Fred Diehl, Professor of Biology Emeritus

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Prices start at $6,795 per person, double occupancy and are based on cabin selection.
Price includes air transportation from Los Angeles but does not include taxes. Departure from other cities may be available at additional cost.

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The evolution of ancient volcanic activity beneath the sea, sculpted by waves and wind over millennia, created the idyllic islands of Tahiti, Huahine, Ra’iatea, Taha’a, Bora Bora and Mo’orea. What better way to experience this unspoiled earthly paradise—majestic peaks rising up from emerald green jungles, chalk white atolls, pristine beaches and turquoise lagoons—than under the billowing white sails of an elegant yacht? During this nine-night land and sea sojourn, explore the resplendent Society Islands—an exotic and colorful land that has beckoned explorers, travelers, artists and writers for centuries. Enjoy two nights (air schedules permitting) in colorful Pape’ete, Tahiti, and seven nights sailing aboard the Five-Star Wind Spirit, specifically designed to cruise the crystal-clear aquamarine waters of the South Pacific, known for incredible marine life and tremendous snorkeling.

Cultural enrichment abounds in the captivating natural environment of French Polynesia. During your stay in Tahiti, visit ancient marae, tour a vanilla plantation and learn more about Polynesia’s unique history, environment and culture. You can observe—and even snorkel or swim with—extraordinary marine life and breathe in the fresh fragrances of vanilla, gardenia and jasmine that delicately permeate the island air.

Join us for this splendid opportunity featuring round-trip air included from Los Angeles and Low Air Add-Ons± from select U.S. cities.(Included air from Los Angeles and low air add-ons have limited availability and are not guaranteed.) This is the perfect time of year to enjoy the Five-Star WIND SPIRIT sailing its home waters amidst the mysterious, far-off islands of the South Pacific.

Program Highlights

  • Unmatched small yacht sailing ship experience
    Intimate, Five-Star, 73-Stateroom Wind Spirit
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages served throughout the ship
  • Unparalleled beauty of the Society Islands
  • All shipboard gratuities included
  • Complimentary watersports
  • Specially arranged excursions included on every island


Fred Diehl, Professor of Biology Emeritus

Fred Diehl is an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia and has over 30 years experience teaching biology at all levels. His research and teaching interests are mainly in the areas of zoology, developmental biology, ecology and marine sciences, with a specialization in invertebrate biology. Whenever possible, field experiences and laboratories have been important components of his courses, and he is a firm believer in learning from direct observation and first-hand exposure to nature. Professor Diehl has a long history of working with the Advanced Placement Biology program and in-service teacher preparation. His proudest accomplishment as a faculty member at the University of Virginia is having taught a variety of courses to over 25,000 undergraduate students. Fred has lead past Cavalier Travels trips to Costa Rica, Belize, Botswana, Tanzania, the Galápagos Islands and Alaska.


Day 1 - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Depart USA

Board your included flight from Los Angeles to Pape’ete, Tahiti.

Day 2 - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pape’ete, Tahiti

Arrive in lively, cosmopolitan Pape’ete. This breathtaking capital of French Polynesia and the gateway to the treasures of the South Pacific has extended a hospitable welcome to visitors since its founding as a missionary settlement in 1824. Located on a natural harbor cooled by trade winds, Pape’ete enjoys one of the finest natural settings in the South Pacific, set against a backdrop of verdant, forest-clad peaks. Its tropical ambiance is complemented by the charm and diversity of its inhabitants, a vibrant blend of native Tahitian, French and Chinese.

Upon arrival, check into the ideally located, Five‑Star INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT TAHITI. Wednesday afternoon, travel along Tahiti’s west coast, and tour the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands to view significant archaeological finds and learn more about the island’s geology, flora, fauna, culture and customs. Walk through the sacred Arahurahu Marae, Polynesia’s only fully restored marae (temple). Visit the beautifully landscaped Spring Garden of Vaipahi, a haven of tranquility, waterfalls and walking paths and home to 75 different species of plants, including precious mape (chestnut), pine woods and tropical flowers.
In the evening, enjoy the Welcome Reception in the hotel.

