Our Marquesas and Tahiti cruises seek to reveal as many wonders as possible during your weeks with us. Our hallmark is flexibility—allowing us to take advantage of events, like wildlife sightings, as they occur to give you the richest, most dimensional experience.

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Why We Love It

In-depth exploration of the Marquesas, one of the most remote and culturally unique island groups on Earth, both on land and by sea.

See ancient stone sculptures, including one of the largest tikis in Polynesia, on Hiva Oa.

Dive or snorkel the stunning reefs of Fakarava, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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Day by day Itinerary

Tahiti to the Marquesas

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Day 1

Papeete - Bora Bora

Arrive in Papeete, Tahiti early this morning and take a short, very scenic flight to the nearby island of Bora Bora. After a brief tour, embark National Geographic Orion. (L,D)

Day 2

Fatu Hiva, Marquesas

Be sure you’re on deck this morning to photograph the volcanic pillars of Hanavave Bay, as Orion approaches one of the most storied shorelines in the entire Pacific. Visit a remote village where you’ll see displays of uniquely Marquesan arts and crafts. Choose a challenging hike to a remote waterfall, or take Zodiacs to the next bay where local transport takes you on a birdwatching foray deep into the Omoa Valley. (B,L,D)

Day 3

Tuamoto Archipelago

We let nature be our guide for these days, as we explore some of the more than 80 islands and atolls that make up this seldom-visited archipelago. Snorkel or dive stunning healthy reefs, kayak and stand-up paddleboard on turquoise lagoons, and walk pristine beaches beneath coconut palms. (B,L,D)

Day 4

Tuamoto Archipelago

See day 11 for more details. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Tuamoto Archipelago

See day 11 for more details. (B, L, D)

Day 6


An uplifted coral atoll, the island of Makatea is one of the most unique landforms in the Pacific. Spend the day exploring limestone caves and grottos with your expedition team and local guides, or search for endemic fruit doves and myriad seabirds, then snorkel and dive among colorful fish on the nearby reef. (B,L,D)

Day 7


Disembark in Papeete this morning and tour Tahiti before flights home.  (B,L)

Day 8

Tuamoto Archipelago

We begin our exploration of the “Dangerous Archipelago” at Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Snorkel the protected reefs or ride the current into the lagoon on a world-famous drift dive. Continue to Raroia, one of the easternmost atolls in this chain, and the site where Thor Heyerdahl’s famous Kon-Tiki raft made landfall in 1947. (B,L,D)

Day 9

Tuamoto Archipelago

See day two for more details. (B, L, D)

Day 10

Tuamoto Archipelago

See day two for more details. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Tahuata, Marquesas

A day at sea brings us to one of the most remote island groups on Earth, the Marquesas Islands. We begin our exploration of this archipelago on Tahuata, the smallest of the inhabited Marquesan Islands. Choose to attend a local church service with stunningly beautiful music, and spend some time exploring Vaitahu, the main village on the island. In the afternoon we reposition to nearby Hapatoni Bay where both land and sea excursions await. (B,L,D)

Day 12

Tahuata, Marquesas

See day five for more details. (B, L, D)

Day 13

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas

Start the day at Hatiheu Bay, on the north shore of Nuku Hiva Island. Visit ancient petroglyphs and witness a spectacular dance performance at a Marquesan me’ae, or hike up the valley with the naturalists and local guides in search of rare birds and spectacular views. Later, sample local foods in the village, and peruse unique arts and crafts. (B,L,D)

Day 14

Marquesas Islands

Today is open for exploration. Dive some of the incredible waters here and search for rare cetaceans with your naturalists and marvel at the rugged volcanic silhouettes of these legendary islands from the Zodiacs and kayaks. (B,L,D)

Day 15

Hiva Oa, Marquesas

At Hiva Oa, stop for a fresh-baked French baguette in the village of Atuona. Visit the village of Puamau to see the stunning Marquesan me’ae lipona, and photograph one of the largest tikis in Polynesia. (B,L,D)

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