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Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji Cruise

September 7 - 21, 2019

Onboard the ms Paul Gauguin


Over the course of 13 unhurried nights, The Gauguin allows you to discover the South Pacific’s most storied, beautiful, and culturally vibrant islands, towns, and cities. No matter what kind of experience you seek, from soaking in the sun on the Society Islands’ white-sand beaches to immersing yourself in the unique cultures of Fiji and Tonga, when you follow in the wake of the world’s most famous explorers in the South Pacific, there are treasures to discover at every port.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

It is believed that this island was settled around 900 AD by legendary Polynesian explorer Ru. Today, the island is a wealth of cultural tradition, with inhabitants keeping their history alive through song, dance, legends and crafts. If outdoor pursuits are more your speed, consider taking the easy hike to the highest peak on the island, Maunga Pu, where you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views.

Vava’u, Tonga

One of the easternmost countries in the world, nudging the International Date Line, the Kingdom of Tonga was never colonized by Europeans, a distinction it shares with no other South Pacific nation. As a result, today it is the oldest and last remaining Polynesian monarchy, and its culture remains strong, even in the face of modernization. In addition to being a cultural capital, it is a fantastic place to view a wide array of wildlife, especially in the crystal-clear lagoon, where divers can see to a depth of 130 feet. Species include giant clams, manta rays, sea turtles, spinner dolphins, more than 100 species of colorful tropical fish, and—between July and October—humpback whales.

Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

The island of Vanua Levu in northern Fiji remains largely undeveloped, making it a charming, unspoiled haven. It is the second largest of Fiji’s 300 islands, and, because of its remoteness, it is reminiscent of the South Seas before its colonization by Europeans. Nestled among lush green hills and surrounded by coral reefs, Savusavu is sometimes called the “Hidden Paradise of Fiji,” with its half-mile main street facing a beautiful bay. The 19th-century Copra Shed Marina, the centerpiece of the town, now houses the Savusavu Yacht Club. Hot springs bubble up throughout the town; in the afternoon, you can see pots on top of steaming fissures as women prepare the evening meal.

Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji

Suva is perched on a hilly peninsula between two harbors and boasts a fascinating mix of modern and colonial architectural, as well as an easygoing yet sophisticated ambiance. As the largest urban area in the South Pacific outside of Australia and New Zealand, Suva is a great place to experience Fijian culture, with visits to the Fiji Museum, the Municipal Market, or the Handicraft Center, where weavers practice their traditional art.

Beqa Island, Fiji

In Fiji, virtually everyone you’ll meet will be smiling—and when you view the high mountains, lush vegetation, shimmering waters, and pristine white-sand beaches of this island nation, you’ll understand why. A British colony for nearly a century before gaining its independence in 1970, Fiji remains English speaking and today boasts a multinational population, among whom the majority are of Melanesian descent. As you mingle with the locals, you’ll see why Melanesians are reputed to be among the friendliest people in the world. Located about six miles off the coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, Beqa Island measures less than six square miles in territory—yet it looms large among those seeking a paradise by the sea. Surrounded by one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, the island offers exceptional snorkeling at high tide, with an abundance of colorful tropical fish teeming among the coral blooms. Or bask on a golden-sand beach shaded from an azure sky by swaying palms. Inland, the island is carpeted with lush rainforest laced with waterfalls and streams and dotted with villages known for their tradition of firewalking and joyous hospitality.

Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji

In Fiji, virtually everyone you’ll meet will be smiling—and when you view the high mountains, lush vegetation, shimmering waters, and pristine white-sand beaches of this island nation, you’ll understand why. A British colony for nearly a century before gaining its independence in 1970, Fiji remains English speaking and today boasts a multinational population, among whom the majority are of Melanesian descent and reputed to be among the friendliest people in the world. Lautoka is known as “Sugar City” for the green-gold sugarcane that surrounds it on three sides, with the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean forming its western border. Travelers enjoy shopping along its palm-lined main thoroughfare, exploring Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, and experiencing life in traditional villages.

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