Day 1 - Tahiti
9 July: Arrive in Tahiti transfer to Sofitel Tahiti Maeva Beach Resort for overnight.
Day 2 - Tahiti to Tatakoto
10 July: Today, we take our special air charter from Papeete to the remote and tiny island of Tatakoto. Here, we are free to explore the island's idyllic and untouched beauty in its natural state. A vast lagoon is steps away. Hosts, Edwin Aguirre and Imelda Joson will help you get in step with island life by demonstrating the arts of seashell hunting and surf fishing. The island offers a number of fascinating attractions such as pearl and copra harvesting and ruins of an ancient village. Overnight on Tatakoto by tented camping or homestays.
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Day 3 - Tatakoto - Tahiti
11 July: Eclipse Morning! Rise and shine early for our early morning eclipse! Our viewing site is a mere 1200 feet from the runway through the tall coconut palms on the peaceful inland shore facing northeast. We have a few hours during the partial phases to tiptoe across the motu's shallows to find our own private viewing spots before enjoying 4min 25 sec of totality at our site. This afternoon, we enjoy a celebration brie on the beach sampling the bountiful local seafood. Tonight, the treasure of the Southern Sky is revealed to us at our isolated, dark location. Our hosts will show you all the spendors of the Southern Milky Way including Eta Carinae, Omega Centauri, the Jewel Box and the Magellanic clouds!
B, L, D Overnight Tatakoto
Day 4 - Tatakoto - Tahiti - Moorea
12 July: Today, after we wave goodbye to our island hosts and fly back to Tahiti, we transfer by intra-island ferry to the island of Moorea and transfer to our hotel. Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort is settled on the edge of a magnificent lagoon, with views over the island of Tahiti. Facilities include two excellent restaurants, a bar, a fabulous outdoor swimming pool and day spa. Moorea has one of the worlds most beautiful beaches and a variety of motorized and non-motorized water activities can be arranged for guests.
B Overnight, Sofitel Moorea
Day 5 - Moorea
13 July: This is the island of postcard beauty, with the sandy beach just outside your door. Moorea's volcanic peaks soar magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green and velvet and reflect in the tranquil waters of Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay. A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island's mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down the cliffs. It is a relaxed, barefoot existence that prevails and there is a real ambiance - from warmth in the air scented with tropical flowers to the fiery romantic sunsets that signal the end of another Tahitian day. B
Day 6 - Tahiti
14 July: Do not pass the chance to snorkel or dive in Moorea: the reef is terrific, with beautiful corals and an incredible amount of fish, and the lemon sharks are quite an attraction - and a favorite among divers. Even on an entry level dive you’ll be able to see clown fishes, anemone, reef sharks, and a multitude of brightly colored tropical reef fishes. Perhaps the best dive location is the area known as the Rose Garden, just outside of the entrance to Opunohu Bay. The actual Rose Garden is approximately 85ft in depth, making this dive trickier for new divers, but the accompanying spur-and-groove formations at about 30-40ft are also beautiful. Sofitel Tahiti Maeva Beach Resort
Day 7 - Transfer home or onward
15 July: Today, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Or take a little more time and explore the fascinating islands of French Polynesia.