Cook Islands & Society Islands Cruise

Adventure Life
Women wearing traditional dress of the South Pacific.
Travelers getting ready to scuba dive.
Adventure Life
Kayak the tranquil tropical waters of Belize
Beautiful beaches of Bora Bora.
Witness a stingray while scuba diving.
Paul Gauguin's elegant main restaurant, L'Etoile.
Paul Gauguin's Le Grille dining area.
On this South Pacific cruise, you'll discover the isle of Huahine, renowned for its spectacular rain forests. Then experience the unique majesty of the Cook Islands. Arid Aitutaki is virtually flat - so much so that you can spot the ocean from nearly any point on the island, sitting in sharp contrast to sister island Rarotonga's jagged peaks and deep valleys. Rarotonga's fertile slopes of red earth and sparkling aquamarine lagoon call to mind the classic Victorian ideal of paradise, which the island was called by its first European explorers. Return to the Society Islands for days in alluring Bora Bora, Taha'a, Moorea, and Papeete.

Day 1

Papeete/Embark Paul Gauguin

Embark the Paul Gauguin in the afternoon and have time to settle into your cabin before dinner onboard later in the evening. The ship will set sail later that night.

Day 2

Huahine

Huahine is actually two islands, Huahine Iti and Huahine Nui, and the ship anchors between the two in Maroe Bay. This strikingly beautiful pair of islands boasts a crystalline lagoon, colorful villages, and a wealth of Polynesian archeological sites. Rising 2,200 feet above the sea, Mount Turi is the islands' high point and provides a dramatic backdrop. While you're here, you can cruise the lagoon, explore the island's culture, or picnic on the beach. More vigorous pursuits including a hill trek and scuba diving are also available.

Day 3

At Sea

Take a day to enjoy shipboard life: relax poolside, watch the South Pacific pass by, play some table tennis, or read up on our next port at the Reading Gallery.

Day 4

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki's coral reefs enclose a particularly large and beautiful lagoon. Uninhabited, palm-clad islets (motus) dot the reef, and even the main island is only eight square miles in area. Bask in the sun and enjoy breath-taking views of the shimmering lagoon during a lagoon cruise and beach visit. Or venture to a nearby marine reserve for some snorkeling. Arutanga village is the island's town, home to the oldest church in the Cooks, which dates from 1829.

Day 5

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Call today at Rarotonga, capital of the Cook Islands and the most mountainous of the group. Although this is one of the most beautiful places in the world to do nothing, you have a plethora of options for getting as active as you want. Snorkel in the crystalline waters of Muri Lagoon, or encounter the lushness of tropical nature in the Takitumu Conservation Area. Take an easy ride all the way around the island, or make a rugged hike into its lush interior with β€œPa,” a local naturalist.

Day 6

At Sea

Spend another day experiencing Paul Gauguin's Polynesian ambience: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Take in a lecture on local wildlife or history, and relax this evening over classic French cuisine.

Day 7

Bora Bora

Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Michener described Bora Bora as β€œThe most beautiful island in the world.” You might wish to explore the island with a number of activities, such as a tour of the island paradise that affords breathtaking island views. Or, glide over crystalline waters on a glass bottom boat to see the island's famous marine life without getting wet, take a thrilling helicopter ride over the ship and island, or simply spend a few hours lolling on the island's beautiful beach.

Day 8

Bora Bora

Bora Bora's lagoon is constantly replenished with ocean water from the swells that crash between sandy motus and over the lagoon's fringing reef. Perhaps today you will discover its charms while swimming, snorkeling, or via an outrigger canoe.

Day 9

Taha'a, (Motu Mahana)

Motu Mahana, an islet adjacent to Taha'a, is your very own South Seas paradise featuring white sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters and gentle breezes. As an exclusive Paul Gauguin event, guests will spend a full day exploring this idyllic, isolated island, and relaxing with a delicious barbecue lunch and Polynesian entertainment featuring strolling musicians and singers.

Day 10

Moorea

Covered in an abundance of fresh fruits and flowers, spectacular mountain peaks, peaceful multihued lagoons and palm-fringed beaches, Moorea's awesome beauty is unsurpassed. White sand beaches lapped by the translucent shimmering lagoon water and shaded by palm, coconut, and ironwood groves stretch for miles. During your visit, you might wish to take an optional airconditioned coach ride around the island to admire the stunning views.

Day 11

Moorea/ Papeete, Tahiti

Perhaps today you will try an optional SCUBA diving excursion among the sea turtles and staggering amount of fish species that call Moorea's waters home. Or simply relax and revel in Moorea's natural splendor.

Day 12

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Papeete

In the morning have brunch aboard ship, then disembark in the spot where you began your trip of a lifetime.
 Porthole Stateroom (F)Window Stateroom (E)Balcony Stateroom (D)Balcony Stateroom (C)Veranda Stateroom (B)Veranda Suite (A)Grand SuiteOwners Suite
2015-Dec-05$5,695$5,845$7,345$7,545$9,145$11,295$14,645$15,295
Port, security and handling charges: $170 per person
2015-May-30
2015-Jul-18
$5,895$6,095$7,645$7,845$9,545$11,595$15,095$15,745
Port, security and handling charges: $170 per person
*On the April 11 departure, join one of the most highly acclaimed oceanographers and environmentalists, Jean-Michel Cousteau, in learning about and exploring the Cook Islands and Society Islands!
- Please note: Cruise fare does not include optional shore excursions, available to purchase an additional fees.
- Cruise fuel surcharges may apply.
- Rates are posted as double occupancy, and single supplements are available at 100% for categories OS-D and $1495 for categories E-F.
- Triple Cabins: third passenger sails free, paying only all applicable taxes and fees.
- Third & forth passengers booked in the Suite categories sail free, paying only all applicable taxes and fees.
- Optional hotel stays and land programs are available, please contact us for details.


Please note: For 2015 departures, round-trip airfare from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is included in the total cost of your cruise.

Please note that cruise fares do not include:
- Government fees, port, security and handling charges.
- Optional shore excursions.

Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply.