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Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Balcony Stateroom
Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Balcony Stateroom
Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Cruise
Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Cruise
Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Cruise Pool
Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Cruise Pool
Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Cruise La Palette Bar Lounge
Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Cruise La Palette Bar Lounge
Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Sunset
Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Sunset
Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Watersports Plarform
Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Watersports Plarform
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SEE THE ISLANDS OF TAHITI

Discover the enchanting islands of Tahiti from a unique perspective onboard the luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin. Purpose-built to sail the region’s shallow waters, she visits small ports inaccessible by larger ships unveiling a hidden beauty missed by many. Elegant yet relaxed, life onboard reflects the laidback luxury of the islands you’ll visit. There’s no packing and unpacking, no early starts or waiting at airports… and with 217 crew members tending to just 332 passengers, service levels are second to none.

Be lulled by the rhythm of the ocean in the spacious and beautifully appointed suites; each commands an ocean view, and most have private balconies – an idyllic place to watch the ever-changing vistas and captivating sunsets with an exotic cocktail. As their names suggest, Window Staterooms feature large picture windows, Balcony Staterooms enjoy a private balcony, Veranda Staterooms and Suites are larger and higher whilst the two Grand Suites have wraparound balconies to make the most of the wonderful ocean views. For the ultimate in space and exclusivity, opt for one of the two Owner’s Suites – your luxury apartment at sea! All suites boast a full-size bathtub and shower, and the higher categories benefit from wonderful butler service.

Dining is varied, exquisite and deliciously fresh… you’ll see the executive chef in the market in port most days! Indulge in the elegance of L’Etoile, the refined ambience of La Veranda with its al fresco seating and divine creations from the hands of Jean-Pierre Vigato – chef at Michelin-starred Apicius in Paris, and the Polynesian dishes at casual and relaxed Le Grill. Enjoy a drink on deck at La Palette as the salt-kissed sea breeze cools you under the starlit sky, or head to the Piano Bar for fabulous live entertainment.

Fascinating insights from onboard naturalists and guest lecturers enthral, with topics ranging from the cultural history of the islands to the wonders of the deep. World-famous oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau regularly joins sailings to deliver compelling lectures and to accompany dives from the ship. In the evenings, the legendary Polynesian hospitality is brought to life by the entertaining ‘Les Gauguines’ through thrilling dance and music performances.

The ship’s retractable watersports platform allows guests to explore the ocean by kayak, paddleboard or windsurfer with ease. Experience Tahiti’s underwater world with the onboard SCUBA certification program – the only one of its kind on French Polynesian luxury cruises, or head for terra firma and choose from a vast array of shore excursions…definitely something for everyone! A highlight has to be a day at Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ idyllic private island off the coast of Taha’a.

Cruise options

There are a variety of cruises to choose from with Paul Gauguin - and our favourite 7 night 'Tahiti & The Society Islands' cruise is detailed below, but you also have these magnificent journeys to tempt you: 

  • Society Islands & Tahiti Iti - 7 nights
  • Society Islands & Tuamotus - 10 nights
  • Cook Islands & Society Islands - 11 nights
  • Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands - 14 nights

7 Night Tahiti & The Society Islands itinerary

  • Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Cruise

    Day 1 Depart Papeete

    Set sail from Papeete in the early evening, Huahine bound. Embarkation begins at 2pm, and you’ll have plenty of time to settle into your cabin before the ship leaves the port.

     

  • Day 2 Huahine

    With its lush and rugged terrain, Huahine is known as the ‘Garden Island’. Discover some of the region’s best-preserved archaeological sites or simply relax on the beach and snorkel in the turquoise lagoon.

     

  • Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Sunset

    Day 3 Taha’a

    Revel in barefoot luxury on Motu Mahana, your private islet off the coast of Taha’a. Swim in the crystalline waters, grab a snorkel and explore the underwater world, relax beneath a swaying palm tree and indulge in a delicious BBQ on the beach.

     

  • Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Watersports Plarform

    Days 4 - 5 Bora Bora

    Bora Bora’s regal peak, Mt Otemanu, rises from the lush island and gazes down on the out-of-this-world turquoise lagoon below. Choose from an array of activities on land and sea including an island tour on Le Truck, a trip on a glass-bottom boat, a heli flight with views to take your breath away, a jet boat tour of the lagoon or an underwater walk! You can even opt to spend the night in an overwater bungalow at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

  • Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Cruise Pool

    Days 6 - 7 Moorea

    With deep cut bays, lush mountains and beautiful palm-fringed beaches, Moorea is one French Polynesia’s most scenically impressive islands. Join a dolphin-watching cruise with a marine biologist, explore the island’s stunning landscape, savour the best pineapple you’ll ever taste, or delve into the aquamarine lagoon with a snorkel and mask and watch the fascinating world beneath the surface. Late in the day, head back to Papeete and dock overnight.

  • Paul Gauguin Cruising - Tahiti - Cruise La Palette Bar Lounge

    Day 8 Papeete

    Disembark and bid farewell to m/s Paul Gauguin and your fellow sailors. But this doesn’t need to be the end of your Tahitian journey… head to a paradise island or two for more Tahitian bliss. Perhaps return to Bora Bora, hop over to Taha’a or fulfil Robinson Crusoe dreams in the low-lying Tuamotus.

  • Take me there

    Prices from £2,795 per person based on two sharing a Window Stateroom on a 7 night cruise around the Society Islands, including all meals, selected wine, beer and soft drinks and some watersports. Excursions and international flights are additional.

Island of the month: Mauritius

Mauritius isn’t just an island to enjoy a luxury hotel with soft, white sandy shores and delicious locally grown food with tip-top service. It’s also an island to explore and find exhilarating activities such as hiking, zip-lining and horse riding, as well as helicopter tours and swimming to a waterfall.

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Island of the month: Mauritius

Mauritius isn’t just an island to enjoy a luxury hotel with soft, white sandy shores and delicious locally grown food with tip-top service. It’s also an island to explore and find exhilarating activities such as hiking, zip-lining and horse riding, as well as helicopter tours and swimming to a waterfall.