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EASTER ISLAND To PAPEETE (Tahiti)

SOUTH AMERICA expedition cruise Silver Explorer

The mutineers of The Bounty fame chose this idyllic spot to revolt, a legacy that speaks volumes. Join us for a journey that reverses part of this odyssey - starting on the mysterious Easter Island, set sail for the Pitcairn Islands before reaching tropical perfection - Bora Bora and Tahiti. Along the way, enjoy a conversation with the mutineers’ descendants and enjoy authentic island life away from the tourists.
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Cruise itinerary

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Discovered (by the Western world) on Easter Sunday, 1722, Easter Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most isolated places on the face of the Earth, some 2,300 miles from the Chilean mainland. Although more Polynesian than South American in character, the 64-square mile island was annexed by Chile in 1888, and is now famous as the world’s largest ‘open air museum’ on account of the Moai, or human-like stone statues, that can be found on the island.

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.
Discovered in 1606 by a Portuguese explorer, Ducie is a small isolated atoll and is the easternmost of the Pitcairn Islands. The island’s most prominent bit of history is the 1881 wreckage of the mail ship Acadia, which ran aground on the island when the lookout mistook the island for a cloud due to its white beaches. Ducie is a mere speck in the surrounding expanse of ocean, uninhabited except for the estimated 500,000 nesting seabirds that reside among the two plant species (Beach Heliotrope and at least one specimen of Pemphis) that grow over seventy percent of the island.
On this remote and uninhabited piece of land – a raised coral island virtually untouched by man – you will get a true sense of how the landscape has appeared for endless years, while gaining an understanding of how natural selection has resulted in Henderson’s primary attraction: four endemic land birds. To protect the rare, natural state of Henderson Island, UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage Site in 1988.
With a total of 56 residents on the island, Adamstown is the capital of the Pitcairn Islands and the only populated settlement, as all of the other Pitcairn Islands are uninhabited (although were populated by Polynesians in the 11th through 15th centuries). Halfway between Peru and New Zealand, Pitcairn was the perfect hiding spot for the famed HMS Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives. Not only had the island been misplaced on early maps of the region, but it can also be very difficult to come ashore as large breakers tend to build up just in front of the small harbour of Bounty Bay.
Named after whaling ship Eno, Oeno Island is a small (0.5 square kilometer) coral atoll and the westernmost of the Pitcairn Islands. This beautiful island is low-lying and rarely visited, with the exception of nearby Pitcairners arriving on their annual holidays. The little island is surrounded by white sandy beaches inside a stunning blue lagoon studded with vegetation. A sand bar, which is constantly undergoing change, is currently unattached to the island.
In the Gambier Islands of French Polynesia, Mangareva is the largest island with a population of over 1,200 people.  Most live in the largest village on the island, Rikitea. 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 helped ancient islanders survive much more successfully than on nearby islands with no reefs. Small ships are able to enter the lagoon of Mangareva.
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.
Raivavae has been described as a smaller and laid-back version of Bora Bora –without the tourists. In addition to strolling the white sand beach of Mahanatoa on one of Raivavae Island’s motu (a local name for a reef islet), it is possible to circumnavigate the island by road to view a marae and lush greenery. All this is surrounded by the quintessence South Sea with its crystal clear waters and coconut palm tree fringes. Snorkelers may enjoy seeing the reef fish at one of the motu while tropicbirds, reef herons, and noddies glide overhead.
Rurutu is well known for her caves and cave dwellers of old. The island is a lifted atoll and the shorelines of steep cliffs are spectacular. The people of Rurutu Island welcome infrequent visitors with their drums beating and families singing in an invigorating welcome ceremony that includes island dancing. An adventure to Ana Ae’o cave may involve a convoy of the famous “Le Truck” vehicles not to mention bamboo-lit flares and native warriors chanting from high in the caves.
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.
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.

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.

