In the brilliant morning light, a palette of blues and greens greets you as The Gauguin pulls into her first port—and you wrap up breakfast in bed to gather on deck and admire the aptly named “Garden Isle” (have your camera at the ready). Rain forests, lagoons for snorkeling, and hidden temples embellished with orchids await, though you’re also free to embrace the island’s tranquil vibe with some time lounging on the beach. It’s one of the more secluded of the Society Islands and takes its name from the Tahitian word vahine (woman), a nod to its most prominent mountain ridge which brings to mind the silhouette of a pregnant woman.
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