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Epic Polynesia: Tahiti to Fiji

DEPARTING FROM:Papeete, French PolynesiaFINAL DESTINATION:Lautoka, Fiji

DURATION:15 Days/ 14 NightsREGION:Australia, New Zealand & PacificSHIP:National Geographic Orion

Embark the luxuriously-appointed National Geographic Orion for a sweeping adventure to the western reaches of Polynesia and explore from the verdant crags of Tahiti to the vibrant reefs of Fiji - plus tropical islands and reefs that few others will ever see. Immerse yourself in Aitutaki’s warm turquoise waters, and experience genuine Polynesian welcomes throughout Samoa. Visit the tiny island nation of 

Wallis and Futuna, as very few travellers have, and marvel at impressively decorated cathedrals before diving into a sparkling lagoon. Learn new techniques for photographing colourful markets and friendly faces, as you are welcomed into Fijian villages with traditional kava ceremonies. Whether it’s Pacific culture or nature that you seek, this in-depth expedition offers it all. 


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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
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Please note: This cruise is sold in AUD

Also operates in reverse direction from Fiji to Tahiti departing Lautoka on 26 May 2018, ask us for itinerary details.

The day-by-day itinerary is a sampling of the places National Geographic Orion intends to visit, conditions permitting. Changes may be made due to weather, sea conditions or any other event affecting the operation of the ship.

By completing this booking request you acknowledge that you have read and accept both Expedition Cruise Specialists' and Lindblad Expeditions' terms and conditions.

Single travellers are accommodated in selected room grades at the specified sole use price. 


Epic Polynesia: Tahiti to Fiji