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Society Islands and Tuamotus

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Paul Gauguin
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Visit the gracious Society Islands on this South Pacific cruise, including Huahine, with its stunning crystalline lagoon. The Tuamotu Archipelago awaits you next. Comprised of very low-lying atolls, none of the chain's many islets rise more than ten feet above sea level. Visit Rangiroa, home to the second-largest lagoon in the world. It is noted for its fantastic diving - you may see rays, sharks, dolphins, and myriad small reef fish. Go on to call at legendary Bora Bora, Taha'a, and Moorea.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark the Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti
Day 2 : Huahine | Bora Bora, Society Islands
Day 3 : Bora Bora, Society Islands
Day 4 : Bora Bora, Society Islands
Day 5 : Rangiroa, Tuamotus Islands
Day 6 : Fakarava, Tuamotus Islands
Day 7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands
Day 9 : Moorea, Society Islands
Day 10 : Moorea/Papeete, Tahiti
Day 11 : Disembark in Papeete

Highlights

  • Enjoy two full days in the Pacific paradise of Bora Bora
  • Visit Fakarava, a UNESCO-classified nature reserve and diver's paradise
  • Spend a day relaxing on Motu Mahana, your very own private islet
  • Visit the Tuamotu Archipelago, a group of atolls known for vibrant sea life

Ship

Paul Gauguin

Places Visited

  • South Pacific
  • Bora Bora
  • Fakarava
  • Huahine
  • Moorea
  • Papeete
  • Rangiroa
  • Society Islands
  • Taha'a
  • Tahiti
  • Tuamotu Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Experience the abundant marine life in the South Pacific Snorkeling with clownfish. Kayaking around the Paul Gauguin. Stunning snorkeling in Fiji Four-wheel drive excursion around the island.

Day 1 Embark the Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti

The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic islands and atolls strewn lazily across the grand Pacific Ocean. The island of Tahiti proper is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia. Papeete, the modern capital of Tahiti and her islands. It contains government offices, hospitals, banks, and many other services dedicated to serving the islands, as well as guests who come to these islands for a life-enriching experience. Embark the Paul Gauguin here this afternoon and have time to settle into your cabin before dinner onboard later in the evening. The ship sets sail tonight.

Day 2 Huahine | Bora Bora, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The first port of call is Huahine, known as “The Garden Island” for its lush rainforests and dramatic terrain. While here, cruise the expansive lagoon, explore the island’s culture, or picnic on the beach. Arrive in Bora Bora this evening.

Day 3 Bora Bora, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have two full days to explore this magical island on your own. Perhaps relax on an exclusive, private beach on a motu just off the island. Or take your pick of optional shore excursions: circle the island by waverunner or jetboat, traverse the interior by off-road safari, enjoy a romantic overnight escapade at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, and so much more.

Day 4 Bora Bora, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener described Bora Bora as “the most beautiful island in the world.” Behold Mount Otemanu rising up from the horizon. The rest of the day is yours to admire the island’s picture-postcard beauty.

Day 5 Rangiroa, Tuamotus Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Divers from all over the world flock to Rangiroa to experience the extraordinary visibility of its lagoon and witness the multitude of tropical fish, manta rays, and dolphins. Here, snorkeling or SCUBA diving is a must. Spend a day beneath the water’s surface dazzled by an underwater technicolor fish frenzy in the reef passes surrounding the world’s second-largest atoll. Ashore, discover the daily activities of the Paumotu people, perhaps at one of the interior lagoons’ black-pearl farms. Or indulge in the island’s second-most popular pursuit: doing nothing at all.

Day 6 Fakarava, Tuamotus Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Known in the days before modern navigation as the “Dangerous Archipelago” for its shallow passages, the Tuamotus islands are a diver’s paradise. Call first on Fakarava, whose diverse ecosystem has earned it the designation of a UNESCO-Classified Nature Reserve. There are two massive passes on the island where experienced divers can descend up to 130 feet into a world of cauliflower coral, gray sharks, and fish schooling by the thousands. Or stay on land and explore the island’s charming villages, ancient temples, and 19th-century coral church.

Day 7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy shipboard life today: relax poolside, watch the South Pacific slip by, play some table tennis, or take advantage of the Reading Library.

Day 8 Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands

  • 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, spend a full day on this idyllic island doing exactly as you please. Relax in the shade of a palm tree, engage in a game of volleyball, snorkel in the motu’s turquoise lagoons, and enjoy a delicious al fresco barbecue lunch with Polynesian entertainment.

Day 9 Moorea, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With its abundance of fresh fruits and flowers, spectacular mountain peaks, peaceful multi-hued lagoons, and palm-fringed beaches, Moorea features a magnificent beauty that 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, take an optional air-conditioned coach ride around the island to admire the stunning views.

Day 10 Moorea/Papeete, Tahiti

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Perhaps 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 the island’s natural splendor. Late this afternoon, the ship casts off for Tahiti’s capital, where you enjoy a final overnight.

Day 11 Disembark in Papeete

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the Paul Gauguin this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Paul Gauguin

Per person starting at
$5,545
Paul Gauguin's Porthole Stateroom (F).
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Porthole Stateroom (F)
14 staterooms, 200 sq feet, two portholes
Paul Gauguin's Window Stateroom (E).
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Window Stateroom (E)
37 staterooms, 200 sq feet, picture window. Some have a loveseat convertible for third guest accommodations.
Paul Gauguin's Balcony Stateroom D.
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Balcony Stateroom (D)
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.
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Balcony Stateroom (C)
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).
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Veranda Stateroom (B)
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).
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Veranda Suite (A)
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.
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Grand Suite
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.
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Owners Suite
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.

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, Port, Security and Handling charges
- Optional shore excursions

Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply.

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