Tahiti, Fiji, Tonga and Cook Islands



Over the course of 13 unhurried nights, The Gauguin allows you to discover the South Pacific’s most storied, beautiful, and culturally vibrant islands, towns, and cities. No matter what kind of experience you seek, from soaking in the sun on the Society Islands’ white-sand beaches to immersing yourself in the unique cultures of Fiji and Tonga, when you follow in the wake of the world’s most famous explorers in the South Pacific, there are treasures to discover at every port.

Gliding through turquoise waters, pausing at a deserted motu and delighting you with perfect day after perfect day, the The Gauguin crew will ensure your every need is taken care of.  This 11 night voyage not only cruises the breathtaking Tahitian waters but also takes you to the alluring lagoons of the Cook Islands, the friendly Fiji Islands and tantalising Tonga!

Package Inclusions

  • 13 night cruise onboard Paul Gauguin ex 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:

  • Chauffeur driven luxury car transfers to/from your relevant International airport (within 35 km).

Cruise Highlights

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

One of the easternmost countries in the world, nudging the International Date Line, the Kingdom of Tonga was never colonized by Europeans, a distinction it shares with no other South Pacific nation. As a result, today it is the oldest and last remaining Polynesian monarchy, and its culture remains strong, even in the face of modernization. In addition to being a cultural capital, it is a fantastic place to view a wide array of wildlife, especially in the crystal-clear lagoon, where divers can see to a depth of 130 feet. Species include giant clams, manta rays, sea turtles, spinner dolphins, more than 100 species of colorful tropical fish, and—between July and October—humpback whales.

The island of Vanua Levu in northern Fiji remains largely undeveloped, making it a charming, unspoiled haven. It is the second largest of Fiji’s 300 islands, and, because of its remoteness, it is reminiscent of the South Seas before its colonization by Europeans. Nestled among lush green hills and surrounded by coral reefs, Savusavu is sometimes called the “Hidden Paradise of Fiji,” with its half-mile main street facing a beautiful bay.  The 19th-century Copra Shed Marina, the centerpiece of the town, now houses the Savusavu Yacht Club. Hot springs bubble up throughout the town; in the afternoon, you can see pots on top of steaming fissures as women prepare the evening meal.

Suva is perched on a hilly peninsula between two harbors and boasts a fascinating mix of modern and colonial architectural, as well as an easygoing yet sophisticated ambiance. As the largest urban area in the South Pacific outside of Australia and New Zealand, Suva is a great place to experience Fijian culture, with visits to the Fiji Museum, the Municipal Market, or the Handicraft Center, where weavers practice their traditional art.

Located about six miles off the coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, Beqa Island measures less than six square miles in territory—yet it looms large among those seeking a paradise by the sea. Surrounded by one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, the island offers exceptional snorkeling at high tide, with an abundance of colorful tropical fish teeming among the coral blooms. Or bask on a golden-sand beach shaded from an azure sky by swaying palms.

Inland, the island is carpeted with lush rainforest laced with waterfalls and streams and dotted with villages known for their tradition of firewalking and joyous hospitality.

Departure Dates & Pricing

Departs Papeete 24 September 2022.

Prices start from A$8,630pp share twin in Window Stateroom, including early booking bonus.  Please contact us for best available pricing and applicable offers.

Also ask about the 12 night itinerary from Lautoka to Papeete.

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

Itinerary Map Image

Trip itinerary

Bora Bora
At Sea
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
At Sea
Vava'u, Tonga
At Sea
Savusavu, Fiji

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.