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Tahiti & the Society Islands

Tahiti & Society Islands

The perfect introduction—or reintroduction— to the picture-perfect charms of the South Pacific, this 7-night sojourn whisks you away to destinations that played muse for author James A. Michener, painter Paul Gauguin, and many more. Where will you find your inspiration? Vanilla-scented Taha’a? Rugged Moorea? Or perhaps even just watching the Technicolor sunset from your balcony onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin.

Tahiti & Society Islands Highlights

  • Slow down and let stress float away on secluded Huahine, where relaxation is the only item on your to-do list. Explore the local village on foot. Wander through lush rainforests. Float in crystal-clear lagoons. It’s all at your fingertips.
  • Live the life idyllic with a memorable day on Motu Mahana, our own private slice of paradise. On this exclusive islet, treat yourself to sand between your toes, the shade of swaying palm trees, a sumptuous barbecue lunch, and, of course, drinks sipped from coconuts.
  • Enjoy an overnight in Bora Bora, which gives you ample time to explore this laid-back destination’s dramatic mountain peaks, romantic lagoons, and impossibly turquoise waters.

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Itinerary


Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Embark the m/s Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

Papeete, Tahiti

The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic atolls strewn across the grand Pacific Ocean, and the island of Tahiti is the largest of all 118. Explore the dynamic dining, nightlife, and shopping in the capital city of Papeete before embarking on The Paul Gauguin.
Day 2 – Huahine, Society Islands

Huahine, Society Islands

Known as “The Garden Island,” Huahine’s lush rainforests and dramatic terrain surround sacred sites and legendary landmarks that are among the best-preserved archeological sites in French Polynesia. If Huahine’s expansive lagoon is calling your name, enjoy a SCUBA diving excursion or picnic on the beach.
Day 3 – Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands

Motu Mahana

Embark on your choice of exciting shore excursions today, or spend your whole day relaxing on Motu Mahana, our very own private islet. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, or simply lounge on the beach with a chilled beverage from our floating bar. Les Gauguines will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment and demonstrate traditional Polynesian crafts. A delicious barbecue lunch is provided.
Day 4 & 5 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

Bora Bora

A bucket list destination for many, stunning Bora Bora welcomes you for two full days of exploring lush peaks, white-sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, and romantic lagoons. Experience the natural beauty of the island with an optional snorkeling excursion, sunset jetboat ride, or a helicopter tour that flies you over Bora Bora’s iconic Mount Otemanu. You can also spend time at our private beach which offers volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding.
Day 6 – Moorea, Society Islands

Moorea

Vibrant colors abound during two leisurely days in Moorea, in everything from fresh fruits and flowers to multi-hued lagoons, and from spectacular mountain peaks to palm-fringed beaches. Shop for local handicrafts, embark on an optional dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist, and sample the local pineapples, said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia.
Day 7 – Moorea, Society Islands / Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

Moorea Pearls

Vibrant colors abound on Moorea, in everything from fresh fruits and flowers to multi-hued lagoons, and from spectacular mountain peaks to palm-fringed beaches. Shop for local handicrafts, embark on an optional dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist, and sample the local pineapples, said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia.
Day 8 – Disembark in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

Papeete farewell

Tahiti’s capital city of Papeete welcomes you back with emerald hillsides, sapphire waters, and warm breezes. If you’re not ready for your South Pacific vacation to end, spend a few days here experiencing resorts, spas, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.

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Dates & Rates


Dates & Rates

Airfare included from Los Angeles on all Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific voyages sailings aboard The Gauguin.

50% off listed fares are shown below — plus enjoy included airfare from Los Angeles

