"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us."            

Tahiti - up close and personal

The m/s Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships can’t reach and effortlessly blending into the stunning natural beauty of the South Seas.

                                SHIP INFORMATION

Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis

7 million dollar renovation completed in 2012

Only 332 guests

Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5

All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies

Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1; one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market

All onboard gratuities included

Complimentary beverages, including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship

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

In-suite minibar replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water

State-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina

Onboard dive program

Onboard lecture program

Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining

Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request

WiFi hotspots throughout the ship

Complimentary 24-hour room service

Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available 

                           STATEROOMS AND SUITES

All oceanview staterooms and suites – 70% with private balconies. Features include temperature control, queen-size bed, (a limited number can be twin bed configuration), bathroom with full–size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, and more! There is one wheelchair accessible stateroom and select staterooms can accommodate three guests.

                        WATERSPORTS MARINA

Dive into the blue and come face to face with a colorful parade of marine life, from magnificent parrotfish and clownfish to stately sea turtles. Your first dive into crystal-clear waters will spoil you for anything else under the sun or the seven seas.

Watersports are a highlight of the Polynesian experience, and the m/s Paul Gauguin is constructed to take full advantage of these irresistible waters with accessibility to ports and adventures that other ships can't offer. The ship's small footprint enables it to navigate lagoons that larger ships would never dare to enter. And our retractable, onboard Watersports Marina brings you down to sea level, where you can hop aboard a windsurfer, launch a kayak, try waterskiing, snorkeling, or embark on our Zodiac for optional diving adventures.

Even if you've never been diving, you can take advantage of our onboard scuba lessons. The m/s Paul Gauguin is the only luxury ship in French Polynesia to offer PADI certification onboard for novice divers as well as classes at all levels, from snorkeling to advanced scuba diving techniques, supervised by our own staff of PADI dive masters. For the convenience of our guests, all necessary equipment, including an air compressor to refill scuba tanks, is onboard.

                             STAFF AND SERVICE

Personal service is a hallmark of the Paul Gauguin. You’ll know it as soon as you step aboard. With one crew member for every 1.5 guests, you’re assured the highest level of personal attention. The staff’s rigorous dedication to your comfort and well-being is gracefully expressed in a hundred thoughtful acts. The way the maitre d’ remembers your name or which table you prefer; the extra personal attention the dive master gives every participant in the ship’s onboard SCUBA program.;and the warmth of your stewardess’ smile as she places a perfect ripe mango in your fruit basket. Yet, surprisingly, the staff expects no gratuities. They are included in your cruise fare.

                         7-NIGHT CRUISE ITINERARY


Tahiti & Society Islands

Bora Bora • Moorea • Papeete • Raiatea • Taha'a

Paul Gauguin was inspired by them, Rogers & Hammerstein immortalized them in song, and James Mitchener wrote, “Anyone who has ever been there wants to go back.” Explore the verdant peaks, crystalline waters, and pristine beaches of these magnificent volcanic islands, from dolphin-watching on Moorea to snorkeling off Bora Bora. Discover the “Garden Island” of Huahine, with its lush rain forests and dramatic terrain, and experience the Polynesian antiquities of Raiatea. Then enjoy an unforgettable day on our own private motu (islet) off Taha’a.

A 7-night luxury cruise around beautiful French Polynesia and the Society Islands onboard award-winning small ship, the m/s Paul Gauguin.

Discover the unmatched beauty of these magnificent volcanic islands with their tranquil lagoons, turquoise seas, and pristine white sand beaches. This luxury cruise takes you from Papeete, the modern capital of Tahiti, to the stunning Society Islands, including Bora Bora, Moorea, and Raiatea.

The award-winning Paul Gauguin offers just 332 guests the ultimate Tahitian experience with all-inclusive pricing, luxury amenities, and unparalleled service. Superb on-board facilities include a choice of dining venues, onboard watersports marina, luxurious spa, and live evening entertainment. 

Day 1

Papeete, Tahiti

Fly to Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands. Embark Paul Gauguin.

