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Le Boreal

Hawaii and French Polynesia 15 Day Cruise

**SPECIAL OFFER**Early Booking Savings of up to 30% may be applied to all cruises on this ship. These savings vary according to the number of available cabins on the ship so please call our agents to get the most up-to-date price on your cruise. One of the most state-of-the-art ships, launched in May 2010, the luxury Le Boreal features a modern design, sleek silhouette and small size - just 142 metres in length. Le Boreal offers intimate itineraries to rare ports. A mega-yacht with 132 cabins, she is the fruit of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and offers utter French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel, creating a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Honolulu.

Day 1: Honolulu

Join Le Boreal in Honolulu in the early evening. There will be time to settle in to your stateroom before your first gourmet dinner on board tonight. Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and offers visitors spectacular natural vistas. Its well documented as a surfers paradise but Honolulu is also about art museums, cycling tracks and the famous Waikiki beach.

Day 2: Hilo

Arrive at the little coastal town of Hilo set amidst the Pacific Ocean. With its 47,000 inhabitants, it is more populated than the island of Hawaii itself. Marked by tsunamis, it houses the museum of the Tsunamis of the Pacific, which is an emotional experience. In the surrounding areas, be enchanted by the natural landscape of caves, waterfalls and paradisiacal creeks.

Days 3-7: At Sea

Spend the next six days at sea as the ship sails towards French Polynesia crossing the Equator.

Day 8: Taiohae, Nuku Hiva

Arrive at the main town Taiohae on the island of Nuku Hiva, the largest of the Marquesas Islands. Here you will find a gorgeous bay surrounded by lush green valleys, waterfalls, sharp rocky cliffs and colourful sail boats. Here you may join an optional excursion to the Taipivai Valley. You will pass small villages, churches, sacred temples and reach Hooumi black sand beach to enjoy some refreshment, before returning back to the pier.

Day 9: Hatiheu Bay, Nuku Hiva

Located on the north of Nuku Hiva Island, this locality is dominated by impressive basalt pitons. You may join an optional excursion to the archaeological site of Kamuihei where you will learn about the Marquesan history, the rites and rituals. You will then continue to Hikokua, one of the five ceremonial sites located in this area. Here you will witness a traditional Marquesan dance show, performed by the villagers.

Day 10: Atuona - Hapatoni

Arrive at the remote island chain, the Marquesas Islands, bathing in the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. Call at Hiva Oa, considered to be the “garden of the Marquesas Islands.” A special kind of power and charm emanate from its craggy skyline and black sand beaches. Explore its lush, green valleys, home to impressive archaeological sites and a wide array of plants and wildlife. Visit the small village of Atuona, considered to be the island’s capital, and discover the tombs of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel, as well as two small museums dedicated to their life and work. The cruise continues to Hapatoni, Tahuata.

Day 11: Omoa, Fatu Hiva - Hanavave Bay

Arrive at the peaceful fishing village of Omoa, far from all civilisation and nestling in a magnificent bay. In the valley, you will be able to spot some tohua, former sacred sites, including those of Pouau and Tonoeve, as well as the many burial caves lost in the island’s abundant tropical forest. Join an optional excursion to the small Grelet Museum, boasting remarkable pieces of wood carving and local art. A local guide will explain the process for making this delightful mixture of scents based on coconut oil, sandalwood oil, mint, ginger root, pineapple, basil, gardenia, pandanus fruit and other mysterious herbs. The cruise continues to Hanavave Bay, considered to be one of the beautiful bays in the world.

Day 12: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Fakarava.

Day 13: Fakarava

Arrive at Fakarava, Tuamotu. Listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Fakarava’s coral ellipsis is a narrow stretch of land sitting on a crystal-clear sea. Travelers here are surprised by the immensity of the lagoon and its crystal clear and marine rich waters. Here you may enjoy some spectacular snorkeling and swimming. On land, beyond the white-sand beaches, Fakarava is home to pearl farms that are open to visitors. Here you will find the most stunning examples of the famous Tahitian pearls – black pearls with glints of colour, also called tears of the gods. There are a few bicycles to hire to explore inland.

Day 14: Moorea Cook Bay - Papeete

Lush, emerald vegetation contrasting with the limpid turquoise of the Ocean, charming wooden bungalows scattered along pristine beaches...The beauty of Moorea is sumptuous, unchanged since James Cook discovered the island in 1769. Edged with coral, this small island is renowned for its natural gardens of tropical flowers as well as for its pineapple plantations. Wander along the two bays that slice through the coral island, or head off to explore the Belvedere, which will offer you a breathtaking view over the majestic volcanic peaks of the island, such as Mount Rotui. Unless you would rather encounter the many Dolphins and Rays that swim gracefully in the lagoon. Total relaxation in the middle of a paradise lost, fragranced with Monoi. There are a number of optional excursions available including a Snorkel Safari and Whale Watching, Whale and Dolphin Eco Tour and Moorea Island Tour. The cruise continues to Papeete located on the north-west coast of the island of Tahiti.

Day 15: Papeete

This incredible voyage ends in the capital of French Polynesia, Papeete. You’ll find a relaxed atmosphere here, where urban buzz combines with the legendary laid-back Polynesian lifestyle. Disembark the ship after your final breakfast aboard Le Boreal.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Papeete.

Includes

  • 14 Nights' accommodation on board Le Boreal
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Port taxes

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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