DatesFEDCBAGrand SuiteOwner's Suite
Jan 27, 2018$4,845$5,145$6,145$6,495$7,495$8,795$10,845$11,245
Feb 3, 2018$4,845$5,145$6,145$6,495$7,495$8,795$10,845$11,245
Feb 10, 2018$4,845$5,145$6,145$6,495$7,495$8,795$10,845$11,245
Feb 17, 2018$4,845$5,145$6,145$6,495$7,495$8,795$10,845$11,245
Mar 17, 2018$5,595$5,895$6,895$7,045$8,245$9,595$11,795$12,245
Mar 24, 2018$5,595$5,895$6,895$7,045$8,245$9,595$11,795$12,245
Mar 31, 2018$5,595$5,895$6,895$7,045$8,245$9,595$11,795$12,245
Apr 7, 2018$5,595$5,895$6,895$7,045$8,245$9,595$11,795$12,245
May 5, 2018$5,695$6,045$7,195$7,395$8,695$10,045$12,445$12,895
May 12, 2018$5,695$6,045$7,195$7,395$8,695$10,045$12,445$12,895
May 19, 2018$5,695$6,045$7,195$7,395$8,695$10,045$12,445$12,895
Jun 16, 2018$5,845$6,145$7,395$7,595$8,995$10,345$12,795$13,245
Jun 23, 2018$5,845$6,145$7,395$7,595$8,995$10,345$12,795$13,245
Jul 28, 2018$5,845$6,145$7,395$7,595$8,995$10,345$12,795$13,245
Sep 1, 2018$5,845$6,145$7,395$7,595$8,995$10,345$12,795$13,245
Sep 29, 2018$5,695$6,045$7,195$7,395$8,695$10,045$12,445$12,895
Oct 13, 2018$5,695$6,045$7,195$7,395$8,695$10,045$12,445$12,895
Nov 10, 2018$5,595$5,895$6,895$7,045$8,245$9,595$11,795$12,245
Dec 8, 2018$3,995$4,345$5,445$5,995$6,945$8,795$10,295$10,695
Dec 15, 2018$3,995$4,345$5,445$5,995$6,945$8,795$10,295$10,695
Dec 22, 2018$5,845$6,145$7,395$7,595$8,995$10,345$12,795$13,245
Dec 29, 2018$5,845$6,145$7,395$7,595$8,995$10,345$12,795$13,245
Jan 5, 2019$4,945$5,295$6,345$6,645$7,745$9,245$11,245$11,645
Jan 12, 2019$4,945$5,295$6,345$6,645$7,745$9,245$11,245$11,645
Jan 19, 2019$4,945$5,295$6,345$6,645$7,745$9,245$11,245$11,645
Feb 9, 2019$5,645$5,995$7,045$7,295$8,495$9,945$12,195$12,695
Feb 16, 2019$5,645$5,995$7,045$7,295$8,495$9,945$12,195$12,695
Feb 23, 2019$5,645$5,995$7,045$7,295$8,495$9,945$12,195$12,695
Mar 2, 2019$5,645$5,995$7,045$7,295$8,495$9,945$12,195$12,695
Mar 30, 2019$5,945$6,295$7,445$7,645$8,995$10,395$12,845$13,345
Apr 6, 2019$5,945$6,295$7,445$7,645$8,995$10,395$12,845$13,345
Apr 27, 2019$5,945$6,295$7,445$7,645$8,995$10,395$12,845$13,345
May 18, 2019$5,945$6,295$7,445$7,645$8,995$10,395$12,845$13,345
May 25, 2019$5,945$6,295$7,445$7,645$8,995$10,395$12,845$13,345
Jun 1, 2019$5,945$6,295$7,445$7,645$8,995$10,395$12,845$13,345
Jun 8, 2019$5,945$6,295$7,445$7,645$8,995$10,395$12,845$13,345
Jul 20, 2019$6,095$6,445$7,645$7,845$9,295$10,695$13,245$13,695
Jul 27, 2019$6,095$6,445$7,645$7,845$9,295$10,695$13,245$13,695
Aug 24, 2019$6,095$6,445$7,645$7,845$9,295$10,695$13,245$13,695
Oct 12, 2019$5,645$5,995$7,045$7,295$8,495$9,945$12,195$12,695
Oct 26, 2019$5,645$5,995$7,045$7,295$8,495$9,945$12,195$12,695
Dec 7, 2019$4,295$4,645$5,695$6,145$7,195$8,895$10,645$10,995
Dec 21, 2019$6,095$6,445$7,645$7,845$9,295$10,695$13,245$13,695
Dec 28, 2019$6,095$6,445$7,645$7,845$9,295$10,695$13,245$13,695

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and include 50% off standard cruise fares. Single supplement pricing is available upon request. Economy Class airfare from Los Angeles is included; air add-ons from home city are available on request. Air credit for non-use of this promotion is $1,600. Port, security, and handling fees of $149 per person are additional. Pricing for the third guest in the same stateroom is as follows: 17 years old and under, FREE; 18 years of age and older, $125 per night. Third guest is cruise-only; air and taxes are additional. Please click here to view pre-promotional fares and full terms and conditions.Prices are per person, double occupancy, and include 50% off standard cruise fares. Single supplement pricing is available upon request. Economy Class airfare from Los Angeles is included; air add-ons from home city are available on request. Air credit for non-use of this promotion is $1,600. Port, security, and handling fees of $149 per person are additional. Pricing for the third guest in the same stateroom is as follows: 17 years old and under, FREE; 18 years of age and older, $125 per night. Third guest is cruise-only; air and taxes are additional. Please click here to view pre-promotional fares and full terms and conditions.

