Silversea Luxury Cruises To MANGAREVA (Gambier Islands)

MANGAREVA (Gambier Islands)
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Mangareva

In the Gambier Islands of French Polynesia, Mangareva is the largest island with a population of over 1,200 people. Most live in Rikitea, the largest village on the island. A high central ridge runs the length of Mangareva peaking with Mt. Duff, which rises over 440 meters from the sea on the island's south coast. The island has a large lagoon sprinkled with coral reefs whose tropical fish and the black-lip oysters have helped islanders survive much more successfully than on other nearby islands. View more

Small ships are able to enter the lagoon of Mangareva. Ashore visitors can walk through the town, see the remains of the massive stone and coral buildings dating back to the 19th century or climb up Mt. Duff. The highlights in town include the cathedral with its mother-of-pearl shell altar and objects designed and built in the 1830s and 1840s and partially restored by the students of Rikitea’s school just a few years ago.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions in MANGAREVA (Gambier Islands)

Mangareva

Mangareva is the main island of the Gambier Islands, and together with Taravai, Akamaru, Aukena and several smaller islands is the visible part of an old volcano. While the island was once heavily forested, excessive logging by the islanders from the 10th through the 15th centuries resulted in deforestation of the island, with disastrous results for its environment and economy. Before the large lagoon became used for black pearl farming, local divers brought up black-lip pearl oysters for their mother-of-pearl and used them for trade.


As you land at Mangareva, enjoy a traditional greeting with flower lei and enjoy a performance of traditional dance.


Mangareva is known as the cradle of Catholicism in French Polynesia and in the mid-19th century St. Michael's Cathedral was built using large amounts of mother-of-pearl shells to decorate the altar. The building has recently been renovated. There is the opportunity to visit this church and see the incredible workmanship up close.


Explore the island, and possibly swim or snorkel in the lagoon (conditions depending) before returning to the ship.


Please note: This tour entails very little walking, walking optional. Guests are recommended to wear hat, sunscreen and light clothing; guests wishing to swim should bring a suit and change of clothes.

Music and Moves in Mangareva

Beautiful reef-blotched waters surround the island of Mangareva, where you can experience overwhelming natural beauty and the warmest of welcomes. The majority of the island's population call Rikitea home, and you'll be treated to a unique islanders welcome and rewarding insight into French Polynesian life. Head to the whitewashed Catholic Church's twin towers, which stand tall and are the scenic venue for the performance, which is held within the church's glorious lemon-yellow interior. The Cathedral is the biggest in French Polynesia. Be moved, as St. Michael's Cathedral fills with harmonies and music during the Himene, a special choir performance sung in a cappella in a highly rhythmic style.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.