Escape winter and bask in the legendary warmth and pristine beauty of Tahiti and five other evocative South Pacific islands.

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 Looking out over the lagoon of Bora Bora  Dramatic aerial view of Bora Bora in the Society Islands  Tropical fish (Humbug Dascyllus) and pillar coral in the lagoon of Bora Bora  Looking over the lagoon of Bora Bora. Credit: Tahiti-Tourisme.com  Loggerhead sea turtle  Lagoon of Bora Bora. Credit: Tahiti-Tourisme.com  The island of Huahine in the Society Islands  Yellow Plumeria or Frangipani, found in Tahiti  Colorful flowers of Tahiti  A marae or temple area on Moorea  Marae Maeva found on Huahine. Credit: Tahiti-Tourisme.com  A motu, one of many small islands, found in the Society Islands  A lagoon in Tahiti. Credit: Tahiti-Tourisme.com

Voyage to French Polynesia

Featuring Tahiti and Bora Bora Aboard the 148-guest Wind Spirit

11 days from $6,795

Escape winter and bask in the legendary warmth and pristine beauty of Tahiti and five other evocative South Pacific islands.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The trip exceeded my expectations. I chose Smithsonian because my friend and travelling companion had been with them on a trip down the Nile, but I had no idea how wonderful this trip would be.

- Valerie, M

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Overview

Escape winter and bask in the legendary warmth and pristine beauty of Tahiti and five other evocative South Pacific islands. During your voyage aboard a four-masted sailing ship, you’ll learn about the history, mythology, and flora and fauna of the Society Islands during excursions and active adventures.

Highlights Include

  • Tahiti: Hear about the sacred Arahurahu Marae and Paul Gauguin’s life and work, plus enjoy the black-sand beaches.
  • Bora Bora: Rise early for the approach to this pristine island—the essence of the mystique and beauty of the South Seas—and snorkel among tropical fish.
  • Other Islands: Discover Huahine’s deep blue bay, coral atoll, dazzling white-sand beaches, and ancient stone temples. Visit a vanilla plantation and black pearl farm on Taha’a, plus enjoy a traditional Polynesian barbecue on a private motu (small reef island). Stop at Raiatea, a cradle of early Polynesian culture and favorite destination of Captain Cook. Tour the tropical paradise of Moorea, which inspired authors such as James Michener.
  • Wind Spirit: Sail aboard a small sleek four-masted sailing yacht (Windstar Cruises). This award-winning ship features spacious teak decks, upscale amenities, two elegant restaurants, complimentary beverages and gratuities, plus kayaks and snorkeling gear. 

The trip exceeded my expectations. I chose Smithsonian because my friend and travelling companion had been with them on a trip down the Nile, but I had no idea how wonderful this trip would be.

- Valerie, M

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. and Arrive in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

Depart from the U.S. and arrive in bustling, cosmopolitan Papeete, the breathtaking capital of French Polynesia and the gateway to the treasures of the South Pacific. Located on a natural harbor cooled by trade winds, Papeete enjoys one of the finest natural settings in the South Pacific, set against a backdrop of verdant, forest-clad peaks. Its tropical ambiance is complemented by the charm and diversity of its inhabitants, a vibrant blend of native Tahitian, French, and Chinese.  

Day 2 — Papeete

Enjoy the morning at leisure. This afternoon, during an exclusive, included excursion along Tahiti’s west coast, tour the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands to view its significant archaeological finds and learn more about the island’s geology, flora, fauna, culture, and customs. Walk through the sacred Arahurahu Marae, Polynesia’s only fully restored marae (open-air temple). Visit the beautifully landscaped Spring Garden of Vaipahi, home to 75 different species of plants, including precious mape (chestnut), tropical flowers and pine woods. This evening, join your traveling companions for the welcome reception in the hotel. (B,R)

Day 3 — Papeete and Embark

Check out of the hotel and enjoy time at leisure before embarking the Wind Spirit. This evening, attend a private reception and dinner onboard. (B,R,D)

