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Papeete - Papeete - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Paul Gauguin
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Explore the stunning Tuamotus and Society Islands on this magnificent, South Pacific cruise aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Explore verdant rainforests, and crystalline lagoons, or simply indulge in beachside lounging. Continue to the Tuamotus, which are a group of low-lying atolls known all over the world for their unique underwater ecosystem.
Lagoon of Bora Bora, French PolynesiaThe mountainous island chain of TahitiPublic beach in Huahine - not too shabby!Woman snorkeling in clear water in Bora BoraPublic beach in Huahine - not too shabby!Stunning snorkeling in FijiExperience the abundant marine life in the South Pacific Snorkeling with clownfish.Four-wheel drive excursion around the island.Kayaking around the Paul Gauguin.
Highlights
  • Enjoy Bora Bora's secluded white-sand beach on a motu off the coast
  • Marvel at Mount Otemanu, dive in sapphire lagoons, or take a breathtaking helicopter ride
  • Visit Fakarava, a UNESCO Nature Reserve where divers can plunge 130 feet
  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahana, your very own private islet
Places Visited
  • South Pacific
  • Tahiti
  • Bora Bora
  • Fakarava
  • French Polynesia
  • Moorea
  • Oceania
  • Papeete
  • Polynesia
  • Rangiroa
  • Society Islands
  • Taha'a
  • Tuamotu Islands
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Papeete, Tahiti | Embark

The largest of French Polynesia's 118 islands, Tahiti and its capital city of Papeete is the perfect place to begin (and/or end) your South Pacific sojourn. The Gauguin waits patiently in the harbor, a vibrant and bustling market across the street, and in the evenings roulottes (food trucks) line the nearby square offering tasty local fare.

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 archeological 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: Raiatea, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located between Huahine and Bora Bora in the Society Islands, Raiatea is the second-largest island in French Polynesia. Visitors immediately fall under its spell, thanks to its lush green valleys, stunning mountain peaks, numerous waterfalls, and picturesque pineapple and vanilla plantations. The Faaroa River empties into the gorge-like Faaroa Bay, which is lined with flourishing jungle flora including wild yellow hibiscus.

Day 4: Taha'a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the day unfolds in front of you, where will you go? Exciting shore excursions await, but so does Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ own private islet. Choose from swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or simply lounging on the beach with a cold drink from our floating bar. Les Gauguines are also on hand to share musical entertainment and Polynesian crafts.

Day 5-6: Bora Bora, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Explore lush peaks, wander white-sand beaches, and marvel at the iconic views of Mount Otemanu. Take the plunge with a SCUBA excursion to see the island’s colorful coral reefs, enjoy a sunset jetboat ride, or spend a lazy afternoon on our private beach. Like a priceless Paul Gauguin painting come to life, storied Bora Bora is colorful and unforgettable. The landscape alone will have you searching for adequate adjectives, especially once you see the lagoon—“turquoise” just doesn’t do it justice.

Day 7: Sea Day

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have you met Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines yet? Our onboard hosts are at the ready to share their Polynesian culture, with Tahitian dance lessons, hands-on traditional craft demonstrations, and an array of activities for all ages. The day is yours to make what you will of it. Perhaps you’ll take in a lecture by one of our special guests or take part in cooking lessons with the executive chef. Or maybe you’ll unwind poolside or treat yourself to a visit to the Deep Nature Spa… or why not both? A day at sea offers ample time to relax and plan your next adventure.

Day 8: Fakarava, Tuamotus Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fakarava is an unspoiled paradise in every sense of the word. In addition to the many rare species of plants and animals, you’ll find in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it’s also a place of cultural and historical significance, with charming villages, ancient temples, and spectacular coral churches.

Day 9: Rangiroa, Tuamotus

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Life is beautifully simple in Rangiroa, the largest atoll of the Tuamotu Archipelago in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the local culture. Tour a local black pearl farm, wander the village of Avatoru, or visit Dominique Auroy Winery, which produces French Polynesia’s only wine label.

Day 10: Moorea, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Step into a vibrant, colorful world in bright and beautiful Moorea, which welcomes you with azure lagoons, impossibly fresh tropical fruits, stunning mountain peaks and palm-fringed beaches. Commune with nature on an optional dolphin-watching excursion with an expert marine biologist. Afterwards, spend some time getting to know the local residents while shopping for handmade crafts.

Day 11: Moorea, Society Islands | Papeete, Tahiti

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The largest of French Polynesia's 118 islands, Tahiti and its capital city of Papeete are the perfect place to begin (and/or end) your South Pacific sojourn. The Gauguin waits patiently in the harbor, a vibrant and bustling market across the street and in the evenings roulottes (food trucks) line the nearby square offering tasty local fare.

Day 12: Papeete, Tahiti | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the Paul Gauguin this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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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 suiteOwners 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 that cruise fares include:
  • 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 Paul Gauguin Cruises' private islet, Motu Mahana
  • Access to Paul Gauguin Cruises' private beach in Bora Bora
  • Government fees, port security, and handling charges
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Airfare and transfers (pricing available upon request)
Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply.
Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Room Service 
  • Complimentary drinks, including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages
  • Onboard Gratuities for Room Stewards and Dining Staff
  • Complimentary Water Sports 
  • Day at a private islet - Motu Mahana
  • Access to a private beach on Bora Bora 
  • Government fees and taxes
  • Presentations by Onboard Experts 
  • Polynesian performances and live music 
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied.

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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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