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Fiji - Eastbound Voyage

13 Day Sample Cruise aboard Paul Gauguin
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Follow in the wake of explorers on this comprehensive South Pacific cruise. Begin in legendary Fiji, where you'll visit the country’s cultural centers along with more remote destinations. From the “Sugar City”—Lautoka, the heart of Fiji’s sugarcane-growing region — cruise to lovely Suva, the Fijian capital, where you’ll discover a blend of Polynesian flair and European sophistication. Contrast this bustling metropolis with Savsavu, sometimes called the “Hidden Paradise of Fiji.” Next, be among the first in the world to greet the new day in the islands of Vava’u, Tonga, with their spectacularly clear waters brimming with colorful marine life. Your two-week voyage then takes you to the Cook Island of Aitutaki, with its unique culture and exquisite lagoon, and on to the spectacularly beautiful Society Islands, home waters of The Gauguin.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark the Paul Gauguin in Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
Day 2 : Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji
Day 3 : Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Vava’u, Tonga
Days 6-7 : At Sea (International Dateline)
Day 8 : Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Day 9 : At Sea
Day 10 : Bora Bora
Day 11 : Taha'a (Motu Mahana)
Day 12 : Moorea
Day 13 : Disembark in Papeete, Tahiti

Ship

Paul Gauguin

Places Visited

  • Fiji
  • South Pacific
  • Aitutaki
  • Bora Bora
  • Cook Islands
  • Lautoka
  • Moorea
  • Papeete
  • Savusavu
  • Society Islands
  • Suva
  • Taha'a
  • Tahiti
  • Tonga
  • Vava'u

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Snorkeling with clownfish. Snorkel the clear, tropical waters Travelers getting ready to scuba dive. Stunning snorkeling in Fiji Enjoying a day of snorkeling.

Day 1 Embark the Paul Gauguin in Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji

Begin your South Pacific voyage through paradise in the heart of Fiji's sugarcane-growing region. Here you'll meet your luxurious floating home for the next 12 nights: the Paul Gauguin.

Day 2 Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Fiji, virtually everyone you’ll meet will be smiling — and when you view the high mountains, lush vegetation, shimmering waters, and pristine white-sand beaches of this island nation, you’ll understand why. The capital of Fiji since 1883, Suva is located on rugged Viti Levu, the largest of the island chain and home to 75% of the country’s population. Suva itself is the largest urban area in the South Pacific outside of Australia and New Zealand. Perched on a hilly peninsula between two harbors, it boasts a fascinating mix of modern and colonial architectural, as well as a sophisticated ambience. On your own, perhaps visit the Fiji Museum or Handicraft Centre, or stroll the Victoria Parade, the city’s main street. Or join a shore excursion for a walk through the rain forest, a round of golf, a diving expedition, and more.

Day 3 Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The island of Vanua Levu in northern Fiji remains largely undeveloped, making it a charming, unspoiled haven. It is the second-largest of Fiji's 300 islands, and, because of its remoteness, it is reminiscent of the South Seas before its European discovery. Explore this pristine paradise at leisure, or join one of many available shore excursions, such as a visit to a black-pearl farm, a Fijian village, or a plantation.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take advantage of all the Paul Gauguin has to offer. Perhaps enjoy a massage at the luxurious spa or relax with a drink at Le Grille.

Day 5 Vava’u, Tonga

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the Kingdom of Tonga’s three main island groups, the islands of Vava’u are renowned for their colorful coral reefs, white-sand beaches, and lagoons so clear, you can see to a depth of 130 feet. Perhaps join a shore excursion to Swallows Cave, a famous bird sanctuary. Or discover the calm waterways by sea kayak.

Day 6-7 At Sea (International Dateline)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend two days enjoying shipboard life: take a dip in the pool, watch the South Pacific pass by, play some table tennis, or read up on your next port at the Reading Gallery. Enjoy live entertainment in Le Grand Salon after a sumptuous gourmet dinner at L’Etoile.

Day 8 Aitutaki, Cook Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Only eight square miles in area, the Cook Island of Aitutaki is so flat, you can spot the ocean from nearly any point. Coconut, pineapple, banana, and tapioca plantations are sprinkled throughout the island, which is surrounded by coral reefs that enclose an especially large and exquisite turquoise lagoon. Bask in the sun and enjoy breathtaking views of the shimmering lagoon during an optional boat cruise and beach visit. Or venture to a nearby marine reserve for some snorkeling.

Day 9 At Sea

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

Day 10 Bora Bora

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener called Bora Bora “the most beautiful island in the world.” Dominated by two towering volcanic mountains and surrounded by a lagoon protected by low-lying coral reefs, this is indeed a spectacular destination. The ship arrives here in the morning and remains until later afternoon, giving you a full day in this quintessential Pacific paradise.

Day 11 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, have a full day to relax on this idyllic, isolated island, enjoying swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, or simply relaxing on the beach with a beverage from the floating bar. Les Gauguines will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment and demonstrate traditional Polynesian crafts. Savor a delicious barbecue lunch of fresh Polynesian specialties and popular Western fare.

Day 12 Moorea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Moorea’s lush scenery is like something out of a dream: spectacular mountain peaks cloaked in lush vegetation, an abundance of fresh fruits and flowers, and peaceful multi-hued lagoons framed by palm-fringed beaches. Spend the day reveling in the island’s unsurpassed beauty and wealth of activities. Perhaps take an optional air-conditioned coach ride around the island to admire the stunning views. In the evening, The Gauguin cruises to Tahiti.

Day 13 Disembark in Papeete, Tahiti

  • 1 Breakfast
End your epic South Pacific journey today in Tahiti's capital. Disembark this morning for your continued journey home.

Paul Gauguin

Per person starting at
$4,745
Paul Gauguin's Porthole Stateroom (F).
Porthole Stateroom (F)
$4,745
14 staterooms, 200 sq feet, two portholes
Paul Gauguin's Window Stateroom (E).
Window Stateroom (E)
$5,095
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)
$7,045
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)
$7,295
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)
$9,195
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)
$11,395
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
$15,245
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
$15,995
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: 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 and taxes.
- Optional shore excursions.

Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply.

Included

  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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