Shore Excursions

The opportunity to experience each destination in the most authentic, in-depth, and meaningful way is the very essence of luxury cruising with Paul Gauguin Cruises. Aboard our luxury vessel, you can choose from a wide array of shore excursions by land and sea that let you discover the dramatic beauty, rich history, and unique culture of your destination up close, in a small group.

To review your options, use the search function below, or view the individual itinerary of your choice through the “Plan Your Trip” online tool.

Shore Excursion Terms & Conditions

Please note that not all shore excursions are available on all sailings. Descriptions and pricing may vary.  Shore excursions will not be available for pre-booking until approximately 30 days prior to sailing (with the exception of the Romantic Escapades excursions) and can be added to your booking via the "Manage your trip" online tool. New tours, not previously listed for online sales, may be available onboard without prior notice. If you have questions please contact our Reservation Department at 1 (800) 848-6172 for assistance.

Once onboard, please refer to the tour descriptions for full details or consult with the Travel Concierge Team for further information.

  •  Fijian Cultural Tour
Nukubalavu Village Tour
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$129

Experience the day-to-day life of Fijian people during a memorable visit to an authentic Fijian village. Journey along the scenic coast road to visit Nukubalavu Village, home of the paramount chief of Savusavu. Guests will be greeted by the village elders and invited to witness and participate in a kava ceremony where the powdered kava is mixed with water and presented by a'bilo' (coconut cup) to those who wish to taste this ceremonial drink. Following the ceremony the guide will take guests on a tour of the village to experience the warmth of the native Fijians. Guests may mingle with villagers and their children to learn more about their culture and witness traditional art craftwork. Finished craft work will be available for purchase, and guests are also invited to taste a traditional Fijian fresh green coconut juice before boarding the bus to return to the ship.

Please note: Guests are kindly asked to dress conservatively and mindfully of the Fijian culture, by avoiding wearing vests, skimpy tops, swim wear, short pants for ladies, and hats during the village tour. Please bring bottled water from the ship.

Excursion Code:
SVU-5
  • Tour of ancient ruins of Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands.
Omoa Petroglyphs Walk
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$85

Set in a luscious native forest within a picturesque valley is an ancient ceremonial site where Marquesans prayed to their gods to provide abundant water for their crops. Trekking up to the site you will pass an old chief's paepae upon which is a small tiki carved in the famous ke'etu stone of the islands. Ascending inland you will see a number of sites whose functions will be explained to you by your on-board lecturer in anthropology and archaeology, Mark Eddowes. Finally you will arrive on the crest of a ridge featuring important petroglyphs, or rock art. The images depict anthropomorphic images of men, concentric circle eyes of magical tikis and even an ancient sailing canoe. However, the most impressive petroglyph and one of the largest in the Marquesas is that of the famous paoa, which looks like a huge tuna fish, carved into the rock. See also the grinding, polishing and sharpening stones used in ancestral working of adzes and other tools. Enjoy the magnificent scenery surrounding the site as sharp mountain peaks pierce the sky. This excursion provides a wonderful chance to visit the interior of Fatu Hiva's beautiful Omoa Valley.

Please note: The hike is medium to difficult and involves uphill walking in hot and humid conditions. Participants should be physically fit, carry a bottle of water and wear a hat. Sturdy footwear appropriate to trekking is recommended.

Excursion Code:
FHT-2045
  • Guided hiking tour of Rarotonga.
Pa "Son of Rarotonga"
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$145

Discover the wisdom of Pa, one of the Cook Islands best known traditional healers, during this informative guided nature trek.

Depart the pier for the drive to the interior of the island. Upon arrival, you will join your guide on a trek along an ancient pathway used by Pa’s ancestors before the missionaries arrived. Along the way, your guide will share Pa’s in-depth knowledge of medicinal plants and of the culture and history of these islands. He will also provide demonstrations of the preparation of various traditional medicines and their applications. Bottled water and seasonal fruit will be served at Pa’s residence.

Following your visit, you will be transferred back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair will not be permitted on this tour. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.

