Book-ended by the fabled islands of Fiji and Tahiti, this South Pacific expedition strings together a dazzling array of palm-fanned islands ringed in waters of incredible hues. From the jungle-draped volcanic mountains of Wallis & Futuna to the tiny, low-lying atolls of the Cook Islands, Tahiti adventure travel reveals a world of supreme natural beauty and people proud to share their ceremonial traditions of music and dance.

Highlights


• Enjoy exuberant welcomes from traditionally-clad dancers and experience warm hospitality as you are invited to visit private homes, join kava rituals, and sample local delicacies.

• Search for a bevy of rare and endemic birds, including Fiji orange doves, chattering kingfishers, and Cook Island fruit doves.

• Snorkel or dive nearly every day to discover dazzling coral reefs and healthy populations of tropical fish.

• Cruise by Zodiac to discover some of Polynesia’s lesser-visited islands and step ashore for hikes through lush, tropical vegetation and strolls along pristine white-sand beaches.

• Photograph Polynesia’s iconic landscapes—lush emerald islands rising from turquoise lagoons and white-sand beaches framed by lanky palms.

Arrive early today and check in to your dayroom at the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa with the morning at leisure before lunch. In the afternoon set out for an island exploration, including a visit to The Garden of the Sleeping Giant, showcasing more than 2,000 varieties of orchids. Then visit the Vei Sei Sei village, and make a stop for magnificent island views at Vudu Lookout. In the city of Lautoka on the western “sunshine coast,” embark the Caledonian Sky.
The Fiji Islands, considered part of Melanesia, cover an area of 386,000 square miles. Of the 325 islands large enough for habitation, only 106 have permanent residents. The third largest, Taveuni, is a dazzling emerald known as “the garden island,” and you have several excursions to choose from here. Hikers enjoy a visit to beautiful waterfalls in Bouma National Park, while birders explore the lush forests, keeping a lookout for collared lories, Fiji orange doves, and blue-crested flycatchers. A cultural tour includes a kava ceremony, demonstrations of cooking, tapa-cloth production, and basket weaving. Snorkelers and divers investigate Fiji’s underwater wonders.
Though linked through French colonialism, the language, customs, culture, and artistic traditions of Wallis and Futuna are distinctly different. While Wallis has ancestral ties with Tonga, Futuna traces its roots to Samoa. Be on deck as the ship approaches Futuna, whose verdant slopes ascend into the clouds. Stunning beaches fringe the east coast and Mt. Puke, the island’s largest volcano, soars to nearly 2,500 feet. Visit the shrine of the South Pacific’s only saint, Pierre Chanel; the interior is covered in elaborately-decorated tapa cloth. Birders keep an eye out for red-footed boobies, white-collared kingfishers, and blue-crowned lorikeets. Lunch on board is followed by snorkeling or diving in the clear waters to view longnose filefish, anemonefish, and colorful corals.
Tour the regional capital, Mata Utu, to visit its distinctive stone cathedral, then drive to one of the island’s beautiful crater lakes. Stroll through the interesting remains of a 14th-century fort, and browse local handicrafts. In the afternoon enjoy snorkeling or diving off one of the many motus, low-lying islands, near Wallis.
Tonga’s northernmost island, Niuafo’ou, is the tip of an underwater volcano, and recent eruptions have left part of it covered in black lava. Step ashore to visit the island’s interior caldera lake where the Niuafo’ou megapode incubates its eggs in the warm volcanic ash until the chicks emerge fully fledged. Under-water, silvery fish sparkle like diamonds against a dramatic backdrop of extrusive lava that has turned into black basalt.
Today explore on of the many uninhabited islands of Tonga. Go ashore for beach walks with naturalists, and, conditions permitting, spend time snorkeling or diving.
Locals welcome you ashore on Neiafu. Take a stroll through the small community and visit the colorful market. Then, cruise by Zodiac to a cavern hollowed out by wave action and spend the afternoon snorkeling or diving off one of Neiafu’s surrounding islands. This evening, cross the International Date Line and gain a day.
A saucer-shaped uplifted atoll—one of the world’s largest emerged coral atolls—Niue is endowed with some of the most extensive and dramatic limestone cave systems in the South Pacific. It is one of the world’s smallest self-governing states, with approximately 1,500 inhabitants. A hike to the sea caves takes you over a “pathway” of coral for spectacular views, including a huge arch rising from the aquamarine waters. In the afternoon, snorkelers and divers take in underwater wonders among the coral—including the chance to see the endemic sea snake—while birders may choose a rainforest walk to seek out the banded rail, masked lapwing, and blue-crowned lorikeet.
Savor a leisurely day on deck, watch for regional birds and marine life, and enjoy the continuing lecture series.
About 60 people reside on Palmerston, all descendants of the eccentric William Marsters, who managed the island’s coconut plantations in the 1860s. Permission pending, go ashore to meet the friendly islanders and stroll through the village. The translucent waters reveal numerous healthy coral heads and marine life.
Like a miniature Bora Bora, Aitutaki’s central peak rises above a reef-encircled lagoon and you are welcomed by villagers performing some of the Pacific’s finest dances. Local guides accompany you on an island tour highlighting the natural and cultural attributes of the island. After lunch on the ship, enjoy snorkeling or diving off a remote motu in crystal-clear waters dotted with coral heads.
This morning arrive at Atiu, whose shoreline is perforated with wave-sculpted caves. A tour will introduce you to the local culture with a village visit and a stop at a coffee plantation. Birders set out to look for the Raratonga monarch, Cook Island fruit dove, and nesting site of Kuhl’s lorikeet. Or, join a challenging hike to visit several natural caves. This afternoon snorkel or dive in the pristine surrounding waters.
Attend lectures today and join naturalists on deck to search for seabirds and marine life.
Be on deck early this morning as the ship enters the dazzling sapphire-hued lagoon of Bora Bora surrounded by soaring cloud-wreathed peaks. Tour this lush island, driving along roads lined with fragrant frangipani. Then venture to the large lagoon to snorkel or dive, watching for graceful stingrays and colorful fish such as fairy basslets and teardrop butterflyfish. Birders seek out chattering kingfishers and gray-green fruit doves.
After breakfast disembark the Caledonian Sky and set out to explore this beautiful island. Visit the superb Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands, dedicated to the history and culture of the people of Polynesia, and drive along the stunning coast. Continue to our hotel to check in to dayrooms. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the hotel and to rest before your late evening flight homeward.
We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

