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Explore the idyllic South Pacific paradise of French Polynesia on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise over the crystal clear waters of of Tahiti, Bora Bora, Tonga, the Tuamotu Atolls, Marquesas and Society Islands. Snorkeling lets you get up close & personal with the vibrant marine life, and hiking on the virgin beaches may make you feel like the first person to visit these pristine islands. The best way to explore French Polynesia is on a small cruise ship. The Paul Gauguin is a modern cruise ship designed especially for these shallow waters offering guests an atmosphere that blends luxury with the distinctly relaxed Polynesian aura. The National Geographic Orion, Caledonian Sky & Aranui 5 bring a touch of luxury to Tahitian cruises. Contact our South Pacific specialists to start planning your getaway to French Polynesia.

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Highlights of Tahiti
Tahiti is the largest of the French Polynesian islands and immerses you in a veritable paradise of turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and plenty of activities to keep you going. Here are a few of the highlights of a Tahiti vacation:
  • ​Snorkeling along pristine reefs
  • Navigating atolls in kayaks and zodiacs
  • Relaxing on the beach
  • Hike the tropical forest trails of neighboring Moorea island
  • Visit sacred Polynesian sites accompanied by an archaeologist
  • Take in scenic vistas where the ocean expands endlessly into the blue, interrupted only by verdant islands
  • Dive in the stunning reefs that teem with marine life
  • Visit other islands in French Polynesia
  • Spot unique sea birds with the help of your guides.
Tahiti FAQs
Do I need a visa to travel toTahiti?
When traveling to French Polynesia (and Tahiti) your passport must be valid for at least 3 months, but you do not need a tourist visa for stays less than 60 days.

Is tipping customary in Tahiti?
Gratuities and tips are definitely not an expectation in the South Pacific or French Polynesia, but of course when you encounter fantastic service or treatment, it would be appreciated.

What is internet access like in Tahiti?
While there is internet throughout French Polynesia, our cruises typically don't feature vessels that offer WiFi. You might be able to get a connection in a hotel or café in one of the bigger towns.

Can I use my cell phone while in Tahiti?
You probably won't be able to use your phone. While you can buy a SIM chip for your smart phone upon arrival at the airport, you probably still won't have a strong signal if any at all throughout your trip.

Do I need power adapters?
Throughout French Polynesia, they use the European style two round prongs and 220-240v power. Most devices can handle that, but if you have a 110v device that isn't compatible, you will need a converter.

What are the toilets like in Tahiti?
The ships and boats on which you will be staying have comfortable bathrooms with modern flushing toilets. However, if you come across a squat toilet in more remote areas and in fact in all toilets, you will need to throw the paper in a waste basket next to the toilet.

Can I drink the water inTahiti?
The tap water in Tahiti is not safe to drink, so all of our tours offer bottled or filtered water at your convenience.

Are credit cards accepted in Tahiti? Will I be able to find ATMs?
Yes and no - there are certain places like nicer restaurants and hotels that will accept your card and more developed areas might have ATMs, but don't count on them. Fortunately, your experience is all-inclusive, so when you get to the airport upon arrival, exchange just enough to buy souvenirs, tips, and anything that might not be included on the itinerary.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
Always! You never know when travel insurance could save you thousands of dollars, and our promotions through TravelGuard are hard to beat. 
 

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