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Tahiti & the Society Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Paul Gauguin
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In 1891, when Paul Gauguin arrived in Tahiti, he captured the charm, culture, and languid grace of the natives in oils. You won't find his paintings here, but the original models still call this piece of French Polynesia home. This 8-day South Pacific cruise is perfect for those who want a core Polynesian experience. Call on Raiatea and its reef-bound lagoon and Taha'a, its companion island, where you can enjoy a full day of exploration. Then sail to Bora Bora and her siren sister, Moorea. There's a reason these islands are world-renowned - their beauty is unmatched.
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Highlights
  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahana, your very own private islet
  • Explore Bora Bora on a drive safari, aquabike excursion, or boat ride
  • Visit Moorea and partake in an optional dolphin-watching expedition
  • Disembark in and explore Tahiti's capital city of Papeete
Places Visited
  • South Pacific
  • Tahiti
  • Bora Bora
  • French Polynesia
  • Huahine
  • Moorea
  • Oceania
  • Papeete
  • Polynesia
  • Society Islands
  • Taha'a
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Embark Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti

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, a private islet. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, or simply lounge on the beach with a chilled beverage from the floating bar. Les Gauguines is on hand to provide musical entertainment and demonstrate 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: Moorea | Papeete (Tahiti)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore more of this peaceful oasis. Perhaps choose to trek on the “Trails of the Ancients” or snorkel one of the world's most beautiful lagoons. At the end of the afternoon, cruise to your home port in Papeete, docking for the night.

Day 8: Disembark in Papeete

  • 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.

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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 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:
  • Roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles (please contact us for details)
  • 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 Paul Gauguin Cruises' private islet, Motu Mahana
  • Access to Paul Gauguin Cruises' private beach in Bora Bora
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Government fees, port, security and handling charges
  • Optional shore excursions
Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply.

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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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