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French Polynesia
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French Polynesia
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May 9-18, 2019
Book by December 31, 2018, and receive FREE ROUND-TRIP AIRFARE from Los Angeles to Papeete. Plus bar and crew tips included.

Renowned for its idyllic blue-green beauty, Polynesia will prove to be far more than a beach vacation, as you go off-the-beaten path to discover the rich culture and fascinating natural history far beyond its fa ade of tranquil beauty.


You will encounter the quintessential South Pacific on Bora Bora in the Society Islands. Then discover Polynesia's deep spiritual pulse as you visit the region's morae, including Marae Taputapuatea, newly registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dating from roughly 1,000 AD, it is among the most important cultural touchstones in Polynesia-as is Huahine, one of Polynesia's best-kept secrets. Once the home of Tahitian royalty, Huahine maintains the highest density of ancient morae. Visit these sites with cultural experts and archaeologists who bring them to life. Venture into the lush interior of the island on a bicycle, then explore the verdant shoreline by kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or Zodiac.

Fakarava in the Tuamotu Archipelago is another highlight. One of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it offers you the opportunity to snorkel the protected reefs or ride the current into the lagoon on a world-famous drift dive.

The modern and comfortable National Geographic Orion is the perfect mobile platform for this journey, equipped for active exploration on land and sea. Relish the warmth and observe the riveting vistas from her expansive decks at alfresco breakfast and lunch. Or seek the cool serenity of her interior, including the bridge, welcoming observation lounge, and library.

An expert expedition team will add incomparable dimensions to your experience. Naturalists/cultural specialists will illuminate every facet, two divemasters and an undersea specialist will maximize your time in the water, and exclusive musical performances will be curated by an ethnomusicologist. An onboard National Geographic photographer and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor are at your service-enabling you to benefit from their experience and tips as you shoot side by side.

Few have the chance to experience the South Pacific the way you will on this exceptional expedition, and I hope you are inspired to join us, May 9-18, 2019. To reserve your space, please send in the reservation form or call 800-252-4910.


Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions, Inc.
For AAAS Travels, ACS and
Sigma Xi Expeditions

Starting at $7,960 + air. Book by December 31, 2018, and receive FREE ROUND-TRIP AIRFARE from Los Angeles to Papeete. Plus bar and crew tips included.

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