Karen McGlathery, Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, and Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
Prices start at $6,995 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.
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? Tour the paradisal island landscapes of Tahiti, Mo’orea and Bora Bora. Visit a vanilla plantation and a black pearl farm. Explore early Polynesian culture on Ra’iatea and Huahine. This exceptional itinerary also includes two nights (air schedules permitting) in the Five-Star InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa in enchanting Pape’ete. Post-Program Option in a deluxe seaside resort on Mo’orea is offered.
†Included air from Los Angeles has limited availability and is not guaranteed.
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.
†Included air from Los Angeles has limited availability and is not guaranteed.
- Unmatched small yacht sailing ship experience aboard the intimate, Five-Star, 73-Stateroom Wind Spirit, a four-masted motor yacht—only 148 guests in 100% ocean-view accommodations
- Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages served throughout the cruise
- Unparalleled beauty of the Society Islands
- All shipboard gratuities and complimentary watersports included
- Specially arranged excursions included on every island
- Legendary islands that inspired Paul Gauguin, Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson and James Michener
Karen McGlathery, Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, and Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
Karen leads the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research program, based at UVA’s Coastal Research Center on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Karen also directs the University’s new pan-university Environmental Resilience Institute focusing on interdisciplinary solutions to the challenges of environmental change. Her research focuses on the effects of climate, land-use, and species invasions on coastal marine ecosystems. She has led multi-institution, interdisciplinary projects addressing strategies for coastal resilience. In addition to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, she and her students have worked in New England, Florida, Bermuda, Denmark, New Zealand, and Mozambique. Before coming to UVA in 1998, Karen received her B.S. from Connecticut College, her Ph.D. from Cornell University, and worked as a program officer for the Earthwatch Institute and as a Research Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and Danish Ministry of the Environment. She was inspired to study the ocean by a sea-faring British grandfather.
Day 1 - Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Board your included flight from Los Angeles to Pape’ete, Tahiti.
Day 2 - Wednesday, January 29
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. Upon arrival, check into the ideally located, Five-Star InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa. Explore Pape’ete on your own and return to the resort for the evening’s Welcome Reception. Breakfast, Reception (B,R)
Day 3 - Thursday, January 30
Travel along Tahiti’s west coast, and tour the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands, where significant archaeological finds trace the island’s ecology and customs. Walk through the sacred Arahurahu Marae, Polynesia’s only fully restored marae (temple), and the beautifully landscaped Spring Garden of Vaipahi. In this tranquil haven of 75 different plant species, a natural waterfall flows through gardens flanked by tropical flowers and canopied by a lush tangle of precious mape (chestnut) and pine wood vines.
Embark the Wind Spirit and attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board this evening. (B,L,R,D)
Day 4 - Friday, January 31
Opunohu Bay, Mo’orea
James A. Michener once wrote that Mo’orea, the remnant of a long-extinct volcano, was a “monument to the prodigal beauty of nature;” the heart-shaped island inspired his unforgettable Tales from the South Pacific and stirred famous visitors including Captain Cook in 1777 and Herman Melville in 1842. Drive through a landscape of ancient volcanic peaks, and stop at Belvedere Point for an unforgettable panoramic view of the impressive Mount Rotui and the crystalline waters of Cook and Opunohu Bays.
Impressive temples evoke Mo’orea’s Polynesian heritage while European churches underscore its role as a center for 19th-century missionary activity, and contemporary islanders continue the ways of their forefathers, farming pineapples and papayas and crafting fine art from seashells and indigenous wood. Learn more about the interplay between the culture and the ecosystem at the Richard B. Gump Pacific Research Station and Atitia Outreach Center. Following spectacular views of the lagoon at the Toatea Lookout, board the ship for an enriching lecture by naturalist Frank Murphy from the Research Station. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure for snorkeling opportunities in Mo’orea’s turquoise lagoons. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Saturday, February 1
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. It was the hub for the colonization of Hawaii, the Marquesas and New Zealand, and according to local legend, the birthplace of Oro, god of war and fertility. Visit well-preserved Marae Taputapuatea, constructed of coral and black volcanic rock. Aboard a motorized va’a (outrigger canoe), cruise upstream along Ra’iatea’s serene Fa’aroa River, the only navigable river in Polynesia, as it winds through a realm of wild hibiscus, bamboo and Tahitian chestnut trees.
Gather on deck for a barbecue under the “ash-blue sky alive with stars,” as Henri Matisse described the Tahitian night. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Sunday, February 2
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 & 8 - Monday/Tuesday, February 3 & 4
Bora Bora is the proverbial vision of a South Seas paradise—its black basalt peaks cloaked in a thick tropical forest and silhouetted against turquoise waters. Alongside glittering Fa’anui Bay, see the ceremonial site of the Fa’anui Marae marae see bunkers constructed by American soldiers during World War II.
The islanders of Bora Bora have preserved the ways of their forebears and still wear the colorfully hand-dyed pareo (sarong). In the 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 the island’s abundant fruits.
From a lookout point, admire Bora Bora’s highest peak, Mount Otemanu, perched like a natural beacon over the “Pearl of the Pacific;” then enjoy time at leisure to explore the island.
