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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.

Moorea by Catajets
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$299

Get an up-close look at Tahiti's idyllic beauty from above and below sea level during this catajet and snorkeling adventure in Moorea.

Depart the pier for the boat transfer to the base. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety and riding instructions from your guide, then embark your two-seat catajet for a 1.5-hour ride in an idyllic lagoon on Moorea. Led by your guide at an easy speed, you will take in panoramic views of the East Coast and Cook and Opunohu Bays, or the West Coast (weather permitting).

Next, a stop will be made for snorkeling in the shallow waters. After putting on your mask, fins and snorkel, you will explore the beauty of the tropical fish and coral formations. Your adventure will continue with a stop on a sand bar, where you will have an opportunity to play with stingrays. Following refreshments, you will return to the catajet base, then be transferred back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition.This tour is not recommended for guests with neck or back problems, or guests with limited mobility. Each catajet is equipped witha fabric Bimini roof, and a small cooler. Please wear your swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and bring snorkeling equipment and a towel from the ship. Since there is no dry compartment, waterproof cameras are recommended. Lifejackets are mandatory. This is a guided tour, and participants are required to follow their guide and instructions. The minimum age to drive a catajet is 16 years old; children participating on this tour must be accompanied by a parent. All participants must be able to swim independently.

The price is per catajet, which can accommodate two average-sized adults. When requesting online or via fax, please select only one ticket.

Excursion Code:
MOO-6970
Motu Picnic
Duration:
6 Hours
Cost:
$129

Your boat will pick you up from the pier for a brief ride to a snorkeling spot in the beautiful lagoon of Huahine. Here you will have ample time to enjoy snorkeling in crystal clear waters with tropical fish. Next your boat ride will continue to the private Motu Murimahora. Delicious lunch (including water, tropical juices and beer) will be accompanied by a local music entertainment on the motu. Afterwards there will be free time to enjoy this peaceful and picturesque motu.

Please note: Please bring your snorkel equipment, beach towel, sunscreen and sunglasses from the ship.

Excursion Code:
HHN-2027
Muri Lagoon Cruise
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$115

Rarotonga’s spectacular tropical beauty and marine life are yours to discover during this scenic and memorable cruise on the Muri Lagoon.

Depart the pier for the transfer to the Muri, Rarotonga’s inner lagoon. Upon arrival, you will embark a glass-bottom boat and begin your cruise. Along the way, you will observe a myriad of colorful coral and fish. More adventurous guests will have an opportunity to go snorkeling among the schools of tropical fish. The fish are extremely tame and used to swimmers, and will take food from your hand.

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

Please note: Wear your swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. The boat is covered and features a water-access ladder. There are no restroom facilities on the boat. Snorkeling equipment will be provided.

Excursion Code:
RTG-4902
Nausori Highland Tour
Duration:
4.5 Hours
Cost:
$129

Depart Lautoka Wharf and drive through Queen's highway, passing residents, villagers, and sugarcane fields. Then, turn off the highway through the outskirts of Nadi, and travel through sugarcane plantations winding your way up the hills to Nausori. Arrive at the height of the highlands for a view of Nadi Bay through to the Mamanuca group of islands. You will receive refreshments at the lookout. After refreshments, depart for the heights for Nausori Village, where guests observe a Kava ceremony, enjoy a village tour and afternoon tea. Depart Nausori Village for Lautoka Pier via the Nadi Hindu temple.

Please note: Recommended dress code is shorts/skirts with Polo or T-shirts, something cool. Bring along your camera and currency for purchasing souvenirs.

Tour is offered on the day of disembarkation only. Cannot be prereserved, must be booked with the Travel Concierge onboard.

Excursion Code:
LAU-022
Northern Seaside & Blue Hole Tour
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$89

Enjoy two excursions in one on this guided tour: an overview of the verdant countryside of the northeast coast of Espiritu Santo and the opportunity to swim at both a beautiful beach and one of the island's famous blue holes. Departing from the pier, you'll head northward by minibus. Your guide will provide commentary as you gaze at an unfolding panorama of villages, coconut plantations, grazing cattle, dense jungle, and beautiful coastal views. Stopping at a pretty white-sand beach on a calm bay, enjoy time to swim, snorkel, or relax and enjoy a view that extends out to Elephant Island. You can also examine the remnants of World War II wreckage up close on the beach. As your minibus heads back toward the ship, you'll pause at one of the island's renowned blue holes-the natural formations created and fed by underwater springs. Here, you can take a refreshing dip in the chilly waters whose incredible shades of blue reflect the limestone formation underneath.

