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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.

Dolphin Watching Expedition
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$129

Join American marine biologist Dr. Michael Poole, a dolphin and whale specialist in French Polynesia since 1987, or his assistant for this combination eco-tour and research expedition focusing on wild, free-ranging dolphins. Depart the pier aboard a covered boat for the scenic ride to Moorea's reef. Spinner dolphins, rough-tooth dolphins, and pilot whales can be seen around Moorea, with spinner dolphins regularly swimming inside the lagoon. Most often you will see schools of acrobatic spinner dolphins, while listening to informative commentary about their remarkable life and society at sea. Dolphins are found on 95% of the tours, but the engaging narrative and sheer magnificence of Moorea's coastline will ensure a rewarding time in any event. Guests visiting between July and early November may also have an opportunity to view humpback whales performing their annual mating and calving rituals. While viewing Moorea's dramatic beauty from the sea, you will also learn about French Polynesia's geology. Following your tour and time permitting, you may have an opportunity to go swimming or snorkeling directly from the boat before returning to the pier.

Please note: This tour is not a swim with the dolphins program, but during humpback whale season it is sometimes possible to snorkel near the whales. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. Operation of this tour is subject to guide availability.

Excursion Code:
MOO-1798
Eco Snorkeling Tour
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$125

You will be guided by a licensed instructor allowing you to relax and discover the most beautiful underwater Bora Bora sites. A detailed briefing includes specific information about each species encountered and pointed out to you by your guide. Submersible cards are also distributed to each participant, allowing fast and easy identification of the most commonly encountered species. This unique educational touris offered in several languages (French, English, and Japanese) and is an enjoyable way to learn about the marine environment. Perfect for everyone!

Please note: A wetsuit (shorty) is offered (and appreciated during the cooler season) and allows for better floatability. Covered boat is spacious enough to hold 10 persons comfortably, with padded benches and dry holds for guests’ belongings. Hot tea, Ice water and fresh fruits are served onboard.

Excursion Code:
BRB-5002
Ene'io Tongan Feast
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$59

Get to see Vava'u with its natural and beautiful adornments in the west side of the island.

You will travel through township to Tailulu College which is a scenic spot to view Mount Talau, some of the scattered islands, Port of Refuge. The Island Feast with Cultural Floorshow consists of avariety of local foods, international cuisines, local desserts and seasonal fruits highlighted by a group of locals performing traditional songs and dances. The lunch menu offers simple island foods, such as roast suckling pig, chicken, fish, lu pulu (corned beef cooked with young taro leaves and coconut cream), taro, kumara (Tongan sweet potatoes), and seasonal tropical fruits: papaya, watermelon, pineapple, and bananas. Transportation is by non-air-conditioned island bus and minivan which are not equipped with PA systems. Some roads are unpaved and rutted; the ride may be bumpy.

Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable flat-soled shoes and swimming/beach attire with a cover-up, along with clothing suited to the weather. Bring a towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent and a bottle of water. Due to the coral reef's proximity to the beach, guests are encouraged to swim with footwear (washable shoes or aqua socks). Swimming is ideal during high tide only.

Excursion Code:
VAV-3868
Exploration of Taha'a
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$79

Explore Taha'a's exquisite topography, ancient culture, and local economy during this scenic and memorable off-road tour.

Depart the pier in an off-road vehicle for the ride across one of Taha'a's highest mountains. Along the way, your guide will point out sights of interest, and a stop will be made at a scenic viewpoint to learn about the traditional uses of local plants and trees.

The island of Taha'a is often called Vanilla Island, and you will learn about this fragrant spice while visiting a small family plantation. Afterward, you will visit a small black pearl farm to learn how these treasures are cultivated and harvested. These small cottage industries represent a large part of this small island's economic structure.

During the return drive along the east coast of the island, your guide will entertain you with tales of island life and lore. Upon returning to the ship, a tender service to the Paul Gauguin's private island, Motu Mahana will be available throughout the day.

Please note: This tour involves travel over very rough roads, with steep ascents and descents. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests who suffer from motion sickness or vertigo, or guests with limited mobility. The itinerary may be modified depending on weather conditions. Guests must remain seated in the vehicle, as standing can be dangerous.

Excursion Code:
TAM-2486
Exploring the Papuan Customs & Traditions
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$99

Although a common language of Motu is spoken throughout the Papuan coastal villages, customs and traditions differ to the east and up the western coastlines. Experience this for yourself by visiting two different villages of Motuan origin.

The first, Tatana-a village toward the west and not too far from the city-is a more modern village because of its location and because traditional customs and values have largely vanished as the local people have adapted to Western influences. These are villagers who do not have any land for gardening and building houses, as their land was taken by the government. Their means of survival is fishing and employment in the city.

You'll also visit Barakauis, another Papuan village, approximately a 45-minute drive out of Port Moresby to the east. This is a true, traditional-style village. Although most of the houses are built on land, some houses built on stilts over the water remain from the devastation of a tidal wave that swept through the village several years ago. Although the houses may appear modern, the peaceful people here still follow and maintain their traditional values, beliefs, and practices, and depend on food from their gardens and fish from the sea to survive. Among their customs are bride price exchange, village feasts, compensation payments, and more. Enjoy a traditional welcome, witness traditional cultural performances, and more during your visit.