Day 4 — Moorea, Papeete, Tahiti

Intriguing temples evoke Moorea’s Polynesian heritage while European churches underscore its role as the center of 19th-century missionary activity in the Society Islands. Contemporary islanders continue the ways of their forefathers, farming pineapples and papayas and crafting fine works of art from seashells and indigenous wood. In Moorea’s village of Papetoai, a unique, octagonal-shaped church is the oldest European structure in the South Seas still in use. This evening, attend the captain’s farewell reception onboard. (B,L,R,D)

Day 5 — Raiatea and Taha’a

This morning’s tour will present the legends and folklore of Raiatea, “The Sacred Island”. Explore Marae Taputapuatea, the open-air temple comprised of seven marae, built of stones and corals. This is one of the largest ancient temples of French Polynesia and it is from this sacred site that migrations throughout the South Pacific started.

From Taputapuatea, board a Polynesian outrigger motorized canoe, and glide through deep blue waters of the only navigable river in Polynesia, the Faaroa River. Discover the lush vegetation of a tropical forest with wild hibiscus “purau” trees, bamboo groves and Tahitian chestnut trees.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure and then dinner as the ship sails for nearby Taha’a. (B,L,D).

Day 6 — Taha’a, Society Islands, Bora Bora

Idyllically set across an azure lagoon to the north of Huahine, Taha’a is dominated by the profile of Mount Ohiri, named for Hiro, the Polynesian god of sailors and thieves. Today, two exotic enterprises provide the islanders’ livelihoods—the production of the world’s most flavorful vanilla beans and the farming of lustrous black pearls. Spend the day on the private South Pacific paradise of Motu Mahana, where you can swim, snorkel, or kayak, and enjoy a traditional Polynesian feast on the island complemented by entertainment. Cruise to Bora Bora this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Bora Bora

Described as “the most beautiful island in the world” by author James A. Michener, Bora Bora is the proverbial vision of a South Seas paradise. On a panoramic tour, view its distinctive black basalt peak cloaked in a lush tropical forest and silhouetted against turquoise lagoon waters.

Bora Bora was settled by adventurous Polynesian mariners in the 10th century. The islanders have preserved the ways of their forebears and still wear the traditional colorfully hand-dyed pareo (sarong). In Bora Bora’s forested interior, villagers cultivate breadfruit, coconuts, and taro and preserve the ancient ruins of stone marae, the legacy of ancestral Polynesian deities. Learn about the art of dyeing the traditional Polynesian pareo and taste some of these abundant cultivated fruits.

From a lookout point, admire spectacular views of Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora's highest peak, then enjoy time at leisure to explore the island. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Huahine

Soaring peaks, lush rainforests, dazzling white beaches and ancient shrines distinguish this untouched paradise formed of two islands—Huahine-Nui and Huahine-Iti—separated by a deep sapphire blue bay and ringed by a coral atoll. The idyllic port of Fare lies nestled between the sea and a woodland of towering mape trees draped with sweet-scented vanilla vines. In the nearby settlement of Maeva, the ancient religious center of Huahine-Nui, stand ten marae (temples), built in the 16th century of locally quarried stone and dedicated to the Polynesian deities Tane and Oro. This evening, sail to Moorea and Opuhonu Bay. (B,L,D) 

Day 9 — Cook’s Bay, Moorea

Once on the island of Moorea, board a four-wheel-drive vehicle for a ride through Moorea’s deep valleys and mountains. Relax and enjoy the magnificent sights on the way to the Belvedere lookout point for an incredible panoramic view of Cook and Opuhohu Bays. Set sail this evening for Raiatea. (B,L,D) 

Days 10-11 — Papeete, Disembark, and Return to the U.S.

Disembark the ship and continue on to the Bora Bora post-program option or transfer to the airport for flights home. Arrive in the U.S. the following day. (1B)

All program features are contingent upon final brochure pricing.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)