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Cook Islands & Society Islands cruise on the Paul Gauguin

13 days from $11,495pp

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Tour highlights

  • 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.

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Tahiti
 
Huahine
 
Aitutaki
 
Rarotonga
 
Bora Bora
 
Taha'a
 
Moorea
 

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