Tahiti and The Society Islands (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Paul Gauguin Cruises
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

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.

Tahaa, French Polynesia
8:00 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.

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

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.

Moorea, French Polynesia
8:00 AM

Vibrant colors abound during the leisurely days in 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.

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.

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.

Tahiti and The Society Islands map

About the Ship

m/s Paul Gauguin
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.

What's Included


  • Roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco*

  • Roundtrip airport/pier transfers*

  • 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 our 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 (on select voyages)

  • *Unless pricing specifically states cruise-only. Included airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco is subject to availability. San Francisco airfare is applicable for flights to/from Papeete only.

About Us

Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the award-winning luxury cruise ship the m/s Paul Gauguin, which provides an exceptional cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia, the South Pacific, and Fiji. The m/s Paul Gauguin was built specifically to sail the waters of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific and is the longest continually operating year-round luxury cruise ship in this enchanting destination providing up-close, authentic experiences.

Insider Tip

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


At Paul Gauguin Cruises we care deeply about our guests, the destinations we explore, and the local people we meet on each of our adventures. We are dedicated to minimizing our environmental footprint and supporting local communities.

Cultural experts share their knowledge onboard through dynamic and entertaining lectures and presentations, and our troupe of cultural ambassadors, Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins, welcome guests to experience the local way of life.

We share French Polynesians’ deep respect for our vast blue oceans, and our commitment to eco-friendly operations guides our activities both on and off the ship. Our environmental efforts include recycling, iTV system, e-tickets program, fuel conservation, reducing waste, using environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies, energy conservation, water conservation, reduction of plastic bottles, and using biodegradable straws with drinks. We also purchase local fish and produce in the islands.

Through our partnership with Te mana o te moana, a South Pacific marine education and conservation foundation, we offer the Moana Explorer family program on summer and holiday sailings which invites guests to discover and value the natural wonders of this breathtaking part of the world through hands-on, interactive learning. And, on select voyages, celebrated marine biologists, oceanographers, and conservationists share their knowledge.

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    By: Marsha

    Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

    The tour guide was very knowledgeable and lovely to spend time with. We wouldn't have seen 25% of what we did if we tried it on our own.
    Travel Advisor:  Jeannie Sauleau

    We absolutely recommend Sincerely Paul

    By: Glo

    Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

    Sincerely Paul added a welcomed dimension to our time in England. Our guide was extremely professional. His shared knowledge added so much to our travels. We would definitely hire Sincerely Paul the next time we are in England
    Travel Advisor:  Tracey Shara

    Loved our guide!

    By: We three p

    Reviewed on: 24 Apr 2015

    Has great, knowledgeable, fun, and friendly guides and drivers!!! Awesome accommodations! We love London!
    Travel Advisor:  Peg Aikman

    Entirely satisfactory

    By: Grateful Traveller

    Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2015

    Tour guides well-informed, cars clean and well maintained, drivers courteous and competent
    Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee


    By: Sertom

    Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2017

    Sincerely Paul is a great tour service. Michael, the tour guide, was very professional and extremely well-versed in all of the sites. He related well to two teenagers. We loved the fact that this was a private tour.
    Travel Advisor:  Nathan Cripps


    By: kathy

    Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2017

    excellent and efficient
    Travel Advisor:  Lynne Adams

    Tours of Tower of London, Windsor Castle and city of Paris

    By: Khaki Lano

    Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2017

    The tour guides exceeeded our expectation. Extremely knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. We had our 4 teenagers with us, and really appreciated the education and history that was shared. They went over and above.
    Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee

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    By: Anonymous

    Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2017

    Very personable and knowledgeable. Very flexible, tailoring our agenda "on the fly" as they learned more about our interests. We had many wide ranging discussions on local history, culture, customs and how these all tied together. This significantly added to our experience.
    Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod