Explore Papua New Guinea, Yap & Palau in 2013!

April 27, 2012

Its time to broaden your horizons, lose the laptop, turn off the cell phone, embrace your inner explorer and set sail for the remote islands of the South Pacific.  Cruise aboard Zegrahm Expeditions Explorer Ship, the Clipper Odyssey April 16-May 2, 2013.

Visit this far frontier of the western South Pacific-including the outer islands of Papua New Guinea, Yap and Palau where you will embrace authentic, traditional cultures on exotic tropical islands.

This 17-day South Pacific tour will astonish you with diverse landscapes, from soaring volcanic peaks to submerged craters teeming with kaleidoscopic fish, and offers unique encounters with native Melanesian and Micronesian people and their exuberant ritualistic hospitality.

During your South Pacific adventure, one of the highlights will be touring the island of Yap where you will experience everything from a war canoe greeting to energetic native dances to rhythmic drumming and curious schoolchildren - a photographers heaven!

Throughout your South Pacific expedition, you will have the opportunity to hike through tropical foliage in search of endemic birds, enjoy leisurely strolls along warm sandy beaches, and snorkel and scuba dive nearly every day among fringing coral reefs populated by more than 1,400 fish species.

South Pacific expedition highlights:

  • Watch energetic dance performances by the Trobriand and Yap islanders, as well as the Baining tribe’s dramatic fire-dance during the Yap tour and other island visits.
  • Hike lush jungles, stroll beaches brushed by palm fronds, view smoking volcanoes, and cruise by Zodiac along remote shorelines as part of your South Pacific adventure travels.
  • View spinner dolphins and sea turtles at sea and monitor lizards and flying foxes ashore.
  • Snorkel or dive amongst neon damsels, parrotfish, wrasses, and giant tridacna clams.
  • Look for magnificent frigate birds, white-bellied sea eagles, and sulphur-crested cockatoos.

Zegrahm Expeditions is an all inclusive South Pacific Expedition, including:

  • All gratuities, from porters and ship’s crew to tour guides
  • All accommodations, including pre-voyage hotel nights
  • Welcome dinner and orientation briefing to get to know one another and get a good sense of what’s to come during your South Pacific adventure travels
  • Daily activity options, from snorkeling and diving among vibrantly hued marine life to exploring remote islands and visiting with local schoolchildren
  • World-class lecture and South Pacific expedition team
  • All meals onboard and with the group ashore
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • All transfers on the group arrival and departure days
  • Gift certificates for recommended South Pacific expedition gear and reading materials
  • Comprehensive pre-departure packet to prepare you for your South Pacific and Yap expedition, with everything from currency information and weather to shipboard amenities and a packing list
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance
For more information, costing and details, contact the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659
or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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M/S Paul Gauguin offers Luxury and Adventure with their SCUBA Dive Program

September 11, 2011

The Paul Gauguin was built with adventure in mind. There is an amazing Watersports Marina off the back of the ship where all of the watersports equipment is launched. From this marina you will easily be able to access the ocean and come face to face with a colorful parade of marine life, from magnificent parrot fish and clownfish to stately sea turtles. You will be able to hop aboard a windsurfer, launch a kayak, or embark on a Zodiac for optional diving adventures. Your first dive into crystal-clear waters will spoil you for anything else under the sun-or the seven seas. Also the ship’s small footprint enables it to navigate hidden lagoons that larger ships would never dare to enter.

While cruising the French Polynesia take advantage of the crystal clear water teaming with sealife and learn how to SCUBA Dive! The Paul Gauguin is the only luxury ship in the South Seas to offer PADI certification onboard for novice divers as well as classes at all levels, from snorkeling to advanced scuba diving techniques, supervised by their own staff of PADI dive masters. For the convenience of their guests, all necessary equipment, including an air compressor to refill scuba tanks, is onboard.

For more information contact the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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Islands of Tahiti - Where to Scuba Dive - Here’s the Guide!

September 9, 2011

Are you planning a winter vacation that must have fantastic scuba diving? Look no further then the islands of Tahiti.  I have listed below just a few of the amazing and pristine dive sites in the islands:

* Moorea: Explore the remains of ancient shipwrecks, glimpse a black tipped reef shark, impressively large moray eels, sea turtles and barracudas;
* Bora Bora: View Lemon sharks and manta rays close up;
* Raiatea: Discover shipwrecks and the marine life that thrives among mushroom shaped corals including octopus, tuna and leopard rays;
* Rangiroa and Fakarava: In this premier diving location, look for hammerhead sharks (Dec - Feb) or manta rays (Sept-Oct). In addition, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays and other fascinating fish species are often spotted here among coral reefs and canyon passes;
* Nuku Hiva: The steep cliffs and caves off this island reveal a variety of unusual marine life, including hammerhead sharks, melon-headed whales, moray eels and scorpion fish.

Are you convinced yet?  The two of you will find yourselves surrounded by the most beautiful and romantic islands, set amid endless Pacific waters. You have discovered paradise!

Contact your tropical island specialist at 800 644-6659 - lets begin planning your trip today!

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Thank you for assisting us with our Maui vacation!

