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Step into a world of enchantment as you explore the South Pacific on one of these 18 culture-focused tours and cruises in 2024 and 2025, ranging from $3,200 to $45,410. Discover Polynesian villages, where ancient traditions meet modern life - from traditional Fijian fire walking ceremonies to the vibrant markets of Tahiti. Lose yourself in the serenity of Samoa's stunning beaches, or explore hidden coves in Tonga, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of tropical hues. Uncover the cultural tapestry of the South Pacific on these unforgettable voyages, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Contact Adventure Life's tour specialists for help planning your next seamless trip to discover culture across this captivating corner of the Earth today!
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Relax on the beaches of the South Pacific
$3,200
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Tahiti & the Society Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahana
  • Explore stunning Bora Bora
  • Visit the island of Moorea
  • Experience Tahiti's capital Papeete
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Helicopter Tours, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 8-day South Pacific cruise is perfect for those who want a core Polynesian experience.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 …
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Paul Gauguin sits outside Bora Bora.
$5,800
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Cook Islands & Society Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Snorkel in Bora Bora
  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahaha
  • Visit the famous Aitutaki lagoons
  • Experience the Cook Islands
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Helicopter Tours, Hiking, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this South Pacific cruise, the region's incredible diversity of scenery is front and center. Discover the isle of Huahine, renowned for its spectacular rainforests. Then experience the unique majesty of the Cook Islands. Arid Aitutaki is virtually flat - so much so that you can spot the …
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Women wearing traditional dress of the South Pacific.
$7,550
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Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji

16 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Discover Motu Mahana beach
  • Tour Fiji's capital city, Suva
  • Experience unique Tongan culture
  • Snorkel one of the largest reefs
Starts / Ends:
Papeete / Lautoka
Activities:
Helicopter Tours, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Follow in the wake of explorers on this comprehensive 15-day South Pacific cruise onboard Paul Gauguin. Discover the South Pacific’s most storied, beautiful, and culturally vibrant islands, towns, and cities.No matter what kind of experience you seek, there are treasures to discover at every …
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Coral grouper, diver, & school of fish
$7,900
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Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands

Lautoka - Tahiti - 14 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Visit Lautoka, the Sugar City
  • Explore fascinating Suva
  • Enjoy Tongan culture and food
  • Discover dramatic Bora Bora
Starts / Ends:
Lautoka / Papeete
Activities:
Helicopter Tours, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this 14-day Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands Cruise from Lautoka to Tahiti aboard Paul Gauguin,the trip unveils diverse cultures and lush landscapes in the vibrant region. Encounter Fiji's colonial charm, unwind on Bora Bora's immaculate beaches and explore Aitutaki's …
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An amazing sunset over Bora Bora
$12,363
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Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotus and Marquesas Islands

10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Dive and snorkel in clear waters
  • Learn Polynesian history
  • Experience Marine Mammal Sanctuary
  • Lookout for animals
Starts / Ends:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Whale Watching
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience an unforgettable 10-day journey around Ancient Polynesia aboard the National Geographic Orion. Behold 16-foot manta rays, colorful butterflyfish, whales, and other impressive marine life. Explore the sparsely populated Marquesas Islands, encounter moss-covered giant tikis on Hiva Oa, …
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Lagoon of Bora Bora, French Polynesia
$4,138
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Discover The Marquesas

Roundtrip Tahiti - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Aranui 5
  • Explore Makatea atoll
  • Take a stroll in the villages
  • Dive and snorkel in Tuamotu atoll
  • Snorkel the lagoons of Rangiroa
  • Taste Marquesan cuisine
Starts / Ends:
Tahiti / Tahiti
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
A Polynesian legend says that the gods created the Marquesas Islands to be the roof of French Polynesia. Aboard the Aranui 5, travelers are taken to the heart of Polynesian culture and traditions, to islands that have remained untouched and where time seems to have stopped. On this 12-day classic …
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An overland journey takes us into the highlands of Sulawesi to the remarkable Tana Toraja
$9,480
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In the Wake of the Makassans

Darwin - Makassar - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Encounter funeral rituals
  • Gaze out Kelimutu National Park
  • Walk in tracks of Komodo Dragons
  • Hike to the summit of Padar Island
  • Explore Takabonarate Marine Park
Starts / Ends:
Darwin / Makassar
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
mbark on a 15-day cruise to Makassar, retracing the historic paths of the Makassan trepangers from the 16th century. Explore lesser-visited islands, witness Phinisi boat building in Tana Beru, and visit Lamalera's traditional whaling village. Encounter Komodo Dragons, dive into Takabonarate …
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Lusancay Islands
$10,030
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Cultures and Nature in Papua New Guinea

13 Day Itinerary aboard Le Laperouse
  • Explore Trobriand islands
  • Discover Samarai Island
  • Witness Madang
  • Visit Tami Islands
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Cairns
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a captivating 13-day expedition cruise with Le Lapérouse to uncover Papua New Guinea's wonders and ancient tribes. Starting in Cairns, Australia, explore WWII sites in Alotau, followed by visits to volcanically active islands, Tufi's scenic fiords, and the culturally rich …
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Moorea, French Polynesia
$5,500
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Society Islands and Tuamotus