Please note: Tour routing and times are subject to change, depending on operational requirements, road conditions, and any unforeseen circumstances at the time of your visit. Transportation used may not be air conditioned and may not have a PA system and toilets. Walking surfaces will be rough in places-especially at Barakau village. Maximum distance walked will be no more than 164 feet (50 meters) except at Barakau village. Guides are not professionally trained but possess local knowledge.

Excursion Code:
POM-009
Fa'ati City Train
Duration:
1 Hour
Cost:
$20

A unique one hour tour in Tahiti and Papeete, this excursion fits perfectly in your schedule.

A journey by little road train with prerecorded commentary through different neighborhoods and streets of Pape'ete, the tour proposes the discovery of monuments, streets and follows the economic development of the Capital. The route follows the downtown outside roads, passes through the conventional road network, alternating with passages in enclosures such as Tahua Autonomy gardens on the seafront, the gardens of the Bishopric and the Chinese Temple. You will also discover the historic districts of Papeete as the neighborhood of Paofai, the Pouvana'a Oopaa Avenue, districts of Mama'o and Taunoa and the Catholic Mission area.

Excursion Code:
PPT-006
Fakarava Pinnacle Snorkel
Duration:
1.5 Hours
Cost:
$89

Experience the abundant marine life for which Fakarava is famous during this memorable snorkeling adventure.

Board your Zodiac® (or similar boat) for a 30-minute ride (each way) to the north pass in the lagoon. Your guide will give you safety instructions and information about the site before you enter the water from the boat.

You will then start your snorkeling experience around the coral head, where you will discover a wide variety of species. Fish common to the area include sharks and tropical fish, including groupers, parrot fish, triggerfish, and others.

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

Please note: This deepwater activity is recommended only for experienced, strong swimmers in good physical condition who are comfortable wearing snorkeling equipment. Lifevests will be available on the boat if needed. Although marine life is widely present in this region, sightings cannot be guaranteed, and tickets are non-refundable should sightings not occur. For your own safety and to help us preserve the environment, do not touch or step on the coral reef while snorkeling.

Excursion Code:
FAK-6735
Fast Paced Belvedere by E-Bike
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$60

Challenge yourself on this very active and fast paced guided tour to the Belvedere lookout point. You will start your tour by getting acquainted with your Moustache Mountain E-Bike. The bikes are easy to use with multiple gears that allow you to fully enjoy the roads of Moorea. In addition the electric motor will assist you when pedaling and the different settings will make even the less active guests feel like they can win Le Tour de France. Your tour will make one additional stop at the Agricultural High school where you can purchase refreshments and taste the local made jam. If your group is faster than average, an additional stop will be made at the archaeological site located near the road leading to Belvedere.

Excursion Code:
MOO-2233
Fiji's Culture & Heritage Tour
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$99

Visit Fiji's capital city, Suva - center of commerce and the seat of government. This guided drive tour will take you to see various iconic sites such as the President's Residence and nearby Albert Park (where Kingsford Smith landed his small aircraft on his epic flight from the United States to Australia in 1928) as well as Thurston Botanical Gardens. During the tour you will also see The Borron House (home of Fiji's greatest statesman Ratu Sukuna and for use only by foreign dignitaries). You will also have the opportunity to visit the Fiji Museum, Bilo Battery Historical Site and World War II Heritage Site. During World War II, the guns at Bilopeninsula lent a degree of comfort to the people in a time of uncertainty and fears of news of the Japanese invasion flashed across the Pacific. The guns once pointed out from the side of Bilopeninsula like twin fingers of death, down to the Bay of islands in Lamiand across Suva harbour to the capital. They were placed there to guard the passage in the reef leading to Suva harbor.

Please note: Tour involves moderate walking. Recommended dress code is shorts/skirts and a Polo or T-shirts, something cool. Bring along your camera for photos and some change for a stop at the Fiji Museum handicraft shop. There is one restroom stop during the tour.

Excursion Code:
SUV-13
Glass-Bottom Boat (Bora Bora)
Duration:
1.5 Hours
Cost:
$70

Discover Bora Bora's remarkable undersea beauty without getting wet during this glass-bottom boat adventure on Bora Bora's famous lagoon. Depart the pier in Vaitape aboard a glass-bottom boat to explore Bora Bora's world-famous marine life. Along the way, you will look through large glass windows that open onto a colorful world of parrotfish, butterfly fish, and an abundance of other inhabitants that thrive in the waters of this tropical paradise. A roof will provide you with protection from the sun and eliminate glare, enabling you to take home great photos of your visit.

As you journey out across this fabulous lagoon, your guide will inform you about the teeming marine life beneath your feet, as well as the visually-stunning ecosystem that exists above the waterline. These interesting facts will make each discovery all the more interesting and enhance your appreciation of Bora Bora's natural beauty.

Before heading back to the pier, a crewmember will dive under the boat to attract schools of fish for your viewing by feeding them right under the glass. Price is per person.

Excursion Code:
BRB-2155

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