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10 Photos of French Polynesia that will Make You Want to Go Now

Travel with Paul Gauguin Cruises to capture these dreamy South Pacific moments yourself.

10 Photos of French Polynesia that will Make You Want to Go Now

When we travel, we share our stories through the pics we take. The more visually stunning a destination, the more its stories captivate our imaginations. Among the most daydreamy places in the world, the South Pacific instantly sparks our sense of adventure and our desire to explore. Paul Gauguin Cruises has been sailing these crystal-clear waters for 10 years with the m/s Paul Gauguin and knows the hot spots and hidden gems that make this region so magical. Here are some must-do experiences they can transport you to—and photos to inspire your wanderlust.

Ride E-Bikes on Moorea
One of the most breathtaking islands in French Polynesia, Moorea is characterized by dramatic peaks and a laidback vibe. Take in the lush scenery on an easy-to-ride Mountain E-Bike, which comes equipped with multiple gears and an electric motor to assist your pedaling.


Stand-Up Paddleboard in a Peaceful Lagoon
Enjoy one of the coolest experiences in the South Seas right now. The m/s Paul Gauguin features a specially designed platform for watersports, which goes straight from the ship to the sea. At sea level, you can hop on a paddleboard or launch a kayak and paddle through calm water surrounded by colorful fish and rays.


Go on a Scenic Drive on Fatu Hiva
Renowned for their remote and undiscovered allure, the Marquesas Islands offer some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in French Polynesia. The southernmost of these volcanic islands, Fatu Hiva is prized for its gorgeous waterfalls, steep gorges, and lush valleys. The scenic drive between Omoa Village and Hanavave will take your social media pics to the next level.


Enjoy a Moveable View
From idyllic beaches to rugged volcanic landscapes, the 118 islands of French Polynesia serve up an endless feast for the eyes. Onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, you’ll have an ever-changing view and endless photo ops. All rooms feature commanding ocean views, and nearly 70 percent of the suites and staterooms have private balconies. Pretty much every pic is Insta-worthy.


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Snap Pics of Raiatea from an Aquaplane
Get a bird’s-eye view of Raiatea, Taha’a, and Bora Bora with an aerial tour on a Cessna 208 Caravan, a small amphibious aircraft capable of impressive water landings. This one-of-a-kind adventure offers fresh perspective on iconic island sights, including overwater bungalows and small sandy islets, or motus, that hang offshore.



Have the Beach to Yourself on Motu Mahana
Understand the real meaning of secluded paradise with a blissful day on Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private island in the South Seas. Accessible only to travelers aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, Motu Mahana is a hidden-away gem with all the conveniences of a luxury resort, including an indulgent spa.

Enjoy a day on our private islet, Motu Mahana, off the coast of Taha'a, featuring snorkeling, watersports, complete with barbecue, full bar service and Polynesian hospitality

Enjoy a day on our private islet, Motu Mahana, off the coast of Taha’a, featuring snorkeling, watersports, complete with barbecue, full bar service and Polynesian hospitality

Roger Paperno

Snorkel on Huahine
Explore an underwater wonderland on a boat cruise and snorkeling excursion, stopping at a crystal-clear lagoon on Huahine. See coral reefs teeming with colorful fish and other marine life. Back on board, refresh with fresh coconut, seasonal fruit, and drinks.


Take the Road Less Traveled in Bora Bora
Designed to go glide through shallow seas and go where big ships can’t, the m/s Paul Gauguin offers up-close encounters with French Polynesia. On land, get off the beaten path in Bora Bora with an off-road excursion to places accessible only by all-terrain vehicle. Navigate steep inclines and take in the spectacular views of Fa’anui Bay.


Sway Your Hips to the Tahitian Banjo
Throughout the islands of French Polynesia, you’ll hear the melodic tunes of the Tahitian ukulele, or Tahitian banjo, in the air. This stringed instrument is often played solo or as a trio. Onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, the talented Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines ambassadors bring local culture to life through song, dance, and handicraft demonstrations.

Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins are The Gauguin's own troupe of Polynesian host/entertainers.

Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins are The Gauguin’s own troupe of Polynesian host/entertainers.

Roger Paperno

Tour a Black Pearl Farm in Taha’a
Take an exhilarating ride on an outrigger canoe to a local farm and learn about the craftsmanship involved in culturing Tahitian black pearls. Cultured pearl-making is a fascinating process, in which artisans spark this natural phenomenon using sand grains, as would happen in the wild.

You'll have plenty of opportunity to shop for the South Pacific's famous black pearls.

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to shop for the South Pacific’s famous black pearls.

Roger Paperno (c)2010

Explore all of the photogenic moments you can experience in French Polynesia with Paul Gauguin Cruises.

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