Day 3 - Thursday, February 15, 2018


Enjoy time at leisure before embarking the WIND SPIRIT. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board this evening.

Day 4 - Friday, February 16, 2018

Opunohu Bay, Mo’orea

The heart-shaped island of Mo’orea is the remnant of a long-extinct volcano. Once a sanctuary for vanquished warriors from Tahiti, it was visited by Captain Cook in 1777 and by the American novelist Herman Melville in 1842. It also inspired James A. Michener to write his unforgettable Tales from the South Pacific. A scenic drive to Belvedere Point reveals an unforgettable panoramic view of the island’s lushly forested volcanic peaks, including impressive Mount Rotui, and the crystalline waters of Cook and Opunohu Bays. Visit the Agricultural School for a sampling of fresh fruit and local jams.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Day 5 - Saturday, February 17, 2018


In the pre-colonial era, Ra’iatea served as the political and spiritual center of the Society Islands and was beloved by Captain Cook, who called here on each of his three voyages of discovery. It was the hub for the colonization of Hawaii, the Marquesas and New Zealand, and according to local legend, it was the birthplace of Oro, the god of war and fertility. On a panoramic tour, visit Marae Taputapuatea, a temple constructed of coral and black volcanic rock and one of the best‑preserved marae complexes in Polynesia. Aboard a motorized va’a (outrigger canoe), cruise along Ra’iatea’s tranquil Fa’aroa River, the only navigable river in Polynesia, as it threads its way through a world of wild hibiscus, bamboo and Tahitian chestnut trees.
Your afternoon is at leisure.

Day 6 - Sunday, February 18, 2018


Taha’a is dominated by the profile of Mount Ohiri, named for Hiro, the Polynesian god of sailors and thieves. Today, two exotic enterprises provide the islanders’ livelihoods—the harvesting of the world’s most flavorful vanilla beans and the farming of lustrous black pearls. Gain a deeper understanding of the Polynesian people and their traditional agriculture when you tour the lush grounds of a vanilla plantation and visit a farm that meticulously cultivates the region’s distinctive black pearl oysters.
Enjoy a traditional Polynesian feast on a private motu (islet), where you can swim, snorkel or kayak.

Day 7 - Monday, February 19, 2018

Bora Bora

Bora Bora, the proverbial vision of a South Seas paradise, was described as “the most beautiful island in the world” by James Michener. On a panoramic tour, view its distinctive black basalt peak cloaked in a lush tropical forest and silhouetted against turquoise lagoon waters. Alongside glittering Fa’anui Bay, see the ceremonial site of the Fare Opu marae adorned with carved petroglyphs of turtles— a sacred creature in ancient Polynesia—and bunkers constructed by American soldiers during World War II.

Bora Bora was settled by adventurous Polynesian mariners in the 10th century, and since then, the islanders have preserved the ways of their forebears and still wear the traditional colorfully hand‑dyed pareo (sarongs). In Bora Bora’s forested interior, villagers cultivate breadfruit, coconuts and taro; preserve the ancient ruins of stone marae; and respect the legacy of ancestral Polynesian deities. Learn about the art of dyeing the traditional Polynesian pareo and taste some of these abundant cultivated fruits.

From a lookout point, admire spectacular views of Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora’s highest peak, then enjoy time at leisure to explore the island.

Day 8 - Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Set across an azure lagoon to the south of Taha’a, idyllic Huahine is distinguished by soaring peaks, lush rain forests, dazzling white beaches and ancient shrines. This untouched paradise is actually two islands—Huahine‑Nui (big) and Huahine-Iti (small)—separated by a deep blue bay and ringed by a coral atoll. Stroll through the picturesque port of Fare, nestled between the sea and a woodland of towering mape trees draped with sweet‑scented vanilla vines. Visit the nearby settlement of Maeva, the ancient religious center of Huahine‑Nui, and see 10 marae, built in the 16th century of locally quarried stone and dedicated to the Polynesian deities Tane and Oro.
Your afternoon is at leisure.

