The largest of French Polynesia’s 118 islands, Tahiti and its capital city of Papeete are the perfect place to begin your South Pacific sojourn. The Gauguin is already waiting in the harbor for your adventure to begin on the island that’s called “the Queen of the Pacific.”
Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands
|Saturday – July 30, 2022||Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands||Embarkation begins at 3:00 pm||11:55 pm|
|Sunday – July 31, 2022||Sea Day|
|Monday – August 1, 2022||Fakarava, Tuamotus||8:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Tuesday – August 2, 2022||Sea Day|
|Wednesday – August 3, 2022||Omoa, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands||8:00 am||6:00 pm|
|Thursday – August 4, 2022||Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands||8:00 am||6:00 pm|
|Friday – August 5, 2022||Hapatoni, Tahuata, Marquesas Islands||8:00 am||6:00 pm|
|Saturday – August 6, 2022||Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands||8:00 am||6:00 pm|
|Sunday – August 7, 2022||Sea Day|
|Monday – August 8, 2022||Sea Day|
|Tuesday – August 9, 2022||Huahine, Society Islands||8:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Wednesday – August 10, 2022||Bora Bora, Society Islands||8:00 am||11:00 pm|
|Thursday – August 11, 2022||Taha'a, Society Islands||9:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Friday – August 12, 2022||Moorea, Society Islands||8:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Friday – August 12, 2022||Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands||7:30 pm||11:05 pm|
|Saturday – August 13, 2022||Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands||8:00 am|
Consider spending a few extra days on your favorite island by adding a hotel stay before or after your cruise.
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.
Fakarava is an unspoiled paradise in every sense of the word. In addition to the many rare species of plants and animals you’ll find in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it’s also a place of cultural and historical significance, with charming villages, ancient temples, and spectacular coral-adorned churches.
Have you met Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines yet? Our onboard hosts are at the ready to share their Polynesian culture, with Tahitian dance and music lessons, hands-on traditional craft demonstrations, and an array of activities for all ages.
The Southernmost island in the Marquesas, Fatu Hiva is wild, remote, and spectacularly beautiful. Don’t forget your camera—you’ll be treated to jungle greenery that begins right at the water’s edge; sheer cliffs; and deep, indigo waters. With only 500 residents and only one road, this island is almost completely yours.
The city of Atuona is a favorite of the yacht set, yet beyond the marina, you’ll find ancient stone tiki carvings, mysterious petroglyphs, and dense, emerald jungle. Where will you start your exploration?
The leaf-shaped volcanic island of Tahuata may be small, at only 19 square miles, but it’s full of surprises—in fact, its name means “surprise” in Marquesan. Discover the quaint village of Hapatoni, the ancient royal walkway that’s an archeological treasure, and a huge, Vatican-built Catholic church.
Water or land? If you're an experienced diver, you may want to try a SCUBA excursion while in Taiohae. Or perhaps you'll explore the village on your own. If you'd like to venture further, consider embarking upon an optional 4x4 excursion through the Taipivai Valley.
Your journey is all about discovery, and the exploration doesn’t end when you board The Gauguin to make your way to your next destination. Indeed, your time at sea is packed with educational opportunities, from lectures given by renowned anthropologists to cooking lessons with the executive chef, and more. Of course, two days at sea mean there’s also ample time to schedule a spa appointment and plan your next adventure.
Don’t be fooled by the vibe of this laid-back, secluded island. Many treasures are hidden among the lush rainforest and dramatic terrain. With a bit of exploration, you’ll uncover some of the best-preserved archeological sites in French Polynesia. Underwater treasures await as well, with a SCUBA excursion in the lagoon.
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.
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.
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. In the evening sail back to Papeete, Tahiti. Don’t worry—your journey hasn’t quite ended yet.
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.