Included in rates

  • Roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles
  • Airport/pier transfers
  • All shipboard meals, in a choice of venues
  • Complimentary room service
  • All beverages, including select wines and spirits
  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards and dining staff
  • Complimentary watersports
  • Day at our private islet, Motu Mahana
  • Access to our private beach in Bora Bora

The Paul Gauguin


The Paul Gauguin

The Paul Gauguin
The m/s Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti and French Polynesia, visiting small ports that larger ships can’t reach and effortlessly blending into the stunning natural beauty of the South Seas. She offers an extension of the informal, relaxing environment of the islands, coupled with five-star service, comfort, and luxury. Spacious suites and staterooms (more than 70% with private balconies), an onboard watersports marina, a choice of three open-seating dining venues, and an extensive spa are among her luxurious attributes. The atmosphere aboard the ship radiates warmth, informality, and Polynesian flair. If you book your cruise now, you’ll be sailing aboard The Gauguin at her finest, having recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation.

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Extend Your Cruise


Extend Your Cruise

Bora Bora

Bora BoraAuthor James Michener referred to Bora Bora as “the most beautiful Island in the world,” and once wrote, “Anyone who has ever been there wants to go back.”

Paul Gauguin Cruises offers you two options for prolonging your experience of this idyllic island’s exquisite beauty and unique culture. Discover the eco-friendly jewel that is the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, located between the “two hearts” of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef. The Deep Ocean Spa offers treatments using deep sea water to replenish the body’s minerals and restore equilibrium, and the resort also offers many other cultural and recreational activities to fill your days, including canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, stargazing, and handicraft demonstrations.

Or spend your time at the InterContinental Le Moana Resort, which occupies what most people say is the most beautiful site in French Polynesia. Two white-sand beaches, a wide array of watersports, intriguing cultural activities, and unique bungalows poised over the water are the ingredients for the ultimate island escape.

InterContinental Le Moana Resort

Rates listed apply to 2017 7, 11 and 14-night cruise itineraries and are good until March 31, 2017. Please call for latest pricing and details.

Beach Bungalow

For guests who are booking Paul Gauguin’s Air Sea program:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival & Pre-registered room:  $1,925
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $1,745
  • Extra Night $390

For guests who are booking cruise only:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival & Pre-registered room:  $1,955
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $1,895
  • Extra Night $390
Overwater Bungalow

For guests who are booking Paul Gauguin’s Air Sea program:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival & Pre-registered room:  $2,255
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $2,035
  • Extra Night $490

For guests who are booking cruise only:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival & Pre-registered room:  $2,285
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $2,185
  • Extra Night $490

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso SpaRates listed apply to 2017 7, 11 and 14-night cruise itineraries and are good until March 31, 2017. Please call for pricing and details.

Sapphire Overwater Villa

For guests who are booking Paul Gauguin’s Air Sea program:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival & Pre-registered room:  $2,765
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $2,465 
  • Extra Night $630

For guests who are booking cruise only:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival &
    Pre-registered room:  $2,795
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $2,615 
  • Extra Night $630
Diamond Overwater Villa

For guests who are booking Paul Gauguin’s Air Sea program:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival &
    Pre-registered room:  $2,965 
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $2,635
  • Extra Night $690

For guests who are booking cruise only:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival &
    Pre-registered room:  $2,995 
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $2,785 
  • Extra Night $690

Rates listed apply to 2017 7, 11 and 14-night cruise itineraries and are good until March 31, 2017. For all 2016 and all 10-night itineraries vary due to air schedules. Please call for pricing and details. For details on any other hotel programs, please call your Travel Professional or Paul Gauguin Cruises Reservation Department. Hotel packages and pricing may vary depending on flight schedules. Rates listed are per person, double occupancy. Single and triple occupancy rates available on request. For pre-cruise package, rates include roundtrip flights from Papeete to Bora Bora, pre-registered room for early arrival, all transfers, tax, porterage, and breakfast daily. For post-cruise package, rates include roundtrip flights from Papeete to Bora Bora, all transfers, tax, porterage, breakfast daily, and dayroom accommodations in Tahiti at the InterContinental Resort Tahiti.


Moorea

MooreaVelvety mountain peaks … white-sand beaches with swaying palms … sheltered azure bays … gentle breezes … Moorea is the very picture of the ideal island getaway. And you can immerse yourself in its splendor with a hotel stay at a luxury hotel that offers world-class service in a spectacular setting.

The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is nestled between mountains and a lagoon on this stunning French Polynesian island. Right on the resort grounds is Moorea’s widest range of activities, including the Moorea Dolphin Center, Bathys Diving Club, tennis, kayaking, canoeing, skiing, and 4-wheel drive tours. The Arahurahu Marae temple is also worth a visit.

