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Society Islands & Tuamotus

Society Islands & Tuamotus

Cruise Highlights:

  • Combines highlights of the Society Islands with Rangiroa, second-largest atoll in the world.
  • Superior snorkeling and scuba opportunities.
  • Call on unspoiled Huahine
  • Day at private Motu Mahana; access to private beach on Bora Bora.

At a glance

Duration: 11 Days, 10 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Papeete, Tahiti

From: $10,191

Season: February - July; September, December

Activities: Culture, Kayaking, Photography, Scuba, Snorkeling

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Paul Gauguin Cruises

Visit the gracious Society Islands, including Huahine, with its stunning crystalline lagoon. Next call on Raiatea, an isle covered in lush green valleys and numerous waterfalls. 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 Rangiroa, home to the second-largest lagoon in the world. It is noted for its fantastic diving - you may see rays, sharks, dolphins, and myriad small reef fish. Go on to call at legendary Bora Bora, Taha'a, and Moorea.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Embark the m/s Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti

The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic islands and atolls strewn lazily across the grand Pacific Ocean. The island of Tahiti proper is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia. Papeete, the modern capital of Tahiti and her islands, contains government offices, hospitals, banks, and many other services dedicated to serving the islands, as well as guests who come to these islands for a life-enriching experience. You’ll embark The Gauguin here this afternoon and have time to settle into your cabin before dinner onboard later in the evening. The ship will set sail tonight.

Day 2 - Huahine, Society Islands

Your first port of call is Huahine, known as “The Garden Island” for its lush rainforests and dramatic terrain. While here, you can cruise the expansive lagoon, explore the island’s culture, or picnic on the beach.

Day 3 - Fakarava, Tuamotus

Known in the days before modern navigation as the “Dangerous Archipelago” for its shallow passages the Tuamotus islands are a diver’s paradise. You’ll call first on Fakarava, whose diverse ecosystem has earned it the designation of a UNESCO-Classified Nature Reserve. There are two massive passes on the island where experienced divers can descend up to 130 feet into a world of cauliflower coral, gray sharks, and fish schooling by the thousands. Or stay on land and explore the island’s charming villages, ancient temples, and 19th-century coral church.

Day 4 - Rangiroa, Tuamotus

Divers from all over the world flock to Rangiroa to experience the extraordinary visibility of its lagoon and witness the multitude of tropical fish, manta rays, and dolphins. Here, snorkeling or SCUBA diving is a must. Spend a day beneath the water’s surface dazzled by an underwater technicolor fish frenzy in the reef passes surrounding the world’s second-largest atoll. Ashore, discover the daily activities of the Paumotu people, perhaps at one of the interior lagoons’ black-pearl farms. Or indulge in the island’s second-most popular pursuit: doing nothing at all.

Day 5 - Bora Bora, Society Islands

Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener described Bora Bora as “the most beautiful island in the world.” Behold Mount Otemanu rising up from the horizon as The Gauguin arrives early this afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to admire the island’s picture-postcard beauty.

Day 6 - Bora Bora

You have two full days to explore this magical island on your own. Perhaps you’ll relax on our exclusive, private beach on a motu just off the island. Or take your pick of optional shore excursions: circle the island by waverunner or jetboat … traverse the interior by off-road safari … enjoy a romantic overnight escapade at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa … and so much more.

Day 7 - Bora Bora

Bora Bora’s lagoon is constantly replenished with ocean water from the swells that crash between sandy motus and over the lagoon’s fringing reef. The dive instructors at The Gauguin’s onboard watersports marina make it easy even for novices to enjoy an optional SCUBA diving excursion in a matter of hours. You can also discover the charms of the lagoon while swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and more.

Day 8 - Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands

Motu Mahana, an islet adjacent to Taha’a, is our very own South Seas paradise, featuring white-sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters, and gentle breezes. As an exclusive Paul Gauguin event, you will spend a full day on this idyllic island doing exactly as you please. Relax in the shade of a palm tree … engage in a game of volleyball … snorkel in the motu’s turquoise lagoons … and enjoy a delicious al fresco barbecue lunch with Polynesian entertainment.

Day 9 - Moorea, Society Islands

Covered in an abundance of fresh fruits and flowers, spectacular mountain peaks, peaceful multi-hued lagoons, and palm-fringed beaches, Moorea features a magnificent beauty that is unsurpassed. White-sand beaches lapped by the translucent shimmering lagoon water and shaded by palm, coconut, and ironwood groves stretch for miles. During your visit, you might wish to take an optional air-conditioned coach ride around the island to admire the stunning views.

Day 10 - Moorea/Papeete, Tahiti

Perhaps today you will try an optional SCUBA diving excursion among the sea turtles and staggering amount of fish species that call Moorea’s waters home. Or simply relax and revel in the island’s natural splendor. Late this afternoon, the ship casts off for Tahiti’s capital, where you’ll enjoy a final overnight.

Day 11 - Papeete

Day 11 Papeete Disembark The Gauguin this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or stay on with an optional hotel stay.

Dates & Rates

Dates Ship F E D C B A Grand Suite Owner's Suite
Jan 4, 2017 Paul Gauguin $5,545 $6,045 $7,295 $7,545 $9,095 $10,995 $14,045 $14,545
Mar 8, 2017 Paul Gauguin $5,745 $6,145 $7,545 $7,895 $9,445 $11,345 $1,445 $14,995
Jul 5, 2017 Paul Gauguin $5,745 $6,145 $7,545 $7,895 $9,445 $11,345 $1,445 $14,995
Sep 6, 2017 Paul Gauguin $5,745 $6,145 $7,545 $7,895 $9,445 $11,345 $1,445 $14,995
Oct 18, 2017 Paul Gauguin $5,745 $6,145 $7,545 $7,895 $9,445 $11,345 $1,445 $14,995
Dec 13, 2017 Paul Gauguin $5,545 $6,045 $7,295 $7,545 $9,095 $10,995 $14,045 $14,545

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Society Islands & Tuamotus

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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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