The intoxicating scent of vanilla is a sure sign that you’re approaching the island of Taha’a, which produces 80% of French Polynesian vanilla. Pearls are another signature product, and you’ll have the chance to visit a farm to learn just how they’re cultivated. The biggest pinch-me moment, however, will likely be getting to enjoy Motu Mahana, The Gauguin’s own tiny private paradise, exclusive to its guests, and just offshore of Taha’a. The visit is yours to enjoy, be it kayaking, learning open to open a coconut or tie a pareo, or indulging in an overwater massage. What’s certain is that you’ll depart well fed after a barbecue feast complete with cocktails from a floating bar.
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