What does a typical day on the Paul Gauguin look like? Picture this.
You awake early because you don’t want to miss a thing. Stepping out onto your balcony, you’re greeted by impossibly blue lagoon waters and a gorgeous island with white sand beaches and gently swaying palm trees. Even this early in the morning, there’s warmth in the sun, clear blue skies and that indescribable island scent of ocean breeze, tropical flowers, vanilla and coconuts.
In the dining room, the staff welcome you with warm smiles and there’s happy chatter amongst the guests all looking forward to another day in paradise. After enjoying a fantastic breakfast of bacon, eggs, pastries and coffee, you gather your things and head down to the tenders ready to go ashore.
Today, we’re visiting Paul Gauguin’s private motu. Already the crew have been busy setting up and as you near the island you can see an array of watersport gear, sun loungers and even a bar all ready to serve you your favourite drink. The water is so clear you can see fish darting away beneath you and coral gardens waiting to be explored. The sun is warm on your back and the water so inviting you can’t wait to get in.
The ships “Les Gauguines” wait to welcome you ashore amid lovely sunny smiles and the sound of ukuleles. The island is yours for the day and you spend a decadent few hours reading your book under the palm trees, swimming, snorkelling and kayaking in the stunning the lagoon. The crew offer you drinks and snacks, followed by a barbeque lunch, all served with gentle Tahitian hospitality.
Further down the beach, there’s a game of beach volley ball going on, a couple strolls by hand-in-hand and there’s a family laughing and splashing in the water.
There’s so much happiness here it’s almost palpable. Everyone is enjoying themselves – there are smiles, contented sighs and an undeniable sense of relaxation and enjoyment.
When it’s time to go, you return to the ship with the other guests, wonderfully tired from a day in the sun, sharing stories of what marine life you saw while snorkelling and what a spectacular slice of paradise this is.
After showering, there’s time for a drink in the bar with new friends before enjoying a gourmet dinner, nightly entertainment by Les Gauguines and looking forward to your day tomorrow at spectacular Bora Bora.