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Islands Of The Marquesas & Tuamotus

Papeete to Papeete - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Paul Gauguin
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Embark on Paul Gauguin's 15-day cruise from Tahiti and its vibrant capital city of Papeete. Discover hidden gems in lush rainforests, explore ancient archeological sites, and snorkel in crystal-clear lagoons. Raiatea's sacred landscapes and rich Maohi heritage offer hiking, snorkeling at Marae Taputapuatea, and serene lagoon experiences. Enjoy a private retreat on Motu Mahana with water activities, Polynesian entertainment, and cultural immersion. Explore Bora Bora's iconic Mount Otemanu views, vibrant reef dives, and cultural encounters with Les Gauguins. Fakarava's pristine environment and cultural significance provide a unique experience. Rangiroa invites a deep dive into local life with pearl farms and village exploration, and Moorea captivates with azure lagoons, mountain peaks, and engaging dolphin-watching experiences.
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Highlights
  • Admire Rangiroa's vibrant local culture, Tuamotu Archipelago's largest atoll
  • See Polynesian culture with hosts providing dance & craft demonstrations
  • Capture Fatu Hiva's wild beauty: jungle greenery, sheer cliffs
  • Marvel at Ua Poa's exceptional volcanic beauty in the Marquesas
Places Visited
  • South Pacific
  • Tahiti
  • Bora Bora
  • Fakarava
  • Fatu Hiva
  • French Polynesia
  • Hiva 'Oa
  • Marquesas Islands
  • Nuku Hiva
  • Oceania
  • Papeete
  • Polynesia
  • Rangiroa
  • Society Islands
  • Taha'a
  • Tahuata
  • Tuamotu Islands
  • Ua Pou
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Tahiti, Society Islands | Embarkation

Begin your South Pacific journey in Tahiti, the largest of French Polynesia's 118 islands. Papeete, its capital city, offers a lively start with a bustling market and tempting local food trucks. As the Gauguin ship awaits in the harbor, the excitement of exploration fills the air.

Day 2: Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands

Discover the serene simplicity of Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture by exploring a black pearl farm, strolling through Avatoru village, and tasting wine at Dominique Auroy Winery, the sole producer in French Polynesia.

Day 3: At Sea

Have you met Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines yet? Our onboard hosts are 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 Algotherm Spa, or why not both? A day at sea offers ample time to relax and plan your next adventure.

Day 4: Hapatoni, Tahuata, Marquesas Islands

The leaf-shaped volcanic island of Tahuata may be small, at only 19 square miles, but it’s full of surprises—in fact, its name means “sunrise” in Marquesan. With only 600 residents, you'll immediately feel welcomed by the friendly locals as you make your way along an ancient royal walkway into the quaint village of Hapatoni. If you're looking to take home a hand-carved tiki from the South Pacific, this is where you'll find the perfect treasure.

Day 5: Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands

Take an excursion to explore the deep valleys, rugged peaks, and dense velvet rainforests of Hiva Oa, which offer up ancient, massive stone tiki carvings and petroglyphs. Or visit Paul Gauguin's grave on the way into the village of Atuona, where you can see Belgian singer Jacques Brel's plane, Jojo, and learn about why these famous artists fell in love with this particular island.

Day 6: Omoa, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands

The southernmost island in the Marquesas, Fatu Hiva, is wild, remote, and spectacularly beautiful. Don’t forget your camera—you’ll be treated to jungle greenery that begins right at the water’s edge, sheer cliffs, and deep, indigo waters. With only 500 residents and only one road, this island is almost completely yours.

Day 7: Hakahetau, Ua Pou Island

Ua Poa is a highly volcanic island of exceptional beauty in the northern Marquesas. The undulating hills that line its shoreline serve as a welcome mat for the magnificent basalitic spires that rise from the island’s center to pierce the clouds—a stunning sight to witness upon approach. Hakahetau is delightful and laid-back, perfectly situated on a bay and protected from the trade winds.

Day 8: Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands

Water or land? When you arrive in Taiohae, choices abound. Hike with a guide to discover massive banyan trees and hidden valleys, or embark on an optional 4x4 excursion through the Taipivai Valley.

Day 9: Hatiheu, Nuku Hiva Island

Author Robert Louis Stevenson favored Nuku Hiva’s arching Hatiheu Bay for its enchanting, picture-postcard setting, lined with black sand and crowned by towering basalt cliffs. A visit to Hatiheu promises discovery, both cultural and rare. Rife with archaeological sites, the ancient village is best known for its petroglyphs of human figures, turtles, and fish, as well as its marae (traditional temples) and tohua (open-air gathering places)—the most scared of these being the me’ae l’ipoka, protected by a massive banyan tree.

Day 10: At Sea

Have you met Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines yet? Our onboard hosts are 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 Algotherm Spa, or why not both? A day at sea offers ample time to relax and plan your next adventure.

Day 11: Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands

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 12-13: Bora Bora, Society Islands

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 14: Taha'a, Society Islands (Motu Mahana)

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 15: Tahiti, Society Islands | Disembarkation

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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.

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Local Entertainers
Relaxing on the balcony of the Paul Gauguin.
Gourmet meals complete your luxurious South Pacific cruise

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Book now and enjoy Zero Single Supplement on category C, CS, E, and F cabins when you book aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. This promotion is subject to availability and applies to new bookings on select sailings only, all-inclusive cruises for departures in 2024-2026. Additional restrictions may apply. Please contact us for details.
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Enjoy an additional 5% discount combinable with bonus savings! This promotion is subject to availability and applies to new bookings on select 8 to 15-day, all-inclusive cruises for departures in 2024-2025. Additional restrictions may apply. Please contact us for details.
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Per person starting at
$8,400 2-3 travelers
Rates are dynamic and fluctuate based on capacity. Contact us for a specific quote.
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.
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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

-  Port, security, and handling fees of $140 to $320 are included.
- Cruise fare does not include optional shore excursions, available to purchase, and additional fees.
- Cruise fuel surcharges may apply.
- Rates are posted as double occupancy. Subject to availability, may not be combinable with other offers, are capacity controlled, and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. 
- PGC reserves the right to limit the number of single-occupancy cabins on any sailing. Single supplements are available at 100% for categories OG, OS, A, and B. Categories C, D, E, and F have a much smaller or different single supplement. Single supplements are in addition to listed cruise fare and vary by voyage. Contact us for exact rates.
- Optional hotel stays, Land programs, and Air programs are available, please contact us for details.
Included
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • 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 
  • Enrichment lectures
  • Polynesian activities
  • Shipboard Entertainment
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Pre- or Post-cruise hotel  
  • Premium liquors, specialty wines, and certain Cognacs incur an additional charge

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