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 30 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.

Bonegi Beach & Snorkel Tour
Duration:
3 Hours - $73

Enjoy a half-day tour which allows you to snorkel at one of the top sites while visiting Guadalcanal Island! After a short, leisurely 15-minute drive through the colorful villages on Guadalcanal Island, you'll arrive at Bonegi Beach. Upon arrival, you'll be treated to a fresh coconut drink before receiving your snorkel equipment and safety instructions. Although Bonegi Beach is known as a popular dive spot due to many military relics, sunken battleships and the more recent famous wreck of the Discoverer cruise ship which ran aground in 2001, the clear, warm waters here are home to a variety of marine life including trevally, lion fish, giant clams, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and barracudas.

Please note: It is recommended to wear comfortable, flat-soled shoes, clothing suitable for weather conditions, a hat, sunscreen and bring bottled water. Please wear swimsuits or swimsuits underneath your clothes as there are no toilet or shower facilities on site. Please bring snorkel gear from the ship. Swimmers are encouraged to wear foot protection (reef shoes) upon entering/exiting the water. Buses used for transportation may not be air-conditioned.

Excursion Code:
HIR-004
Honiara City Highlights
Duration:
3 Hours - $64

Embark on a guided tour that reveals many points of scenic, cultural, and historic interest about the Solomon Islands and their capital city, Honiara, on the northwestern coast of Guadalcanal. From the pier, you'll board an air-conditioned vehicle for your panoramic tour. Among the highlights you'll see is the Parliament House, a fine example of the architectural designs of these islands. You'll also see the U.S. War Memorial, built in 1992 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. The memorial site provides an excellent view of Iron Bottom Sound and the surrounding mountainous regions of Honiara and Guadalcanal. Next, view the local flora and fauna of the islands at the Botanical Gardens, and admire the diverse cultural artifacts of the islands at the National Museum. You will also have the opportunity to browse the local carving shops or craft market before you are transferred back to the ship.

Please note: Comfortable shoes recommended. Please bring a bottle of water from the ship.

Excursion Code:
HIR-002
Kakabona Village Cultural Tour 12:30 pm
Duration:
3 Hours - $94

Gain a firsthand experience of traditional daily life in a Solomon Islands village and of the islands' unique culture on this guided Kakabona Village Cultural Tour. From the ship, you'll board a vehicle for a 15-minute ride to Kakabona Village, where you'll be greeted with fresh coconuts. Then, witness the village's traditional setting; learn how meals are prepared on hot stones; enjoy demonstrations of coconut husking, fire building, and home building; and discover just why it is that the local people have remained content with their simple lifestyle for generations. You will be returned to the ship at the end of your tour.

Please note: Comfortable shoes recommended. Please bring a bottle of water from the ship.

Excursion Code:
HIR-003
SCUBA 1 Tank - World War II Japanese Wrecks (Advanced Divers)
Duration:
2 Hours - $135

This one-tank shore dive on a Japanese ship wreck from World War II goes to a depth between 3 and 40 meters (10 to 120 feet) and is for experienced certified divers only as the depth and average visibility can create challenging conditions. We encourage divers to bring an underwater flash light to fully enjoy wreck diving experience. After meeting the outside vendor on the pier, you will be transferred by truck or minivan to Bonegi Beach (approximately a 30 min drive). Once at the beach, you will receive a safety briefing and get fully-geared with scuba equipment. You will be entering in the water from the beach with all equipment on, and will follow the slope to slowly distinguish the wreck emerging from the depth. This wreck allows safe penetration, but divers should be used to wreck diving as buoyancy can be harder to handle for less experienced divers. The ship wreck is listing on its port side and is covered with sea fans, hard and soft coral. You will also be able to see groups of fish, nudibranch, and sea anemones with clown fish. After the dive, fresh water will be available to drink and when ready, you will be transferred back to the ship.

This dive is not recommended for guests with back problems as this is a shore dive and you will be asked to gear up on the beach and carry your tank while accessing the dive site.

For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba

Excursion Code:
HIR-300
WWII Historical Highlights Tour
Duration:
3 Hours - $79

The scene of the turning point of World War II in the Pacific theater, Guadalcanal boasts more war sites and relics than any other island in the Pacific. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the monuments and museums that are of great significance Americans and Japanese alike. Accompanied by a licensed, professional, English-speaking driver/guide, you’ll walk in the footsteps of the marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen who fought in this iconic campaign as you visit sights such as the U.S. Memorial, the Bloody Ridge, Henderson Field and Memorial Garden, and the Coast Watchers Memorial Lighthouse. After your tour, you’ll be transferred back to the ship.

Please note: Comfortable shoes recommended. Please bring a bottle of water from the ship.

Excursion Code:
HIR-001