Day 9 - Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cook’s Bay, Mo’orea

Impressive temples evoke Mo’orea’s Polynesian heritage while European churches underscore its role as the center for 19th-century missionary activity in the Society Islands. Contemporary islanders continue the ways of their forefathers, farming pineapples and papayas and crafting fine works of art from seashells and indigenous wood.
On board the ship, enjoy an enriching lecture by naturalist Frank Murphy of the Richard B. Gump Research Station. Afterward, visit the Atitia Outreach Center at Gump Station to learn more about the unique ecosystem of French Polynesia and enjoy a demonstration of traditional weaving and tapa (barkcloth) making.

This evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception on board.

Day 10 - Thursday, February 22, 2018

Pape’ete, Tahiti

Disembark the ship and explore the east coast of Tahiti. Visit the former home of American author James Norman Hall, best known for co‑authoring Mutiny on the Bounty. Admire the island of Tahiti’s only lighthouse at Point Venus, named for the observatory Captain Cook established here in 1769. Day‑room accommodations have been reserved in the INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT TAHITI.
This evening, transfer to the airport to continue on to the Bora Bora Post‑Program Option or board your flight home.

Day 11 - Friday, February 23, 2018


Arrive in the U.S.

Post-Program Option
InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort & Spa

Extend your sojourn in French Polynesia with two nights in a Five‑Star seaside resort hotel on Bora Bora, providing an authentic Polynesian experience. On Bora Bora’s dazzling Matira Point, enjoy magnificent, expansive ocean views from your deluxe beachfront or overwater bungalow—choose from three categories. Observe the abundant marine life on a reef excursion, dine in one of the island’s gourmet restaurants for the exotic flavors of fresh local seafood prepared with French Polynesian flair, or enjoy the resort’s wide array of watersports and white‑sand beach. This resort option includes breakfast daily and round-trip air between Tahiti and Bora Bora.
The Post-Program Option is at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.


Two nights (air schedules permitting) in the Five‑Star INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT TAHITI.

Rated the #1 cruise to book to Tahiti by Condé Nast Traveler, the intimate, four-masted Five-Star Wind Spirit offers an unforgettable and captivating sailing experience—seafaring in its most traditional form. A harmonious alliance of nautical history and elegant style, this small ship is designed to sail among the islands, atolls and motus of Tahiti and French Polynesia—its year-round home—from deep seas into bays and shallow lagoons inaccessible to larger vessels, making it feel like your own private yacht.
Each of the 73 deluxe, ocean‑view Staterooms and the Owner’s Suite features one queen bed (convertible to two twin beds), a private granite-finished bathroom with shower, luxurious European linens and amenities, individual climate control, flat‑screen television with DVD player, Wi-Fi access, safe, minibar, vanity table, hair dryer, plush robes and slippers. Complimentary fresh welcome flowers and fruit are provided in each Stateroom upon embarkation.
The elegant Amphora dining room accommodates all guests at a single, unassigned seating, and an attentive staff serves contemporary international cuisine. Guests may enjoy indoor or outdoor dining in the Veranda restaurant for breakfast and lunch, or reserve a table at Candles for alfresco evening dining. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise. 24-hour room service is also available.
The inviting public areas are tastefully appointed and include a large lounge, where a program of enriching lectures is held, two bars, comfortable library, spa, fitness center, boutique, casino, outdoor whirlpool, swimming pool and watersports marina with complimentary kayaking and snorkeling equipment. There is no elevator on the ship. There is a doctor on board.
The international, English-speaking crew provides personable and attentive service throughout the cruise.


Breakfast each morning, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, Welcome Reception in the hotel, Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions and Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise.

Program Fees

Windspirit deck plan
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Pricing is per person, double occupancy, and includes Air from LOS ANGELES/land/cruise EXCLUDING TAXES. (Included air from Los Angeles and low air add-ons have limited availability and are not guaranteed.)
Gratuities to ship personnel, drivers/guides are INCLUDED. Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise. Departure from other cities may be available at additional cost and subject to availability.