The hotel is Green Globe certified, ensuring a commitment to preserving this pristine environment.

Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa

Rates listed apply to 2017 7, 11 and 14-night cruise itineraries and are good until March 31, 2017. Please call for pricing and details.

Lanai Room

For guests who are booking Paul Gauguin’s Air Sea program:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival &
    Pre-Registered Room:  $705 
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $605 
  • Extra Night $180

For guests who are booking cruise only:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival &
    Pre-Registered Room:  $735 
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $755 
  • Extra Night $180
Overwater Junior Suite Bungalow

For guests who are booking Paul Gauguin’s Air Sea program:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival &
    Pre-Registered Room:  $1,465 
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $1,265 
  • Extra Night $395

For guests who are booking cruise only:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival &
    Pre-Registered Room:  $1,495 
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $1,415
  • Extra Night $395
Beach Junior Suite Bungalow

For guests who are booking Paul Gauguin’s Air Sea program:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival &
    Pre-Registered Room:  $1,075
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $935 
  • Extra Night $285

For guests who are booking cruise only:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival &
    Pre-Registered Room:  $1,105
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $1,085 
  • Extra Night $285

For details on any other hotel programs, please call your Travel Professional or Paul Gauguin Cruises Reservation Department. Hotel packages and pricing may vary depending on flight schedules. Rates listed are per person, double occupancy. Single and triple occupancy rates available on request. For pre-cruise package, rates include roundtrip ferry service from Papeete to Moorea, pre-registered room for early arrival, all transfers, tax, porterage, and breakfast daily. For post-cruise package, rates include roundtrip ferry service from Papeete to Moorea, all transfers, tax, porterage, breakfast daily, and dayroom accommodations in Tahiti at the InterContinental Resort Tahiti.


Rangiroa

RangiroaLocated on one of the largest lagoons in the Southern Hemisphere, Le Maitai Rangiroa is set amid exotic gardens and features quick access to the beach, watersports, a pier/promenade—and one of the top five dive destinations in the world.

Le Matai Rangiroa

Le Matai RangiroaRates listed apply to 7, 11 and 14-night cruise itineraries. Please call for details.

Lagoon-Front Bungalow

For guests who are booking Paul Gauguin’s Air Sea program:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival &
    Pre-Registered Room:  $1,495 
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $1,275 
  • Extra Night $230

For guests who are booking cruise only:

  • 3 Nights Pre-Cruise with morning arrival &
    Pre-Registered Room:  $1,525 
  • 3 Nights Post-Cruise with evening flight from Papeete:  $1,425
  • Extra Night $230

For details on any other hotel programs, please call your Travel Professional or Paul Gauguin Cruises Reservation Department. Hotel packages and pricing may vary depending on flight schedules. Rates listed are per person, double occupancy. Single and triple occupancy rates available on request. Pre-cruise package is based on an early morning arrival in Papeete, including standard room upon arrival at the InterContinental Resort Tahiti, mid-day fight to Rangiroa, 3-night stay including all transfers, roundtrip flight from Papeete to Rangiroa, breakfast daily, tax, and porterage. For post-cruise package, rates include roundtrip flights from Papeete to Rangiroa, all transfers, tax, porterage, breakfast daily, and dayroom accommodations in Tahiti at the InterContinental Resort Tahiti.


Tahiti

Tarry a while in Tahiti, where rugged headlands tumble down to soft sand beaches and tropical gardens scent the air. Here, on Polynesia’s most cosmopolitan island, you’ll experience a welcoming ambiance with a touch of French flair.

Long the island’s top resort, the Tahiti InterContinental Resort & Spa is the perfect place to let the dream of paradise linger on. Let the azure waters of the lagoon draw you in at the Aquatica Dive Center, Lagoonarium, private beach, or two pools. Breathe in the fragrance of the profusion of flowers in the hotel gardens. Indulge in the Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm. Or venture to the island’s bustling capital, Papeete—just a short drive away.

The hotel is Green Globe certified, ensuring a commitment to preserving this pristine environment.

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Intercontinental Tahiti Resort & SpaRates listed apply to 7, 11 and 14-night cruise itineraries. Please call for details.

