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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.

Kakabona Village Cultural Tour
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$89

Gain a firsthand experience of traditional daily life in a Solomon Islands village and of the islands' unique culture on this guided Kakabona Village Cultural Tour. From the ship, you'll board a vehicle for a 15-minute ride to Kakabona Village, where you'll be greeted with fresh coconuts. Then, witness the village's traditional setting; learn how meals are prepared on hot stones; enjoy demonstrations of coconut husking, fire building, and home building; and discover just why it is that the local people have remained content with their simple lifestyle for generations. You will be returned to the ship at the end of your tour.

Please note: Comfortable shoes recommended. Please bring a bottle of water from the ship.

Excursion Code:
HIR-003
Komodo Trekking Tour
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$89

Enjoy a short trek on Komodo Island, one of the 17,508 islands that make up the Republic of Indonesia. The highlight of this trip is seeing Komodo Dragons. These relatives of the dinosaur are the biggest reptiles on Earth today, reaching lengths of over 10 feet (3 meters) and weights of more than 275 lbs. (125kg). After disembarking the ship's tender, you will walk to the Tamarind Woods rangers' station, where you will have a short briefing. Then, keep an eye open for these dappled giants as you approach Banuggulung, a former Komodo feeding ground, in the company of an expert guide who will provide further insight into the life of these unique and fascinating creatures. At the end of your trek, you will be returned to the rangers' station, where you will have time to browse for souvenirs from local villagers before being transferred back to the ship.

The earliest stories of a dragon existing in the region circulated widely and attracted considerable attention. No one visited the island to check the story until official interest was sparked in the early 1910s by stories from Dutch sailors based in Flores about a mysterious creature allegedly described as a "dragon" that spat fire. In 1915, the Dutch government placed the dragon on the list of protected species. More recently (November 2011), Komodo was named to the controversial list of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Please note: The number of rangers in the national park and on the island is limited, so for safety and security reasons, all guests wishing to join this excursion are required to book it in advance. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and do not wear or carry any RED items or clothing on Komodo Island. Guests with fresh wounds or who are menstruating are advised to stay on board the ship. Because the terrain on Komodo is rough and uneven, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Do not attempt to feed the dragons.

Excursion Code:
KMO-001
Lagoon Cruise & Polynesian Feast
Duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
$199

Lagoon tour of Bora Bora in a traditional outrigger canoe (motorized), with ukulele animation and narration on culture, history and nature of Bora Bora. The lagoon tour includes three stops. The first one is for snorkeling in a coral garden, where visitors can discover many different colorful fish, corals, and many other inhabitants of a wonderful natural ecosystem. The guide accompanies the visitors in the water. The second stop is the visit of the stingrays in shallow water. These rays are tamed since more than 20 years. The approach is gentle and respectful, keeping in mind preservation of nature. The last stop is on the ocean side, for the observation of black tip reef sharks. After the morning of snorkelling, Polynesian feast is served on a private island (motu). Lunch is cooked in a traditional earth oven made with volcanic rocks, and covered by banana leaves. The guests watch the opening of the oven, and listen to the explanations of the guide. The table is set in the lagoon, with an umbrella to protect guests from the sun. On the menu: suckling pig, chicken with local spinach, manioc, plantain bananas, bread fruit, raw fish salad with coconut milk, and finally a traditional dessert made with bananas and vanilla, as well as fresh tropical fruits. Alternatively the Polynesian lunch can be replaced by a BBQ: fish, chicken, spiny lobster (subject to availability), polynesian vegetables, raw fish salad with coconut milk, tropical fruits. The lunch comes with a good bottle of Moët and Chandon champagne, or red/white wine depending on the guests' preference.

Please note: For great memories, the underwater camera is recommended. Please wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with reef shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring a towel and your snorkel equipment from the ship.

Excursion Code:
BRB-1602
Lagoon Cruise & Snorkeling
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$105

Experience Huahine's beautiful lagoon, landscapes, and white-sand beaches during this lagoon cruise and snorkeling sojourn.

Please note: This tour is recommended for experienced snorkelers who are comfortable entering the lagoon directly from the boat and snorkeling in deep water where ocean currents are common.

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.

Excursion Code:
AIT-6772
Lagoon Discovery with Snorkeling
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$99

Experience the beauty of Cook's and Opunohu Bays from above and below the water during this snorkeling and beach adventure aboard a modern covered boat. Depart the pier aboard a comfortable and modern boat featuring covered areas designed to protect you from the direct rays of the sun. As you cruise along these majestic bays, your captain will inform you about the legends, geography, and flora and fauna of Moorea.

Next, you will continue on to a gorgeous sandy islet surrounded by transparent turquoise waters that are shallow enough to walk comfortably in the sea. Upon arrival, you will have a rare opportunity to feed the awaiting rays; they will gracefully glide around you in exchange for a piece of fish.

Your tour will conclude with a stop at another uninhabited islet nearby. Here, you will be served refreshments and have an opportunity to explore the beach and swim. You will also be invited to go snorkeling in water 6-10 feet (2-3 meters) deep. Snorkeling is performed in the shallow waters off the boat, providing an excellent opportunity for both experienced snorkelers and beginners. The boat's ladders extend deep into the water, making it easy to embark and disembark the craft.

