• Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Trip Includes
  • Trip Excludes
  • Trip Route
  • Video
  • Cost

Date: March 5 - 16, 2022

Host: Locally guided aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin

Cost: Civilized Adventures Special Offer - See costing tab and call us for details!

The South Pacific puts on quite a show, and the region’s incredible diversity of scenery is front and center on this 11-night journey through the Cook and Society Islands. From the rugged terrain of Rarotonga and coral reef-lined lagoon of Aitutaki to the jaw-dropping beauty of bucket-list mainstays Bora Bora and Moorea, you’ll be hard pressed to pick your favorite port.


  • Hidden beneath the emerald foliage on the “Garden Island” of Huahine, you’ll find hidden temples surrounded by rare orchids, ancient archaeological sites, and panoramic views that are sure to take your breath away. What more could you ask for?
  • Spend two long, luxurious days in storied Bora Bora. You’ve seen the photos and magazine covers, but the real deal is even more beautiful than you could have ever imagined. Take it all in with a dip in the lagoon or a sunset sail.
  • 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

Questions? Please contact one of the Civilized Adventures’ Custom Travel Advisors at info@civilizedadv.com

© Images courtesy of Paul Gauguin Cruises

Brief itinerary

Day 1: Embark the m/s Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

The largest of French Polynesia’s 118 islands, Tahiti and its capital city of Papeete are the perfect place to begin your South Pacific sojourn. The Gauguin is already waiting in the harbor for your adventure to begin on the island that’s called “the Queen of the Pacific.”

Day 2: Huahine, Society Islands

Don’t be fooled by the vibe of this laid-back, secluded island. Many treasures are hidden among the lush rainforest and dramatic terrain. With a bit of exploration, you’ll uncover some of the best-preserved archaeological sites in French Polynesia. Underwater treasures await as well, with a SCUBA excursion in the lagoon.

Day 3: At Sea

Spend the day enjoying The Gauguin’s Polynesian ambiance: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps you’ll take in a lecture by one of our special guests, and then reflect on your day over classic French cuisine at L’Etoile.

Day 4: Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Spend the day enjoying The Gauguin’s Polynesian ambiance: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps you’ll take in a lecture by one of our special guests, and then reflect on your day over classic French cuisine at L’Etoile.

Day 5: Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Day 6: At Sea

Today will be at sea, which affords you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the amenities and entertainment onboard The Gauguin, like the award-winning spa, casino, and lectures by onboard experts.

Days 7 & 8: Bora Bora
Indulge in two full days in Bora Bora, exploring lush peaks, wandering white-sand beaches, and marveling at iconic views of Mount Otemanu. Take the plunge with a SCUBA excursion to see the island’s colorful coral reefs, enjoy a sunset jetboat ride, or spend a lazy afternoon on our private beach. 
Day 9: Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands

Embark on your choice of exciting shore excursions today, or spend your whole day relaxing on Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin’s very own private islet. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, or simply lounge on the beach with a chilled beverage from the floating bar. Les Gauguines will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment and demonstrate traditional Polynesian crafts. A delicious barbecue lunch is provided.

Days 10 & 11: Moorea, Society Islands

Said to be the inspiration for James A. Michener’s novel “South Pacific” (and the Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical tribute, too), Moorea is a favorite port of travelers, though it might be hard to put your finger on why. The “Magical Island” hypnotizes with multi-hued lagoons, mountain peaks, quaint villages, and pineapples—yes, pineapples. They’re said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia. 

Day 12: Disembark in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

Tahiti’s capital city of Papeete is where we’ll part ways and say “until we meet again.” But your journey doesn’t have to end just yet—Tahiti’s resorts, spas, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife await. 

For details on the ship, daily itinerary and more see our interactive itinerary here.

Click here for a printable version of the itinerary to share with friends and family interested in joining you on this adventure.

Consider spending a few extra days on your favorite island by adding a hotel stay before or after your cruise. Please contact us about possible extension options.

While not expected, itinerary is subject to change due to weather and other conditions.


  • Roundtrip airfare in economy class from Los Angeles
  • Airport/pier transfers and dayrooms in Papeete
  • Accommodations for 11 nights onboard the 5+ star m/s Paul Gauguin
  • All onboard meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner, and complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and select wine, beer, and spirits
  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards and dining staff
  • Complimentary watersports
  • Day at Paul Gauguin's private islet, Motu Mahana
  • Access to Paul Gauguin's private beach in Bora Bora


  • Flights to/from Los Angeles
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Port, security, and handling fees of US$220 per person (additional charges)
  • Shore excursions not listed in the inclusions (contact us for more details)
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Any increases due to circumstances beyond our control

For a taste of this exciting adventure, check out this video!


Civilized Adventures Special Offer - Price starting from US$4,780* including roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles :

  • Cat. B (Veranda Suite): US$6,970 - sold out
  • Cat. C (Balcony Stateroom): US$6,090 - sold out
  • Cat. D (Balcony Stateroom): US$5,860 - limited availability
  • Cat. E (Window Stateroom): US$5,110 - 6 cabins left
  • Cat. F (Porthole Stateroom): $4,780 - sold out


Civilized Adventures Bonus US$200 shipboard credit per person.

Book by December 31, 2021 and enjoy delayed final payment until 30 days before the departure date of your cruise.

Sound Interesting? Call us, there is very limited space and this is a highly discounted deal for Tahiti and the Cook Islands!

All quoted prices effective at time of publication (March 8, 2021). A deposit of 25% reserves your space. Itinerary is subject to change due to improvements or changes in local conditions; prices are subject to change.