Category 1

$ 14980 USD pp
Category 1
Standard Suite - 244 sq feet, ocean-view cabin with sitting area, bathroom, and portholes; bed can be configured as two twins or one double

Category 2

$ 15880 USD pp
Category 2
Superior Suite - 232 sq feet, ocean-view cabin with sitting area, bathroom, and large window; bed can be configured as two twins or one double

Category 3

$ 16680 USD pp
Category 3
Premium Suite - 217 sq feet, ocean-view cabin with sitting area, bathroom, and large window; bed can be configured as two twins or one double

Category 4

$ 18380 USD pp
Category 4
Premium Deck Suite - 217 sq feet, ocean-view cabin with sitting area and bathroom; bed can be configured as two twins or one double

Category 5

$ 20880 USD pp
Category 5
Corner Deck Suite - 243 sq feet, ocean-view cabin with sitting area and bathroom; bed can be configured as two twins or one doubl

Category 6

$ 23380 USD pp
Category 6
Deluxe Balcony Suite - 217 sq feet plus 60 sq feet balcony, ocean-view with sitting area and bathroom; bed can be configured as two twins or one double.

Caledonian Sky

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 114 (in 57 suites)

Built: 1991 / refurbished 2012

The MS Caledonian Sky accommodates a maximum of 114 passengers in 57 spacious outside suites. Many have walk-in wardrobes and some feature tub baths. There will be seven categories of suites and sixteen suites will have private balconies. For those familiar with the MS Island Sky she will feel like a second home, although there are some differences. The dining room, lounge, Lido Deck and bar are all similar. However, the ‘Club’ on the MS Caledonian Sky has been transported to the very top deck. Here, there is a library and bar which leads out on to a lovely forward deck. The ‘Club’ has wonderful views with ceiling to floor windows.

If you like the MS Island Sky, we are sure you will also approve of her sister. And, of course it is important that we offer the very best of facilities. However, equally as important are the staff on board whether they are the vessel’s crew or our own expedition staff. Noble Caledonia’s reputation has been built on providing the very best in all areas. Their crew of 74 not only offer an excellent service they are also noted for their kindness and attention to detail. A well run ship with a warm atmosphere is what we are known for, and it is because most of our crew have been with us for many years that we are able to engender such an atmosphere.

Your Suite
Onboard there are 57 exceptionally spacious and well designed suites. The passenger accommodation is arranged over four decks and all suites have outside views. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies. Each affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring a country style wash basin, hot towel rack and vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower and/or bath tub.

Facilities in the suites also include walk-in or spacious wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool or desk, mini-fridge, flat screen television, telephone, programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted toiletries, air-conditioning and heating. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort.

Your space
The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge where daily briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage and an elegant bar where a pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The bar also features a 24-hour tea and coffee station. In addition there is the Club Lounge on the Panoramic Deck which features a bar. The onboard travel library is the perfect place to relax with a book and is stocked with reference books pertaining to the places the vessel is visiting along with a selection of games and two computers with internet access. Daily newspapers and magazines are also placed in the library depending on local availability. Outside there is a rear Lido deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. On the top deck there is a further observation and sun deck with bar service and comfortable deck furniture for sun bathing or relaxing with a book. There is also a small gymnasium onboard and hairdressers with appointments made on request.

Your dining
With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the quality of cuisine will be of a consistent superior quality. Where possible and when it meets his high standards, our accomplished chef will obtain local produce in markets or buy the catch of the day from a passing fishing boat. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and bring a local touch to the varied menus. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order and lunch and dinner is à la carte. When weather permits, breakfast, a buffet-style lunch and dinner are also served on deck. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with lunch and dinner. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and tea and coffee are available 24 hours. With sufficient notice, most diets can be catered for on board.

For your comfort, safety and security
The vessel is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilisers to minimise the ship’s motion. The Captain and officers operate an open-bridge policy that allows passengers onto the bridge at most times with the exception of arrival and departure from port and during times of complicated navigation. Here you can check the ship’s progress by charts and learn more from the officers about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to outside decks only.

Gratuities
Unlike many other cruise vessels, onboard the MS Caledonian Sky you do not need to worry about tipping staff as we have included them in your holiday price. In addition we tip all their guides and drivers along the way, thereby taking away the hassle of always having to remember to have some small change with you.

Cabin layout for Caledonian Sky

Combine 2 Polynesian Voyages aboard Caledonian Sky ZE and Save 5%

From Nadi to Easter Island.

Aboard Caledonian Sky ZE.

24 October 2017.

Saving: US$1 748 - US$2 668

Discounted Rates: US$33 212 - US$50 692

Standard Rates: US$34 960 - US$53 360

Combine Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to Tahiti (24 October, 2017 to 06 November, 2017) & Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & Pitcairns Polynesia (05 November, 2017 to 23 November, 2017) and save 5% on total cruise fare.  

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Aboard Caledonian Sky ZE.

24 October 2017.

Voyage Rates: US$14 980 - US$23 380

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