Shore Excursions - Large hero

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.

Pa "Son of Rarotonga"
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$129

Discover the wisdom of Pa, one of the Cook Islands best known traditional healers, during this informative guided nature trek.

Depart the pier for the drive to the interior of the island. Upon arrival, you will join your guide on a trek along an ancient pathway used by Pa’s ancestors before the missionaries arrived. Along the way, your guide will share Pa’s in-depth knowledge of medicinal plants and of the culture and history of these islands. He will also provide demonstrations of the preparation of various traditional medicines and their applications. Bottled water and seasonal fruit will be served at Pa’s residence.

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

Please note: This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair will not be permitted on this tour. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.

Tour price in 2018 will be $145

Excursion Code:
RTG-4901
Polynesian Cultural Show
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$55

Board an island bus at Halaevalu Wharf and proceed to Eneio Botanical Garden. This tour offers a truly interactive experience which allows you to relive Polynesian yesterday and experience native lifestyles through guided, on-site, live demonstration and gentle strolling tours amongst the lush tropical paradise of the stunning and only Botanical Garden in Tonga. You will be fascinated with the various demonstrations which includes the making of clothing from bark, along with the creation of jewelry and mats from pandanus leaves, the making of milk and products from coconuts, the making of beverages from plant roots, the production of essence from vanilla beans, and juice from nonu fruits. This guided tour highlights the owner's efforts in conservation and preservation of different plant species since 1972, and is the only opportunity to discover the splendid collection of plants, mature trees and flowering shrubs in this garden. Return to Halaevalu Wharf via Tailulu College, Pouono Cemetery and the Catholic Cathedral Church for your last scenic view and photo-stop.

Please note: Transportation is by non-air-conditioned island bus/minivan without PA systems or microphones. Some roads are unpaved and rutted; the ride can be bumpy. We recommend bringing insect repellent, comfortable flat-soled shoes, sunglasses, a hat, a small bottle of water and clothing suited to weather conditions.

Pricing noted is for the 2017 season and is subject to change.

Excursion Code:
VAV-3867
Punarei Village Cultural Tour
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$115

This excursion is a recent innovation in the domain of eco/cultural tourism on Aitutaki Island; an island rich in history, culture and living traditions.

Join your two guides Mark and Ngaa as they take you on an adventure into the past and present culture of Aitutaki. Mark, an archaeologist had undertaken excavations and research on the island on marae temples with Ngaa, his assistant. This ancient culture will be revealed to you in the first part of your excursion where you will be driven in your transport vehicle to the Paengaariki marae temple where most of Mark's work has been done. There, discover the results of the excavations and learn about the ancient religious practices enacted in the past. See the large stones upright, representing ancestors, the sacred sub-incision stone to initiate young boys into manhood and the tribal gathering ground or 'koutu'. Hear the stories of the great warrior chiefs associated with this place. You will also be able to see the rare endemic lorikeet of the island the kuramo'o that is ultramarine blue! Then drive to the highest point of the island Mauga Pu for scenic shots across the turquoise blue lagoon out to the surrounding coral motu's.

Continue into the interior again to arrive at a traditional Maori village Punarei reconstructed based upon Mark and Ngaa's research to give an authentic image of the past. Be welcomed in the traditional way by the toa warrior and his enlivened oratory dressed in his feather plumed 'pare' war headdress and tapa loincloth brandishing his ironwood spear or ikatuna. Stand upon the 'poaki' or welcoming stone that gives you the right to stand on the land. Traditional dances will be performed to re-enact the arrival of the first ancestor Ru to the island on his double hulled sailing canoe or vaka Nagpuaariki. Enter the 'are nikau or traditional meetinghouse and discover the surviving traditions of Aitutaki. There will be demonstrations of weaving mats and baskets from coconut fronds. Also tapa making for bark-cloth as practiced in days of old; as well as wood carving and tattooing to reveal to you those ancient arts. See the life-sized traditional god or 'tiki' images carved in local tamanu hardwood including the famous atua vaine or Aitutaki 'goddess' with her unique tattoos. Fresh fruits and sweet coconut will be offered to refresh you, all grown in natural ecologically friendly gardens around the site which you can visit as in ancient times.

