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SOUTH PACIFIC – FIJI TO TAHITI

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DATES: 2022 –OCT 9

DURATION: 14 DAYS/13 NIGHTS

EMBARK: LAUTOKA, FIJI

DISEMBARK:  PAPEETE, TAHITI

SHIP: Silver Explorer

FROM: $11,070

After 10% Early Booking Savings

Free Economy or reduced rate Business Class Air  – Pre-Cruise transfers and hotel.

 

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All about the SOUTH PACIFIC – FIJI TO TAHITI.

Forget everything you think you know about South Pacific travel. Because while this cruise goes to paradisiacal places such as Fiji, Tonga, the Cook Islands and of course lovely French Polynesia, it turns your preconceived ideas on their head. Far from just beach days, you’ll be visiting rarely seen authentic villages, swimming with humpback whales, enjoying welcome ceremonies and hiking through verdant jungles.

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, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Personalized service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited free Wi-fi 
  • Free Economy Air – or reduced rate Business Class air
  • Pre-cruise hotel stay and transfers

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spa and Beauty Parlor Services
  • Select premium wines
  • Additional pre- or post-cruise arrangements

  1. Day 1 ARRIVE LAUTOKA, FIJI

    Transfer to your included hotel. Fiji’s second-biggest settlement opens up a world of blissful beaches and turquoise seascapes, while its dense jungle lures the adventurous deep into its embrace. Experience rich Fijian life, and see dramatic displays like warrior dances, and remarkable local practices like firewalks, which kick up burning embers into the night’s sky. Legend says the city took its name after two chiefs faced each other in a duel. Sugar is Lautoka’s main trade, but its botanical gardens are a sweet insight into the tropical plant life that thrives here – from pearl white lilies to tall, fragrant orchids. Remote, wild and unspoiled, these are some of the best tropical beaches in the world.

  2. DAY 2 LAUTOKA, FIJI - EMBARKATION

    Enjoy some beach time before transferring to the ship.

  3. DAY 3 LEVUKA, OVALAU; LELEUVIA, FIJI

    Levuka highlights both the historical and natural aspects of Fiji. The small island of Ovalau is located off the east coast of Viti Levu. The quaint town of Levuka has the honor of having been Fiji’s very first capital where King Cakobau reigned and where the deed of cession to Queen Victoria was signed in 1874. Many of the old buildings in the town have remained nearly unchanged since the late 1800s. Here one can find Fiji’s first government school, the popular Ovalau Club, and the “Cession Stone” commemorating the signing of the Deed of Cession. Just outside the city, it is possible to hike through pristine rainforest and take in the magnificent natural beauty of the surrounding area.

    Leleuvia is a small low-lying island southeast of Ovalau with a length of barely 500 meters. Situated between the chiefly island of Bau, Moturiki and Ovalau, almost equidistant from Ovalau and the Central Eastern coast of Viti Levu, this lush, green island hosts a small resort. An easily accessible reef with many colorful reef fish 10 meters off of Leleuvia’s western beach invites to be explored. Resident sea kraits are often seen resting ashore north of the small pier. Despite its small size and the resort on its southern side, the island still has quite an extensive forest of tamanu (Alexandrian laurel), lantern trees, fish-poison trees and beach gardenia. There are also local clusters of beach hibiscus, beach heliotrope and Pacific rosewood where Sacred Kingfishers, Orange-breasted Honeyeaters, and Pacific Swallows have been recorded.

    2 Included Shore Excursions –
    Hike with Silversea Expedition team
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Extensive

    Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition Team
    ACTIVITY LEVEL- Moderate

  4. DAY 4 VANUA BALAVU, LAU ISLANDS, FIJI

    East of Vanua Levu and Viti Levu, Vanua Balavu, the third largest of the Lau Islands, is part of Fiji’s Eastern Division. The island is protected by a barrier reef of some 130 kilometers in length. The enclosed lagoon area promises excellent snorkeling while the reef keeps larger ships at bay. Vanua Balavu has a special geological set-up: it has a volcanic part in the south and uplifted coral in the north, even hot springs and limestone caves exist. 17 villages with a total of roughly 1200 inhabitants are found along the shore of the island. Lomaloma is the island’s main village with schools, a post office, police station and a small hospital. As the Lau Group was once under Tongan rule, with the Tongan chief Ma’afu residing in the village of Lomaloma, folkloric presentations feature Fijian and Tongan music and dance and have formed a special union. There still are some 400 Tongans living in the village of Sawana, the southern part of Lomaloma.

    4 Included Shore Excursions:

    Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    Enjoy a Zodiac cruise around the coast of Cakaunitabua island, looking at lush vegetation and limestone coastal features of this beautiful island, home of the Golden dove, Velvet dove, Fiji petrels, Fiji Goshawk and many others.

    Hike with Silversea Expedition team
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Extensive
    Join your expedition team in a hike on easy but uneven dirt path, up to a viewpoint and enjoy the scenery of the two sides of the island. Keep your eyes wide open for the many shore birds you might encounter such as the Barn owl, Crimson shining parrots, Blue-crowned lorikeet among many others.

    Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Physically fit
    Vanau Balavu is protected by a reef that can be snorkeled from the beach, or an anchored Zodiac, depending on conditions.

    On land Vanua Balavu is full of near-perfect, sandy beaches that ring the group’s perimeter below the rugged hills above. Within the limestone hills is Vale Ni Bose (”Meeting House of the Gods”), a cavernous area lined with limestone walls and a pool of crystalline water. The Bay of Islands, also known as Qilaqila in the northwest portion of the island is an ideal snorkel and swimming site and a favorite place for boaters to drop anchor.

    Your snorkel master and team will set up a snorkel site for you to enjoy the underwater views of this beautiful side of the world on the look for Tuna, Barracudas, with luck some Manta rays and many others.

     

    Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    The largest village on Vanua Balavu is Loma Loma (or Lomaloma), located on the southeast coast. In the mid-19th century Tonga conquered the island, and the village of Sawana was built next to Lomaloma. Fifth-generation Tongan descendants still live in Sawana, and the houses with rounded ends show the influence of Tongan architecture. There are nine total villages on the island, and they each follow ancient traditions, including music, dance and yaqona (kava) ceremonies.

    Conditions permitting, go ashore on tenders to visit Lomaloma village for a traditional Kava Ceremony (Sevuisevu) and welcome ceremony, followed by a village tour. Return to enjoy a traditional Fijian entertainment with a Togan twist known as Laklaka.

  5. DAY 5 FULANGA, FIJI

    As part of the Southern Lau Group, Fulanga is one of Fiji’s easternmost islands. Fulanga has a large central lagoon with a 50-meter wide pass to the ocean on its northeastern side. The crescent-shaped raised limestone island is famous for its numerous islands, mushroom-shaped islets and many sandy beaches in the calm lagoon. Some 400 residents live in three small villages. The two villages of Muana-i-rai and Muana-i-cake are quite close together on the southern exterior side with a very narrow passage allowing access to the ocean, while Naividamu, the third village, is on the interior, i.e. lagoon side. Muana-i-cake is the main village and hosts the kindergarten and primary school, a post office and first aid station. Old-style houses made of corrugated iron are predominant with limited solar power for the odd refrigerator and television set. Although many islanders have left Fulanga to look for work in Suva, traditional crafts are still practiced by men and women. The weavers and carvers producing pandanus mats and wooden bowls for kava ceremonies are not only valued on Fulanga. Their products can leave on the monthly supply vessel and is highly sought after in Suva.

    2 Included Shore Excursions:

    Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    Venture in a Zodiac and enjoy a tour in the surroundings, admiring the exposed reefs and enjoying as birdwatching. On the look for Mallards, Golden Doves, Ruddy turnstones among others.

    Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    Have a 30 minutes easy walk on sandy beach to visit the small community and its people and with some luck, spot the shore birds of the region like the Crimson shinning parrot, the Red shinning parrot the very picturesque Collared lory and many others.

  6. DAY 6 UOLEVA ISLAND, TONGA

    Uoleva is one of those classic postcards or webpage images of a south sea island. Clean white sand beaches, abundant coconut palms, and clear blue shallow waters with the visible shapes of coral bommies and reefs. It is easy to imagine being castaway on such an island without a care. But as with most natural places, there is always an alternative to relaxing, such as beach-combing, swimming, snorkeling and exploring the island. The coral reef has a rich display of marine life to explore with a snorkel. The warm, clear waters promote coral growth which supports animal life like feather stars, fan worms, sponges and sea squirts. Fish of many shapes, colors and habits provide you with unlimited opportunities to watch their behaviors. Some dart in and out of corals while others sit on the bottom waiting for food to pass by. Many fish gather in schools to search the reef for algae to feed on, while other schools swirl in the water column nabbing passing plankton. The island has some visitor accommodation but is still mainly used by locals for coconut growing and pig grazing. If you see a mound on Uoleva it is probably a traditional pigeon snaring trap. The Tongans boat over from the adjacent island of Lifuka, or wade over at low tide. It was at Lifuka that Captain Cook named Tonga the ’friendly islands’ after a welcome feast. Little did he know that the feast was part of a plan to slaughter him and his crew that did not quite happen. The name ’friendly’ stuck though and is very appropriate today.

    1 Included Shore Excursion:

    Uoleva Island, Tonga
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    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 several small resorts.

    Uoleva was first settled by the Lapita people in 900 BCE, but at this time the sea level was two meters higher than it is today, which made it a smaller island. Archaeologists have reported on finding evidence of multiple lines of chiefs, including the Mata’uvave chiefs that began in the fifteenth century.

    On Uoleva Island expect pristine, palm tree-lined white sand beaches and clear, light blue waters. In addition to reaching Uoleva by boat, it can also be reached by foot (via a 30-minute strenuous walk); the reef between the north tip of Uoleva and the south tip of Lifuka is shallow enough at low tide to walk across.

    Once you arrive, take time to enjoy this amazing, pristine place. Relax on the beach, take a swim or go snorkeling to appreciate the island’s clear waters teeming with ocean life.

  7. DAY 7 NEIAFU, EUAIKI ISLAND, TONGA

    With a population of 6,000, Neiafu is the capital of the Vava’u Group and the second largest municipality in the Polynesian nation of Tonga (a 169-island archipelago in the South Pacific). The city is situated next to a deep- water harbor (Port of Refuge) on the south coast of Vava’u, the main island of the Vava’u 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. A popular destination in Neiafu is the ‘Ene’io Botanical Garden, a bird sanctuary that promotes the survival of exotic and native bird species as well as supports and conserves a diverse array of plant life.

     

    A typical tropical island in the South Pacific should have white sand, coconut palms, a calm turquoise sea and coral reefs reaching to the shore. Eueiki has all that. The 19-hectare (48-acre) island is one of the Vava’u island group of Tonga and is privately owned, with a small resort. Eueiki is made of limestone laid down by marine life thousands of years ago and later uplifted. Take a walk from the island’s beach to the shade of the island’s interior. Listen for birds. The names of the Polynesian Triller and the Tongan Whistler (a Vava’u endemic) give away their identity. The ‘coos’ are made by fruit-eating Pacific Pigeons or Purple-capped Fruit-doves. Screeches identify Tongan (Insular) Flying Foxes. Fascinating to watch, these large bats are sacred and protected by the King of Tonga. Coral reefs provide great snorkelling, with clear waters giving excellent views of the diverse corals and fish. Healthy corals are mostly green, brown and occasionally blue due to the algae that lives in the flesh of the skeleton-making coral polyps. It is the texture and shapes of the coral that make them fascinating. Some are soft and some are hard. Growth forms include shrubby, finger, plate, massive (round domes) and branched. Small reef fish linger on the reef, none more so than the anemonefish. Small groups of these orange, white, and sometimes black, banded fish find protection amongst the tentacles of sea anemones. Anemonefish are nicknamed Nemos after the Finding Nemo movie. Find Nemo in the word anemone.

    4 Included Shore Excursions

    Neiafu, Vava’u Group, Tonga
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    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.

    Explore the Ene͛io Botanical Garden, a bird sanctuary that promotes the survival of exotic and native bird species as well as supports and conserves a diverse array of plant life.

    Get a flavor for the island’s city life, which is a must to experience.

     

    Vanilla Plantation & Cultural Experience
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    The vanilla crop is an important source of income for the island of Neiafu. Take an excursion to a vanilla plantation to observe either beans being harvested, beans being dried or flowers being pollinated, depending on the timing of the season. There are also finished, processed vanilla along with a story board on the story of Vanilla and Heilala Vanilla.

    After your visit to the plantation, board the bus heading to Talihau to take part in a cultural demonstration. Learn firsthand the art of tapa making, see locally made handicrafts, and also watch floor show and dancing to entertain you as you enjoy a fruit refreshment.

    Make the 25-minute return to the ship.

    Mount Talau Hiking
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    This excursion is a great way to, as the locals put it, ”go to the mountain.” Mt. Talau is a high point in the Vava’u Island Group and offers spectacular views, especially at sunrise and sunset. This excursion is scheduled for midmorning, but guests will still experience stunning vistas of the harbor and the amazing colors of the water that can be seen from this high vantage point.

    After a short drive up the mountain, hike up 177 cement stairs to the top up well-made stairs that have a sturdy handrail. The exception to this is the entry onto the viewing platforms, where there is no handrail. Guest are advised to take extra care as steps may be covered in brush. Tour subject to cancellation in the event there is wet weather, as stairs would be too slippery.

    Return to the ship after your 90-minute round-trip hike.

    Ene’io Botanical Garden
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

  8. DAY 8 CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATELINE – GAIN A DAY – ALOFI, NIUE

    Alofi, the capital of Niue island, or “The Rock” as it is known to its inhabitants. The island has a population of only around 600 inhabitants, giving it the modest title of being the second smallest capital “city” in the world. The island does boast an international airport but despite this, tourism is not as rife here as in some of the other, better known Polynesian idylls. Niue has a distinctive beauty all of its own. Think less of the sweeping, romantic beaches for which Polynesia is famous and more sheltered rocky coves, jewel-like reef pools, headlands, tropical forest, coconut plantations and neat, colorful villages scattered throughout the island’s 100 sq. miles. The crystal clear waters and limestone caves of beautiful Alofi Bay offer spectacular snorkeling opportunities. The island is sometimes referred to as its ancient name of Savage Island. Niueans’ nature of worship was in the past joyful and ecstatic. Islanders would receive the power of the divine by dancing around a campfire. These ceremonies, called tugi e mama (lighting the fires) were especially used before going to war, when a priest or shaman would light a fire and call out to the gods to come to the aid of the troops who were about to enter in battle. As one of Polynesia’s poorer islands, today Niue has no organized religion, although islanders are incredibly spiritual. Thus, there are no real places of worship but rather areas of land – known as taugas – marked out and reserved solely for the breeding of birds and crabs. 

    2 Included Shore Excursions:

    Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    One of the largest raise coral atolls in the Pacific, Niue, is known as ”The Rock” to its inhabitants. The area around Alofi is marked by steep limestone cliffs, coastal caves and the beautiful Alofi Bay. Explore by Zodiac this beautiful coast and its limestone caves.

    Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Extensive

    Follow your Expedition Guide on a Minimal activity walk to the natural Matapa Chasm, noted for its expansive face and historical importance as a reserved bathing place for Niue’s traditional kings. Be amazed by the breathtaking view where freshwater meets salt water and perhaps even take a dip in the sparkling waters. Thereafter we shall make our way to the Palaha Cave. The cave is a short walk from the main road over the natural stones where you will get the first glimpse of the cave and the reef. The cave consists of amazing natural formation of limestone and fossilized corals.

    If that does not sound like something you want to do, another possibility is to go to Togo. The village is reached by a track starting about 4km north of Hakupu. After leaving the bush, the track descends through a mass of jagged coral pinnacles to a grassy flat where a passage leads off the edge of a chasm. At the foot of the chasm there is a beach of fine golden sand from which some coconut trees rise, almost reaching to the rim of the chasm.

  9. DAY 9 DAY AT SEA

    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 going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  10. DAY 10 PALMERSTON, COOK ISLANDS

    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 and Zodiacs into the lagoon through a maze of coral reef to reach the only inhabited islet –commonly called “Home”. 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. Overhead there is birdlife including tropicbirds, boobies, noddies, frigatebirds and terns.

    1 Included Shore Excursion:

    Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition team
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    One of the Cook Islands, Palmerston Island is one of the most remote destinations in the world. Palmerston islet one of a small grouping of coral atoll islets connected by a coral reef and encircling a beautiful lagoon.

    The Cook Islands are named after Captain James Cook, who named them all but only ever set foot on Palmerston, in 1774. The island was named after Lord Palmerston of the British Admiralty. The island’s original, ancient name was Avarau, meaning ”200 harbors.”

    Enjoy a day of cultural exchange and relaxation on Palmerston. Arrive for a welcome ceremony led by the mayor that also includes a performance of local school children. Then tour the island and enjoy a guided walking tour, as well as free time to swim, snorkel, explore the island, shop local handicrafts or just relax on the beach.

    Return to the ship.

  11. DAY 11 AITUTAKI, COOK ISLANDS

    When Lonely Planet co-founder describes somewhere as “the world’s most beautiful island” you can be sure that you are in for a treat. Incredible Aitutaki, inspiring Aitutaki, unbelievable, idyllic and unimaginable, there are simply not enough superlatives to describe quite how amazing Aitutaki is. Brought to light in 1779 by Captain Bligh, the Mutiny on the Bounty meant that Aitutaki has something of a bloodthirsty history. While Europeans missionaries eventually settled on the island in the 19th century (evidenced by the white, coral-encrusted walls of the many churches) the island’s Polynesian history dates to around 900AD. Traditional songs and dances from this period still exist (although Christian hymns, known as “imene metua” are also popular), and are performed by islanders with gusto and much pride. The island is part of the Cook Islands, one of the most secluded and romantic archipelagos in the world. With its powder white sand, warm turquoise waters and sense of casual luxury, it is easy to see why the island has earnt itself the moniker of honeymooner’s island. However, there is much more to Aitutaki than just fun in the sun. With a reef that completely encompasses a large turquoise lagoon, Aitutaki is considered one of the most spectacular diving and snorkeling destinations in the world. Added to the tropical excitement is that when entering the main village via Zodiac along a narrow channel – travelers will be greeted by a traditional and customary warrior challenge.

    2 Included Shore Excursions:

    Lagoon Cruise with Beach Break
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    Aitutaki’s deep blue lagoon is considered to be one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world. Part volcanic and part atoll, the island’s geographical structure makes this lagoon extremely unique in the region.

    Arrive to a welcome ceremony and step on the special welcome stone. Then take a leisurely cruise across the lagoon, visiting sand bars where you can stand in 2 feet of water and hand-feed schools of colorful tropical fish, or see giant clams up close. Visit one of many motus (islets) where the red-tailed tropic birds (tavake) nest. Snorkel off of Honeymoon Island and again at One Foot Island for some beautiful underwater viewing.

    Enjoy a BBQ picnic lunch on One Foot Island. After lunch take time to walk around the island perhaps getting your passport stamped at the One Foot Island Post Office. You can also go swimming or just relax on the white sand beach, admiring the turquoise lagoon before you.

    Return to the pier.

     

    Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    Experience the color, rhythms and rituals of a lively island festival, as you arrive on the sandy shores of the utterly unspoiled Cook Islands. A spectacular South Pacific paradise of intense color and heavenly seascapes, there is a lot to celebrate here. Enjoy festivities showcasing the local dance, culture and heritage, try the island’s freshly prepared dishes while also relishing time to soak in the stunning surroundings. The gleaming white sands and glowing azure seas are the idyllic setting for this day of island celebrations, on what’s said to be the ’most beautiful lagoon in the world’.

    The duration of the festival is approximately 5 hours and and all guests can join in anytime.

  12. DAY 12 DAY AT SEA

    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 going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  13. DAY 13 BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA

    If you have ever dreamt up your ideal island holiday, we suspect it goes something like this: Soapy blue seas? Check. Sparkling white beaches? Check. Thatched wooden huts, gently sloping palm trees and kaleidoscopic marine life? Check, check and check. And yet, even by ticking every box, first time viewing of Bora Bora still defies belief. This tropical hideaway less than 12 m2 in the heart of the South Pacific has been toping travel wish lists for years. Long considered the realm of honeymooners – spectacularly romantic sunsets are a specialty – Bora Bora is not just for wandering with your love. If the prismatic shades of blue of the world’s most beautiful lagoon do not fill you up, then perhaps underwater scooters and aqua Safaris will charge your batteries. If exploring Bora Bora’s lush hinterland is more your glass of tequila sunrise, then trips around the island (often stopping off at the celebrity haunt Bloody Mary Restaurant & Bar) are a must. Bora Bora’s peaceful ambience has not always been the case. The island was a US supply base, known as “Operation Bobcat” during WWII. During this time, Bora Bora was home to nine ships, 20,000 tons of equipment and nearly 7,000 men. Eight massive 7-inch naval cannons were installed around the island, all but one of which is still in place. Although little is known of the history of the island, it is known that Bora Bora was called Vava’u in ancient times. This supports belief that the island was colonized by Tongans prior to French annex in 1888.

    4 Included Shore Excursions:

    Discover Bora Bora in Local Truck
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    No superlatives can adequately describe the spectacular beauty of Bora Bora’s emerald-green hills and tranquil sapphire-blue lagoons. On this excursion, take a leisurely, fun ride on the open-air ”Le Truck,” a colorful truck that takes you on a scenic tour of Bora Bora.

    Enjoy the sights as you pass by groves of coconut palms and tiny villages hugging the shoreline. Learn about the interesting history, traditions and cultures of the Tahitians on your narrated drive along the 22-mile road that circles this legendary island. Discover the villages of Farepiti, Faanui and Anau with their mysterious ”Marae,” the ancient stone temples.

    Also pass the Faanui Protestant Church as well as scenic lookout points with spectacular vistas of the lagoon and distant islands, old WWII remnants and popular Matira Beach. Return to the ship.

    Tapuna 4WD Safari
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    No superlatives can adequately describe the spectacular beauty of Bora Bora’s emerald-green hills and tranquil sapphire-blue lagoons. On this excursion, get in a 4WD vehicle to discover the wild interior of Bora Bora, its World War II remains and the unforgettable, spectacular panoramic views over the lagoon’s exquisite shades of blue.

    Fun and friendly, in addition to the main sites of the island, the Tupuna tour brings you to a pareo workshop in the valley of Faanui, where patterns are hand-painted on fabrics with a paintbrush, a technique allowing to create a large variety of beautiful designs.

    The tour also stops at beautiful Matira Beach, an essential place to visit on Bora Bora main island. Make your way to the ship after this delightful morning of discovering this side of Bora Bora.

    Bloody Mary’s Lunch
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    Enjoy an afternoon of relaxed dining and live local music at the local favorite, Bloody Mary’s restaurant. Arrive by Zodiac directly at the restaurant’s docks, disembarking to the venue. Receive a welcome lei as you arrive and take in the charming atmosphere of this tiki bar.

    Bloody Mary’s has an interesting history. It was opened by a Polish/Australian man known as Baron George, in November of 1979. The restaurant was built of jungle timber and bamboo to create the charm and romance of the islands that James A. Michener presented in his book Tales of the South Pacific.

    Step into the restaurant and feel like you’ve walked onto a movie set, complete with a wall of fame filled with photographs of famous people who have been to Bloody Mary’s.

    After a delicious luncheon and time to relax in this lovely atmosphere, it is time to return to the ship.

    Bloody Mary’s Happy Hour
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    Enjoy an afternoon of relaxed dining and live local music at the local favorite, Bloody Mary’s restaurant. Arrive by Zodiac directly at the restaurant’s docks, disembarking to the venue. Receive a welcome lei as you arrive and take in the charming atmosphere of this tiki bar.

    Bloody Mary’s has an interesting history. It was opened by a Polish/Australian man known as Baron George, in November of 1979. The restaurant was built of jungle timber and bamboo to create the charm and romance of the islands that James A. Michener presented in his book Tales of the South Pacific.

    Step into the restaurant and feel like you’ve walked onto a movie set, complete with a wall of fame filled with photographs of famous people who have been to Bloody Mary’s.

    After a delicious luncheon and time to relax in this lovely atmosphere, it is time to return to the ship.

    1 Selected Shore Excursion:

    Scenic Lagoon Helicopter Ride
    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Moderate

    Enjoy a magical and unforgettable helicopter flight over Polynesia’s most lovely landscapes. This excursion is a rare opportunity get a bird’s eye view of the sparkling white beaches and calm turquoise waters that make Bora Bora a worldwide destination.

    Be welcomed by your pilot, an enthusiast who is your guide throughout the flight. After a safety briefing, get set up with a headset with microphones so that you can communicate and listen to his explanations. Enjoy your flight to discover one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world.

    Return to the ship.

  14. DAY 14 PAPEETE, TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA

    Papeete is the center of 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. A wonderful lagoon of crisp, clear water begs to be snorkeled, 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. Visit to relax and settle into the intoxicating rhythm of life in this Polynesian paradise.

    Transfer to airport or hotel.

    Depart for home, plan to stay a day or two, or travel on to other areas of Fiji, or South Pacific.

    Pre- and post-cruise programs are available.

Silver Explorer

The purpose-built 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 Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows 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.

