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Tahiti, Society Islands - Tahiti, Society Islands

Dates: 12/27/2025 to  1/7/2026.

This 11-night odyssey showcases the region's incredible diversity of scenery, from Aitutaki's low-lying islands to the jagged peaks and deep valleys of fertile Rarotonga, which was simply called “Paradise” by the first European explorers. Continue to the Society Islands to delight in the South Pacific's crown jewels — Bora Bora, Taha'a, Huahine, and Moorea.

  • While in the Cook Islands, call upon Aitutaki, a tiny island that's home to one of the world's most spectacular lagoons.
  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahana , our very own private islet, complete with white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, a barbecue lunch, drinks served in coconuts, and a floating lagoon bar.
  • The waters around Moorea are home to an amazing array of sea creatures. Take an optional SCUBA excursion to swim among the sea turtles and vibrant schools of fish. 

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Bora Bora, Society Islands

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As you cruise among the emerald islands and azure lagoons of French Polynesia and the South Seas, you’ll be enveloped in the beauty of the region and the warm friendliness of its people. Prolong your enjoyment of your time here and view this paradise from a different perspective by adding a hotel stay before or after your cruise. Paul Gauguin Cruises has handpicked a range of choices that let you suit your style, from glamorous resorts to quiet island escapes.

Please contact our Reservation Department at 1-800-848-6172 for more details.

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Please note that not all shore excursions are available on all sailings. Descriptions and pricing may vary. Shore excursions will not be available for pre-booking until approximately 60 days prior to sailing (except for the Romantic Escapades excursions). Seven days or less prior to embarkation, shore excursions can only be booked onboard. New tours, not previously listed for online sales, may be available onboard without prior notice. If you have questions or would like to pre-book your shore excursions, please contact our Reservation Department at 1 (800) 848-6172 for assistance.

Once onboard, please refer to the tour descriptions for full details or consult with the Travel Concierge Team for further information.

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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Circle island tour

Duration: 2h30 Total : $100

From the pier, your around-the-island drive will take you past several of the island's villages. You will visit a marae (sacred Polynesian temple grounds) site. Pass through plantations of various crops grown here on Aitutaki. Learn about the island's myths and legends while taking in its beautiful scenery.

Aitutaki has a unique geographical make-up – the island is a volcanic atoll with the typical volcanic peaks in the center of the island with the encircling coral reef ringed by the offshore islands ( motus ) and the lagoon in the center. The Circle Island Tour is a great way to see the island and meet the locals.

Visit the inland villages of Tautu Vaipae and Vaipeka , drive along the coast and see the remnants of the Copra Production Facility, and see how the people of this tiny idyllic island live. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet the locals and take photographs along the way.

Finally, you will get back to the pier.

Excursion Code: CKAIT51

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Lagoon cruise with beach break

Duration: 5h00 Total : $170

Aitutaki's deep blue lagoon is considered to be one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world. Part volcanic and part atoll, the island's geographical structure makes this lagoon unique.

This tour will give you the opportunity to experience the best Aitutaki has to offer in the short time available during your visit.

You will board your boat (types and sizes vary) and cruise through the lagoon, visiting offshore motus . At One Foot Island, you will stop for a lunch of barbecued fish, salads, and fresh fruit.

After lunch, enjoy approximately 2 hours to relax or snorkel.

  • We recommend you wear your swimsuit under a cover up and reef shoes, protect yourself from the sun, and bring snorkeling equipment and a towel from the ship. This boat tour involves a wet landing. There is a cash bar on the island for those who wish to purchase beverages. Guests wishing to obtain a One Foot Island stamp should bring their passports with them. There is a fee of USD $2 for the stamp.

Excursion Code: CKAIT52

Snorkeling tour

Duration: 2h00 Total : $95

You will board small boats each seating 10 guests and travel to Motu Maina where you can snorkel and those that wish would have the option of visiting the motu . It takes approximately 15 minutes to travel each way, as the boats are very fast.

This area has beautiful giant clams and is a marine reserve and is a nesting area of the red-tailed tropic birds.

You will return to your ship at the end of the visit.

  • We recommend you wear your swimsuit under a cover up, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring fins, snorkels, and towels from the ship. You should also wear reef shoes for swimming. This tour involves a wet landing. There are no rest room stops on this tour.

Excursion Code: CKAIT53

Rarotonga circle island tour

Duration: 3h30 Total : $135

Depart the pier for an orientation ride around the island, an excellent way to see the island. Along the way, you will visit such sites as Ngatangiia Harbor , the departure point of the Polynesian Migration to New Zealand in 1350 AD, and a historical back road built in 1050 AD called the Road of Toi , or Ara Metua.

Visit Muri Lagoon, where you will enjoy light refreshments and a cultural show, then continue on past ceremonial sites that include Arai Te Tonga , several historical buildings, the library, the museum, and fruit and vegetable plantations.

This tour provides guests with an excellent orientation to the island of Rarotonga and is recommended for all visitors who want an appreciation of the island and its culture and history.

Following your tour, you will be returned to the pier.

Excursion Code: CKRAR50

Takitumu conservation tour

Duration: 3h00 Total : $135

Nature and bird lovers especially will relish this unique opportunity to explore Rarotonga's exotic bird and plant species during a memorable island conservation tour.

Depart the pier for the transfer to the Conservation Centre . Upon arrival, you will begin your guided walking tour. Along the way, you will learn about conservation efforts involving the flycatcher , or kakerori, an indigenous bird found only on Rarotonga .

Over the years, the bird's numbers have dwindled as a result of an increase in natural predators. Your visit, along with the visits of many hundreds of others, will provide the landowners with the funds needed to conduct research into various means of preserving and promoting this rare species of bird.

The conservation area is also a tropical rain forest featuring many types of medicinal plants , and you will hear about the many local uses for such herbal remedies.

Following your walking tour, you will be returned to the ship.

  • This tour involves 2 hours of walking over uneven terrain and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Transfer to and from the conservation site will be in air-cooled buses. The tour will start from the gate, and there will be places to rest along the way. There are no rest room stops on this tour. All proceeds from this tour will go toward the Conservation Centre.

Excursion Code: CKRAR51

Raro safari by 4WD

Explore Rarotonga’s pristine natural beauty in an exciting way during this off-road tour of the island’s stunning lagoons, valleys, and inland villages.

Depart the pier in an off-road, open-top safari truck for a drive to Rarotonga’s back roads and valleys. Along the way, you will be privy to sights and sounds regular visitors to the island would not typically have an opportunity to experience.

You will learn how traditional Cook Islanders live, and your guide will provide you with an informative commentary on the various traditional uses of local flora and fauna.

  • As this tour involves travel over bumpy surfaces, guests with back and/or neck problems and guests with limited mobility are discouraged from participating. Seating on the trucks is very basic. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are recommended.

Excursion Code: CKRAR52

Muri lagoon cruise

Duration: 3h30 Total : $120

Rarotonga’s spectacular tropical beauty and marine life are yours to discover during this scenic and memorable cruise on the Muri Lagoon.

Depart the pier for the transfer to the Muri , Rarotonga’s inner lagoon . Upon arrival, you will embark a glass-bottom boat and begin your cruise. Along the way, you will observe a myriad of colorful coral and fish. More adventurous guests will have an opportunity to go snorkeling among the schools of tropical fish. The fish are extremely tame and used to swimmers, and will take food from your hand.

Following your cruise, you will be transferred back to the ship.

  • Wear your swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. The boat is covered and features a water-access ladder. There are no rest room facilities on the boat. Snorkeling equipment will be provided.

Excursion Code: CKRAR54

Aquabike Adventure*

Duration: 2h00 Total : $325

Explore the underwater wonders of Bora Bora’s picturesque lagoon during a 30-minute ride on the Aquabike underwater scooter.

Depart the pier in Bora Bora via motorboat for the brief transfer to the hydraulic scooter platform. Upon arrival, you will meet your dive instructor/guide, who will brief you on the scooter, equipment, and safety procedures. Operating the scooter is very simple; riders need only to step onto the scooter and steer it using a small wheel. The Aquabike underwater scooter is equipped with dive tanks, providing a continuous airflow, so your head stays completely dry. After descending to a shallow depth of 10 feet (3 meters) maximum, your 30-minute underwater exploration will begin. Your dive instructor will guide you in the water and throughout the tour to help ensure a smooth and easy underwater ride.

  • Please note: *This tour is priced per-scooter. Each scooter will accommodate two average-sized adults; when requesting this tour, please request only one ticket. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Pregnant women and guests with neck or back problems, asthma, heart or respiratory conditions, claustrophobia, or limited mobility, and guests who utilize a wheelchair will not be permitted on this tour. Participants must be at least eight years old and four feet tall to participate on this tour. The minimum age to drive a scooter is 16 years old. Guests will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate in this excursion. Guests who wish to use a wetsuit will be outfitted during the transfer to the hydraulic platform on board the motorboat.

Excursion Code: PFBOB51

Lagoon cruise & Polynesian feast

Duration: 5h00 Total : $209

Lagoon tour of Bora Bora in a traditional outrigger canoe (motorized), with ukulele animation and narration on culture, history and nature of Bora Bora.

The lagoon tour includes three stops. The first one is for snorkeling in a coral garden , where visitors can discover many different colorful fish, corals, and many other inhabitants of a wonderful natural ecosystem. The guide accompanies the visitors in the water. The second stop is the visit of the stingrays in shallow water. These rays are tamed since more than 20 years. The approach is gentle and respectful, keeping in mind preservation of nature. The last stop is on the ocean side, for the observation of black tip reef sharks .

After the morning of snorkeling, Polynesian feast is served on a private island (motu). Lunch is cooked in a traditional earth oven made with volcanic rocks, and covered by banana leaves. The guests watch the opening of the oven, and listen to the explanations of the guide. The table is set in the lagoon, with an umbrella to protect guests from the sun. On the menu: suckling pig, chicken with local spinach, manioc, plantain bananas, bread fruit, raw fish salad with coconut milk, and finally a traditional dessert made with bananas and vanilla, as well as fresh tropical fruits. Alternatively the Polynesian lunch can be replaced by a BBQ: fish, chicken, spiny lobster (subject to availability), Polynesian vegetables, raw fish salad with coconut milk, tropical fruits. The lunch comes with a good bottle of Moët and Chandon champagne, or red/white wine depending on the guests' preference.

  • For great memories, the underwater camera is recommended. Please wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with reef shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring a towel and your snorkel equipment from the ship.

Excursion Code: PFBOB52

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Fauna and flora of the Pacific Ocean

The fauna of the Pacific Sea is very varied. During the various dives, divers can observe various species of benthic fauna such as napoleon fish, raccoon butterfly fish, and pelagic fauna such as manta rays, gray reef sharks, dolphin fish as well as endemic wildlife such as different soft corals.

Scuba diving activities on this cruise

These sites are indicative. The proposed diving excursions may be changed depending of weather and safety conditions and the number of divers.

Price per person

  • Initiation dive:
  • Introductory dive DSD (swimming pool): $99
  • Introductory dive at sea (1 dive): $130
  • Refresh dive (swimming pool): $50
  • Exploration (1 dive): $120
  • Exploration Aitutaki 2 tanks dive: $230
  • Exploration Aitutaki (1 dive): $135
  • Exploration Taha’a 2 tanks dive: $230
  • Excellence Package (3 dives): $330
  • Excellence Package (6 dives): $660
  • Passion Package (10 dives): $1080
  •   Nitrox Course: $120
  •   Referral Course: $599
  •   Advanced Open Water Course: $570

Tahiti, Society Islands

December 27, 2025 Tahiti, Society Islands

Embarkation 12/27/2025 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Departure 12/27/2025 at 6:00 PM

The largest of French Polynesia's 118 islands, Tahiti and it's capital city of Papeete are the perfect place to begin (and/or end) your South Pacific sojourn. The Gauguin waits patiently in the harbor, a vibrant and bustling market across the street and in the evenings roulottes (food trucks) line the nearby square offering tasty local fare.

Huahine, Society Islands

December 28, 2025 Huahine, Society Islands

Arrival 12/28/2025 at 8:00 AM Departure 12/28/2025 at 4:00 PM

Don’t be fooled by the vibe of this laid-back, secluded island. Many treasures are hidden among the lush rainforest and dramatic terrain. With a bit of exploration, you’ll uncover some of the best-preserved archeological sites in French Polynesia. Underwater treasures await as well, with a snorkel excursion in the lagoon.

At Sea

December 29, 2025 At Sea

Arrival 12/29/2025 Departure 12/29/2025

Have you met Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines yet? Our onboard hosts are at the ready to share their Polynesian culture, with Tahitian dance lessons, hands-on traditional craft demonstrations, and an array of activities for all ages. The day is yours to make what you will of it. Perhaps you’ll take in a lecture by one of our special guests or take part in cooking lessons with the executive chef. Or maybe you’ll unwind poolside or treat yourself to a visit to the Algotherm Spa… or why not both? A day at sea offers ample time to relax and plan your next adventure.

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

December 30, 2025 Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Arrival 12/30/2025 at 8:00 AM Departure 12/30/2025 at 6:00 PM

A wealth of cultural tradition, Aitutaki's inhabitants keep their history alive through song, dance, legends and crafts. If you're looking to spend time on land, consider taking the easy hike to the highest peak on the island, Maunga Pu, where you'll be rewarded with 360-degree views. But if you're interested in an excursion, a trip out to One Foot Island in Aitutaki's stunning blue lagoon will take your breath away.

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

December 31, 2025 Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Arrival 12/31/2025 at 7:00 AM Departure 12/31/2025 at 5:00 PM

Rarotonga is the hub of the Cook Islands yet remains totally unspoiled. You won’t find any building taller than the highest coconut tree! So the question is what to do first? Enjoy a guided tour with the famous Pa, visit the cultural village, or rent a scooter and take a drive around the whole island. Decisions… decisions

January 1, 2026 At Sea

Arrival 1/1/2026 Departure 1/1/2026

Bora Bora, Society Islands

January 2, 2026   January 3, 2026 Bora Bora, Society Islands

Arrival 1/2/2026 at 8:00 AM Departure 1/3/2026 at 11:00 PM

Explore lush peaks, wander white-sand beaches, and marvel at the iconic views of Mount Otemanu. Take the plunge with a SCUBA excursion to see the island’s colorful coral reefs, enjoy a sunset jetboat ride, or spend a lazy afternoon on our private beach*. Like a priceless Paul Gauguin painting come to life, storied Bora Bora is colorful and unforgettable. The landscape alone will have you searching for adequate adjectives, especially once you see the lagoon—“turquoise” just doesn’t do it justice.

*Subject to availability as conditions allow. When unable to call there, we will be offering a tender to the pier and a free shuttle to Matira Beach, the island’s award-winning public beach that features restaurants, public facilities and shopping. Voted #1 in the best things to do in Bora Bora by U.S. News & World Report, Matira Beach boasts powdery white sand, waters in a thousand shades of blue, and is wonderfully uncrowded.

Taha

January 4, 2026 Taha'a, Society Islands (Motu Mahana)

Arrival 1/4/2026 at 8:00 AM Departure 1/4/2026 at 5:00 PM

As the day unfolds in front of you, where will you go? Exciting shore excursions await, but so does Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ own private islet. Choose from swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or simply lounging on the beach with a cold drink from our floating bar. Les Gauguines are also on hand to share musical entertainment and Polynesian crafts.

Moorea, Society Islands

January 5, 2026   January 6, 2026 Moorea, Society Islands

Arrival 1/5/2026 at 8:00 AM Departure 1/6/2026 at 5:00 PM

Step into a vibrant, colorful world in bright and beautiful Moorea, which welcomes you with azure lagoons, impossibly fresh tropical fruits, stunning mountain peaks and palm-fringed beaches. Commune with nature on an optional dolphin-watching excursion with an expert marine biologist. Afterwards, spend some time getting to know the local residents while shopping for handmade crafts.

January 6, 2026   January 7, 2026 Tahiti, Society Islands

Arrival 1/6/2026 at 7:30 PM Disembarkation 1/7/2026 at 8:00 AM

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m/s Paul Gauguin

Designed specifically to glide in luxury through the shallow seas of the South Pacific,  The Gauguin  is a small-ship cruiser’s dream. She delivers travelers to intimate ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships, all the while providing a travel experience that is nothing short of luxurious. Once on board, guests enjoy newly-decorated  spacious suites and staterooms (nearly 70% with private balconies), an onboard watersports marina, three dining venues, an extensive spa, and five-star service. Life on The Gauguin  also reflects the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands she calls upon, with a warm, friendly feel, informal setting, and even a beloved troupe of Les Gauguin and Les Gauguines—local Tahitians who serve as onboard hosts and hostesses, entertainers, and storytellers.

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Moana Explorer Program

Discovery for Young Explorers

The South Pacific is a dream destination—and aboard the m/s  Paul Gauguin , it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your family to strengthen bonds and create memories you’ll cherish forever, through our Moana Explorer program.

Offered in partnership with  Te mana o te moana , a South Pacific marine education and conservation foundation, this one-of-a-kind program invites children and teens, ages 6-15, to discover and value the natural wonders of this breathtaking part of the world through hands-on, interactive learning.

PRE CRUISE TAHITIAN RELAXATION

Turn your transfer into a respite and enjoy a relaxing day in a beautiful resort setting with Paul Gauguin Cruises’ Day Room Program.

You will be greeted at the airport by our local English-speaking representative upon disembarking your Paul Gauguin Cruises’ selected flight.

Transfer to the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa and check-in. Have a breakfast and enjoy a few hours of relaxation before check-out at 11 am.

Lunch is included at the hotel.

After lunch, you will head towards the west coast of Tahiti to visit a marae and the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands. You will then be transferred to  Le Paul Gauguin to embark.

The resort:

Located on a vibrant blue lagoon, the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is the ideal base to combine relaxation and island discovery. You will have access to all hotel amenities including two freshwater swimming pools, a beach, and an overwater restaurant. A spa and dive center are also available at additional cost.

Upgraded rooms are also available depending on availability and on a supplement basis. Contact your travel professional for further detail.

Your program includes:

  • 1 day-use Classic Ocean View room available until 11 am at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa 4*, local standards (or similar).
  • Meal as mentioned in the programme (breakfast and lunch).
  • Beverages package during lunch (bottled water + 1 soft drink or 1 glass of wine or 1 local beer and 1 coffee or tea).
  • Accommodation tax.
  • Transfers from airport to the resort and from the resort to  Le Paul Gauguin .
  • Assistance from our local English-speaking representative.

Your program does not include:

  • Tips for the driver and the guide.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the “included” list.

Please note:

  • The official check-out time at the hotel InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is at 11 am.
  • Your luggage will be transported separately, straight to the ship.

Resort Contact Information:

InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa PK7, Fa'a'a 98702 Polynésie française Telephone number: +689 4086 5110

To check your Paul Gauguin Cruises’ flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket which is included in your travel documents.

Total : $410

PRE CRUISE RELAXING SOJOURN IN MOOREA

Enhance your cruise and make the most of your trip to the islands with a relaxing three-night pre-cruise stay at a beautiful Tahitian resort.

Velvety mountain peaks, white-sand beaches with swaying palms, sheltered azure bays and gentle breezes: Moorea is the very picture of the ideal island getaway. And you can immerse yourself in its splendor with a stay at a luxury resort that offers world-class service in a spectacular setting.

Day 1 – Papeete/Moorea

You will be greeted at the Faa’a International Airport by our local English-speaking representative upon disembarking your flight (provided that you have previously communicated your flight schedule to your travel agent).

You will be transferred to the pier and embark on a ferry to Moorea.

Upon arriving Moorea, you will be met by a representative from the Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort 5* and will transfer to the resort. After early check-in, day is at leisure.

Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 & 3 – Moorea

Set against a stunning mountain backdrop melting into a crystal clear lagoon with views over the island of Tahiti, the Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort is the perfect setting for a relaxing vacation. The bungalows, built over the water or surrounded by landscaped gardens, are made from natural materials and feature a rain shower. Make the most of the resort's white sandy beach, the most beautiful on Moorea, to sunbathe or explore a lagoon teeming with tropical marine life. Facilities include two restaurants, a bar, an outdoor swimming pool and a day spa.

Days are at leisure.

Lunches are on your own.

Dinners at the hotel.

Day 4 – Moorea/Papeete

Check out after an included breakfast and you will be transferred to the port of Moorea, to embark on a ferry back to Papeete. Upon arriving in Tahiti, a local representative will assist you in embarking  Le Paul Gauguin  for your journey through the islands.

This program includes the accommodation in Luxury Bungalow Garden View at the Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort. Superior Overwater Bungalow and Horizon Overwater Bungalow are also available on a supplement basis. Contact your travel professional for further detail.

  • 3-night accommodation in a Luxury Bungalow Garden View at the Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort 5*, local standards (or similar) including breakfast, dinner and early check-in.
  • Roundtrip ferry service from Papeete to Moorea.
  • All transfers mentioned above; between ship/ferry/resorts/airport.
  • The assistance of an English-speaking representative.
  • All personal expenses (beverages, spa services, meals other than breakfasts, sightseeing, etc.).
  • Your room at the Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort will be available from your arrival on Day 1.

Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort Moorea, BP 28 98728 MAHAREPA FRENCH POLYNESIA Telephone number: +689 40 55 12 12

To know your PAUL GAUGUIN Cruises flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

Total : $2,450

Island tour by waverunner*

Experience Huahine's wild beauty in an exciting new way during this fun-filled waverunner adventure .

Depart the pier and transfer to the launching point in Fare , Huahine's main village. After your guide gives you safety and riding instructions, you will enjoy a waverunner ride of about an hour in the lagoon, admiring Huahine's magnificent landscape from the perspective of the water. You will also have time to stop for a swim before returning to the waverunner launching point for your transfer back to the pier.

  • Operation of this tour is dependent upon weather and water conditions. When requesting online, please select only one ticket per wave runner. Participants must wear the life jacket provided, remain in line, and follow thirty yards behind the waverunner in front of them. The minimum age for participating in this tour is 15 years old to drive and 5 years old to ride as a passenger (depending on weather conditions). Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, and sunglasses, and to bring a towel from the ship. Each waverunner has a small storage compartment. *This tour is priced per waverunner , which will accommodate two average-sized adults (maximum weight of 500lbs total).

Total : €265

Island tour & snorkelling*

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Experience the beauty of Huahine from above and below the water during this snorkeling and cruise adventure .

Depart the pier by private boat and discover the beauty of Huahine as you cruise around the island. Along the way, you will stop to visit a black pearl farm and learn about the creation and the beauty of these famous Tahitian gems.

You will then continue your cruise to a beautiful coral garden , where you will don your snorkeling equipment and enter the water for up-close views of the amazing and colorful marine life that frequents the reef. Enjoy refreshments on your ride back to the pier.

  • When requesting online, please select only one ticket per boat. Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit under a cover up, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, and to bring a towel from the ship. Snorkeling equipment, fins, and life vests are available at the ship's on-board watersports marina. *This tour is priced per boat , which can accommodate up to four guests.

Total : $835

ATV tour of Huahine Nui*

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Transfer from the pier to Fare Maeva for an easy test drive on the ATV quads .

Then start the exciting island exploration by discovering the coast of the Motu Maeva with its white sandy beaches, Marae Manunue (an ancient Polynesian temple). Stop for a refreshing coconut drink at chez 'Nini' before continuing for some snorkeling at the Sofitel Heiva's beach .

