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.

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 atolls in the world, it is the second biggest. Outlined by pretty pink-sand beaches, Fakarava has a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve teeming with rich wildlife in its coral reefs and bright blue skies. Spot rare birds, see colorful schools of fish in the crystal-clear water, and drift-dive the Garuae Pass showcasing some of the world’s most beautiful coral formations. To explore it on a cruise that includes the Tuamotus, book a snorkeling and scuba diving excursions for an up-close and personal encounter from the m/s Paul Gauguin.
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