Rather than going island-hopping by plane across the Pacific, you can enjoy both the trip and the destination aboard a small luxury ship instead. With all-inclusive amenities, 24-hour room service and assistance, onboard activities to delight all types of travelers, and a kids’ club to keep the little ones busy, what more could you ask for?
When it comes to small luxury trips around French Polynesia, you won’t find a better supplier than Paul Gauguin Cruises. Board the beautifully renovated ship Paul Gauguin, just unveiled in March 2021, and travel like royalty on one of many voyages across the South Pacific, including the Society Islands, Tuamotus, Marquesas, Cook Islands, Fiji and Tonga . A small, shallow-draught vessel, Paul Gauguin was specifically designed to allow quick access to islands and lagoons, while providing a more intimate experience for guests than larger cruise ships can offer.
If you’re starting to consider vacations for 2022 and 2023, here are five reasons why a small luxury cruise with Paul Gauguin Cruises might be the ultimate getaway you’ve been looking for.
1. You will experience a unique and authentic cultural immersion
Want a real Tahitian and Polynesian cultural immersion? You will be welcomed and taken care of by The Gauguins and The Gauguines, your local Polynesian hosts (onboard and ashore) who are there to share their culture, language, knowledge, traditions, perform traditional dances and teach you arts and crafts. You will also be able to taste local produce and fish served in the traditional Tahitian and Polynesian way – there is nothing quite like true Polynesian hospitality and food!
2. You will stay in an overwater bungalow – which sails!
A trip aboard small capacities Paul Gauguin is a great budget alternative to the overwater bungalow experience that people typically seek out in French Polynesia, especially couples. With all staterooms offering an ocean view (70% of which have a private balcony) combined with plenty of outdoor public spaces on board, passengers can experience a similar stay on the water without paying as much and still enjoying a complete experience of the beautiful Tahitian islands. You’re looking at AU$4,720* per person for a 7-night voyage around the Society Islands and Tahiti, including all onboard activities, an open bar and meals – plus Paul Gauguin allows you to spend the night in some of your favorite destinations (Bora Bora and Moorea), so more to live and more time to relax!
3. There are tons of activities and places to discover
In addition to Paul Gauguin Cruises’ exclusive access to beaches and private islands, guests can explore secluded lagoons and coral reefs while snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding using sports equipment free nautical. If you’re looking for a little more adventure, you can use the hand-picked local expertise of Paul Gauguin to book an excursion for an extra charge on a glass-bottom boat, seaplane, helicopter or catamaran, or do scuba diving (regardless of level – novice divers can get their certification on board). On the islands, take a 4X4 tour, quad bike, guided hike or electric bike to explore volcanic terrains, rainforests, mysterious petroglyphs, vanilla and pineapple plantations, archaeological sites, Polynesian temples , black pearl farms and more.
Not sure what the kids will do? The Moana Explorer program invites children and teens ages 7-15 to experience and appreciate the natural wonders of this breathtaking part of the world through interactive, hands-on learning. Each day of the trip there is a combination of island and/or beach excursions led by naturalists, science activities, crafts, games and other adventures. Depending on their itinerary, your children will be able to learn about underwater life through board games, create natural jewellery, carry out aquatic experiments, go on a treasure hunt, enjoy water games in the on-board swimming pool or observe the stars.
4. It’s all inclusive, so no stress
With an all-inclusive luxury petite cruise, you don’t have to worry about the details. Everything is taken care of! In addition to the majority of the activities listed above, including the children’s program, Paul Gauguin features a pool, three amazing restaurants, two private beaches, unlimited Wi-Fi, a free open bar, 24-hour room service, and more. Gourmets will particularly appreciate the culinary experiences on board by starred chef Jean Pierre Vigato at La Veranda.
5. You will enjoy a sustainable vacation
Due to its shallow draft and limited accommodation capacity, Paul Gauguin is designed for minimal impact on the environment and the marine ecosystem. In 2019, Paul Gauguin Cruises phased out heavy fuel oil by using much cleaner fuel (LS MGO – Low Sulfur Marine Gas Oil) and committed to offsetting 150% of its carbon emissions. You can rest easy and enjoy your vacation, knowing that your luxury cruise line is doing its part to protect the oceans.
Paul Gauguin Cruises has something for anyone looking to explore the beautiful islands of French Polynesia and the South Pacific. To book, contact your preferred travel agent or a Paul Gauguin Cruises consultant on 0800 854 777 (New Zealand) or email [email protected] or visit au.ponant.com/paul -gauguin
*The advertised price is based on the Ponant Bonus rate per person, in Australian dollars (AUD), based on double occupancy in the best category available, including port taxes and transfer, managed yield, correct at time of booking. printing, subject to availability and subject to change at any time.