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The Battle of the Beauties!

The Battle of the Beauties!

There’s a bit of friendly debate over which is more beautiful – French Polynesia’s Society Islands or the Cook Islands’ Aitutaki.  Both boast spectacular white-sand beaches, fringed with palm trees and impossibly clear waters, teeming with colourful tropical fish.  Both offer idyllic sun-kissed holidays filled with swimming, snorkelling and relaxation.  One offers a delightful French influence, the other good old Cook Islands hospitality.  So which one is better?


They are both awesome and here’s how you can experience both so you can make up your own mind!  Introducing Paul Gauguin’s fantastic Cook Islands & Society Islands itinerary!  Twelve days and eleven nights of luxurious bliss cruising these breath-taking islands, calling into destinations you may not otherwise see.  We’re talking Huahine, Taha’a, Bora Bora and Moorea in Tahiti and Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands.  Sound too good to be true, doesn’t it?

Image:  Cook Islands Tourism | David Kirkland

You can kiss all your worries away the moment you step foot onto Le Paul Gauguin.  Your crew will look after your every need with superb food, beverages, entertainment, water sports … you name it.   Paul Gauguin is now part of the PONANT family and has been extensively renovated throughout with a new interior design and artworks, as well as introducing some of PONANT’s sumptuous French cuisine.   All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the sensational scenery that has made these destinations grace the “Top Most Beautiful Destinations of the World” lists over and over again.

Image:  Paul Gauguin Cruises

With two departures in 2022 (August and December) and five departures in 2023, this is a gorgeous way to escape the winter blues!  Currently you can save up to 20% on selected sailings and we’ll also include our chauffeur driven, luxury car transfers from your home to the airport and return, one night’s accommodation in Papeete and a $500 air credit per booking at no extra cost!  Sound good?  You bet it is!  See more details here.


Main Image: Cook Island Tourism | Nick Skeyes