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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 for 2017 pricing. 2018 pricing is subject to change and will be made available in November of 2017.

Shore Excursion Terms & Conditions

Please note that not all shore excursions are available on all sailings. Descriptions and pricing may vary.  Pricing for 2017 is shown below, while 2018 prices will be made available in November of 2017. Shore excursions will not be available for pre-booking until approximately 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.

Glass-Bottom Boat (Rangiroa)
Duration:
1 Hour
Cost:
$65

Get acquainted with the coral gardens and tropical fish of Rangiroa during this scenic glass-bottom boat tour.

Depart the pier aboard a glass-bottom boat, then slowly float over the huge coral heads that cluster in shallow areas inside the Tiputa Channel. Along the way, you will see a colorful world full of parrot fish, butterfly fish, and surgeon fish through the large windows. You may also encounter black-tipped sharks, and catch a glimpse of the majestic Napoleon fish.

During the tour, your Polynesian boat crew will attract the fish directly under the glass panels to make it easy for you to observe and photography them. A cover will provide protection from the sun and eliminate glare, enabling you to take home great photographs.

Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier.

Please note: This is not a snorkeling tour. This tour takes place at Motu Nui Nui. Marine life is widely present in this region; however, sightings cannot be guaranteed and tickets are non-refundable should a sighting not occur. The Tuamotu's 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 is greatly appreciated.

Excursion Code:
RGI-1778
Half Day to Teahatea Beach
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$120

Depart the ship by small local boats across the beautiful UNESCO biosphere reserve of Fakarava to the white sand beach of Teahatea just after the Garuae Pass. The boat is (8m) 50 long, special for excursions. It is equipped with all safety equipment and with a covered top and sides. The boat ride takes approximately 30 minutes depending on the weather conditions. You will have 2-2 ½ hours of free time to relax on the beach, enjoy a swim in the crystal clear lagoon or go snorkeling. Iced coconuts will be offered to you directly on the white sand beach and refreshments (fresh fruit juices, ice tea, and water) will be served. You can relax and enjoy the tranquility of this heavenly site.

Please note: The boat ride maybe bumpy and rough depending on the sea conditions. No facilities are available on the beaches: no restroom, nor beach chairs or umbrellas. Bring your snorkeling gear, provided by the ship, along with a towel and sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses. The excursion is weather dependant, and the beach may be substituted with a different one.

Tour price in 2018 will be $126

Excursion Code:
FAK-6737
Hapatoni Discovery
Duration:
2.5 Hours
Cost:
$129

Discover the charm of the Marquesan wilderness on a visit to the island of Tahuata, accompanied by your onboard lecturer in anthropology and archaeology. Boarding an all-terrain vehicle in the village of Hapatoni, you will make your way to the village of Vaitahu, where you will learn about the island’s history during a visit the small museum located at city hall. You’ll also visit the old church enroute to a spectacular scenic lookout, where you will be surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks piercing the sky. Continue your exploration of the stunning landscape and quaint villages of Tahuata during this introduction to the beauty that is so characteristic of the Marquesas.

Please note: As this tour involves travel over uneven terrain, it is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems. This tour involves very little walking. Guests are encouraged to wear insect repellent to ward off small beach mosquitoes (nonos). Each vehicle will accommodate four guests. Although the drivers used are the best available, they are not guides, and their command of English is poor. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.

Excursion Code:
HPT-2070
Huahine Iti by 4x4
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$89

The island equivalent to the Garden of Eden, Huahine Iti is an immense tropical jungle thriving with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Beyond its lush landscapes and bright blooms, Huahine is also a culturally preserved sanctuary with sacred temples hidden throughout dense vegetation. This tranquil paradise will seduce you with her whitesand beaches of Avea Bay, coral islets dotting an azure blue lagoon and luxurious mountains covered with magnificent foliage making her an idyllic garden paradise. It is covered with plantations and a wealth of beautiful plants, fruits and flowers and is also home to one of the most amazing white sand beaches in French Polynesia.

During this 4x4 tour you will be introduced to Huahine Iti, the more sensual and smaller of Huahine's two islands. There will be numerous stops along the way for panoramic views across the island, the bays and the surrounding lagoon and motus of Topati's and Murimahora. Visits to a vanilla and tropical fruit plantation and to the Marae Anini are included. A brief stop at a beach in Avea Bay is included for a dip in the lagoon and for refreshments (choice of soda, fruit juice or beer). Continue the tour 'off-road' into the Parea Valley for a drive over bumpy road through lush jungle before returning to the pier in Maroe.

Please note: Although the off-road vehicle will remain on the main road for most of the drive, this tour also involves travel over rough non-paved roads. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems or guests with limited mobility. Order of visits may be reversed and itinerary amended depending on weather conditions. Please bring cash as there will be an opportunity to buy vanilla and additional refreshments on the beach. Please wear/bring your swimwear and beach towel should you wish to have a swim at the beach.

Tour price in 2018 will be $95

Excursion Code:
HHN-6226
Huahine Nui Safari & Snorkeling
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$89

Discover the beauty of Huahine on this 4x4 tour of the island. Depart the pier by off-road vehicle for the drive to Huahine Nui. Stop at the "Bellevue" View Point and capture beautiful photos of Maroe Bay and the m/s Paul Gauguin. Visit the village of Faie, and the sacred blue-eyed eels who reside there. Next, take a short Polynesian outrigger canoe trip to visit, "Huahine Pearl Farm and Pottery" where you will learn the secrets of the black pearl and see Polynesian pottery made with a glaze found at the bottom of the lagoon while pearl farming. The pottery is available for purchase. At the pearl farm, you will have the option of snorkeling at the coral garden, and refreshments will be served during the visit. The water is accessible by a ladder, and snorkeling is recommended for beginner and experienced snorkelers alike. Continue on to Maeva, the island's most important marae (archaeological site). Drive along Lake Fauna Nui and see the ancient fish traps, restored by the local archaeologists and still in use today before returning via scenic road to the pier. On the way back, you will pass through the village of Fare, the main village of Huahine.

