We invite you to explore Tahiti with us in 2019 and see the Total Solar Eclipse July 2, 2019.
Betchart Expeditions Inc.
Tahiti Eclipse 2019 map
Captain Cook and Robert Louis Stephenson fell in love with Tahiti for good reason. It is really one of the most beautiful places on earth, with jagged volcanic peaks, fringing coral reefs, fascinating cultural sites, and a bounty of coral and tropical fish.During this Tahiti Eclipse adventure, we will discover the magic of French Polynesia and see the Total Solar Eclipse from our chartered aircraft near the remote Gambier Islands.
Our trip will begin with the legendary island of Tahiti, the biggest island in the region. This will include Point Venus where Captain Cook first landed to observe the Transit of Venus in 1769.
The next day we will take a ferry from Papeete to Moorea, certainly one of the most spectacular islands in the world. Here we will visit the UC-Berkeley Gump Research Station, take a walk through an ancient village site, and enjoy the coral reef.
A special highlight will be joining Dr. Michael Poole to learn about the spinner dolphins.
Our journey will continue to the innovative engineering and research lab near Idaho Falls for a special presentation about their research.
After we explore the high islands of Tahiti and Moorea, we will fly to the remote Gambier Islands, our staging ground to see the Total Eclipse the next day. The Gambier Islands are a marine wonderland of coral reefs, exquisite islands, and a hardy Polynesian people who have learned to exist in this ruggedly beautiful environment.
We will be hosted by the villagers, and have acommodations in the school, meeting house, or gymnasium (there are no hotels on the island). This will create a house party atmosphere which will be a highlight of our trip! (In 2010, we saw the Tahiti Eclipse at Anaa atoll hosted by the local people, and it was the trip of a lifetime!)
On the day of the Total Solar Eclipse, we will board our charter aircraft and fly to the centerline of Totality and follow along it's path! This will be a wonderful adventure with shared viewing out the airplane windows. We did this in Iceland in 2015, and it was a wonderful experience!
We hope you will join us to explore Tahiti and see the 2019 Total Solar Eclipse! Space is limited, so please let us know right away.