Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & PitcairnsOctober 29, 2015 - November 18, 2015
For most activities a moderate level of exertion is required. Participants should be in good general health. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs and tenders for diving and snorkeling activities and excursions ashore. Ashore, you must be able to walk moderate distances over beaches and sometimes rough terrain. Should you have any physical limitations, please notify us in advance of your departure.
Generally the climate should be similar throughout the many South Pacific islands on our voyage—warm, sunny, and humid with occasional, cooling tropical showers. Average daily temperatures will range from the low to upper 60s°F to upper 80s°F, though high humidity can make it feel warmer. This voyage occurs during the dry season, but rainfall is always a possibility.
If you wish to do your own research on the region’s climate, you may want to check local weather conditions on the Internet or the Weather Channel and Accuweather shortly before departure.
The following are average high/low temperatures in October and November for selected locations on our itinerary:
|Puka Puka, Marquesas Islands||85º||73º|
|Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands||73º||65º|
The US dollar is the standard currency on board the Caledonian Sky. However, most guests will pay via credit card at the end of their stay. Please note that a financial transaction fee may occur on some cards. Your voyage includes most necessities; therefore, we strongly recommend that you carry most of your spending money in smaller denominations.
The currency of French Polynesia and Tahiti is the French Pacific franc (XPF), Niue, Cook Islands, Pitcairn Islands is the New Zealand dollar (NZD), and Easter Island is the Chilean peso (CLP).
As of April 2014 the exchange rates are as follows:
|$1 US dollar (USD)||
1.84 Fijian dollar (FJD)
|$1 US dollar (USD)||86.65 French Pacific franc (XPF)|
|$1 US dollar (USD)||1.16 New Zealand dollar (NZD)|
|$1 US dollar (USD)||
559.15 Chilean peso (CLP)
Money can be exchanged into local currency at banks during business hours only at our hotel in Papeete. While major credit cards are accepted at some shops, they will not be useful on the more remote islands. ATMs can be a good option for obtaining local currency if you have a VISA or MasterCard debit or credit card, but access to ATMs, again, varies greatly from island to island. Please have some cash available as back-up. Also ensure you have a four-digit PIN (Personal Identification Number) for your debit or credit card if you wish to obtain currency at ATMs. Please note that some vendors require your credit card PIN in lieu of a signature.
You will receive your Pre-Departure Packet—including a Personal Information Form that will need to be returned to Zegrahm, a complete packing list, reading list, and gift certificates—approximately five months prior to departure. Final documents—including a final itinerary, contact list, and staff biographies—will be sent approximately one month prior.
The Caledonian Sky is equipped with North American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110V.
In French Polynesia, the electrical current is 220-240V with flat, slanted, 3-prong plugs or 110V with flat North American-style, vertical 2-prong plugs. In Chile it is 220V with round European-style, 2-prong plugs. If you are bringing standard, North American appliances with you to use while in French Polynesia, you will need a converter and an adapter.
Extending Your Stay
Interested in extending your stay? Speak with one of our Expedition Advisors to find out how easy it is for you to stay an extra night or two. Or, our Private Travel department is available to design customized extended stays for individuals, families, and groups of friends—the same horizon-broadening adventures and life-changing experiences as our group expedition, but on a flexible, intimate, and personalized scale. Call 800.628.8747 or 206.285.4000 for more information.
Flights are not included in the cost of expeditions; however, Zegrahm has a fully-staffed air department that can assist you with flight arrangements. Since many of our expeditions embark and disembark from remote destinations, the airports that serve these areas often have limited carriers and/or daily flights.
You will need to purchase airfare from your home city/Papeete and Easter Island/Santiago/ home city. For more detailed information, please contact our in-house Air Department for fare quotes, reservations, or other air-related questions.
Airlines change flight times frequently. We will send you any updates as they are received from the carrier for flights booked through Zegrahm Expeditions. Still, we recommend reconfirming the departure time of your flights with the airline directly within 24 hours of departure. This can be done easily online and will ensure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to board your flight.
Internet and Phone
For Internet access, the Caledonian Sky has Wi-Fi access available on two desktop computers in the Panorama Lounge. Due to the remoteness of this itinerary, however, Internet availability may be intermittent and in some cases, unavailable. Rates will be provided with your final documentation, along with contact information for the ship, including phone and fax numbers, as well as email address.
Following is a sample of local times during this expedition when it is 7:00A.M. on the North American west coast:
Seattle, WA (PDT)
|10:00a.m.||New York, NY (EDT)|
|4:00a.m.||French Polynesia - Tahiti and Tuamotu Islands|
|4:30a.m.||French Polynesia - Marquesas Islands|
|9:00a.m.||Easter Island, Chile|