Star Collector: Polynesia: Expanding Horizons
Port to port
Lautoka to Papeete
Papeete warmly welcomes you to the Society Islands with its sunny beaches and lively shopping experiences before it’s time to sit back and relax into the pace of island life with a day at sea as you set sail for Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with a diverse ecosystem. If heaven were a place on Earth, Rangiroa could be it—snorkel the huge lagoon surrounded by coral and filled with colorful fish, rays, and dolphins. Next spend the day on the private island of Motu Mahaea where a barbeque lunch, tropical drinks and more snorkel opportunities await. Anchor off Huahine and discover this best kept secret with lush forests, quaint villages and Maeva archaeological site. Moorea brings the chance to swim, kayak, hike the majestic Three Coconut Trail or visit dolphins in their native habitat. Then it’s off to Bora Bora for world-class snorkeling in crystal-clear lagoons and an overnight complete with a private feast and native fire dancers. Get a taste of the Cook Islands in Rarotonga—an up-and-coming foodie destination and natural playground boasting palm-studded white-sand beaches, lush jungle forests and the sparking waters of Muri lagoon. One of the smallest countries in the world, Niue charms visitors with its friendly locals, pristine beaches, coral reefs and mystical caves. Next escape to the remote port of Vava’u, Tonga where unspoiled waters offer snorkelers and divers encounters with manta rays, turtles, spinner dolphins and visibility exceeding 100 feet. Discover Savusavu, “the hidden paradise of Fiji,” with abundant waterfalls, hiking trails, rainforests and beautiful black pearls. Explore Suva, the capital of Fiji, with its broad streets, majestic British colonial buildings, farmer’s market, lush, green parks and multicultural cuisine. The Fijian finale of Lautoka, nicknamed Sugar City for its plentiful sugar cane, offers a stroll down tree-lined streets to see colonial homes, experience outdoor markets and absorb the cheerful culture. Don’t forget to save time for a relaxing mud pool bath or a visit to Nadi Temple.