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Cook Islands & Society Islands

Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands

Cruise Highlights:

  • Combines highlights of three very different French Polynesian archipelagos.
  • Superior snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities.
  • Features a stop at Atuona, Hiva Oa — final resting place of renowned artist Paul Gauguin.

At a glance

Duration: 15 Days, 14 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Papeete, Tahiti

From: $13,191

Season: January, April, October

Activities: Culture, Photography, Scuba, Snorkeling

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Paul Gauguin Cruises

On this two-week cruise, you'll 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'll discover the islands of Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka, and Nuku Hiva. On these wild islands you'll find waterfalls, wild stallions, tiki sculptures, and an arboretum, among other delights. More enjoyment awaits on Taha'a (Motu Mahana), our own private motu, and a day at spectacular Moorea.

World-renowned oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau will guest host the February 2, 2013 sailings aboard m/s Paul Gauguin.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Embark Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti

Begin your journey through paradise in the capital of Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands.

Day 2 - At Sea

Day 2 At SeaSpend the day enjoying the m/s Paul Gauguin's Polynesian ambience: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps you'll take in a lecture on local wildlife or history, then dine in the evening over classic French cuisine at L'Etoile.

Day 3 - Fakarava

Explore the clear waters of Fakarava in the remote and pristine Tuamotus. The island is a sanctuary for rare birds, plants and crustaceans – stroll the pink-sand beaches and you will view many of them. You may also want to visit the island’s black pearl farm, or the ruins of the first church in French Polynesia built entirely of coral.

Day 4 - At Sea

Take another day to enjoy shipboard life: relax poolside, watch the South Pacific slip by, play some table tennis, or take advantage of our Reading Library.

Day 5 - Omoa, Fatu Hiva

Fatu Hiva is wild and spectacularly beautiful. The jungle greenery begins at the water’s edge, with narrow ravines, deep gorges and luxuriant valleys briefly open to view as the boat glides past, close to the sheer cliffs that plunge straight down into the splashing surf.

Day 6 - Atuona, Hiva Oa

Hiva Oa is an island marked by wild beauty and a somber bearing. The main town is Atuona, where Paul Gauguin is buried. You might visit the village of Puamau to see the largest stone sculptures of Marquesas. The are considered links to the tikis of Easter Island and Necker Island, north of Hawaii.

Day 7 - Vaipaee, Ua Huka

Home to the only arboretum in French Polynesian, the people of Ua Huka have a commitment to the conservation and the preservation of their culture that is palpable. The oldest ruins in the Marquesas are located in the Hane Valley and date back to AD 254-300.

Day 8 - Tiaohae, Nuku Hiva

As the governmental and economic center, Nuku Hiva is the most important island in the Marquesas. It’s also stunningly beautiful, with three major bays on the south coast and similarly gorgeous inlets on the north coast as well.

Days 9 - 10 At Sea

Take more time to enjoy shipboard life on the m/s Paul Gauguin , your own personal South Seas isle.

Day 11 - Huahine

Known as the “wild” Society for its untamed, verdant forests, Huahine remains relatively untouched by modern development. Explore some of the abundant archaeological treasures – ancient homes, buildings, and marae (stone platforms that served as places of worship) – excavated and preserved throughout the island. Or dive in Huahine’s crystalline lagoon, which teems with over 450 species of fish.

Day 12 - Bora Bora

Bora Bora’s lagoon is a must-see: this is your chance for a swim, snorkel or outrigger cruise. The lagoon is constantly replenished with ocean water from the swells that crash between sandy motus (small islets) and over the fringing reef.

Day 13 - Taha’a (Motu Mahana)

Arrive at our South Seas paradise - featuring white sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters and gentle breezes. As an exclusive Paul Gauguin event, guests will spend a full day exploring this idyllic, isolated island, and relaxing with a delicious barbecue lunch and Polynesian entertainment which features strolling musicians and singers.

Day 14 - Moorea/Papeete, Tahiti

The island of Moorea’s scenery is like a dream. Try out some exciting optional watersports like scuba diving among a host of interesting sea creatures – including sea turtles, a staggering number of fish species such as barracuda, tuna, jackfish, red snapper, moray eels, trigger fish, various sizes and shapes of rays and more. At the end of the afternoon, we cruise to our home port in Papeete, docking there for the night.

Day 15 - Disembark in Papeete

In the morning you'll disembark the m/s Paul Gauguin, capping off your epic journey through the South Pacific.

Dates & Rates

Dates Ships F E D C B A Grand Suite Owner's Suite
Feb 25, 2017 Paul Gauguin $6,145 $6,345 $7,995 $8,195 $9,945 $11,995 $15,645 $16,295
Jul 15, 2017 Paul Gauguin $6,145 $6,345 $7,995 $8,195 $9,945 $11,995 $15,645 $16,295
Jul 26, 2017 Paul Gauguin $5,745 $6,145 $7,545 $7,895 $9,445 $11,345 $14,445 $14,995
Aug 26, 2017 Paul Gauguin $6,145 $6,345 $7,995 $8,195 $9,945 $11,995 $15,645 $16,295
Oct 7, 2017 Paul Gauguin $6,145 $6,345 $7,995 $8,195 $9,945 $11,995 $15,645 $16,295
Dec 2, 2017 Paul Gauguin $5,895 $6,045 $7,595 $7,795 $9,395 $11,595 $15,095 $15,745

* Chairman’s Cruise hosted by Paul Gauguin Cruises Chairman Richard Bailey
‡ Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program offered
§This departure will be hosted by Jean-Michel Cousteau

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Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands

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Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin

The m/s Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti and French Polynesia, visiting small ports that larger ships can’t reach and effortlessly blending into the stunning natural beauty of the South Seas. She offers an extension of the informal, relaxing environment of the islands, coupled with five-star service, comfort and luxury. View ship details...

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