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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.

Muri Lagoon Cruise
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$119

Rarotonga’s spectacular tropical beauty and marine life are yours to discover during this scenic and memorable cruise on the Muri Lagoon.

Depart the pier for the transfer to the Muri, Rarotonga’s inner lagoon. Upon arrival, you will embark a glass-bottom boat and begin your cruise. Along the way, you will observe a myriad of colorful coral and fish. More adventurous guests will have an opportunity to go snorkeling among the schools of tropical fish. The fish are extremely tame and used to swimmers, and will take food from your hand.

Following your cruise, you will be transferred back to the ship.

Please note: Wear your swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. The boat is covered and features a water-access ladder. There are no restroom facilities on the boat. Snorkeling equipment will be provided.

Excursion Code:
RTG-4902
Nausori Highland Tour
Duration:
4.5 Hours
Cost:
$129

Depart Lautoka Wharf and drive through Queen's highway, passing residents, villagers, and sugarcane fields. Then, turn off the highway through the outskirts of Nadi, and travel through sugarcane plantations winding your way up the hills to Nausori. Arrive at the height of the highlands for a view of Nadi Bay through to the Mamanuca group of islands. You will receive refreshments at the lookout. After refreshments, depart for the heights for Nausori Village, where guests observe a Kava ceremony, enjoy a village tour and afternoon tea. Depart Nausori Village for Lautoka Pier via the Nadi Hindu temple.

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

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

Price is subject to change.

Excursion Code:
LAU-022
Nukubalavu Village Tour
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$125

Experience the day-to-day life of Fijian people during a memorable visit to an authentic Fijian village. Journey along the scenic coast road to visit Nukubalavu Village, home of the paramount chief of Savusavu. Guests will be greeted by the village elders and invited to witness and participate in a kava ceremony where the powdered kava is mixed with water and presented by a'bilo' (coconut cup) to those who wish to taste this ceremonial drink. Following the ceremony the guide will take guests on a tour of the village to experience the warmth of the native Fijians. Guests may mingle with villagers and their children to learn more about their culture and witness traditional art craftwork. Finished craft work will be available for purchase, and guests are also invited to taste a traditional Fijian fresh green coconut juice before boarding the 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.

Price is subject to change.

Excursion Code:
SVU-5
Omoa Petroglyphs Walk
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$75

Set in a luscious native forest within a picturesque valley is an ancient ceremonial site where Marquesans prayed to their gods to provide abundant water for their crops. Trekking up to the site you will pass an old chief's paepae upon which is a small tiki carved in the famous ke'etu stone of the islands. Ascending inland you will see a number of sites whose functions will be explained to you by your on-board lecturer in anthropology and archaeology, Mark Eddowes. Finally you will arrive on the crest of a ridge featuring important petroglyphs, or rock art. The images depict anthropomorphic images of men, concentric circle eyes of magical tikis and even an ancient sailing canoe. However, the most impressive petroglyph and one of the largest in the Marquesas is that of the famous paoa, which looks like a huge tuna fish, carved into the rock. See also the grinding, polishing and sharpening stones used in ancestral working of adzes and other tools. Enjoy the magnificent scenery surrounding the site as sharp mountain peaks pierce the sky. This excursion provides a wonderful chance to visit the interior of Fatu Hiva's beautiful Omoa Valley.

Please note: The hike is medium to difficult and involves uphill walking in hot and humid conditions. Participants should be physically fit, carry a bottle of water and wear a hat. Sturdy footwear appropriate to trekking is recommended.

Excursion Code:
FHT-2045
Pa "Son of Rarotonga"
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$145

Discover the wisdom of Pa, one of the Cook Islands best known traditional healers, during this informative guided nature trek.

Depart the pier for the drive to the interior of the island. Upon arrival, you will join your guide on a trek along an ancient pathway used by Pa’s ancestors before the missionaries arrived. Along the way, your guide will share Pa’s in-depth knowledge of medicinal plants and of the culture and history of these islands. He will also provide demonstrations of the preparation of various traditional medicines and their applications. Bottled water and seasonal fruit will be served at Pa’s residence.

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

Please note: This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair will not be permitted on this tour. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.

Excursion Code:
RTG-4901
Polynesian Cultural Show
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$55

Board an island bus at Halaevalu Wharf and proceed to Eneio Botanical Garden. This tour offers a truly interactive experience which allows you to relive Polynesian yesterday and experience native lifestyles through guided, on-site, live demonstration and gentle strolling tours amongst the lush tropical paradise of the stunning and only Botanical Garden in Tonga. You will be fascinated with the various demonstrations which includes the making of clothing from bark, along with the creation of jewelry and mats from pandanus leaves, the making of milk and products from coconuts, the making of beverages from plant roots, the production of essence from vanilla beans, and juice from nonu fruits. This guided tour highlights the owner's efforts in conservation and preservation of different plant species since 1972, and is the only opportunity to discover the splendid collection of plants, mature trees and flowering shrubs in this garden. Return to Halaevalu Wharf via Tailulu College, Pouono Cemetery and the Catholic Cathedral Church for your last scenic view and photo-stop.