An optional excursion cruises the island’s iridescent lagoon to encounter graceful stringrays, black-tipped lagoon sharks and a coral garden where parrotfish, butterfly fish and triggerfish flourish. Dinner Monday night will be an authentic Polynesian feast on a private motu. (2B,2L,2D)
Day 9 - Wednesday, February 5
Idyllic Huahine consists of two islands—Huahine-Nui (big) and Huahine-Iti (small)—separated by a deep blue bay and ringed by a coral atoll. Enjoy an open-air “Le Truck” ride between the ocean and a woodland of towering mape trees draped with sweet-scented vanilla vines to the settlement of Maeva, the ancient religious center of Huahine-Nui and the densest concentration of archeological sites in Polynesia. See several marae, built in the 16th century of locally quarried stone. Here, the terrain is terraced by former homes and fortification walls, while the roots of a colossal banyan tree entwine one end of the ahu (altar).
Enjoy a beautiful vista of the gleaming Bay of Maroe and lofty Mount Turi. Stop in the picturesque village of Fare to see blue-eyed river eels considered sacred by locals.
After an afternoon at leisure, attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception. (B,L,R,D)
Day 10 - Thursday, February 6
Disembark the ship and explore the east coast of Tahiti. Visit the former home of American author James Norman Hall, best known for Mutiny on the Bounty, and admire Tahiti’s only lighthouse at Point Venus, named for the observatory Captain Cook established here in 1769. Dayroom accommodations have been reserved in the InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa.
This evening, continue on to the Mo’orea Post-Program Option or board your flight home. (B)
Day 11 - Friday, February 7
Arrive in the U.S.A.
InterContinental Mo’orea Resort and Spa
Extend your sojourn in French Polynesia with two nights in a Five-Star seaside resort hotel on
Mo’orea, providing an authentic Polynesian experience. Enjoy magnificent, expansive ocean views from your deluxe beachfront or overwater bungalow. 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 dolphin center, sea turtle clinic and a wide array of watersports and white-sand beach. This resort option includes breakfast daily and round-trip ferry rides between Tahiti and Mo’orea.
The Post-Program Option is available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.
Accommodations: Two nights at the InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa, located on the northwest coast of the island of Moorea and surrounded by lush and unspoiled tropical terrain. Its location in a cove protects it and its beach from the elements. This four-star hotel was built in 1988 and is home to the first spa in French Polynesia.
Meals: Two breakfasts included at the InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa
Two nights (air schedules permitting) in the Five‑Star INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT TAHITI
FIVE-STAR, SMALL SAILING SHIP
MS WIND SPIRIT
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.
All meals aboard ship; other meals as indicated
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
$6995 Category 6 (Deck 1, Aft, 188 sq. ft., two portholes, convertible bedding, shower) limited availability
$7795 Category 5 (Deck 1, Forward, 188 sq. ft., two portholes, convertible bedding, shower) limited availability
$8795 Category 4 (Deck 1, Mid-ship, 188 sq. ft., two portholes, convertible bedding, shower)
$9495 Category 3 (Deck 2, Aft, 188 sq. ft., two portholes, convertible bedding, shower) limited availability
$9995 Category 2 (Deck 2, Forward, 188 sq. ft., two portholes, convertible bedding, shower) limited availability
$10,995 Category 1 (Deck 2, Mid-ship, 188 sq. ft., two portholes, convertible bedding, shower)
$14,795 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 $13,895 and Category 1 for $17,595
Taxes: $240 per person and subject to change
Air Credit: $1060 (round-trip) per person is provided if travelers prefer to book flights on their own.
Premium Economy Air from LAX is an additional $1950.
Business Class Air from LAX is an additional $6200.(Limited availability)
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; 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 as included.
General Terms & Conditions
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RESPONSIBILITY: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, the sponsoring associations/organizations, and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service or entertainment providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any other third party.
In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, acts of government, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, bites from or attacks by animals, insects or pests, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, sickness, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof, the lack of availability of or access to medical attention or the quality thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes, vessels, or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely or safely.
If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept as a trip participant, or remove from a trip, without refund, any person Gohagan judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the activities, or who is abusive to other trip participants, leaders or third parties, or who Gohagan determines to detract from the enjoyment of the trip by others. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel or cruise line.
Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and Gohagan shall not be liable for any loss of any kind as a result of any such changes. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change or cancellation. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute motorcoach transportation using hotels, inns or lodges for cruise accommodations if necessary due to weather, water conditions or levels, other events of force majeure, mechanical or other conditions beyond the control of Gohagan. Gohagan is not responsible therefor and is not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. Gohagan may cancel a trip (or an option) for any reason whatsoever; if so, its sole responsibility is to refund monies paid by the participant to it. Gohagan, however, is not required under these circumstances to refund the cost of any purchased travel insurance. Gohagan is not required to cancel any trip for any reason including without limitation, United States Department of State, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. Gohagan is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight arrangements or cancels the trip. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute vessels, hotels or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.
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.
LUGGAGE: Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without prior notice.
PHYSICAL ACCESSIBILITY: All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Travelers must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from your traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Travelers requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for handling equipment.
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.
TRIP INSURANCE: We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Trip cancellation insurance is available through Gohagan and others for comprehensive coverage of such expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident, and damaged or lost luggage. We will send you an application upon receipt of your reservation.
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