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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. 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.

Trails of the Ancients Trek
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$105

Don't miss this fun, informative, and interactive visit to a relatively little visited side of Tahiti, as onboard lecturer archaeologist Mark Eddowes leads a unique cultural tour of the upland rain forest of Opunohu valley.

Mark Eddowes has worked clearing, mapping, excavating and restoring archaeological sites in the Opunohu valley since the 1980s. He works particularly on the life of the ancient Tahitians in this natural environment, studying their ancient habitation sites, agricultural terrace complexes, stone tool workshops, and ancient temples or marae. The recognized expert on the marae of the Society Islands, Mark will share with you his research results into the history of the temples, the rituals practiced there, and the warrior chiefs associated with them.

You will also learn about the uses in ancient times of the flora and tree species of the island for canoe manufacture, medicinal uses, and the sculpture of ti'i (tiki figures) and traditional house manufacture. Also on the itinerary of this tour are the landing site of Captain James Cook in 1777, the Opunohu agricultural school, and Belvedere lookout point.

Then, follow shady trails within the forest, between the ancient archaeological sites. Your transport will be on the traditional Le Truck, providing vista views and spectacular scenery along the way.

Please note: The forest trails are all downhill but can be slick after rain, and tree roots sometimes cross the trails. Insect repellent is not provided, so please bring your own. Bamboo staffs are provided to give stability if needed. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. A second Tahitian guide is always at the back of the line for any additional aid during the trek. Bring some money, as purchases (organic vanilla, native jam preserves, and real vanilla ice cream!) can be bought at the agricultural school. A small bottle of water is also recommended for the trek. Not recommended for people with heart disease, lung disease, or muscle, joint, or balance problems. Total length of the tour is 4 hours, 2 of which are spent walking the miles through the forest. On Sundays, the Agricultural School is closed.

Excursion Code:
MOO-3419
  • Uprising Beach resort
Uprising Beach Resort
Duration:
6 Hours
Cost:
$120

Head to Uprising Beach Resort, for a day of relaxation and fun. Enjoy a buffet lunch set right on the beach, featuring international flavors and Fijian favorites. There are two full service bars, and one right at the water's edge. For those looking for a bit of activity, the resort provides optional snorkeling safaris in Beqa Lagoon, Jet Ski rentals, tube rides, a fresh-water swimming pool, and the perfect sand beach, suitable for swimming at both low and hides tides. Free fun activities include beach volleyball, handicraft making, touch rugby and beach soccer.

Please note: Wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat, sunscreen and bottled water. At the end of the tour, optional shopping is available in Suva town before returning to the pier. The drive takes approximately. one hour, one way.

Excursion Code:
SUV-17
  • Urata Village waterfall inSavusavu, Fiji.
Urata Waterfall Tour
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$117

Enjoy a 30 minute scenic drive along the edge of Savusavu Bay passing the industrial area and Balaga Bay, (proposed site for the new wharf), to Urata Village (pronounced 'oo rartar') where you will be met by warriors who will escort you to the village meeting house to first meet the chief who will welcome you and grant permission to go to the waterfall.

Join the village guides who will take you on an easy 30 minute trek through the village plantations and rainforest to the waterfall and swimming holes. Enroute the guides will point out the different types of food crops growing in the plantations and explain the traditional use of herbal medicinal plants. Relax at the end of the trek in the shade of the rainforest and cool off in the icy cold fresh water pools then take a leisurely stroll back to the village where you will be entertained with singing and dancing by the villagers while waiting for your bus to return to the ship.

Please note: Guests are kindly asked to dress conservatively and mindfully of the Fijian culture, by avoiding wearing vests, skimpy tops, swim wear, short pants for ladies, and hats during the village tour. Please bring bottled water from the ship. Bring along your camera for photos and cash to purchase souvenirs. Those wishing to swim, please wear your swimwear and bring a beach towel from the ship. Tour is unsuitable for those with mobility problems.

Excursion Code:
SVU-7
  • Off-road adventure in Taipivai Valley, Nuku Hiva.
Visit of Taipivai Valley
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$129

Nuku Hiva’s spectacular beauty is yours to discover during this off-road adventure in the Taipivai Valley.

Depart the pier for the ride to the Taipivai Valley, one of the richest archaeological sites in the Marquesas Islands.The Taipivai Valley is a location made famous by the American writer and former sailor, Herman Melville (1819-1891), who deserted his ship and hid in this valley. Captured by indigenous natives, he lived in the Taipivai Valley for three weeks, a period during which he observed their way of life. This experience was the inspiration for his first novel, Typee.

En route to the Taipivai Valley, you will ride through the island’s interior along a steep trail lined with lush flora and vegetation, then traverse exquisite mountain terrain. Along the way, you’ll enjoy many opportunities to take magnificent photographs, as you stop several times to take in spectacular vistas of the coastline, bays, and valleys. At one particular stop, you will see your ship anchored in the Bay of Taihoae. Next, you will drive through Taipivai’s small agricultural villages, then proceed to a long stretch of beach at the end of the village. Here, you will stop again to admire splendid vistas of the valley and surrounding mountains.

Following your visit, you will reboard your off-road vehicle for the return ride to the pier.

