Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to Tahiti

October 15, 2015
17 Days
Aboard the Caledonian Sky
100 Guests
From $13,980

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Faces of Polynesia

Expedition Highlights

  • Enjoy exuberant welcomes from traditionally clad dancers and experience warm hospitality as you are invited to join kava rituals and sample local delicacies on this Tahiti tour.
  • 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, the highlight of any Fiji expedition.
  • Photograph lush, emerald islands rising from turquoise lagoons, white-sand beaches framed by lanky palms, and lovely dancers adorned in flower leis and tapa cloth.

This was a truly wonderful expedition, outstanding in every way. I would love to go back to some of the dive spots and enjoy more of what we experienced down there. Thank you to the expedition staff who made it so memorable for us!

Pat & Karin G.

Expedition Team

Caledonian Sky

The all-suite, 100-guest Caledonian Sky is a spacious, yet intimate, expedition vessel. Refurbished in 2012, her beautifully designed public spaces include a single-seating dining room, a large lounge with piano, elegant bar, enclosed panoramic viewing deck, sun deck, library, and small gym. All suites have an ocean view and feature a sitting room, en suite bathroom, flat screen television, spacious wardrobes, and dressing table. The Caledonian Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs, available for accessing remote shorelines and islands and is equipped to offer scuba diving.

Gear Up!

  • UPF Rash Guard & Snorkel Top
UPF Rash Guard & Snorkel Top

Swim and snorkel the days away in the South Pacific in your UPF 50-rated rashguard, with its promise to protect you from the sun and even the occasional run-in with “stingy things.” Out of the water, it’s quick-drying as you load up your gear in your nylon snorkeling/fin bag, with ample room for fins, snorkel, mask, towel, and sunscreen. 

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Beyond the Destination

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    Kava - The Elixir of Choice

    June 2, 2015

    It is an interesting fact that most human cultures have cultivated and used some kind of stimulant or narcotic. The relationship between psychoactive substances and human consumption stretches back as far as is traceable.

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    On Location: Tahiti’s Inland Bird Paradise

    October 5, 2010

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  • Niue Island

    On Location: Niue Island

    September 29, 2010

    After climbing down along a trail through dense and luxuriant tropical vegetation, we arrived at a small cove, bordered on three sides by jagged uplifted limestone. The pool beneath us was glowing a glorious blue color, inviting us in to have a closer look.

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    Taveuni, Fiji

    On Location: Village Life in Fiji

    December 2, 2009

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    Pearls, Tuamotus, Polynesia

    On Location: Pearl Farming in Polynesia

    November 18, 2009

    After many hours of travel and some needed rest, we awoke in our rooms at the Intercontinental Resort Tahiti to the magnificent views of Moorea Island across the water. We were finally in French Polynesia! The day was stunning and we enjoyed the soft air on our skin as we embarked on an island tour.

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