Afterwards the tour will take you past Fare Potee and Marae Rauhuru and the ancient Fish Traps in Lake Fauna Nui, and then onto the Sacred Eels at Faie before stopping at Belvedere for photo-opportunity of the Maroe Bay and the ship.

  • The tour is easy to moderate and the drive is partially offroad driving and partially on paved roads. Not recommended for pregnant women, guests suffering from back & neck problems and -children under 5 years old. Driving license is mandatory and drivers must be a minimum of 18 years old. Please bring snorkel gear, beach towel, bottled water, sunglasses from the ship. Please wear your swim wear under clothing. * This tour is priced per   ATV , which can accommodate two average-sized adults.

Total : $279

Lagoon cruise & snorkelling

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Experience Huahine's beautiful lagoon and landscapes on this boat cruise and snorkeling excursion.

Depart the pier by outrigger canoe (motorized). Upon arrival to the snorkeling spot you will receive safety and snorkeling instructions before entering the water with abundant fish, coral and marine life. Sample coconuts, fresh season fruits and refreshments. Transfer back to the pier.

  • The tour is recommended for experienced snorkeler who are comfortable entering the lagoon directly from the boat, and snorkell ing in deep water where currents are common. Snorkeling equipment, fins and life vests are available at the Marina from the ship. The boat capacity depends on the group size.

Total : $109

Motu picnic

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Your boat will pick you up from the pier for a brief ride to a snorkeling spot in the beautiful lagoon of Huahine .

Here you will have ample time to enjoy snorkeling in crystal clear waters with tropical fish. Next your boat ride will continue to the private Motu Murimahora.

Delicious lunch (including water, tropical juices and beer) will be accompanied by a local music entertainment on the motu. Afterwards there will be free time to enjoy this peaceful and picturesque motu.

  • Please bring your snorkel equipment, beach towel, sunscreen and sunglasses from the ship.

Total : $139

Cultural highlights of Huahine

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Explore one of the most picturesque and geographically diverse of the Society Islands during this scenic tour of Huahine .

Depart the pier for a ride by coach to Fare , Huahine’s main village. Enjoy a leisurely guided stroll around the village , then visit a vanilla plantation , where you will observe the process of drying vanilla and learn different ways to cook with this ubiquitous spice.

Then, proceed to Maeva , one of Polynesian’s most important archaeological sites. Upon arrival, you will discover some well-preserved marae, or ancient Polynesian temples. You will also see fish traps that were built centuries ago and are still in use today. Your next visit will be to Faie, home of the famous blue-eyed eels that populate a stream running through the village. You will even watch as your guide feeds these enormous eels. Your tour concludes with a stop at Huahine’s Belvedere Point for spectacular views and photo opportunities.

Then, re-board your coach for the return ride to the pier.

  • If you wish to purchase vanilla during your tour, please bring U.S. dollars or French Pacific francs, as these are the only currencies that will be accepted.

Total : $90

Day at the beach

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Located close to the village of Fare and an ancient archaeological site, the Maitai Lapita Village Hotel on the island of Huahine enjoys an exceptional location.

Bask on the magnificent white-sand beach that borders the lagoon, or enjoy excellent snorkeling in the lagoon’s crystal-clear waters. Or enjoy ocean views from the restaurant, bar, and pool. Stretching from the beach inland, the property is arranged around a freshwater lake dotted with water lilies and surrounded by tropical plants with fragrant, multicolored native flowers. This site has contributed enormously to the heritage of French Polynesia, so do not Miss the hotel’s museum.

And enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the islands of Raiatea, Taha’a, and Bora Bora.

  • This excursion includes access to the swimming pool, the beach, and the hotel museum; kayaking and snorkeling equipment; a two-course lunch (appetizer and entrée, or entrée and dessert); and a bottle of water and a drink per person (a glass of house wine, a local beer on tap, or a soft drink).

Total : $140

Huahine exploration by 4WD & boat

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Visit archaeological sites, sacred blue-eyed eels, a black pearl farm, and an easy 40-minute snorkel on this land and sea tour of Huahine.

Your tour will depart the pier by off road vehicle and cross the bridge to Huahine Nui (big Huahine). Head around the majestic bay where the m/s Paul Gauguin is anchored, then ascend the island's steepest road for a spectacular panoramic view over Maroe Bay and take a photo with the ship in the background. After, a stop will be made to feed the sacred giant blue-eyed eels that live in the stream running through the village of Faie.

Continue your adventure along the lake Fauna Nui to Maeva , the most extensive archaeological site in the Pacific. Here, you will see stone temples and ancient fish traps still in use today restored by archaeologists.

Afterwards, take a short Polynesian outrigger canoe trip to visit “ Huahine Pearl Farm and Pottery ”, where you will learn the secrets of the black pearl and see their unique blue pottery made with a glaze found at the bottom of the lagoon while pearl farming. The pottery is available for purchase, and refreshments will be served at the pearl farm.

Cruise the lagoon for a short trip on a regular boat and a snorkel stop to Motu Te Tiare . Enjoy the turquoise lagoon and tropical fish with your experienced local guide.

Return to the pier with spectacular views of the island.

  • The snorkeling stop is for all levels of experience, and people can start in shallow water to go as far out as comfortable. Please note: the tour has limited capacity and can start in reverse order, with the boat and snorkel stop first. Guests may choose their starting preference (Jeep or boat) depending on availability. Rest room are available at the Pearl Farm marina.

Huahine safari expedition

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Discover the beauty of Huahine on this 4x4 tour of the islands.

Depart the pier by off-road vehicle for the drive to Huahine Nui. Visit the village of Faie , and its famed blue-eyed eels . Next, you will take a short outrigger trip to visit " Huahine Pearl Farm and Pottery ", where they will share with you the secrets of the black pearl and you will have a chance to purchase their famous blue pottery made from a glaze found at the bottom of the lagoon while pearl farming.

Continue to Maeva , the island's most important marae. Drive along Lake Fauna Nui before arriving in Fare. Free time will be made available for you to explore. Return drive to the pier.

  • Although the off-road vehicle will remain on the main road for most of the drive, this tour also involves travel over non-paved roads with steep ascents and descents. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests who suffer from vertigo or motion sickness, or guests with limited mobility. Order of visits may be reversed and itinerary amended depending on weather conditions.

Total : $95

Sacred sites & legendary places

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Your spectacular excursion starts with a friendly introduction from your expert anthropologist/archaeologist guide, who has first-hand experience working on the sites you will visit.

Boarding "Le Truck ", French Polynesia's famous local style bus, you will depart from Maroe Village on the small island of Huahine Iti, crossing the bridge to Huahine Nui , or 'big island'. Here you will drive past lush green valleys and turquoise lagoon through the capital town of Fare , where Captain James Cook sojourned on his visits to the island.

Your first stop is Maeva village, considered to be one of French Polynesia's most important archaeological areas and home to the largest pre-historic habitation site in Polynesia. During your walk through the village, you will explore the archaeological sites along the lake shore and the Fare Pote'e Museum. You will learn about Polynesian origins and migrations, traditional society, religion, botany, European explorers and get a first-hand look at various traditional tools, handicrafts and artifacts.

You will continue on to Mata'ire'a hill , just above the Village of Maeva and home to more than 200 stone structures, including marae, agricultural terraces, house foundations, fortification walls and burial platforms.

Your next stop, via "Le Truck", is a local family run vanilla plantation where you will have the opportunity to purchase various vanilla products. Continuing on, you will stop to see and learn about the 500 year old fish traps that thanks to restoration work are used again today by the people of Maeva Village.

Your return journey to port, will take you through the village of Faie where your guide will feed the island's giant blue-eyed eels that swim in the stream;

  • This tour involves some slight uphill walking. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. The order of sites visited may vary. Please bring some cash along with you, as you may have the opportunity to purchase some authentic Tahitian vanilla during this tour. Please note that the stop at the Mata'ire'a hill is weather permitting.

Total : $115

Huahine Iti by e-bike

Departing from Maroe pier after your brief refresh course on how to handle an e-bike , you will head toward the eastern part of Huahine Iti with the goal of completing the 27 km around the smaller Huahine Island with your guide providing you explanations.

During your tour, several stops will be proposed with different viewpoints. You will discover the archaeological site ( marae ) Anini as well as a visit to a traditional pareo painting workshop .

You will then head to Avea bay and the Mahana hote l for a moment of relaxation, snorkeling, swimming on its magnificent white sand beach. Fresh seasonal fruits and water will be provided during your tour.

  • This activity requires good level of fitness, and is not suitable for people with limited mobility.

Total : $85

Huahine Iti by 4x4

The island equivalent to the Garden of Eden, Huahine Iti is an immense tropical jungle thriving with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Beyond its lush landscapes and bright blooms, Huahine is also a culturally preserved sanctuary with sacred temples hidden throughout dense vegetation. This tranquil paradise will seduce you with her white sand beaches of Avea Bay, coral islets dotting an azure blue lagoon and luxurious mountains covered with magnificent foliage making her an idyllic garden paradise. It is covered with plantations and a wealth of beautiful plants, fruits and flowers and is also home to one of the most amazing white sand beaches in French Polynesia.

During this 4x4 tour you will be introduced to Huahine Iti, the more sensual and smaller of Huahine's two islands. There will be numerous stops along the way for panoramic views across the island, the bays and the surrounding lagoon and motus of Topati's and Murimahora . Visits to a vanilla and tropical fruit plantation and to the Marae Anini are included.

A brief stop at a beach in Avea Bay is included for a dip in the lagoon and for refreshments (choice of soda, fruit juice or beer).

Continue the tour 'off-road' into the Parea Valley for a drive over bumpy road through lush jungle before returning to the pier in Maroe.

  • Although the off-road vehicle will remain on the main road for most of the drive, this tour also involves travel over rough non-paved roads. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems or guests with limited mobility. Order of visits may be reversed and itinerary amended depending on weather conditions. Please bring cash as there will be an opportunity to buy vanilla and additional refreshments on the beach. Please wear/bring your swimwear and beach towel should you wish to have a swim at the beach.

Total : $100

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Total : $209

Lagoon excursion with Maohi Nui

Lagoon tour of Bora Bora in a traditional outrigger canoe (motorized), with ukulele animation and narration on culture, history and nature of Bora Bora. Leaves and flowers decorate the canoe and protect the visitors from the sun. In case of rain, raincoats are also at one's disposal. To enhance comfort, cushions cover the wooden seats. The guides have a long and rich experience as boat captains, guides and musicians.

The lagoon tour includes three stops. The first one is for snorkeling in a coral garden , where visitors can discover many different colorful fish, corals, and many other inhabitants of a wonderful natural ecosystem. The guide accompanies the visitors in the water. The second stop is the visit of the stingrays in shallow water. These rays are tamed since more than 20 years. The approach is gentle and respectful, keeping in mind preservation of nature. The last stop is on the ocean side, for the observation of black tip reef sharks.

Total : $125

Circle island by waverunner*

Experience the unparalleled beauty of Bora Bora's lagoon in a fun-filled new way during this scenic and exciting waverunner excursion around the island.

Depart the pier for the brief transfer via Le Truck to the waverunner launching point . Upon arrival, your guide will provide you with your safety and waverunner instructions, then lead you on a one-hour journey to the lagoon's most remote and idyllic spots. En route, your guide will select the best location to stop for a swim or explore a motu. (Stops may vary due to the wind and water conditions.)

Upon returning to the wave runner launching point, you will re-board for the return ride to the pier.

  • Operation of this tour is dependent upon weather and water conditions. Participants must wear the life-jacket provided, remain in line, and follow thirty yards behind the waverunner in front of them. The minimum age to participate in this tour is 16 years to drive, 14 years riding with an adult. Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, shoes you do not mind getting wet, and a towel from the ship. Each waverunner has a small storage compartment. Maximum weight per 500 lbs. per wave runner. *This tour is priced per waverunner , which can accommodate two average-sized adults.

