Trip Information

8 Days
May & October 2020
May 2021
Le Boreal

This Expedition Includes:

  • All meals
  • Selected beverages with lunch and dinner
  • Guided excursions led by an expert Naturalist Team
  • Onboard enrichment programme – presentations and lectures on Polynesian culture

Expedition Highlights:

  • Visit Bora Bora, highly regarded as “Paradise on earth”
  • Ample opportunities for snorkelling and swimming
  • Sample the nightlife in Papeete courtesy of an overnight port stay

Itinerary Summary

Your expedition cruise aboard Le Boreal begins in Papeete on the tropical island of Tahiti. From here, you will sail for Huahine, a small island nestled among the Society Islands. Here, you can enjoy lush rainforests, quaint villages and an untamed landscape – it really is one of Polynesia’s best-kept secrets.

Day three will see Le Boreal arrive in Motu Ceran, an uninhabited islet off the coast of Taha’a which is an ideal location for snorkelling.

The small South Pacific island of Bora Bora is next on the horizon. This incredible island is surrounded by sand-fringed mounts and a turquoise lagoon which is protected by a stunning coral reef. Scuba diving is incredibly popular here and something we would highly recommend. Le Boreal will remain in port overnight, allowing you ample time to sample everything the island has on offer.

Cook’s Bay on the island of Moorea is your stop on Day six and it is one of the most scenically striking islands in French Polynesia, with a whole host of things to see and do on land and at sea. You will remain in Moorea for day seven of your expedition cruise, but today will bring the bay of Opunohu, surrounded by lush-green jagged mountains.

Le Boreal will leave Moorea behind and sail back to Papeete, in Tahiti, where you can enjoy a full day and overnight on the island before flying home.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

  • Day 01 Papeete
  • Day 02 Huahine
  • Day 03 Motu Ceran
  • Day 04-05 Bora Bora
  • Day 06 Moorea Cook Bay
  • Day 07 Moorea (Opunohu)
  • Day 08-09 Papeete

About Your Ship

Le Boreal is a 264 capacity ship offering a variety of voyages in several of the world’s most remote regions.  She is primarily owned by the French cruise line, Ponant Cruises. Le Boreal is more of a luxury yacht than a ‘typical’ expedition ship, she is comfortable, elegant and a great choice for couples, solo travellers and experienced explorers who want to upgrade their onboard experience without compromising on the opportunities that an expedition cruise allows.

Owing to Ponant Cruises’ dedication to the highest standards of environmentally-friendly performance, she has been awarded the international Green Label.

Le Boreal is equipped with a fleet of 12 Zodiac boats which can be deployed at a moment’s notice and allow easy access to protected bays and remote inlets, weather permitting. Every trip ashore is accompanied by Le Boreal’s team of Naturalist Guides who will lead small groups on hikes, nature walks and excursions to places of historical and natural significance.

The ship’s theatre, French Line, doubles as a lecture room during the day and hosts a packed programme of guest lectures which serve to really enhance your expedition experience. The theatre is also the venue for pre-excursion briefings as well as recaps once you have returned to the ship.

The accommodation on Le Boreal is comprised of three main categories; Standard Staterooms, Deluxe Staterooms and Prestige Suites. All categories offer outside views, king-size or twin beds, climate control, TV/DVD players and ensuite bathrooms. The largest of the accommodation grades, the Prestige Suites, are immaculately furnished and boast a private veranda and a separate sitting area.

Le Boreal offers two main dining venues. The first of these, The Gastronomic Restaurant, is the ship’s primary restaurant and serves buffet-style fare during breakfast and lunch. Evening meals are à la carte and consist of regionally and internationally influenced gourmet cuisine with vegetarian options available should they be required. The restaurant is an open-seating venue which means you can dine when – and with whom – you wish.

The second dining venue is The Grill, which represents a great alternative if you are looking for a more informal option. Specialising in both hot and cold buffet options, the venue has indoor and outdoor seating with fresh fish and meat available from the grill.

While Le Boreal is not awash with entertainment options, guests can enjoy evening performances in the theatre or head to the bar for pre or post-dinner drinks. There is also an onboard spa where you can enjoy treatments and massages for an additional charge.

Other facilities on Le Boreal include a fitness centre, a library, two pools and full-service salon.

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