11 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Enjoy two full days in Bora Bora
  • Explore Fakarava, a UNESCO site
  • Spend a day relaxing on Motu Mahana
  • Visit the Tuamotu Archipelago
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Helicopter Tours, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark Paul Gauguin to visit the Society Islands on this South Pacific cruise, including Huahine, with its stunning crystalline lagoon. The Tuamotu Archipelago awaits you next. Comprised of very low-lying atolls, none of the chain's many islets rise more than ten feet above sea level. Visit …
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Explore the landscape of French Polynesia.
$7,550
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Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands

15 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Visit the remote island of Fakarava
  • Explore the island of Hiva Oa
  • Look for humpback whales
  • Snorkel in stunning Bora Bora
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this two-week South Pacific cruise, first call at the breathtaking isle of Bora Bora. Then it's on to the Tuamotus, specifically Fakarava, an atoll known for its pristine beaches, rare wildlife, and exceptional diving. Next, explore the mist-covered Marquesas, where you discover the islands …
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Sail the crystal waters of the South Pacific reef system
$4,354
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Austral Islands

13 Day Itinerary aboard Aranui 5
  • Learn about sustainable fishing
  • Try traditional javelin throwing
  • Admire the works of art and craft
  • Enjoy the amenities of Aranui
Starts / Ends:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
During this 13-day cruise, exploreand marvel at the beautiful landscapes ofthe Austral and Raiateawhile aboard the Aranui 5.Discovered in the 18th century, the Austral Islands are located 600 km south of Tahiti. With breathtaking landscapes, sheer mountains, and valleys, these islands are renowned …
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Snorkel the vibrant waters of the South Pacific
$4,295
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Austral Islands

11 Day Itinerary aboard Aranui 5
  • Learn about sustainable fishing
  • Try traditional javelin throwing
  • Admire the works of art and craft
  • Enjoy the amenities of Aranui
Starts / Ends:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
During this 12-day cruise, exploreand marvel in the beautiful landscapes ofthe Austral and Raiateawhile aboard the Aranui 5.Discovered in the 18th century, the Austral Islands are located 600 km south of Tahiti. Breathtaking landscapes, sheer mountains, valleys, these islands are renowned for their …
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Enjoy a tropical escape
$4,657
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Pitcairn & Gambier - in the Footsteps of the Bounty Mutineers

11 Day Itinerary aboard Aranui 5
  • Visit the Gambier Islands
  • Learn about Polynesian civilization
  • Visit the grave of John Adams
  • Explore archaeological sites
Starts / Ends:
Tahiti / Tahiti
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This unique South Pacific cruise travels south to Pitcairn Island, passing through the Gambier Islands. The Aranui 5 follows in the footsteps of the famed Bounty Mutineers, taking you to the region's most stunning and pristine islands via three Polynesian archipelagos. Visit a portion of …
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Mountain Range in Komodo National Park, Indonesia
$16,577
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Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore King George river
  • Discover the unique wildlife
  • Visit the Komodo National Park
  • Experience Indonesia
Starts / Ends:
Broome / Bali
Activities:
Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 16-day cruise from Perth, Australia, to Bali, Indonesia, aboard the National Geographic Orion. Explore the Kimberley region in Australia, where striking landscapes bear the marks of ancient human civilizations. Then, voyage to remote Indonesian island villages where history springs to …
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Clear Water and Tropical Island
$15,610
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Roots of the Pacific: Exploring New Zealand and Melanesia

Auckland - Brisbane - 16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Experience culture of Maori
  • Venture to the Norfolk Island
  • Visit New Caledonia, Isle of Pines
  • Meet the people of Utupua
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Honiara
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Uncover the tropical beauty and important cultural history of the South Seas. Following in the wake of Captain Cook, we will journey from New Zealand’s North Island to the Solomon Sea. Delve into a fascinating history of intrepid explorers, convicts, and traders, and learn about the rich …
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Stewart Island
$4,475
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Unseen Stewart Island: Pristine Wilderness and Wildlife Adventure

8 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Discover Halfmoon Bay
  • Enjoy the historic views
  • Visit Norwegian whaling station
  • Explore Port Pegasus
Starts / Ends:
Invercargill / Invercargill
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience UnseenStewart Island/Rakiura and Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara on this 8-day adventure with Heritage Explorer, New Zealand's pioneering small ship expedition cruise ship. With only 25 kilometers of road, Stewart Island is best explored by sea, especially Ulva Island, where there are no …
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$9,995
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Undiscovered Philippines and Indonesia

Manila - Darwin - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Visit Ticao Island
  • Discover Sibuyan Island
  • Marvel at Tojoman Lagoo
  • Explore Fort Belgica
Starts / Ends:
Manila / Darwin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail on this 15-day trip to explore the undiscovered islands of the Philippines and Indonesia from Manila to Darwin aboard Heritage Adventurer. Highlights of this cruise include visiting the Whale Shark Capital of the World, swimming with the gentle giants, and discovering the "eighth …
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Remote lagoon in Papua New Guinea
$10,910
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New Guinea Odyssey

Darwin - Cairns - 17 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Discover Papua New Guinea
  • Visit the Tami islands
  • Watch the Asaro Mudmen
  • Swim and snorkel on beaches
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Darwin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 17-day journey takes you to the world's second-biggest island, a fascinating region home to over 1,200 ethnic groups. Allow yourself to be fascinated by the stunning vistas of the Fiords and lush mangrove forests where you can meet Papuan tribes eager to share their culture and art with …
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