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Paul Gauguin Cruises More Tuamotus & Society Islands Cruise in 2026

Experience the natural beauty and cultural heritage of French Polynesia on a 10-night cruise with Paul Gauguin Cruises. Explore breathtaking islands, indulge in delicious cuisine, and participate in exciting excursions. Relax and rejuvenate with stunning ocean views, secluded beaches, and refreshing sea breezes. Book now and join us on a journey to paradise you'll never forget.
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Paul Gauguin Cruises More Tuamotus & Society Islands Cruise in 2026

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DEPARTURE DATE: May 13, 2026
Countries Visited: French Polynesia, Tahiti

OVERVIEW

This swoon-worthy new itinerary delves deep into the treasures of the Tuamotu Archipelago featuring our first-ever overnight stay in UNESCO-listed Fakarava and discovery of Rangiroa, renowned for its black pearl farms. Wonders of the Society Islands are on full display too, from Bora Bora’s jaw-dropping turquoise lagoon and Moorea’s picturesque palm-fringed beaches to explorations in Huahine, a veritable “Garden of Eden,” Raiatea, the sacred heart of French Polynesia, and Motu Mahana, our very own private islet near Taha’a.

Highlights

  • Two days in Fakarava invite immersive discovery of this Biosphere Reserve known for its exceptional marine biodiversity, pristine coral reefs, and the largest population of grey sharks in the world.
  • As the starting point for the earliest Polynesian voyagers, Raiatea holds immense cultural and historical significance as the spiritual center of the region, home to ancient marae (sacred temples) and important archaeological sites.
  • Take in the wild beauty of Bora Bora, stretching from dazzling coral reefs teeming with sea life to the jagged peaks of Mount Otemanu; fall in love with the laidback romance of its expansive beaches and legendary lagoon.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
May 13, 2026from $5,380 USDPer Person

What's Included

  • 10 night cruise round trip from Society Islands, Tahiti
  • $200 onboard credit per person
  • All shipboard meals, in your choice of venues
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship
  • In-room refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water
  • All shipboard entertainment, including our troupe of Polynesian performers and live music in the evenings
  • Presentations by onboard experts, and select sailings feature guest hosts
  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards, dining and bar staff
  • Watersports, including complimentary kayaking and paddleboarding from our marina or destination beaches
  • Use of our secluded, white-sand beach in Bora Bora where you can enjoy volleyball and snorkeling
  • A day on our private islet, off the coast of Taha’a, featuring snorkeling, watersports, a barbecue, full bar service, and Polynesian hospitality
  • Taxes and port charges

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Wed May 13Tahiti, Society Islands
2Thu May 14At Sea
3Fri May 15Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands
4Sat May 16Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands
5Sun May 17Huahine, Society Islands
6Mon May 18Bora Bora, Society Islands
7Tue May 19Bora Bora, Society Islands
8Wed May 20Raiatea, Society Islands
9Thu May 21Taha’a, Society Islands (Motu Mahana)
10Fri May 22Moorea, Society Islands
11Sat May 23Tahiti, Society Islands

DAY 1 – Tahiti, Society Islands

The largest of French Polynesia’s 118 islands, Tahiti and it’s capital city of Papeete are the perfect place to begin (and/or end) your South Pacific sojourn. The Gauguin waits patiently in the harbor, a vibrant and bustling market across the street and in the evenings roulottes (food trucks) line the nearby square offering tasty local fare.

DAY 2 – At Sea

Have you met Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines yet? Our onboard hosts are at the ready to share their Polynesian culture, with Tahitian dance lessons, hands-on traditional craft demonstrations, and an array of activities for all ages. The day is yours to make what you will of it. Perhaps you’ll take in a lecture by one of our special guests or take part in cooking lessons with the executive chef. Or maybe you’ll unwind poolside or treat yourself to a visit to the Algotherm Spa… or why not both? A day at sea offers ample time to relax and plan your next adventure.

DAY 3 – Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands

Fakarava is an unspoiled paradise in every sense of the word. In addition to the many rare species of plants and animals, you’ll find in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it’s also a place of cultural and historical significance, with charming villages, ancient temples, and spectacular coral churches.

DAY 4 – Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands

Life is beautifully simple in Rangiroa, the largest atoll of the Tuamotu Archipelago in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the local culture. Tour a local black pearl farm, wander the village of Avatoru, or visit Dominique Auroy Winery, which produces French Polynesia’s only wine label.

DAY 5 – 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 archeological sites in French Polynesia. Underwater treasures await as well, with a snorkel excursion in the lagoon.

DAYS 6 & 7 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

Explore lush peaks, wander white-sand beaches, and marvel at the 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. Like a priceless Paul Gauguin painting come to life, storied Bora Bora is colorful and unforgettable. The landscape alone will have you searching for adequate adjectives, especially once you see the lagoon—“turquoise” just doesn’t do it justice.

DAY 8 – Raiatea, Society Islands

Blanketed in a lush landscape dotted with waterfalls, fertile valleys, and the cloud-capped Mt. Temehani, Raiatea is Polynesia’s most sacred island; it was from here that the earliest migrations set forth to settle in Hawaii, New Zealand, and beyond. The island boasts a rich Maohi history–it is home to the UNESCO-listed Marae Taputapuatea archaeological site–verdant mountains ideal for hiking, and a stunning lagoon perfect for snorkeling, swimming, and soaking up the heavenly tranquility.

DAY 9 – Taha’a, Society Islands (Motu Mahana)

As the day unfolds in front of you, where will you go? Exciting shore excursions await, but so does Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ own private islet. Choose from swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or simply lounging on the beach with a cold drink from our floating bar. Les Gauguines are also on hand to share musical entertainment and Polynesian crafts.

DAY 10 – Moorea, Society Islands

Step into a vibrant, colorful world in bright and beautiful Moorea, which welcomes you with azure lagoons, impossibly fresh tropical fruits, stunning mountain peaks and palm-fringed beaches. Commune with nature on an optional dolphin-watching excursion with an expert marine biologist. Afterwards, spend some time getting to know the local residents while shopping for handmade crafts.

DAY 11 – Tahiti, Society Islands

Disembarkation

The largest of French Polynesia’s 118 islands, Tahiti and it’s capital city of Papeete are the perfect place to begin (and/or end) your South Pacific sojourn. The Gauguin waits patiently in the harbor, a vibrant and bustling market across the street and in the evenings roulottes (food trucks) line the nearby square offering tasty local fare.

Paul Gauguin

Designed specifically to glide in luxury through the shallow seas of the South Pacific, The Gauguin is a small-ship cruiser’s dream. She delivers travelers to intimate ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships, all the while providing a travel experience that is nothing short of luxurious. Once on board, guests enjoy newly-decorated spacious suites and staterooms (more than 70% with private balconies), an onboard watersports marina, three dining venues, an extensive spa, and five-star service. Life on The Gauguin also reflects the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands she calls upon, with a warm, friendly feel, informal setting, and even a beloved troupe of Les Gauguin and Les Gauguines—local Tahitians who serve as onboard hosts and hostesses, entertainers, and storytellers.

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