Total : $309

Bora Bora island tour by "Le truck"

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Explore the island paradise of Bora Bora during this scenic orientation tour via Le truck .  For a long time, this picturesque mode of transport has been the emblematic means of transport in Polynesia, especially on the Society Islands.

Depart the pier aboard a Le truck. First, you will drive through the district of Fa'anui. Along the way, you will pass by small villages and fields that offer a glimpse into the everyday life of the people of Bora Bora. A brief stop will be made at Fa'anui Bay for photographs of Mounts Otemanu and Pahia.

Your drive will continue on to the ancient ceremonial site of Fa'anui Marae, followed by a look at the bunkers constructed by American GIs during WWII. Next, a stop will be made at Mama Edna's to sample such local delicacies as breadfruit, poe mixed with coconut milk (not marinated), taro and tropical fruit. You will also have an opportunity to buy some local, hand-painted pareos. From a lookout point, you will see Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora's highest peak, which stands as a silent sentinel over the Pearl of the Pacific.

You will then pass by Bora Bora's Club Med Village before reaching sandy Matira Beach. A stop will be made here to take in splendid vistas and photo opportunities before driving back to Vaitape.

  • Le truck is an open-air vehicle resembling a windowless bus. Be prepared for a bumpy ride during part of this island tour.

Total : $55

Bora Bora off-road adventure

Embrace Bora Bora’s pristine natural beauty in an exhilarating new way during this exciting off-road adventure along the road less travelled.

Depart the pier with your driver for an off-road excursion to places only accessible via Land Rover. Your driver will navigate the steep terrain and introduce you to the plants, trees, and lifestyles of Bora Bora. You will drive through the small town of Vaitape on the shore of Pofai Bay, then ascend Pahonu Hill. Here, you will find expansive views of Bora Bora’s natural harbor and Matira Beach.

You will then continue on for a second ascent, more off-road adventure, and a visit to the cannons still standing in their original World War II locations. Next, you will travel along Bora Bora’s north shore for a visit to the lush valley of Fa’anui. Your journey will conclude with spectacular views and photo opportunities of Fa’anui Bay from a traditional plantation high up in the mountains.

Afterwards, you will be returned to the pier.

  • As this tour involves rough off-road driving and steep ascents and descents, guests with back and/or neck problems and guests with limited mobility are discouraged from participating. The order of stops may vary.

Pure snorkelling with reef discovery

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The excursion will stop at least three times (depending on the sea conditions, visibility and timing), at different points of the island to snorkel in the most preserved coral gardens of the lagoon. You will have an opportunity to see a rich variety of fishes and beautiful coral formations as well as the amazing Manta and Eagle rays.

Please note that, sighting of the wild life is not guaranteed. The expert team of naturalist guides snorkel with the guests to show them the fauna and help those who are not confident in the water, explaining during the tour the reef and island’s formation and interesting facts about Bora Bora.

  • Life vests and snorkeling equipment, mineral water, soft drinks, local juices and beach towels are provided by the operator.

Total : $145

Glass-bottom boat (Bora Bora)

Discover Bora Bora's remarkable undersea beauty without getting wet during this glass-bottom boat adventure on Bora Bora's famous lagoon.

Depart the pier in Vaitape aboard a glass-bottom boat to explore Bora Bora's world-famous marine life. Along the way, you will look through large glass windows that open onto a colorful world of parrotfish, butterfly fish, and an abundance of other inhabitants that thrive in the waters of this tropical paradise. A roof will provide you with protection from the sun and eliminate glare, enabling you to take home great photos of your visit.

As you journey out across this fabulous lagoon, your guide will inform you about the teeming marine life beneath your feet, as well as the visually-stunning ecosystem that exists above the waterline. These interesting facts will make each discovery all the more interesting and enhance your appreciation of Bora Bora's natural beauty.

Before heading back to the pier, a crew member will dive under the boat to attract schools of fish for your viewing by feeding them right under the glass.

Total : $70

Aquasafari – Underwater walk

Discover why Bora Bora’s spectacular lagoon is considered to be among the most beautiful in the world during this unique underwater adventure.

Depart the pier for the brief water-taxi ride to your comfortable motorized dive boat. After embarking the dive boat, your certified diving instructor will explain your safety and diving instructions and help you put on your helmet. Your head will remain dry inside the helmet; you can even wear your glasses as you freely maneuverer about in total security just a few feet below the surface. You will then descend the ladder into the crystal-clear water and commence your 30-minute underwater adventure. As you walk along the sandy bottom past exotic coral formations, you will see an abundance of iridescently colored tropical fish that are gentle enough to feed by hand.

Plastic shoes, wet suits, masks, and snorkels will also be available, as there will be time for snorkeling while the other guests take their underwater walk.

No swimming or diving experience is required. At the conclusion of your tour, you will return directly to the pier via water taxi.

  • No swimming or diving experience is required. The helmet, while heavy, is placed on your head as you enter the water and taken off as you exit. You will remain connected to the boat’s air supply via an air hose. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems; guests with asthma, heart, and respiratory problems; or guests with limited mobility. Guests will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate on this tour. Minimum age requirement to participate in this excursion is 6 years.

Blue lagoon escapade*

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Experience the very best of Bora Bora’s lagoon during this scenic and memorable private boat tour . Depart the pier on board the sporty 23-foot Jeanneu, 715WA motorized boat. Ride around the island and stop to observe a stingray ballet. Snorkel in the majestic coral gardens . Visit the reef sharks, manta rays and much more. At the conclusion of your cruise, you will be transferred back to the pier.

  • Wear your swimsuit under a cover up with aqua socks or similar, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a towel plus your snorkel gear from the ship. The boat has a sun top. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Alcoholic beverages will be served only after water activities are completed. This is not catamaran sail. *This tour is priced per boat , which could accommodate up to four guests.

Total : $1,145

Sharks & stingrays encounter

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Explore the exquisite beauty and undersea denizens of Bora Bora’s lagoon during this stingray ballet and snorkeling safari aboard a covered snorkeling boat . Depart the pier aboard the snorkeling boat for a cruise by the ancient crater rim of Motu Toopua, then past Motu Tapu. You will then drop anchor on a shallow sandbank to discover the elegant, yet harmless stingrays. Watch in amazement as the rays glide effortlessly around you. If you wish, your guide will even help you get closer . Next, you will continue on for a visit to a pristine coral garden. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety and diving instructions, then have an opportunity to snorkel in depths ranging from 4 to 5 feet. Along the way, admire an abundance of tropical and multi-colored fish, including parrotfish and butterfly fish. At the conclusion of your snorkeling session, you will be transferred back to the pier.

  • Guests should be comfortable in deep water and wearing snorkeling equipment. Although marine life sightings are frequent, they cannot be guaranteed. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit under a cover up, aqua socks or similar, and sunscreen, and bring a hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. Masks, snorkels, and personal buoyancy aid (P.B.A./snorkeling vests) must be brought from the ship.

Total : $110

ATV adventure in Bora Bora*

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These modern state of the art ATVs will surprise you with their ease of use and ability to conquer any obstacles and still providing you with an exhilarating and comfortable ride . During this guided tour you will ride along the scenic coastal road of mainland of Bora Bora , but the excitement is found during the off-road drive through the tropical forests and jungle of Bora Bora up and down steep paths and trails leading to the lookout points. The spectacular scenic stops across the lagoon and the neighboring islands of Taha'a, Raiatea and Huahine give you breathtaking views and photo opportunities. The route will be adjusted and tailor-made according to the level and abilities of the participants, and generally 2 or 3 view stops are included (these may be: Anau Canon, Povai Antenna, Povai Bay Bunker and Faanui Valley).

  • For insurance purposes, each driving participant must present a valid driver's license and be at least 18 years of age. The minimum age to ride as a passenger on this tour is 8 years old. Maximum weight limit per vehicle is 500 pounds. Protective helmets will be provided, and must be worn throughout the riding portion of this tour. There is no storage compartment; guests are encouraged to keep cameras and personal belongings in a backpack. Please wear comfortable clothes, long pants preferably, closed toe shoes, sunglasses. *This tour is priced per ATV , which can accommodate two average-sized adults.

Total : $250

Catamaran sail in Bora Bora

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Get on-board a catamaran and indulge yourself with a breathtaking cruise in the most renowned lagoon of Bora Bora . Thanks to the shallow draft, catamaran will take you to shallow areas, over multiple shades of blues and turquoises of the lagoon. While your crew set up the sails for a magnificent sailing, feel the sea breeze as your eyes discover beauty of the Pearl of the Pacific. As you pass along the lagoon, enjoy the view over Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora's famous mountain and keep an eye open for the underwater life, it is time to jump for a swim. After your swim and snorkeling session you will continue to enjoy the sail back to the pier.

  • Bring a swimsuit sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. Bring your snorkeling gear from the ship. The catamaran is fully protected and equipped with two rest room, shaded area, a sound system, cushions, outside and inside fresh water showers, and ladders to get in and out of the water. Kindly note that the use of sails is weather dependent.

Total : $130

Sunset sail by catamaran in Bora Bora

Depart the pier on a catamaran . Sail around the lagoon of Bora Bora and when the time comes, enjoy a beautiful sunset. Don't forget your camera, as the photo opportunities are amazing, get the best views of the highest peak, Mount Otemanu, as the sun sets over the Pacific.

  • The catamaran is fully protected and equipped with two rest room, shaded area, a sound system, cushions, outside and inside fresh water showers, and ladders to get in and out of the water. Kindly note that the use of sails is weather dependent.

Sunset Blue Lagoon escapade*

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Indulge your senses with one of the world’s most beautiful locales during this unforgettable sunset cruise in Bora Bora . Depart the pier aboard a luxury, 23-foot Jeanneau, 715WA motorized boat for a private sunset cruise to Bora Bora’s idyllic lagoon. Along the way, you will be served a bottle of Champagne and refreshments as you watch the afternoon sun fade on the horizon in a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors.

At the conclusion of your cruise, you will be transferred back to the pier.

  • This is not a Catamaran Sail. Due to safety reasons, only plastic dishware will be used during your cruise. *This tour is priced per boat which can accommodate up to four guests.

Total : $940

Sunset cruise on outrigger canoe

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Board your Polynesian outrigger canoe in Vaitape and start your romantic sunset cruise inside the lagoon of Bora Bora,  Pearl of Pacific . The captain of the canoe will play ukulele while you enjoy local fresh fruits and Champagne, soft drinks and local beer watching the sun setting.

  • Please bring your camera.

Shark & ray watching by glass bottom boat

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Get acquainted with sharks and rays in a unique new way during a glass-bottom boat ride in Bora Bora and a swim with stingrays.

After embarking your glass-bottom boat at the pier, you will depart for a brief cruise. Your guide will then tie the boat to a mooring in about 25 feet of water and try to attract black-tipped sharks. You will observe the dance of these ocean denizens and, if you are lucky, spot some lemon sharks known to frequent the area. Next, you will proceed to a shallower, clear lagoon for a rare opportunity to view graceful stingrays and even swim alongside them.

Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier.

  • Underwater viewing takes place through large glass windows. The roof provides protection from the sun and eliminates glare, enhancing photo and video quality. Swimming is not permitted during the first stop with sharks but is highly recommended with the stingrays. Wear your swimsuit under a cover up, and bring biodegradable sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel, mask, and snorkel from the ship. Although shark and stingray sightings frequently occur, they cannot be guaranteed.

By helicopter: Flightseeing Bora Bora and Tupai (30 minutes flight)

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Experience Bora Bora's Island exquisite topography from a unique perspective during this picturesque flight seeing tour.

Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the helipad. After boarding your helicopter, you will take off for a 30-minute flight seeing tour over Bora Bora, the Pearl of the Pacific . You will then head towards north and enjoy a bird’s eye view over the famous heart-shaped island, Tupai. Along the way, you can use the headphones to listen to your pilot's commentary as he points out the sights below. Your bird's-eye view of Bora Bora will include spectacular views and photo opportunities of the world's most beautiful lagoon and reefs, along with manta rays and sharks, an adventure some call Heli-snorkeling. You will then circle Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora's highest peak.

After you flight you will get back to the pier.

  • This tour is subject to cancellation with little or no notice due to operational reasons from the operator. A minimum of four guests per flight is required (Private flights for 2&3 passengers can be arranged at a supplement). The helicopter is air-cooled. Due to safety, weight limitations and balance, the pilot will perform seat assignments. Not suitable for scuba divers after dives. Transfers for two flights may be organized at the same time, in which case a waiting time is to be expected.

Total : $409

Relaxing time at the Lagoonarium

Depart the pier in Vaitape (or Anau) aboard an outrigger canoe for a scenic ride in the Bora Bora lagoon (weather permitting). You will then continue to the Lagoonarium , with its white sandy beach and open-air aquarium. From the beach you will have a magnificent view of the island of Bora Bora. Upon arrival, enjoy an opportunity to swim in separate enclosed areas. During your visit, you will also participate in up-close encounters with marine life , including sharks, rays, jack fish, turtles, parrot fish, and more. Snorkeling begins from the beach in shallow water ranging in depth from 3-10 feet and is suitable for beginners and experienced snorkelers. Your local guides will show you how to carefully approach the marine life, will present you the motu and you will invite to participate in weaving coconut palm, sheathing coconut and pareo demonstrations.

After your visit, you will be served fresh fruit and spend some time relaxing on the beach before heading back to the pier.

Because the outrigger canoes are not always uncovered, the ride can be extremely sunny or wet from spray or rain. At times transfer is by car and boat. Guests exiting the canoe must use the ladder on the south side and walk in shallow water back to the beach. A small souvenir shop is available on the island, and all purchases are cash only; U.S. dollars or Pacific Francs are accepted here. Changing facilities, a sitting area and basic rest room are also available. Wear reef shoes and a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Despite the fact the marine life is widely represented, it is not guaranteed to spot an animal presence when going out. If this is the case, the excursion will not be reimbursed.

Total : $99

Exploration of Taha'a

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Explore Taha'a's exquisite topography, ancient culture, and local economy during this scenic and memorable off-road tour.

Depart the pier in an off-road vehicle for the ride across one of Taha'a's highest mountains. Along the way, your guide will point out sights of interest, and a stop will be made at a scenic viewpoint to learn about the traditional uses of local plants and trees.

The island of Taha'a is often called Vanilla Island, and you will learn about this fragrant spice while visiting a small family plantation. Afterwards, you will visit a small black pearl farm to learn how these treasures are cultivated and harvested. These small cottage industries represent a large part of this small island's economic structure.

During the return drive along the east coast of the island, your guide will entertain you with tales of island life and lore. Upon returning to the ship, a tender service to the Paul Gauguin's private island, Motu Mahana will be available throughout the day.

  • This tour involves travel over very rough roads, with steep ascents and descents. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests who suffer from motion sickness or vertigo, or guests with limited mobility. The itinerary may be modified depending on weather conditions. Guests must remain seated in the vehicle, as standing can be dangerous.

Snorkel & Black pearl farm adventure

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Explore Tahiti's most unique and sought-after treasures during this canoeing and snorkeling adventure and a visit to the Black Pearl Farm.

Depart the pier aboard a motorized outrigger canoe for the 10-minute ride to Poerani, a black pearl farm . The vanilla industry is the island's most important business, followed closely by the production of black pearls. At the black pearl farm, you will learn all about the most beautiful jewel of French Polynesia: the magnificent black pearl. This informative stop will help you understand the value of these lustrous jewels in these islands – and around the world.

Continue on to a small motu for an opportunity to snorkel in its crystal-clear water. This motu is located close to a pass where experienced snorkeler can observe the drop-off of the reef. Don your snorkeling gear and enter the water, where you will see wonderful underwater fauna and a myriad of tropical fish swimming around you.

Following your snorkeling session, you will embark the canoe for the return ride to the Motu Mahana for Paul Gauguin's Beach BBQ.

  • The snorkeling stop may be relocated depending on weather conditions. Some of the canoes may not be covered, and sunscreen is strongly suggested. Please wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, hat, sunglasses and bring snorkeling equipment and a towel from the ship. This tour ends at our private islet, Motu Mahana, where lunch, water activities and snorkeling is available. Guests should be comfortable wearing snorkeling equipment, and able to cope with occasional currents. Morning tour departures will conclude at the beach.

Taha'a cultural tour

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After a brief tender boat ride to the pier, you will be met by your local guide and "Le Truck".

You will start exploring this scenic island, known as the Vanilla Island, by first visiting a Vanilla Plantation . You will have a brief tour of the grounds of the plantation and a presentation into farming and cultivation of this precious spice.

Afterwards you will continue your guided tour and you will learn about the history, the legends and present-day life of Taha'a. There will be a number of photo stops along the route.

Your final stop will be at the 'Motu Pearl Village' where you will find out all about the creation of the Tahitian Black Pearl and enjoy refreshments and local fruits in season. After the visit you will be transferred by boat directly to Motu Mahana.

  • The itinerary may be modified depending on weather conditions. Rest room facilities at the Motu Pearl Village. Please have local currency with you for any purchases.

Coral garden drift snorkeling

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Depart the ship by covered motorized boat for a 15-minute ride along the west coast of Taha'a.

Upon arrival, you will disembark the boat for a guided walk across an uninhabited islet, or motu, located just off the coast. After reaching the other side of the motu, you will commence your snorkeling session . Your guide will lead you as the current carries you through the shallow lagoon on the way back to the boat. The drift can be moderate to strenuous depending on the strength of the current. The drift is done in a single line with one snorkeling guide leading the 12 snorkeller spaced 10 feet apart and one snorkelling guide closing up on the group. This area abounds with a spectacular variety of tropical fish and amazing coral.

Upon returning to the boat, refreshments and additional snorkelling time will be made available before you are transferred back to Motu Mahana.

  • This tour is only recommended for experienced snorkeler that are extremely comfortable in the water. Novice/beginner snorkeler are strongly encouraged to snorkel on the Motu. Please wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with reef shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring snorkeling equipment and a towel from the ship.

Lagoon & ocean tour

Discover the marine riches of the island on a tour dedicated to the research and observation of dolphins and sharks in Moorea . You will have an opportunity to slip into the water and swim with these graceful and curious animals and realize that man and these predators can live in harmony. Some dolphins are visible in the passes, at the entrance of the bays, others in the open ocean. On the other side of the barrier reef on the oceanic drop you can evolve with Gray sharks, lemon sharks and turtles always supervised by your guides. Refreshments will be available during the tour.

  • Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel and snorkel gear from the ship. Participation is limited to 6 guests maximum.

Total : $180

Slow paced belvedere & pineapple valley by e-Bike

Enjoy a slow-paced bicycle guided tour to Belvedere and the Pineapple Valley. Your guide will commence the tour by giving you an introductory course on how to use the simple E-bike settings . Choose the setting that fit your fitness level, from no assistance to Turbo and off you go visiting the beautiful Pineapple Island.

At every stop the guide will provide you with a multitude of details about the sites and their history. Visit Cooks and Opunohu bays, stop at the Marae (archaeological sites) and Belvedere Lookout point. Pedal through the pineapple plantations and stop for a jam tasting at the Agricultural High school. Your e-motor assisted mountain bike will make it really easy to complete the tour and even the less active guest will feel like Le Tour de France winner.

Waverunner Adventure*

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Experience Moorea's idyllic coastal beauty > in an exciting new way during this fun-filled waverunner adventure . Depart the pier for the boat transfer to the wave runner center.

Upon arrival, you will receive your safety and simple operating instructions from your guide, then embark your wave runner and begin your ride. Led by your guide, you will cruise either along the west coast of Moorea or through the spectacular Opunohu Bay or Cook's Bay.

Along the way, a stop will be made at Motu Ono for an opportunity to feed elegant and graceful rays as they swim around you in the shallow water. Fresh fruit and beverages will then be served on the motu.

Following your visit, you will be transferred to the waverunner center, then back to the pier.

  • You will be required to wear a lifejacket during the ride. There is a small storage compartment on board the wave runner. The minimum age to drive is 16 years and minimum 10 years to be accompanied by an adult. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests with back and/or neck problems are discouraged to participate on this tour. *This tour is priced per waverunner , which can accommodate two average-sized adults, maximum weight per waverunner is 500 lbs.

Total : $239

Aito Off-Road safari

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Explore the volcanic crater from which Moorea was created during this scenic, off-road island safari via off-road vehicle.

Depart the pier in an off-road vehicle for a journey inside the volcanic crater from which Moorea was created. En route, you will discover the heart of a huge pineapple plantation inside the island's deepest valley. Moorea, Polynesian's Green Garden, is renowned for its Agricultural School, which receives students from all the outer islands. A stop will be made here to sample some homemade jam. Ice cream and local fruit juices will also be available for purchase.

Your guide will then drive you across a large plantation filled with vanilla, bananas, grapefruits, and oranges, and will acquaint you with the island's diverse flora and fauna. Next, you will continue to an open-air temple, or marae.

After a stop to learn about the Polynesian culture, you will ascend to the top of Belvedere lookout for spectacular vistas over Cook's and Opunohu Bays . You will then descend that mountain and proceed to Magic Mountain, where a little path surrounded by grapefruit, lemon, and orange trees opens up to a panoramic view stretching across Opunohu Bay, the lagoon, and the sea.

Your tour will conclude with a stop at the Fruit Juice Factory and Distillery of Moorea to sample their liquors. Following your visit, you will re-board the off-road vehicle for your return ride to the pier.

  • This tour involves very bumpy roads, steep ascents and descents, and a short but steep hike to the viewpoint on the mountain. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests who suffer from vertigo or motion sickness, or guests with limited mobility. The itinerary may be modified depending on weather conditions. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, a hat, and sunglasses. Guests are asked to remain seated in the vehicle, as standing can be dangerous. Must be a minimum of 8 years old to participate.

Total : $105

Moorea by catajets*

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Get an up-close look at Tahiti's idyllic beauty from above and below sea level during this catajet and snorkeling adventure in Moorea .

Depart the pier for the boat transfer to the base. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety and riding instructions from your guide, then embark your two-seat catajet for a 1.5-hour ride in an idyllic lagoon on Moorea. Led by your guide at an easy speed, you will take in panoramic views of the East Coast and Cook and Opunohu Bays, or the West Coast (weather permitting).

Next, a stop will be made for snorkeling in the shallow waters. After putting on your mask, fins and snorkel, you will explore the beauty of the tropical fish and coral formations . Your adventure will continue with a stop on a sand bar, where you will have an opportunity to play with stingrays.

Following refreshments, you will return to the catajet base, then be transferred back to the pier.

  • This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not recommended for guests with neck or back problems, or guests with limited mobility. Each catajet is equipped with a fabric Bimini roof, and a small cooler. Please wear your swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and bring snorkeling equipment and a towel from the ship. Since there is no dry compartment, waterproof cameras are recommended. Lifejackets are mandatory. This is a guided tour, and participants are required to follow their guide and instructions. The minimum age to drive a catajet is 16 years old; children participating on this tour must be accompanied by a parent. All participants must be able to swim independently. *This tour is priced per catajet , which can accommodate two average-sized adults (maximum weight of 500lbs total).

