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Shore Excursions

The opportunity to experience each destination in the most authentic, in-depth, and meaningful way is the very essence of luxury cruising with Paul Gauguin Cruises. Aboard our luxury vessel, you can choose from a wide array of shore excursions by land and sea that let you discover the dramatic beauty, rich history, and unique culture of your destination up close, in a small group.

To review your options, use the search function below, or view the individual itinerary of your choice through the “Plan Your Trip” online tool.

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.  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.

Glass-Bottom Boat (Rangiroa)
Duration:
1 Hour
Cost:
$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
Half Day to Teahatea Beach
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$126

Depart the ship by small local boats across the beautiful UNESCO biosphere reserve of Fakarava to the white sand beach of Teahatea just after the Garuae Pass. The boat is (8m) 50 long, special for excursions. It is equipped with all safety equipment and with a covered top and sides. The boat ride takes approximately 30 minutes depending on the weather conditions. You will have 2-2 ½ hours of free time to relax on the beach, enjoy a swim in the crystal clear lagoon or go snorkeling. Iced coconuts will be offered to you directly on the white sand beach and refreshments (fresh fruit juices, ice tea, and water) will be served. You can relax and enjoy the tranquility of this heavenly site.

Please note: The boat ride maybe bumpy and rough depending on the sea conditions. No facilities are available on the beaches: no restroom, nor beach chairs or umbrellas. Bring your snorkeling gear, provided by the ship, along with a towel and sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses. The excursion is weather dependant, and the beach may be substituted with a different one.

Excursion Code:
FAK-6737
  • Half Day Tour by eBike Located in Tahiti Iti
Half Day Tour by Ebike
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$75

Adventure across Tahiti Iti in an active and unconventional way; by Ebike. The tour is designed for both beginner and experienced bikers alike, as the bikes are equipped with electric motors and gears that allow the rider to customize the difficulty of the experience.

Depart from Vairao to the village of Teahupo'o, where the road ends, and enjoy views of the famous wave, named after the village. Journeying back, you will pass through Taravao Town and begin your ascent toward Taravao Plateau. Once here, you will reach the Belvedere Point and witness breathtaking views of Tahiti and Iti. Spend time on the plateau before heading back to Vairao for the conclusion of your biking adventure.

Please note: The tour follows the main road. The bikes are very easy to use; however the tour is classified as strenuous as it involves physical activities. Each guest has to determine if they are able to handle a 3 hour continuous pedaling tour with various stops.

Excursion Code:
ITI-2010
Hapatoni Discovery
Duration:
2.5 Hours
Cost:
$129

Discover the charm of the Marquesan wilderness on a visit to the island of Tahuata, accompanied by your onboard lecturer in anthropology and archaeology. Boarding an all-terrain vehicle in the village of Hapatoni, you will make your way to the village of Vaitahu, where you will learn about the island’s history during a visit the small museum located at city hall. You’ll also visit the old church enroute to a spectacular scenic lookout, where you will be surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks piercing the sky. Continue your exploration of the stunning landscape and quaint villages of Tahuata during this introduction to the beauty that is so characteristic of the Marquesas.

Please note: As this tour involves travel over uneven terrain, it is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems. This tour involves very little walking. Guests are encouraged to wear insect repellent to ward off small beach mosquitoes (nonos). Each vehicle will accommodate four guests. Although the drivers used are the best available, they are not guides, and their command of English is poor. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.

Excursion Code:
HPT-2070
  • Taravao Lookout Point Located in Tahiti Iti
Highlights of Tahiti Iti
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$95

Vairao is Tahiti's deepest bay, large enough to welcome the famous ocean liner, the SS France in 1972 and the French aircraft carriers; Foch (1966) and Clemenceau (1968). Departing the pier visit the small village of Teahupoo (Te ahu-Poo, the wall of heads).

Today, Teahupoo is well renowned for its surfing wave, known among the most famous surfers and home of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, one of the biggest international surfing competitions in the world. While the sea may be quiet and the wave barely on sight, extreme swells can cause this wave to become up to 30ft high.

