Society Islands & Tuamotus

December 13 - 23, 2017
m/s Paul Gauguin
Society Islands & Tuamotus
10–night Cruise
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Itinerary

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DatePortArrival TimeDeparture
Wednesday – December 13, 2017Papeete, Tahiti, Society IslandsEmbarkation begins at 3:00 pm11:55 pm
Thursday – December 14, 2017Huahine, Society Islands8:00 am5:00 pm
Friday – December 15, 2017Bora Bora, Society Islands8:00 am
Saturday – December 16, 2017Bora Bora, Society Islands4:00 pm
Sunday – December 17, 2017Rangiroa, Tuamotus12:00 pm5:30 pm
Monday – December 18, 2017Fakarava, Tuamotus8:00 am5:30 pm
Tuesday – December 19, 2017Sea Day
Wednesday – December 20, 2017Taha'a, Society Islands9:00 am5:00 pm
Thursday – December 21, 2017Moorea, Society Islands8:00 am
Friday – December 22, 2017Moorea, Society Islands5:00 pm
Friday – December 22, 2017Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands7:30 pm
Saturday – December 23, 2017Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands8:00 am
  • 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. 

  • Huahine
Day 2 – Huahine, Society Islands

Known as “The Garden Island,” Huahine’s lush rainforests and dramatic terrain surround sacred sites and legendary landmarks that are among the best-preserved archeological sites in French Polynesia. If Huahine’s expansive lagoon is calling your name, enjoy a SCUBA diving excursion or picnic on the beach. 

Day 3 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

Immediately recognizable by Mount Otemanu rising from the ocean, this half-atoll, half-mountain is surrounded by a spectacular lagoon and a series of smaller islands. Ancient Polynesians called it Parapora, or “firstborn,” because they thought it was the first island created after Raiatea.

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

A bucket list destination for many, stunning Bora Bora welcomes you to explore 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. You can also spend time at our private beach which offers volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding. 

  • Rangiroa
Day 5 – Rangiroa, Tuamotus

Rangiroa is the largest island in the Tuamotu Archipelago, which is made up of 78 coral atolls scattered over several hundred miles. Experience the simple, quiet, and peaceful life on these islands by participating in the daily activities of the Paumotu people.

  • fakarava
Day 6 – Fakarava, Tuamotus

Before modern navigation, this region was known as the “Dangerous Archipelago” for its shallow passages. Today, that same characteristic makes Fakarava a diver’s paradise. Those who prefer to stay on dry land can explore charming villages, ancient temples, and a 19th century coral church.

Day 7 – 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.

  • Taha'a
Day 8 – 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. 

  • Complimentary snorkel gear is available to all guests onboard the m/v Tere Moana
Day 9 – Moorea, Society Islands

Vibrant colors abound during two leisurely days in 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. 

  • moorea
Day 10 – Moorea, Society Islands / Papeete, Tahiti, 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. 

  • Les Gauguines
Day 11 – Disembark in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

Tahiti’s capital city of Papeete welcomes you back with emerald hillsides, sapphire waters, and warm breezes. If you’re not ready for your South Pacific vacation to end, spend a few days here experiencing resorts, spas, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.