Welcome to the Culture Corner

We care deeply about our guests, the destinations we explore, and the local people we meet on each of our adventures. To enhance your enjoyment of the destinations we sail to, we have curated a series of articles on the rich history and vibrant culture of the islands to share with you what we find so special about the South Pacific! Of course, the best way to learn about what makes Tahiti so extraordinary is to experience it yourself. And there's no better way to do that than on board The Gauguin.

Native Polynesians greeting English settlers.

History & Language

A map of Tahiti.


A native Polynesian woman holding a coconut alongside a native Polynesian male.

Art, Fashion & Literature

Two native Polynesia performers in traditional feather headdress.

Music and Dance

A tiki face carved into stone.

Tahitian Legends

A coral reef and several tropical fish.

Marine Life

Three coconuts chopped open and prepped for consumption.

Botanicals & Food

A woman weaving palm leaves together.

Handmade Crafts

A native Polynesian man operating an ocean canoe.

Sports & Activity

A bundle of Tahitian black pearls.

Tahitian Pearls

A tribal lizard tattoo on the shoulder of a person.


A Christian church in French Polynesia.

Tahitian Spirituality