Please note: Although the off-road vehicle will remain on the main road for most of the drive, this tour also involves travel over non-paved roads with steep ascents and descents. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests who suffer from vertigo or motion sickness, or guests with limited mobility. Order of visits may be reversed and itinerary amended depending on weather conditions.

Tour price in 2018 will be $95

Excursion Code:
HHN-6225
Island Drive & Belvedere
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$45

Explore Moorea's exquisite beauty and day-to-day Polynesian lifestyle during this scenic orientation drive around the island. Depart the pier for a scenic and relaxing drive around Moorea. The distance around this idyllic island is approximately 38 miles (62 kilometers), and your ride offers many spectacular sites and photo opportunities. You will ride past pineapple fields and visit an ancient Tahitian stone temple, or marae, en route to Belvedere. At the summit, take in magnificent views of Cook's Bay, Opunohu Bay, and Mt. Rotui. Your ride continues on through the village of Papetoai and past the nearby tombs of the first missionaries. Your coach will return to the pier via the other side of the island. Along the way, you will passthrough the districts of Haapiti and Afareitu, then make a photo stop at the Ia Ora lookout point before arriving at the pier. And enjoy your guide's commentary about the daily lives of the Polynesian island residents all along the way.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Limited restroom stops. This tour is not recommended for guests who suffer from motion sickness. The guides commentary features information pertaining to daily living in Moorea; but does not include historical, cultural, or political facts or details.

Tour price in 2018 will be $49

Excursion Code:
MOO-1794
Island Tour and Snorkeling (per boat)
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$795

Experience the beauty of Huahine from above and below the water during this snorkeling and cruise adventure. Depart the pier by private boat and discover the beauty of Huahine as you cruise around the island. Along the way, you will stop to visit a black pearl farm and learn about the creation and the beauty of these famous Tahitian gems. You will then continue your cruise to a beautiful coral garden, where you will don your snorkeling equipment and enter the water for up-close views of the amazing and colorful marine life that frequents the reef. Enjoy refreshments on your ride back to the pier.

Please note: The cost of this tour is per boat, which can accommodate up to four guests. When requesting online, please select only one ticket per boat. Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit under a cover up, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, and to bring a towel from the ship. Snorkeling equipment, fins, and life vests are available at the ship’s onboard watersports marina.

Tour price in 2018 will be $835

Excursion Code:
HHN-2021
Island Tour by Waverunner
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$249

Experience Huahine's wild beauty in an exciting new wayduring this fun-filled waverunner adventure. Depart the pier and transfer to the launching point in Fare, Huahine's main village. After your guide gives you safety and riding instructions, you'll enjoy a waverunner ride of about an hour in the lagoon, admiring Huahine's magnificent landscape from the perspective of the water. You'll also have time to stop for a swim before returning to the waverunner launching point for your transfer back to the pier.

Please note: Operation of this tour is dependent upon weather and water conditions. This tour is priced per wave-runner, which will accommodate two average-sized adults. When requesting online, please select only one ticket per waverunner. Participants must wear the life jacket provided, remain in line, and follow thirty yards behind the waverunner in front of them. The minimum age for participating in this tour is 15 years old to drive and 5 years old to ride as a passenger (depending on weather conditions). Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, and sunglasses, and to bring a towel from the ship. Each waverunner has a small storage compartment.

Tour price in 2018 will be $265

Excursion Code:
HHN-2020
Lagoon Cruise & Snorkeling
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$105

- Experience Huahine's beautiful lagoon and landscapes on this boat cruise and snorkeling excursion. Depart the pier by outrigger canoe (motorized). Upon arrival to the snorkeling spot you will receive safety and snorkeling instructions before entering the water with abundant fish, coral and marine life. Sample coconuts, fresh season fruits and refreshments. Transfer back to the pier.

Please note: The tour is recommended for experienced snorkelers who are comfortable entering the lagoon directly from the boat, and snorkeling in deep water where currents are common. Snorkeling equipment, fins and life vests are available at the Marina from the ship. The boat capacity depends on the group size.

Tour price in 2018 will be $109

Excursion Code:
HHN-2026
Lagoon Cruise with Beach Break
Duration:
6 Hours
Cost:
$159

Aitutaki's deep-blue lagoon is considered to be one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world. Part volcanic and part atoll, the island's geographical structure makes this lagoon unique. This tour gives you the opportunity to experience the best Aitutaki has to offer in the short time available during your visit.

Board your boat (types and sizes vary) and cruise through the lagoon, visiting offshore motus. At One Foot Island, you'll stop for a lunch of barbequed fish, salads, and fresh fruit. After lunch, enjoy approximately 2 hours to relax or snorkel.

Please note: Wear your swimsuit under a cover up and reef shoes, protect yourself from the sun, and bring snorkeling equipment and a towel from the ship. This boat tour involves a wet landing. There is a cash bar on the island for those who wish to purchase beverages. Guests wishing to obtain a One Foot Island stamp should bring their passports with them. There is a fee of USD $2 for the stamp.

Tour price in 2018 will be $166

Excursion Code:
AIT-6772

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