22 Night Star Collector: Polynesia: Expanding Horizons Cruise sailing from Lautoka to Papeete onboard Wind Spirit.
Papeete warmly welcomes you to the Society Islands with its sunny beaches and lively shopping experiences before it's time to sit back and relax into the pace of island life with a day at sea as you set sail for Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with a diverse ecosystem. If heaven were a place on Earth, Rangiroa could be it - snorkel the huge lagoon surrounded by coral and filled with colorful fish, rays, and dolphins. Next spend the day on the private island of Motu Mahaea where a barbeque lunch, tropical drinks and more snorkel opportunities await. Anchor off Huahine and discover this best kept secret with lush forests, quaint villages and Maeva archaeological site. Moorea brings the chance to swim, kayak, hike the majestic Three Coconut Trail or visit dolphins in their native habitat. Then it's off to Bora Bora for world-class snorkeling in crystal-clear lagoons and an overnight complete with a private feast and native fire dancers. Get a taste of the Cook Islands in Rarotonga - an up-and-coming foodie destination and natural playground boasting palm-studded white-sand beaches, lush jungle forests and the sparking waters of Muri lagoon. One of the smallest countries in the world, Niue charms visitors with its friendly locals, pristine beaches, coral reefs and mystical caves. Next escape to the remote port of Vava'u, Tonga where unspoiled waters offer snorkelers and divers encounters with manta rays, turtles, spinner dolphins and visibility exceeding 100 feet. Discover Savusavu, the hidden paradise of Fiji, with abundant waterfalls, hiking trails, rainforests and beautiful black pearls. Explore Suva, the capital of Fiji, with its broad streets, majestic British colonial buildings, farmer's market, lush, green parks and multicultural cuisine. The Fijian finale of Lautoka, nicknamed Sugar City for its plentiful sugar cane, offers a stroll down tree-lined streets to see colonial homes, experience outdoor markets and absorb the cheerful culture. Don't forget to save time for a relaxing mud pool bath or a visit to Nadi Temple.
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Nicknamed the Sugar City due to its expansive sugarcane plantations, Lautoka's biggest employer is the Lautoka Sugar Mill, founded in 1903. Lautoka is the birthplace of PGA star Vijay Singh and is lovely with its tree-lined streets, colonial homes, outdoor markets and a cheerful, vibrant culture. Sights to see include South Sea Orchid Garden, Sabeto Village and Nadi Marketplace or Temple. This is also the place to make time for a relaxing mud pool bath.
Known as the hidden paradise of Fiji, beautiful Savusavu with its abundance of waterfalls, hiking trails, rainforests and black pearls, has recently been realized to be a tourist hotspot. The shabby-chic main street is a hodgepodge of eclectic watering holes, a bustling market, and a variety of shops and cosmopolitan restaurants. Find a black pearl farm, see the Vuadomo and Nakawaga Waterfalls or kayak, snorkel, sail, fish or take an easy hike. Bula
Charming Niue is one of the largest raised coral atolls on earth. Step back in time and enjoy the laidback pace of relaxed clear waters and pristine beaches, the coral reefs everywhere and the vibrant, friendly locals who delight to meet you. Spend time on the beach or find the Taoga Niue Museum, the Ekalesia Church, Palaha Cave, and Hikulagi Sculpture Park.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Our stay here allows plenty of time to capture the beauty in photographs - and you'll want plenty. These stunning waters will show a different kaleidoscope of blue in each frame. You'll have lots of options for exploration, whether you prefer the access provided by a 4-by-4, or the thrill of riding in the open air. Stretch out on stunning white-sand beaches, dive and swim in brightly colored seas, or sail among the tiny islands and lagoons. This is the stuff that dreams are made of.
Papeete, French Polynesia
Relax on sunny beaches, sample Tahitian fare, and take in the effervescent spirit of the city. But whatever you do, save time - and luggage space - for shopping. Black pearls and colorful crafts fill the market and local treasures are so plentiful you'll have trouble making your choices.
Raiatea, French Polynesia
Raiatea, The Sacred Island, is located just across the lagoon from Tahaa and shares the same barrier reef. (Legend claims the two were a single island until a conger eel possessed by the spirit of a princess separated them.) It used to be the center of religion and culture in the Society Islands. Taputapuatea, on the southeast coast, was once the most important marae around, the place where kings from the neighboring islands would gather for important ceremonies. Uturoa, the main town, reminds some people of Papeete in its younger days with its quaint low-rise buildings. Raiatea is also home to the only navigable river in the islands, the Fa'aroa. Explore Polynesian history or climb Mount Temehani in search of the rare tiare apetahi flower, which grows only here.
Tahaa, French Polynesia
We will spend the day on a private island complete with swaying palm trees and white-sand beaches. Swim, snorkel and enjoy a variety of water sports in the crystal-clear waters. There will be a delicious barbecue lunch and tropical drinks waiting for you. Explore Tahaa with optional excursions to discover the vanilla plantations and sacred sites of the island.
Huahine, French Polynesia
Anchor here in the place whose nickname is Garden of Eden. Take your time to explore the lush forests, the tropical landscapes, and the quaint villages to discover one of Polynesia's best kept secrets. Here, at a slower pace, see a glimpse of the authentic South Pacific island lifestyle. Stop by the Maeva archaeological site and wander around the 150-odd marae (temple sites) and 400-year-old stone fish traps that are still in use And you'll have your pick of the world's best snorkeling once again.