Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced that they will be taking National Geographic Orion to French Polynesia & the South Pacific in 2018. The five new itineraries will offer one week and two week voyages from March through August 2018. From stunning coral reefs to jubilant welcome ceremonies, guests will discover secluded atolls with some of the world’s most unspoiled undersea, outstanding wildlife, and a wealth of culture – with unmatched access to spectacular landscapes, towering waterfalls and shore landings only accessible by expedition ship and Zodiac. Lindblad’s history in the region and network of friends ensures peak experiences in remote locations, a rich encounter with the geography, and the opportunity to truly “get lost” in paradise.
These are going to be remarkable expeditions to extraordinary locations, and guests will have ample opportunity to dive and snorkel some of the world’s most pristine seas and renowned scuba sites. Part research vessel, part grand hotel, the 102-guest National Geographic Orion is outfitted with a roster of exploration tools including snorkeling gear for all guests, a SCUBA program that can accommodate up to 24 divers at a time with two dive masters, a glass bottom boat, kayaks, paddleboards, a state of the art remote operated vehicle (ROV) that reaches depths of up to 1,000 feet, and a fleet of Zodiacs.
Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific, 18 days Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas, 16 Days Epic Polynesia: Cook Islands to Fiji, French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard, Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands,