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Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Paul Gauguin
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On this two-week South Pacific cruise, first call at the breathtaking isle of Bora Bora. Then it's on to the Tuamotus, specifically Fakarava, an atoll known for its pristine beaches, rare wildlife, and exceptional diving. Next, explore the mist-covered Marquesas, where you discover the islands of Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka, and Nuku Hiva. On these wild islands find waterfalls, wild stallions, tiki sculptures, and an arboretum, among other delights. More enjoyment awaits on Taha'a (Motu Mahana), your own private motu, and a day at spectacular Moorea.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Fakarava
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Omoa, Fatu Hiva
Day 6 : Atuona, Hiva Oa
Day 7 : Hapatoni, Tahuata
Day 8 : Taiohae, Nuka Hiva
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Huahine
Day 12 : Bora Bora
Day 13 : Taha'a (Motu Mahana)
Day 14 : Moorea | Papeete, Tahiti
Day 15 : Disembark in Papeete, Tahiti

Highlights

  • Visit Fakarava, the remote island sanctuary for rare birds and plants
  • Explore the island of Hiva Oa, the burial place of artist Paul Gauguin
  • Search for humpback whales in the warm waters of the South Pacific
  • Spend time snorkeling, kayaking, or paddleboarding in Bora Bora

Ship

Paul Gauguin

Places Visited

  • South Pacific
  • Atuona
  • Bora Bora
  • Fakarava
  • Hiva 'Oa
  • Huahine
  • Marquesas Islands
  • Moorea
  • Nuku Hiva
  • Omoa
  • Papeete
  • Society Islands
  • Taha'a
  • Tahiti
  • Tahuata
  • Taiohae
  • Tuamotu Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Explore the landscape of French Polynesia. Paul Gauguin sits outside Bora Bora. Travelers getting ready to scuba dive. Four-wheel drive excursion around the island. Lionfish swimming around a diver.

Day 1 Embark Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti

Begin your journey through paradise in the capital of Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day enjoying the Paul Gauguin's Polynesian ambience: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps take in a lecture on local wildlife or history, then dine in the evening over classic French cuisine at L'Etoile.

Day 3 Fakarava

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the clear waters of Fakarava in the remote and pristine Tuamotus. The island is a sanctuary for rare birds, plants, and crustaceans – stroll the pink-sand beaches and view many of them. You may also want to visit the island’s black pearl farm, or the ruins of the first church in French Polynesia built entirely of coral.

Day 4 At Sea

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

Day 5 Omoa, Fatu Hiva

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fatu Hiva is wild and spectacularly beautiful. The jungle greenery begins at the water’s edge, with narrow ravines, deep gorges and luxuriant valleys briefly open to view as the boat glides past, close to the sheer cliffs that plunge straight down into the splashing surf.

Day 6 Atuona, Hiva Oa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hiva Oa is an island marked by wild beauty and a somber bearing. The main town is Atuona, where Paul Gauguin is buried. Visit the village of Puamau to see the largest stone sculptures of Marquesas. They are considered links to the tikis of Easter Island and Necker Island, north of Hawaii.

Day 7 Hapatoni, Tahuata

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The smallest of the Marquesas archipelago, at only 19 square miles, Tahuata is a leaf-shaped volcanic island with sheer cliffs, white-sand beaches, lush vegetation, twin bays, and a turbulent colonial history. Call on Hapatoni, a charming, seafront village with an ancient paved royal walkway shaded by tamanu trees. Visit the huge Catholic church, built by the Vatican and decorated with stunning stained-glass windows and beautiful local carvings. Admire traditional carvings at the crafts center. Enjoy fine swimming and snorkeling in the only Marquesas island edged by coral reef.

Day 8 Taiohae, Nuka Hiva

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the governmental and economic center, Nuku Hiva is the most important island in the Marquesas. It’s also stunningly beautiful, with three major bays on the south coast and similarly gorgeous inlets on the north coast as well.

Day 9-10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Take more time to enjoy shipboard life on the Paul Gauguin, your own personal South Seas isle.

Day 11 Huahine

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Known as the “wild” Society for its untamed, verdant forests, Huahine remains relatively untouched by modern development. Explore some of the abundant archaeological treasures – ancient homes, buildings, and marae (stone platforms that served as places of worship) – excavated and preserved throughout the island. Or dive in Huahine’s crystalline lagoon, which teems with over 450 species of fish.

Day 12 Bora Bora

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bora Bora’s lagoon is a must-see: this is your chance for a swim, snorkel, or outrigger cruise. The lagoon is constantly replenished with ocean water from the swells that crash between sandy motus (small islets) and over the fringing reef.

Day 13 Taha'a (Motu Mahana)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at a 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 which features strolling musicians and singers.

Day 14 Moorea | Papeete, Tahiti

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The island of Moorea’s scenery is like a dream. Try out some exciting optional watersports like scuba diving among a host of interesting sea creatures – including sea turtles, a staggering number of fish species such as barracuda, tuna, jackfish, red snapper, moray eels, trigger fish, various sizes and shapes of rays, and more. At the end of the afternoon, cruise to your home port in Papeete, docking there for the night.

Day 15 Disembark in Papeete, Tahiti

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

Paul Gauguin

Per person starting at
$6,995
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, taxes, port, security and handling charges
- Optional shore excursions

Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply.

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  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners
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