Excursion Code:
RTG-4901
Polynesian Cultural Tour
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$59

Board an island bus at Halaevalu Wharf and proceed to Eneio Botanical Garden. This tour offers a truly interactive experience which allows you to relive Polynesian yesterday and experience native lifestyles through guided, on-site, live demonstration and gentle strolling tours amongst the lush tropical paradise of the stunning and only Botanical Garden in Tonga. You will be fascinated with the various demonstrations which includes the making of clothing from bark, along with the creation of jewelry and mats from pandanus leaves, the making of milk and products from coconuts, the making of beverages from plant roots, the production of essence from vanilla beans, and juice from nonu fruits. This guided tour highlights the owner's efforts in conservation and preservation of different plant species since 1972, and is the only opportunity to discover the splendid collection of plants, mature trees and flowering shrubs in this garden. Return to Halaevalu Wharf via Tailulu College, Pouono Cemetery and the Catholic Cathedral Church for your last scenic view and photo-stop.

Please note: Transportation is by non-air-conditioned island bus/minivan without PA systems or microphones. Some roads are unpaved and rutted; the ride can be bumpy. We recommend bringing insect repellent, comfortable flat-soled shoes, sunglasses, a hat, a small bottle of water and clothing suited to weather conditions.

Excursion Code:
VAV-3867
Pure Snorkeling with Reef Discovery
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$145

The excursion will stop at least three times (depending on the sea conditions, visibility and timing), atdifferent points of the island to snorkel in the most preserved coral gardens of the lagoon. You will have an opportunity to see a rich variety of fishes and beautiful coral formations as well as the amazing Manta and Eagle rays. Please note that, sightings of the wild life is not guaranteed.The expert team of naturalist guides snorkel with the guests to show them the fauna and help those who are not confident in the water, explaining during the tour the reef and island’s formation and interesting facts about Bora Bora.

Please note: Life vests and snorkeling equipment, mineral water, soft drinks, local juices and beach towels are provided by the operator.

Excursion Code:
BRB-1612
Raro Safari by 4x4
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$135

Explore Rarotonga’s pristine natural beauty in an exciting new way during this off-road tour of the island’s stunning lagoons, valleys, and inland villages.

Depart the pier in an off-road, open-top safari truck for a drive to Rarotonga’s back roads and valleys. Along the way, you will be privy to sights and sounds regular visitors to the island would not typically have an opportunity to experience. You will learn how traditional Cook Islanders live, and your guide will provide you with an informative commentary on the various traditional uses of local flora and fauna.

Following your tour, you will be returned to the pier.

Please note: As this tour involves travel over bumpy surfaces, guests with back and/or neck problems and guests with limited mobility are discouraged from participating. Seating on the trucks is very basic. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are recommended.

Excursion Code:
RTG-4898
  • Scenic driving tour through Rarotonga.
Rarotonga Circle Island Tour
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$135

Depart the pier for an orientation ride around the island, an excellent way to see the island. Along the way, you will visit such sites as Ngatangiia Harbour, the departure point of the Polynesian Migration to New Zealand in 1350 AD, and a historical back road built in 1050 ADcalled the Road of Toi, or Ara Metua. Visit Muri Lagoon, where you’ll enjoy light refreshments and a cultural show, then continue on past ceremonial sites that include Arai Te Tonga, several historical buildings, the library, the museum, and fruit and vegetable plantations.

This tour provides guests with an excellent orientation to the island of Rarotonga and is recommended for all visitors who want an appreciation of the island and its culture and history.

Following your tour, you will be returned to the pier.

Excursion Code:
RTG-4894
Romantic Escapade at Thalasso Bora Bora (per couple)
Duration:
Overnight
Cost:
$2025

Experience the essence of true romance in an over-water bungalow at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.

Depart the pier at Vaitape for a ground transfer to the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, where you will transfer to a water launch to whisk you to the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome drink and lei. After check-in, you will spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

During your stay, you will have access to a wide array of amenities, including the beach, kayaking, canoeing, a swimming pool and tennis. You'll also enjoy a romantic, candlelit dinner for two from the Reef restaurant, with Champagne included. The rest of the evening is at leisure. As your bungalow appears to float in the haze above a sparkling blue lagoon, the peaceful sounds of the crystal-clear water lapping around the stilts and distant waves breaking on the shore will round out this intimate natural setting for two in grand style. Overnight at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. Canoe breakfast the following morning.

Program includes: One night stay in an over-water villa, which includes a welcome fruit basket; VIP Greeting upon arrival, consisting of a welcome drink and necklace of flowers; Access to a wide array of fun filled activities including the beach, kayaking, canoeing and tennis; One romantic candlelit dinner for two at the Reef restaurant, including one bottle of Champagne; One canoe breakfast for two served at your villa; roundtrip transfers to/from Vaitape pier via via InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort.

Listed price is per couple, in a Sapphire Overwater Villa.

The Romantic Escapade requires advance booking and must be pre-paid. Unlike our standard excursions, reservations for this optionalshore excursion will be accepted outside of 60 days from sailing. If youwould like to book this optional excursion, please contact your travelprofessional or Paul Gauguin Cruises' Reservation Department at 1-800-848-6172. A 100% cancellation penalty applies to overland programs canceled 60 days or less prior to scheduled arrival.

Excursion Code:
BRB-6886
Sacred Sites & Legendary Places
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$115

Your spectacular excursion starts with a friendly introduction from your expert anthropologist/archaeologist guide, who has first hand experience working on the sites you will visit. Boarding "Le Truck", French Polynesia's famous local style bus, you will depart from Maroe Village on the small island of Huahine Iti, crossing the bridge to Huahine Nui, or 'big island'. Here you will drive past lush green valleys and turquoise lagoon through the capital town of Fare, where Captain James Cook sojourned on his visits to the island.

Your first stop is Maeva village, considered to be one of French Polynesia's most important archaeological areas and home to the largest pre-historic habitation site in Polynesia. During your walk through the village, you will explore the archaeological sites along the lake shore and the Fare Pote'e Museum. You will learn about Polynesian origins and migrations, traditional society, religion, botany, European explorers and get a first hand look at various traditional tools, handicrafts and artifacts.

You will continue on to Mata'ire'a hill, just above the Village of Maeva and home to more than 200 stone structures, including marae, agricultural terraces, house foundations, fortification walls and burial platforms.

Your next stop, via "Le Truck", is a local family run vanilla plantation where you will have the opportunity to purchase various vanilla products. Continuing on, you will stop to see and learn about the 500 year old fish traps that thanks to restoration work are used again today by the people of Maeva Village.

Your return journey to port, will take you through the village of Faie where your guide will feed the island's giant blue-eyed eels that swim in the stream, before enjoying a photo-stop at the Belvedere Lookout, for panoramic views of Huahine Iti and beautiful Maroe Bay.

Please note: This tour involves some slight uphill walking. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. The order of sites visited may vary. Please bring some cash along with you, as you may have the opportunity to purchase some authentic Tahitian vanilla during this tour.

Excursion Code:
HHN-7500
  • Fiji Cultural Tour
Savala Day Cruise
Duration:
5.5 Hours
Cost:
$209

The cruise is designed for travelers who want "simply the best" with a limited number of guests who respect the pristine environment and leave only their footprints in the island's beautiful white sandy beaches, which are fringed with vibrant coral and crystal clear waters. There is music throughout the day - happy songs from the islanders who ensure that everyone has a happy and memorable experience of the real, non-commercialized Fiji. The tour includes morning and afternoon tea; a scrumptious barbecue lunch; complimentary drinks all day, including beer, wine, soft drinks and bottled water; complimentary use of snorkeling gear, kayaks, standup paddle boards and rides on the glass bottom boat.

Please note: Please bring swimwear, a towel, camera, sun hat, sunscreen, and money or credit card for optional massages, scuba diving and souvenirs.

Tour is offered on the day of disembarkation only. LAU-021 offers a drop at Nadi and Denarau - $209 LAU-021B offers a drop at at the InterContinental Resort Fiji - $239

Tour is not offered on the reverse itinerary, Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Island or the Fiji to Bali itinerary.

Excursion Code:
LAU-021

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