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MS Paul Gauguin

Society Islands & Tuamotus with Ponant

14-day tailor-made cruise holiday from £8,310 pp incl. flights


Short description

Knit together the paradise islands of French Polynesia on an all-inclusive luxury cruise


  • Escape to a series of island paradises, including private beaches
  • Explore with complimentary water sports throughout
  • Indulge with open bars and all-inclusive gourmet dining
  • Enjoy some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling
  • Begin with a luxurious pre-cruise stay in LA

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Los Angeles
  • 1 Night Papeete
  • 1 Night Huahine
  • 2 Nights Bora Bora
  • 1 Night Rangiroa
  • 1 Night Fakarava
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Motu Mahana (Taha’a)
  • 1 Night Moorea
  • 1 Night Tahiti Iti


Recommended for:
All-inclusive | Diving | Natural world | Ocean cruise | Off the beaten track

The ultimate in white-sands escapes, this itinerary showcases French Polynesia at its idyllic best. You’ll stop at islands with names like Bora Bora and Tahiti Iti as you discover secret beaches, traditional Polynesian villages and ancient temples hidden in jungles. There are even private islets that you’ll have all to yourself. Throughout, you’ll enjoy open-bar classics, all-inclusive gourmet dining and a full spread of complimentary water sports, from kayaking to windsurfing. That’s not even mentioning the world-class snorkelling and diving opportunities.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
UK/Los Angeles

Begin your trip with some VIP lounge relaxation before your day flight to Los Angeles. On arrival you’ll be met by a private driver and brought to your luxury accommodation in Santa Monica. Relax with the pillow-top mattresses, outdoor pools and views over the city and sea before heading out to explore. While the white-sand beach is tempting, don’t miss out on the glitz and glam of LA. A true creative hotspot, the city is host to world-class dining, cutting-edge art galleries and – from glass-and-steel concert halls to truly palatial mansions – some of America’s most impressive architecture. 

Stay: Viceroy Santa Monica (Superior)

Day 3
LA to Papeete, French Polynesia

Today, a flight hop – bookended by included transfers – will see you to Papeete and the luxurious Paul Gauguin. You’ll quickly settle in to your butler-served room and an all-inclusive menu of open bars, complimentary in-room drinks and a full range of gourmet restaurants. Alongside wine-paired fine dining there are poolside grills and buffet favourites, all showcasing the best in modern French cuisine designed by Michelin-winning chefs. The ship’s facilities are equally considered, ranging from a superb spa, gym and suite of fitness classes to a casino, library, gorgeous pool deck and a grand theatre that hosts expert lectures and Broadway shows alike.

Stay: Paul Gauguin

Meals: D

Day 4

Known as ‘The Garden Island’, Huahine welcomes with lush rainforests that cloak fishing villages and some of Polynesia’s finest archaeological sites – including a collection of evocative marae temples. But, it’s also your first opportunity to make use of the complimentary water sports from your ship’s marina. Explore glittering waters by kayak, windsurfing or stand-up paddle boarding along with optional snorkelling and scuba dives. Then, in between vanilla plantations and mountains ripe for ATV rides, there’s plenty of time for some white-sand relaxation.

Stay: Paul Gauguin

Meals: B L D

Days 5-6
Bora Bora

Bora Bora – even the name conjures up images of a paradise island. Here, you’ll have two days to take in lush peaks, romantic lagoons and colourful coral reefs on a range of optional excursions, from sunset cruises to helicopter flights. You’ll also enjoy exclusive access to Paul Gauguin’s private beach club. Here, pristine, palm-fringed sands are the idyllic launchpad for the usual spread of complimentary water sports, along with games of volleyball, a full bar service and the chance to snorkel with technicolour fish.

