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Society Islands & Tuamotus Cruise

September 19-29, 2018

Onboard the ms Paul Gauguin



Beauty surrounds you on this 10-day sojourn, both on land and underwater. The Society Islands beckon with lush rainforests, crystal-clear lagoons, and warm breezes that encourage nothing but indulgent beachside lounging. Continue on to the Tuamotu Archipelago, a collection of low-lying atolls known the world ‘round for their vibrant underwater ecosystem.

Beauty surrounds you on this 10-day sojourn, both on land and underwater. The Society Islands beckon with lush rainforests, crystal-clear lagoons, and warm breezes that encourage nothing but indulgent beachside lounging. Continue on to the Tuamotu Archipelago, a collection of low-lying atolls known the world ‘round for their vibrant underwater ecosystem.

Activities

Our specially designed watersports platform turns the ship into your headquarters for all kinds of adventures on the water. It’s as easy as descending to sea level and hopping aboard a windsurfer or paddleboard or launching a kayak. Our watersports equipment is also available when we call upon our private beaches. Plus, if you plan on snorkeling in multiple ports, you’re welcome to check out snorkeling gear from the marina for the duration of your cruise.

Entertainment

Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines - On every voyage of The Gauguin, we’re accompanied by our own troupe of Tahitian hosts and entertainers that bring the spirit of Polynesia to life. Enjoy a retelling of ancestral legends through dance, delight in traditional songs onboard and on our private motu, and learn local handicrafts during hands-on demonstrations. Couples celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary can even attend a Polynesian blessing ceremony.

Dining

La Veranda - Dine al fresco or enjoy wraparound ocean views from the dining room of La Veranda, where we offer an ever-changing selection of buffet breakfast and lunch items and a la carte options, many of which are inspired by the destinations we visit. In the evening, La Veranda is transformed to a reservation-only dining venue serving Jean-Pierre Vigato’s gourmet cuisine.

L’Etoile - Our exquisite main dining room is dressed to impress with perfectly appointed décor, fine table linens, and delicate china. Join us every evening for dinner and sample a tantalizing array of expertly prepared dishes, perfectly paired with complimentary wines.

Le Grill - When your day’s plans call for a more casual dining experience, join us at Le Grill, located by the pool and offering a buffet breakfast, grilled lunch favorites, salads, and fresh tropical fruit. In the afternoon, stop by for tea with finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, desserts, pastries, and petit fours. Return in the evening to sample Polynesian specialties in a relaxed atmosphere. Reservations required for dinner.

This ship was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific, 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. Life onboard also reflects the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands she calls upon, with a warm, friendly feel, informal setting, and even a beloved troupe of Gauguines and Gauguins—local Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers.

Included:

  • Only 332 guests for an intimate cruising experience and “small ship feel”
  • Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5
  • All ocean view accommodations — nearly 70% with balconies
  • Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship
  • All onboard gratuities included
  • Complimentary beverages including fine w ines & premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee & tea served throughout the ship
  • Butler Service in categories B and above, including in-suite bar setup plus SoundDock® for iPod®
  • In-suite minibar replenished daily w ith soft drinks, beer & bottled w ater
  • Onboard dive program offering PADI certification for novices & classes at all levels
  • Onboard informative lecture program (special guest lecturers & port of call infor- mation)
  • Two elegant restaurants plus one pool-side grill, all with easy open-seating dining
  • Well-being and vegetarian selections & special dietetic menus upon request
  • WiFi hotspots throughout the ship
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary in-room dining (order 5 star cuisine from L’Etoile Restaurant menu)
  • Complimentary in-room movie channels & DVD library available

Papeete, Tahiti

Now the invigorating capital city and gateway of the country, Papeete boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine dining and unique restaurants...plus a newly refurbished airport. The urban center has much to offer visitors. Take a stroll through the new Jardins Paofai, watch the surfers on their long boards, marvel at Faarumai Waterfalls, The Blowhole, Fern Grottos.

Huahine, Society Islands

A deep, crystal-clear lagoon surrounds the two islands while magnificent bays and white-sand beaches add drama and solitude to their virtue. An underwater paradise you truly cannot miss! Don your snorkel or scuba gear and let the colourful corals and sea life blow your mind!

Bora Bora, Society Islands

Lush tropical slopes and deep valleys blossom with hibiscus, while palm-covered motus encircle the illuminated lagoon like a delicate necklace. Perfect white sand beaches give way to emerald waters where colored fish animate the coral gardens as they greet rays. You wont believe your eyes! The dramatic Mount Otemanu stands watch over the sparkling turquoise waters and sugary sands of Bora Bora, known as the most romantic island in the world. Snorkel, swim with the manta rays or enjoy an outrigger canoe ride through the lagoon and its lovely coral islands. Or rent a bicycle to go around the island.

Rangiroa, Tuamotus Islands

Rangiroa is simply beyond imagination with an endless horizon above the world’s second largest atoll. Surrounding one of the world’s greatest dive destinations, 240 islets lay upon the ocean for more than 110 miles completely encircling an infinitely deep lagoon. The beautiful oasis of land making up the most populated part of Rangiroa is surrounded by two legendary bodies of water, Moana-tea (Peaceful Ocean) and Moana-uri (wild Ocean).

Fakarava, Tuamotus Islands

Pure, pristine and dreamlike, the ecosystem of this gorgeous island is home to extremely rare birds, plants and crustaceans. Quaint villages, old coral churches and welcoming people are intertwined with a spectacular lagoon creating a paradise like none other in the world. The 2nd biggest atoll in the Tuamotu Atolls this reef encloses a rich ecosystem that has been designated an UNESCO biosphere reserve. World class snorkeling and diving are among the quite atolls activities offered.

Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands

Here the world melts away as you explore the lagoon, dive among the reefs & discover trails that lead to hidden areas among the motu. This is Paul Gauguin Cruises private motu where they cater to your every whim and desire. Rest. Relax. Bask. Indulge.

Moorea, Society Islands

Breathtakingly beautiful with stunning landscapes await your arrival. From the verdant mountains to the azure seas and white sand beaches, there is a myriad of options for your day ashore. Take a canoe ride through the lagoon; snorkel, scuba or helmet-dive the reefs, or hike up to the Afareaitu Waterfalls. A wide and shallow lagoon surrounds the island's lush mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern softened cliffs. Take an ATV tour or rent a car and get yourself to Belvedere point for spectacular views of Cooks bay & Ōpūnohu Bay.

Vairao, Tahiti Iti

Vairao is a small port town and district on the southwest coast of Tahiti, just to the northwest of Teahupo'o. A town hall and sports centres lie in the northern part of the village and also features the Iti Diving International Centre, the only diving centre in Tahiti Iti. Vairao Bay and Lagoon is noted for its fishing.

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