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Island Escape Cruise

Island Escape Cruise

Island Escape Cruise provides luxury small ship cruising that features an absolutely exceptional 24-passenger experience, hand crafted itineraries, space and ultimate comfort! On board this superb ship, you will be able to explore gorgeous coves, fiords and islands that are inaccessible to larger ships.

Island Escape Cruise provides luxury small ship cruising that features an absolutely exceptional 24-passenger experience, hand crafted itineraries, space and ultimate comfort! On board this superb ship, you will be able to explore gorgeous coves, fiords and islands that are inaccessible to larger ships.

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  • Island Escape Cruise

Island Escape Cruise was launched in 1982, and is continually voted as a leader in luxury small ship cruising. Onboard the beautiful ship, you'll get to discover a perfectly formed elegant travel experience with cruises in Tahiti. You will definitely be pampered and amazed by the panoramic views of the charming island through exploring the gorgeous coves, fiords and magnificent sheltered lagoons that larger ships simply cannot access. This allows you to enjoy full days at play, each night at anchor and fully focus on the iconic islands that are Tahiti.

This large ship also offers oversized cabins for just 24 passengers therefore excels with very spacious cabins, generous en-suites, an enormous interior dining and saloon area plus an expansive aft deck where you can spend a large amount of time. The officers and crew are extremely well trained to ensure safety and comfort. For outdoor entertainment, the ship carries a purpose-built landing craft, large tenders, sea kayaks, fishing and snorkelling equipments. During each trip, the crew is on hand to share their knowledge of the ocean and local activities.

Exceptional cuisines are also served as there are two chefs who ensure that every meal be magnificent. You'll enjoy other delicacies and organic artisan foods produced locally.  The best New Zealand organic lamb and Santo beef, fresh produce selected from local farmer’s markets, award winning cheeses and all presented by chefs with a strong European flair. The on-board wine cellar is brimming with a selection of award winning Australian and New Zealand wines.

The intimate voyage commences in Papeete and travels through French Polynesia's Leeward Islands to complete in the beautiful Bora Bora. With this cruise experience, your senses are loaded with colour, emotion and simple pleasures. This welcomes you to a tropical paradise that will make you wish to simply live on it.

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Itinerary 

Tahitian Affair | 7-night cruise

  • Day 1 Papeete to Bora Bora 
    After a short flight from Papeete, the airport ferry transfers you to Vaitape. You wil be meet from the ferry terminal at 4:30pm with refreshments and cold towels before transferring you to the ship for boarding at 5pm. Take time to meet fellow guests and our fabulous crew. A light snack is served on deck as we move to the lagoon for the evening. After dinner onboard, you are invited to Captain’s cocktails with stunning mountains as a backdrop.
  • Day 2 Bora Bora to Raiatea 
    There is time for a swim off the ship before you depart at 10 am to cruise west across the Bora Bora lagoon and depart on a 2-hour crossing to the island pair of Taha’a and Raiatea. Lunch is served on entering the lagoon at Herepiti Bay on the Southwestern side of Taha’a before proceeding to Uturoa, the main centre in Raiatea which itself is the largest centre in French Polynesia outside of Papeete. Uturoa has a variety of local stores, local markets, bars, cafes and you will be free to explore the township for the afternoon. Dinner is served onboard at 6pm.
     
  • Day 3 Raiatea to Motu Iriru
    After breakfast you will transfer to a large outrigger canoe for a guided tour and stories from one of the real local characters. Prepare to be entertained as he shows off the eastern lagoon on Raiatea and winds up the tiny Faaroa River, Tahiti’s only “navigable river”. On departing the river you arrive at Motu Iriru for a picnic lunch and a coconut class on the sand. Swimming here is beautiful so hats and sunscreen are a must. Return to the ship by late afternoon, which will now be moored at an adjacent Motu for water activities and an overnight anchorage alongside white sand beaches and palm trees.
     
  • Day 4 Motu Iriru to Huahine
    After a tropical breakfast on deck and the chance for an early swim, you leave Motu Iriru and head for Huahine. All of the islands are reasonably close so you will have the activities underway before noon. Huahine is known as the garden island due to an abundance of lush tropical foliage. It is also extremely picturesque with steep mountains descending into protected bays of azurblue and emerald green waters. You may wander the pretty village of Fare. You will find a nice assortment of local stores and boutiques where you will uncover some Polynesian treasures and souvenirs.

    This afternoon you'll enjoy a guided island land tour that will leave from adjacent pier and circumnavigate the largest island of Huahine Nui. You will visit a vanilla plantation, the Maeva Marae archaeological site, famous blue eyed eels and unique stone fish traps still in use by locals before photos at Belvedere lookout while on the way back to the ship, in time for a cold drink and canapés on deck at sunset. A local island choir comes onboard to charm you with their traditional music and songs before dinner is served under the stars.

  • Day 5 Huahine to Tahaa
    Today is the beginning of 3 glorious beach days. You depart Huahine around 10:00 for the short 20-mile passage to Taha’a eastern reef. Lunch will be served underway inside the reef as you circumnavigate the northern shores of this amazing region. Motu’s everywhere, turquoise water- this is the place to swim, kayak, paddleboard and snorkel or have one of the crew to help you explore by tender. No organised tours here- just unbelievable unspoilt beauty. Today could be a sunscreen and Hinano Tahitian beer day! You will stay overnight on anchor at Tapu Amu. The setting is special with the reef in the foreground and the towering peaks of Bora Bora in the distance. The fishing is spectacular in this lagoon if you wish to join a fishing team off the aft deck after dinner.

  • Day 6 Tahaa to Bora Bora
    After a 3-hour journey, you enter the Bora Bora lagoon at Vaitape. You are welcome to come up to the bridge before breakfast, when the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, as you make your way through the entrance in the reef. Either have lunch on board or catch le truck for 900cfp and go to Bloody Mary’s Bar for an experience of a lifetime. Sand floors and a history that stretches back 30 years and an experience you will enjoy. If you wish we will tender you to a motu with drinks and equipment for more sun and swimming. Tonight is the Captains dinner from 6:00pm.
  • Day 7 Bora Bora Lagoon
    After breakfast the tenders will run to white sand beach at Tevairoa (large motu) for more water activities. Later in the morning the ship will depart for the east lagoon where using the ships’ landing craft you will explore the eastern lagoon – home to all the exclusive resorts. You will return to Tevairoa for our final night BBQ dinner and local show on the island. 
  • Day 8 Bora Bora Lagoon
    Breakfast is served on deck before the tenders transfer guests to Vaitape Ferry terminal at 0930 for some last minute shopping. From here you have a ferry transfer to either the airport (Air Tahiti 450 departs 1040 arriving Papeete 1130) or to one of the resorts if you are staying longer in paradise.

 

Tahitian Affair | 10-night cruise

  • Day 1 Papeete to Moorea
    After a short flight from Papeete, the airport ferry transfers you to Vaitape. You wil be meet from the ferry terminal at 4:30pm with refreshments and cold towels before transferring you to the ship for boarding at 5pm. Take time to meet fellow guests and our fabulous crew. A light snack is served on deck as we move to the lagoon for the evening. After dinner onboard, you are invited to Captain’s cocktails with stunning mountains as a backdrop.

  • Day 2 Moorea
    There is time for a swim off the ship before you depart at 10 am to cruise around historic Cooks Bay on Moorea. After lunch the experienced crew will be conducting a snorkel safari for all interested along the inner reef adjoining this bay. Tropical fish life, friendly stingrays and the odd dolphin are the norm here. Sunscreen is a must and reef shoes that are supplied to all guests. Off the ship, kayaking, swimming and paddle boarding are always available and for those more adventurous, go ashore and hire 4wd buggies, scooters or cars and explore the island.Drinks and canapés are served on deck followed by dinner at 7pm.

  • Day 3 Moorea to Huahine
    While breakfast is being served anchor are weighed for our cruise day to the outer island of Huahine. This is a relaxed read a book day, visit the open bridge or trail a fishing line off the stern whilst underway. Huahine is popular as the garden island of French Polynesia and is very typically Polynesian. The anchor will be down in Fare Harbor scheduled for 4:30 pm followed by drinks and today’s chef’s creations in the main saloon or on deck if you wish.

