Tahiti and the Society Islands aboard the Paul Gauguin


8-day Cruise

Cruise

The Tour

 

IRT’s Angela Walker took this wonderful cruise in October 2015. To read about her adventure, click here.

Discover your own island inspiration in the destination that enchanted painter Paul Gauguin, author James A. Michener, and countless others.

In one wonderful week, you’ll explore the best of the South Pacific, with stops in lush Huahine, beautiful Bora Bora, and postcard-perfect Moorea. Once you’ve made these islands your home—even if just for a week—they’ll always be calling for you to return.

Embark on the m/s Paul Gauguin in Tahiti, an island on the wish list of almost every cruise enthusiast. Then, sail on to Huahine, known as the “Garden Island” for its lush rainforests and dramatic terrain.

Next, spend a day on Motu Mahana, a South Seas paradise. On a white sand beach beneath palm fronds ruffled by gentle breezes, you can snorkel, kayak, play volleyball, or simply relax, and enjoy a traditional feast with Polynesian entertainment.

Then it’s on to spectacular Bora Bora to see why author James A. Michener called it “the most beautiful island in the world.” Bask on a private beach on a motu off the coast and admire the jagged volcanic peaks, multi-hued lagoons, and palm-fringed beaches of Moorea, said to be the inspiration for Bali Hai.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Papeete
Explore the dynamic capital city of Papeete before embarking on the m/s Paul Gaugin.

Day 2: Huahine
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. Enjoy a SCUBA diving adventure, picnic on the beach, or choose from other shore excursions.

Day 3: Taha’a (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 to demonstrate traditional Polynesian crafts. A delicious barbecue lunch is provided.

Days 4 & 5: Bora Bora
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.

Days 6 & 7: Moorea
Vibrant colors abound during two leisurely days in Moorea, in everything from fresh fruits and flowers to multi-hued lagoos, and from spectacular mountain peaks to palm-fringed beaches. Shop for local handicrafts, embark on an optional dolphon-watching expedition with a marine biologist, and sample the local pineapples, said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia.

Days 8 & 9: Papeete
Your trip ends with your disembarkation in the capital city of Papeete. If you’re not ready for your South Pacific vacation to end, spend a few days here experiencing resorts, spas, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.

2017 Dates:

March 18, 25
August 12
September 16, 23, 30
October 28
November 4, 11
December 23, 30

The Prices

2016 Pricing:
Cabins Jan. & Dec. 14 Feb., March, April, & Nov. May, June, Oct. July, Aug., Sept., Dec. 21 & 28
Porthole Stateroom $3,995 $5,295 $5,395 $5,545
Window Stateroom $4,395 $5,495 $5,745 $5,795
Balcony Stateroom (D) $5,395 $6,595 $6,895 $7,045
Balcony Stateroom (C) $5,745 $6,745 $7,045 $7,195
Veranda Stateroom $6,695 $7,845 $8,295 $8,545
Veranda Suite $7,945 $9,145 $9,595 $9,845
Grand Suite $9,845 $11,245 $11,845 $12,145
Owner’s Suite $10,245 $11,695 $12,245 $12,595

Prices are per person, double occupancy & include economy class airfare from Los Angeles; air add-ons from home city are available upon request. Air credit for non-use of this promotion is $1,550. Single supplement pricing is available upon request. Port, security, and handling fees of $119 per person are additional.

Other

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program is available on December 21 & 28 sailngs. $329 per child.

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The Highlights

  • Spend a relaxing day on the private islet of Motu Mahana, complete with white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, a barbecue lunch, drinks served in coconuts, and a floating lagoon bar.
  • Explore the white sand beaches of Bora Bora, where options include a four-wheel-drive safari, an aquabike excursion, or a glass bottom boat ride.
  • Enjoy an overnight in Moorea, where you will marvel at mountain peaks, lounge near blue lagoons, and sample the fresh, local cuisine.
  • Learn from our onboard hosts how to open a coconut, tie a pareo, and other Tahitian crafts.
  • Attend an enlightening lecture on Polynesian anthropology when Mark Eddowes, a gifted raconteur, comes aboard.
  • Roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles included
  • Onboard gratuities, shipboard meals, and select wine a spirits are all included
  • Complimentary watersports
The m/s Paul Gauguin anchored off the island of Huahine in the Society Islands of French Polynesia.  IRT Photo by Angela Walker
The m/s Paul Gauguin anchored off the island of Huahine in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. IRT Photo by Angela Walker
A honeymooning couple takes part in the traditional Tahitian blessing ceremony aboard the Paul Gauguin. IRT Photo by Angela Walker
A honeymooning couple takes part in the traditional Tahitian blessing ceremony aboard the Paul Gauguin. IRT Photo by Angela Walker
A member of the Paul Gauguin's outstanding crew at your service. IRT Photo by Angela Walker
A member of the Paul Gauguin's outstanding crew at your service. IRT Photo by Angela Walker
Swimming with sharks in an off-board excursion to the Lagoonarium in Bora Bora.  IRT Photo by Angela Walker
Swimming with sharks in an off-board excursion to the Lagoonarium in Bora Bora. IRT Photo by Angela Walker