Cooks & Society Islands



Between pearl farms and white sandy beaches, French Polynesia will reveal its many mysteries to you. Surrounded by superb lagoons of crystal clear waters edged by exceptional coral reefs, the islands of Polynesia are undoubtedly some of the most beautiful in the world and home to an astonishing and rich wildlife. 

You will be dazzled by the incomparable beauty of Huahine, by the turquoise waters of the Motu Mahana, our private vanilla-scented little paradise, by the sumptuous lagoon of Bora Bora, with its distinctly recognisable volcanic silhouette, and by Moorea, with its hillside pineapple plantations and its verdant peaks overlooking the island.

You will also sail further south towards the Cook Islands, to discover the incredibly clear waters of the Aitutaki lagoon and the magnificent silhouette of Rarotonga. You will be enchanted by the wild beauty and abundant nature of this island and its marine environment.

Package Inclusions

  • 11 night cruise onboard Paul Gauguin from Papeete
  • All meals onboard
  • Complimentary beverages on-board including select wines, spirits and beer served throughout the ship
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Complimentary watersports
  • 24 hour room service onboard
  • All relevant taxes

PLUS!  Ultimate Cruising guests also receive:

  • 1 night accommodation pre-cruise
  • Chauffeur driven luxury car transfers from your home to the airport and return (within 35km).

Cruise Highlights

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.

Aitutaki’s spectacular lagoon is world renowned, and no visit to this island is complete without experiencing it. This exquisite turquoise lagoon stretches for about seven miles along each leg of its triangular shape and is rimmed with palm-shaded beaches and dotted with picturesque motus. In its waters, you can spot myriad tropical fish and other marine life. Watersports abound, from diving and snorkeling to kayaking and more.

You will be dazzled by the magnificent volcanic silhouette of Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands. Perfectly circular, Rarotonga is closely surrounded by a coral reef over which break the endless waves of the south Pacific Ocean. The undulating profile of its sheer mountains standing out against the deep blue of the sky gives a glimpse of its summits at more than 600 metres altitude, such as Te Manga peak. The abrupt and vertiginous slopes are covered with luxuriant vegetation, a precious natural resource for the inhabitants of the island who have learnt to take advantage of this abundant nature and have developed a thriving agricultural sector.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Departure Dates & Pricing

Departs Papeete:

27 August 2022
17 December 2022

15 April 2023
20 May 2023
01 July 2023
09 September 2023
28 October 2023

Prices start from A$7,460pp share twin in Window Stateroom, including early booking bonus.  Please contact us for best available pricing and applicable offers.


Cruise Category
  • Boutique
  • Classic Luxury
  • Modern
  • Drinks All Day
  • Gratuities
  • Pool &/or Spa

Itinerary Map Image

Trip itinerary

At Sea
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Bora Bora
At Sea
Motu Mahana, Taha'a, Tahiti
Moorea, Tahiti

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.