Lagoon View Room

For guests who are booking Paul Gauguin’s Air Sea program:

  • Pre-Cruise 1 Night with Evening Arrival:  $265
  • Pre-Cruise 1 Night with Morning Arrival:  $430
  • Extra Night:  $165
  • Post-Cruise Transfer Package with Day Room:  $40
  • Post-Cruise 1 Night with Morning Departure:  $105
  • Post-Cruise 1 Night with Evening Departure:  $195
  • Extra Night:  $165

For guests who are booking cruise only:

  • Pre-Cruise 1 Night with Evening Arrival:  $295
  • Pre-Cruise 1 Night with Morning Arrival:  $460
  • Extra Night:  $165
  • Post-Cruise Transfer Package with Day Room:  $190
  • Post-Cruise 1 Night with Morning Departure:  $255
  • Post-Cruise 1 Night with Evening Departure:  $345
  • Extra Night:  $165
Lagoon Overwater Bungalow

For guests who are booking Paul Gauguin’s Air Sea program:

  • Pre-Cruise Transfer Package with Pre-Registered Room & Lunch:  $485
  • Pre-Cruise 1 Night with Evening Arrival:  $485
  • Pre-Cruise 1 Night with Morning Arrival:  $890
  • Extra Night:  $405
  • Post-Cruise Transfer Package with Day Room:  N/A
  • Post-Cruise 1 Night with Morning Departure:  $325
  • Post-Cruise 1 Night with Evening Departure:  $525
  • Extra Night:  $405

For guests who are booking cruise only:

  • Pre-Cruise Transfer Package with Pre-Registered Room & Lunch:  $515
  • Pre-Cruise 1 Night with Evening Arrival:  $515
  • Pre-Cruise 1 Night with Morning Arrival:  $920
  • Extra Night:  $405
  • Post-Cruise Transfer Package with Day Room:  N/A
  • Post-Cruise 1 Night with Morning Departure:  $475
  • Post-Cruise 1 Night with Evening Departure:  $675
  • Extra Night:  $405

For details on any other hotel programs, please call your Travel Professional or Paul Gauguin Cruises Reservations Department. Hotel packages and pricing may vary depending on flight schedules. Rates listed are per person, double occupancy. Single and triple occupancy rates available on request. Rates include accommodations, taxes, porterage, transfers, and breakfast daily unless otherwise noted. Breakfast is not included on pre-registered room & lunch package. Pre-cruise packages in Tahiti include light lunch at the hotel between check-out and transfer to the ship.
The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa’s Le Lotus gourmet over-the-water restaurant will be closed from January 9 to February 23, 2017, for annual maintenance, reopening February 24, 2017, for lunch. The resort’s main restaurant, Te Tiare, is open during this period with an extended menu.​

Tetiaroa

TetiaroaA life-changing experience awaits you at The Brando, an exquisite, all-inclusive luxury resort on the private, South Pacific island of Tetiaroa. Lying just 30 miles north of Tahiti, this breathtakingly beautiful atoll is comprised of a dozen idyllic islands surrounding a spectacular lagoon. As a guest of a qualifying cruise aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, you can enhance your cruise by booking a pre- or post-cruise stay on this private paradise. Each of The Brando’s 35 deluxe villas has its own private beach area and plunge pool, and guests can also enjoy the resort’s restaurants showcasing Polynesian and French cuisine, a luxurious Polynesian spa, lagoon-view bar, beach bar, pool, organic garden, library, boutique, water sports, and environmental research station with guest programs. It’s the ultimate way for you to make the most of your time in French Polynesia.

The Brando

The Brando VillaAll-inclusive stays at The Brando include: luxurious accommodations; all meals in all dining venues (select deluxe items also available at an additional charge); most beverages (bottled water, soft drinks, beer, and select wines, Champagne, and spirits); 24-hour dining in the privacy of your villa; 1 excursion per person per day from a select list of options; 1 spa treatment (50 minutes) for 1 person per villa per day; Internet access; 1 bicycle per guest; access to an outrigger canoe, kayak, and paddleboard; and snorkeling equipment.

All-inclusive rates valid November 1 – December 20, 2016; January 4 – March 31, 2017
  • 1 Bedroom Villa (Up to 2 Guests)
    2 Night Minumum:  $3,288 per night
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (Up to 4 Guests)
    2 Night Minumum:  $6,570 per night
  • 3 Bedroom Villa (Up to 6 Guests)
    2 Night Minumum:  $9,854 per night

Air Tetiaroa

Air TetiaroaTravel from Tahiti to Tetiaroa is by private aircraft operated by Air Tetiaroa — the exclusive provider of passenger service to the island. Air Tetiaroa operates two eight-passenger Britten Norman aircraft which depart from a private terminal at Faa’a International Airport in Tahiti.

When your international or domestic flight arrives at Faa’a International Airport, you’ll be transferred to Air Tetiaroa’s private terminal for your 20-minute flight to paradise. Although the flight is brief, it will provide you an unforgettable introduction to Tetiaroa.