Upon arriving to the village, the road becomes a popular departure point for those looking to explore the Fenua Aihere & Te Pari cliffs, only accessible by foot. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the beach and pass by the lighthouse. It is a lush and quiet place that most locals visit as a retreat.

Continuing the journey through the northern coast of the peninsula towards Taravao, a winding road leads to a panoramic lookout point at 600m (1968ft), where you can admire the volcanic shape of Tahiti and the isthmus of Taravao. Drive along pastures where dairy cows graze throughout, as the peninsula is an important farming zone in Tahiti. The plateau's landscape is sometimes compared to the Normandy countryside in France.

Travel through Taravao' isthmus that separates Tahiti Nui from Tahiti Iti and reach Vaipahi Gardens. There are over 75 different species of vegetation, all kept fresh by water from Lake Vaihiria in the center of the island, Tahiti's only fresh water lake. It is a beautiful walk through the garden, which includes a natural waterfall.

Return to the ship after a day of exploring the rugged side of Tahiti Iti.

Please note: Tours operate mainly on paved roads, however some road conditions may be bumpy. Those with bad backs, pregnant women or persons who suffer from motion sickness or vertigo should be advised accordingly.

Guests are recommended to wear comfortable appropriate attire including shoes (walking, water or hiking as needed), biodegradable sun protection (cream, hat, rash guard…), insect repellent, sunglasses, and bottle of water.

Expensive jewelry or clothing should not be worn on the tour. Camera equipment should be carried with care and appropriate protection. While we strive to follow our timing, the duration is approximate time is dependent on the group interest and local conditions. The itinerary and order of stops may vary. Tours DO operate in wet weather, and are subject to cancellation prior to departure dependent upon inappropriate weather conditions that would lead to safety issues. Weather is independent from our control and no refund and/or compensation will be given for tours operating under the rain. We apologize but this tour is not available to guests in wheelchair or with walking difficulties, due to the uneven walking areas visited.

Excursion Code:
ITI-2004
Huahine Iti by 4x4
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$95

The island equivalent to the Garden of Eden, Huahine Iti is an immense tropical jungle thriving with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Beyond its lush landscapes and bright blooms, Huahine is also a culturally preserved sanctuary with sacred temples hidden throughout dense vegetation. This tranquil paradise will seduce you with her whitesand beaches of Avea Bay, coral islets dotting an azure blue lagoon and luxurious mountains covered with magnificent foliage making her an idyllic garden paradise. It is covered with plantations and a wealth of beautiful plants, fruits and flowers and is also home to one of the most amazing white sand beaches in French Polynesia.

During this 4x4 tour you will be introduced to Huahine Iti, the more sensual and smaller of Huahine's two islands. There will be numerous stops along the way for panoramic views across the island, the bays and the surrounding lagoon and motus of Topati's and Murimahora. Visits to a vanilla and tropical fruit plantation and to the Marae Anini are included. A brief stop at a beach in Avea Bay is included for a dip in the lagoon and for refreshments (choice of soda, fruit juice or beer). Continue the tour 'off-road' into the Parea Valley for a drive over bumpy road through lush jungle before returning to the pier in Maroe.

Please note: Although the off-road vehicle will remain on the main road for most of the drive, this tour also involves travel over rough non-paved roads. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems or guests with limited mobility. Order of visits may be reversed and itinerary amended depending on weather conditions. Please bring cash as there will be an opportunity to buy vanilla and additional refreshments on the beach. Please wear/bring your swimwear and beach towel should you wish to have a swim at the beach.

Excursion Code:
HHN-6226
Huahine Nui Safari Expedition
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$95

Discover the beauty of Huahine on this 4x4 tour of the island. Depart the pier by off-road vehicle for the drive to Huahine Nui. Stop at the "Bellevue" View Point and capture beautiful photos of Maroe Bay and the m/s Paul Gauguin. Visit the village of Faie, and the sacred blue-eyed eels who reside there.

Next, take a short Polynesian outrigger canoe trip to visit, "Huahine Pearl Farm and Pottery" where you will learn the secrets of the black pearl and see Polynesian pottery made with a glaze found at the bottom of the lagoon while pearl farming. The pottery is available for purchase and refreshments will be served during the visit.

