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Tahiti & the Society Islands

8 Day Sample Cruise aboard Paul Gauguin
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In 1891, when Paul Gauguin arrived in Tahiti, he captured the charm, culture, and languid grace of the natives in oils. You won't find his paintings here, but the original models still call this piece of French Polynesia home. This 8-day South Pacific cruise is perfect for those who want a core Polynesian experience. Call on Raiatea and its reef-bound lagoon and Taha'a, its companion island, where you can enjoy a full day of exploration. Then sail to Bora Bora and her siren sister, Moorea. There's a reason these islands are world-renowned - their beauty is unmatched.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti
Day 2 : Raiatea
Day 3 : Taha'a (Motu Mahana)
Day 4 : Bora Bora
Day 5 : Bora Bora
Day 6 : Moorea
Day 7 : Moorea | Papeete (Tahiti)
Day 8 : Disembark in Papeete

Highlights

  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahana, your very own private islet
  • Explore Bora Bora on a drive safari, aquabike excursion, or boat ride
  • Visit Moorea and partake in an optional dolphin-watching expedition
  • Disembark in and explore Tahiti's capital city of Papeete

Ship

Paul Gauguin

Places Visited

  • South Pacific
  • Bora Bora
  • Moorea
  • Papeete
  • Raiatea
  • Society Islands
  • Taha'a
  • Tahiti

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Beautiful beaches of Bora Bora. Enjoying a day of snorkeling. Jagged mountain formations Women wearing traditional dress of the South Pacific. Snorkel with brilliant marine life

Day 1 Embark Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti

Begin your journey to paradise in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands. Here embark the Paul Gauguin. This luxurious yet casual, ultra-deluxe vessel is your home for the next week. With an endless choice of things to do, from relaxing poolside with a book to playing the slots in the casino, you are never bored.

Day 2 Raiatea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have the day to explore the island that was once the cultural, religious, royal, and political heart of Polynesia, and, according to legend and lore, one of Tahiti's most significant archaeological sites. Ancient Polynesians built maraes, or temples, of stone in many sizes. The maraes provided a physical space for the spirit of the gods to occupy during ritual ceremonies, as did the carved wooden tikis for which the region is famous. Be sure to visit Taputapuatea, a national monument and the most important marae in the Society Islands. Bid adieu to Raiatea just before dinner and set sail with the compass set for Motu Mahana.

Day 3 Taha'a (Motu Mahana)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 event, guests 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 4 Bora Bora

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Immediately recognizable by the basalt tombstone of Mount Otemanu rising from the ocean, this half-atoll, half-mountain is surrounded by a spectacular lagoon and a series of smaller islands. Ancient Polynesians called it Parapora, or “firstborn,” because they thought it was the first island created after Raiatea.

Day 5 Bora Bora

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore more of this magical isle on your own or on a choice of optional shore excursions. Choose from several, like a jitney tour on “Le Truck,” or a 4-wheel-drive safari, or a glass-bottom boat ride. Set sail before dinner, enjoying a relaxing evening on board.

Day 6 Moorea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Covered in an abundance of fresh fruits and flowers, spectacular mountain peaks, peaceful multi-hued lagoons and palm-fringed beaches – Moorea's awesome beauty is unsurpassed. During your visit, shop for local crafts, embark on a dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist and witness these fascinating animals in their amazing natural habitat, or try out some of the local pineapples – said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia. An overnight here affords two full days on Bora Bora's gorgeous sister island.

Day 7 Moorea | Papeete (Tahiti)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore more of this peaceful oasis. Perhaps choose to trek on the “Trails of the Ancients” or snorkel one of the world's most beautiful lagoons. At the end of the afternoon, cruise to your home port in Papeete, docking for the night.

Day 8 Disembark in Papeete

  • 1 Breakfast
Cap off your epic journey where it all began. You won't be the same as when you first set sail – these exotic isles are said to touch people in magical ways. Disembark this morning for your continued journey home.

Paul Gauguin

Per person starting at
$3,995
Paul Gauguin's Porthole Stateroom (F).
Porthole Stateroom (F)
$3,995
14 staterooms, 200 sq feet, two portholes
Paul Gauguin's Window Stateroom (E).
Window Stateroom (E)
$4,345
37 staterooms, 200 sq feet, picture window. Some have a loveseat convertible for third guest accommodations.
Paul Gauguin's Balcony Stateroom D.
Balcony Stateroom (D)
$5,445
26 staterooms, 202 sq feet with 37 sq feet veranda. Some have a loveseat convertible for third guest accommodations.
Paul Gauguin's Balcony Stateroom C.
Balcony Stateroom (C)
$5,845
63 staterooms, 202 sq feet with 37 sq feet veranda. Some have a loveseat convertible for third guest accommodations.
Paul Gauguin's Veranda Suite (B).
Veranda Stateroom (B)
$6,795
17 staterooms, 249 sq feet with 56 sq feet veranda. Butler service. Can accommodate a third guest with a rollaway.
Paul Gauguin's Veranda Suite (A).
Veranda Suite (A)
$8,095
5 suites, 300 sq feet with 58 sq feet veranda. Butler service, can accommodate 4 guests by adding two rollaways.
Paul Gauguin's Grand Suite.
Grand Suite
$10,045
2 suites, 332 sq feet with 197 sq feet veranda. Butler service, can accommodate 4 guests by adding two rollaways.
Paul Gauguin's Owner's Suite.
Owners Suite
$10,445
2 suites with 437-531 sq feet and a 57-77 sq feet veranda. Butler service, separate dressing area, can accommodate 4 guests by adding two rollaways.

Deals

Receive $250 in Shipboard Credit
South Pacific Savings - Book by July 30 and receive $250 per person in shipboard credit.
All Departures through April 15, 2017

Notes

- Please note: Rates include FREE FLIGHTS FROM LAX
- 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. Categories E-F have a much smaller single supplement- typically ~20-30%. Contact us for exact rates
- 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 and taxes and/or port, security and handling charges as noted
- Optional shore excursions

Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply.

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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