Day 2

Raiatea, Society Islands

Explore Raiatea, the island that was once the cultural, religious, royal and political heart of Polynesia. Ancient Polynesians built maraes (temples) of stone to provide a physical space for the spirit of the gods to occupy during ritual ceremonies. Visit Taputapuatea, a national monument and the most important marae in the Society Islands.

Day 3

Motu Mahana, Society Islands

Motu Mahana, an islet adjacent to Taha'a, is an exclusive South Seas paradise for the use of Paul Gauguin guests, featuring white sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters, and gentle breezes. Spend a full day exploring this idyllic, isolated island, and relax with a delicious barbecue lunch and Polynesian entertainment featuring strolling musicians and singers.

Day 4

Bora Bora, Society Islands

Immediately recognizable by the basalt tombstone of 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 "first-born" because they thought it was the first island created after Raiatea.

Day 5

Bora Bora, Society Islands

Explore more of this magical isle on your own or on a choice of optional shore excursions. Choose from a jitney tour, a 4-wheel-drive safari, or a glass-bottom boat ride. Set sail before dinner, enjoying a relaxing evening on board.

Day 6

Moorea, Society Islands

Covered in an abundance of fresh fruits and flowers, spectacular mountain peaks, peaceful multi-hued lagoons, and palm-fringed beaches, Moorea's awesome beauty is unsurpassed. During your visit, you might wish to shop for local crafts, embark on a dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist, or try some of the local pineapples. An overnight here affords you two full days on Bora Bora's gorgeous sister island.

Day 7

Moorea - Tahiti, Society Islands

Explore more of this peaceful oasis. Perhaps trek on the 'Trails of the Ancients' or snorkel in one of the world's most beautiful lagoons. At the end of the afternoon, cruise back to Papeete.

Day 8


Spend the morning exploring Papeete before transferring to the airport for your flight home.


Society Islands & Tuamotus

10 night cruise  

Bora Bora • Huahine • Moorea • Papeete • Raiatea • Fakarava  • Rangiroa • Taha'a
Visit the gracious Society Islands, including Huahine, with its stunning crystalline lagoon. Next, call on Raiatea, an isle covered in lush green valleys and numerous waterfalls. The Tuamotu Archipelago awaits you next. Comprised of very low-lying atolls, none of the chain's many islets rise more than ten feet above sea level. Visit Rangiroa, home to the second-largest lagoon in the world. It is noted for its fantastic diving, so you may see rays, sharks, dolphins, and myriad small reef fish. Go on to call at legendary Bora Bora, Taha'a, and Moorea.

 Marquesas, Tuamotu & Society Islands

14 night cruise

Atuona (Hiva Oa) • Bora Bora • Fakarava • Hanavave (Fatu Hiva) • Huahine • Moorea • Papeete • Taha'a • Taiohae (Nuku Hiva) • Vaipaee (Ua Huka)

On this two-week cruise, you'll first call at the breathtaking isle of Bora Bora. Then it's on to the Tuamotu, specifically Fakarava, an atoll known for its pristine beaches, rare wildlife, and exceptional diving. Next, explore the mist-covered Marquesas, where you'll discover the islands of Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka, and Nuku Hiva. On these wild islands you'll find waterfalls, wild stallions, tiki sculptures, and an arboretum, among other delights. More enjoyment awaits on Taha'a's Motu Mahana, our own private motu, and a day at spectacular Moorea.

Holiday Cruises: Tahiti & Society Islands 

7 night cruise

Bora Bora  Raiatea  Taha'a  Moorea   Papeete  Tahiti 

Celebrate the holidays in luxury aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin with enhanced Society Islands and Tuamotu cruises over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Give “White Christmas” a new meaning by celebrating on the white sand beaches of the Society Islands and Tuamotu atolls. Perhaps you'll see Santa Claus - Père Noël to local children - traveling from island to island in his outrigger canoe. Or ring in the New Year on the South Seas with a champagne toast at midnight. These holiday cruises bring you the very best of French Polynesia during the most wonderful time of the year - summer in the South Pacific.

Other select cruises are available:

11 night Australs and Society Islands 
11 night Cook Islands and Society Islands
13 and 14 night Fiji and Cook Island

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