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

Please note: This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests must be comfortable wearing the snorkeling equipment provided for this tour. The snorkeling locations selected may vary depending upon lagoon conditions that include current and visibility. Wear a swimsuit under a cover up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a towel as well as your snorkel gear from the ship.

Excursion Code:
MOO-2235
Lagoon Excursion with Maohi Nui
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$109

Lagoon tour of Bora Bora in a traditional outrigger canoe (motorized), with ukulele animation and narration on culture, history and nature of Bora Bora. Leaves and flowers decorate the canoe and protect the visitors from the sun. In case of rain, raincoats are also at one's disposal. To enhance comfort, cushions cover the wooden seats. The guides have a long and rich experience as boat captains, guides and musicians. The lagoon tour includes three stops. The first one is for snorkeling in a coral garden, where visitors can discover many different colorful fish, corals, and many other inhabitants of a wonderful natural ecosystem. The guide accompanies the visitors in the water. The second stop is the visit of the stingrays in shallow water. These rays are tamed since more than 20 years. The approach is gentle and respectful, keeping in mind preservation of nature. The last stop is on the ocean side, for the observation of black tip reef sharks.

Please note: For great memories, the underwater camera is recommended. Please wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with reef shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring a towel and your snorkel equipment from the ship.

Excursion Code:
BRB-1603
Lagoonarium - Open-Air Aquarium Snorkeling Experience
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$105

Experience Bora Bora’s fascinating marine life from up-close during this unique snorkeling safari in an open-air aquarium.

Depart the pier in Vaitape aboard an outrigger canoe for a scenic ride that circumnavigates the Bora Bora lagoon (weather permitting). You will then continue on to the Lagoonarium, which offers an abundance of marine life and a beach with a beautiful view of the island. Upon arrival, enjoy an opportunity to swim in separate enclosed areas.

During your visit, you will also participate in up-close encounters with marine life, including sharks, rays, jack fish, turtles, parrot fish, and more. Snorkeling begins from the beach in shallow water ranging in depth from 3-10 feet and is suitable for beginners and experienced snorkelers. Your local guides will show you how to carefully approach the marine life during this incredible underwater experience.

After your time in the water, you will be served fresh fruit and spend some time relaxing on the beach before heading back to the pier.

Please note: Because the outrigger canoes are uncovered, the ride can be extremely sunny or wet from spray or rain. Guests exiting the canoe must use the ladder on the south side and walk in shallow water back to the beach. A small souvenir shop is available on the island, and all purchases are cash only; U.S. dollars or Pacific Francs are accepted here. Changing facilities, a sitting area, and restrooms are also available. Wear reef shoes and a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition.

Excursion Code:
BRB-1605
Mataram Highlights
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$85

Your Mataram city tour starts with a visit to Lingsar, a large temple complex built in 1714. This is the most important temple on the island for the Balinese and for the local Sasak people who adhere to Wetu Telu Islam. Not to be outdone, the Hindu temple lies in the northern section and is higher than the Wetu Telu temple. Its fountain contains fish that are believed to appear only when a person's wish is going to be granted. Lombok is renowned for its pearls, so you will visit the pearl shops in the center of Mataram. You'll also stop at the Sesela Art Market. Lombok's potters are excellent craftsmen, and Lombok is also famous for its baskets, finely woven from strips of rattan, banana leaves and other vegetable fibers, and as well as wood carvings. Finally, you'll visit the Nusa Tenggara Barat Museum to see its cloth collection, Kris knives and a small Dongson drum. Most of the displays have captions in English. Don't miss the display of "mystical" paraphernalia, including multipurpose amulets used to acquire supernatural force, immunity from weapons or to foretell the future. Your immediate future holds a motor coach ride back to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing. Bring a hat, sun screen and mosquito repellent.

Excursion Code:
LMB-014
Maubara Tour
Duration:
7 Hours
Cost:
$109

Depart the port heading through historical buildings, monuments and religious places including the Statue of Integration, Dili's Shopping Center, Presidential Palace, Timor Plaza, and the Statue of Past President Nicolaulobato. Then, you'll venture west to Tacitolu Peace Park (Tacitolu literally means "three sea's" in local language). The area is of national cultural significance and an important symbol of the struggle for Independence, and was declared a national park in 2000. Next, stop at the ruins of the Aipelo Military Command Post, which dates back to 18th century and served as a prison run by the Portuguese until 1959.

Arriving in Liquiça which is the closest district to the west of Dili you indulge in morning tea before taking a 1.5hr easy walking tour of the historical town with its Portuguese influenced architecture visiting 12 sites that have been identified as significant cultural and historical sites.

Next, travel further west before arriving at the colorful seaside town of Maubara where the women are renowned for the production of hand woven basketwork. You will be treated to a cultural performance and a buffet lunch at the Dutch Fort. Then, enjoy free time to explore the craft markets along the seaside before returning to the ship past Salt Production Community in Ulmera, and Dili along the esplanade (Protocol Avenue), Farol Lighthouse, and the Motael Church-Dili's oldest church.

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

Tour offered on the April 29th sailing only. Due to time constraints, it will not be offered on the June 7th voyage.

Excursion Code:
DIL-018

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