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Average rating:  
 5 reviews
Tahiti & Society Islands - November 2016

I will start this review with the thought of kicking myself. Why didn't we sign up for the more extended cruise on Paul Gauguin to visit all the outlying islands and extend what was the trip of our life. We thought seven days of beautiful warm water would be enough, oh how wrong we were. We were only getting started and the cruise was over. Now we are back to MA with snow and freezing weather. When possible we would like to book for 2018 on their January/February 14 night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands. Let me know.

Sorry for the delay in this review, as the holidays got in the way. November was a wonderful time to visit the islands. (I believe any time would be good). We flew to LAX and stayed over two nights. Then onto Papeete, great flight on Air Tahiti Nui. Had the feel of already being there when we got on the plane.

The ship was magnificent. Spotlessly clean (I am OCD on that issue). The service, the attitude, the general overall ambience of the ship is top notch. Every staff member is with a smile. They are gracious and make you feel special.

Our day at Motu Mahana was heaven on earth. We had lounge chairs under the swaying palm tress protected from the sun. We snorkeled on such clear blue water. We bought and learned how to tie a pareo which I wore for the rest of the trip. Beach BBQ and drinks from a unique floating bar. We did not want to leave. And then the next day another private beach in Bora Bora. It just kept getting better and better.

We did some excursions which were pricy but everything on the islands is pricy. We felt the cruise was a way to save money over hotels on each island. Besides being a such better way to travel. We saw a few big ships not sure what they were. But, we felt special in our small ship that only sails the islands. With only one focus to display and explore the islands while educating us on the culture and sea life.

We enjoyed every aspect of the trip and felt well prepared by you Linda, as what to expect. We brought the correct clothes for the weather. Yes did buy some black pearls that are gorgeous. Taking them to our local jeweler to have them set in a ring and necklace.

We loved it, what more can we say. Working with you was a pleasure. Again, keep us informed when to sign up for 2018.

—Margaret M., Boston, MA

by Will, Joyce, Meagean and Brittney Whitworth, California on Tahiti & the Society Islands
Returning from paradise is not easy

Returning from paradise is not easy. You didn't prepare me for THIS part of the trip!! Husband and I and our two grown daughters were on the August sailing of the lovely ship Paul Gauguin. We had two "E" Category staterooms, non balcony which was fine since we were not in the room all that much. The stateroom was actually larger than we expected, with lovely furnishings, colors, good towels and sheets. The best was our room steward, tip top and wanted to take him home with us, We were told it was not a full ship, sailing prior and sailing after ours was sold out but for some reason we had about 15 open staterooms.

Food was delicious and good varied selection. Besides the American items, we found French flavor and Pacific Rim options as well as fresh fish and healthy options. Our family all have some diet limitations not to mention trying to stay away from the stuff that makes the statement, everyone gains weight on a cruise. We were very happy with the open buffets so we could make our own choices of what and how much on our plate. We did eat in the specialty restaurants for the experience and they did not disappoint. As you mentioned to us, we made reservations as soon as we got on the ship and we had our choices of days and times.

We partook in many shore excursions, all of which added to our fun and adventure. We did not pre book these and found a few already sold out. Not an issue, we always found those to our liking. Seemed the very high activity ones sold out, but not sure about that. Everyone on the islands who we interacted with spoke English of some sort. Knowing French would add to the enjoyment of being able to interact with the locals who were not connected to the tourist part of the islands. Time at the private beaches were a "lazing in paradise experience".

I know we read this from other reviews and we have to agree, the crew so adds to what makes this experience so enjoyable. Their sense of happiness, joyfulness and wanting to please is very contagious. The French Polynesian way of life. The hiring process and the training process of this ship should be packaged and sold to many companies in the US that could turn around their questionable customer service attitude.

On board we enjoyed the entertainment at the Piano Bar and the La Palette Lounge. We did not partake in any Spa appointments but seemed to be a popular spot. We ignored the little casino on board and saved our money. We sat by the pool on Deck 8, in the water surrounded by water in every direction.

Our one week flew by way to fast. We took home some information on the Moana which I believe starts the end of the year. We would like to do the Panama Canal sailing the first of the year and will clear our calendars and give you a call. This will be for Will and I only. The girls are back to work. Thank you Linda, you have been a joy to work with.

by Leon and Lor McMillian on Tahiti & the Society Islands
Loved our PG experience

We loved our PG experience. We are "small ship people" having sailed on Cruise West in Alaska and Costa Rica. We were concerned about the size of this ship and the overall atmosphere, as we are NOT big ship personalities. You have always steered us right in the past so we went with your recommendation.

