The m/s Gauguin, a small-ship cruiser’s dream, visits the most exclusive spots of remote tropical islands that are off-limits to larger ships, such as a private beach on Bora Bora and Motu Mahana, the cruise line’s private islet near the almost uninhabited island of Taha’a. Depending on your schedule, spend a day or two getting away from reality. Play volleyball, go snorkeling with vibrant tropical fish, or enjoy Bora Bora’s picture-perfect vistas of Mount Otemanu. Enjoy a delicious BBQ on Motu Mahana with drinks from the floating bar or pamper yourself with an underwater massage.
Society Islands – Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Taha’a
The people who reside on the many islands of French Polynesia can be encountered when traveling with Paul Gauguin Cruises; each isle is more fascinating and hospitable than the last. One of the most beautiful and remote tropical islands where the Gauguin anchors is Huahine, where you may visit a family-run Tahitian pearl farm and view Maeva town, one of the nation’s most important ancient sites. This archipelago is home to Motu Mahana (Taha’a), a privately owned islet of Paul Gauguin Cruises, one of the most exclusive private islands in the cruise industry. On board, the cultural immersion continues.
Tuamotus – Fakarava, Rangiroa
At every diver’s dream dive site, the Tuamtous are surrounded by lagoons with rare corals and unique species. Rangiroa may be the most significant natural aquarium in the entire globe. This prominent location should be at the top of every eager diver’s list because it is blessed with an accessible yet remote appeal and a vast ample lagoon. Divers refer to the green lagoons of Rangiroa as being abundant.
The aquarium attracts a diverse range of marine species, including wild dolphins, sharks, turtles and manta rays, which are attracted by the changing currents. It is well recognized that Fakarava protects a diversity of indigenous fauna. Some of the tiny atolls in the commune, including Niau, Raraka, Taiaro, and Toau, are cut off from the ocean, acting as a nursery for priceless underwater flora and fauna.
Marquesas Islands – FatuHiva, Hiva OA, Tahuata, NukuHiva
The biggest ones of Marquesas Islands, such as Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa, some minor islands, like Tahuata, and the most isolated ones like Fatu Hiva, are depicted on the Marquesas Islands map. The Paul Gauguin cruise ship guests who visit the Marquesas islands will always have great things to do, amazing places to discover, and fantastic foods to enjoy.
With their rich culture, fascinating history, and limitless experiences, the Marquesas Islands are difficult to rival and impossible to forget. Don’t miss visiting the stunning Marquesan landscapes, which feature waterfalls, peaks, valleys, and rivers, whether you go hiking, horseback riding, or on a 4-wheeler excursion. Beaches line the vast waters, archaeological sites dot the islands, and back roads wind through dense forest.
Cooks Islands – Aitutaki, Rarotonga
Cruise vacations to remote tropical islands such as Aitutaki and Rarotonga is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The crown gem of the South Pacific Island groups is the magnificent string of islands known as the Cook Islands. All other Pacific Island cultures, traditions, and arts and crafts are unique. The Cook Islands are unlike everywhere; you instantly blend in with the local culture. Immerse yourself in a different culture and era in the Cook Islands.
Tonga – Vava’u
Tonga is the only Polynesian/Melanesian territory that has never been colonized so you can experience its distinctive culture everywhere. The trade wind is warm, and the pace is leisurely. Visit Vava’u’s unique botanical garden or take in a captivating Polynesian traditional performance.
Indonesia – Komodo Island and Bali
This journey from Bali to Komodo island is full of incredible discoveries and activities; it is perfect for cruise vacationers sailing with friends or family!
Komodo National Park is a true gem for tourists looking for stunning scenery and life-changing experiences thanks to its pink sand beaches, climbs on green hills and volcanoes, and unique diving places. Not to mention the renowned Komodo dragons, which you must see at least once in your lifetime. Komodo National Park comprises the three large islands of Komodo, Rinca, and Radar and numerous other small islets home to unique species of wildlife and spectacular seascapes
Timor-Leste – Dili
You should go here first to get oriented and learn how to travel about Timor-Leste. With its coastline and a square surrounded on the south side by majestic Government Buildings, Dili has a somewhat colonial feel.
Australia – Thursday Island
Spend time on Thursday Island, and you’ll learn about a completely different side of Queensland, rich in Indigenous culture, history, and natural beauty.
This island, one of the 274 located between the tip of Cape York and Papua New Guinea, is also referred to locally as Waibene or simply T.I. It serves as the administrative hub of the Torres Strait.