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How to Explore the South Pacific’s Most Unique Destinations

Designed specifically for island-hopping in Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin is an award-winning luxury cruise ship that for the past 10 years has been journeying to hidden gems throughout this dreamy region. Travel with Paul Gauguin Cruises to discover secluded beaches, teeming coral reefs, and charming villages, all while being immersed in vibrant Polynesian culture onboard and off. From black-, white-, and pink-sand beaches to the former homes of famous expat artists, here are some of the most interesting places this ship has visited over the course of the cruise line’s storied 10 years—and are included in unforgettable itineraries you can take today.
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Shimmering like a precious Tahitian pearl in the Society Islands, Bora Bora is a mix of luxury resorts, lush jungle, and dramatic volcanic peaks. In French Polynesia—a region that the m/s Paul Gauguin calls home and sails year-round—this tropical...
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Taha'a, French Polynesia
Motu Mahana is a private island paradise owned by Paul Gaugin Cruises and accessible only to guests of the m/s Paul Gauguin. Cruise over on a complimentary “beacher” vessel to the stunning lagoon, located 20 minutes from the coast of Taha’a, and...
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Fakarava, French Polynesia
Meaning “beautiful” or “making things superb,” Fakarava is a nature lover’s paradise tucked in the Tuamotu Archipelago. Among these scattered specks of land offering untouched beaches and endless shades of blue that form the largest chain of...
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
In the Cook Islands, Aitutaki boasts one of the most spectacular lagoons in the world and is a stopping point for the m/s Paul Gauguin. Surrounded by coral reefs, this petite wonder is a hot spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. After Rarotonga,...
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The final resting place of artist Paul Gauguin, whose paintings presented some of most iconic images of French Polynesia to the world, Hiva Oa has inspired creative spirits since ancient times. One of six inhabited islands in the 12 Marquesas...