for up-close exploration. Best of all, Orion is equipped with a glass-bottom Zodiac that enables remarkably clear, gratifying observations of the undersea for those who prefer to stay dry.

National Geographic Orion accommodates 102 guests in 53 cabins, including several with balconies. She is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer panoramic views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Orion fosters a welcoming atmosphere where like-minded guests share in exceptional experiences and enrichment.

Key Facts

337 Feet / 103 Metres
46 Feet
15 Knots
Passenger Decks
Room Grades

Your cruise price includes:

  • Accommodation aboard National Geographic Orion for duration of the cruise
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages onboard
  • Select alcoholic beverages
  • Cappuccinos, lattes and filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea and soda on demand 
  • Hors d’oeuvres and snacks during nightly recap
  • Fitness centre or exercise equipment
  • Access to fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of expedition staff
  • The services of a physician where required
  • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • All excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Zodiac and kayak explorations
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
  • Crew gratuities


Your cruise price does not include:

  • International and internal airfares
  • Pre- and post- cruise accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended - SAVE 20% when purchased with your expedition)
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Select alcoholic beverages
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature