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With Oceania Cruises’ alluring Tahiti voyages, Craig Travel can help your larger-than-life South Pacific travel dreams become your reality. From Bora Bora and Moorea to Nuku Hiva and Huahine, the cruise line’s voyages feature some of the most remote and exotic islands in the world. Let Craig Travel and Oceania Cruises take you where few have a chance to visit. Uncover Nuku Hiva’s ancient culinary traditions, sail Bora Bora’s famed lagoon and discover the hidden paradise of Fakarava. Come aboard Oceania Cruises’ Regatta in 2020 and 2021 to discover the ultimate cruise experience in the South Pacific that is both intimate and luxurious.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Known as one of the most romantic islands in the world, Bora Bora invites you to fall in love with island time. The scent of vanilla and frangipani welcomes you to this incredibly photogenic locale that is beautiful from any vantage point, whether you’re lying on a beach, bobbing on a boat or standing atop a hillside overlook. The landscape is dominated by two peaks – Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia – both more than 2,000 feet high. Covered in emerald greenery, these mountains create a dramatic backdrop for Bora Bora’s shimmering lagoon. Discover fabulous vistas and the flora and fauna of Bora Bora on one of the cruise line’s guided off-road adventures across the island, explore the undersea denizens on a snorkeling safari or enjoy a traditional Polynesian lunch on a private motu. Many of Oceania Cruises’ voyages offer an overnight on this iconic island so you can experience even more.
QUEEN OF THE PACIFIC
Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia
The largest island in French Polynesia, Tahiti has quite a reputation to live up to – and it does just that. The turquoise waters, swaying palm trees, balmy weather and rich island culture are all that you might hope for, plus there’s a bonus: an urban side. Papeete is an excellent place to buy high-quality souvenirs from all of French Polynesia, including exquisite handcarved wooden figurines as well as colorful patchwork textiles called tifaifai. Unique excursion options include an exploration of Tahiti’s stunning west coast, a jeep safari experience to the island’s lush interior and a lagoon discovery tour that whisks you away to a top snorkeling site.
THE MAGICAL ISLAND
Moorea, French Polynesia
Moorea is the smaller, quieter but no less beautiful cousin of Tahiti, which is visible from Moorea’s east coast. It’s also home to the oft-overlooked bright blue lagoon and volcanically formed island that inspired the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific. The crystalline water is made for diving, snorkeling and sailing, while the interior is perfect for hiking. On one of Oceania Cruises’ excursions, an experienced photographer will accompany you to the most picturesque spots and provide insightful tips for how best to capture the local beauty. Other top excursions include an Aito off-road safari that takes you to several of Moorea’s ancient sacred sites and an invigorating hike along the Three Coconuts Trail. While you’re there, don’t miss out on poisson cru. This Polynesian specialty of lime-seasoned fish with vegetables in coconut milk is absolutely delicious.
Aboard the Re-inspired Regatta
In between adventures ashore, you’ll have ample time to indulge in Regatta’s every luxury and enhancement. Freshly re-inspired in the fall of 2019, the ship positively glows – every surface of each suite and stateroom is entirely new, while in the public spaces, a refreshed colour palette of soft sea and sky tones enhance a tasteful renewal of fabrics, furnishings and lighting fixtures. The new Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center is the most unique and comprehensive spa and wellness center at sea and offers an original collection of holistic wellness experiences that encourage health and longevity. The Finest Cuisine at Sea will leave you with a memorable dining experience at every meal and a heightened anticipation for the next feast. However you choose to spend your time on board, warm and personalized service will ensure you feel right at home.
Oceania Cruises’ luxurious South Pacific cruises are the ultimate way to experience South Pacific paradise. Isn’t it time you lived your Tahitian dreams? One of Craig Travel’s dedicated Cruise Specialists is looking forward to helping you craft your perfect Tahitian voyage. Contact Craig Travel today and make your Tahitian dreams your future reality. Call 1-800-387-8890 or click here to view a selection of upcoming Tahitian voyages.
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