Tahiti Stay & Society Islands Cruise

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Departure 03 December 2019 | Tahiti Stay & Society Islands Cruise

Destinations

  • Tahiti
  • Papeete
  • Huahine
  • Taha’a (Motu Mahana)
  • Bora Bora
  • Moorea
  • Papeete

Tahiti Stay & Society Islands Cruise

The perfect introduction to the picture-perfect charms of the South Pacific, this 4-night stay and 7-night cruise whisks you away to destinations that played muse for author James A. Michener, painter Paul Gauguin, and many more. Where will you find your inspiration? Vanilla-scented Taha’a? Rugged Moorea? Or perhaps even just watching the technicolor sunset from your balcony onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin.


Slow down and let stress float away on secluded Huahine, where relaxation is the only item on your to-do list. Explore the local village on foot. Wander through lush rainforests. Float in crystal-clear lagoons. It’s all at your fingertips.

Live the life idyllic with a memorable day on Motu Mahana, our own private slice of paradise. On this exclusive islet, treat yourself to sand between your toes, the shade of swaying palm trees, a sumptuous barbecue lunch, and, of course, drinks sipped from coconuts.

Enjoy an overnight in Bora Bora, which gives you ample time to explore this laid-back destination’s dramatic mountain peaks, romantic lagoons, and impossibly turquoise waters.

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1 — UK to Papeete

Fly to Papeete via Los Angeles arriving the same day in the evening. You will be met and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel the, Intercontinental Resort Tahiti, for a 3-night stay on a B&B basis.

The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic islands and atolls strewn lazily across the grand Pacific Ocean. The island of Tahiti proper is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia. Papeete, the modern capital of Tahiti and her islands, contains government offices, hospitals, banks and many other services dedicated to serving the islands as well as tourists who come to these islands for a life-enriching experience.

Located just two miles from the international airport, the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is considered the gateway to the Society Islands archipelago, and is the perfect place to start a French Polynesian holiday. Covering 25 hectares of idyllic tropical gardens, the resort provides sweeping views of the lagoon and Tahiti’s sister island, Moorea.


Day 2 to 4 — Papeete
Beach, Papeete, Tahiti

Beach, Papeete, Tahiti

Enjoy the facilities of the Intercontinental Resort Tahiti.

In this idyllic Tahitian setting, you can enjoy three bars and two restaurants – Te Tiare restaurant and The Lotus overwater gourmet restaurant, plus two swimming pools, including a freshwater infinity pool with a swim-up bar. Discover the Lagoonarium that houses a myriadof species of colourful tropical fish and coral, and relax in the Deep Nature Spa that offers hours of luxurious pampering. You can also enjoy different water sports and stay active in the fitness centre.


Day 5 — Papeete
Papeete beach

Papeete beach

Check out of the hotel and take your included private transfer to the port to embark the ship

Day 6 — Huahine

One of the most picturesque and geographically diverse islands in the Society Group, enclosed in a single lagoon, it covers 75 square miles. Huahine is located 109 miles northwest of Papeete. The highest point on the island, Mt. Turi, reaches 2,200 feet and is located on Huahine Nui.

Huahine is known as “The Garden Island” for its beautiful rainforests, dramatic terrain, and enchanting lagoon. Travellers will find something new to explore around every bend, from sacred sites and archeological landmarks that are among the best preserved in French Polynesia to the colourful sea life that can be experienced on a SCUBA or snorkeling expedition.

Day 7 — Taha’a (Motu Mahana)

Enclosed in a common lagoon with Raiatea and accessible only by boat, Taha’a produces about 80% of all vanilla in French Polynesia. Taha’a is the only island in the Society Islands that can be completely circled by ship inside the protected lagoon. With its many deep bays and deserted motu, Taha’a is an ideal island to escape. With only a handful of guest houses and small hotels, Taha’a is slowly awakening to tourism and yet maintains an authentic flavor of Polynesia.

Taha’a is also home to Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private island. Guests are welcomed with traditional music performed by Les Gauguines, a beachside barbecue, and ample opportunities for watersports, swimming, and relaxation.

Day 8 to 9 — Bora Bora

Bora Bora lies 150 miles northwest of Tahiti in the Society Islands. The main island, home to 4,225 inhabitants, is in the center of a multicolored lagoon, surrounded by offshore “motu” islets inside a protective coral necklace. Its lagoon is world-famous for its beauty. A partially paved road circles the island, passing colorful villages, archeological sites, and old Army bunkers and cannons left over from WWII, when 5,000 American GIs made a “friendly invasion.”

The dream destination of Bora Bora just begs to have its picture taken, with lush peaks, white sand beaches, and romantic lagoons. But perhaps Bora Bora’s most iconic image that of Mount Otemanu, with its jagged, emerald-hued peaks rising high above the shoreline.

Day 10 — Moorea
Island of Moorea in the French Polynesia

Island of Moorea in the French Polynesia

Moorea, often likened to James Michener's mythical island of Bali Hai, is only 11 miles from Tahiti. Many visitors say it is worth the visit just to see Moorea's spectacular bays. The volcanic peaks, reflected in the waters of Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay, rise like a shark's jaw from the island's base. Sharks sighting on nearly every dive makes this island a popular diving destination. At times a tuna will come by or dolphins will be heard clicking just out of sight.

Day 11 — Papeete
Beach, Papeete, Tahiti

Beach, Papeete, Tahiti

The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic islands and atolls strewn lazily across the grand Pacific Ocean. The island of Tahiti proper is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia. Papeete, the modern capital of Tahiti and her islands, contains government offices, hospitals, banks and many other services dedicated to serving the islands as well as tourists who come to these islands for a life-enriching experience.

Day 12 to 13 — Papeete to UK

Debark the ship and take your included private transfer to the airport for your flight to UK, via Los Angeles, arriving 2 days later.

Sailing on M/S Paul Gauguin

Following in the wake of impressionist Paul Gauguin, who travelled through the paradise of French Polynesia, the MS Paul Gauguin cruises the exotic South Pacific islands.

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  • 1 year complimentary Priority Pass membership
  • Complimentary airport lounge access *
  • Welcome Home Gift

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