silversea

PAPEETE (Tahiti) To LAUTOKA

SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS expedition cruise Silver Explorer

Instantly conjuring up paradisiacal images, the Pacific Ocean islands are much more than blues skies and palm trees. This is a voyage where the gems of Polynesia shine bright, the spectacular beauty just one facet of this vast, interesting archipelago. From small island communities with legendary warm welcomes to lagoons teeming with kaleidoscopic underwater life, join us as we visit these pearls of the Pacific.
Voyage E1200410013

Book and pay in full by 03 January, 2019 and save 10%

Fares shown are per guest

Cruise itinerary

Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
Click here to see all photos and videos.

Papeete will be your gateway to the tropical paradise of French Polynesia, where islands fringed with gorgeous beaches and turquoise ocean await to soothe the soul. This spirited city is the capital of French Polynesia, and serves as a superb base for onward exploration of Tahiti – an island of breathtaking landscapes and oceanic vistas. Wonderful lagoons of crisp, clear water beg to be snorkelled, stunning black beaches and blowholes pay tribute to the island's volcanic heritage, and lush green mountains beckon you inland on adventures, as you explore extraordinary Tahiti.

Simply saying the name Bora Bora is usually enough to induce gasps of jealousy, as images of milky blue water, sparkling white beaches and casually leaning palm trees immediately spring to mind. The imagination doesn't lie, either, and if you visit, you’ll soon realise this island is every bit as gorgeous as you ever imagined. Thatched wooden huts stand out over shallow, sparkling seawater, with vivid fish swirling just below. Soak up the sun, scuba dive, or simply revel in the opulent luxury of one of the island's many magnificent resorts.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Even high praise like the 'world's most beautiful island' from Lonely Planet's co-founder, Tony Wheeler, won't prepare you for the intoxicating intensity of the coal blue ocean, the glow of the pure white sand, and the soothing ripple of the palm-tree forests at incredible Aitutaki. Breathless romance hangs thick in the air here, especially when a riot of purples, reds and oranges are spreading across the sky, accompanying the sun's descent each evening.
The low-lying atoll of Palmerston is inhabited by three families, all descendants of William Marsters (1831-1899). Members of the community are known to greet visitors and guide small boats into the lagoon through a maze of coral reef. Once ashore, the whole community generally turns out to meet visitors as it is a rare occurrence. The island’s highlights include a church, the oldest house, the cemetery, the school, the underground gardens and “Duke’s Pool,” inviting for a swim or snorkel. In the lagoon’s waters it is possible to find colorful reef-fish, sea cucumbers, rays, and sea turtles.
Home to amazingly bright turquoise waters, Beveridge Reef is located within Niue, in the central Pacific Ocean to the northeast of New Zealand. Beveridge Reef is an undersea mountain capped by a coral atoll that encloses a small lagoon. The larger island of Niue is rather unique in being an isolated island rather than an archipelago. This uniqueness has its influence on the marine life found along Niue's coasts, as it lacks an interconnected 'network' of places to live. The Beveridge Reef was first reported in 1847 by the British Captain Lower-Tinger, commander of the brig 'Berveridge'.
Niue, or “The Rock” as it is known to its inhabitants, is one of the largest raised coral atolls in the Pacific, an island type named “Makatea” after an island in French Polynesia. Niue’s coast lends itself to exploration with stops at points of historical and scenic interest including opportunities for snorkeling, exploring limestone caves, and swimming in Niue’s crystal clear water.
With a population of 6,000, Neiafu is the capital city and the second largest municipality in the Polynesian nation of Tonga (a 169-island archipelago in the South Pacific). The city is situated in a deep- water harbor (Port of Refuge) on the south coast of Vava͛u, the main island of the Vava͛u archipelago in northern Tonga. The waters of this region are known for their clarity and beauty, and the area attracts many humpback whales between June and November.

Nuku is a small tropical island to the west of the larger Kapa Island in the Tongan group. The vivid green vegetation of the low lying island is fringed by white sand beaches that were likely formed by centuries of bright white coral skeletons being eroded into sand grains by waves and time. Living coral reefs surround the tear-drop shaped island of Nuku with a kaleidoscope of color and diverse marine life.
Within the Polynesian nation of Tonga, an archipelago of 169 islands (only 36 of which are inhabited), lies the sand-cay Uoleva Island, one of the Ha'apai islands of Tonga. Uoleva Island is one of the most beautiful and protected anchorages in Tonga and is mostly uninhabited but for its three small resorts. On Uoleva Island visitors will discover pristine, palm tree-lined white sand beaches and clear, light blue waters.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Also known as Thombia Island, the crescent moon-shaped Cobia Island in Fiji is part of the Ringgold Isles archipelago. The arched entrance to Cobia island is lined with trees, and the island is teeming with biodiversity on land and underwater. Cobia Island is part of the Budd Reef and has a submerged volcanic crater with its highest elevation on the west side of the island.
Nabukeru is the largest village located within the grouping of the 20 volcanic islands that make up the Yasawa Islands in Fiji. Until 1987 these islands were closed to land-based tourism and could only be viewed from aboard a vessel. With their clear, aquamarine waters and ecologically diverse tropical, mountainous landscapes, these islands were the location for the filming of the romantic adventure film The Blue Lagoon (both the 1949 and 1980 versions). The islands are famous for the limestone Sawa-i-lau caves, which must be accessed by swimming at low tide through an underwater tunnel.
North of Nadi through sugarcane plantations and past the Sabeto Mountains is Lautoka, nicknamed the Sugar City for the local agriculture and its big processing mill. With a population of around 50,000, it's the only city besides Suva and, like the capital, has a pleasant waterfront. It's the sailing point for Blue Lagoon and Beachcomber Cruises but is otherwise unremarkable for tourists, itself having few hotels and fewer good restaurants. Locals recommend the city as a less-expensive place to shop for clothing, but note that it can take as long as 45 minutes to drive here.