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Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

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Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

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Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 25,110 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 22,770 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

From US$ 19,260 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 13,770 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 13,230 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 12,240 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 11,790 with early booking bonus
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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$ 29,610 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 26,820 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 25,110 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 22,770 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

From US$ 19,260 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 13,770 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 13,230 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 12,240 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 11,790 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest

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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 for a journey that reverses part of the odyssey of the mutineers of the Bounty when they were looking for a new home in what today is French Polynesia. Starting on Easter Island we will get to see all four of the Pitcairn Islands before heading over to the Gambier and Austral Islands, finally reaching Bora Bora and Tahiti. Birders will love the opportunity to see rare endemics as well as large seabird colonies, while snorkelers get to see what is hidden to most when visiting the Pitcairn and Austral Islands. Go to islands on the fringes of Polynesia and see sites that have made it into literature and films and still be one of the few privileged that have managed to get there.
Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

 

Voyage Highlights:

Easter Island, Chile
Easter Island’s National Park Rapa Nui is one of Chile’s most famous sites. The many mysteries and histories surrounding the settling of the island and the hundreds of stone statues known as moai make this island a dream for archaeologically interested visitors.

Ducie Atoll, Pitcairn Islands, UK
Ducie, the easternmost of the Pitcairn Islands, is a small isolated atoll, uninhabited except for thousands of nesting seabirds that reside among the two plant species (beach heliotrope and at least one specimen of Pemphis) that grow over seventy percent of the island. Bird species normally seen include Murphy's Petrels, Common White Terns, Great Frigatebirds and Masked Boobies.

Henderson, Pitcairn Islands, UK
This remote and uninhabited raised coral island was inhabited by Polynesians a few hundred years ago. Henderson’s isolation has led to its primary attraction: four endemic land birds: the flightless Henderson Rail, Stephen’s (or Henderson) Lorikeet, the Henderson Fruit Dove, and the Henderson Reed Warbler. The island is also known to have ten endemic species of plant life. To protect the rare, natural state of Henderson Island, UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage Site in 1988.

Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands, UK
Halfway between Peru and New Zealand, Pitcairn was the perfect hiding spot for the HMAV Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives. Not only had the island been misplaced on early maps of the region, but large breakers tend to build up just in front of the small harbour of Bounty Bay. Highlights on Pitcairn Island, apart from meeting the descendants of the Bounty mutineers, is a visit to the museum, the cemetery, the school and a hike towards Fletcher Christian’s cave. Birders should be on the lookout for the endemic Pitcairn Reed Warbler, while stamp collectors will certainly want to purchase a few of the coveted Pitcairn Island stamps to keep as reminders of their visit to this remote island. Pitcairn Island cook books, hand-carved replicas of the Bounty, walking canes, and other souvenirs will be set up at Adamstown’s meeting ground next to the church and post office.

Mangareva, Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
Mangareva is the main island of the Gambier Islands and together with several smaller islands is the visible part of an old volcano. Before the large lagoon had been used for black pearl farming, local divers brought up black-lip pearl oysters for their mother-of-pearl and used them for trade. 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 and shows the excellent workmanship of the locals. Pearl farms dot the lagoon and the church is still involved in teaching students how to engrave mother-of-pearl shells.

Rurutu, Austral Islands, French Polynesia
Rurutu’s rugged, mountainous landscape is carpeted in lush vegetation and rimmed with a barrier reef. It is not only the remains of an extinct volcano, but was also uplifted when it had been in the state of becoming an atoll and is now considered a makatea. The main village of Moerai has one of the few passes leading ashore. Ana Aeo, believed to be a dwelling place of early Polynesians, is an enormous limestone cave with a dramatic background of stalactites and stalagmites.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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, and old WWII remnants.

 

Cultural Highlights:

  • Visit Pitcairn Island, speak to the descendants of the Bounty mutineers and see the spot where Fletcher Christian hid from his fellow outlaws.
  • See Mangareva’s St. Michael’s Cathedral and marvel at the craftsmanship of the Polynesian artists creating the altar.
  • Get to see island life away from French Polynesia’s capital Papeete.

 

Wildlife Watch List:

  • Dolphins: common and bottlenose dolphins
  • Seabirds: Masked and Brown Boobies, Sooty Terns, Herald and Henderson Petrels, Great Frigatebirds, Red-tailed and White-tailed Tropicbirds
  • Land and water birds: Pitcairn and Henderson Reed Warblers, Henderson Fruit Doves, Henderson Rails, Henderson Lorikeets , Pacific Reef Egrets

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.

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