• Dean Nelson

10-day French Polynesia + Tuamotus on the award winning m/s Paul Gauguin

Updated: Aug 20


Join us November 11-21, 2020 on the award winning m/s Paul Gauguin. Beauty surrounds you on this 10-day sojourn, both on land and underwater. The Society Islands beckon with lush rainforests, crystal-clear lagoons, and warm breezes that encourage nothing but indulgent beachside lounging. Continue on to the Tuamotu Archipelago, a collection of low-lying atolls known the world ‘round for their vibrant underwater ecosystem. Book now.

Highlights

  • Enjoy two full days in the 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 to visit a world inhabited by gray sharks, schools of colorful fish, and untouched coral.

  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahana, our very own private islet, complete with white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, a barbecue lunch, drinks served in coconuts, and a floating lagoon bar.

  • Onboard National Geographic expert in the archeology of French Polynesia - MARK EDDOWES. For the past decade, Mark has captivated guests of the m/s Paul Gauguin with fascinating tales of French Polynesia's storied past, sharing his wealth of knowledge through lectures that range from "The Cult of Tiki" and "The Ancient Culture of the Marquesas Islands" to the real story of the "Mutiny on the Bounty." click here to read more.


10-Day French Polynesia + Tuamotus Itinerary



Wed., Nov. 11, 2020 - Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands of French Polynesia

A gorgeous collection of volcanic islands strewn across the blue Pacific, Polynesia paints a stunning picture. And, as the capital city on the largest of all 118 islands, Papeete offers endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation. Dynamic dining, nightlife, and shopping can be found around every corner, and Papeete serves as a departure and arrival port for this exciting 10-day voyage.


Thur., Nov. 12, 2020 - Huahine, Society Islands

Huahine is known as “The Garden Island” for its beautiful rainforests, dramatic terrain, and enchanting lagoon. Travelers will find something new to explore around every bend, from sacred sites and archeological landmarks that are among the best preserved in French Polynesia to the colorful sea life that can be experienced on a SCUBA or snorkeling expedition.


Fri., Nov. 13-14, 2020 - Bora Bora, Society Islands

You will enjoy an overnight stay aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin in the dream destination of Bora Bora. This magical island just begs to have its picture taken, with lush peaks, white sand beaches, and romantic lagoons. But perhaps Bora Bora’s most iconic image that of Mount Otemanu, with its jagged, emerald-hued peaks rising high above the shoreline. With only 4,225 inhabitants and a laid-back, island vibe, visitors to this beautiful corner of the world can’t help but just relax and take it all in.


Sun., Nov. 15, 2020 - Rangiroa, Tuamotus

Rangiroa is the largest atoll of the Tuamotu Archipelago, which comprises of 78 coral atolls scattered over several hundred miles of the eastern Pacific Ocean. Life on these remote islands is simple, quiet, and peaceful. In small villages, visitors can discover the true flavor of the Tuamotu, often participating in the daily activities of the Paumotu people. And, the interior lagoons are a haven for black pearl farms, fish breeding farms, snorkeling and SCUBA diving.


Mon., Nov. 16, 2020 - Fakarava, Tuamotus

An atoll in the west of the Tuamotu group, the unspoiled paradise of Fakarava has been designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for  many rare species that call this island home, both above and under the water. In addition to nature lovers, those in search of historical and cultural significance can explore charming villages, ancient temples, and coral churches.


Tue., Nov. 17, 2020 - Sea Day


Wed., Nov. 18, 2020 - Taha'a, Society Islands

Enclosed in a common lagoon with Raiatea and accessible only by boat, Taha’a is an ideal island for a relaxing getaway. A sleepy island that boasts only a handful of guesthouses and small hotels, Taha’a maintains an authentic Polynesian flavor. And speaking of flavors, it produces about 80% of French Polynesia’s world-renowned vanilla, a must-buy during a visit to the island.

Taha’a is also home to Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private island. Guests are welcomed with traditional music performed by Les Gauguines, a beachside barbecue, and ample opportunities for watersports, swimming, and relaxation.  