Continue on to Maeva, the island's most important marae (archaeological site). Drive along Lake Fauna Nui and see the ancient fish traps, restored by the local archaeologists and still in use today before returning via scenic road to the pier. On the way back, you will pass through the village of Fare, the main village of Huahine.

Please note: Although the off-road vehicle will remain on the main road for most of the drive, this tour also involves travel over non-paved roads with steep ascents and descents. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests who suffer from vertigo or motion sickness, or guests with limited mobility. Order of visits may be reversed and itinerary amended depending on weather conditions.

Excursion Code:
HHN-6225
Island Drive & Belvedere
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$49

Explore Moorea's exquisite beauty and day-to-day Polynesian lifestyle during this scenic orientation drive around the island. Depart the pier for a scenic and relaxing drive around Moorea. The distance around this idyllic island is approximately 38 miles (62 kilometers), and your ride offers many spectacular sites and photo opportunities. You will ride past pineapple fields and visit an ancient Tahitian stone temple, or marae, en route to Belvedere. At the summit, take in magnificent views of Cook's Bay, Opunohu Bay, and Mt. Rotui. Your ride continues on through the village of Papetoai and past the nearby tombs of the first missionaries. Your coach will return to the pier via the other side of the island. Along the way, you will passthrough the districts of Haapiti and Afareitu, then make a photo stop at the Ia Ora lookout point before arriving at the pier. And enjoy your guide's commentary about the daily lives of the Polynesian island residents all along the way.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Limited restroom stops. This tour is not recommended for guests who suffer from motion sickness. The guides commentary features information pertaining to daily living in Moorea; but does not include historical, cultural, or political facts or details.

Excursion Code:
MOO-1794
  • Huahine Island Exploration by Pirogue and Safari Truck
Island Exploration by Pirogue & Safari Truck
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$109

Visit archaeological sites, sacred blue-eyed eels, a black pearl farm, and an easy 40-minute snorkel on this land and sea tour of Huahine.

Your tour will depart the pier by off road vehicle and cross the bridge to Huahine Nui (big Huahine). Head around the majestic bay where the m/s Paul Gauguin is anchored, then ascend the island's steepest road for a spectacular panoramic view over Maroe Bay and take a photo with the ship in the background. After, a stop will be made to feed the sacred giant blue-eyed eels that live in the stream running through the village of Faie.

Continue your adventure along the lake Fauna Nui to Maeva, the most extensive archaeological site in the Pacific. Here, you will see stone temples and ancient fish traps still in use today restored by archaeologists. Afterwards, take a short Polynesian outrigger canoe trip to visit "Huahine Pearl Farm and Pottery", where you will learn the secrets of the black pearl and see their unique blue pottery made with a glaze found at the bottom of the lagoon while pearl farming. The pottery is available for purchase, and refreshments will be served at the pearl farm. Cruise the lagoon for a short trip and a snorkel stop to Motu Murimahora. Enjoy the turquoise lagoon and tropical fish with your experienced local guide. Return to the pier with spectacular views of the island.

The snorkeling stop is for all levels of experience, and people can start in shallow water to go as far out as comfortable. Please note: the tour has limited capacity and can start in reverse order, with the pirogue and snorkel stop first. Guests may choose their starting preference (Safari Truck or Pirogue) depending on availability. Restrooms are available at the Pearl Farm marina and at Motu Murimahora.

Excursion Code:
HHN-6224
Island Tour and Snorkeling (per boat)
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$835

Experience the beauty of Huahine from above and below the water during this snorkeling and cruise adventure. Depart the pier by private boat and discover the beauty of Huahine as you cruise around the island. Along the way, you will stop to visit a black pearl farm and learn about the creation and the beauty of these famous Tahitian gems. You will then continue your cruise to a beautiful coral garden, where you will don your snorkeling equipment and enter the water for up-close views of the amazing and colorful marine life that frequents the reef. Enjoy refreshments on your ride back to the pier.

Please note: The cost of this tour is per boat, which can accommodate up to four guests. When requesting online, please select only one ticket per boat. Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit under a cover up, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, and to bring a towel from the ship. Snorkeling equipment, fins, and life vests are available at the ship’s onboard watersports marina.

Excursion Code:
HHN-2021

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