Total : $299

ATV guided tour*

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Moorea's spectacular valleys, bays, and vistas are yours to discover during this guided ATV tour through the island .

Depart the pier in Cook's Bay for the brief transfer via minivan to the Hilton Moorea Lagoon & Spa, where the ATVs are based. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety and riding instructions. Then, begin your ATV ride. Your guide will lead you along the road to Belvedere lookout for magnificent views and photo opportunities over Cook's Bay, Opunohu Bay, and Mt. Rotui .

You will also venture across the valley, through a river, and past pineapple fields, and stop at an ancient open-air temple, or marae, to learn about the Polynesian culture. Afterwards, you will continue on to the Moorea Agricultural School , then ride across this large plantation and down to the Paopao Valley.

From here, you will take the main road en route to the Fruit Juice Factory , where you will enjoy a brief stop. Then, ride back to the Hilton Lagoon & Spa.

Upon arrival, you will re-board your minivan for the return ride to the pier.

  • For insurance purposes, each driving participant must present credit card details and a valid driver's license and be at least 18 years of age. The minimum age to ride as a passenger on this tour is 6 years old. Protective helmets will be provided, and must be worn throughout the riding portion of this tour. There is no storage compartment; guests are encouraged to keep cameras and personal belongings in a backpack. *This tour is priced per ATV , which can accommodate two average-sized adults.

Total : $249

By plane: Scenic flight and pilot lesson Moorea & Tetiaroa (60 minutes flight)*

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Take control of your Cessna 172 plane (or Piper PA28 if Cessna not available), together with a professional instructor and experience an amazing hour scenic flight over Moorea and Tetiaroa . No prior flight experience is required to fully enjoy this unique Flight Initiation Tour.

Your tour starts with a drive from the pier to the local Airport - Temae, where your airplane is waiting. After a brief lesson on how to control the plane, your dream will finally come true: pilot your own plane . View the beautiful Cooks and Opunohu Bays, Mount Rotui and the crater area.

During your flight you might also spot dolphins, sharks and stingrays in the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon. Lying just 30 miles North of Moorea, Tetiaroa is the breathtakingly beautiful atoll comprised of a dozen idyllic islands surrounding a spectacular lagoon. Fly over the graceful atoll and spot The Brando, an exquisite private resort as well as the pristine natural landscape hosting many different types of birds, coral and marine life.

Finally, you will land back at Temae Airport where your transfer will return you to the pier.

  • Only one guest pilots the plane from the start to the end of the flight as no seats exchange is allowed. The maximum number of guests per flight is 3 (1 instructor, 1 pilot (guest) and 2 passengers), the maximum combined weight per group is 210Kg/460 lbs. Minimum age not required, however to fly the plane, the children have to be accompanied by an adult and be able to reach the plane pedals. Booking deadline is 4 days before the date of the flight. The transfer from the pier to the airport and back depends on the number of guests attending the flight and is not included in the tour price. Transfer cost is 30$ per person round trip. Not recommended for pregnant women, guests with heart problems and no diving allowed 24 hours before the flight. *This tour is priced per plane , which can accommodate 3 average-sized adults.

Total : $719

Island drive & belvedere

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Explore Moorea's exquisite beauty and day-to-day Polynesian lifestyle during this scenic orientation drive around the island. Depart the pier for a scenic and relaxing drive around Moorea. The distance around this idyllic island is approximately 38 miles (62 kilometers), and your ride offers many spectacular sites and photo opportunities. You will ride past pineapple fields and visit an ancient Tahitian stone temple, or marae, en route to Belvedere.

At the summit, take in magnificent views of Cook's Bay, Opunohu Bay, and Mt. Rotui. Your ride continues on through the village of Papetoai and past the nearby tombs of the first missionaries. Your coach will return to the pier via the other side of the island. Along the way, you will pass through the districts of Haapiti and Afareitu, then make a photo stop at the Ia Ora lookout point before arriving at the pier. And enjoy your guide's commentary about the daily lives of the Polynesian island residents all along the way.

  • The order of sites visited may vary. Limited restroom stops. This tour is not recommended for guests who suffer from motion sickness. The guides commentary features information pertaining to daily living in Moorea; but does not include historical, cultural, or political facts or details.

Lagoon discovery with snorkeling

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Experience the beauty of Cook's and Opunohu Bays from above and below the water during this snorkeling and beach adventure aboard a modern covered boat .

Depart the pier aboard a comfortable and modern boat featuring covered areas designed to protect you from the direct rays of the sun. As you cruise along these majestic bays, your captain will inform you about the legends, geography, and flora and fauna of Moorea.

Next, you will continue on to a gorgeous sandy islet surrounded by transparent turquoise waters that are shallow enough to walk comfortably in the sea. Upon arrival, you will have a rare opportunity to feed the awaiting rays ; they will gracefully glide around you in exchange for a piece of fish. Your tour will conclude with a stop at another uninhabited islet nearby. Here, you will be served refreshments and have an opportunity to explore the beach and swim. You will also be invited to go snorkeling in water 6-10 feet (2-3 meters) deep. Snorkeling is performed in the shallow waters off the boat, providing an excellent opportunity for both experienced snorkeler and beginners. The boat's ladders extend deep into the water, making it easy to embark and disembark the craft.

Following your visit, you will be transferred back to the pier.

  • This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests must be comfortable wearing the snorkeling equipment provided for this tour. The snorkeling locations selected may vary depending upon lagoon conditions that include current and visibility. Wear a swimsuit under a cover up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a towel as well as your snorkel gear from the ship.

Aquablue – Underwater walk

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Explore Moorea's splendid marine life in a unique new way during this underwater walking and snorkeling adventure.

Depart the pier for the drive to the Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Upon arrival, you will meet your instructor, then be outfitted with your wet suit and water shoes before embarking on a 10-minute boat ride inside the majestic lagoon of Moorea. The crew will anchor the boat off the coast of Motu Fareone or inside the lagoon in Papetoai (depending on sea and weather conditions). Your certified diving instructor will explain your safety and diving instructions, help you put on your helmet, and assist you with descending the ladder into the crystal-clear water.

You will then commence your 30-minute underwater adventure at a depth of 12 feet. Along the way, you will see an abundance of fish that include triggerfish, butterfly fish, groupers, and parrotfish, swimming amid beautiful coral heads. Stingrays are also plentiful at this dive spot. While your guide feeds them, you will be able to take a closer look at these unusual ocean denizens.

  • This does not require any prior scuba or snorkeling experience beyond being comfortable on and in the water. Guests will spend approximately 30 minutes underwater. The helmet, while heavy, is placed on your head as you enter the water and taken off as you exit. You will remain connected to the boat's air supply via an air hose. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, or guests with asthma. Due to tour operator's insurance requirements, guests must sign a waiver before enjoying this tour. Please wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with reef or water shoes (no flip-flop sandals), sunscreen, and bring a towel from the ship.

Catamaran sail in Moorea

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Explore Moorea's beauty from above and below the water during this relaxing sailing and snorkeling excursion aboard a catamaran .

Depart the pier aboard the beautiful, 43-foot catamaran, and sail to Moorea's northern coast, then on to a pair of French Polynesian's most beautiful bays: Cook's and Opunohu. En route, you can sit back and relax, or savor a fruit juice under the canopy astern. Upon reaching Opunohu Bay, the captain will drop anchor in the clear blue waters of the lagoon. After receiving your safety and snorkeling instructions, you will have the chance to discover the underwater tiki place and the marine life residing there, including coral formations and reef fish.

Afterwards, you will set sail toward Cook's Bay before returning to your ship. The well-equipped catamaran offers facilities that include a rest room and shower, and a shaded area with comfortable seats.

  • Entry into and out of the water is by a vertical ladder, aft of the catamaran. Sailing time and itinerary is subject to wind and current conditions. You will be required to remove your shoes upon boarding the vessel. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a towel from the ship. Bring also your snorkel gear from the ship. The itinerary may change subject to wind and weather conditions. Kindly note that the use of sails is weather dependent.

Dolphin watching expedition

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Join American marine biologist Dr. Michael Poole, a dolphin specialist in French Polynesia since 1987, or his assistant for this combination eco-tour and research expedition focusing on wild, free-ranging dolphins .

Depart the pier aboard a covered boat for the scenic ride to Moorea's reef. Spinner dolphins and rough-tooth dolphins can be seen around Moorea, with spinner dolphins regularly swimming inside the lagoon. Most often you will see schools of acrobatic spinner dolphins, while listening to informative commentary about their remarkable life and society at sea. Dolphins are found on 95% of the tours, but the engaging narrative and sheer magnificence of Moorea's coastline will ensure a rewarding time in any event.

While viewing Moorea's dramatic beauty from the sea, you will also learn about French Polynesian's geology. Following your tour and time permitting, you may have an opportunity to go swimming or snorkeling at a coral garden directly from the boat before returning to the pier.

  • This tour is not a swim with the dolphins program, it is sometimes possible to snorkel near the dolphins. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. Operation of this tour is subject to guide availability.

Capture Moorea – Photo adventure

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If you love photography, then do not miss this unique and exclusive half-day guided photo tour of Moorea with accomplished professional photographer.

Depart the pier aboard a private, off-road vehicle, accompanied by Loreleï, who will share with you her know-how andpassion for the profession of photographer . You will visit the most beautiful sites of the island and viewpoints. In a small group of maximum 8 people, we will take the time to discuss photographic techniques to create the most beautiful memories of your visit.

You will explore different corners of the island to discover the caldera, the island's ancient crater which offers a clear view of Rotui in the heart of Moorea and separating the bays of Opunohu's bay and Cook, to finish at the highest viewpoint to gain height over the ocean. Between lush vegetation and blue lagoon, the photographic discovery tour offers a unique opportunity to take your most beautiful shots . The tour is adapted according to the weather. In Tahitian we say « Haere maru, haere papu », slowly but surely! Let's take the time together to discover peacefully without rushing to soak up the tranquility and beauty of the island. Welcome to Moorea.

  • A maximum of eight guests will be permitted on this tour, which will be adapted to the weather forecast and the light of the day. As this tour involves travel over bumpy surfaces, guests with back and or neck problems, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilize a wheelchair are discouraged from participating. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera.

Total : $150

POST CRUISE RELAXING SOJOURN IN BORA BORA AND TAHITI

Enhance your cruise and make the most of your trip to the islands with a relaxing three-night post-cruise stay at a beautiful Tahitian resort.

With its turquoise lagoons, sugar sand beaches, and jagged volcanic peaks, Bora Bora is an unspoiled gem in the emerald necklace of French Polynesia. Discover the marine life teeming in its coral reefs, glide over the water on a jet ski or glass-bottom boat, or embark on an off-road 4x4 safari offering breathtaking views. You will see for yourself why author James Michener called Bora Bora “the most beautiful island in the world.”

Day 1 – Papeete/Bora Bora

After disembarkation procedures are completed, you will be greeted at the port by our local representative.

You will be transferred to the Faa’a International Airport for your flight to Bora Bora.

Upon arriving at the Bora Bora Airport, a representative from the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa 5* will meet you and you will be transferred by boat to the resort where you will check-in to your overwater villa.

Days 2 & 3 – Bora Bora

Located on Motu Piti Aau, a small coral island on the barrier reef, The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is an eco-friendly jewel. The Deep Ocean Spa offers luxurious treatments utilizing nutrients extracted from the deep-sea water of the South Pacific. After an included breakfast, spend your days at leisure enjoying the resort’s stunning setting. Lounge by the pool, skim across the lagoon on a rented sailboat, kayak or paddleboard—or sign up for a SCUBA course to discover the graceful marine life inhabiting the lagoon.

Day 4 – Bora Bora/Papeete

Check out after an included breakfast and catch your boat transport to the Bora Bora Airport, where you will board your flight back to Papeete. Upon arriving Tahiti, a local representative will assist you in transporting to your Day Room at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa 4*.

