Grand Odyssey: Pacific Islands, French Polynesia & Melanesia

39 Days
Santiago to Sydney
From (CAD)
$ 38,016
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2024 Santiago > Sydney

Treasures Unfold Across the Pacific

Join Scenic Eclipse and traverse far flung islands scattered over the Pacific Ocean are over ten thousand uniquely different islands that exist like tiny stars hidden in the vastness of space.
Journey to the farthest reaches of the world and be immersed in the archaeological phenomena of Easter Island. Discover the real Robinson Crusoe Island, home to one of the most endemic ecosystems in the world and observe one of the most remote communities on earth on Pitcairn Island. Then sail through French Polynesia and the South Pacific Islands that offer a host of idyllic locations, conjuring up images of pristine, palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear waters, volcanic peaks and friendly, welcoming locals. The heart of the region is undoubtedly found in its rich history, multi-faceted cultures and exquisite natural beauty - there is plenty to appreciate about these unique islands; they will not disappoint.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
103F
Duration:
39 days
Departure City:
Santiago
Return City:
Sydney

Selected Itinerary

39 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Valparaiso, Chile

    The World Heritage-listed city of Valparaíso welcomes with its long and colourful history dating back to the conquistadors. This vibrant city is rich in theatre, music, performance and street art and exquisite Victorian architecture. You’ll find every colour from the rainbow in this vibrant city’s streets, staircases, alleyways and buildings.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Santiago prior to 12:00 PM.

  2. Day 2 - At sea

    Acquaint yourself with the exceptional range of facilities on board your luxurious yacht.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Robinson Crusoe Island

    Located within the Juan Fernandez Archipelago, the volcanic wonderland of Robinson Crusoe Island will enchant you just as it did Daniel Defoe, who immortilised the island in his famous book, published in 1719. True to its description in the story, the island is a captivating lost paradise where you will swim in crystal-clear waters and discover its diverse and rich array of flora represented by more than 130 endemic species, including the spectacular Juan Fernández Firecrown and the tiny Juan Fernandez Tit-tyrant.

    Freechoice

    Visit the historical landmarks of San Juan Bautista Village, the only settlement on the island. See the Patriotic Caves, the Santa Barbara Fort, and the remains of Acorazado Dresden, a German battleship sunk to avoid capture in 1915, or enjoy a unique food tour featuring traditional dishes like lobster and golden crab. Alternatively, hear the legends of pirates and treasure as you walk through critically endangered temperate sub-tropical woodlands in the World Heritage Biosphere Reserve.

    Discovery

    Hike to Centinela hill, walking through an endemic forest lined with Chilean myrtle, cinnamon trees and naranjillos, or kayak with our discovery team. Snorkel with fur seals and curious sea lions and explore beautiful underwater volcanic cliffs and caves.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Alexander Selkirk Island

    Named after the marooned sailor, Alexander Selkirk Island is the largest in the Juan Fernández Archipelago. Densely wooded and marked by ranges and deep ravines that lead to a sheer, rugged coast, a visit here promises a dramatic and truly unforgettable experience. Be amazed by the striking volcanic landscape and its unique biodiversity where a number of rare and endangered plant and bird species can be found, such as the Juan Fernández Orchid and the critically endangered bird, Masafuera Rayadito.

    Discovery

    Glide through the waters in a kayak, stand-up paddleboard at leisure or enjoy hikes around the island.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - At sea

    Acquaint yourself with the exceptional range of facilities on board your luxurious yacht.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - At sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - At sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - At sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Hanga Roa (Easter Island)

    Uncover the secrets of Easter Island with its mysterious and enigmatic past. From astonishing volcanic terrain to imposing archaeological sites, Easter Island presents a unique exploration full of history and adventure. Today you will discover a selection of the 600 volcanic stone figures, or Moai, and ancient petroglyphs that dot the island’s green hillsides. Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Visit the stone village of Orongo and the island’s largest crater Rano Kau, home to the island’s largest and most important archaeological site, or walk along the north-western section of the island, visiting several ancient villages, moai and caves. Alternatively, embark on a scuba diving excursion visiting a submerged Moai statue.

    Enrich

    Be immersed in ancient Rapa Nui ancestral roots and cultural heritage during a unique music and dance performance and learn about how ancient Polynesians used astronomy. Observe stars and constellations visible only in the Southern Hemisphere from one of the island's traditional observatory sites during an evening stargazing experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Hanga Roa (Easter Island)

    Rise early and watch the sunrise over the Moai statues at Ahu Tongariki, with spectacular mountain and ocean views behind them – a pure photographer’s delight. Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Hike the Terevaka Volcano and enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of the territory, or discover more Moai sites on an interactive photography tour. Alternatively, unearth some of the gems of Easter Island’s past on a hidden treasures tour.

