m/s Paul Gauguin

Shore Excursion Terms & Conditions

Please note that not all shore excursions are available on all sailings. Descriptions and pricing may vary.  Shore excursions will not be available for pre-booking until approximately 60 days prior to sailing (with the exception of the Romantic Escapades excursions) and can be added to your booking via the "Manage your trip" online tool. New tours, not previously listed for online sales, may be available onboard without prior notice. If you have questions please contact our Reservation Department at 1 (800) 848-6172 for assistance.

Once onboard, please refer to the tour descriptions for full details or consult with the Travel Concierge Team for further information.

Black Pearl Farm
Duration:
1.5 Hours - $39

Explore Rangiroa's black pearl industry and learn about pearl cultivation during this memorable visit to the Black Pearl Farm.

Depart the pier for a ride along Rangiroa's main road, past the airport and on to the Black Pearl Farm. Most pearl farms are small-sized, and the number of workers at this farm is quite representative of the farms in this region.

Upon arrival at the farm, the staff will give you a brief lecture about the farming and production of black pearls. You will learn about the chronology and evolution of the industry, and how oysters are selected, grown, and then grafted for production. Following the lecture, you will proceed to the work sheds where oysters are sorted and cleaned, and watch a grafter at work as he skillfully plies his trade.

Following your visit, you will reboard your minivan for the return ride to the pier.

Please note: This tour is for guests who are interested in learning about pearl cultivation. The Tuamotus are very remote islands. Although the guides used are the best available, they are not certified, and their command of English may be very poor. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.

Excursion Code:
RGI-1779
Glass-Bottom Boat (Rangiroa)
Duration:
1 Hour - $65

Get acquainted with the coral gardens and tropical fish of Rangiroa during this scenic glass-bottom boat tour.

Depart the pier aboard a glass-bottom boat, then slowly float over the huge coral heads that cluster in shallow areas inside the Tiputa Channel. Along the way, you will see a colorful world full of parrot fish, butterfly fish, and surgeon fish through the large windows. You may also encounter black-tipped sharks, and catch a glimpse of the majestic Napoleon fish.

During the tour, your Polynesian boat crew will attract the fish directly under the glass panels to make it easy for you to observe and photography them. A cover will provide protection from the sun and eliminate glare, enabling you to take home great photographs.

Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier.

Please note: This is not a snorkeling tour. This tour takes place at Motu Nui Nui. Marine life is widely present in this region; however, sightings cannot be guaranteed and tickets are non-refundable should a sighting not occur. The Tuamotu's are very remote islands. Although the guides used are the best available, they are not certified and their command of English may be very poor. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.

Excursion Code:
RGI-1778
SCUBA Motu Nuhi Nuhi - DSD Dive/Beginners (Part 4)
  • A certified SCUBA diving tour of Opunohu Bay.
Duration:
2 Hours - $129

Explore Rangiroa’s extraordinary fish and coral marine life during a scenic underwater journey that’s ideally-suited to beginner divers.

Meet your dive instructors at the marina platform and receive your safety briefing. You will then ride in the dive boat to an uninhabited islet, or motu, located on the lagoon side at the entrance to the famous Tiputa Pass. Upon arrival, you will be helped to gear up, then enter the water. Led by your dive master, you will observe spectacular coral formations and fish that include snappers, moray eels, lion fish, clown fish, triggerfish, butterfly fish, and angelfish. At times a shark might swim by or you may surprise a white tip reef shark resting on the bottom.

Available for advance booking 60 days prior to sailing; capacity is limited. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Excursion Code:
RGI-1988
SCUBA Rangiroa 2 Tank - Active Advanced Certified Divers with Outside Operator
Duration:
4 Hours - $215

Experienced certified divers only. This program is offered through an outside operator and requires a minimum of 50 logged dives and 10 dives within the last 12 months.

Rangiroa offers some of the best dives in the world in and around the Tiputa Pass. Experienced divers won't want to miss this opportunity to explore this prime diving site.

During austral summer (December-March), great hammerhead sharks and manta rays populate this area, and sedentary common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) regularly play in group in the pass or on the outer reef. Because of its large size and the existence of only two passes, each high tide creates a strong incoming current, while each low tide creates a strong outgoing current in those two passes. When the current is flowing inward through Tiputa Pass, about 100 shark specimens gather at its entrance, at 150 feet (50meters) deep. Led by the strong current, sharks can remain motionless, allowing divers to observe them without any difficulty. The dive sites will be decided depending of the tide. Maximum depth on some dives in Rangiroa can be 100 feet (30meters).

Available for onboard booking only, cannot pre-reserve, please visit the Dive Desk once onboard, capacity is limited. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Excursion Code:
RGI-1991
SCUBA Rangiroa Outer Reef - Experienced Certified Divers with Outside Operator
Duration:
2 Hours - $109

Experienced certified divers won't want to miss this rare opportunity to explore Polynesia's undersea beauty during this picturesque SCUBA adventure at Rangiroa's outer-reef.

Meet your dive instructors at the marina platform where you will receive your safety and diving instructions then you will board into Zodiac® for the ride to the dive site at Rangiroa's outer reef. The whole group will gear up and roll in the water together. As the current exits the pass, it brings a lot of the nutrients for which fish and coral hungrily compete. You will view the hard coral that covers the ocean bottom and swim among large Napoleon wrasse, barracudas, and tropical fish. Eagle and manta rays, sharks of various types, and an occasional dolphin are often seen here, too. You will finish the dive with a deep-blue water ascent.

Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the marina platform.

This dive requires a minimum of 50 logged dives and 10 dives within the last 12 months. Available for onboard booking only, cannot pre-reserve, please visit the Dive Desk once onboard. For more information about our dive programs, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Excursion Code:
RGI-1989
Snorkeling Rangiroa's 'Aquarium'
Duration:
1.5 Hours - $85

Rangiroa’s spectacular and diverse marine life is yours to discover during this scenic and memorable ride in the Tuamotu Islands.

Depart the pier via local boat for the ride to Motu Nui Nui, a natural, open-water aquarium renowned for its marine life. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety instructions, then enter the water to explore your surroundings. Along the way, you will observe an abundance of colorful fish and coral and marine life. Your guide will offer assistance in the water and throughout the tour. During the tour, you will also have an opportunity to hand-feed the fish.

Following your snorkeling session, you will be transferred back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition and used to snorkeling in deep water and strong currents. The Tuamotus are very remote islands. Although the guides used are the best available, they are not certified, and their command of English may be very poor; thus, narration will be very limited tonon-existent. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated. Please wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, and bring a bottle of water and a towel from the ship.

Excursion Code:
RGI-1784