Check-in and then relax in your room or take advantage of the resort’s amenities. Located on a vibrant blue lagoon, the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is the ideal base to relax as you transition from vacation to your journey home. You will have access to all hotel amenities including two freshwater swimming pools, a beach, and an overwater restaurant. If time and availability allow, there is also a spa and a dive center at additional cost.

Lunch and dinner are on your own. You will then be transferred to the Faa’a International Airport  in time for check-in for the PAUL GAUGUIN Cruises selected flight.

This program includes the accommodation in Overwater Villa Lagoon View at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. Overwater Villa Bora Bora Island View are also available on a supplement basis. Contact your travel professional for further detail.

  • Papeete/Bora Bora/Papeete return tickets on scheduled Air Tahiti flights, economy class.
  • 3 nights accommodations in an Overwater Villa Lagoon View at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa 5*, local standards (or similar) including breakfast and dinners.
  • Meals as mentioned in the programme.
  • 1 day-use Classic Garden View room from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa 4*, local standards (or similar).
  • All transfers mentioned above; between ship/resorts/airports.
  • Dinner on day 4 and lunches.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • All personal expenses (beverages, spa services, meals other than breakfasts, sightseeing, SCUBA, etc.).
  • The check out time at the hotel InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is at 8 p.m.
  • The included luggage allowance for inter-island flights is: 23 kg (50 lb) per person, maximum 3 items, the dimensions of which should not exceed length + width + height = 150 cm (59 in) for the Air Tahiti Papeete/Bora Bora/Papeete flights. One carry-on, the weight and size of which must not exceed 5 kg (11 lb) and 45 x 35 x 20 cm (17.6 in x 13.7 in x 7.8 in). The cabins and overhead lockers on the planes are not big enough to take extra items such as laptops, cameras, etc. All your cabin effects must fit into your luggage items, as described above.

Resorts Contact Information:

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa PO Box 156, Bora Bora 98730 Polynésie française Telephone number: +689 4060 7600

Total : $4,440

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Cruise in the Cook islands, the World's largest marine park

Once part of the British Empire, and now a self-governing country in free association with New Zealand, the Cook Islands have maintained their Polynesian identity. From the various island dialects, all originating from the old Maori (Maohi in Tahitian) language, to the arts and crafts, dancing and performing arts, the traditional culture and customs have remained strong. Less affected by development and tourism unlike some of its neighbours in the South Pacific, the Cook Islands have been described as “how Hawaii looked over 60 years ago”. This idyllic group of 15 islands, divided between the Northern and Southern Cook Islands, was named in honour of Captain James Cook, who visited in the late 18th Century.

The archipelago was named after the famous British explorer James Cook.

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The stopovers of our cruises in the cook islands, aitutaki, the paradise atoll.

A real island paradise in the South Pacific, Aitutaki has it all: gorgeous white sand beaches and a stunning turquoise lagoon surrounded by motus (islets) on the barrier reef. Though considered an atoll, it has a significant large area of high land on the north side, providing sweeping views across the lagoon. According to legend, the island was settled by Ru, who sailed from Raiatea in the Society Islands in search of new lands and many Aitutakians believe they are descended from this seafaring warrior. Today, they are known for their charm, easy going attitude and hospitality. Whether relaxing on the beach, snorkelling the crystal clear lagoon in search of colourful tropical fish and corals, or discovering remnants of an ancient past, Aitutaki offers the best of both worlds.

Rarotonga, the main island of the Cook Islands

The largest and most populous, Rarotonga is the hub of the Cook Islands, with its chief town, Avarua, as its capital. Settled by Polynesians from French Polynesia around the 9th century, the bond with Tahiti and her islands has always remained strong. Today, as modern Pacific people, the high spirited Cook Islanders are a cosmopolitan blend of Western influence and ancient Polynesian heritage. Many important archeological sites can be found here, such as Arai Te Tonga, the most sacred marae in Rarotonga, and nearby, the Ara Metua, a thousandyear-old interior road, paved with basalt or coral slabs, that once circled the island and of which, about two thirds still exists. Highland Paradise, sometimes known as “the lost village” is now a cultural centre consisting of old and faithfully rebuilt traditional structures, offering guided tours of the once large settlement site, and re-enactments and cultural demonstrations.

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This 12-day Cook Islands & Society Islands odyssey whisks you away for the definitive South Pacific escape aboard the 332-passenger Paul Gauguin —and oh, the tales you’ll tell upon your return! Adventures above and below the sea.

This odyssey showcases the region’s incredible diversity of scenery, from Aitutaki’s low-lying islands to the jagged peaks and deep valleys of fertile Rarotonga, which was simply called “Paradise” by the first European explorers. Continue to the Society Islands to delight in the South Pacific’s crown jewels — Bora Bora, Taha’a, Huahine, and Moorea.

Cook Islands & Society Islands Highlights

  • While in the Cook Islands, call upon Aitutaki, a tiny island that’s home to one of the world’s most spectacular lagoons.
  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahana, our very own private islet, complete with white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, a barbecue lunch, drinks served in coconuts, and a floating lagoon bar.
  • The waters around Moorea are home to an amazing array of sea creatures. Take an optional SCUBA excursion to swim among the sea turtles and vibrant schools of fish. 
  • In Bora Bora, spend time at our exclusive white-sand beach on a motu enjoying snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, volleyball, and stunning views of Mount Otemanu.

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Prices are per person, double occupancy, and include 50% off standard cruise fares. Single supplement pricing is available upon request. *Included airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco is subject to availability and class of service and applies to the first and second guest in the stateroom only. San Francisco airfare is applicable for flights to/from Papeete only. Air add-ons from home city are available on request. Air credit for non-use of this promotion is $1,700. Port, security, and handling fees of $235 per person are additional. Pricing for the third guest in the same stateroom is as follows: 17 years old and under, FREE; 18 years of age and older, $125 per night. Third guest is cruise-only; air and taxes are additional.

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  • Complimentary watersports
  • Day at our private islet, Motu Mahana
  • Access to our private beach  in Bora Bora

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Embark on a tropical odyssey with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and set sail to the breathtaking Cook Islands. Nestled in the heart of the South Pacific, this collection of 15 idyllic islands is a paradise waiting to be explored. Immerse yourself in the warmth of the Polynesian culture , bask in the sun-drenched beaches, and discover the untouched natural beauty surrounding you. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, find what you’re looking for on a Cook Islands cruise.[ReadMore]

RAROTONGA, COOK ISLANDS

Explore the largest island as we stop at Rarotonga cruise port, known for its stunning coral reefs, lush rainforests, and vibrant Maori culture. Witness the iconic silhouette of Te Rua Manga, also known as The Needle as we cruise the Cook Islands. This dramatic volcanic peak dominates the landscape, offering adventurous hikers panoramic views of the island and its surrounding ocean. Take time to delve into the island's history with a captivating cultural show, feast on local delicacies, and attend a traditional dance performance. Or snorkel in the coral gardens of Muri Lagoon, where a kaleidoscope of marine life dances beneath the surface, creating a vibrant underwater world.

EMBRACE THE ISLAND LIFESTYLE

Immerse yourself in the laid-back island lifestyle and embrace the rich culture as you cruise around the Cook Islands. Experience the warm hospitality of the locals as they share their traditions, music, and dance. Learn about ancient Polynesian customs and stories that have been passed down through generations, soaking in the history of the Cook Islands. Indulge in delicious traditional cuisine, featuring fresh seafood and tropical flavours. Immerse yourself in the vibrant markets, where you can find handmade crafts, intricate weaving, and beautiful pearls. Our cruises offer the perfect opportunity to witness the genuine island lifestyle, where time slows down, and the spirit of aloha fills the air.

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Visit the small and beautiful island of Aitutaki.

Spend the day relaxing on the private island of Paul Gauguin, Motu Mahana.

Snorkel the stunning waters of Moorea.

Explore and learn about black pearl farms.

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Your South Pacific adventure starts today, with an international flight to Tahiti, which arrives early the following morning.

Coastline, Tahiti, French Polynesia

On arrival in Tahiti, you will be met and transferred to your hotel which has been pre-registered to allow for immediate check in. Spend your day relaxing and recovering.

French Polynesia

Enjoy a leisurely morning before being transferred to the pier after lunch where you will join your Paul Gauguin cruise. The ship will set sail this evening.

Aerial view of Huahine, French Polynesia

Your first port of call is Huahine, known as "The Garden Island" for its lush rainforests and dramatic terrain. While here, you can cruise the expansive lagoon, explore the island's culture, or picnic on the beach.

Tahiti, French Polynesia

A day at sea. Spend the day enjoying The Gauguin's Polynesian ambiance: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps you will take in a lecture by one of the special guests, then dine in the evening over classic French cuisine at L'etoile as you cruise to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands.

Aitutaki, The Cook Islands

A spectacular day to enjoy the pristine lagoon and white sand beaches of Aitutaki. Go snorkeling, explore the island and perhaps visit the village of Arutanga which is home to the oldest church in the Cook Islands.

Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga

Rugged Rarotonga is the most mountainous of all the Cook Islands and you could spend time here exploring its natural beauty. Snorkel in Muri Lagoon, wander the lush Takitumu Conservation Area or take a hike into the island’s dense interior with Pa, a local naturalist.

Taharaa view point, Tahiti

A full day cruising back across the South Pacific toward Bora Bora allows time to relax on deck, read about the amazing islands you are about to visit or perhaps indulge in a spa treatment.

Over-water bungalows in Bora Bora

Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Michener described Bora Bora as "The most beautiful island in the world." You might wish to explore the island with a number of activities, such as a tour of the island paradise that affords breathtaking island views or glide over crystalline waters on a glass bottom boat to see the island's famous marine life without getting wet, take a thrilling helicopter ride over the ship and island, or simply spend a few hours lolling on the island's beautiful beach.

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A further full day at leisure in the lagoon of Bora Bora.

Underwater life, French Polynesia

Motu Mahana, an islet adjacent to Taha'a, is your very own South Seas paradise, featuring white-sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters, and gentle breezes. As an exclusive Paul Gauguin experience, you will spend a full day on this idyllic island doing exactly as you please. Relax in the shade of a palm tree, engage in a game of volleyball, snorkel in the motu's turquoise lagoons and enjoy a delicious alfresco barbecue lunch with Polynesian entertainment.

Cook's Bay, Moorea

Covered in an abundance of fresh fruits and flowers, spectacular mountain peaks, peaceful multi-hued lagoons, and palm-fringed beaches, Moorea features a magnificent beauty that is unsurpassed. White-sand beaches lapped by the translucent shimmering lagoon water and shaded by palm, coconut, and ironwood groves stretch for miles. During your visit, you might wish to take an optional air-conditioned coach ride around the island to admire the stunning views.

La Diademe Mountain Peaks, Tahiti

A further day at leisure in and around Moorea. Perhaps join a dolphin watching cruise in the lagoon with a local marine biologist or head inland into the mountains to the fruit farms and take in the breathtaking views of the coastline from up here. Later transfer to the airport to start your journey home.

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The South Pacific puts on quite a show, and the region's incredible diversity of scenery is front and center on this 11-night journey through the Cook and Society Islands. From the rugged terrain of Rarotonga and coral reef-lined lagoon of Aitutaki to the jaw-dropping beauty of bucket-list mainstays Bora Bora and Moorea, you'll be hard pressed to pick your favorite port.

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Arrive: Papeete, Tahiti

Depart: Papeete, Tahiti

  • Explore Aitutaki, a tiny island that's home to one of the world's most spectacular lagoons.
  • Experience Motu Mahana, your own private slice of paradise. On this exclusive islet, treat yourself to sand between your toes, the shade of swaying palm trees, a sumptuous barbecue lunch, and, of course, drinks sipped from coconuts.
  • Discover ancient archeological sites and wonderful cultural delights on Huahine and Bora Bora

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Note: This trip is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as an agent in booking your reservation with the operator. Please download the Rate Sheet in the Dates & Pricing section to see the full pricing details and contact our Cruise Collection Specialists to check availability.