    Discovery

    Visit Anakena Beach, the ideal spot for swimming, surfing and snorkeling. Be amazed by its striking setting and dramatically located moai, or enjoy an E-bike excursion with your Discovery Team following along traditional Rapa Nui crop fields.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - At sea

    Acquaint yourself with the exceptional range of facilities on board your luxurious yacht. Choose a class in one of the fitness spaces or relax in one of the therapy lounges in the Senses Spa. Tempt your palate at one of the many exceptional dining venues or taste a wine from our exquisite curated list.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - At sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - At sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Pircairn Island, British Polynesia

    Located halfway between New Zealand and Chile, Pitcairn Island boasts untouched subtropical ecosystems, rugged coastlines and endemic flora, bird and marine life. One of the most remote communities on earth, it is home to just 50 locals, direct descendants of the Bounty mutineers who arrived on Pitcairn in 1790.

    Discovery

    Enjoy a guided hike around the steep coastline of harsh, black lava and witness drawings and petroglyphs made by Polynesians who lived on Pitcairn centuries before.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Rikitea, Gambier Islands

    A small, isolated group of coral reef islands in the southeast extreme of the Tuamotu archipelago, the Gambier Islands boast lush, green landscapes surrounded by exquisite blue and green lagoons that are as clear as air. Adding to the allure are the famous Tahitian black pearls, which are cultivated in the pristine waters around the island.

    Freechoice

    Discover St Michel of Rikitea Church, made entirely of fired limestone and inlaid with iridescent mother-of pearl, and explore archaeological relics made of coral stone on a walking tour of the town. Alternatively, explore a pearl farm and learn about the creation of the pearl, from the oyster, grafting and technique.

    Discovery

    Enjoy a guided climb up Mount Duff through forest of pines and lemon trees, or kayak the calm waters to discover the beautiful, deserted beaches of the island and the islets of the lagoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - At sea

    Acquaint yourself with the exceptional range of facilities on board your luxurious yacht. Choose a class in one of the fitness spaces or relax in one of the therapy lounges in the Senses Spa. Tempt your palate at one of the many exceptional dining venues or taste a wine from our exquisite curated list.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - At sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Fakarava, French Polynesia

    Fakarava is home to the second largest lagoon in the Tuamotu Atolls and is a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for many rare and endemic species of wildlife, birds and flora.

    Freechoice

    Explore the village of Tetamanu at the far southern end of the lagoon and find a lovely vintage Catholic Church built entirely out of coral by early European missionaries, or visit a local lagoon pearl farm.

    Discovery

    Take a leisurely E-bike ride to see the Topaka Lighthouse, a stone structure shaped like a pyramid, or kayak and paddleboard along the lagoon and take in its extraordinarily beautiful pink sand beaches, made from broken pieces of coral and tiny pink crustaceans.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Pape’ete (Tahiti)

    Welcome to Pape’ete. As the capital of French Polynesia, Pape’ete blends a city buzz with a relaxed lifestyle.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Bora Bora

    The famous paradise of Bora Bora is a majestic spectacle of mesmerising beauty. In one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons, see colourful fish, manta rays and timid reef sharks in clear turquoise waters, fringed with iconic overwater resorts. Covered with tropical vegetation, the island is dominated by the magnificent outline of Mount Otemanu. Take a walk through this volcanic landscape to discover the villages and meet the locals.

    Discovery

    Take a walk through this volcanic landscape to discover the villages and meet the locals, or enjoy the waters in a kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - At sea

    During your day at sea, make the most of the services and activities on Scenic Eclipse. Indulge in a moment of relaxation in Senses Spa, kick back in a Cabana on Deck 10, or simply view the spectacle of the ocean while enjoying a cocktail.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Aitutaki Atoll, Cook Islands

    Aitutaki is home to another contender for the most beautiful lagoon on the planet. Go snorkelling or settle into the simple life in this peaceful fishing port. The island specialises in the sale of black pearls, colourful sarongs, patchwork quilting and other handicrafts.

    Discovery

    Explore the islands’ clear blue waters in a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or relax on one of the beautiful beaches.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Palmerston Island, Cook Islands

    A remarkably isolated island community, Palmerston is one of several sandy islets on a continuous ring of coral reef enclosing a lagoon. A favourite swimming spot is called Duke’s Pool, in honour of the late Prince Philip, who swam there in the 1970’s during a rare royal visit. With a population of around 60, most of the friendly residents are the descendants of one British man, William Marsters, and his three wives.

    Discovery

    Glide through the waters in a kayak, stand-up paddleboard or enjoy hikes around the island.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - At sea

    Another day at sea is a chance to relax, visit the spa or fitness centre, spot a whale from the deck, or top up your tan before arriving in the next country.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Alofi, Niue

    Niue was settled by Samoa in the 10th century. Captain Cook, who sighted the coral island in 1774, was refused permission to land, but British missionaries arrived in the 19th century. Now a self-governing state in a free association with New Zealand, Niue is ideal for hiking along its coastal walks, exploring caves, cliffs and swimming holes.

