See what´s on the program – Tahiti and Polynesian culture
DREAM CRUISE: The Islands of South Pacific don’t get much dreamier than Bora Bora and Tahiti. They’re trips of a lifetime, they are honeymoon and adventure, and you want to be sure you get it right – and that’s where Paul Gauguin Cruises come in. It’s the regional leader with a luxurious ship and experiential offerings. Read on, because next stop is Paradise.
Tahiti. Paul Gauguin Cruises is the first cruise line to visit the port city of Vairao in Tahiti Iti, which is the smaller of two landmasses comprising the island of Tahiti, and offers a wild coastline, marae (temples), Polynesian culture, and surfing. Depart and return to Papeete, Tahiti, and visit Huahine, Society Islands; Motu Mahana (Taha’a), Society Islands; Bora Bora, Society Islands, Moorea, Society Islands; and Vairao, Tahiti Iti.
Optional shore excursions in Tahiti Iti include:
Bonjouir’s Garden of Eden: Located at the far end of Tahiti Iti, this nature sanctuary is one of the most preserved areas of the entire island of Tahiti.
Highlights of Tahiti Iti: Teahupoo is a small village in Tahiti Iti that is well-renowned for its surfing wave and as home of the Billabong Pro Tahiti—one of the largest international surfing competitions. The journey continues to the northern coast of the peninsula toward Taravao, to admire the volcanic shape of Tahiti and the isthmus of Taravao. Then to Vaipahi Gardens, where more than 75 species of vegetation grow, all kept hydrated by water from Lake Vaihiria, Tahiti’s only freshwater lake.
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Tahiti Iti Lagoon & Surf Point: The opportunity to snorkel through stunning turquoise lagoons and among coral reefs highlighting the natural beauty of Tahiti Iti. From Vairao, the boat cruises through the Vairao Pass. Then, it ventures close to the world-famous Teahupoo surfing wave, which is home to some of the most impressive surfing in the South Pacific.
Tour by E-Bike: Guests can explore Tahiti Iti by e-bike, a bike that is equipped with electric motors and gears, and ride from Vairao to the village of Teahupoo to see the famous surfing wave. They then journey through Taravao Town, Taravao Plateau, and up to Belvedere Point to witness stunning views of Tahiti and Iti.
Golf Excursion: The Olivier Bréaud International Golf Course is an 18-hole course provides a beautiful setting on what was once a cotton plantation and offers circulating fairways among rich, tropical, and colorful vegetation, including breadfruit, lemon, grapefruit, lychee, and avocado trees.
Scuba Diving: Tahiti iti is the only place in French Polynesia with a true drop-off, and located just outside the reef of Vairao’s bay is The Marado dive site. Divers swim along the drop-off to a maximum depth of around 90 feet (29 meters) with the chance to observe a diversity of reef fish, different kinds of hard and soft corals, sea anemones, and the unique topography as a pinnacle rises along the drop-off with great visibility.
About. Paul Gauguin Cruises is owned by a luxury hotel and cruise operator, and operates the 5-star cruise ship, the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a deluxe cruise experience Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific. Cruise fares start from 5,595 USD; all-inclusive fare and roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles.