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Date: May 22 - June 5, 2021
Host: Locally guided aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin
Cost: Civilized Adventures Special Offer - See costing tab and call us for details!

Over the course of 14 unhurried days, The Gauguin allows you to discover the South Pacific’s most beautiful and vibrant islands, towns, and cities. No matter what kind of experience you seek there are treasures to discover at every port. From soaking in the sun on the Society Islands’ white-sand beaches to immersing yourself in the unique cultures of Fiji and Tonga, when you follow in the wake of the famous explorers of the South Pacific, you will truly find yourself in paradise.


  • Two separate Fijian ports showcase an intriguing juxtaposition: the sophisticated capital city of Suva and the unspoiled beauty of Savusavu, called the “Hidden Paradise of Fiji.”
  • Surrounded by one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, you can see an abundance of tropical fish and beautiful coral blooms while visiting tiny Beqa Island.
  • Live the life idyllic with a memorable day on Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin's 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.

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Brief itinerary

Day 1: Embark the m/s Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic atolls strewn across the grand Pacific Ocean, and the island of Tahiti is the largest of all 118. Explore the dynamic dining, nightlife, and shopping in the capital city of Papeete before embarking on The Gauguin.

Day 2: Moorea, Society Islands
Vibrant colors abound on Moorea, in everything from fresh fruits and flowers to multi-hued lagoons, and from spectacular mountain peaks to palm-fringed beaches. Shop for local handicrafts, embark on an optional dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist, and sample the local pineapples, said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia.
Day 3: 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 our floating bar. Les Gauguines will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment and demonstrate traditional Polynesian crafts. A delicious barbecue lunch is provided.
Day 4: Bora Bora, Society Islands
A bucket list destination for many, stunning Bora Bora welcomes you to explore lush peaks, white-sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, and romantic lagoons. Experience the natural beauty of the island with an optional snorkeling excursion, sunset jetboat ride, or a 4×4 tour around Bora Bora’s iconic Mount Otemanu. You can also spend time at Paul Gauguin’s private beach which offers volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding.
Day 5: 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 6: Aitutaki, Cook Islands
While the island of Aitutaki may be small, it’s big on beauty, thanks to its coral reef-enclosed lagoon. Witness its splendor up-close with a leisurely beach visit. Don’t forget to save time to venture into the village of Arutanga, where you’ll find the oldest church in the Cooks, which dates from 1829.
Days 7 & 8: At Sea / Cross International Date Line
The next two days 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.
Day 9: Vava'u, Tonga
Tongan culture takes center stage here, undoubtedly because of the country’s status as the only South Pacific nation that was never colonized by the Europeans. Enjoy a Polynesian cultural show, sample traditional Tongan food, and marvel at a lagoon so clear, you can see to a depth of 130 feet.
Day 10: At Sea
Take a day to enjoy shipboard life: relax poolside, watch the South Pacific pass by, play some table tennis, or learn about our next port in the Reading Gallery.
Day 11: Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji
A day spent in Savusavu is a trip to a charming, unspoiled paradise. Known as the “Hidden Paradise of Fiji,” this beautiful town is tucked away on the largely undeveloped northern Fijian island of Vanua Levu. Explore at your leisure, or join one of many available shore excursions, including a visit to a black pearl farm, a Fijian village, or a plantation.
Day 12: Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji
The capital of Fiji since 1883, Suva is the largest urban area in the South Pacific, outside of Australia and New Zealand. Spend your day exploring the fascinating mix of modern and colonial ambience in this sophisticated city, which is perched on a hilly peninsula between two picturesque harbors.
Day 13: Beqa Island, Fiji / Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
Located about six miles off the coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, Beqa Island measures less than six square miles in territory—yet it looms large among those seeking a paradise by the sea. Surrounded by one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, the island offers exceptional snorkeling at high tide, with an abundance of colorful tropical fish teeming among the coral blooms. Or bask on a golden-sand beach shaded from an azure sky by swaying palms.
Day 14: Disembark in Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
From the port in Lautoka, venture to Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, where you can wander through beautiful native forests, enjoy lush views of the lowlands, and experience traditional villages firsthand.

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

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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.

Our Adventure Travel Specialist Ajay Karah just returned from his first Paul Gauguin Cruise around the magical islands of French Polynesia! Don't be shy to reach out and ask this Virtuoso Voyages expert why this was the best water adventure he's ever been on & why he's a believer in the true value of these cruises!!

This itinerary excites him for a couple reasons:
1 – the itinerary sails to islands that are both difficult and expensive to explore by other means, so having an almost all-inclusive price point with Paul Gauguin makes planning for this experience stress-free and great value
2 – having sailed with PG recently, he can say from first hand experience that the service, cuisine, shore excursion choices and opportunities to customize your stay in paradise make this an excellent choice for celebrating any occasion


  • Roundtrip airfare in economy class from Los Angeles
  • Airport/pier transfers and dayrooms in Papeete
  • Accommodations for 13 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$280 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


Civilized Adventures Special Offer - Price starting from US$7,351* including roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles :

  • Per person, twin share in Porthole Stateroom (entry level cabin)
  • Please inquire if interested in single supplement

Our recommended category on this ship is the Balcony Stateroom, starting from US$9,603* per person. Other cabins available.

Exclusive for Civilized Adventures guests - US$250 reduced deposit per person. Other specials & offers may apply, call us for details.

* Port taxes of US$280 per person are additional.

All quoted prices effective at time of publication (Feb. 21, 2020). All payments are non-refundable once received. Trip cancellation and medical insurance are strongly recommended. For more information, contact info@civilizedadv.com