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A ticket to two Paradises?

A ticket to two Paradises?

Hawaii is a hot destination at present (in climate and popularity)! Whether you enjoy carving up a wave on a surfboard or the allure of sun-kissed days moving to a slower tempo, Hawaii is weaving her magic once more! Aside from bustling Waikiki, Hawaii’s outer islands offer quieter spaces with less tourists where you can relax and enjoy the romantic Hawaiian ambiance.

But wait, there’s more! How about combining the Hawaiian Islands with the picture perfect lagoons of Tahiti? Sound like paradise? It certainly is! Today we’re talking about Ponant Cruises’ Hawaii to French Polynesia cruise.

This idyllic cruise embraces the exotic beauty of the Pacific from the shores of Honolulu to the palm trees of Papeete. Beginning in Honolulu, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the atmosphere of busy Waikiki, perhaps do a spot of shopping or visit the Pearl Harbour memorial site. (Of course, if you’d like to have longer in Hawaii and add a few days in Maui or Kauai, we can organise this, nor would we blame you).

Once onboard the luxurious Le Boreal, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the service! Gourmet food, exceptional staff and a maximum of 264 guests make this a cruise to remember!


First stop is Hilo on the island of Hawaii (also called the Big Island). Away from the crowded beaches of Waikiki, you’ll see a different side of Hawaii where things move to a slower pace and nature is at her best. Dotted with waterfalls, rainforests and of course the volcanoes, Hilo is a visual splendour!

After your stop at Hilo, you’ve got a few days to relax at sea. Often when cruising, you have port stops nearly every day but on this voyage you get five full days to really relax and unwind, read a book, enjoy a massage, meet other guests and enjoy the onboard facilities before arriving in your next port in French Polynesia’s The Marquesas Islands.

Not many people get to see this part of French Polynesia. Often visitors make it as far as Moorea or Bora Bora, but getting out to the Marquesas Islands is usually for the more intrepid. These isolated islands are simply spectacular with jagged, mountainous terrain plunging into deep valleys below. The locals rely on a freighter that comes every two weeks to deliver their goods and supplies. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about their culture, the ancient traditions of tattooing, buy some of their crafts and enjoy watching traditional dancing accompanied by the ukulele.

Your next stop is the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Fakarava. Here, you’re in for another treat! Picture crystal clear waters with lagoons teeming with colourful fish and marine life. Immerse yourself in the tepid waters and see the magic Mother Nature has woven!

Finally, it’s onto Moorea, one of Tahiti’s most popular islands. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Papeete, Moorea is known for her lush, emerald vegetation and turquoise water. You can soak up the warmth, enjoy a swim or a snorkel in the bays, take a bike ride and explore at your own pace or perhaps swim with the dolphins and rays!

The cruise finishes in Papeete and you can either fly straight home or extend your stay and perhaps explore some more of Tahiti’s spectacular islands. A few days in idyllic Bora Bora or Taha’a perhaps? This cruise from Hawaii to Papeete onboard Ponant Cruises’ Le Boreal has just one departure on 10 October 2019 and with just 264 guests, space is strictly limited.

To find out more, have a look at our package here or click here to request a call from one of our Ultimate Cruising experts.