After visiting the village participating in various activities and taking photos, you will rejoin your transport to be driven back to the wharf at Aratanga village.

Please note: The excursion requires no physical exertion but bring a bottle of water and some insect repellant. Also some money as handicrafts may be for sale in the village.

Excursion Code:
AIT-6771
Raro Safari by 4x4
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$129

Explore Rarotonga’s pristine natural beauty in an exciting new way during this off-road tour of the island’s stunning lagoons, valleys, and inland villages.

Depart the pier in an off-road, open-top safari truck for a drive to Rarotonga’s back roads and valleys. Along the way, you will be privy to sights and sounds regular visitors to the island would not typically have an opportunity to experience. You will learn how traditional Cook Islanders live, and your guide will provide you with an informative commentary on the various traditional uses of local flora and fauna.

Following your tour, you will be returned to the pier.

Please note: As this tour involves travel over bumpy surfaces, guests with back and/or neck problems and guests with limited mobility are discouraged from participating. Seating on the trucks is very basic. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are recommended.

Tour price in 2018 will be $135

Excursion Code:
RTG-4898
Rarotonga Circle Island Tour
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$129

Depart the pier for an orientation ride around the island, an excellent way to see the island. Along the way, you will visit such sites as Ngatangiia Harbour, the departure point of the Polynesian Migration to New Zealand in 1350 AD, and a historical back road built in 1050 ADcalled the Road of Toi, or Ara Metua. Visit Muri Lagoon, where you’ll enjoy light refreshments and a cultural show, then continue on past ceremonial sites that include Arai Te Tonga, several historical buildings, the library, the museum, and fruit and vegetable plantations.

This tour provides guests with an excellent orientation to the island of Rarotonga and is recommended for all visitors who want an appreciation of the island and its culture and history.

Following your tour, you will be returned to the pier.

Tour price in 2018 will be $135

Excursion Code:
RTG-4894
Rays and Snorkel by Jetboat
Duration:
2.5 Hours
Cost:
$119

Explore Bora Bora's exquisite beauty from above and below sea level during this spectacular jet boat lagoon tour. Depart the pier in Vaitape on a jet boat for a memorable lagoon tour around beautiful Bora Bora. As you circumnavigate the island (weather permitting), you will visit a magnificent coral garden for a great snorkeling experience as well as a swim with the stingrays, and discover the beauty of the ever-changing colors that make Bora Bora's lagoon world famous. After your snorkeling session, you will embark the boat and be served fresh fruit. You will then hang on tight to the support handles as your captain takes you on a fast and exciting ride. A stop will then be made just off Matira's white sandy beach, and your boat will anchor in shallow water. You will then have an opportunity to take a swim and relax on the beach to the sound of ukulele music while being served fresh fruit cocktail. Your guide will provide you with commentary about the island's highlights throughout the tour. Following your jet boat adventure, you will be returned to the pier.

There are no fast turns or abrupt maneuvers on this tour. The minimum age to participate on this tour is eight years old. Life-vests will be provided, and must be worn for swimming.

Excursion Code:
BRB-6705
Reef Citizen Adventure with Marine Biologist
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$120

Almost all reefs worldwide are now threatened in some way with more than 25% of all coral species classified as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. During this excursion, you'll meet a marine biologist who works for one of the largest coral nurseries that exist in French Polynesia. Learn about the last generation of technical tools humans use to help coral's biodiversity. The next stop will consist of a visit to a natural spot located in the barrier zone, where underwater panels inform you about specific marine topics. For 45 minutes, it will be possible for you to observe local biodiversity encompassing fish and invertebrates, in order to provide a better understanding of why coral nurseries exist. More than just being informative, this tour engages guests to get involved and enjoy an inspiring experience on how to help coral reefs and the planet.

Excursion Code:
BRB-1601
Romantic Escapade at Moorea - Lanai Room (per couple)
Duration:
Overnight
Cost:
$900

Experience a romantic interlude in a lanai room at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa.

Depart the pier for a water transfer to the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome drink and oshibori. After check-in, you will spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

During your stay, you will have access to a wide array of amenities, including the beach, kayaking, canoeing, a swimming pool and tennis. You'll also enjoy a romantic, candlelit dinner for two in the privacy of your room terrace, with Champagne included. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Breakfast the following morning followed by a mid-day transfer back to the ship's tender pier.