Please note: As this tour involves travel over rough, uneven terrain, it is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems. The tour involves very little walking. Guests are encouraged to wear insect repellant or coconut oil for the skin (monoi) to ward off small beach mosquitoes (nonos). Pricing listed is per person. Space is imited to a maximum of 4 guests per vehicle. It is recommended that families and friends wishing to ride together contact the Travel Concierge Desk aboard ship in order to be assigned the same vehicle. 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:
NHT-2050
  • Botanical and scenic tour of Viseisei, Fiji.
Vuda Lookout Tour
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$95

Visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, home to around 2,000 species of orchids, then visit the chiefly village of Viseisei in the Vuda District where the native Fijians first settled after arriving in 1500 B.C. Enjoy some fruits in season and chilled fruit juices to quench your thirst while viewing panoramic, 360-degree breathtaking mountain and ocean overlooking the Bay of Nadi at the Vuda lookout point. Stop at Lautoka City Centre for souvenir shopping before returning to the port.

Please note: Recommended dress code shorts/skirts and Polo or T-shirts, something cool. Bring along your camera and currency to for purchasing souvenirs.

Tour is offered on the day of disembarkation only. Cannot be pre reserved, must be booked with the Travel Concierge onboard.

Tour is not offered on the reverse itinerary, Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Island or the Fiji to Bali itinerary. Offered only when debarking Lautoka.

Excursion Code:
LAU-023
  • Hardwood in Waisali Reservation in Savusavu, Fiji.
Waisali Rain Forest & Reserve
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$123

The Waisali Reserve is one of the few remaining unexploited forests in Fiji and is the natural habitat for the native Fijian hardwood - some of the trees being over 100 years old. On the two hour forest trail engulfed by majestic trees you may be fortunate to see or hear the red breasted musk parrot or the beautiful orange dove -both endemic and rare bird species. The quiet serene is disturbed only by the occasional sound of the barking pigeon and moving stream water. Take time to rest in the bure beside the rock pool which is home to finfish species, eel, prawn and freshwater snails. The reserve freshwater fauna are unique so the pool is kept undisturbed and is not suitable for swimming. This tour involves uphill walking so good walking shoes are recommended.

Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear a hat, sunglasses, sun screen and comfortable walking shoes for this tour. Please bring bottled water from the ship. This tour is not recommended for guests with heart conditions, as this tour includes strenuous uphill and downhill walking.

Excursion Code:
SVU-4
Waverunner & Snorkeling
Duration:
1.5 Hours
Cost:
$299

Depart from Rotoava village for a short drive to the Waverunner Base. Commence your tour with a safety briefing, then continue your guided tour with a ride along the scenic coast. During your tour, you will have the opportunity to snorkel and one of the stops will be a visit to the black pearl shell lines. One bottle of water per person is offered.

Please note: Bring your snorkel gear from the ship. Operation of this tour is dependent upon weather and water conditions. This tour is priced per-waverunner, which will accommodate two average-sized adults (weight limit 500 lbs). When pre-requesting this tour, please select only one ticket.

Excursion Code:
FAK-6738
Waverunner & Snorkeling Adventure
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$259

Start your tour with a short introduction on how to drive your VX Yamaha 250CC Waverunner. Afterwards, your guide will take you for a ride around the north-eastern side of Taha'a's lagoon. Stop for explanations on the way to your snorkeling stop. The Waverunner has a spacious compartment where you can store your snorkeling gear. You will stop at one of the most beautiful coral gardens and have one of the most memorable snorkeling experiences during your cruise.

Please note: Bring your snorkel gear from the ship. Tour Ends at Motu Mahana

Excursion Code:
TAM-2491
Waverunner Adventure
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$239

Experience Moorea's idyllic coastal beauty in an exciting new way during this fun-filled waverunner adventure.

Depart the pier for the boat transfer to the waverunner center. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety and simple operating instructions from your guide, then embark your waverunner and begin your ride.

Led by your guide, you will cruise either along the west coast of Moorea or through the spectacular Opunohu Bay or Cook's Bay. Along the way, a stop will be made at Motu Ono for an opportunity to feed elegant and graceful rays as they swim around you in the shallow water. Fresh fruit and beverages will then be served on the motu.

Following your visit, you will be transferred to the waverunner center, then back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is priced per wave runner, which can accommodate two average-sized adults, maximum weight per wave runner is 500 lbs. Please select only one ticket for 2 guests. You will be required to wear a lifejacket during the ride, remain in line and follow no closer than 30- yards behind your guide. There is a small storage compartment on board the wave runner. The total wave runner ride is approximately 45-50 minutes. The minimum age to drive is 16 years and minimum 10 years to be accompanied by an adult. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests with back and/or neck problems are discouraged to participate on this tour.

Excursion Code:
MOO-2655
Whale Watching Expedition (Seasonal)
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$180

Dr. Michael Poole's team will take you on this exciting and educational boat-based eco-tour where you can observe humpback whales in their natural environment, the ocean. If conditions are favorable (a calm sea; calm whale behavior) and participants who are strong snorkelers, then you may also snorkel in the water to observe the whales. You can also bask in the dramatic beauty of Moorea and learn about its geology.

From July through October humpback whales come to Moorea's waters to rest, mate, give birth, and nurse their calves. Whales are found during 95% of these tours, and you may also see schools of dolphins. The primary objective will be to find and observe humpback whales, and if possible, to slip into the water to observe them underwater. Getting into the water is not obligatory or always possible, so people who simply want to observe whales from the boat are also welcome

In February 2019 Dr. Poole and his research and conservation efforts on humpback whales were featured on Animal Planet and ABC TV. His team operates with the utmost respect in the presence of these incredible giants. A guarantee cannot be given that whales will be found nor that it will be possible to get into the water, but the team will do their best. Participation is limited to 12 people maximum.

Please note: Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel and snorkel gear from the ship. Operation of this tour is subject to guide availability.

Excursion Code:
MOO-1799

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