Stay: Paul Gauguin

Meals: B L D

Day 7

Part of the Tuamotu Archipelago, Rangiroa gazes out over a scattered collection of 78 coral atolls. It all makes for a delightful sense of seclusion, complete with small villages where traditional island life plays out as lazily as it always has done. And, there’s a chance to learn all about it with a visit to a pearl farm. Rangiroa’s crystal-clear waters are also ideal for snorkelling, scuba dives and glass-bottom boat tours, bringing you out over rainbow corals animated by exotic fish.

Stay: Paul Gauguin

Meals: B L D

Day 8

Before modern navigation, Fakarava was part of the region known as the ‘Dangerous Archipelago’ for its narrow passages, coral jags and remote setting. Today, these same characteristics make it a diver’s paradise, its unspoilt land- and marine-scapes having been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Alongside turtles and manta ray, there are always those pretty Polynesian beaches along with charming villages host to ancient temples and coral churches alike.

Stay: Paul Gauguin

Meals: B L D

Day 9
At sea

With a day at sea, you’ll have the opportunity to relax and take full advantage of the ship’s luxurious facilities. Catch a dance performance and a biologist talk at the theatre, wander the ship’s mile-long walk or get up early for a Polynesian-inspired Zumba class. But, there’s something to be said for a day spent relaxing by the pool, complimentary drink in hand.

Stay: Paul Gauguin

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Motu Mahana (Taha’a)

Today you’ll have Paul Gauguin’s very own private, uninhabited island – Motu Mahan – all to your own. Alongside the programme of complimentary water sports, there are musical performances, traditional crafts demonstrations and chilled drinks at the floating bar. And, what white-sands paradise would be complete without a gourmet barbecue lunch? At next-door Taha’a, there’s also the opportunity to explore pearl villages, jungled mountains and pretty vanilla plantations.

Stay: Paul Gauguin

Meals: B L D

Day 11

Moorea is the land that time forgot, where volcanic peaks tower shark-like over pineapple plantations and palm-tree-lined beaches. And, the underwater world is just as exciting, with sharks, tuna and tropical fish all competing for divers’ attentions. Your choice of excursions here spans from off-road tours and visits to handicraft shops to underwater walks and dolphin-watching boat rides accompanied by a marine biologist. There’s even a guided walk among the region’s forests, spotting temples, stone workshops and historic carvings among the dense verdure.

Stay: Paul Gauguin

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Vairao, Tahiti Iti

Your penultimate port of call is Vairao on Tahiti Iti. As the only cruise to make land at ‘Little Tahiti’, you’ll be treated to an island unspoilt, where waterfalls mark rugged cliffs and caves look out over crystal-clear waters. It’s also host to an intriguing human history, explored on visits to Polynesian villages, marae temples and petroglyphs – great carved etchings.

Stay: Paul Gauguin

Meals: B L D

Days 13-14
Depart for UK

After a final gourmet breakfast, disembark the ship for your shared transfer to the airport and your overnight flight back to the UK.

Meals: B



Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.


14-day tailor-made cruise holiday
from £8,310 pp incl. flights


Price from
Book by: 30 June 2024


  • Return scheduled flights between the UK and Tahiti via Los Angeles in economy class (upgrades available)
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4* (Superior) hotel on a room only basis
  • 10-night cruise aboard Le Paul Gauguin
  • All transfers (a mix of private and shared) 
  • All shipboard meals, in your choice of venues
  • Complimentary room service
  • Complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship
  • All shipboard entertainment, including our troupe of Polynesian performers and live music in the evenings
  • Presentations by onboard experts and guest hosts
  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards, dining and bar staff
  • Watersports, including complimentary kayaking, windsurfing, and paddleboarding from our marina or destination beaches
  • Use of private secluded, white-sand beach in Bora Bora with bar service, volleyball, and snorkeling (on select voyages)
  • A day on a private islet, Motu Mahana, off the coast of Taha’a, featuring snorkeling, watersports, a barbecue, full bar service, and Polynesian hospitality (on select voyages)
  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access

Price varies by departure date and stateroom availability, please call for details.

Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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