Please note: Transportation is by non-air-conditioned island bus/minivan without PA systems or microphones. Some roads are unpaved and rutted; the ride can be bumpy. We recommend bringing insect repellent, comfortable flat-soled shoes, sunglasses, a hat, a small bottle of water and clothing suited to weather conditions.

Price is subject to change.

Excursion Code:
VAV-3867
Raro Safari by 4x4
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$135

Explore Rarotonga’s pristine natural beauty in an exciting new way during this off-road tour of the island’s stunning lagoons, valleys, and inland villages.

Depart the pier in an off-road, open-top safari truck for a drive to Rarotonga’s back roads and valleys. Along the way, you will be privy to sights and sounds regular visitors to the island would not typically have an opportunity to experience. You will learn how traditional Cook Islanders live, and your guide will provide you with an informative commentary on the various traditional uses of local flora and fauna.

Following your tour, you will be returned to the pier.

Please note: As this tour involves travel over bumpy surfaces, guests with back and/or neck problems and guests with limited mobility are discouraged from participating. Seating on the trucks is very basic. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are recommended.

Excursion Code:
RTG-4898
Rarotonga Circle Island Tour
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$135

Depart the pier for an orientation ride around the island, an excellent way to see the island. Along the way, you will visit such sites as Ngatangiia Harbour, the departure point of the Polynesian Migration to New Zealand in 1350 AD, and a historical back road built in 1050 ADcalled the Road of Toi, or Ara Metua. Visit Muri Lagoon, where you’ll enjoy light refreshments and a cultural show, then continue on past ceremonial sites that include Arai Te Tonga, several historical buildings, the library, the museum, and fruit and vegetable plantations.

This tour provides guests with an excellent orientation to the island of Rarotonga and is recommended for all visitors who want an appreciation of the island and its culture and history.

Following your tour, you will be returned to the pier.

Excursion Code:
RTG-4894
Romantic Escapade at Moorea - Lanai Room (per couple)
Duration:
Overnight
Cost:
$900

Experience a romantic interlude in a lanai room at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa.

Depart the pier for a water transfer to the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome drink and oshibori. After check-in, you will spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

During your stay, you will have access to a wide array of amenities, including the beach, kayaking, canoeing, a swimming pool and tennis. You'll also enjoy a romantic, candlelit dinner for two in the privacy of your room terrace, with Champagne included. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Breakfast the following morning followed by a mid-day transfer back to the ship's tender pier.

Program includes: One night stay in a Lanai Room which includes a welcome fruit; VIP Greeting upon arrival, consisting of a welcome drink and oshibori. Access to a wide array of fun filled activities including the beach, kayaking, canoeing and tennis; One romantic candlelit dinner for two in the privacy of your room terrace, including one bottle of Champagne; Breakfast for two served at the hotel's restaurant; roundtrip water transfers to/from hotel.

The Romantic Escapade requires advance booking and must be pre-paid. Unlike our standard excursions, reservations for this optionalshore excursion will be accepted outside of 60 days from sailing. If youwould like to book this optional excursion, please contact your travelprofessional or Paul Gauguin Cruises' Reservation Department at 1-800-848-6172. A 100% cancellation penalty applies to overland programs canceled 60 days or less prior to scheduled arrival.

Excursion Code:
MOO-002
Romantic Escapade at Moorea - Partial Overwater Bungalow (per couple)
Duration:
Overnight
Cost:
$1450

Experience a romantic interlude in a partial over-water bungalow at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa.

Depart the pier for a water transfer to the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome drink and oshibori. After check-in, you will spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

During your stay, you will have access to a wide array of amenities, including the beach, kayaking, canoeing, a swimming pool and tennis. You'll also enjoy a romantic, candlelit dinner for two in the privacy of your room terrace, with Champagne included. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Canoe Breakfast the following morning followed by a mid-day transfer back to the ship's tender pier.

Program includes: one night stay in a partial overwater bungalow, which includes a welcome fruit; VIP Greeting upon arrival, consisting of a welcome drink and oshibori. Access to a wide array of fun filled activities including the beach, kayaking, canoeing and tennis; One romantic candlelit dinner for two in the privacy of your room terrace, including one bottle of Champagne; One canoe breakfast for two served in your overwater bungalow; roundtrip water transfers to/from hotel.

The Romantic Escapade requires advance booking and must be pre-paid. Unlike our standard excursions, reservations for this optionalshore excursion will be accepted outside of 60 days from sailing. If youwould like to book this optional excursion, please contact your travelprofessional or Paul Gauguin Cruises' Reservation Department at 1-800-848-6172. A 100% cancellation penalty applies to overland programs canceled 60 days or less prior to scheduled arrival.

Excursion Code:
MOO-001

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