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Beach fringed with palm trees and tropical mountains in Moorea, Society Islands, French Polynesia
A portrait of a Polynesian artisan weaving a basket in French Polynesia. Weaving is a skill passed down from generation to generation and is an integral part of the Polynesian identity.
A view in French Polynesia
A school of Black Tip Reef Sharks, not considered dangerous to people, photographed while snorkeling at Moorea, Society Islands, French Polynesia.
A underwar view of a large coral reef in Makatea, Tuamotu, French Polynesia, Oceania
Beach fringed with palm trees and tropical mountains in Moorea, Society Islands, French Polynesia
ExpeditionsPearls of the Pacific: Exploring the Society and Tuamotu Islands

Pearls of the Pacific: Exploring the Society and Tuamotu Islands

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Experience idyllic islands and atolls of renowned biodiversity and untouched beauty. Begin with underwater explorations in the Tuamotu Archipelago and Fakarava, whose flora and fauna are so diverse that its breathtaking reefs and other habitats are protected by UNESCO. Makatea's sheer volcanic cliffs and Bora Bora's jagged Mount Otemanu create indelible memories and complement the underwater Gardens of Eden that surround these remote tropical islands.

Highlights

Two stingrays swim below the surface of the water in Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
  • Discover an extraordinary undersea world of whales and dolphins, manta rays and sea turtles, sharks and vast schools of colorful fish

  • Swim into an otherworldly grotto on Makatea and float in a hidden cave surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites

  • Learn about Polynesian history and culture at Ra'iatea’s Marae Taputapuātea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • See iconic and awe-inspiring landscapes like Bora Bora’s verdant Mount Otemanu, jutting 2,400 feet above turquoise waters, and Makatea’s steep cliffs that drop straight to deserted beaches

  • Spend a day on the small island of Anaa and in its biodiverse lagoon, meeting fishermen and skilled local artisans

  • Be on the lookout for endemic birds like the blue lorikeet, chattering kingfisher, and Makatea fruit dove

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A Heroic History - The Story of Polynesian Voyaging

  • Sep 2023

“The Pacific Ocean is absolutely enormous, and basically empty,” explains Christina Thompson, editor of Harvard Review and author of Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia. Yet 1,000 years ago, the Polynesian people made voyages almost unimaginable in their length. Watch as Christina takes us through the incredible history of the intrepid and innovative explorers who settled the last uninhabited part of the world.

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Featuring 53 cabins, the gracious and intimate National Geographic Orion takes travelers to little-known waters and isles in New Zealand, Australia, French Polynesia, the Pacific Islands, Asia, and the Mediterranean to experience each location's natural and cultural wonders up close. With her high ice-class rating, National Geographic Orion is strong enough to explore the polar regions, yet her elevated maneuverability allows for navigation practically anywhere accessible by sea.

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Over 50+ years of exploring, Lindblad Expeditions’ veteran staff and the quality companionship they provide has established the company’s reputation. From expedition leaders to naturalists, most hold advanced degrees and are established authorities in their fields. Some join a few expeditions each year to explore the same sites, some of them spending some time in the field away from rigorous academic work. And others lead expeditions all around the world—with many guests saying, “Where you’re going, we’re going,” and returning time after time to travel with them. Browse our team directory to discover the full cast of expedition staff.

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