Cook Islands & Society Islands

May 26 - June 6, 2018
m/s Paul Gauguin
Cook Islands & Society Islands
11–night Cruise
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Itinerary

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DatePortArrival TimeDeparture
Saturday – May 26, 2018Papeete, Tahiti, Society IslandsEmbarkation begins at 3:00 pm11:55 pm
Sunday – May 27, 2018Huahine, Society Islands8:00 am5:00 pm
Monday – May 28, 2018Sea Day
Tuesday – May 29, 2018Aitutaki, Cook Islands8:00 am6:00 pm
Wednesday – May 30, 2018Rarotonga, Cook Islands9:00 am5:00 pm
Thursday – May 31, 2018Sea Day
Friday – June 1, 2018Bora Bora, Society Islands8:00 am
Saturday – June 2, 2018Bora Bora, Society Islands11:00 pm
Sunday – June 3, 2018Taha'a, Society Islands9:00 am5:00 pm
Monday – June 4, 2018Moorea, Society Islands8:00 am
Tuesday – June 5, 2018Moorea, Society Islands5:00 pm
Tuesday – June 5, 2018Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands7:30 pm
Wednesday – June 6, 2018Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands8:00 am
  • Bora Bora
Day 1 – Embark the m/s Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

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
Day 2 – Huahine, Society Islands

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 3 – At Sea

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.

Day 4 – Aitutaki, Cook Islands

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.

Day 5 – Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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 Takitumi Conservation Area, or take a hike into the island’s dense interior with Pa, a local naturalist. 

Day 6 – At Sea

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
Day 7 & 8 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

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.

  • Taha'a
Day 9 – Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands

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. 

  • Complimentary snorkel gear is available to all guests onboard the m/v Tere Moana
Day 10 – Moorea, Society Islands

Vibrant colors abound during two 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. 

  • Discover exotic luxury, including black pearls, as a guest on the m/v Tere Moana cruise ship.
Day 11 – Moorea, Society Islands / Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

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. 

  • Les Gauguines
Day 12 – Disembark in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

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.