Fast Facts

  • Officers: International
  • Length: 354 ft
  • Beam: 52 ft
  • Tonnage: 6,072
  • Cruise Speed: 14 knots
  • Total Staff: 117
  • Passenger Capacity: 132

 

PUBLIC AREAS:

Beauty Salon
A full range of salon services is available for both men and women including hairstyling, manicures and pedicures. Appointments for these chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.

Boutiques
Featuring designer collections and duty-free shopping, the onboard Boutiques offer a selection of jewelery, fashions, perfumes and Silversea logo items. Shops are closed while in port and on occasion due to local government regulations. Toiletries and convenience items are also available for purchase.

Connoisseur’s Corner
The Connoisseur’s Corner offers exceptional cognacs along with a premium selection of cigars for purchase.

Fitness Center
The Fitness Center is open daily and offers a treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike and a weight machine.

Internet Café
Email friends and family back home or surf the web for a nominal fee. CD burners, headphones, digital camera media readers, and complimentary black and white laser printing are also available.

Launderette
Complimentary self-service laundry facilities are available onboard.

Library
The Library has an extensive selection of hardcover books, magazines, reference materials and newspapers, as well as audio listening stations. Movies are also available and can be viewed on your in-suite entertainment center.

Observation Lounge
Located on Deck 6 high atop the ship, the Observation Lounge offers panoramic views. Here you will find comfortable seats to enjoy a beverage and watch the ever-changing view.

Outdoor Grill and Whirl Pool
Alfresco dining in the soft ocean breeze. Menu options include healthy CruiseLite selections, fresh-from-the-oven pizza and lighter fare.

Panorama Lounge
The Panorama Lounge is specially designed to provide an uninterrupted view of the day’s destination from the comfort of the ship’s interior. This is an ideal place to unwind, listen to the pianist and enjoy a nightcap with new friends.

Reception
This central lobby area welcomes guests to speak with a Guest Relations specialist should they have a question or require any service. Assistance is available 24 hours a day.

The Restaurant
Sparkling with silver, crystal and candlelight, The Restaurant encircles its guests with sophisticated elegance and impeccable service.

The Spa at Silversea
Relax your body and mind with a wide range of soothing therapies including facials, body wraps and massages. Sauna and steam rooms are perfect for relaxing before your spa treatment or after a long nature hike. Appointments for chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.

The Theater
Gather in The Theater to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Lectures and seminars are presented by knowledgeable experts in a variety of scientific fields.

All suites feature:

  • Butler service
  • Champagne upon request
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • European bath amenities
  • Fine bed linens and down duvets
  • Premium mattresses
  • A choice of nine pillow types
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Personalized stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Hair dryer
  • Unlimited free Wi-fi
  • Daily suite service with nightly turndown

OWNER’S SUITE
Owner’s Suite can accommodate 3 guests

728 sq. ft./67 m2 including large veranda (158 sq. ft./15 m2)

Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom, with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

GRAND SUITE
Grand Suite can accommodate 3 guests.

618 sq. ft./57 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)

Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

MEDALLION SUITE
400 sq. ft./37 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)

Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table

SILVER SUITE/EXPEDITION SUITE
Silver and Expedition suites can accommodate three guests.

SILVER SUITE 422 sq. ft./39 m2 including 2 French Balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors (30 sq. ft./3 m2)
EXPEDITION SUITE 388-397 sq. ft./36-37 m2 with 2 view windows or 2 large picture windows
Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest), Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer (Silver Suite), Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service (Silver Suite), Afternoon canapés upon request
(Silver Suite), Dinner at officer’s table (Silver Suite)

VERANDA/VISTA/VIEW SUITE
VERANDA SUITE 206-216 sq. ft./19-20 m2 including French Balcony
(16 sq. ft./1.5 m2) with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
VISTA SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with large picture window providing panoramic ocean views
VIEW SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with view window

Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed (Veranda suites 500, 501, 512 and 513 have a fixed queen-sized bed), Triple capacity that can accommodate young children on sofa bed (View suites 310, 311, 312, 313 and Vista suites 410, 412, 415, 417), Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone

EXPLORER SUITE/ADVENTURER SUITE
EXPLORER SUITE 175–190 sq. ft./16–18 m2 with view window
ADVENTURER SUITE 157–167 sq. ft./14 – 15 m2 with 2 portholes

Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/ shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone.

 

Silver Explorer Deck Plan