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Society and Cook Islands with Tonga and Fiji

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Paul Gauguin
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Follow in the wake of explorers on this comprehensive South Pacific cruise. Begin in the spectacularly beautiful Society Islands, home waters of The Gauguin, and sail on to the Cook Island of Aitutaki, with its unique culture and exquisite lagoon. Cross the International Date Line en route to the islands of Vava’u, Tonga, with their spectacularly clear waters brimming with colorful marine life. Your captain next charts a course to legendary Fiji, where you'll visit the country’s cultural centers along with more remote destinations. Contrast Savsavu, sometimes called the “Hidden Paradise of Fiji,” with lovely Suva, Fiji’s bustling capital, where you’ll discover a blend of Polynesian flair and European sophistication. Enjoy a true escape from everyday cares on the remote, family-owned Malolo Island before arriving in the “Sugar City” — Lautoka, the heart of Fiji’s sugarcane-growing region, where your South Pacific cruise draws to a close.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark the Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti
Day 2 : Moorea
Day 3 : Taha'a (Motu Mahana)
Day 4 : Bora Bora
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Days 7-8 : At Sea / Cross International Date Line
Day 9 : Vava'u, Tonga
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji
Day 12 : Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji
Day 13 : Malolo Island, Fiji
Day 14 : Lautoka , Viti Levu, Fiji

Ship

Paul Gauguin

Places Visited

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

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Lionfish swimming around a diver. Women wearing traditional dress of the South Pacific. Kayak the tranquil tropical waters of Belize Jagged mountain formations Stunning snorkeling in Fiji

Day 1 Embark the Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti

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.

Day 2 Moorea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

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 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 4 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 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.

Day 5 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 6 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 7-8 At Sea / Cross International Date Line

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax onboard your own personal South Seas isle: the M/S Paul Gauguin.

Day 9 Vava'u, Tonga

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 11 Savusavu, Vanua 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 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.

Day 12 Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 13 Malolo Island, Fiji

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 14 Lautoka , Viti Levu, Fiji

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning disembark the Paul Gauguin, capping off your epic journey through the South Seas.

Paul Gauguin

Per person starting at
$7,195
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: 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.

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  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
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