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Tuamotus & Society Islands

Papeete, Tahiti Roundtrip - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Paul Gauguin
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This cruise is an experience of a lifetime, Explore the gracious Tuamotus and Society Islands on this South Pacific cruise. The Society Islands & Tuamotu Archipelago beckon on this 12-day South Pacific cruise upon the luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin. Explore lush rainforests, crystal-clear lagoons, or simply indulgent beach-side lounging. Continue on to the Tuamotus, a collection of low-lying atolls known the world ‘round for their vibrant underwater ecosystem.
The 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!Kayaking around the Paul Gauguin.Stunning snorkeling in FijiExperience the abundant marine life in the South Pacific Snorkeling with clownfish.Four-wheel drive excursion around the island.Lagoon of Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Highlights
  • Enjoy quintessential Pacific paradise of Bora Bora including our exclusive white-sand beach on a motu off the coast
  • Marvel at towering Mount Otemanu, snorkel in sapphire lagoons, or get a bird’s-eye view of the island with a scenic helicopter ride
  • Visit Fakarava, a UNESCO-classified Nature Reserve where experienced divers can descend up to 130 feet
  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahana, our very own private islet
Places Visited
  • South Pacific
  • Tahiti
  • Bora Bora
  • Fakarava
  • French Polynesia
  • Huahine
  • Moorea
  • Oceania
  • Papeete
  • Polynesia
  • Rangiroa
  • Society Islands
  • Taha'a
  • Tuamotu Islands
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Embark the 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 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: Taha'a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This unique itinerary offers you an additional day on our private island paradise. Relax in a lounge chair with a good book and a refreshing beverage, or set out over the lagoon in a kayak, compliments of Paul Gauguin Cruises. Perhaps you’ll indulge in an overwater massage. Or experience Tahitian music and culture firsthand as our own troupe of entertainers serenade you and demonstrate local cooking and crafts.

Day 4-5: Bora Bora, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Immediately recognizable by Mount Otemanu rising from the ocean, this half-atoll, half-mountain is surrounded by a spectacular lagoon and a series of smaller islands. Ancient Polynesians called it Parapora, or “firstborn,” because they thought it was the first island created after Raiatea.

Day 6: At Sea

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

Day 7: Rangiroa, Tuamotus Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rangiroa is the largest island in the Tuamotu Archipelago, which is made up of 78 coral atolls scattered over several hundred miles. Experience the simple, quiet, and peaceful life on these islands by participating in the daily activities of the Paumotu people.

Day 8: Fakarava, Tuamotus Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Before modern navigation, this region was known as the “Dangerous Archipelago” for its shallow passages. Today, that same characteristic makes Fakarava a diver’s paradise. Those who prefer to stay on dry land can explore charming villages, ancient temples, and a 19th century coral church.

Day 9: At Sea

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

Day 10: 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, our very own private islet. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, or simply lounge on the beach with a chilled beverage from our floating bar. Les Gauguines will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment and demonstrate traditional Polynesian crafts. A delicious barbecue lunch is provided. 

Day 11: Moorea, 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 12: Disembark in Papeete

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

Ship/Hotel

Paul Gauguin

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

Dates & Prices

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$5,740
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:
  • 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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