Cook Islands & Society Islands Cruise

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 “Pa,” 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 “The 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

                          Disembark in Papeete

                          In the morning you'll 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
                          2014-Nov-11$4,145$4,345$5,845$6,045$7,695$9,695$13,095$13,695
                          Port, security and handling charges: $155 per person
                          2015-Jan-24
                          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-Mar-07
                          2015-Apr-11
                          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
                          $200 OFF
                          Book your cruise on the Paul Gauguin between July 7th and July 31st and receive a $200 shipboard credit!
                          All 2014 Departures
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                          These special offers are applicable only to new bookings.
                          Discounts are subject to availability, so contact us for more details.
                          - 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 that cruise fares do not include:
                          - Government fees, port, security and handling charges.
                          - Optional shore excursions.

                          Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply.

                          Deposit & Payment

                          Initial deposit is 25%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

                          Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.

                          Final payment by Visa, Mastercard or AmEx.

                          Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.

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                          Cancellation Policy

                          Days Prior to departureFee
                          121 days or more$300
                          120-91 days15% total fare
                          90-61 days25% total fare
                          60-31 days55% total fare
                          30-0 days100% total fare