Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic announced six new itineraries for 2015 aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion.
The National Geographic Orion is equipped with a roster of exploration tools including full snorkeling gear for all, a SCUBA program that can accommodate up to 24 divers at a time with a dive master, a glass bottom boat, kayaks, a state of the art remote operated vehicle (ROV) that reaches depths of up to 1,000 feet and a fleet of Zodiacs.
All rates quoted below are per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
Bali to Palau: Exotic Indonesia, 16 days: From the island of Bali to the Rock Islands of Palau, this voyage goes through the Coral Triangle. This region is known as the global center of marine biodiversity, with more than 500 species of corals and nearly 2,000 species of fish, and is a destination for snorkelers and scuba divers. End the voyage in Palau. Departs Sept. 17, 2015. Rates begin at $14,130.
Palau to Solomon Islands: Along the Pacific Equator, 19 days: Sailing east through Micronesia, explore islands and learn of the region’s World War II history. Meet islanders who still follow traditional ways; search for Yap’s manta rays, then snorkel and dive the reefs and wrecks of Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon. Turn south into Melanesia to explore Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Departs Sept. 29, 2015. Rates begin at $17,390.
Solomon Islands to Fiji: Hidden South Pacific, 13 days: Voyage through Melanesia to the western edge of Polynesia. Visit the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. Search for bird species, snorkel and dive reefs and wrecks, including the S.S. President Coolidge in Vanuatu. Departs Oct. 14, 2015. Rates begin at $10,870.
Fiji to The Cook Islands: Polynesian Discovery, 13 days: This voyage will take guests from Fiji’s “Garden Isle” to Rarotonga. Explore the western reaches of Polynesia, swim in Tonga’s warm turquoise waters and experience the Cook Islands. Departs Oct. 24, 2015. Rates begin at $10,870.
Cook Islands to Tahiti: Pristine Reefs of the South Pacific, 13 days: Visit the Cook Islands to Tahiti’s lush volcanic crags. Dive or snorkel in the Southern Line Islands. Departs Nov. 3, 2015. Rates begin at $10,870.
Tahiti to Easter Island: Tales of the Pacific, 19 days: This voyage takes guests to the farthest reaches of Oceania. From Tahiti, guests visit the “low islands” of the Tuamotu Archipelago and the Pitcairn Islands, plus Easter Island. Departs Nov. 13, 2015. Rates begin at $17,390.
For more information, visit www.expeditions.com.