Chairman's Cruise - The Society Islands & The Tuamotus



Join Sarina Bratton AM, Asia Pacific Chairman, for an extraordinary 11-night voyage to discover Tahiti and the Society Islands and the Tuamotus. Set sail to discover French Polynesia, considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. Cruise to the heart of idyllic islands and atolls hemmed by stunning clear-water lagoons and surrounded by an exceptional coral reef.

You will discover the wonderful Moorea and Bora Bora in the Society Islands, with lush rainforests, impossibly clear lagoons, and endless palm trees swaying in the warm breeze.

You will be dazzled by the incomparable beauty of Huahine, by the sumptuous lagoon of Bora Bora, with its distinctly recognisable volcanic silhouette, and by Moorea, with its hillsides covered with pineapple plantations and its luxurious peaks.

In the Tuamotus, Rangiroa, a gigantic atoll with breathtaking underwater scenery, is most known for the cultivation of its famous black pearls. Be sure to try snorkelling in these natural aquariums where colourful fish, rays and friendly sharks can be found playing amid the reefs or to explore the marvellous depths of the atoll of Fakarava, a UNESCO-classified nature reserve.

Motu Mahana, our little private vanilla-scented paradise with turquoise waters will undoubtedly be the highlight of your cruise.

Package Inclusions:

  • 11 night cruise on board Le Paul Gauguin ex Papeete
  • All meals on board
  • Selected beers, wines, soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise (excluding premium brands)
  • 24 hour room service
  • Free WiFi access
  • Butler service for Category B cabins and above
  • Port taxes

PLUS!  Guests on board this special cruise will be accompanied by Sarina Bratton AM, Australia's "First Lady" of cruising.  There will be some special surprises in store for you to enjoy on board and ashore!

PLUS!  Ultimate Cruising guests also receive:

  • 1 night accommodation pre-cruise
  • $500 air credit per booking
  • €150on board credit per booking
  • Chauffeur driven luxury car transfers from your home to the airport and return (within 35km).

* Terms and conditions apply.

Cruise Highlights

Capital of French Polynesia, the city of Papeete is on the north-west coast of the island of Tahiti. You’ll find a relaxed atmosphere here,where urban buzz combines with the legendary laid-back Polynesian lifestyle. Culture is not lacking. You can enjoy sites narrating the history of the archipelago, including the colonial cathedral and the Maison de la reine Marau. The Vaipahi public gardens will win you over by their abundant plant-life. The large municipal market offers local specialities: fresh fruit, spices and all kinds of fish abound on their stalls.

A secluded atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago, Rangiroa, meaning “vast sky” in Polynesian, is very aptly named. The lagoon of the largest atoll in Polynesia is reminiscent of the heavens, imprisoned by hundreds of islets formed by sand that veers from immaculate white to pink. But the beauty of Rangiroa, classed by Captain Cousteau as one of the most beautiful diving spots in the world, is most evident in its underwater life: you will have the occasion of admiring all the richness of the site on a snorkeling tour or on a glass-bottom boat tour. Rangiroa is also the high seat of Polynesian pearl culture.

Listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Fakarava’s coral ellipsis is a narrow stretch of land sitting on a crystal-clear sea. Travellers here are surprised by the immensity of the lagoon, whose colours evoke an infinite palette. The atoll, renowned for its immaculate beaches and preserved nature, is home to rare bird species, plants and crustaceans. You’ll disembark in a Zodiac® and berth in front of the Veke Veke guesthouse, where you will be welcomed with garlands of flowers and traditional music. You will then be able to go for a walk along the beach or put on flippers, mask and snorkel to make the most of the warm waters of Fakarava and observe its brightly coloured coral.

Located less than 200 kilometres north-west of Tahiti, Huahine Island is a secret gem in French Polynesia. You’ll love the mysterious atmosphere emanating from its voluptuous contours, its wild vegetation and stunning remote creeks.   If you explore both parts of the island, la Grande Huahine to the north, and la Petite Huahine to the south, will reveal some of its hidden treasures, as well as some archaeological remains from the Polynesian past. You can meet the local population in the main town of Fare, or in the string of villages along the coast.

Motu Mahana
Feet in the sand, on the islet of Motu Mahana, our sumptuous little private paradise, you will share a very special experience around an authentic traditional Polynesian barbecue. A veritable jewel in the Taha’a lagoon, pristine atoll of the Society Islands, Motu Mahana offers an infinite palette of shades of turquoise, an idyllic backdrop for observing the majestic ballet of the tropical fish. The volcanic island of Taha’a, dominated by Mount Ohiri and Mount Puurauti, will reveal its fertile and luxuriant nature, ideal for cultivating the magnificent black pearls of French Polynesia, as well as vanilla. This rare spice, greatly in demand by gourmets, is the main economic resource of what is also known as Vanilla Island.

A volcanic island located halfway between Huahine and Bora-Bora, Raiatea is like the mother of Polynesia. It was on its rocky flanks that the oldest traces of local habitation were found. According to legend, it was even the cradle of the gods... You can admire several sites that bear witness to this past, including the first Polynesian holy site, the Te-Po religious centre, including the marae Taputapuatea, a sort of altar made of stone and coral. Although beaches are rare on Raiatea, here nature is totally captivating, and the coral islets offer myriads of ravishing creeks.

Bora Bora
Paradisiacal atoll of the archipelago of the Leeward Islands, west of French Polynesia, mythical Bora Bora offers a natural spectacle of captivating beauty. You’ll be won over as much by the white sandy beaches as by its famous lagoon, one of the most beautiful in the world, where colourful fish frolic in waters of incomparable turquoise. The island is covered with tropical vegetation, and dominated by the majestic outline of Mount Otemanu. A promenade through this volcanic landscape will enable you to discover a number of villages and meet local communities.

A part of the Windward Island archipelago just to the west of Tahiti, famous Mo'orea will leave you with a series of unforgettable images and memories. Bask on its heavenly beaches, enjoy a dip in the turquoise waters of its lagoon, and soak up its luscious vegetation and the heady flowers that carpet the inland areas. Get the most out of this natural gem with a trip to the Mo'orea Belvedere. Exceptional views of Mount Rotui unfurl before your eyes, with the Opunohu Bay and its valley to the left, and the famous Cook's Bay, surrounded by notched, cathedral-style peaks, to the right.

Departure Dates & Pricing

Cruise departs Papeete 04 June 2022.

Pricing starts from A$8,640 per person share twin, including a 25% Ponant Bonus. 

All prices are subject to availability and to change at any time.  Please ask us for best available pricing at time of booking.

Cruise Category
  • Boutique
  • Purpose Built
  • 24 Hr Room Service
  • All meals
  • Boutique &/or Salon
  • Drinks All Day
  • Pool &/or Spa
Itinerary Map Image

Trip itinerary

At Sea
Motu Mahana
Bora Bora

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.