Frequently Asked Questions

Are shore excursions included?

The only included shore excursions are available aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin: a day at Motu Mahana, our own islet off the coast of Taha’a, and access to our private beach on a motu off the coast of Bora Bora.

Reasonably priced optional shore excursions are available at every port aboard and can be purchased on board. A shore excursion booklet will be sent in advance with final documentation, and descriptions can also be found here. Paul Gauguin Cruises reserves the right to withdraw any shore excursion or hotel program if the required minimum passenger number is not met. Cancellation by PGC of any of these programs does not constitute grounds for cancellation of your cruise. Shore excursion program fares are per guest and subject to space availability. Operation of these shore excursions is subject to weather conditions, flight schedule changes, and local conditions. Any cruise cancellation penalties remain in effect as per terms and conditions outlined in the cruise brochure.

Does Paul Gauguin Cruises offer gear for SCUBA diving?

Yes, SCUBA diving gear is included in the price of SCUBA excursions. We can also store SCUBA gear, should you prefer to bring your own. Click here for more information.

Does Paul Gauguin Cruises offer snorkel gear?

Yes, snorkel gear is complimentary for the duration of the cruise. You pick up the gear on Day 1.

For SCUBA diving, do you get single or double tanks when on the m/s Paul Gauguin?

It depends on the dive. Both single- and double-tank excursions may be available, depending on your itinerary.

Is there entertainment on board?

Yes, the ship offers live entertainment. Please click here for more information.

What are the watersports policies?

Kayaking and snorkeling are also available during a cruise aboard The Gauguin. Following are the safety procedures for each of these activities:

Kayaking:
Kayaking is available from the marina, from Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private beach on a motu off the coast of Bora Bora, and from our private motu off the coast of Taha’a. In the event of strong winds, kayaking is forbidden for safety reasons.

The following guidelines are recommended for guests who are interested in kayaking:

  • Wear a life jacket at all times.
  • Stay in sight of the marina team at all times.
  • Do not exit the kayak.
  • Do not kayak to the motu across the lagoon from our private motu.
  • In fairness to all guests, time is limited to 30 minutes.
  • Watch carefully and steer clear of snorkelers.

To further ensure the safety of our guests, the marina team remains on duty whenever kayaking is available, and the marina is stocked with Zodiac® rescue craft in case of emergency.

Paddle boarding:

Paddle boarding is available from the marina and from the private beach on a motu off the coast of Bora Bora. In the event of strong winds, paddle boarding is forbidden for safety reasons.

The following guidelines are recommended for guests who are interested in paddle boarding:

  • Wear a life jacket and a leach connected to the paddle board at all times.
  • When starting from the platform, be on your knees until being in a safe distance from the platform to avoid injuries by falling off on platform’s edges.
  • When returning to the marina platform, be on your knees for the same safety reasons.
  • Stay in sight of the marina team at all times.
  • If you fall off the board, swim back on it.
  • In fairness to all guests, time is limited to 30 minutes.
  • Watch carefully and paddle clear of snorkelers.

To further ensure the safety of our guests, the marina team remains on duty whenever paddle boarding is available, and the marina is stocked with Zodiac® rescue craft in case of emergency.

Snorkeling:

Guests can obtain snorkeling equipment at the marina at the beginning of their cruise and keep it throughout their voyage. They must read and sign a waiver before receiving snorkeling equipment, which must be returned to the marina before 4:00 p.m. on the last day of the cruise.

Snorkeling is available from the private beach on a motu off the coast of Bora Bora, and from our private motu off the coast of Taha’a. Please note, however, that NO snorkeling is permitted from the marina platform. Members of the marina team will be on hand to help guests with their equipment, but they are not lifeguards. In the event of a strong current, the team will advise guests not to swim if they are not good swimmers and design an alternate area for snorkeling.

Guests must wear life vests at all times on board the diving boat.

Are there special activities for children?

Select sailings of the m/s Paul Gauguin feature our Stewards of Nature Family Program, created in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society. This flexible program lets parents and children pick and choose from a suite of onboard activities and daily excursions that reveal the natural wonders and rich culture of Polynesia by land and sea. Please ask your Travel Professional for details.

What are your most popular shore excursions?

A comprehensive list of our shore excursions can be found here.  

Can I bring a drone?

For safety and security reasons, drones are not permitted to be brought aboard the ship.