Marquesas, Tuamotus, and Society Islands (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Paul Gauguin Cruises
Ship: Paul Gauguin  |  54 Reviews
Papeete, French Polynesia to Papeete, French Polynesia
Dates: 20 Oct 2018 - 03 Nov 2018

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DAY 1
20 Oct 2018
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.

DAY 2
21 Oct 2018
Fakarava, French Polynesia
5:00 PM
DAY 3
22 Oct 2018
Fakarava, French Polynesia
5:00 PM

Before modern navigation, this region was known as the "Dangerous Archipelago" for its shallow passages. Today, that same characteristic makes Fakarava a diver's paradise. Those who prefer to stay on dry land can explore charming villages, ancient temples, and a 19th-century coral church.

DAY 4
23 Oct 2018
Day-at-Sea

Take a day to enjoy shipboard life: relax poolside, watch the South Pacific pass by, play some table tennis, or learn about our next port in the Reading Gallery.

DAY 5
24 Oct 2018
Fatu Hiva, Omoa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
8:00 AM 6:00 PM

The island of Fatu Hiva is best described as wild and spectacularly beautiful. The jungle greenery begins at the water's edge, with narrow ravines, deep gorges, and sheer cliffs that plunge straight down into the splashing surf.

DAY 6
25 Oct 2018
Hapatoni, French Polynesia
8:00 AM 6:00 PM

The smallest of the Marquesas archipelago at only 19 square miles, Tahuata is a leaf-shaped volcanic island that welcomes visitors with sheer cliffs, white-sand beaches, a charming seafront village with an ancient royal walkway, and a huge, Vatican-built Catholic church.

DAY 7
26 Oct 2018
Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
8:00 AM 6:00 PM

Hiva Oa is the second-largest island in the Marquesas, and location of significant historical and cultural sites. Painter Paul Gauguin is buried in the island's main town of Atuona, while the village of Puamau is where you'll find the largest stone sculptures in the Marquesas. In fact, they're considered relatives of the famous tikis of Necker Island, north of Hawaii, and Easter Island.

DAY 8
27 Oct 2018
Taiohae, French Polynesia
8:00 AM 6:00 PM

The island of Nuku Hiva is the governmental and economic center of the Marquesas. It's also stunningly beautiful, with three major bays on the south coast and similarly gorgeous inlets on the north coast. Witness Mother Nature at her best with an optional 4x4 excursion through the Taipivai Valley.

DAY 9
28 Oct 2018
Day-at-Sea
DAY 10
29 Oct 2018
Day-at-Sea

The next two days will be at sea, which affords you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the amenities and entertainment onboard The Gauguin, like the award-winning spa, casino, and lectures by onboard experts.

DAY 11
30 Oct 2018
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.

DAY 12
31 Oct 2018
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
11:00 PM

A bucket list destination for many, stunning Bora Bora welcomes you to explore 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.

DAY 13
01 Nov 2018
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 14
02 Nov 2018
Moorea, French Polynesia
8:00 AM 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 15
03 Nov 2018
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.

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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

Amenity dates are combinable with Paul Gauguin Cruises Group Program, but cannot be combined with cardholder offers, Two Week Sales, and cannot be booked by wholesalers. Some restrictions apply, call for details. Amenities must be requested at time of booking using the appropriate promotional codes. Paul Gauguin Society Members save an additional 5% off the applicable cruise fare paid, subject to availability. Group Program: Tour Credit value is earned with nine fully paid guests. The value is based on the average net cruise only fare, and calculated on the first and second guests in a suite. Agencies may earn up to four earned escort values. Qualified groups can receive an additional 5% savings on cruise fares.

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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
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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

Perfect!

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

fink/hourvardas

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