Sparkling South Pacific - U of I EXPLORERS Photolog

Our Story

What a wonderful experience to visit the South Pacific with you! It's not every day that Illini get to experience the lush greens and turquoise waters the way we did on this Oceania cruise to the South Pacific (despite the weather!) Through our onshore experiences, we visited the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Fakarava, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Raiatea, and Huahine (most of those islands we didn't even know existed before this trip!). The vanilla and pearl farms, motu picnics, local culture tours, and swimming with ocean life were amazing experiences! It is mind boggling to think that we were in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a cruise ship tendering to each island! Also, it was so lovely to enjoy Oceania Maria with you—the friendly staff, cuisine, activities and shows! It really started to feel like a home away from home! Hopefully our photos capture our experience, and entice our friends and family to go next year.

--Andrea Turner, UIAA Host

Our Gallery of Photos

Paul Trester's Album

Shark feeding!

Do you see the sting rays?

Torrential Rain