Thur., Nov. 19-20, 2020 - Moorea, Society Islands

Moorea, often likened to James Michener's mythical island of Bali Hai, is worth a visit just to experience its spectacular vistas. Volcanic peaks, reflected in the waters of Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay, rise like a shark's jaw above palm tree-lined beaches. The underwater world is just as enchanting, with sharks, tuna, dolphins, and tropical fish—no wonder it’s a popular destination for divers.


Fri., Nov. 20-21, 2020 - Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

We arrive back to Papeete at 7:30PM where you will overnight aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Take in some of the exciting nightlife including the food truck round up. The next morning you we can arrange a day room for your flight home later that day or extend your stay for a couple extra nights.



m/s Paul Gauguin

Designed specifically to glide through the shallow seas of the South Pacific, The Gauguin is the flagship of Paul Gauguin Cruises and a small-ship cruiser’s dream. She delivers travelers to intimate ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships, all the while providing an onboard experience that is nothing short of luxurious. Guests aboard our luxury cruises enjoy spacious suites and staterooms (more than 70% with private balconies), an onboard watersports marina, three dining venues, an extensive spa, and five-star service. Life onboard also reflects the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands she calls upon, with a warm, friendly feel, informal setting, and even a beloved troupe of Gauguines and Gauguins—local Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers. Click here to learn more.


What is Included on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin Cruises is proud to offer an extraordinary value in luxury cruising, thanks to their all-inclusive pricing. Spend more time enjoying your cruise vacation and less time worrying about every little detail when it’s all been taken care of—from gourmet dining to onboard gratuities, and so much more.

When you travel on board The Gauguin, you’ll enjoy:

  • All shipboard meals, in your choice of venues

  • Complimentary 24-hour room service

  • Complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship

  • In-room refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water

  • All shipboard entertainment, including our troupe of Polynesian performers and live music in the evenings

  • Presentations by onboard experts, and select sailings feature guest hosts

  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards, dining and bar staff

  • Watersports, including complimentary kayaking and paddleboarding from our marina or destination beaches

  • Use of Paul Gauguin's secluded, white-sand beach in Bora Bora with bar service, volleyball, and snorkeling (on select voyages)

  • A day on our private islet, Motu Mahana, off the coast of Taha’a, featuring snorkeling, watersports, a barbecue, full bar service, and Polynesian hospitality

Dress Code:

Country Club Casual, or elegant resort wear, is appropriate dress for all evenings aboard The Gauguin. Country Club Casual consists of a dress, or skirt or slacks with a blouse or sweater for ladies, and slacks and collared shirts for gentleman. No ties are required at any time, although gentlemen may opt to wear a jacket to the Captain’s Welcome Reception. Please note that casual wear such as shorts, t-shirts, casual jeans (frayed and/or with holes), baseball caps, flip-flops, and Crocs are not considered appropriate after 6:00 p.m. in all restaurants and lounges. Bathrobes and bathing suits are not appropriate in the ship’s restaurants and lounges, and shirts and shoes are required in all public areas at all times.


Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols:

On a ship designed for a maximum of 332 passengers, you are assured to have plenty of social distancing opportunities. Paul Gauguin cruises will start sailing again July 2020. If you need a getaway, Tahiti would be a great solution!


Paul Gauguin Cruises will commence sailings in July, with two initial sailings for French Polynesian residents only and then they will welcome international travellers onboard. As part of welcoming travellers onboard you will see the following procedures taking place:

  • Luggage will pass through a disinfecting zone before being taken to your stateroom

  • Masks, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer will be provided to all travellers

  • A la Carte dining will be provided in all restaurants

  • Occupancy in public spaces such as fitness rooms and theater will be capped at 50%

  • All high touch surfaces will be disinfected hourly

You can be assured of a healthy and safe environment onboard the M/S Paul Gauguin.


Award Winning

Paul Gauguin Cruises has been honoured by notable names in the travel and lifestyle industry for their award-winning luxury voyages which some deem the world’s best cruises. Paul Gauguin Cruises is fortunate to be recognized for their top cruises including being voted “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” and “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line for Families” by the readers of Travel + Leisure. Paul Gauguin Cruises has also received exceptional cruise reviews and accolades from their guests who thank them for providing the best cruises in the world. Join us on Paul Gauguin and experience their award winning warm hospitality for yourself.


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