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 20,430 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

Waitlist
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

Waitlist
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

Waitlist
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

Waitlist
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 9,270 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 8,910 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 8,280 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 8,010 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest
  • *Excluding All Full World Cruise and Grand Voyages
  • *If required by air connection. Free Transfers, Hotel are available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer. In case Promotional Flights are not available or for guests not utilizing the promotional bundle offer, we are pleased to offer a $1,500 Air credit. Terms and conditions.

Silver Explorer

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.  A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure. 

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 20,430 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

Waitlist
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

Waitlist
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

Waitlist
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

Waitlist
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 9,270 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 8,910 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 8,280 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 8,010 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

3 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Join us to look for the Pearls of the Pacific. Starting in Tahiti, Silver Explorer will sail through Polynesia via the Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga and will visit several island gems in Fiji. Discover black pearls and underwater wonders, and explore blue lagoons and raised coral islands. Swim with rays and sharks, watch for dolphins and look for seabird colonies on isolated islands in some of Polynesia’s and Melanesia’s best and least known lagoons, or relax on beautiful beaches. Interact with local communities and experience the legendary friendliness of the Pacific Islanders. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

Voyage Highlights:

Bora Bora, Tahiti –
Discover why Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s most famous island. The spectacular beauty of Bora Bora's emerald-green hills and tranquil sapphire-blue lagoon is just one part of the island’s attraction. There are underwater wonders, and the many islets circling the main island make you wish to stay and relax. Interesting sites include the remains of ancient marae stone temples, the Faanui Protestant Church, scenic lookout points with spectacular vistas of the lagoon and distant islands, old WWII remnants and popular Matira Beach.

Aitutaki, Cook Islands –
With a reef that completely encompasses a large turquoise lagoon, Aitutaki is considered one of the most spectacular destinations in the region. Visitors who approach the main village via Zodiac must do so by traveling through a narrow channel. Before getting ashore a warrior will challenge all visitors according to local tradition.

Vava’u Archipelago, Tonga –
The Vava’u Archipelago is known for its raised islands and has one of the most picturesque harbours. The main island has a heritage of plant life, including medicinal varieties used by generations of local people to cure their ailments.

Vanua Balavu, Fiji –
The third largest of the Lau Islands of Fiji, Vanua Balavu is protected by a reef that can be snorkelled from the beach, or from an anchored Zodiac, depending on conditions. Local villages follow ancient traditions, including music, dance and yaqona (kava) ceremonies.

Cobia Island, Ringgold Islands, Fiji –
Cobia Island is the lush remnant of a former volcano, with two small white sand beaches. The volcano’s crater rim has disappeared on the northeast side and has permitted seawater to come in, forming a beautiful blue lagoon where visibility can exceed 120 feet.


  Cultural Highlight:

• Visit small island communities to experience the Polynesian and Melanesian friendliness towards visitors.
• Fijian kava ceremonies are for spectators and participants alike.

Wildlife Watch List:

• Birds: Bridled Tern, Lesser Frigatebird, Black Noddy, Brown Booby, Red-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, Common White Tern, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Red-tailed Tropicbirds, White-tailed Tropicbirds, Pacific Reef Egrets
• Black-banded sea kraits
• Pacific Black Skink
• Dolphins, rays and sharks
• Reef fish
Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

GEAR UP

Not sure what to wear while onboard? Visit our shop and gear up. We've got layers to keep you dry and warm, breezy wear to keep you covered and cool, and accessories to keep everything packed up and ready to go. So, no matter the weather, you'll be better prepared for your expedition.

Our Gear Shop has an expert outfitting staff and features all the essentials:

Clothes for all types of weather, boot rentals, accessories and more »

Packing List »

restaurants & public areas

Your time on board will be time well-spent. Discover the dining options where you'll savour culinary excellence, and the exciting venues where you'll mingle with international travellers while enjoying our all-inclusive lifestyle.