When the artist Paul Gauguin arrived in Tahiti in 1891, he captured the charm, culture and languid grace of the island inhabitants in his evocative and iconic paintings. Celebrate this union of art and beauty in the same scenic splendor and easygoing rhythm aboard the magnificent six-star ms Paul Gauguin. This award-winning itinerary is ideal for those who want to experience the best of French Polynesia in just one magical week.
• Savor island relaxation combined with 5-star service, cuisine, comfort and luxury.
• Daily activities include snorkeling, kayaking, sunbathing and more with a wide range of optional activities on each island.
• Airfare, accommodations, meals, most beverages, watersports, gratuities and more—all are included!
$100 per person shipboard credit, maximum $200 per cabin
Designed to capture the essence of Tahiti, the small-ship ms Paul Gauguin (just 332 guests) nimbly takes you to these gorgeous tropical destinations in the relaxed, informal, environment of the islands coupled with five-star service, comfort and luxury. Spacious suites and staterooms—more than 70% with private balconies—an onboard watersports marina, a choice of three open-seating dining venues and an extensive spa are among her luxurious attributes. Meals, most beverages, watersports, gratuities and more are all included. And a fun-loving troupe of Gauguines – a local Tahitian group who serve as cruise staff, entertainers and storytellers – add the unique personality of Tahiti to every cruise.
Explore the islands that inspired artists like artist Paul Gauguin, author James A. Michener and so many others on this unforgettable weeklong voyage through the crystalline waters of the Society Islands. This gorgeous collection of volcanic islands and atolls offers balmy days, sultry nights and panoramas that could only have been created by Nature in her finest hour.
The shallow, emerald lagoons surrounding Tahiti are ripe for adventure-seekers to snorkel among exotic marine life, like puffer fish, brightly hued coral and sea turtles. Relax or play as you wish: explore underwater paradises, hike through lush forests, feast on local pineapple, Polynesian barbecue and fresh fish—and savor one of the most romantic spots on Earth!
Begin in Huahine, the lush "Garden Island"also home to sacred sites and legendary landmarks that are among the best-preserved archaeological remains in French Polynesia. Explore Taha'a, an island inside a protected lagoon that maintains an authentic Polynesian atmosphere. Bora Bora's beaches have white sand and warm, shallow water, and the lagoon is world-famous for its beauty. Here, you'll bask on a private beach on a motu off the coast and can choose optional activities like a jitney tour, 4WD safari or glass-bottom boat tour. Conclude with two days in Moorea, likened to James Michener's mythical island of Bali Hai and famous for its spectacular bays and reefs rich in hard coral diversity.
• Round-trip economy airfare from Los Angeles
• 7 nights accommodations aboard ms Paul Gauguin
• All onboard meals and entertainment, including all shipboard gratuities
• Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee, and tea served throughout the ship
• Watersports including complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and paddleboarding
• In-suite mini-bar replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
• Ports of call: Papeete, Tahiti; Huahine, Society Islands; Taha'a Motu Mahana, Society Islands; Bora Bora, Society Islands; Moorea, Society Islands; Papeete, Tahiti
Day 1 – Embark the ms Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti|
Begin your voyage through paradise in the capital of Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands. Here you'll embark the luxurious yet casual ms Paul Gauguin. With an endless choice of things to do, from relaxing poolside with a book to playing the slots in the casino, you will never be bored.
Accommodation: Chosen stateroom aboard ms Paul Gauguin – 7 nights
Day 2 - Huahine, Society Islands
Today, you'll call on Huahine, known as the "Garden Island" for its lush rainforests and dramatic terrain. While here, you might explore the island’s sacred sites and legendary landmarks that are among the best-preserved archaeological remains in French Polynesia. Enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving in the expansive lagoon. Or picnic on the beach.
Day 3 - Taha'a (Motu Mahana)
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, pursuing your own pleasures from swimming, snorkeling and kayaking in the turquoise lagoon to playing volleyball, learning Tahitian cooking secrets or simply relaxing on the beach. Also included is a delicious barbecue lunch and Polynesian entertainment featuring strolling musicians and singers.
Day 4 - Bora Bora
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 5 - Bora Bora
Explore more of this magical isle on your own or on a choice of optional shore excursions. Choose from several, like a jitney tour on "Le Truck," a 4-wheel-drive safari or a glass-bottom boat ride. We will set sail before dinner, enjoying a relaxing evening on board.
Day 6 - Moorea
Graced with an abundance of fresh fruits and flowers, spectacular mountain peaks, peaceful multi-hued lagoons and palm-fringed beaches, Moorea boasts an awesome beauty that is unsurpassed. During your visit, you might wish to shop for local crafts, embark on a dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist and witness these fascinating animals in their amazing natural habitat or try out some of the local pineapples, said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia. An overnight here affords us two full days to explore the gorgeous island.
Day 7 - Moorea/Papeete (Tahiti)
Explore more of this peaceful oasis. Perhaps you will 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, we cruise to our home port in Papeete, docking for the night.
Day 8 - Disembark in Papeete
Cap off your epic journey where it all began. You won't be the same as when you first set sail – these exotic isles are said to touch people in magical ways. If you want to explore more of this side of paradise, perhaps you will choose our pre- and post-cruise hotel programs in Bora Bora, Moorea, Taha'a and Papeete.
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