Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands - 14-Nights

Somewhere deep in the South Pacific towering mountains rise from a cobalt sea, their jagged cliffs plunging down to rugged shores, their flanks carpeted in deep green jungle. These are the Marquesas, among the youngest islands in French Polynesia as well as the least visited. This two-week journey explores four of these fascinating rainforested isles, balanced with the pristine soft sands and gin-clear waters of the fabled Society Islands and the fluorescent marine wonders of the Tuamotu Archipelago.

Highlights

  • Venture deep into Nuku Hiva's wildly scenic landscape to explore the spectacular Taipivai Valley, an anthropological landmark hiding ancient sacred treasures.
  • Dive in to Fakarava's incomparable bounty of marine life; the waters here are not only revered by divers the world over, but are one of only seven UNESCO Biosphere Reserves on the planet.
  • Spend the day on a private beach in Bora Bora, and consider an off-road adventure into the Moorea's lush tropical interior.

    Detailed Itinerary

    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 - 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 3 - 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 4 - Omoa, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands

    The southernmost island in the Marquesas, Fatu Hiva is wild, remote, and spectacularly beautiful. Don't forget your camera-you'll be treated to jungle greenery that begins right at the water's edge; sheer cliffs; and deep, indigo waters. With only 500 residents and only one road, this island is almost completely yours.

    Day 4 - Hanavave (Bay of Virgins), Fatu Hiva Island

    Grandiose, striking and powerful, the Marquesas are more rugged than their Polynesian sisters. The archipelago's charm lies in its extraordinary wild beauty: waterfalls flowing down vertiginous peaks, jagged cliffs sinking into the indigo sea, and lush vegetation. On the island of Fatu Hiva, you'll discover the famous Hanavave Bay, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Make the most of your free time to stroll among the houses and gardens of the village. Its inhabitants, specialised in the manufacture of tapa (bark cloth), will welcome you with ukulele music and traditional songs. You'll also have the pleasure of tasting the soft and juicy citrus fruits that grow on the island.

    Day 5 - Atuona

    Take an excursion to explore the deep valleys, rugged peaks and dense velvet rainforests of Hiva Oa, which offer up ancient, massive stone tiki carvings and petroglyphs. Or visit Paul Gauguin's grave on the way in to the village of Atuona where you can see Belgian singer Jacques Brel's plane, Jojo and learn about why these famous artists fell in love with this particular island.

    Day 6 - Hapatoni

    The leaf-shaped volcanic island of Tahuata may be small, at only 19 square miles, but it's full of surprises-in fact, its name means 'sunrise' in Marquesan. With only 600 residents, you'll immediately feel welcomed by the friendly locals as you make your way along an ancient royal walkway into the quaint village of Hapatoni. If you're looking to take home a hand-carved tiki from the South Pacific-this is where you'll find the perfect treasure.

    Day 7 - Taiohae

    Water or land? When you arrive in Taiohae, choices abound. Hike with a guide to discover massive banyan trees and hidden valleys or embark upon an optional 4x4 excursion through the Taipivai Valley.

    Day 8 - 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 9 - Rangiroa

    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 10 - 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.

    *Subject to availability as conditions allow. When unable to call there, we will be offering a tender to the pier and a free shuttle to Matira Beach, the island's award-winning public beach that features restaurants, public facilities and shopping. Voted #1 in the best things to do in Bora Bora by U.S. News & World Report, Matira Beach boasts powdery white sand, waters in a thousand shades of blue, and is wonderfully uncrowded.

    Day 11 - 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.

    *Subject to availability as conditions allow. When unable to call there, we will be offering a tender to the pier and a free shuttle to Matira Beach, the island's award-winning public beach that features restaurants, public facilities and shopping. Voted #1 in the best things to do in Bora Bora by U.S. News & World Report, Matira Beach boasts powdery white sand, waters in a thousand shades of blue, and is wonderfully uncrowded.

    Day 12 - 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.

    Day 13 - 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 14 - 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 14 - 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 15 - 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.

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    Cruise Line
    Paul Gauguin Cruises
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2024
    Duration
    14 Days
    Cruise Ship
    m/s Paul Gauguin

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Tahiti3:00 PM6:30 PM
    Day 2Fakarava1:00 PM5:00 PM
    Day 3At Sea  
    Day 4Omoa8:00 AM4:45 PM
    Day 4Hanavave5:30 PM6:30 PM
    Day 5Atuona7:00 AM6:00 PM
    Day 6Hapatoni 6:00 PM
    Day 7Taiohae7:30 AM5:00 PM
    Day 8At Sea  
    Day 9Rangiroa11:00 AM5:00 PM
    Day 10Bora Bora4:00 PM 
    Day 11Bora Bora 11:00 PM
    Day 12Huahine7:00 AM5:00 PM
    Day 13Taha'a7:00 AM5:00 PM
    Day 14Moorea7:00 AM5:00 PM
    ContinuedTahiti7:15 PM 
    Day 15Tahiti 8:00 AM
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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    01/17/2026$7,700.00* (USD) / F Porthole StateroomQuote
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