    Discovery

    Hike along coastal walks, explore caves, cliffs and swimming holes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Cross International Date Line

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Vava’u, Tonga

    Vava’u, an archipelago of around 40 coral islands in the south Pacific Ocean, is a captivating combination of lush vegetation, sandy beaches, abundant marine life and underwater caves. Mount Talau towers over the main island, offering panoramic views. Local traditions involve woven leaves from the pandanus tree, production of Noni juice and extraction of vanilla essence.

    Discovery

    Snorkel, kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - Fulanga Island, Fiji

    Fulaga is a narrow crescent of reef limestone in Fiji's Southern Lau Group. Adored for its beauty and lovely lagoon, the island has three villages: Muanaicake, Muanaira and Naividamu. The locals are skilled carvers, known for making outrigger canoes and wooden bowls, with some of their handiwork available for purchase during your visit.

    Discovery

    Walk through the villages and watch the locals carve outrigger canoes and wooden bowls, or glide through the waters in a kayak, stand-up paddleboard or enjoy hikes around the island.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  29. Day 29 - Vanua Balavu Island

    The long and winding Vanua Balavu has natural hot springs, volcanic landforms and a huge lagoon bounded by a 130-kilometre barrier reef. A small monument near the wharf recognises the history of Lomaloma, the village used by Tongan warlord Ma’afu as his base to attempt to conquer Fiji in the 1840s.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  30. Day 30 - Ovalau

    Levuka was Fiji’s first capital, where King Cakobau reigned and the Deed of Cession to Queen Victoria was signed in 1874. Many of the old buildings remain unchanged since this time. See the Cession Stone, commemorating the signing, as well as Fiji’s first government school and the popular Ovalau Club.

    Discovery

    See the Cession Stone, commemorating the signing, as well as Fiji’s first government school and the popular Ovalau Club.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  31. Day 31 - Lautoka

    The second largest city of Fiji, Lautoka is located on the western side of the island of Viti Levu, 24 kilometres north of Nadi. It is a pleasant mix of sugar-cane fields, grass-covered peaks, rural villages and market towns.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  32. Day 32 - At sea

    Settle into your ultra-luxury suite and enjoy a day of sailing in deep blue seas, making the most of the amenities on the World’s First Discovery Yacht.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  33. Day 33 - Tanna Island, Vanuatu

    Tanna’s erupting Mount Yasur is regarded as the world’s most accessible active volcano. Known for its continuous activity since Captain James Cook observed ash eruptions in 1774, it’s considered a sacred area by members of the John Frum cargo cult, who believe their deity resides inside.

    Freechoice

    Soak in the Sulphur Bay hot springs at the base of Mt Yasur, or explore Tanna’s Blue Cave, carved in a limestone cliff. Alternatively, see one of the island’s most magnificent waterfalls, taste the world-renowned Tanna coffee, or venture up to the smoking rim of Mt Yasur for an unforgettable experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  34. Day 34 - L’Île-des-Pins, New Caledonia

    The “Jewel of the Pacific” is named after the tall trees that line the white-sand shores. It’s the southernmost of the Caledonian islands and the largest in the marine area of the Great Southern Lagoon, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the centre, N’ga Peak offers breathtaking views, while Kuto and Kanumera Bays are remarkable for their marine life. Don’t miss taking a dip in the natural seawater pool, close to Oro Bay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  35. Day 35 - At sea

    In between islands, savouring the ship’s facilities and activities or enjoy some down-time in your ultra-luxury suite.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  36. Day 36 - Norfolk Island, Australia

    Roughly halfway between New Zealand and Australia, this tiny island is an outlying self- governing Australian territory. Claimed by Captain James Cook for the British in 1774, Norfolk was settled as a convict colony, and in 1855, Queen Victoria sent the descendants of The Bounty mutineers here. Explore convict ruins, four museums, sheltered beaches and towering pines.

    Freechoice

    Discover the life of world-renowned author Colleen McCullough during a visit to her home, as part of an exclusive guided tour of the author’s magnificent property, or learn about the unique language of Norfolk Island, a fascinating mix of English and Tahitian, created by the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives. Alternatively, see pots being thrown on the wheel by a master potter at Cottage Pottery, followed by a tasting platter of home-grown goats cheese, or take an early morning walk through the rainforest at Palm Glen and learn about the local wildlife as you walk beneath a canopy of Norfolk Island palms. For the active, enjoy nine holes of golf at the local course.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  37. Day 37 - At sea

    As we sail towards Sydney, spend two more glorious days indulging in the many luxuries onboard Scenic Eclipse.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  38. Day 38 - At sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  39. Day 39 - Sydney

    Sailing into Sydney is an unmissable moment, so be sure to wake up for the dramatic arrival into the world’s most spectacular harbour, showing off the famous landmarks of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Disembark after breakfast as you farewell the crew and take away memories of a truly unforgettable cruise. 

    Please book your flight to depart out of Sydney after 12:00 PM.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the voyage will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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