Cabin The whole reservation process went smoothly. Category "D" cabin. We booked nine months prior and had a decent choice of cabin availability. Our cabin was lovely. Brochure says 239 sq feet including balcony. We had a queen bed, very comfortable mattress. Loads of closet and shelf space, nicely arranged with storage space on either side of the little dressing table with mirror. We had a sofa for sitting and could watch TV from the space. Refrigerator stocked with everything and replaced as soon as we used something. Bathroom was a good size, we had a tub, did not use, towels and shampoo were good quality, and we had a hair dryer. Balcony was good for two chairs and little table, large enough to enjoy.

Flight We flew the cruise line air. Air Tahiti Nui. It worked well. We checked prices on doing our own air, it was not worth it. We arrived in LAX a few hours early and took the 11:30pm flight arriving Tahiti early the next morning. 8 1/2 hour flight (one movie beyond Hawaii) was pleasant enough. We had good seats picked by PG and all went well. The staff changes into "island clothes" once into the air.

Arrival Once off the plane, it is Polynesian music for the next seven days. The smell of Gardenias in the air, sky of blues, gray and oranges. We are truly not in Kansas any longer. Airport was as little hectic, hot and humid, a we were tired. Our luggage came, our PG transfer was right there waiting for all of us. They ask you to identify your luggage before it goes on the bus, a little hectic and could have been done better but it is on Island Time. Off to the Intercontinental Hotel which we believe is owned in some form by PG. Gorgeous hotel, wish we had the time to come in a few days early. We didn't wait for our luggage we had our swim suits, our plan, swim and then sleep. We slept some, breakfast and were picked up and taken to the ship. All smoothly done.


Ship The ship was beautiful, it was large by our standards, but most important to us it had a casual, informal feel. It had a total refurbishment at the beginning of the year and it looked great. We wondered where the 400+ passengers were during the week, it never felt big or crowded and we know the ship was close to capacity. We got settled and did all our "chores" made restaurant reservations, got our snorkle gear on the Sports Deck, turned in our passports (they keep them for the cruise). Life jackets are not kept in the cabin but held at your Muster Station which was clearly marked in our cabin.

Food Way to much, way to good, way to fancy, way to delicious, had to refrain from all the options in the different restaurants. Le Grill favorite with fresh fish. Breakfast on our balcony was a treat. Snacks when we returned from shore excursions. The best. This was luxury.

Activities


Raiatea On Sunday, not the whole town was open, walked around town. Did an afternoon excursion Raiatea Highlights Island Tour $95pp, visited several historic sights on the island , along with education on the ancient culture, and way of life on the island. Spectacular bays, craters, wateralls. There was a local family with school children on the ship who were adorable and entertaining the guests. It was a good easy first day to get acclimated. Taha'a - Beach BBQ day on your private motu. This was the best. You get off the ship and tender in and are met by the beautiful Les Gauguines who are singing and playing their instruments. We had a lovely lunch of grilled fresh fish, healthy veggies and fruits and local drinks served in coconuts. You can swim and snorkel right off the beach, it was picture perfect. There was a little bazaar set up to purchase black pearls, coconut oil, milk, soap etc etc. The Les Gauguines say that their coconut oil keeps off mosquitos. Their skin is flawless, so who knows. We didn't do any excursions here as doing nothing in paradise was the most beautiful option.


Bora Bora Two days. We have our own beach next to the locals. We had a bar on the beach for drinks and snacks. Snorkeling was good, different than Taha'a. Did I mention there is a whole group who leave us and scuba. Couple in the cabin next to ours stayed on land for the night at the Intercontinental Thalasso Spa as it was their anniversary. hear very lovely but pricey. We didn't look into it as we are so happy with the ship accommodations. We signed up for an off road $129pp jeep tour around the island. Was a kick, bumpy, muddy, rained some, untraveled roads. The island is more gorgeous if possible, it is more built up with expensive hotels, Four Season etc. Better to get away from the "city" and explore the rest of the island. Next day we did Stingray Ballet and Snorkel Safari $105pp. We were in a covered snorkle boat and explored all of the BoraBora Lagoon. I did this in the Caribbean once with the Stingrays. Could also do this by JetBoat.

Morrea Two days, we tendered in again-Different than other islands, full of rugged peaks, volcanic craters, great waking trails and forests of chestnut trees. It is a one hour ferry from Papetee but worlds away. Great snorkeling. Did an ATV excursion to get on the other side the island. We felt comfortable with the equipment provided along with helmet. We went all over, visiting a local flower grower, pineapple plantation and a local gift shop and other places. It was a real fun, we got quite down and dirty as it had rained earlier in the day.

To sum it up...an all in all five star experience. We were surprised at all the repeat passengers who talked about how much nicer the ship was than their prior cruise a few years ago, before the refurbishment.

Now to go through my 1500 photos.

I rate this experience as a 14

Just returned from the South Pacific on Paul Gauguin. If ratings are 1-10, I rate this experience as a 14.

