May 14th – 24th, 2025

11 Days – 10 Nights

This swoon-worthy new itinerary delves deep into the treasures of the Tuamotu Archipelago featuring our first-ever overnight stay in UNESCO-listed Fakarava and discovery of Rangiroa, renowned for its black pearl farms. Wonders of the Society Islands are on full display too, from Bora Bora’s jaw-dropping turquoise lagoon and Moorea’s picturesque palm-fringed beaches to explorations in Huahine, a veritable “Garden of Eden,” Raiatea, the sacred heart of French Polynesia, and Motu Mahana, our very own private islet near Taha’a.


Day 1: Tahiti – Embark 5/14/2025 from 3-5PM

The largest of French Polynesia’s 118 islands, Tahiti and it’s capital city of Papeete are the perfect place to begin (and/or end) your South Pacific sojourn. The Gauguin waits patiently in the harbor, a vibrant and bustling market across the street and in the evenings roulottes (food trucks) line the nearby square offering tasty local fare.

Day 2 and 3: At Sea – Fakarava

Have you met Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines yet? Our onboard hosts are at the ready to share their Polynesian culture, with Tahitian dance lessons, hands-on traditional craft demonstrations, and an array of activities for all ages. The day is yours to make what you will of it. Perhaps you’ll take in a lecture by one of our special guests or take part in cooking lessons with the executive chef. Or maybe you’ll unwind poolside or treat yourself to a visit to the Algotherm Spa… or why not both? A day at sea offers ample time to relax and plan your next adventure.

Fakarava is an unspoiled paradise in every sense of the word. In addition to the many rare species of plants and animals, you’ll find in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it’s also a place of cultural and historical significance, with charming villages, ancient temples, and spectacular coral churches.

Day 4: Rangiroa

Life is beautifully simple in Rangiroa, the largest atoll of the Tuamotu Archipelago in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the local culture. Tour a local black pearl farm, wander the village of Avatoru, or visit Dominique Auroy Winery, which produces French Polynesia’s only wine label.

Day 5: Huahine

Don’t be fooled by the vibe of this laid-back, secluded island. Many treasures are hidden among the lush rainforest and dramatic terrain. With a bit of exploration, you’ll uncover some of the best-preserved archeological sites in French Polynesia. Underwater treasures await as well, with a snorkel excursion in the lagoon.

Day 6 and 7: Bora Bora

Explore lush peaks, wander white-sand beaches, and marvel at the iconic views of Mount Otemanu. Take the plunge with a SCUBA excursion to see the island’s colorful coral reefs, enjoy a sunset jetboat ride, or spend a lazy afternoon on our private beach*. Like a priceless Paul Gauguin painting come to life, storied Bora Bora is colorful and unforgettable. The landscape alone will have you searching for adequate adjectives, especially once you see the lagoon—“turquoise” just doesn’t do it justice.

*Subject to availability as conditions allow. When unable to call there, we will be offering a tender to the pier and a free shuttle to Matira Beach, the island’s award-winning public beach that features restaurants, public facilities and shopping. Voted #1 in the best things to do in Bora Bora by U.S. News & World Report, Matira Beach boasts powdery white sand, waters in a thousand shades of blue, and is wonderfully uncrowded.

Day 8: Raiatea

Blanketed in a lush landscape dotted with waterfalls, fertile valleys, and the cloud-capped Mt. Temehani, Raiatea is Polynesia’s most sacred island; it was from here that the earliest migrations set forth to settle in Hawaii, New Zealand, and beyond. The island boasts a rich Maohi history–it is home to the UNESCO-listed Marae Taputapuatea archaeological site–verdant mountains ideal for hiking, and a stunning lagoon perfect for snorkeling, swimming, and soaking up the heavenly tranquility.

Day 9: Taha’a (Motu Mahana)

As the day unfolds in front of you, where will you go? Exciting shore excursions await, but so does Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ own private islet. Choose from swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or simply lounging on the beach with a cold drink from our floating bar. Les Gauguines are also on hand to share musical entertainment and Polynesian crafts.

Day 10: Moorea

Step into a vibrant, colorful world in bright and beautiful Moorea, which welcomes you with azure lagoons, impossibly fresh tropical fruits, stunning mountain peaks and palm-fringed beaches. Commune with nature on an optional dolphin-watching excursion with an expert marine biologist. Afterwards, spend some time getting to know the local residents while shopping for handmade crafts.

Day 11: Tahiti – Disembark 5/24/2025 at 8AM

Our wonderful cruise has come to an end. Make your way to the airport according to your individual flight schedules and have a safe flight home.

Tuamotus and Society Islands

Starting at: $5300 per person
Deposit: Subject to Cabin Choice
Balance Due: February 14th


10 Nights Accommodations
All Shipboard Meals, in Your Choice of Venues
Complimentary 24-hour Room Service
Complimentary Beverages, Including Select Wines and Spirits, Beer, Soft Drinks, Bottled Water, and Hot Beverages
All Shipboard Entertainment, Polynesian Performers, and Live Music in the Evening
Complimentary Wi-Fi Throughout the Ship
Complimentary Snorkel Gear Throughout the Cruise
Onboard Gratuities for Room Stewards, Dining and Bar Staff
Use of Our Secluded, White-Sand Beach in Bora Bora*
A Day on Our Private Islet, Motu Mahana, Off the Coast of Taha’a


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