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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.

Sacred Sites & Legendary Places
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$105

Your spectacular excursion starts with a friendly introduction from your expert anthropologist/archaeologist guide, who has first hand experience working on the sites you will visit. Boarding "Le Truck", French Polynesia's famous local style bus, you will depart from Maroe Village on the small island of Huahine Iti, crossing the bridge to Huahine Nui, or 'big island'. Here you will drive past lush green valleys and turquoise lagoon through the capital town of Fare, where Captain James Cook sojourned on his visits to the island.

Your first stop is Maeva village, considered to be one of French Polynesia's most important archaeological areas and home to the largest pre-historic habitation site in Polynesia. During your walk through the village, you will explore the archaeological sites along the lake shore and the Fare Pote'e Museum. You will learn about Polynesian origins and migrations, traditional society, religion, botany, European explorers and get a first hand look at various traditional tools, handicrafts and artifacts.

Tour price in 2018 will be $115

You will continue on to Mata'ire'a hill, just above the Village of Maeva and home to more than 200 stone structures, including marae, agricultural terraces, house foundations, fortification walls and burial platforms.

Your next stop, via "Le Truck", is a local family run vanilla plantation where you will have the opportunity to purchase various vanilla products. Continuing on, you will stop to see and learn about the 500 year old fish traps that thanks to restoration work are used again today by the people of Maeva Village.

Your return journey to port, will take you through the village of Faie where your guide will feed the island's giant blue-eyed eels that swim in the stream, before enjoying a photo-stop at the Belvedere Lookout, for panoramic views of Huahine Iti and beautiful Maroe Bay.

Please note: This tour involves some slight uphill walking. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. The order of sites visited may vary. Please bring some cash along with you, as you may have the opportunity to purchase some authentic Tahitian vanilla during this tour.

Tour price in 2018 will be $115

Excursion Code:
HHN-7500
Savala Day Cruise
Duration:
5.5 Hours
Cost:
$199

The cruise is designed for travelers who want "simply the best" with a limited number of guests who respect the pristine environment and leave only their footprints in the island's beautiful white sandy beaches, which are fringed with vibrant coral and crystal clear waters. There is music throughout the day - happy songs from the islanders who ensure that everyone has a happy and memorable experience of the real, non-commercialized Fiji. The tour includes morning and afternoon tea; a scrumptious barbecue lunch; complimentary drinks all day, including beer, wine, soft drinks and bottled water; complimentary use of snorkeling gear, kayaks, standup paddle boards and rides on the glass bottom boat.

Please note: Please bring swimwear, a towel, camera, sun hat, sunscreen, and money or credit card for optional massages, scuba diving and souvenirs.

Tour is offered on the day of disembarkation only. Cannot be prereserved, must be booked with the Travel Concierge onboard. Pricing notedis for the 2017 season and is subject to change

Excursion Code:
LAU-021
Scenic Drive to Hanavave
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$75

Fatu Hiva, the most remote island of the inhabited Marquesan islands offers green and lush vegetation with sheer, rocky landscapes. There are only two villages on the island connected by one road (17 km). The scenic 4x4 ride from Omoa to Hanavave offers numerous photo opportunities over dramatic landscapes, coastline and deep gorges and valleys. On arrival in Hanavave you will have some free time to stretch your legs and explore the village and take more photos of one of the most picturesque locations in the Marquesas, the iconic Bay of Virgins. The bay was named by Catholic missionaries, who said that the phallic shaped stone outcrops were formed as veiled virgins.

Please note: As this tour involves rough off-road driving, it is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, who suffer from motion sickness or vertigo or women who are pregnant. This tour involves very little walking. Guests are encouraged to wear insect repellant to ward off the small beach mosquitoes (nonos). Each vehicle will accommodate four guests. The drivers are not guides, and their command of the English language is very limited.

Excursion Code:
FHT-2060
SCUBA - Certified Divers - Anau
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$99

Depart the marina platform for a boat ride to the dive site located inside the lagoon of Bora Bora on the other side of the island compared to where the ship is anchored.

This dive will take place in a very nice and well preserved coral garden with rose coral where manta rays often gather as they enjoy this area using it as a cleaning station. Enjoy these giant rays gliding slowly around coral heads while receiving the delicate treatment of the cleaner wrasses.The depth for this dive is around 60 feet (18 meters). Following your dive, you will be returned to the marina platform. Please note that the visibility on this dive may be lower than other spots.

Available for onboard booking only, cannot pre-reserve, please visit the Dive Desk once onboard, capacity is limited. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Price listed is for the 2017 season. In 2018 the new rate will be $109

Excursion Code:
BRB-5870
SCUBA 1 Tank - Mystery Reef or Goldilocks
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$120

Described by Jean-Michel Cousteau as the "Soft Coral Capital of the World," Fiji offers some of the world's best SCUBA diving, with a comprehensive range of excellent dive locations. You will meet at the ship`s marina platform where the local dive center will come with their boat to pick you up. Once on the boat you will receive your dive and safety briefing and head towrds the dive site located around 15 minutes away from the ship. Spectacular hard and soft corals; caves and grottos; amazingly diverse marine life that includes sharks, turtles, tuna, and fish of all hues and sizes. Maximum depth of this dive is around 60 feet and descent is made along a mooring line to facilitate experience of newly certified divers.

