Begin your journey to paradise in the capital of Tahiti. Here, meet your home for the next 13 nights: the luxurious yet casual Paul Gauguin. The ship sets sail late this evening.
Moorea's lush scenery is like something out of a dream – spectacular mountain peaks cloaked in verdant green 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.
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.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener called Bora Bora “the most beautiful island in the world.” Dominated by towering Mount Otemanu 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 late afternoon, giving you a full day in this quintessential Pacific paradise. Perhaps take advantage of complimentary swimming and snorkeling on a private beach on a motu off the main island. Or explore the island by land or sea on a range of shore excursions.
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.
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.
Relax onboard your own personal South Seas isle: the M/S Paul Gauguin.
One of the easternmost countries in the world, nudging the International Date Line, the Kingdom of Tonga was never colonized by Europeans, a distinction it shares with no other South Pacific nation. As a result, today it is the oldest and last remaining Polynesian monarchy, and its culture remains strong, even in the face of modernization. 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 lagoon 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.
Spend another day 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.
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 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 European discovery. Largely unchanged over the past 30 years, the village of Savusavu is sometimes called the “Hidden Paradise of Fiji,” with its single, half-mile-long main street facing a fantastically beautiful bay. In the afternoon, see pots on top of steaming fissures as women prepare the evening meal on the hot springs that bubble up throughout the town. Explore 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.
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 Center, 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.
Feel right at home on Malolo Island, a rustic getaway that is owned by a Fijian family. On this remote, volcanic island that rises just a few feet above sea level, gaze at golden beaches, swaying palms, and azure seas. While here, take advantage of the phenomenal snorkeling for a chance to view the abundance of tropical fish that inhabit the local reefs.
In the morning disembark the Paul Gauguin, capping off your epic journey through the South Seas.