Tahiti & Fiji:
Pacific Island Retreats
DAY 1 : EMBARK PAPEETEPAUL GAUGUIN
Begin your journey to a paradise in the capital of Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands. Here you’ll embark Paul Gauguin. This luxurious, yet casual, ultra-deluxe vessel, will be your home for the next week.
DAY 2 : RAIATEA PAUL GAUGUIN
You will have the day to explore Raiatea, the island that was once the cultural, religious, royal and political heart of Polynesia. According to legend and lore, Raiatea is home to Tahiti’s most significant archeological sites as well. Ancient Polynesians built maraes, or temples, of stone in many sizes. The maraes provided a physical space for the spirit of the gods to occupy during ritual ceremonies, as did the carved wooden tikis for which the region is famous. Be sure to visit Taputapuatea, a national monument and the most important marae in the So-ciety Islands. We will bid adieu to Raiatea just before dinner and set sail with the compass set for Motu Mahana.
DAY 3 : TAHA’A (MOTU MAHANA)PAUL GAUGUIN
Motu Mahana, an islet adjacent to Taha’a, is your very own South Seas paradise featuring white sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters and gentle breezes. At an exclusive Paul Gauguin event, you will spend a full day exploring this idyllic, isolated island, and relaxing with a delicious barbecue lunch and Polynesian en-tertainment featuring strolling musicians and singers. Try your hand at Tahitian tye-dye on the beach!
DAY 4 : BORA BORAPAUL GAUGUIN
Immediately recognizable by the dramatic basalt tombstone of Mount Otemanu rising from the ocean, this half-atoll, half-mountain is surrounded by a spectacular lagoon and a series of smaller islands. Ancient Polynesians called it Parapora, or “firstborn,” because they thought it was the first island created after Raiatea.
DAY 5 : BORA BORAPAUL GAUGUIN
Explore more of this magical isle on your own or on a choice of optional shore excursions. Choose from several, like a jitney tour on “Le Truck,” or a 4-wheel-drive safari, or a glass-bottom boat ride. Set sail before dinner and enjoy a relaxing evening on board.
DAY 6 : MOOREAPAUL GAUGUIN
Covered in an abundance of fresh fruits and flowers, spectacular mountain peaks, peaceful multi-hued lagoons and palm-fringed beaches – Moorea’s awesome beauty is unsurpassed. During your visit, you might wish to shop for local crafts, embark on a dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist and witness these fas-cinating animals in their amazing natural habitat, or try out some of the local pineapples – said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia. An overnight here affords us two full days on Bora Bora’s gorgeous sister island.
DAY 7 : MOOREA/PAPEETE (TAHITI)PAUL GAUGUIN
Explore more of this peaceful oasis. Perhaps you will choose to trek on the “Trails of the Ancients” or snorkel one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons. At the end of the afternoon, we cruise to our home port in Papeete, docking for the night.
DAY 8 : DISEMBARK PAUL GAUGUIN IN PAPEETEPAUL GAUGUIN
Cap off your fabulous journey where it all began. You won’t be the same as when you first set sail – these exotic isles are said to touch people in deep and magical ways!
Take this opportunity to explore more of this side of paradise. Extend your trip to one of the many fabulous ho-tels and idyllic resorts on Huahine, Bora Bora, Moorea, Taha’a and Papeete.
COST OF ADVENTURE PER PERSON
Please contact Destinations & Adventures at 1-800-659-4599 and one of our expert travel consultants will prepare pricing for your own custom-designed journey based on exact dates of travel and number of persons traveling.