Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands

October 8 - 19, 2022
m/s Paul Gauguin
Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands
12–night Cruise
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Itinerary

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DatePortArrival TimeDeparture
Saturday – October 8, 2022Lautoka, Viti Levu, FijiEmbarkation begins at 3:00 pm5:00 pm
Sunday – October 9, 2022Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji8:00 am5:00 pm
Monday – October 10, 2022Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji8:00 am5:00 pm
Tuesday – October 11, 2022Sea Day
Wednesday – October 12, 2022Vava’u, Tonga8:00 am5:00 pm
Thursday – October 13, 2022Sea Day
Thursday – October 13, 2022Sea Day
Friday – October 14, 2022Aitutaki, Cook Islands8:00 am5:00 pm
Saturday – October 15, 2022Sea Day
Sunday – October 16, 2022Bora Bora, Society Islands8:00 am10:00 pm
Monday – October 17, 2022Taha'a, Society Islands9:00 am5:00 pm
Tuesday – October 18, 2022Moorea, Society Islands8:00 am5:00 pm
Tuesday – October 18, 2022Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands7:30 pm
Wednesday – October 19, 2022Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands8:00 am

Consider spending a few extra days on your favorite island by adding a hotel stay before or after your cruise.

  • The ms Paul Gauguin at anchor with palm trees in the foreground
Day 1 – Embark the m/s Paul Gauguin in Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji

Known as “Sugar City” for the green-gold sugarcane that surrounds the city on three sides, Lautoka is the place where your South Pacific sojourn begins. Arrive early and enjoy ample time for strolling its palm tree-lined streets, experiencing everyday life in a traditional village, or hiking in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, before boarding The Gauguin.

  • A downtown Suva Fiji boardwalk
Day 2 – Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji

Suva is the largest urban area in the South Pacific, outside of Australia and New Zealand. It’s been the capital of Fiji since 1883 and offers a unique mix of modern and colonial ambience, making it a great place for history and architecture buffs to explore on foot. More interested in the views? Suva is perched on a hilly peninsula between two postcard-perfect harbors.

  • A Fijian dancer dressed in costume smiles and laughs
Day 3 – Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

Tucked away on the largely undeveloped northern Fijian island of Vanua Levu, Savusavu lets you experience the South Seas of centuries gone by, before the area was colonized by Europeans. Visit a black pearl farm, immerse yourself in a Fijian village cultural show, or spot colorful native birds in the pristine Waisale Reserve.

  • The chef team on the ms Paul Gauguin line up to display the dishes they've prepared
Day 4 – At Sea

A day at sea is the perfect time to revel in the delicious on board cuisine, relax by the pool, or learn something new. Brush up on the history of the places you’ll visit, chat up one of our interesting guest hosts, or learn about Polynesian culture from Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines.

  • A couple shops for pareos and a local woman assists them
Day 5 – Vava’u, Tonga

Enjoy a Polynesian cultural show, sample traditional Tongan food, shop for souvenirs, or climb to the top of Mt. Talau, the highest point on Vava’u. You’ll be rewarded with unparalleled views of the surrounding islands. And, while the activities on land are sure to impress, you won’t want to miss the underwater show, either. The island’s crystal-clear lagoon is home to more than 100 species of tropical fish, plus dolphins, rays, and more.

  • Two friends toast wine glasses on board The Gauguin
Day 6 & 7 – At Sea / Cross International Date Line

Indulge in two tranquil days at sea. It may be worth setting down that tropical cocktail, putting a bookmark in whatever you’re reading, and taking notice for one key reason—you’ll be crossing the International Date Line, something most travelers can’t say they’ve done. 

  • An older couple hold hands as they walk through a vast aquamarine lagoon
Day 8 – Aitutaki, Cook Islands

It is believed that this island was settled around 900 AD by legendary Polynesian explorer Ru. Today, the island is a wealth of cultural tradition, with inhabitants keeping their history alive through song, dance, legends and crafts. If outdoor pursuits are more your speed, consider taking the easy hike to the highest peak on the island, Maunga Pu, where you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views—or explore Aitutaki’s vast and beautiful lagoons.

  • Les Gauguines Polynesian troupe of hosts and hostesses sing and dance in the Grand Salon
Day 9 – At Sea

Have you met Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines yet? Our onboard hosts are at the ready to share their Polynesian culture, with Tahitian dance lessons, hands-on traditional craft demonstrations, and an array of activities for all ages.

  • A couple toasts cocktails in Bloody Mary's bar on Bora Bora
Day 10 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

Like a priceless Paul Gauguin painting come to life, storied Bora Bora is colorful and unforgettable. The landscape alone will have you searching for adequate adjectives, especially once you see the lagoon—“turquoise” just doesn’t do it justice.

  • A woman reads in a beach chair as her husband stands in the lagoon overlooking ms Paul Gauguin
Day 11 – Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands

As the day unfolds in front of you in Taha’a, where will you go? Exciting shore excursions await, but so does Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ own private islet. Choose from swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or simply lounging on the beach with a cold drink from our floating bar. Les Gauguines are also on hand to share musical entertainment and Polynesian crafts.

  • Two couples have their picture taken in a palm grove with the ms Paul Gauguin in the lagoon behind them
Day 12 – Moorea, Society Islands

Said to be the inspiration for James A. Michener’s novel “South Pacific” (and the Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical tribute, too), Moorea is a favorite port of travelers, though it might be hard to put your finger on why. The “Magical Island” hypnotizes with multi-hued lagoons, mountain peaks, quaint villages, and pineapples—yes, pineapples. They’re said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia.

  • A woman experiences a quiet moment on her stateroom balcony
Day 13 – Disembark in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

Tahiti’s capital city of Papeete is where we’ll part ways and say “until we meet again.” But your journey doesn’t have to end just yet—Tahiti’s resorts, spas, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife await.