Enjoy refreshments, even in the sea!
Breakfast in your Suite

Breakfast in your Suite

Traditional Drummers

Traditional Drummers

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony

Kayaking

Kayaking

Swimming at the  Private Island

Swimming at the Private Island

Tow Snorkeling

Tow Snorkeling


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M/S Paul Gauguin - On Board Experts

On board the m/s Paul Gauguin you can enjoy a series of lectures by the onboard guest presenters. Topics covered can range from the history of the South Pacific to conservation, dolphins and other marine life, the wonders of coral reefs, and much more. Your presenters will gladly answer any questions you may have and you are free to talk to the speakers after each special presentation.

 

Mark Eddowes - Mark is an acknowledged authority and researcher in the field of Polynesian anthropology. On almost every voyage, you will have the opportunity to attend an entertaining and enlightening lecture given by this renowned archaeologist and scholar. Much of his knowledge was gained in the field, literally uncovering the past on archaeological digs. Originally from New Zealand, Mark first visited Tahiti in 1988 as a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Auckland. He had been invited to join a dig on the island's north shore, and once that four-year project ended, he stayed on, directing the excavations of ancient sites throughout the Society, Austral, and Marquesas Islands and making significant contributions to the knowledge of southern Polynesia's early settlements.

 

Mark Eddowes

 

Cécile Gaspar - President of Te Mana O Te Moana, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation, education, and research, Cécile will enlighten guests on most sailings about efforts to rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles and return them to the deep. With three advanced degrees (an MBA, a veterinary degree, and a PhD. in marine ecology), Cécile is well qualified to speak with authority on a variety of different topics. But her greatest passion is for the great gardens of the Pacific Ocean - its marine treasures. Years of work in the waters off Moorea gave her a deep appreciation for the fragility of the ocean and its vulnerability to littering and other acts of human negligence.

 

Cecile Gaspar

 

Michael Poole - Michael's passion for marine life has been the driving force of his entire career. Guests on almost every sailing will be delighted by his tales of spinner dolphins, whales, and other enchanting marine mammals. His studies began at the University of Miami, Florida, where he earned his bachelor's degree while assisting in studies of manatees and false killer whales. His master's degree from California State University/Sonoma was based on three years of gray whale research, through which he discovered the route and timing used by females and calves migrating north along the coast of California. His doctoral studies brought him to Tahiti and Moorea, where six years of studying spinner dolphins helped him earn his PhD. from the University of California.

 

Michael Poole

 

Denis Schneider - A PhD. in marine biology from the University of Aix-Marseille, Denis is the founder of Espace Bleu, an organization that seeks to create and restore coral reefs. You will likely have a chance to learn more about these fascinating efforts. Denis's life calling was revealed to him when he led a group of Bora Bora junior high school students on a field trip, on which they viewed a pristine coral colony. Returning just days later, he found that the coral had been destroyed by the anchors of small boats. And he decided to do something about it. A PhD. in marine biology from the University of Aix-Marseille, Denis had been working as a dive instructor on Bora Bora for three years, but now he had found something even more rewarding than introducing visitors to the wonders of the deep.

Denis Schneider