Easter Island Eclipse Tour Via Tahiti
Polynesian Islands of Tahiti and Easter Island
July 9 - 12, 2010
Day 1, July 9 Tahiti
Arrive in Tahiti and make your way to the Radisson Hotel. Check-in time is 2 PM Enjoy the best that French Polynesia has to offer at our exclusive five-star beachfront resort in Tahiti. Interact with local craftsmen as they create their wares, or shop for Tahitian black pearls. Stop by the water sports center and spend the afternoon snorkeling, or head to the tour desk to arrange an excursion on the island. Tonight, we meet for our welcome dinner at the Radisson.
Overnight: Radisson Tahiti - D
Day 2, 10 July Tahiti
Located on beautiful Lafayette Beach, our Tahiti accommodations boast unique direct access to the tropical ocean waters of Tahiti. Guests at our oceanfront Tahiti resort can water ski, snorkel or simply enjoy the beach. The Radisson Plaza hotel on Lafayette Beach is also ideally situated for exploring the beautiful island of Tahiti. Our accommodations in Tahiti provide convenient access to some of the best Tahiti attractions, including the shopping and port districts of Papeete, the capital city. For added convenience, our hotel near Papeete provides complimentary shuttle service to the city, so guests can enjoy the sights without worrying about getting lost. This evening, hear a lecture by Sky and Telescope Staff about what to expect about the coming eclipse. Later this evening, depart by chartered Air Tahiti Nui A340-300 Aircraft for overnight flight to Easter Island. Our flight is 5.5 hours long. Addition of 4 hours due to time zone difference causes us to arrive the following morning. D.
Day 3, 11 July Easter Island
Welcome to Rapa Nui, Easter Island!
Our specially chartered flight will touch down just before dawn directly in the path of totality. Guests will visit Easter Island and its famous and enigmatic Moai of Easter Island for the eclipse. Easter Island's Rapa Nui State Park are recognized and protected as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site. Rapa Nui, the indigenous name of Easter Island, bears witness to a unique cultural phenomenon. A society of Polynesian origin that settled there c. A.D. 300 established a powerful, imaginative and original tradition of monumental sculpture and architecture, free from any external influence. From the 10th to the 16th century this society built shrines and erected enormous stone figures known as moai, which created an unrivalled cultural landscape that continues to fascinate people throughout the world.
Our supported viewing site and eclipse camp WITH VIEW SHOWN ABOVE offers 4:57 duration; with first contact at 12:40pm, totality at 2:08pm, and 4th contact at 3:34pm. We visit well known Rano Raraku, Tongariki, Tahai sectors. Then, as the As the sun sets, so does our time on Rapa Nui. After a long eclipse day, guests return to their hotel on Tahiti with a 6 hour flight, arriving in time to overnight in Tahiti.
Overnight: Radisson Tahiti - B, L, D
Day 4, 12 July Tahiti
Savor your last morning in Tahiti as check-out time is 11 AM. Services end.