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Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Paul Gauguin
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Calling upon ports in four very different South Seas archipelagos, this exciting 13-day journey offers a window into the cultures and natural beauty of this diverse and verdant corner of the world. From Fiji’s colonial charms to the white-sand beaches of Bora Bora, to the coral reef-enclosed lagoon of Aitutaki, this is an experience you won’t soon forget. Immerse yourself in the unique culture of Tonga, the only south Pacific nation never colonized by Europeans. Two separate Fijian ports showcase an intriguing juxtaposition: the sophisticated capital city of Suva and the unspoiled beauty of Savusavu, called the “Hidden Paradise of Fiji.”
Lagoon of Bora Bora, French PolynesiaLocal Tahitian singing.Explore the landscape of French Polynesia.Beautiful beaches of Bora Bora.
Highlights
  • Visit Lautoka, called “Sugar City” due to its green-gold sugarcane surroundings
  • Explore the fascinating mix of modern & colonial at sophisticated Suva
  • Enjoy a Polynesian cultural show and sample traditional Tongan food
  • Join an optional helicopter tour over Bora Bora’s iconic Mount Otemanu
Places Visited
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji | Embark

Known as “Sugar City” for the green-gold sugarcane that surrounds it on three sides, the town of Lautoka is the largest in the Fijian islands and the place where your South Pacific sojourn begins. Save some time to browse the shops along the city’s stately, royal palm-lined main thoroughfare and visit the botanical garden.

Day 2: Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The capital of Fiji since 1883, Suva is the largest urban area in the South Pacific, outside of Australia and New Zealand. Spend your day exploring the fascinating mix of modern and colonial ambience in this sophisticated city, which is perched on a hilly peninsula between two picturesque harbors.

Day 3: Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A day spent in Savusavu is a trip to a charming, unspoiled paradise. Known as the “Hidden Paradise of Fiji,” this beautiful town is tucked away on the largely undeveloped northern Fijian island of Vanua Levu. Explore at your leisure, or join one of many available shore excursions, including a visit to a black pearl farm, a Fijian village, or a plantation. 

Day 4: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day enjoying The Gauguin’s Polynesian ambiance: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps take in a lecture by a special guest, and then reflect on your day over classic French cuisine at L’Etoile.

Day 5: Vava’u, Tonga

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tongan culture takes center stage here, undoubtedly because of the country’s status as the only South Pacific nation that was never colonized by the Europeans. Enjoy a Polynesian cultural show, sample traditional Tongan food, and marvel at a lagoon so clear, you can see to a depth of 130 feet. 

Day 6-7: Cross International Date Line

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The next two days are at sea, which affords you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the amenities and entertainment onboard The Gauguin, like the award-winning spa, casino, and lectures by onboard experts.

Day 8: Aitutaki, Cook Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While the island of Aitutaki may be small, it’s big on beauty, thanks to its coral reef-enclosed lagoon. Witness its splendor up-close with a leisurely beach visit. Don’t forget to save time to venture into the village of Arutanga, where you can visit find the oldest church in the Cooks, which dates from 1829.

Day 9: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a day to enjoy shipboard life: relax poolside, watch the South Pacific pass by, play some table tennis, or learn about your next port in the Reading Gallery. 

Day 10: Bora Bora, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A bucket list destination for many, stunning Bora Bora welcomes you to explore lush peaks, white-sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, and romantic lagoons. Experience the natural beauty of the island with an optional snorkeling excursion, sunset jetboat ride, or a helicopter tour that flies you over Bora Bora’s iconic Mount Otemanu. You can also spend time at your private beach which offers volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding. 

Day 11: Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Embark on your choice of exciting shore excursions today, or spend your whole day relaxing on Motu Mahana, your very own private islet. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, or simply lounge on the beach with a chilled beverage from the floating bar. Enjoy onboard musical entertainment and a demonstration of traditional Polynesian crafts. A delicious barbecue lunch is provided. 

Day 12: Moorea, Society Islands | Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Vibrant colors abound on Moorea, in everything from fresh fruits and flowers to multi-hued lagoons, and from spectacular mountain peaks to palm-fringed beaches. Shop for local handicrafts, embark on an optional dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist, and sample the local pineapples, said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia. 

Day 13: Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Tahiti’s capital city of Papeete welcomes you back with emerald hillsides, sapphire waters, and warm breezes. If you’re not ready for your South Pacific vacation to end, spend a few days here experiencing resorts, spas, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. 

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Paul Gauguin

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Paul Gauguin Cruises Restaurant
Paul Gauguin's La Veranda dining area.

Dates & Prices

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$9,260
Porthole stateroom F
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Porthole Stateroom (F)
14 staterooms, 200 sq feet, two portholes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Owners 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

Included in rates:
  • Roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles
  • Airport/pier transfers
  • All shipboard meals, in a choice of venues
  • Complimentary room service
  • All beverages, including select wines and spirits
  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards and dining staff
  • Complimentary watersports
  • Day at a private islet - Motu Mahana
  • Access to a private beach in Bora Bora
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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