The Best of the South Pacific

The m/s Paul Gauguin is the flagship of Paul Gauguin Cruises and is every small-ship cruiser’s dream. She delivers travellers to the most intimate ports that would otherwise be inaccessible to larger ships, whilst providing an onboard experience that is nothing short of luxurious.

Cruising with Paul Gauguin Cruises is a unique and memorable experience, as we take you to some of the most captivating islands of the South Pacific on our voyages which range from 7 to 14-nights.

In this blog, we will share with you what some of these alluring islands offer along with a recommended shore excursion to get the most out of your visit.

Papeete, Tahiti

Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia and lies on the northwest coast of Tahiti. It’s a gracious, tropical city that entices many travellers with its vibrant market, shops, restaurants and plenty of smiling faces. 

Recommended: Papeete is a wonderful place to stop at pre or post-cruise, it offers ample opportunity to rest and relax after the journey whilst getting an authentic feel of French Polynesia.

Huahine, Society Islands

The alluring Huahine offers an immense tropical jungle and is exceptionally green. Enjoy a day at the beach, go on a shore excursion where you can visit sacred sites and legendary places, or discover the most picturesque landscapes that the island has to offer.

Recommended shore excursion: Cultural Highlights of Huahine

Taha’a, Society Islands

Taha’a specialises in two of the most pleasant things French Polynesia has to offer: vanilla and pearls. The beautiful scent of vanilla fills the air as you wander around this stunning island. There’s not too much going on in Taha’a which is the beauty of it! You can sit back, relax and soak in the tranquil, natural beauty that this island has to offer. 

Recommended shore excursion: By Aquaplane: Taha’a, Bora Bora and Tupai Flightseeing (45 minutes flight)

Bora Bora, Society Islands

Prepare to be blown away with the beauty that surrounds Bora Bora, you will fall in love with this paradise from the very moment you arrive. You can enjoy exclusive access to our white-sand beach where you can spend time daydreaming, napping, reading or taking part in the many watersports activities that are offered. 
Recommended Shore Excursion: A Day at the Beach

Moorea, Society Islands

If you’ve been dreaming of holiday-brochure turquoise lagoons, white-sand beaches, vertical peaks and lush landscapes, you’d be hard-pressed to find better than this gem of an island. Hovering less than 20km across the ‘Sea of the Moon’ from its big sister, Tahiti, Mo’orea absorbs its many visitors so gracefully that it feels surprisingly non-touristy.

Recommended Shore Excursion: Botanical and Agricultural Walk

Fakarava, Tuamotus 

Fakarava is the second largest atoll in French Polynesia and what a beauty it is! Think heavenly white sand and coconut trees framed by a palette of stunning blues. Fakarava leads a very laidback lifestyle and when you arrive it almost feels like you’ve just found your very own secret paradise – it’s one of the most pristine beaches in the world that remains unspoiled. 

Recommended Shore Excursion: Fakarava Pinnacle Snorkel

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki, secluded and romantic and also home to the world’s most beautiful lagoon. The saddest part about this island is having to say goodbye! Cruise through the beautiful lagoon that this island is famed for and experience the best of Aitutaki with our shore excursions.

Recommended Shore Excursion: Aitutaki Discovery Safari

Fatu Hiva, Marquesas

Fatu Hiva, the most remote island of the inhabited Marquesan islands offers green and lush vegetation with sheer, rocky landscapes. This island is very aesthetically pleasing from the wrinkled cliffs which tumble into the ocean and spectacular bays that indent the coastline.

Recommended Shore Excursion: Scenic Drive to Hanavave

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas

Journeying to Nuku Hiva is a magical experience, partly because it remains untouched which will transport you back in time, and also because it is known as the “Mysterious Island”. Become enthralled by the enchanting waterfalls, and the natural beauty of the stunning black-sand beaches or discover the culture of the Marquesans.

Recommended Shore Excursion: Visit of Taipivai Valley

Tahuata, Marquesas

Tahuata means “sunrise” (Marquesan) and is the smallest island of the archipelago and is just as beautiful as the name suggests. The island’s beautiful extends to its architecture too, especially its huge Catholic church, which was built by the Vatican and decorated with stunning stained-glass windows and beautiful local carvings.

Recommended Shore Excursion: Hapatoni Discovery

Why not take a moment to see the beauty of these locations for yourself?

Sit back and enjoy our Aerial Port Tour.

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