Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands Cruise

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'll 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 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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

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

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, 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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Omoa, Fatu Hiva

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Atuona, Hiva Oa

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hapatoni, Tahuata

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Taiohae, Nuka Hiva

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.

Days 9-10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

Take more time to enjoy shipboard life on the Paul Gauguin, your own personal South Seas isle.

Day 11

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, 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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bora Bora

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Taha'a (Motu Mahana)

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Moorea/Papeete, Tahiti

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

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Papeete, Tahiti

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

 Porthole Stateroom (F)Window Stateroom (E)Balcony Stateroom (D)Balcony Stateroom (C)Veranda Stateroom (B)Veranda Suite (A)Grand SuiteOwners Suite
Port, security and handling charges: $245 per person
- Please note: 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 and $1,495 for categories E-F.
- 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, taxes, port, security and handling charges.
- Optional shore excursions.

Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply.
South Pacific, Bora Bora, Papeete, Fakarava, Atuona, Tahuata, Taha'a, Moorea, Omoa, Taiohae, Huahine
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