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 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.

BBQ on Motu & Snorkeling
Duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
$139

Your boat will take you through the beautiful waters of Cook's and Opunohu Bays whilst enjoying the scenery of the north coast of Moorea. Arrive at the Stingray spot for a moment to swim with these graceful and elegant creatures. From here you will continue to the private motu where a BBQ lunch awaits you. Water, beer, sodas and soft drinks available with lunch. You will also see the preparation of Poisson Cru with Coconut Milk as well as demonstrations of Coconuts and Pareo tying. There will be time to swim, snorkel and enjoy the island.

Please note: Please bring your snorkel equipment, beach towel, sunscreen and sunglasses from the ship. Sunchairs are available on the motu and plenty of shade is provided by the trees. Restroom facilities on the motu.

Excursion Code:
MOO-6975
Beach Combing & Snorkeling
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$59

From Halaevalu Wharf, you will be travelling in non-air-conditioned 'island style' minivans to the beautiful Tongan Beach Resort, via the township of Neiafu, through picturesque little villages, and past a vanilla plantation, an important source of income for the island. You will have approximately two hours of free time to relax in the sun, swim and snorkel. There are a limited number of sun chairs and umbrellas available on the beach. The beach is part sand and part rocks. Resort services and activities are available at an additional cost.

Please note: Bring your snorkeling equipment from the ship, swimsuit, towel and reef/water shoes to wear while swimming as there's coral underfoot. Insect repellent is also recommended.

Excursion Code:
VAV-005
Black Pearl Farm
Duration:
1.5 Hours
Cost:
$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
  • Experience the marine life and scenery of Bora Bora.
Blue Lagoon Escapade
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$1145

Experience the very best of Bora Bora’s lagoon during this scenic and memorable private boat tour.

Depart the pier on board the sporty 23-foot Jeanneu, Cap Camarat 715WA motorized boat. Ride around the island and stop to observe a stingray ballet. Snorkel in the majestic coral gardens. Visit the reef sharks, manta rays and much more. At the conclusion of your cruise, you will be transferred back to the pier.

Please note: The tour cost is per-boat, which can accommodate up to four guests. Select only one ticket. Wear your swimsuit under a cover up with aqua socks or similar, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a towel plus your snorkel gear from the ship. The boat has a sun top. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Alcoholic beverages will be served only after water activities are completed. This is not a Catamaran Sail.

Excursion Code:
BRB-6701
  • Bonjouir's Garden of Eden in Tahiti Iti
Bonjouir's Garden of Eden
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$95

Discover the amazing nature sanctuary that is Bonjouir's Garden of Eden. Located on the far end of Tahiti Iti, it is one of the most preserved areas of the entire island of Tahiti. This family garden spreads from the shores of the ocean to the majestic mountain of Fenua Aihere. Ocean-side, you will find a wide variety of supple and colorful flowers; on the mountain-side, you will find an arboretum including all local fruits, varieties of tubers - used in traditional cooking such as taro, fafa, manioc - and even centenary 'mape' trees. A river winds across with freshwater swimming ponds throughout, and vestiges of Marae Tapihoa and Pae Pae can be found towards the back of the garden.

During the visit, you will experience two guided tours; one explaining the local flora, and the other on the legends of the Fenua Aihere, while also tasting fresh local fruits along the way. For the more adventurous, you can swim in the river, hike up to enjoy the panoramic views and even feed eels.

Please note: A short van ride and boat ride will take you to your destination. Please bring a bottle of water, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, mosquito repellent and wear comfortable walking shoes. The tour starts and ends with a short drive to and from Teahupo'o Marina. Kindly note that wildlife is not guaranteed (eels can swim upstream if there's a strong current). Guests who decide to hike should be prepared with closed-toed shoes and proper clothing. Guests are encouraged to bring their swimsuit. Changing rooms are available at the Guest House.