March 24, 2011

Aloha Teresa,

I want to personally thank you for a wonderful family vacation to Maui!  The sportfishing trip went great (so I hear) - I was at the Grand Wailea spa!  They didn’t catch any big sports fish, but Connor was so pleased with the 5 lb Tuna and we enjoyed it for supper that night.

The day we went snokeling with Trilogy Excursions was a magical day. We saw a pod of dolphins, sea turtles, male humpbacks competing for escort rights, and a mother humpback with her calf who breached the water about six times for us!  We will have to send you a photo share when Orren gets the pictures all done.

The Old Lahaina luau was a wonderful experience and Lynda and I went to the Grand Wailea Spa the day the men went fishing. We had a relaxing hour of soaking in all their baths, a loofah scrub, and an hour massage each. Heaven!

Thank you so much! I am going to pass your information on to my Aunt and Uncle who are thinking of going to Maui later this month.

Mahalo!

Tracy and family

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The Ultimate South Pacific Cruise visiting The Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands

September 1, 2009

South Pacific IslandsThe small luxury cruise ship m/s Paul Gauguin has scheduled a fantastic 14 day cruise where your first port is the breathtaking isle of Bora Bora. Then it’s on to the Tuamotus, specifically Fakarava, an atoll known for its pristine beaches, rare wildlife, and exceptional scuba diving.

Next, explore the mist-covered Marquesas, where you’ll discover the islands of Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka, and Nuku Hiva. On these wild islands you’ll find waterfalls, wild stallions, tiki sculptures, and an arboretum, among other delights. More enjoyment awaits on Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Paul Gauguins own private motu, and a day at spectacular Moorea. Check out the day by day itinerary below and then give us a call ASAP!

Day 1 Embark Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti - Begin your journey through paradise in the capital of Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands.

Day 2 At Sea - Spend the day enjoying the m/s Paul Gauguin’s Polynesian ambience: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps you’ll take in a lecture on local wildlife or history, then dine in the evening over classic French cuisine at L’Etoile.

Day 3 Fakarava - Explore the clear waters of Fakarava in the remote and pristine Tuamotus. The island is a sanctuary for rare birds, plants and crustaceans - stroll the pink-sand beaches and you will view many of them. You may also want to visit the island’s black pearl farm, or the ruins of the first church in French Polynesia built entirely of coral.

Day 4 At Sea - Take another day to enjoy shipboard life: relax poolside, watch the South Pacific slip by, play some table tennis, or take advantage of our Reading Library.

Day 5 Hanavave, Fatu Hiva - Fatu Hiva is wild and spectacularly beautiful. The jungle greenery begins at the water’s edge, with narrow ravines, deep gorges and luxuriant valleys briefly open to view as the boat glides past, close to the sheer cliffs that plunge straight down into the splashing surf.

Day 6 Atuona, Hiva Oa - Hiva Oa is an island marked by wild beauty and a somber bearing. The main town is Atuona, where Paul Gauguin is buried. You might visit the village of Puamau to see the largest stone sculptures of Marquesas. The are considered links to the tikis of Easter Island and Necker Island, north of Hawaii.

Day 7 Vaipaee, Ua Huka - Home to the only arboretum in French Polynesian, the people of Ua Huka have a commitment to the conservation and the preservation of their culture that is palpable. The oldest ruins in the Marquesas are located in the Hane Valley and date back to AD 254-300.

Day 8 Tiaohae, Nuku Hiva - As the governmental and economic center, Nuku Hiva is the most important island in the Marquesas. It’s also stunningly beautiful, with three major bays on the south coast and similarly gorgeous inlets on the north coast as well.

Days 9 - 10 At Sea -Take more time to enjoy shipboard life on the m/s Paul Gauguin , your own personal South Seas isle.

Day 11 Huahine - Known as the “wild” Society for its untamed, verdant forests, Huahine remains relatively untouched by modern development. Explore some of the abundant archaeological treasures - ancient homes, buildings, and marae (stone platforms that served as places of worship) - excavated and preserved throughout the island. Or dive in Huahine’s crystalline lagoon, which teems with over 450 species of fish.

Day 12 Bora Bora - Bora Bora’s lagoon is a must-see: this is your chance for a swim, snorkel or outrigger cruise. The lagoon is constantly replenished with ocean water from the swells that crash between sandy motus (small islets) and over the fringing reef.

Day 13 Taha’a (Motu Mahana) - Arrive at our South Seas paradise island - featuring white sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters and gentle breezes. As an exclusive Paul Gauguin event, guests will spend a full day exploring this idyllic, isolated island, and relaxing with a delicious barbecue lunch and Polynesian entertainment which features strolling musicians and singers.

Day 14 Moorea/Papeete, Tahiti - The island of Moorea’s scenery is like a dream. Try out some exciting optional watersports like scuba diving among a host of interesting sea creatures - including sea turtles, a staggering number of fish species such as barracuda, tuna, jackfish, red snapper, moray eels, trigger fish, various sizes and shapes of rays and more. At the end of the afternoon, we cruise to our home port in Papeete, docking there for the night.

Day 15 Disembark in Papeete - In the morning you’ll disembark the m/s Paul Gauguin , capping off your epic journey through the South Pacific.

map of cruiseThis cruise is offered just 4 times in 2010 and there are fantastic early booking discounts - call The Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email teresa@luxuryhideaways.net for details, dates and pricing.

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