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Shore Excursions

The opportunity to experience each destination in the most authentic, in-depth, and meaningful way is the very essence of luxury cruising with Paul Gauguin Cruises. Aboard our luxury vessel, you can choose from a wide array of shore excursions by land and sea that let you discover the dramatic beauty, rich history, and unique culture of your destination up close, in a small group.

To review your options, use the search function below, or view the individual itinerary of your choice through the “Plan Your Trip” online tool.

Shore Excursion Terms & Conditions

Please note that not all shore excursions are available on all sailings. Descriptions and pricing may vary.  Shore excursions will not be available for pre-booking until 60 days prior to sailing (with the exception of the Romantic Escapades excursions) and can be added to your booking via the "Manage your trip" online tool.  If you have questions please contact our Reservation Department at 1 (800) 848-6172 for assistance.

Once onboard, please refer to the tour descriptions for full details or consult with the Travel Concierge Team for further information.

ATV Tour of Huahine Nui
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$249

Transfer from the pier to Fare Maeva for an easy test drive on the ATV quads. Then start the exciting island exploration by discovering the coast of the Motu Maeva with its white sandy beaches, Marae Manunue (an ancient Polynesian temple). Stop for a refreshing coconut drink at chez 'Nini' before continuing for some snorkeling at the Sofitel Heiva's beach.

Afterwards the tour will take you past Fare Potee and Marae Rauhuru and the ancient Fish Traps in Lake Fauna Nui, and then onto the Sacred Eels at Faie before stopping at Belvedere for photo-opportunity of the Maroe Bay and the ship. The tour ends at Maroe Pier.

Please note: The tour is easy to moderate and the drive is partially off road driving and partially on paved roads. Not recommended for pregnant women, guests suffering from back & neck problems and children under 5 years old. Driving licence is mandatory and drivers must be a minimum of 18 years old. Please bring snorkel gear, beach towel, bottled water, sunglasses from the ship. Please wear your swim wear under clothing.

Excursion Code:
HHN-2024
ATV Tour of Iti 1:30 pm
Duration:
2.5 Hours
Cost:
$229

After an easy test drive, we will start our adventure by discovering the South island or the small island of Huahine by driving from the Maroe pier towards Tefarearii. Exit the main coastal road for a steep and exhilarating ascent following a path through the pine forest and fields to the Mount Pohue Rahi (462m). It offers sublime views of rolling mountains and the beautiful lagoon below. You will descent following the same path and to continue towards Parea viewpoint. Afterwards you will stop for a brief swim and snorkeling off Parea Beach followed by a visit of an ancient temple, Marae Aninii. Return to the pier.

Please note: The tour is strenuous and for experienced drivers only. Not recommended for pregnant women, guests suffering from back & neck problems and children under 5 years old. Driving licence is mandatory and drivers must be a minimum of 18 years old. Please bring snorkel gear, beach towel, bottled water, sunglasses from the ship. Please wear your swim wear under clothing.

Excursion Code:
HHN-2025
Balinese Arts & Crafts
Duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
$55

Depart the pier for the drive to villages producing arts and crafts; each of which centers around a particular type of art or craft. The first village you will visit is Batu Bulan Village, you will have a chance to admire the most popular Indonesian dance, the Magical Barong Dance. It is a story telling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil. This dance is the classic example of Balinese way of acting out mythology, so enjoy the myth and history being blended into one reality. You will proceed to the village of Kemenuh. Although the fine art of woodcarving was once reserved exclusively for royal families and religious purposes, you will be able to observe craftsmen turning slabs of wood into beautiful carvings during your visit. Your tour concludes with a visit to the village of Celuk Village, home of Silver and Gold Jewelers. The trade of silver and gold jeweler has become part of everyone's life in Celuk. Your last stop before returning to the pier is Tohpati Village, this village famous for Bali's Batik Wand Weaving Center. Batik is a traditional form of painting fabric. They painstakingly use dots and lines from wax to decorate the cloth. It is very impressive to watch. It would be impossible to visit or live in Indonesia and not be exposed to one of the country's most highly developed art forms, batik.

Please note: This tour not accessible for wheelchair or guest with walking difficulties. Bring bottled water from the ship. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for the tour.

Tour is offered on the day of disembarkation only. Cannot be prereserved, must be booked with the Travel Concierge onboard.

Excursion Code:
BOA-012
BBQ on Motu & Snorkeling
Duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
$129

Your boat will take you through the beautiful waters of Cook's and Opunohu Bays whilst enjoying the scenery of the north coast of Moorea. Arrive at the Stingray spot for a moment to swim with these graceful and elegant creatures. From here you will continue to the private motu where a BBQ lunch awaits you. Water, beer, sodas and soft drinks available with lunch. You will also see the preparation of Poisson Cru with Coconut Milk as well as demonstrations of Coconuts and Pareo tying. There will be time to swim, snorkel and enjoy the island.

Please note: Please bring your snorkel equipment, beach towel, sunscreen and sunglasses from the ship. Sunchairs are available on the motu and plenty of shade is provided by the trees. Restroom facilities on the motu.

Excursion Code:
MOO-6975
Beach Combing & Snorkeling
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$55

From Halaevalu Wharf, you will be travelling in non-air-conditioned 'island style' minivans to the beautiful Tongan Beach Resort, via the township of Neiafu, through picturesque little villages, and past a vanilla plantation, an important source of income for the island. You will have approximately two hours of free time to relax in the sun, swim and snorkel. There are a limited number of sun chairs and umbrellas available on the beach. The beach is part sand and part rocks. Resort services and activities are available at an additional cost.

