Tahiti. A single word that conjures up limitless beauty and inspiration unlike any other destination on the planet. In 2019, Atlantis returns to these remarkable shores with an extraordinary cruise through some of the world’s most magical and storied islands. We invite you to join us for an extraordinary experience on the luxurious Oceania Marina as we explore the treasures of French Polynesia together with great friends old and new.
Immerse yourself in the magic of seven alluring islands, or relax onboard while you marvel at the serene beauty of the South Pacific. Enjoy sumptuous cuisine in six sophisticated restaurants, served in casual elegance and with no extra charges. And of course, let Atlantis entertain you throughout with our stellar signature performers, friendly hosts, and of course a few perfectly timed parties. There’s no better way to make the most of this incredible destination than by sea – in pure luxury on the boldest and most fabulous ship Atlantis has ever chartered.
Since flights to Tahiti are limited, Atlantis will operate two of our own charter flights from Los Angeles. Our fares are lower than scheduled service, and you can imagine these will be fun-filled flights all around. With that in mind, please read the “Air Information” page very carefully before booking your cruise.
- February 22 Papeete Overnight
- February 23 Papeete 5:00 am
- February 23 Moorea 8:00 am 5:00 pm
- February 24 Fakarava 8:00 am 6:00 pm
- February 25 Rangiroa 8:00 am 5:00 pm
- February 26 Bora Bora 10:00 am Overnight
- February 27 Bora Bora 7:00 pm
- February 28 Raiatea 8:00 am 7:00 pm
- March 1 Huahine 8:00 am 6:00 pm
- March 2 Papeete 5:00 am
Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia, towering over the ocean like a proud and royal Queen, is appropriately crowned by a circle of majestic peaks. The mountainous interior is adorned with deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls. The coastal lands, edged with a rugged coastline, are home to fields of tropical flowers and most of the island's population.
Embarkation begins at approximately 2pm on February 22.
Papeete, meaning the “water basket,” was once a gathering place where Tahitians came to fill their calabashes with fresh waters. Now the invigorating capital city and gateway of the country, boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine dining and unique restaurants, nightclubs, vibrant markets, pearl shops, and boutiques.
Your cruise starts with an “overnight” in Papeete to allow all our guests to comfortably make their connections to the cruise. Atlantis will also offer pre and post-cruise packages to Papeete.
Moorea soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet. A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island's vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green will fill your senses and renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Pastel-painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of happy, yet simple villages.
Take a canoe ride through the lagoon; snorkel, scuba or helmet-dive the reefs, or hike up to the Afareaitu Waterfalls.
Located southeast of Rangiroa, Fakarava is home to the second largest lagoon in the Tuamotu Atolls. This rectangular reef encloses such a rich ecosystem that it has been designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The area both inside and around Fakarava is known to safeguard a variety of endemic wildlife. In fact, out of the entire commune including small atolls such as Niau, Raraka, Taiaro and Toau, some are completely closed to the ocean, creating a nursery for precious underwater flora and fauna.
As with many of the Tuamotu Atolls, Fakarava is one of the world's best diving destinations.
Rangiroa, a string of coral encircling a luminous turquoise and jade-green lagoon, is one of the world's greatest dive destinations. From the air, the atoll - the second largest in the world - seems to be a giant pearl necklace laid upon the water. 240 tiny islets, or motu, each no more than three feet in elevation, lay upon the ocean for more than 110 miles completely encircling an infinitely deep lagoon.
The main villages of Avatoru and Tiputa are surrounded by two legendary bodies of water, Moana-tea (Peaceful Ocean) and Moana-uri (Wild Ocean). Along the few roads, coral churches, craft centers, local restaurants, and tiny shops provide enjoyable land-based experiences to complement the many activities in the lagoon. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the central lagoon, or simply relax on the idyllic white sand beaches.
The most famous island in Tahiti has long been called the most romantic island in the world. The castle-like Mount Otemanu pierces the sky. Lush tropical slopes and valleys blossom with hibiscus, while palm-covered motu circle the illuminated lagoon like a delicate necklace. Perfect white-sand beaches give way to emerald waters where colored fish animate the coral gardens as they greet the giant manta rays. This could be easily be described as the center of the romantic universe, where luxury resorts and spas dot the island with overwater bungalows, thatched roof villas, and fabled ambience.
Our overnight stay gives you nearly two full days to explore the island’s many facets.
Dive and snorkel the neon-lit turquoise lagoon waters. Explore the lagoon any way you please: by outrigger canoe, Boston Whaler, wave runner, jet ski, and dramatic sunset cruises aboard a catamaran sailboat. Discover panoramic overlooks by hike or 4x4 vehicle. Or shop world-renowned markets for local and international original art, Tahitian pearls, perfumes and oils, and precious wood handcrafts.
Raiatea, meaning “faraway heaven” and “sky with soft light,” was first named Havai'i after the homeland of the ancient Polynesians and is the most sacred island in the South Pacific.
This, the second largest Tahitian isle, was the center of religion and culture over 1000 years ago and still lends enchantment to ancient legends told to this day. The green-carpeted mountains include the celebrated Mt. Temehani, a sort of Polynesian Mt. Olympus.
