Tahiti and the Society Islands


Sailing onboard the MS Paul Gauguin is an experience you will not forget. The friendly staff are an extension of the friendly islanders you will met. Onboard 40% of the food is sourced locally, ensuring you enjoy island food right onboard the ship.

This 7 day cruise is anchored every day, allowing you the chance to explore the French Polynesian islands each day on your cruise. Choose to explore the islands or beaches, or use the onboard facilities - spa, watersports, pool...the choice is yours.

Ask me all about this cruise around French Polynesia, not only am I Paul Gauguin certified, I took this cruise with my extended family and friends to celebrate my Mum's birthday! BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!

Some quick ship facts!

  • Maximum guest capacity - 332 people - there are 217 staff onboard, you are well served!
  • There are 7 decks - you only get lost for 2 minutes!
  • Onboard there are 3 restaurants, a pool, several bars, a theatre and spa!
  • Water sports such as paddle boarding, snorkeling and kayaking are free!
  • It is all inclusive - accommodation, meals, drinks and entertainment!


Day 1

Depart Tahiti

Today you set sail! Arrive to the cruise dock mid-afternoon. The crew will take your luggage to your stateroom, so you can explore the amenities on the ship or get a late lunch in the dining room.

Day 2

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This island of 6,000 people is made up of many small villages and is the lushest of the islands, hence why it is known as the 'Garden Island'. Here you can find sacred sites of the islander people, go Scuba Diving, or discover the island by 4x4. Each shore excursion you take will visit the islands Belvedere (lookout) for you to see the islands beautiful panoramas.

Day 3

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To beach or snorkel? How about both. This beautiful island is a watersports dream. Here you can scuba dive, snorkel, take a catamaran or chill out on the Paul Gauguin private Motu. Enjoy an island BBQ and the same drink service as you receive onboard on the Motu.

On Taha'a they produce 80% of French Polynesia's vanilla. Although this is mostly only exported to France or used on the Pacific Islands it is considered the best quality vanilla.

Here you also have the opportunity to visit a Black Pearl farm. Not just to buy, but learn about how they are cultivated, the process for extracting them and what makes a high quality pearl.

Day 4

Bora Bora

This island's name is synonymous with South Pacific and overwater bungalows. The beauty of the island reaching into the sky is matched by the beautiful waters in the lagoon. Hands down the best snorkelling in this itinerary, the colours are vivid in the coral gardens and there is a variety of fish to observe.

There is however more to this Island. If off road is more your style take a tour to the War guns that were used to protect the Teavanui Pass.

Paul Gauguin also has a private beach on the edge of the lagoon, where if snorkelling and relaxing on a beach is your style - this is available.

Day 5

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Continue your relaxation or adventures on this second day in Bora Bora.

Day 6


Your final port on your 7 days cruise and voted (as conducted by our Travel Expert Bronwen) by the staff of the Paul Gauguin to be their favourite Island. Perhaps this is why you spend your last two days here! This island is more populated than what you have visited due to its proximity to Tahiti but still maintains the island feel!

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Here the production of pineapples is evident on the mountainside along with other delicious tropical fruits! You also have the opportunity to swim with the sharks, stingrays and snorkel.

Day 7


Continue to enjoy this beautiful island either on a guided adventure, or on your own. An early departure from Moorea will have you back to Papeete for an evening stroll.

Day 8

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Your evening arrival last night means you can have a relaxing breakfast this morning before disembarking the ship.

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