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Tahiti to Easter Island aboard the Island Sky

Trip Level

This trip is level 1+, Easiest, and is appropriate for those in good health who are physically active. For most activities, a moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs and tenders for diving and snorkeling activities and excursions ashore. On land, you must be able to walk moderate distances over beaches and sometimes rough terrain. Although not a physically challenging trip (compared to most Wilderness Travel trips), the day-by-day itinerary of this cruise will keep you very busy! If you feel comfortable walking with poles, you are encouraged to bring them. Sturdy and comfortable walking shoes are essential for shore excursions, as the days can be long.

On Board the Island Sky
Zegrahm Expeditions specializes in expedition-style cruises to interesting and remote destinations. The Island Sky is one of the main ships they charter for many weeks of each year. She was built in 1992, accommodates 100 guests, was refurbished in 2011 and is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with stabilizers to minimize the ship’s motion. Every cabin is a suite with sitting room area complete with coffee table and armchairs, and are similar in size, from 225-270 square feet, depending on category (Category 6 and Owner's Suite are larger). All categories offer an ocean view, a well-appointed bathroom, flat-screen TV, telephone, personal safe, hairdryer, mini-fridge and air conditioning. Category 1 cabins have portholes, while all other categories offer picture windows. Erikson and Explorer Deck cabins feature private balconies. The beds in each cabin can be configured as doubles or twins. Electricity on board is 110 volts, and the plugs are American-style, with two flat prongs.

The Island Sky has spacious public areas on board where one can sit and relax. Daily briefings are held in the Main Lounge that has plenty of seating. The bar features a round-the-clock coffee, tea, and water station. Other public spaces include a large lounge, club and bar with piano, and library with games, reference books, novels, DVDs, and computers with Internet access. Outside public areas include sitting areas with deck tables and chairs. There are stairs and an elevator to connect all floors.

The main dining room can seat all guests at one sitting where the feeling is casual and you can choose your own seating arrangements. Tables range in size and if you are looking for a table for two, then plan to arrive early, though most people enjoy mixing with fellow passengers at larger tables. Breakfast is served buffet-style, with eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit and cold cuts with certain dishes made to order. Lunch and dinner are five course affairs, with a choice of starters, soups and main courses, as well as choice of desserts. Meals include a selection of wine and beer with both lunch and dinner. For passengers who prefer just a quick bite for lunch, there is a self-service buffet with outside seating which is popular on sunny days.

The atmosphere onboard a Zegrahm cruise is easygoing. Smart-casual being the norm, with the exception of the welcome and farewell dinners, where people tend to dress up a bit. Passengers are mostly American, active, aged 50 and up and curious about the world.  Singles are welcome and rates are often favorable for them – Be sure to inquire about special deals that might be offered.  Virtually everything is included in the cost of the trip, such as lectures, excursions, entrance fees, taxes and port charges, meals, gratuities and arrival and departure transfers on group travel dates.

Wilderness Travel has enjoyed partnering with Zegrahm over the years. Our clients consistently rave about the high level of onboard service, regardless of where they happen to be traveling. They are known for hiring highly personable and talented Expedition Team members with extensive backgrounds in their fields of study. Onboard lectures take place regularly, covering aspects of the voyage and surrounding environment. In the evenings and on days at sea, movies and videos are shown that are relevant to the destination. Traditional ship entertainment is not featured on Zegrahm’s programs. However, there are often cultural performances organized on the landings, where you can see native dances and/or musical performances.  

Tahiti to Easter Island is a classic itinerary, steeped in rich history and vibrant culture. Explore the faraway islands of Marquesas, Tuamotus, Pitcairns as well as Easter Island. Enjoy excellent snorkeling and diving nearly every day to discover healthy reefs teeming with colorful, tropical fish. No previous experience is required to snorkel, but it is suggested that if you have your own mask and fins, bring them to ensure comfort and fit. Also, scuba divers must have their Advanced Open Water diving certificate and must have completed two open water dives within one year of the trip’s departure. If you plan on diving, be sure to let us know!

Although the ship covers a long distance from start to finish, there are only four full days at sea and on those days one can relax on deck and attend informative lectures. The average daily temperatures will range from the low to upper-80sF,  though high humidity can make it feel warmer with cooler temperatures in the Pitcairns and Easter Island. Though this voyage occurs during the “dry season,” rainfall is always a possibility.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.