Created by ancient volcanic fires and sculpted by waves and wind over countless millennia, the enchanting isles of Tahiti, Bora Bora and Rangiroa have beckoned travelers to their coasts for centuries. Join your fellow Princetonians on a get-away cruise in the South Pacific, June 7-16, 2018, to discover an earthly paradise where forest-clad mountains, fragrant with the scent of white-petaled tiare blossoms, rise dramatically from the crystal waters of tropical lagoons and where the ancient customs and traditional hospitality of the islanders survive to the present day.

Cruise from island to island aboard the modern National Geographic Orion and enjoy an aquatic program which offers a myriad of opportunities to swim, snorkel, dive, kayak and stand-up paddleboard in turquoise coves and vibrant reefs bursting with kaleidoscopic marine life. An expert National Geographic expedition team will add incomparable dimensions to your experience. Naturalists will share their knowledge of the intriguing Polynesian ecosystem. Dive masters and an undersea specialist will maximize your time exploring the coral reefs and a veteran National Geographic photographer will offer advice — for both novice and more advanced photographers — honed from years on assignment for NG.

The camaraderie of fellow alumni, the convenience of unpacking only once, and the exceptional value of this program combine with a magical destination to create one of the year's most enticing journeys. If Tahiti and French Polynesia are on your "must see" list, there is no better time than now to make it happen.

About the Study Leader

Gabriel Vecchi is a Professor at the Princeton University Department of Geosciences and at the Princeton Environmental Institute. Prior to coming to Princeton University in 2017, he was a Research Oceanographer and the Head of the Climate Variations and Predictability Group at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was since 2003. The focus of his research is the interactions between the atmosphere and oceans on timescales from weeks to centuries, including the El Niño-Southern Oscillation phenomenon, tropical cyclones and the Asian-Australian monsoon. Gabriel's recent efforts concentrate on predicting short- and long-term changes to tropical circulation and variability, including characterizing the impact of climate change on tropical cyclones and hurricanes, and global patterns of rainfall and drought. 

Trip Details

  • Dates: June 7-16, 2018
  • Cost: From $7,690 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate

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