Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji

September 7 - 21, 2019
m/s Paul Gauguin
Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji
13–night Cruise
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DatePortArrival TimeDeparture
Saturday – September 7, 2019Papeete, Tahiti, Society IslandsEmbarkation begins at 3:00 pm11:55 pm
Sunday – September 8, 2019Moorea, Society Islands8:00 am6:00 pm
Monday – September 9, 2019Taha'a, Society Islands9:00 am5:00 pm
Tuesday – September 10, 2019Bora Bora, Society Islands8:00 am6:00 pm
Wednesday – September 11, 2019Sea Day
Thursday – September 12, 2019Aitutaki, Cook Islands8:00 am6:00 pm
Saturday – September 14, 2019Sea Day
Sunday – September 15, 2019Sea Day
Monday – September 16, 2019Vava’u, Tonga8:00 am5:00 pm
Tuesday – September 17, 2019Sea Day
Wednesday – September 18, 2019Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji8:00 am6:00 pm
Thursday – September 19, 2019Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji8:00 am6:00 pm
Friday – September 20, 2019Beqa Island, Fiji8:00 am5:00 pm
Saturday – September 21, 2019Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji6:00 am

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

  • Bora Bora
Day 1 – Embark the m/s Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic atolls strewn across the grand Pacific Ocean, and the island of Tahiti is the largest of all 118. Explore the dynamic dining, nightlife, and shopping in the capital city of Papeete before embarking on The Gauguin. 

Day 2 – Moorea, Society Islands

Vibrant colors abound on Moorea, in everything from fresh fruits and flowers to multi-hued lagoons, and from spectacular mountain peaks to palm-fringed beaches. Shop for local handicrafts, embark on an optional dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist, and sample the local pineapples, said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia.

  • Taha'a
Day 3 – Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands

Embark on your choice of exciting shore excursions today, or spend your whole day relaxing on Motu Mahana, our very own private islet. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, or simply lounge on the beach with a chilled beverage from our floating bar. Les Gauguines will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment and demonstrate traditional Polynesian crafts. A delicious barbecue lunch is provided. 

  • Bora Bora Jeep
Day 4 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

A bucket list destination for many, stunning Bora Bora welcomes you for two full days of exploring lush peaks, white-sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, and romantic lagoons. Experience the natural beauty of the island with an optional snorkeling excursion, sunset jetboat ride, or a helicopter tour that flies you over Bora Bora’s iconic Mount Otemanu. 

Day 5 – At Sea

Spend the day enjoying The Gauguin’s Polynesian ambiance: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps you’ll take in a lecture by one of our special guests, and then reflect on your day over classic French cuisine at L’Etoile.

Day 6 – Aitutaki, Cook Islands

While the island of Aitutaki may be small, it’s big on beauty, thanks to its coral reef-enclosed lagoon. Witness its splendor up-close with a leisurely beach visit. Don’t forget to save time to venture into the village of Arutanga, where you’ll find the oldest church in the Cooks, which dates from 1829.

Day 7 & 8 – At Sea / Cross International Date Line

The next two days will be at sea, which affords you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the amenities and entertainment onboard The Gauguin, like the award-winning spa, casino, and lectures by onboard experts.

  • The m/s Paul Gauguin anchored in the distance with palm fronds in the foreground.
Day 9 – Vava'u, Tonga

Tongan culture takes center stage here, undoubtedly because of the country’s status as the only South Pacific nation that was never colonized by the Europeans. Enjoy a Polynesian cultural show, sample traditional Tongan food, and marvel at a lagoon so clear, you can see to a depth of 130 feet.

Day 10 – At Sea

Take a day to enjoy shipboard life: relax poolside, watch the South Pacific pass by, play some table tennis, or learn about our next port in the Reading Gallery. 

  • SavuSavu
Day 11 – Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

A day spent in Savusavu is a trip to a charming, unspoiled paradise. Known as the “Hidden Paradise of Fiji,” this beautiful town is tucked away on the largely undeveloped northern Fijian island of Vanua Levu. Explore at your leisure, or join one of many available shore excursions, including a visit to a black pearl farm, a Fijian village, or a plantation. 

  • Suva
Day 12 – Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji

The capital of Fiji since 1883, Suva is the largest urban area in the South Pacific, outside of Australia and New Zealand. Spend your day exploring the fascinating mix of modern and colonial ambience in this sophisticated city, which is perched on a hilly peninsula between two picturesque harbors.

  • A local Tahitian dance group with flower heis and leis performs a traditional dance.
Day 13 – Beqa Island, Fiji / Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji

Located about six miles off the coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, Beqa Island measures less than six square miles in territory—yet it looms large among those seeking a paradise by the sea. Surrounded by one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, the island offers exceptional snorkeling at high tide, with an abundance of colorful tropical fish teeming among the coral blooms. Or bask on a golden-sand beach shaded from an azure sky by swaying palms.

  • A view of Nadi Bay Fiji from the Nausori Highlands
Day 14 – Disembark in Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji

From the port in Lautoka, venture to Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, where you can wander through beautiful native forests, enjoy lush views of the lowlands, and experience traditional villages firsthand.