Price is based on Cabin Selection
$6795 Category 6 (Deck 1, Aft, 188 sq. ft., two portholes, convertible bedding, shower) limited availability

$7595 Category 5
(Deck 1, Forward, 188 sq. ft., two portholes, convertible bedding, shower) limited availability

$8495 Category 4 (Deck 1, Mid-ship, 188 sq. ft., two portholes, convertible bedding, shower)

$8995 Category 3 (Deck 2, Aft, 188 sq. ft., two portholes, convertible bedding, shower)limited availability

$9595 Category 2 (Deck 2, Forward, 188 sq. ft., two portholes, convertible bedding, shower) limited availability

$9895 Category 1 (Deck 2, Mid-ship, 188 sq. ft., two portholes, convertible bedding, shower)

$14,295 Owners Suite
(Deck 1, Aft, 220 sq. ft., two portholes, convertible bedding, shower, sitting area and in-room dining space)

A limited number of single cabins are available in
Category 4 for $13,195 and Category 1 for $15,695

Taxes: $240 per person and subject to change

Air Credit: $1350 (round-trip) per person is provided if travelers prefer to book flights on their own.

Business Class Air from LAX is an additional $4100. (Limited availability)

Price includes:
Round-trip Air Tahiti Nui flight from Los Angeles. Included economy-class air from Los Angeles and inexpensive connections to L.A. have limited availability and are not guaranteed.
Two nights (air schedules permitting) in the Five‑Star INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT TAHITI.
Day-room accommodations in the INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT TAHITI on Day 10.
Seven-night cruise round trip Pape’ete, Tahiti, with port calls at the Society Islands of Huahine, Taha’a, Ra’iatea, Bora Bora and Mo’orea.
Five-Star, ocean-view accommodations, each with a private bathroom.
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise.
All meals on board—full breakfast, lunch and dinner—served open-seating style.
Complimentary kayaking and snorkeling equipment in the pristine waters and lagoons surrounding the Society Islands.
Transfers and luggage handling is included abroad for all participants who have booked their air tickets through Gohagan & Company on the program travel dates.

Price does not include:
Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air/airport tax(es); airfare (unless included under AIR) and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed in the “Included Features” section of the brochure; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section.

2 nights Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora Resort
Price based on accommodation selection
Beach Bungalow
$1585 per person based on double occupancy
$2420 based on single occupancy

Overwater Bungalow

$1785 per person based on double occupancy
$2820 based on single occupancy

Horizon Bungalow
$1845 per person based on double occupancy
$2935 based on single occupancy

Optional Excursion Pricing
Shark and Stingray Lagoon Cruise $105 per person

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NOT INCLUDED: Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air/airport tax(es); airfare (unless included under AIR) and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed in the “Included Features” section of the brochure; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section.

AIR: Included air and Low Air Add-Ons are limited and subject to change and availability at time of booking and are nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline, even if purchased through Gohagan. Round-trip economy air is included from Los Angeles, California; round-trip Low Air Add-Ons may be available from selected gateways at additional cost; and all are based on economy-class travel, carriers and routings of Gohagan’s choice and contractual agreements between Gohagan and respective airlines. As the airfares negotiated by Gohagan are very restricted, all tickets issued are non‑endorsable and cannot be exchanged for another carrier or alternative routing. Gohagan and the sponsoring association/organization have no control over availability. Once submitted, flight itineraries and/or travel dates on all deposited bookings can be changed for a $150-per-person air change fee, plus any difference in airfare for the class of service. Included air, however, is not guaranteed on any such changes. Business class may be available for your flights at additional cost.

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DISCOUNTED RESERVATIONS: Discounts apply only to those reservations received in the offices of Gohagan in writing, accompanied by the required deposit, by August 1, 2017. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be cancelled, no “replacement” reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full‑fare tariff. Cancellation penalties may apply.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations for all or any part of the trip including Pre/Post Program reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellation(s) are subject to a $200 ($50 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person administrative fee from the time of booking through 120 days prior to departure; from 95 through 119 days prior to departure, $800 ($200 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person; from 61 through 94 days prior to departure, 50% of the published full regular tariffs; cancellations 60 days or less prior to departure, a no‑show, or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.

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