Please note: Bring your snorkeling equipment from the ship, swimsuit, towel and reef/water shoes to wear while swimming as there's coral underfoot. Insect repellent is also recommended.

Excursion Code:
VAV-005
Black Pearl Farm
Duration:
1.5 Hours
Cost:
$39

Explore Rangiroa’s black pearl industry, learn about pearl cultivation, and shop for unset black pearls during this memorable visit to the Black Pearl Farm.

Depart the pier for a ride along Rangiroa’s main road, past the airport and on to the Black Pearl Farm. Most pearl farms are small-sized, and the number of workers at this farm is quite representative of the farms in this region.

Upon arrival at the farm, the staff will give you a brief lecture about the farming and production of black pearls. You will learn about the chronology and evolution of the industry, and how oysters are selected, grown, and then grafted for production. Following the lecture, you will proceed to the work sheds where oysters are sorted and cleaned, and watch a grafter at work as he skillfully plies his trade.

The highlight of the excursion will be an opportunity to view a selection of unset black pearls that are available for purchase. Here, your guide will show you the criteria for grading pearls in terms of quality. The shape and luster are very important. You will see the round, baroque, and semi-baroque pearls ranging in grades from C to A.

Following your visit, you will reboard your minivan for the return ride to the pier.

Please note: This tour is for guests who are interested in learning about pearl cultivation or for those shopping for unset black pearls. The prices are fixed; cash, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted. The Tuamotus are very remote islands. Although the guides used are the best available, they are not certified, and their command of English may be very poor. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.

Excursion Code:
RGI-1779
Blue Lagoon Escapade
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$1135

Experience the very best of Bora Bora’s lagoon during this scenic and memorable private boat tour.

Depart the pier on board the sporty 23-foot Jeanneu, Cap Camarat 715WA motorized boat. Ride around the island and stop to observe a stingray ballet. Snorkel in the majestic coral gardens. Visit the reef sharks, manta rays and much more. At the conclusion of your cruise, you will be transferred back to the pier.

Please note: The tour cost is per-boat, which can accommodate up to four guests. Select only one ticket. Wear your swimsuit under a cover up with aqua socks or similar, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a towel plus your snorkel gear from the ship. The boat has a sun top. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Alcoholic beverages will be served only after water activities are completed. This is not a Catamaran Sail.

Excursion Code:
BRB-6701
Blue Lagoon Tour
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$69

Enjoy the sights of Espiritu Santo's scenic countryside-as well as a pristine blue lagoon. Departing from the pier, you'll travel past seemingly endless coconut plantations and quaint villages en route to the lagoon, which is fed by freshwater springs. In these azure waters surrounded by rainforest, you'll find an inviting escape from the tropical heat. Steps leading down into the lagoon allow easy access to these shimmering waters. Your tour also includes a stop at the local copra dryer, for an informative presentation outlining the many uses of copra and the methods used to produce this remarkable coconut product.

Please note: Changing facilities are available at the Lagoon. Bring your swimwear and towel in case you wish to go swimming. Refreshments and souvenirs are available for purchase.

Excursion Code:
SNT-010
Bonegi Beach & Snorkel Tour
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$69

Enjoy a half-day tour which allows you to snorkel at one of the top sites while visiting Guadalcanal Island! After a short, leisurely 15-minute drive through the colorful villages on Guadalcanal Island, you'll arrive at Bonegi Beach. Upon arrival, you'll be treated to a fresh coconut drink before receiving your snorkel equipment and safety instructions. Although Bonegi Beach is known as a popular dive spot due to many military relics, sunken battleships and the more recent famous wreck of the Discoverer cruise ship which ran aground in 2001, the clear, warm waters here are home to a variety of marine life including trevally, lion fish, giant clams, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and barracudas.

Please note: It is recommended to wear comfortable, flat-soled shoes, clothing suitable for weather conditions, a hat, sunscreen and bring bottled water. Please wear swimsuits or swimsuits underneath your clothes as there are no toilet or shower facilities on site. Please bring snorkel gear from the ship. Swimmers are encouraged to wear foot protection (reef shoes) upon entering/exiting the water. Buses used for transportation may not be air-conditioned.

Excursion Code:
HIR-004
Bora Bora Island Tour by "Le Truck"
Duration:
2.5 Hours
Cost:
$49

Explore the island paradise of Bora Bora during this scenic orientation tour via Le Truck. Depart the pier aboard a Le Truck. First, you will drive through the district of Fa'anui. Along the way, you will pass by small villages and fields that offer a glimpse into the everyday life of the people of Bora Bora. A brief stop will be made at Fa'anui Bay for photographs of Mounts Otemanu and Pahia. Your drive will continue on to the ancient ceremonial site of Fa'anui Marae, followed by a look at the bunkers constructed by American GIs during WWII. Next, a stop will be made at Mama Edna's to sample such local delicacies as breadfruit, poe mixed with coconut milk (not marinated), taro and tropical fruit. You will also have an opportunity to buy some local, hand-painted pareus. From a lookout point, you will see Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora's highest peak, which stands as a silent sentinel over the Pearl of the Pacific. You will then pass by Bora Bora's Club Med Village before reaching sandy Matira Beach. A stop will be made here to take in splendid vistas and photo opportunities before driving back to Vaitape. On occasion, an air-conditioned bus may replace Le Truck.

Please note: Le Truck is an open-air vehicle resembling a windowless bus. Be prepared for a bumpy ride during part of this island tour.

Excursion Code:
BRB-1608

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