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At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost 100 days prior to departure: Balance *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

Minimum fee (administrative fee): $100 per person 91-120 days prior to departure: 10% of trip cost 61-90 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost 31-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost 30 days or less: 100% of trip cost

For bookings made by Jun 30, 2022 for sailings through Dec 31, 2023 a revised cancellation schedule is as follows: 31 days or more prior to Departure Date: Future cruise credit* 30 days or less prior to Departure Date: 100% of Full Fare per person

*Cancellations due to Covid-19 for any reason up to 30 days prior to departure and receive a full credit towards a future cruise onboard Paul Gauguin Cruises (air and hotel cost not included).

Effective July 1, 2022, final payment for all new bookings will now be required at 90 days prior to sail date.

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  • All shipboard meals, in your choice of venues
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship
  • In-room refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water
  • All shipboard entertainment, including our troupe of Polynesian performers and live music in the evenings
  • Presentations by onboard experts, and select sailings feature guest hosts
  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards, dining and bar staff
  • Watersports, including complimentary kayaking and paddle boarding from our marina or destination beaches
  • Complimentary snorkel gear for use throughout the cruise
  • Use of our secluded, white-sand beach in Bora Bora where you can enjoy volleyball and snorkeling (on select voyages)
  • A day on our private islet, Motu Mahana, off the coast of Taha'a, featuring snorkeling, watersports, a barbecue, full bar service, and Polynesian hospitality (on select voyages)

Not Included

  • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
  • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
  • Optional gratuities to guides or staff
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
  • Any activity noted as an upgrade or optional
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as passports and visas, laundry, spa treatments, internet, etc.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest , and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Zodiac landing crafts are used to explore the coastline and transport passengers ashore for walks to wildlife sanctuaries, scenic nature areas, and local towns and villages. There are also ample opportunities for swimming and snorkeling. Some agility is required for getting in and out of the Zodiac landing crafts.

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are a South Pacific nation with a traditional Polynesian culture and governmental ties to New Zealand. Of the nation's 15 islands, Rarotonga is the youngest, geologically speaking, and it serves as the point of entry for most visitors. The landscape hints at the relaxed lifestyle its 10,000 residents enjoy: There's only one main road—without a single stoplight—following the 32-kilometer (20-mile) perimeter. 

The island's most visible landmark is a towering granite pinnacle known as the Needle, which rises from razor-backed ridges. Rarotonga’s other main calling cards are its Muri Lagoon, a dazzling patchwork of soothing blue hues, and its extraordinary people. Cook Islanders have a passion for Polynesian drumming and dancing, which they perform with an old-school, hip-swinging intensity that gets even bystanders’ hearts racing. The singing at Sunday church services is equally inspiring. The capital, Avarua, has fewer than 6,000 people and a handful of shops, restaurants and bars. While scooters are the primary mode of transport, the convenient bus line loops around the island in 55 minutes, which simplifies independent sightseeing and trips to the beach. Sports activities range from leafy treks across the island to diving among lionfish and moray eels.

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The Complete Guide to the Ports of Call in the Cook Islands

The Cruise Guide to the Ports of Call in the Cook Islands

What are the cruise ports in the cook islands.

So the Cook Islands are included on your cruise ship itinerary. Lucky you! The cruise ports in the Cook Islands are stunning yet small enough to explore even in just a day when your cruise ship is docked offshore. But what are the ports of call in the Cook Islands and, more importantly, what are the things to do there? You’re in the right place to find out! In this guide to the cruise ports of the Cook Islands, we not only go over where they are but offer ways to enjoy them beyond what your cruise ship sells to you (which will be much cheaper too).

Wait, you haven’t booked your cruise to the Cook Islands yet? Check out the 7 Best Cruises That Visit Rarotonga & the Cook Islands  to see who goes there.

Cruise Docking Locations in the Cook Islands

Note that for all ports of call in the Cook Islands, cruise ships drift outside of the lagoons and run tenders between the ship and shore throughout the day.

The largest and most visited island of the Cook Islands for cruise ships and vacationers alike, Rarotonga offers a vibrant and versatile port of call to explore. You’ll land at Avatiu Harbour along the northern coast of the island, in the nation’s small but contemporary capital, Avarua .

Avarua – The Capital of the Cook Islands

For those who don’t want to venture too far from the ship (or too much time away from the spa), Avarua has its own display of eateries and experiences. Potter around some of the oldest buildings in the country located at the eastern end of town or, if you’re lucky enough to visit on a Saturday morning, the place on the island to be is the Punanga Nui Market at the western end of town. Better yet, join a guided walking tour of the small town brimming with cultural experiences – Cook Islands Tours offers a fantastic walking tour which can be booked on Viator or Tripadvisor . 

Plan more of your visit to Avarua with the  10 Best Things to Do in Avarua and find places to eat in  The Food Guide to Rarotonga: Places to Eat & Food Tours .

Must-Dos in Rarotonga

If you have time to explore the whole island, which most cruise passengers do, here are some of the places well worth visiting and things well worth doing:

  • Stop by Muri Beach for a lagoon cruise, kayaking, paddleboarding or simply to watch the world go by at a beachfront bar
  • Go for a paddle or a snorkel at the marine reserve of Tikioki Beach and get a famous giant sandwich from Charlie’s Cafe
  • See the Cook Islands’ only waterfall, the Papua Waterfall where you can go for a dip
  • Relax at one of the many beach bars and restaurants of the resorts lining Aorangi Beach or for those feeling fit, hike up the Raemaru Track
  • On a Saturday morning, don’t miss the Punanga Nui Market in Avarua with its assortment of local food, unique handcrafted gifts, entertainment and more.

For more details about these activities, as well as much much more experiences, check out the 50 Best Things to Do on Rarotonga .

The Best Rarotonga Tours for Cruise Ship Passengers

Take the hassle out of exploring the island by joining one of the guided tours of Rarotonga! If the shore excursions offered by your cruise ship are a bit out of your price range (which we all know that cruise ships can sometimes charge up to three times the price of what you would pay for the tour if you booked independently), then these are the best tours to take you around the island which you can book yourself.

  • Raro Safari Tours – Explore the highlights of Rarotonga, including the backroads and even up mountains in a 4WD safari jeep
  • Tik-e Bikes & Tours – Ride an eco-friendly electric tuk-tuk with your guide showing you historical sites, local industries and gorgeous gardens around the island
  • Raro Tours – Their “Island Discovery Tour” hits the highlights and includes local food and drink tasting and a coconut demonstration – Book on Viator or Tripadvisor
  • Storytellers Eco Cycle Tours – An easy-going cycling tour to explore Rarotonga’s backroads and get a more local experience – Book on Viator or Tripadvisor
  • Captain Tama’s Lagoon Cruizes – Cruise the Muri Lagoon with snorkelling, lunch on an uninhabited island and a sarong-tying and coconut-husking show – Book on Viator or Tripadvisor .

More information about these tours can be found in the  10 Best Sightseeing Tours in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands and the 10 Best Tours of Rarotonga .

How to Tour Rarotonga Independently

If you’d rather make your own way around Rarotonga, you can either hire a car or ride the public bus around the island. Car hire is available in abundance in Avarua with some rental companies even delivering you a car to port free of charge. Find out more in the 10 Best Car Rentals in Rarotonga .

For the bus, an “All Day Pass” is available to hop on and off the bus as much as you like on its journey along the main road of Rarotonga, which takes 50 minutes to travel around the whole island. Find out more about taking the bus in The Bus in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands: Bus Fares, Timetable & More .

If you know anything about Rarotonga it’s that scooters are very popular here. However, we don’t recommend renting a scooter for cruise ship passengers due to the time it takes to apply for a licence and do a test before you’re legal to drive a scooter in the Cook Islands. If your heart is set, however, you can find out more in our guide, Scooter Hire in Rarotonga: Where to Rent, Cost & More .

Finally, if you need inspiration for an itinerary of exploring Rarotonga in a day, then we have just the guide for you! Check it out in A Self-Guided Day Trip Around Rarotonga .

Often described as one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons, Aitutaki is a highlight for many visiting on cruise ships. Your port entry at the Arutanga Harbour brings you to the main town of the island, Arutanga , but aside from admiring the coral limestone architecture of the oldest church in the Cook Islands or dining at a couple of cafes , there are not many other reasons to stick around. That’s why we highly recommend getting a car or scooter rental or jumping on a lagoon cruise.

Lagoon Cruises in Aitutaki

Although you might have been at sea for a day or two, it’s well worth staying on the water in Aitutaki. Lagoon cruises are an ensemble of island-hopping between uninhabited and pristine “motu” (islets), snorkelling in crystal clear waters with giant clams, giant trevally and the like, and indulging in a barbecue lunch either on an island or on your boat.

Although most cruises depart from Ootu Beach on the other side of the island from the port, transfers are included.

Some of the best lagoon cruises for cruise ship passengers include:

  • Teking Lagoon Cruises – Emphasis on snorkelling and covering a large area of the lagoon
  • The Vaka Cruise – A more laid-back cruise on a large Polynesian-style boat
  • Kia Orana Cruises – A small-group adventure tour straight from the Arutanga Harbour
  • Bishop’s Cruises – Larger boats so you are able to walk around while on the water. Plus, ample time is spent on One Foot Island
  • Kutekute Tours & Tranfers – Private lagoon cruise.

Learn more about all of the lagoon cruises mentioned and others in the   10 Best Lagoon Cruises on Aitutaki .

How to Tour Aitutaki Independently

For those who’d rather stick to dry land for the day, Aitutaki makes for an excellent wee island to explore by car or by scooter. Car rental companies deliver vehicles to port, usually for free. Check them out in The Best Car Rentals in Aitutaki .

Unlike Rarotonga, getting your scooter license is much more straightforward in Aitutaki. If you don’t already have a motorcycle license, head to the Police Station in Arutanga – just 230m (755ft) up the road from port – to get your temporary license with your driving license. Find out more in our guide, Scooter Hire in Aitutaki: Where to Rent, Cost & More .

As for where to visit once you’ve got your wheels, there’s a wealth of island lookouts, quaint cafes, gorgeous resort restaurants and beaches to explore. Plan your whole day with A Self-Guided Day Trip Around Aitutaki .

Rarely visited by tourists other than those travelling by private yacht, the atoll of Palmerston is a real privilege to visit by cruise. Seabourn is one of very few cruises (and usually the only one some years) that visit this secluded atoll with a population of around 30 people. Regardless of its small population, you’ll be greeted with open arms and smiles. The community is very welcoming here and eager to show visitors their way of life on an isolated island.

With no established tourism industry, most of the activities here will be arranged by your cruise. But simply being here and soaking up the serene atmosphere of the pristine white sands and turquoise beaches, along with the kind hospitality of the local people, are usually the images that stick.

Learn more about what it’s like to visit this stunning atoll in   The Complete Travel Guide to Palmerston .

More About Cruises and the Ports of Call in the Cook Islands

We hope you found this guide to the ports of call of the Cook Islands helpful for your cruise to the Cook Islands. If it was, then you might also find these other cruise-related guides pretty darn useful too:

  • The Best Time to Go on a Cruise to Rarotonga & the Cook Islands
  • 7 Best Cruises That Visit Rarotonga & the Cook Islands
  • The Best Islands to Visit in the Cook Islands

Finally, discover more ways to get to the Cook Islands in our guide, Getting Here: How to Get to Rarotonga & the Cook Islands? .

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Cook Islands Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as the Cook Islands. She knows the islands inside out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Raro’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also the editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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