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Cook Islands & Society Islands

12 Day Sample Cruise aboard Paul Gauguin
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On this South Pacific cruise, discover the isle of Huahine, renowned for its spectacular rainforests. 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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Papeete | Embark Paul Gauguin
Day 2 : Huahine
Day 3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Day 5 : Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Bora Bora
Day 8 : Bora Bora
Day 9 : Taha'a (Motu Mahana)
Day 10 : Moorea
Day 11 : Moorea | Papeete, Tahiti
Day 12 : Disembark in Papeete

Highlights

  • Snorkel in the crown jewel of the South Pacific, Bora Bora
  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahaha, your very own private islet
  • Visit the tiny island of Aitutaki, home to world famous lagoons
  • Experience the unique majesty of the Cook Islands

Ship

Paul Gauguin

Places Visited

  • South Pacific
  • Aitutaki
  • Bora Bora
  • Cook Islands
  • Huahine
  • Moorea
  • Papeete
  • Rarotonga
  • Society Islands
  • Taha'a
  • Tahiti

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Women wearing traditional dress of the South Pacific. Travelers getting ready to scuba dive. Kayak the tranquil tropical waters of Belize Beautiful beaches of Bora Bora. Witness a stingray while scuba diving.

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 sets sail later that night.

Day 2 Huahine

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 archaeological 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a day to enjoy shipboard life: relax poolside, watch the South Pacific pass by, play some table tennis, or read up on your next port at the Reading Gallery.

Day 4 Aitutaki, Cook Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 can discover its charms while swimming, snorkeling, or via an outrigger canoe.

Day 9 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 Paul Gauguin 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 10 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. 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 air-conditioned coach ride around the island to admire the stunning views.

Day 11 Moorea | Papeete, Tahiti

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Perhaps today 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

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning have brunch aboard ship, then disembark in the spot where you began your trip of a lifetime.

Paul Gauguin

Per person starting at
$5,895
Paul Gauguin's Porthole Stateroom (F).
Porthole Stateroom (F)
$5,895
14 staterooms, 200 sq feet, two portholes
Paul Gauguin's Window Stateroom (E).
Window Stateroom (E)
$6,045
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)
$7,595
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)
$7,795
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)
$9,395
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)
$11,595
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
$15,095
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
$15,745
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, port, security and handling charges
- Optional shore excursions

Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply.

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  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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