Local boy with shark
Bora Bora Motu

Bora Bora Motu

Catamaran

Catamaran

Cook Islands

Cook Islands

Tahiti hammock

Tahiti hammock

Bora Bora Motu

Bora Bora Motu

Couple Snorkelling in Tahiti

Couple Snorkelling in Tahiti

Hotel Bora Bora

Hotel Bora Bora


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M/S Paul Gauguin Cruises - Shore Excursions Sampler - South Pacific Islands

FROM RANGIROA (TUAMOTUS)

Drift Snorkeling : Experience the sensation of drifting through the current of the Tiputa Channel, one of Rangiroa's finest snorkeling locales. You'll discover an incredible array of tropical fish of all colours and sizes - and perhaps sharks, dolphins and rays.

Glass-Bottomed Boat : Discover the coral gardens and tropical fish of Rangiroa on a glass-bottomed boat tour. You'll slowly float over the huge coral heads that cluster in shallow areas inside the Tiputa Channel, viewing a colourful world of parrot fish, butterfly fish and surgeon fish.

 

FROM AITUTAKI (COOK ISLANDS)

Circle Island Tour : Board Le Truck for an excursion through all seven of the island's villages, passing by a marae (temple) and plantations of the various crops grown here on Aitutaki. Of interest on the tour are traditional wells and washing sites, beautiful coral and limestone churches, your guide's retelling of local myths and legends, and lovely views of the lagoon from the eastern side of the island.

Lagoon Cruise and Beach Break : Aitutaki's deep blue lagoon is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. On this lagoon cruise, you'll also visit offshore motus - including Motu Akaiami, once used as a refuelling stop for the Flying Boats - and enjoy a BBQ lunch and time to relax and snorkel.

 

FROM RAROTONGA (COOK ISLANDS)

Pa "Son of Rarotonga" : Discover the wisdom of Pa, one of the Cook Islands' best known traditional healers, during this informative guided nature trek. Hike along an ancient pathway used by Pa's ancestors before the missionaries arrived. Along the way, your guide will share Pa's in depth knowledge of medicinal plants and the culture and history of these islands. He will also provide demonstrations of the preparation of various traditional medicines and their applications.

 

FROM HIVA OA ( MARQUESAS ISLANDS)

Atuona to Taaoa : gain an understanding of the ancient tribes of the Taaoa Valley during a memorable off-road journey to their archaeological ruins. Admire the stone carvings that were discovered here in 1920, and pay a visit to the Upeke Ceremonial Centre.

 

FROM NUKA HIVA (MARQUESAS ISLANDS)

Visit to Taipivai Valley : Take advantage of the many photo opportunities available to you during this off-road adventure in the Taipivai Valley, one of the richest archaeological sites in the Marquesas Islands. It was here that the author Herman Melville was held captive for three weeks in 1842.

SCUBA Hammerhead Sentry Point : Advanced Certified Divers may spot unusual creatures that include scalloped hammerheads and many types of rays during a memorable dive off an island with no coral reefs.

 

FROM SAVUSAVU (FIJI)

Fijian Village Tour : Experience the day-to-day life of the Fijian people during a memorable visit to an authentic Fijian village. Here, you'll experience the warmth of the local people during a kava ceremony, followed by a tour of the village. Along the way, you may learn more about their culture from the villagers and witness traditional crafts being made.

SCUBA Dive : Called the "Soft Coral Capital of the World" by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Fiji offers some of the world's best SCUBA diving, with a comprehensive range of excellent dive locations. Dive among spectacular hard and soft corals, caves and grottos, viewing amazingly diverse marine life that includes sharks, turtles and fish of all hues and sizes. For the underwater explorer and photographer, the crystal waters of Fiji's virgin reefs and magnificent lagoons offer unmatched visibility.

 

FROM SUVA (FIJI)

Navua River by Longboat Experience : Encounter Fiji's local flavours and traditions in a unique new way during this cruise along Navua River, together with a kava ceremony and lunch in a local village.

Suva and Rain Forest Walk : Indulge your senses with Fiji's exquisite mountains, pools and greenery during this guided hike through the peaceful Fijian rain forest, and swim in the crystal-clear mountain pools.

 

FROM VAVA'U (TONGA)

Swallow's Cave and Nuku Island : Vava'u's harbour is considered one of the most picturesque in the Pacific. Cruise to Swallow's Cave, a famous bird sanctuary on the island of Kapa, sanctuary to thousands of swallows every autumn. You will continue by boat to the island of Nuku. With its crystal blue waters and perfect beach, it is one of the most exquisite islands in Tonga. Once ashore, you will have time to stroll, swim and relax on the beach before returning to Vava'u.