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Cruise the islands of Tahiti in style on board this luxury ship which sails throughout the year to some spectacular locations. Suitable for divers and non-diving partners.

The Paul Gauguin offers exceptional service and unique itineraries throughout Tahiti, the Society Islands and Tuamotus. There are opportunities for some world-class diving and memorable land excursions. She cruises throughout the year on a series of 7, 10 and 14 night itineraries. 

The classic seven night itinerary takes in the sights of Huahine, Bora Bora and Moorea islands. Non-diving partners welcome. The choice of activities is plentiful, both on shore and underwater.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Tahiti

  2. Day 2: Arrive Papeete, overnight stay

    You will need some rest after the long journey! You will be met on arrival and transferred to a hotel on the island of Tahiti for an overnight stay.
  3. Days 3-10 : Paul Gauguin cruise, Society Islands

    Embark the Paul Gauguin for a 7 night cruise around the Society Islands. There is a PADI affiliated dive centre on board and some diving is part of the itinerary (local payment), highlights being Bora Bora and the sharks of Moorea. The trip includes shore excurions too, one being a pearl farm.
  4. Days 10-11 : Depart

    Depending on flight schedules, it's possible that you will require an overnight stay en route as part of your journey home.
  5. Day 12: Arrive UK

You should note: The Paul Gauguin cruises Tahiti and her Islands throughout the year.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 days from £4,095 pp
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Return flights from the UK
    • 1 night accommodation Tahiti
    • 7 nights liveaboard
    • Day room after cruise
    • Full board meal plan
    • Transfers
    • Scuba diving is from USD95 per dive, payable locally
Featured locations:

Bora Bora

Bora Bora is unquestionably the most mythical of the Pacific islands. The central, lush green island is surrounded by a myriad of islets nestling in a lagoon, which is inhabited by abundant marine life, notably manta rays and shark encounters.

  • Ideal for viewing: lemon shark, green turtle, reef manta ray, black-tip reef shark, white-tip reef shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving


A picture-perfect island, Tikehau is graced with an oval crown of pink sand beaches and an azure lagoon teeming with marine life. Famous for its huge fish population and shallow manta ray cleaning station, divers can also encounter eagle rays, barracuda and grey reef sharks.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, spotted eagle ray, barracuda, grey reef shark, reef manta ray
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Luxury diving, Shark diving


Fakarava is a huge atoll with a vast lagoon located in the Tuamotu Islands. Renowned for its beauty above as well as below the surface, divers head here for consistent shark sightings and thrilling drift dives in the famous Garuae and Tumakohua passes.

  • Ideal for viewing: grey reef shark, marbled grouper, spotted eagle ray, reef manta ray, white-tip reef shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving

Moorea Island

The peaceful island of Moorea (the ‘yellow lizard’) is a magical, mountainous land, only 20 kilometres from Tahiti. The colourful reefs are great for divers and snorkelers, and water sport enthusiasts can enjoy outrigger canoes, stand up paddle-boarding and even surfing.

  • Ideal for viewing: spotted eagle ray, green turtle, lemon shark, white-tip reef shark, napoleon wrasse
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

Tahiti Island

Tahiti is French Polynesia’s largest island, home to the international airport and the capital, Papeete. It tends to be used as stop before heading to the outer islands, however it offers some of the best conditions for easy diving, with calm conditions and minimal currents.

  • Ideal for viewing:
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving
This itinerary is available on the liveaboard shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Paul Gauguin

Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of French Polynesia, this luxurious vessel visits small ports and tropical islands that larger ships can’t reach, with world-class diving and spectacular scenery.