  • Day 4 Huahine
    You may wander the pretty village of Fare. You will find a nice assortment of local stores and boutiques where you will uncover some Polynesian treasures and souvenirs. This tour will leave from the adjacent pier and circumnavigate the largest island of Huahine Nui. You will visit a vanilla plantation, the Maeva Marae archaeological site, famous blue eyed eels and unique stone fish traps still in use by locals before photos at Belvedere lookout while on the way back to the ship. Lunch is served in this pretty harbor before sailing for Taha’a eastern reef, a short journey of just 20 miles. There are motu’s everywhere, turquoise water - this is the place to swim, kayak, paddleboard and snorkel or get one of the crew to take you ashore by tender. There are no organised tours here - just unbelievable unspoilt beauty. You spend the night at anchor alongside Motu Purau. The setting is special with the reef in the foreground and the towering peaks of Bora Bora in the distance. The fishing is spectacular in this lagoon if you wish to join a fishing team off the aft deck after dinner.
     
  • Day 5 Taha’a
    Today you'll enjoy water activities around Moto Purau and departure after lunch for a leisurely island time cruise inside the northern reef of Taha’a to Tapu Amu. You'll spend a night here while overlooking the private island of Taha’a Island resort. There are more water activities and motu visits, sunscreen and Hinano Tahitian beer could be a must today.

  • Day 6 Taha’a to Raiatea
    At 10 am you'll cross over the sister island of Raiatea (the same reef system encircles these twin islands) the largest centre in French Polynesia outside of Papeete. Uturoa is the largest town and you will be berthing here for the night. Uturoa has several shops, bars, cafes, healthcare and a post office for postcards to be sent home. Lunch is served on arrival or you may go ashore and eat the local fare at the central market that is 100 metres from the ship. For those chasing yet more sun a tiny motu, accessible by tender from the ship, is readily available on request. Dinner is served onboard from 6pm.

  • Day 7 Raiatea to Motu Iriru
    After breakfast you will transfer to a large outrigger canoe for a guided tour and stories from one of the real local characters. Prepare to be entertained as he shows off the eastern lagoon on Raiatea and winds up the tiny Faaroa River, Tahiti’s only “navigable river”. On departing the river you arrive at Motu Iriru for a picnic lunch and a coconut class on the sand. Swimming here is beautiful so hats and sunscreen are a must. Return to the ship by late afternoon, which will now be moored at an adjacent Motu for water activities and an overnight anchorage alongside white sand beaches and palm trees.

  • Day 8 Motu Iriru to Bora Bora
    After a 3-hour journey you enter the Bora Bora lagoon at Vaitape. You are welcome to come up to the bridge before breakfast, when the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, as you make your way through the entrance in the reef. Either have lunch on board or catch the truck for 900cfp and go to Bloody Mary’s Bar for an experience of a lifetime. Sand floors and a history that stretches back 30 years and an experience you will enjoy. If you wish you can have drinks and equipment for more sun and swimming. 
     
  • Day 9 Bora Bora Lagoon
    After breakfast on the aft deck, you will explore the eastern lagoon that is inaccessible to the larger ships. This area is the home of all the premier resorts with their many associated overwater fares. Drinks, sunscreen, swimmers and a camera are a must on this aquatic island tour. On returning to the ship, all watersports are available. You'll then visit a coral garden with excellent snorkeling opportunities. Tonight is the Captains dinner that starts at 6pm. 
     
  • Day 10 Bora Bora Lagoon
    After breakfast you'll cruise southwestward inside the lagoon to position off the large motu of Tevairoa. All the watersports equipment is availablefor more sun and fun time. A regular tender shuttle will operate to and from the ship. At 5pm all guests will be tendered back to the Tevairoa Motu for a final night BBQ dinner and local show - this could be last night of tropical madness.
     
  • Day 11 Bora Bora
    The final day. Breakfast is served on deck before the tenders transfer guests to Vaitape Ferry terminal at 0930 for some last minute shopping. From here you have a ferry transfer to either the airport (Air Tahiti 450 departs 1040 arriving Papeete 1130) or to one of the resorts if you are staying longer in paradise.
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