Pricing noted is for the 2017 season and is subject to change. This dive is handled by a local dive center and is suitable for advanced divers as well as certified divers with little experience.For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba

Excursion Code:
SVU-11
SCUBA 1 Tank - Sea Fans or Split Rock
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$120

Divers will meet the local dive masters at the ship`s marina platform and board their dive boat before enjoying a very nice scenic ride along the coast and mushroom shaped coral islets and the way to the dive site. The dive site will be determined on the spot depending on divers` experience and sea condition. You will enjoy the very clear water of Vava`u and the topography including underwater caverns and cave systems, where divers can surface in different chambers and encounter the marine life that inhabits these areas. Large sea fans and feather stars can be found on many of the dive sites. Dives are guided by a local dive master and there is no reference line going down. This dive is suitable for certified divers with some experience as depth can be around 90 feet.

For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba. Pricing noted is for the 2017 season and is subject to change.

Excursion Code:
VAV-3866
SCUBA 2 Tank - Mystery Reef & Goldilocks
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$200

Described by Jean-Michel Cousteau as the "Soft Coral Capital of the World," Fiji offers some of the world's best SCUBA diving, with a comprehensive range of excellent dive locations. You will meet at the ship`s marina platform where the local dive center will come with their boat to pick you up. Once on the boat you will receive your dive and safety briefing and head towards the dive site located around 15 minutes away from the ship. Spectacular hard and soft corals; caves and grottos; amazingly diverse marine life that includes sharks, turtles, tuna, and fish of all hues and sizes. Maximum depth of these dives is around 60 feet and descent is made along a mooring line to facilitate experience of newly certified divers. Depending on the sea condition you may stay on the boat during the two dives where you will be served fruits, cookis and water or you will be transferred to the Jean Michel Cousteau resort.

Pricing noted is for the 2017 season and is subject to change. This dive is handled by a local dive center and is suitable for advanced divers as well as certified divers with little experience. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba

Excursion Code:
SVU-12
SCUBA 2 Tanks - Sea Fans & Split Rock
Duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
$200

Divers will meet the local dive masters at the ship`s marina platform and board their dive boat before enjoying a very nice scenic ride along the coast and mushroom shaped coral islets and the way to the dive site. The dive site will be determined on the spot depending on divers experience and sea condition. You will enjoy the very clear water of Vava`u and the topography including underwater caverns and cave systems, where divers can surface in different chambers and encounter the marine life that inhabits these areas. Large sea fans and feather stars can be found on many of the dive sites. Dives are guided by a local dive master and there is no reference line going down. Your surface interval may be spent making your way to the second dive site or enjoying the views of the beautiful islets. This dive is suitable for certified divers with some experience as depth can be around 90 feet.

For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba. Pricing noted is for the 2017 season and is subject to change.

Excursion Code:
VAV-3865
SCUBA 2 Tanks Atua Tane - Certified Divers with Outside Operator
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$200

For this 2-tank dive, you will meet at the ship`s marina to pick-up your fins and wetsuits before taking the tender to shore. Once there, you will suit up and gear check before boarding the local dive boat and get ready to head to the dive site that is only five minutes away from the pier. You will be helped with the equipment and do a back roll entry before heading down to about 90 feet for your first dive where you may see some whitetip reef sharks resting on the bottom and large sea turtles. In between the two dives you will be brought back to shore and enjoy some fruits, water and hot drink. After around 45 minutes you will head towards the second dive where you may spot some humphead wrasses, colorful fish, spotted eagles rays and impressively large green sea turtles and ghost coral. For the second dive, depth will be around 60 feet. After the second dive you will sail back to shore.

Available for onboard booking only, cannot pre-reserve, please visit the Dive Desk once onboard, capacity is limited. For more information about our dive programs, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba. Price listed is for the 2017 season. In 2018 the new rate will be $215.00.

Excursion Code:
AIT-033
SCUBA 2 Tanks dives with outside operator
Duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
$200

Depart the marina platform aboard a local dive boat where you will receive your safety briefing during the 30 minutes ride to the pass of Tiva between Tahaa and Raiatea.

Once on the site you will be helped to gear up and when the whole group will be ready you will entry in the water and dive along the side of the pass where you will be looking into the blue for pelagic fish, rays and possibly sharks. The maximum depth of this dive will be around 80 feet (25 meters).

Between the two dives you will stay on the boat for approximately one hour surface interval while moving to the second dive site called Miri-Miri. The second dive will take place on the outer reef of the lagoon of Raiatea. During this dive you will glide along the reef surrounded by friendly black-tip reef sharks and may have the chance to spot a big Napoleon wrasse among the reef fish. The maximum depth of this second dive will be maximum 70 feet (20 meters).

After the second dive you will be transferred back to Motu Mahana where you will enjoy the complimentary barbecue served to all Paul Gauguin Cruises' guests. Please note that dives sites may change depending on the weather condition.

Available for onboard booking only, cannot pre-reserve, please visit the Dive Desk once onboard, capacity is limited. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba. Price listed is for the 2017 season. In 2018 the new rate will be $215.00.

Excursion Code:
TAM-2610

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