The forests, untamed landscape, and quaint villages of Huahine make it one of Polynesia's best-kept secrets. A deep, crystal-clear lagoon surrounds the two islands while magnificent bays and white-sand beaches add drama and solitude to their virtues. Relatively unchanged by the modern world, Huahine offer a slower taste of old Polynesia.
With only eight small villages scattered across the island, the few residents welcome visitors with great kindness. Not surprisingly, this fertile world offers rich soil providing the local farmers a bountiful harvest of vanilla, melons, and bananas.
Upon our return to Papeete, you can continue your Tahitian journey with easy flights or ferries to neighboring islands, or head back home. We will begin disembarkation around 7 am and do not recommend flights before 10 am.
Nested in the cool Pacific waters, Polynesian settlers found a string of emerald islands, fruitful and fertile, carpeted with lush rain forests and vibrant life. Scattered over a vast, 2.5 million square kilometer area in the South Pacific, French Polynesia is made up of several series of islands, atolls, and archipelagoes, independently surrounded by lagoons and barrier reefs that create unique eco-systems and divine respites for the traveler weary of the usual getaway.
Our journey begins in Papeete, the capital city of the largest island of Tahiti and gateway to your South Pacific adventure. During our day in Moorea, often linked to the mythical island of Bali Hai, you’ll discover spectacular bays and world-class diving. The island’s volcanic peaks, reflected in the waters of Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay, rise like a shark's jaw from the island's base.
Seemingly untouched Fakarava boasts some of the world’s best diving and feels like Mother Nature’s ultimate sanctuary. This virtually deserted and protected coral atoll is a natural reserve for many rare species.
The endless jade-green lagoon surrounding Rangiroa creates a dramatic view towards the world’s second-largest atoll hosting abundant sea life. This unique series of tiny inlets provide a wealth of water and land-based activities in one of the world’s most unusual settings.
Few islands are more striking or more famous than Bora Bora, in the center of a multicolored lagoon, surrounded by offshore “motu” islets inside a protective coral necklace. A partially paved road circles the island, passing colorful villages, archeological sites, and small-town charm. Our overnight two-day stay lets you explore and enjoy this spectacular setting at your leisure.
Raiatea, the most sacred island in the South Pacific and the second-largest Tahitian island, boasts lush valleys, green-carpeted mountains, numerous waterfalls, and pineapple and vanilla plantations. Their deep lagoon hides fascinating underwater scenery, rich with tropical creatures and submerged mountains.
Finally, we end our journey with a visit to the lush forests, untamed landscapes, and quaint villages of Huahine – the best-kept secret in Polynesia. The two islands are separated by a stunning lagoon, while white sand beaches and magnificent bays create a landscape that has barely changed in centuries.
We’re sailing the luxurious mid-size Oceania Marina for this extraordinary journey. With 1200 guests she’s the perfect size for an intimate voyage yet filled with features found on much larger ships. Her contemporary casual elegance and design shows up throughout, from the sparkling Lalique Grand Staircase to the stunning suites furnished in Ralph Lauren Home. Six tantalizing restaurants offer an unmatched variety of culinary delights, while nine welcoming bars and lounges provide the perfect spot to recap each day’s explorations with friends old and new.
Take a splash in the large heated pool or three inviting whirlpools. Spacious teak decks create the perfect setting for soaking up the South Pacific sunshine or joining us for a festive poolside tropical T-dance or two.
At the end of each brilliant day, there’s no better way to wind down than at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, where signature treatments abound, and a state-of-the-art fitness center makes it easy to keep moving.
Six open seating restaurants offer some of the finest dining at sea, each with a distinctive experience – and all included with no surcharges. Thrill to creations in the sumptuous Grand Dining Room or enjoy the cozy elegance of Polo Grill’s classic steakhouse. Enjoy authentic Italian at Toscana or step into an authentic Parisian bistro at Jacques. Contemporary Asian cuisine at Red Ginger never fails to impress and of course there’s almost always an informal meal at the relaxed Terrace Cafe.
La Reserve by Wine Spectator offers enlightening seminars, tastings, and gourmet food pairings. And the Culinary Center features the only hands-on cooking school at sea, with a range of enriching cooking classes by master chefs. Options abound, and of course there’s never a dress code or assigned seating on Atlantis cruises. We’ll make sure you get to try them all, with friends old and new.
The stars come out in the spacious theater, featuring Atlantis signature entertainers and with a few surprises. Our singers and cabaret stars will thrill you in the intimate Horizons lounge on the top deck. Try your luck in the intimate casino, or meet friends over drinks and music at our classic Atlantis piano bar.
In keeping with this cruise’s tone of exploration, relaxation, and friendship, we’ll produce a few special T-dances and some unique nighttime parties. All perfectly designed to enhance your South Pacific experience.
This remarkable journey to the South Pacific is unlike any other created by Atlantis, and was designed for our most loyal guests. Intimate, original, and unique in every way, yet with all the fun you’ve come to expect from our vacations.
Fares start at an amazingly low $2199! (But once again, please read our flight page before booking to review special conditions for this cruise.)
We invite you to explore the world’s most beautiful islands in the company of great friends next year as we set sail with the greatest adventure of 2019!