Program includes: One night stay in a Lanai Room which includes a welcome fruit; VIP Greeting upon arrival, consisting of a welcome drink and oshibori. Access to a wide array of fun filled activities including the beach, kayaking, canoeing and tennis; One romantic candlelit dinner for two in the privacy of your room terrace, including one bottle of Champagne; Breakfast for two served at the hotel's restaurant; roundtrip water transfers to/from hotel.

The Romantic Escapade requires advance booking and must be pre-paid. Unlike our standard excursions, reservations for this optionalshore excursion will be accepted outside of 60 days from sailing. If youwould like to book this optional excursion, please contact your travelprofessional or Paul Gauguin Cruises' Reservation Department at 1-800-848-6172. A 100% cancellation penalty applies to overland programs canceled 60 days or less prior to scheduled arrival.

Excursion Code:
MOO-002
Romantic Escapade at Moorea - Partial Overwater Bungalow (per couple)
Duration:
Overnight
Cost:
$1450

Experience a romantic interlude in a partial over-water bungalow at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa.

Depart the pier for a water transfer to the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome drink and oshibori. After check-in, you will spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

During your stay, you will have access to a wide array of amenities, including the beach, kayaking, canoeing, a swimming pool and tennis. You'll also enjoy a romantic, candlelit dinner for two in the privacy of your room terrace, with Champagne included. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Canoe Breakfast the following morning followed by a mid-day transfer back to the ship's tender pier.

Program includes: one night stay in a partial overwater bungalow, which includes a welcome fruit; VIP Greeting upon arrival, consisting of a welcome drink and oshibori. Access to a wide array of fun filled activities including the beach, kayaking, canoeing and tennis; One romantic candlelit dinner for two in the privacy of your room terrace, including one bottle of Champagne; One canoe breakfast for two served in your overwater bungalow; roundtrip water transfers to/from hotel.

The Romantic Escapade requires advance booking and must be pre-paid. Unlike our standard excursions, reservations for this optionalshore excursion will be accepted outside of 60 days from sailing. If youwould like to book this optional excursion, please contact your travelprofessional or Paul Gauguin Cruises' Reservation Department at 1-800-848-6172. A 100% cancellation penalty applies to overland programs canceled 60 days or less prior to scheduled arrival.

Excursion Code:
MOO-001
Romantic Escapade at Thalasso Bora Bora (per couple)
Duration:
Overnight
Cost:
$2025

Experience the essence of true romance in an over-water bungalow at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.

Depart the pier at Vaitape for a ground transfer to the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, where you will transfer to a water launch to whisk you to the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome drink and lei. After check-in, you will spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

During your stay, you will have access to a wide array of amenities, including the beach, kayaking, canoeing, a swimming pool and tennis. You'll also enjoy a romantic, candlelit dinner for two from the Reef restaurant, with Champagne included. The rest of the evening is at leisure. As your bungalow appears to float in the haze above a sparkling blue lagoon, the peaceful sounds of the crystal-clear water lapping around the stilts and distant waves breaking on the shore will round out this intimate natural setting for two in grand style. Overnight at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. Canoe breakfast the following morning.

Program includes: One night stay in an over-water villa, which includes a welcome fruit basket; VIP Greeting upon arrival, consisting of a welcome drink and necklace of flowers; Access to a wide array of fun filled activities including the beach, kayaking, canoeing and tennis; One romantic candlelit dinner for two at the Reef restaurant, including one bottle of Champagne; One canoe breakfast for two served at your villa; roundtrip transfers to/from Vaitape pier via via InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort.

Listed price is per couple, in a Sapphire Overwater Villa.

The Romantic Escapade requires advance booking and must be pre-paid. Unlike our standard excursions, reservations for this optionalshore excursion will be accepted outside of 60 days from sailing. If youwould like to book this optional excursion, please contact your travelprofessional or Paul Gauguin Cruises' Reservation Department at 1-800-848-6172. A 100% cancellation penalty applies to overland programs canceled 60 days or less prior to scheduled arrival.

Excursion Code:
BRB-6886

Pages