I enjoy small ships and was hesitant to go on a ship with 332 people. There are many times I wondered where all the people were. The ship is laid out and there are so many different things to do and activities off the ship that I many times wondered where everyone had gone. Never was there a feeling of 332 passengers.

I was a single and took the lowest category cabin that was available when I booked. # 763 in the front of the ship, 186 sq ft with balcony. It was lovely, well furnished, large and comfortable. The balcony was a joy.

If one thing stood out above all the rest on this ship it was the service. From the housekeeper maids to the waiters without exception everyone went out their way to offer excellent service.

The ship had just been renovated and I had been reading on line before sailing so I knew what to check out. Ship was lovely, spotless and still there was constant cleaning of the public rooms.

The food I found good, but less than excellent as I was expecting. The dinning room and the speciality restaurants were equal. Clearly not a negative but did not exceed my expectations which is what I was hoping for. However, I enjoyed each meal and I did not go hungry.

Flights from LAX and transfers were done perfectly. Excursions were well organized and varied. I did some off road stuff, the islands are small and I arranged with some vendors off the ship. To do it again, I wouldn't have done that, the ship excursions were equal and easier to work with. I never heard any complaints about any excursions during conversations with other passengers.

Lectures, naturalists, entertainment all were superb. Hard to find fault with any of the activities. But my overall favorite were the eight absolutely gorgeous Gauguines. I fell in love a dozen times on this trip. Being a single man the Gauguines seemed to go out of their way to chat and be wonderfully friendly. Their beauty, hospitality and island ways were so enjoyable. I wish I could have taken them home with me.

The trip came to an end way to quickly. Had to be out of the cabin at 9:00am. We waited around for a time before we were transferred to the hotel where we had a day room. Flight home does not go until evening. It would have been better to have arranged for some type of tour rather than hanging around the hotel all afternoon and evening waiting for the flight home.

I heard that Paul Gauguin has a second ship that sails in the Med and now purchased a third ship. Do not know where that will sail. Linda, thank you for all your help and e-mails. It was a great trip.

by Bridger Deschamps on Tahiti & the Society Islands
Paul Gauguin is the company to cruise with

I will start off by telling you a few things about myself. I am 15 years old, live in Seattle, and I recently took a 10-day cruise on the Paul Gauguin with my mom, dad, and younger sister. My sister and I participated in the Ambassadors of the Environment(AOTE) Program, which is a program for kids ages 9-17. In short, we Loved it. This program was a great way to meet the other kids onboard and to take part in fun activities and shore excursions just for us. Both of the AOTE leaders were amazing and I had a fun time hanging out with them. By the end of the cruise all the kids’ parents enjoyed meeting each other as well and were hanging out together too. Now, I will tell you about the cruise as a whole.

My family and I flew to Papeete via LAX and we were so anxious to get there. When we arrived at FAAA International Airport, we were greeted with leis, heis, and humidity. The humidity wasn’t that bad though after a few minutes of adapting. The first experience on the ship was spectacular. We checked out our rooms and we were all stunned by how nice and spacious they were. The crewmates were all really friendly. The whole ship was beautiful.

Each day on the AOTE program, there were two activities on board and one excursion off the ship. Each day brought a new adventure and a new fear to conquer. At first I had convinced myself not to go swimming with stingrays or sharks but when the time came to get in the water with them, I couldn’t hold back. All the kids were nervous at first but by the end of the swim, they couldn’t get us out of the water! I think that was probably the scariest thing but once we got in the water, all the kids realized that was a once in a lifetime opportunity that we would remember forever. My favorite AOTE shore excursion was probably on the day of Raiatea. We took a zodiac to the island of Taha’a and heard the story of a pearl farmer. Then we went on an Indiana-Jones type truck ride to the top of the mountain. Along the way, we stopped for local fruits including bananas, star fruit, bread fruit and coconuts. We learned a lot about the local culture and lifestyles as well. In a sense, it gave us a great overview of French Polynesia in a nutshell.

The food on the ship was great. There was a wide selection each night so everyone had something for their own taste. There were four different places to eat. L’etoille was the main restaurant, Le Grill was the buffet at lunch and Polynesian food for dinner, La Veranda was a great place for breakfast and lunch but a French bistro at night and La Palette also had snacks throughout the day. I ate in all of them and each one had great choices. Room service was the fifth option and was available 24 hours a day. The room service menu was perfect for any time of day and we found ourselves ordering it almost every day.

If relaxation, intimacy, and opportunity to see a whole new world is what you are looking for, then Paul Gauguin is the company to cruise with. French Polynesia and all of its islands are incredibly beautiful and unique. I felt like I was in the middle of Paradise! You will want to go back again and again with your family!

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