Please note: The order of sites visited is subject to change. Please wear swimwear under lightweight clothing; sandals, reef shoes, or other beach-appropriate footwear; sunglasses; and a hat, a camera, sun protection, a change of clothing, and bottled water and a towel from the ship. If you wish to snorkel, please bring equipment from the ship. The minibus is not air conditioned.

Excursion Code:
SNT-011
Nukubalavu Village Tour
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$125

Experience the day-to-day life of Fijian people during a memorable visit to an authentic Fijian village. Journey along the scenic coast road to visit Nukubalavu Village, home of the paramount chief of Savusavu. Guests will be greeted by the village elders and invited to witness and participate in a kava ceremony where the powdered kava is mixed with water and presented by a'bilo' (coconut cup) to those who wish to taste this ceremonial drink. Following the ceremony the guide will take guests on a tour of the village to experience the warmth of the native Fijians. Guests may mingle with villagers and their children to learn more about their culture and witness traditional art craftwork. Finished craft work will be available for purchase, and guests are also invited to taste a traditional Fijian fresh green coconut juice before boarding the bus to return to the ship.

Please note: Guests are kindly asked to dress conservatively and mindfully of the Fijian culture, by avoiding wearing vests, skimpy tops, swim wear, short pants for ladies, and hats during the village tour. Please bring bottled water from the ship.

Excursion Code:
SVU-5
Omoa Petroglyphs Walk
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$75

Set in a luscious native forest within a picturesque valley is an ancient ceremonial site where Marquesans prayed to their gods to provide abundant water for their crops. Trekking up to the site you will pass an old chief's paepae upon which is a small tiki carved in the famous ke'etu stone of the islands. Ascending inland you will see a number of sites whose functions will be explained to you by your on-board lecturer in anthropology and archaeology, Mark Eddowes. Finally you will arrive on the crest of a ridge featuring important petroglyphs, or rock art. The images depict anthropomorphic images of men, concentric circle eyes of magical tikis and even an ancient sailing canoe. However, the most impressive petroglyph and one of the largest in the Marquesas is that of the famous paoa, which looks like a huge tuna fish, carved into the rock. See also the grinding, polishing and sharpening stones used in ancestral working of adzes and other tools. Enjoy the magnificent scenery surrounding the site as sharp mountain peaks pierce the sky. This excursion provides a wonderful chance to visit the interior of Fatu Hiva's beautiful Omoa Valley.

Please note: The hike is medium to difficult and involves uphill walking in hot and humid conditions. Participants should be physically fit, carry a bottle of water and wear a hat. Sturdy footwear appropriate to trekking is recommended.

Excursion Code:
FHT-2045
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.

Excursion Code:
RTG-4901
Pink Beach Snorkeling
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$99

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to visit Komodo National Park's Pink Beach-one of only seven pink beaches in the world. The beach sands were tinted a beautiful deep rose by the remains of red coral crushed by waves and washed ashore. The beach also boasts amazing underwater life and a stunning surrounding panorama. You'll transfer by boat from the tender jetty to Pink Beach, where you will have two hours to relax, swim, or snorkel. Crystal-clear, blue water laps at the sand, and massive headlands shelter the shallow bay and foster the growth of beautiful coral, making this an ideal place for viewing a colorful and diverse underwater world. At the end of your time at the beach, you'll be transferred by boat back to the jetty, where you'll have time to browse for souvenirs from local villagers before returning to your ship via tender boat.

Please note: 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 onboard the ship. Because the terrain on Komodo is rough and uneven, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Bring snorkeling equipment from the ship. One snorkeling guide will lead up to 25 guests. One national park boat will provide surface supervision while guests are in the water.

Excursion Code:
KMO-002
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.

Excursion Code:
VAV-3867

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