Cook Islands and Society Islands (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Paul Gauguin Cruises
Ship: Paul Gauguin  |  39 Reviews
Papeete, French Polynesia to Papeete, French Polynesia
Papeete, French Polynesia
11:55 PM

The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic atolls strewn across the grand Pacific Ocean, and the island of Tahiti is the largest of all 118. Explore the dynamic dining, nightlife, and shopping in the capital city of Papeete before embarking on The Gauguin.

Huahine, French Polynesia
8:00 AM 5:00 PM

Known as "The Garden Island", Huahine's lush rainforests and dramatic terrain surround sacred sites and legendary landmarks that are among the best-preserved archeological sites in French Polynesia. If Huahine's expansive lagoon is calling your name, enjoy a SCUBA diving excursion or picnic on the beach.


Spend the day enjoying The Gauguin's Polynesian ambiance: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps you'll take in a lecture by one of our special guests, and then reflect on your day over classic French cuisine at L'Etoile.

Aitutaki, Cook Islands
8:00 AM 6:00 PM

While the island of Aitutaki may be small, it's big on beauty, thanks to its coral reef-enclosed lagoon. Witness its splendor up-close with a leisurely beach visit. Don't forget to save time to venture into the village of Arutanga, where you'll find the oldest church in the Cooks, which dates from 1829.

Rarotonga, Cook Islands
9:00 AM 5:00 PM

Rugged Rarotonga is the most mountainous of all the Cook Islands, and time here is best spent exploring its natural beauty. Snorkel in Muri Lagoon, wander the lush Takitumu Conservation Area, or take a hike into the island's dense interior with Pa, a local naturalist.


The time you spend onboard The Gauguin offers endless opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment, whether that means sampling gourmet cuisine, indulging in a spa treatment, watching the sunset from a chaise lounge on the sun deck, or simply making the most of your in-room amenities.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia
8:00 AM
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
11:00 PM

A bucket list destination for many, stunning Bora Bora welcomes you for two full days of exploring lush peaks, white-sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, and romantic lagoons. Experience the natural beauty of the island with an optional snorkeling excursion, sunset jetboat ride, or a helicopter tour that flies you over Bora Bora's iconic Mount Otemanu. You can also spend time at our private beach which offers volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

Tahaa, French Polynesia
9:00 AM 5:00 PM

Embark on your choice of exciting shore excursions today, or spend your whole day relaxing on Motu Mahana, our very own private islet. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, or simply lounge on the beach with a chilled beverage from our floating bar. Les Gauguines will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment and demonstrate traditional Polynesian crafts. A delicious barbecue lunch is provided.

DAY 10
Moorea, French Polynesia
8:00 AM

Vibrant colors abound during two leisurely days in Moorea, everything from fresh fruits and flowers to multi-hued lagoons, and from spectacular mountain peaks to palm-fringed beaches. Shop for local handicrafts, embark on an optional dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist, and sample the local pineapples, said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia.

DAY 11
Moorea, French Polynesia
5:00 PM
Papeete, French Polynesia
7:30 PM

Vibrant colors abound on Moorea in everything from fresh fruits and flowers to multi-hued lagoons, and from spectacular mountain peaks to palm-fringed beaches. Shop for local handicrafts, embark on an optional dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist, and sample the local pineapples, said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia.

DAY 12
Papeete, French Polynesia

Tahiti's capital city of Papeete welcomes you back with emerald hillsides, sapphire waters, and warm breezes. If you're not ready for your South Pacific vacation to end, spend a few days here experiencing resorts, spas, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.

Cook Islands and Society Islands map

What's Included


  • FREE economy class air from Los Angeles included in cruise fare

    Accommodations on board

    Onboard meals and entertainment

    Complimentary beverages including select wines and spirits

    Soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship

    In-suite mini-bar replenished daily with soft drinks

    Beer and bottled water

    Use of Watersports Marina

    Butler service in categories B and above, including in-suite bar setup and SoundDock for iPod

    All gratuities included while on board

Not Included

  • Airfare

    Port charges

    Ground handling expenses & taxes

    Items of a personal nature, such as massage, spa or hairstyling

    Anything not noted as included

About Us

Owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., French Polynesia’s leading luxury hotel and cruise operator, Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the 5+-star cruise ship, the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a deluxe cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the South Pacific. Paul Gauguin Cruises accolades include being voted #2 in the category of “Top Small Cruise Lines” in the Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards and recognition on the publication’s 2016 “Gold List.”

Insider Tip

The Gauguin’s SCUBA diving excursions are designed for all levels of experience, and we are the only luxury ship in the French Polynesian islands to offer PADI certification onboard for novice divers.

Terms & Conditions

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Cruise fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, unless otherwise noted. Pricing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

Payment Terms: 20% deposit within 3 days to confirm reservation. Balance due via wire transfer, agency check, guest credit card (visa, Mastercard or American Express) 90 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Terms: Administrative fee of $100 per person for cancellation of deposited booking. This fee can be applied toward a Future Cruise Credit. The future cruise must be booked within 6 months of the initial booking cancellation date.

  • Cancel 120-91 days prior to departure: 10% cancellation charge of fare per person
  • Cancel 90-61 days prior to departure: 20% cancellation charge of fare per person
  • Cancel 60-31 days prior to departure: 50% cancellation charge of fare per person
  • Cancel 30-0 days prior to departure (or no-show): 100% cancellation charge of fare per person

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