PACKAGE #200

TAHITISOCIETY, TUAMOTU AND MARQUESAS WITH PAUL GAUGUIN

FROM

$8,760pp

Natural beauty abounds on this two week journey throught the Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu Islands.  From the pristine waters of Bora Bora to the dramatic, plunging cliffs of the Marquesas, you'll see some of the best Tahiti has to offer. 

With two indulgent weeks in the Marquesas, Tuamotus, and Society Islands, there’s ample time to soak up everything that makes this corner of the world so spectacular. Whether you’re inclined to wander white-sand beaches and read a book in the shade of a palm tree or would rather dive right in to the active pursuits available both above and below water, in the South Pacific, it’s all here waiting for you.

Departing from Papeete, you'll discover the nature lover's paradise of Fakarava, home of rare birds, plants and crustaceans, before heading to the remote and rugged Marquesas Islands.  History and culture are in the forefront on the island of Hiva Oa, which is the home of the largest stone sculptures in the Marquesas, which are said to be linked to the famous tikis of Easter Island.  See the burial place of famous artist Paul Gauguin, large stone sculptures said to be linked to the famous tikis of Easter Island, and meet the locals living on these isolated islands. 

In beautiful Bora Bora, enjoy 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.

Package Inclusions

  • 14 night luxury cruise aboard Le Paul Gauguin
  • All meals onboard
  • All beverages onboard (excluding top shelf) 
  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards and dining staff
  • Complimentary water sports
  • Access to private beach in Bora Bora
  • Complimentary room service
  • Day at private islet Motu Mahana
  • All pre-payable taxes

PLUS!  Ultimate Cruising guests also receive:

  • Chauffeur driven luxury car transfers from your home to the airport and return (within 35 km)

Cruise Highlights

PAPEETE
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.

FAKARAVA
The Tuamotus are a unique string of coral ringlets that form protective circles around interior lagoons, allowing for the proliferation of rare species of both plant and marine life. Their ecosystems are so pristine that UNESCO designated the atoll of Fakarava a Biosphere Reserve. Snorkel or drift-dive the Garuae Pass to see some of the world’s most beautiful coral formations.

FATU HIVA
The village of Omoa is the administrative center of Fatu Hiva. Here, you will find a pretty church and the Musée Grelet, a small private museum founded by a 19th-century Swiss immigrant to this island. Exhibits include war clubs and spears, adzes, tikis, stone pestles, and carved-wood koka’a bowls. Fatu Hiva is renowned for its handicrafts, especially tapa (decorated beaten bark cloth). During your stay, you may see artists at work on tapa and other crafts, including hand-painted pareos and monoi, a scented coconut oil. The area around Omoa Village also features many ancient petroglyphs, or rock art. Among them is one of the largest in the Marquesas: that of the famous paoa, which looks like a huge tuna fish carved into the rock. A guided hike to the petroglyphs is available as an excursion from The Gauguin.

HIVA OA
Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin spent the final years of his life on this island, and the Espace Culturel Paul Gauguin in Atuona is dedicated to his life and work. In addition to letters and other exhibits is a replica of his home, complete with a life-size statue of the artist at work. Behind the Espace Culturel Paul Gauguin, you’ll find the Centre Jacques Brel, honoring the singer/songwriter who also made his home on Hiva Oa. Featured is his newly restored twin-engine airplane, as well as posters and recordings of his music. You can pay final respects to these artists at Calvary Cemetery (Cimetière Calvaire), which offers breathtaking views in addition to the gravesites of both Gauguin and Brel.

TAHUATA
Its name means “sunrise” in Marquesan, and this tiny, 19-square-mile island in the Marquesas archipelago is just as beautiful as the name suggests. Visitors arrive via the charming seafront village of Hapatoni, with tamanu trees shading an ancient paved royal walkway and the air smelling of tiare and frangipani. The island’s beauty extends to its architecture too, especially its huge Catholic church, which was built by the Vatican and decorated with stunning stained-glass windows and beautiful local carvings.

NUKU HIVA
The capital of the Marquesas is a quiet city set on the bay and surrounded by rocky cliffs. Taiohe is home to more than half the population of Nuku Hiva and is a pretty city of black-sand beaches, tropical blooms, and a distinctly French ambiance. The center of town is easily explored on foot. Be sure to visit Notre Dame Cathedral, displaying stone and wood carvings from each island of the archipelago. Another highlight is a wooden statue of Herman Melville, who based two novels (Typee and Omoo) on his stay in the Taipivai Valley. The waterfront features plenty of tiki statues including the Temehea Tohua, featuring an almost extraterrestrial visage.

HUAHINE
Your first port of call is Huahine, known as “The Garden Island” for its lush rainforests and dramatic terrain. While here, you can cruise the expansive lagoon, explore the island's culture, or picnic on the beach.

BORA BORA
Immediately recognizable by Mount Otemanu rising from the ocean, this half-atoll, half-mountain is surrounded by a spectacular lagoon and a series of smaller islands. Ancient Polynesians called it Parapora, or “firstborn,” because they thought it was the first island created after Raiatea.

TAHA'A
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.

MOOREA
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.

Departure Dates & Pricing

2022:
09 April
21 May
30 July
19 November

Prices start from A$8,760 pp share twin including early booking bonus.  Please ask us for the best available pricing and applicable specials.


 

Cruise Category
  • Boutique
  • Classic Luxury
ONBOARD FEATURES
  • All meals
  • Drinks All Day
  • Gratuities
  • Pool &/or Spa
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Trip itinerary

Day
Port
1
Papeete
Embark Paul Gauguin from 3pm
2
At Sea
3
Fakarava
Arrive 8am
Depart 5pm
4
At Sea
5
Fatu Hiva
Arrive 8am
Depart 6pm
6
Hiva Oa
Arrive 8am
Depart 6pm
7
Tahuata
Arrive 8am
Depart 6pm
8
Nuku Hiva
Arrive 8am
Depart 6pm
9
At Sea
10
At Sea

Technical Details

  • Tonnage
  • Crew 217
  • Capacity 332
  • Length 156M

Cruise Category

  • Luxurious
  • Modern Style

M/S Paul Gauguin

 The Paul Gauguin offers a relaxing atmosphere coupled with five-star service, comfort and luxury.  An on-board watersports marina, a choice of three open-seating dining venues and an extensive spa are among her luxurious attributes. This exquisite vessel has been refurbished in 2020/2021. Images Courtesy of Paul Gauguin.

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