Excursion Code:
ITI-2006
  • Spend a day at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa.
Bora Bora - A Day at the Beach
Duration:
Cost:
$0
Excursion Code:
BRB-001
  • Scenic tour of Bora Bora.
Bora Bora Island Tour by "Le Truck"
Duration:
2.5 Hours
Cost:
$51

Explore the island paradise of Bora Bora during this scenic orientation tour via Le Truck. Depart the pier aboard a Le Truck. First, you will drive through the district of Fa'anui. Along the way, you will pass by small villages and fields that offer a glimpse into the everyday life of the people of Bora Bora. A brief stop will be made at Fa'anui Bay for photographs of Mounts Otemanu and Pahia. Your drive will continue on to the ancient ceremonial site of Fa'anui Marae, followed by a look at the bunkers constructed by American GIs during WWII. Next, a stop will be made at Mama Edna's to sample such local delicacies as breadfruit, poe mixed with coconut milk (not marinated), taro and tropical fruit. You will also have an opportunity to buy some local, hand-painted pareus. From a lookout point, you will see Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora's highest peak, which stands as a silent sentinel over the Pearl of the Pacific. You will then pass by Bora Bora's Club Med Village before reaching sandy Matira Beach. A stop will be made here to take in splendid vistas and photo opportunities before driving back to Vaitape. On occasion, an air-conditioned bus may replace Le Truck.

Please note: Le Truck is an open-air vehicle resembling a windowless bus. Be prepared for a bumpy ride during part of this island tour.

Excursion Code:
BRB-1608
Bora Bora Off-Road Adventure
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$129

Embrace Bora Bora’s pristine natural beauty in an exhilarating new way during this exciting off-road adventure along the road less traveled.

Depart the pier with your driver for an off-road excursion to places only accessible via Land Rover. Your driver will navigate the steep terrain and introduce you to the plants, trees, and lifestyles of Bora Bora.

You will drive through the small town of Vaitape on the shore of Pofai Bay, then ascend Pahonu Hill. Here, you will find expansive views of Bora Bora’s natural harbor and Matira Beach. You will then continue on for a second ascent, more off-road adventure, and a visit to the cannons still standing in their original World War II locations. Next, you will travel along Bora Bora’s north shore for a visit to the lush valley of Fa’anui.

Your journey will conclude with spectacular views and photo opportunities of Fa’anui Bay from a traditional plantation high up in the mountains. Afterward, you will be returned to the pier.

Please note: As this tour involves rough off-road driving and steep ascents and descents, guests with back and/or neck problems and guests with limited mobility are discouraged from participating. The order of stops may vary. Price is per person.

Excursion Code:
BRB-1609
  • Agricultural tour of Moorea.
Botanical & Agricultural Walk
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$99

Experience Moorea's botanical and agricultural beauty up close during this scenic and informative walking tour.

Depart the pier for a brief transfer via minivan to the Moorea Agricultural Domain. Upon arrival, you will spend the next 2 hours on a guided walk covering approximately 1.25 miles. Your pleasant downhill stroll will include frequent stops to explore the local flora and take in wonderful views and photo opportunities.

Moorea is one of the world's most beautiful islands and is renowned for its exotic plants, trees, fruits, and flowers, along with their flavors and fragrances. During this intimate tour, your guide will show you many plants of interest and inform you about their origins and uses. You will also learn about the island's natural formation and its human colonization. Along the way, hear tales of ancestors, discoverers, missionaries, and colonists, and learn about Polynesia's past and present way of life.

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

Please note: As this hiking tour involves walking on dirt paths, guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes that may become dirty/muddy. Guests are also encouraged to use insect repellent. This tour is limited to a maximum of seven guests.

Tour price noted is valid for travel in 2019. Price will increase to $99in 2020.

Excursion Code:
MOO-6892
By Aquaplane: Bora Bora and Tupai Flightseeing (30 minutes flight)
Duration:
1.5 Hours
Cost:
$310

Start your adventure by reachng the Cessna 208 Caravan amphibian by boat transfer from Vaitape. Right after a safety briefing, it will be time to discover the breathtaking and unforgettable sights our islands have to offer. Bora Bora, the "Pearl of the Pacific," will unveil the shades of its turquoise lagoon considered as one of the most stunning in the world, but also the beauty of the majestic Mt. Otemanu. During your tour, you will have the chance to fly over a mosaic made of splendid overwater bungalows, Matira point, remains from the World War II, or the motu Tapu, among so many others. After a few minutes flying over the ocean, you will be able to encounter a wonder of nature: Tupai, the heart-shaped atoll. But as all good things come to an end, it will be time for you to go back to the Bora Bora airport where a boat will take you back to Vaitape.

Please note: Depending on the weather conditions the boat ride to and from Vaitape pier may be bumpy. Not recommended for guests with limited mobility, pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems.

Excursion Code:
BRB-1610

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