A South Seas Idyll Aboard the Paul Gauguin

Note: Cruise rate includes air from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti.


On this South Seas adventure, we explore Fakarava, an atoll known for its pristine beaches and exceptional snorkeling, the utterly beautiful and remote Marquesas, with their fascinating cultural traditions, and the Society Islands, including tiny yet spectacular Moorea and Bora Bora, legendary for its huge surrounding lagoon and barrier reef.

The lectures were not to be missed...they were always informative, interesting, and humorous.
— Marilyn G. Ponte Vedra Bch, FL
Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.


Papeete, Tahiti / Embark Paul Gauguin
Begin your journey through paradise in the capital of Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands, as you embark on the Paul Gauguin.
Day 2
At Sea
Spend the day enjoying the m/s Paul Gauguin's Polynesian ambiance: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps take in a lecture on local wildlife or history, then dine in the evening over classic French cuisine at L'Etoile, one of the ship's two elegant restaurants.
Day 3
Fakarava, Tuamotus
Explore the clear waters of Fakarava, a sanctuary for rare birds, plants and crustaceans in the remote and pristine Tuamotus. You can stroll the pink-sand beaches and perhaps visit the island's black pearl farm or the ruins of the first church in French Polynesia built entirely of coral.
Day 4
At Sea
Take another day to enjoy shipboard life: relax poolside, watch the South Pacific slip by, play some table tennis, or take advantage of the ship's Reading Library.
Day 5
Omoa, Fatu Hiva
Fatu Hiva is wild and spectacularly beautiful. The jungle greenery begins at the water's edge, with narrow ravines, deep gorges, and luxuriant valleys briefly open to view as the boat glides past, close to the sheer cliffs that plunge straight down into the splashing surf.
Day 6
Atuona, Hiva Oa
The island of Hiva Oa is marked by wild beauty. Its main town is Atuona, where the artist Paul Gauguin is buried. You might visit the village of Puamau to see the largest stone sculptures of Marquesas, considered linked to the moai of Easter Island and Necker Island, north of Hawaii.
Day 7
Hapatoni, Tahuata
The smallest of the Marquesas archipelago, at only 19 square miles, Tahuata is a leaf-shaped volcanic island with sheer cliffs, white-sand beaches, lush vegetation, twin bays—and a turbulent colonial history. Call at Hapatoni, a charming, seafront village with an ancient paved royal walkway shaded by tamanu trees, visit the huge Catholic church, built by the Vatican and decorated with stunning stained-glass windows and beautiful local carvings, admire traditional carvings at the crafts center, and enjoy fine swimming and snorkeling in the only Marquesas island edged by coral reef.
Day 8
Tiaohae, Nuku Hiva
As the governmental and economic center, Nuku Hiva is the most important island in the Marquesas. It's also stunningly beautiful, with three major bays on the south coast and similarly gorgeous inlets on the north coastl.
Days 9-10
At Sea
You'll be at sea for the next two days, with time to relax and enjoy the amenities of the ship. You may elect to visit the award-winning spa, or listen to a lecture by onboard experts.
Day 11
Known as the “wild” Society Island for its untamed, verdant forests, Huahine remains relatively untouched by modern development. Explore some of its abundant archaeological treasures—ancient homes, buildings, and marae (stone platforms that served as places of worship)—excavated and preserved throughout the island, or dive in Huahine's crystalline lagoon, which teems with over 450 species of fish.
Day 12
Bora Bora
Bora Bora's lagoon is a must-see, your chance for a swim, snorkel, or outrigger cruise. The lagoon is constantly replenished with ocean water from the swells that crash between sandy motus (small islets) and over the fringing reef.
Day 13
Taha'a (Motu Mahana)
Arrive at our South Seas paradise featuring white-sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters, and gentle breezes. Spend a full day exploring this idyllic, isolated island, and relax with a delicious barbecue lunch and Polynesian entertainment featuring strolling musicians.
Day 14
Moorea / Papeete, Tahit
Moorea's scenery is like a dream. You can try your hand at some exciting optional watersports like scuba diving among a host of interesting sea creatures, including sea turtles, a staggering number of fish species such as barracuda, tuna, jackfish, red snapper, moray eels, trigger fish, rays, and more. At the end of the afternoon, cruise to the home port in Papeete, docking there for the night.
Day 15
Disembark in Papeete and fly home.

Post-Cruise Extension

Extend your journey to enjoy the delights of Bora Bora, Moorea, Taha'a, or Tahiti. Call us for details and prices.



Length: 15 days
Cost From: $7245  
Arrive: Papeete, Tahiti
Depart: Papeete, Tahiti
Lodging: 14 nights aboard a deluxe 332-passenger vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

15-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours, snorkeling

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