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Society Islands & Tahiti Iti

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Big discoveries await you in “Little Tahiti” (Tahiti Iti), the smaller of the two landmasses that comprise the island of Tahiti. No other cruise line offers you the opportunity to explore this region of wild coastline, ancient petroglyphs and temples, and pockets of authentic Polynesian culture. Come sail the waters of French Polynesia that are the Paul Gauguin's home, and get an unparalleled, comprehensive view of the real Tahiti. This 8-day itinerary also features Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, and your own private paradise off the coast of Taha’a.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Papeete, Tahiti | Embark
Day 2 : Huahine, Society Islands
Day 3 : Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands
Days 4-5 : Bora Bora, Society Islands
Day 6 : Moorea, Society Islands
Day 7 : Vairao, Tahiti Iti
Day 8 : Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

Highlights

  • Visit Huahine, known as “The Garden Island” due to its lush surroundings
  • Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking at beautiful pristine beaches
  • Discover stunning Bora Bora, a bucket list destination for many
  • Admire Moorea's vibrant colors, fresh fruits, and multi-hued lagoons

Ship

Paul Gauguin

Places Visited

  • South Pacific
  • Bora Bora
  • Huahine
  • Moorea
  • Papeete
  • Society Islands
  • Taha'a
  • Tahiti

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Travelers getting ready to scuba dive. Beautiful beaches of Bora Bora. Kayak the South Pacific on your luxury cruise Relax on the beach of Taha'a Motu Mahana Cruise turqoise waters on the Paul Gauguin

Day 1 Papeete, Tahiti | Embark

The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic atolls strewn across the grand Pacific Ocean, and the island of Tahiti is the largest of all 118. Explore the dynamic dining, nightlife, and shopping in the capital city of Papeete before embarking on The Gauguin. 

Day 2 Huahine, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Known as “The Garden Island,” Huahine’s lush rainforests and dramatic terrain surround sacred sites and legendary landmarks that are among the best-preserved archaeological sites in French Polynesia. If Huahine’s expansive lagoon is calling your name, enjoy a SCUBA diving excursion or picnic on the beach. 

Day 3 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 our floating bar. Enjoy onboard musical entertainment and a demonstration of traditional Polynesian crafts. A delicious barbecue lunch is provided. 

Day 4-5 Bora Bora, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
A bucket list destination for many, stunning Bora Bora welcomes you for two full days of exploring 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 a private beach which offers volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding.

Day 6 Moorea, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Vibrant colors abound during two leisurely days in 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 7 Vairao, Tahiti Iti

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Pay a rare visit to “Little Tahiti” (Tahiti Iti) on today’s full-day call on the port city of Vairao. Those wanting to experience authentic Tahitian culture might visit one of the traditional Polynesian villages that dot the region. Venture to Fenua Aihere to explore caves, petroglyphs, and marae (temples). Or bask on La Plage de Maui (Maui Beach), considered by many to be the best white-sand beach on the entire island.

Day 8 Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

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. 

Paul Gauguin

Per person starting at
$4,295
Cabin
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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 if under 18, paying only applicable taxes and fees. 18 years of age or older, $125 per night plus taxes and fees.
- 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.

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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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