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.

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through Fiji.
Savusavu Sightseeing
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$115

Your first stop on this tour will be just outside of town at the factory of Copra Millers of Fiji - the leading manufacturer of coconut oil in Fiji. Witness the processing of Virgin coconut oil which is extracted from the coconut flesh with the minimal amount of processing i.e. no high heat or pressure and no harsh chemical solvents, bleaching agents, etc. The oil is completely unrefined to ensure it retains all the natural goodness of the coconut itself. There is a huge demand for coconut oil overseas and Malaysia and Taiwan are Fiji's biggest markets.

Re-board the bus and enjoy a leisurely scenic drive along the coastal picturesque Hibiscus Highway. En route, pass the renowned Namale Resort (owned by Anthony Robbins - motivational guru) and Oneva Estate, once a prosperous copra plantation which has now been developed into a residential subdivision and is home to many expatriate retirees. Pass coastal beaches and old coconut plantations before arriving at Vatudamu Community Hall for entertainment and refreshments by the local people.

Retrace your journey and return to Savusavu Town to visit the bubbling hot springs where locals cook their food wrapped in little cloth bundles or sacks. Return to the Copra Shed Marina to board the tender for transport back to the ship or relax with a cold drink and enjoy the band at the Marina Yacht Club.

Recommended Dress code: shorts/skirts and Polo or T-shirts, something cool. Bring along your cameras and Currency for those who may want to shop or purchase souvenirs. Includes fresh tropical fruit and bottled water.

Excursion Code:
SVU-2
  • Scenic drive through Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands.
Scenic Drive to Hanavave
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$75

Fatu Hiva, the most remote island of the inhabited Marquesan islands offers green and lush vegetation with sheer, rocky landscapes. There are only two villages on the island connected by one road (17 km). The scenic 4x4 ride from Omoa to Hanavave offers numerous photo opportunities over dramatic landscapes, coastline and deep gorges and valleys. On arrival in Hanavave you will have some free time to stretch your legs and explore the village and take more photos of one of the most picturesque locations in the Marquesas, the iconic Bay of Virgins. The bay was named by Catholic missionaries, who said that the phallic shaped stone outcrops were formed as veiled virgins.

Please note: As this tour involves rough off-road driving, it is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, who suffer from motion sickness or vertigo or women who are pregnant. This tour involves very little walking. Guests are encouraged to wear insect repellant to ward off the small beach mosquitoes (nonos). Each vehicle will accommodate four guests. The drivers are not guides, and their command of the English language is very limited.

Excursion Code:
FHT-2060
SCUBA - Certified Divers - Anau
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$109

Depart the marina platform for a boat ride to the dive site located inside the lagoon of Bora Bora on the other side of the island compared to where the ship is anchored.

This dive will take place in a very nice and well preserved coral garden with rose coral where manta rays often gather as they enjoy this area using it as a cleaning station. Enjoy these giant rays gliding slowly around coral heads while receiving the delicate treatment of the cleaner wrasses.The depth for this dive is around 60 feet (18 meters). Following your dive, you will be returned to the marina platform. Please note that the visibility on this dive may be lower than other spots.

Available for onboard booking only, cannot pre-reserve, please visit the Dive Desk once onboard, capacity is limited. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Excursion Code:
BRB-5870
  • SCUBA diving tour in Savusavu, Fiji.
SCUBA 1 Tank - Mystery Reef or Goldilocks
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$135

Described by Jean-Michel Cousteau as the "Soft Coral Capital of the World," Fiji offers some of the world's best SCUBA diving, with a comprehensive range of excellent dive locations. Spectacular hard and soft corals; caves and grottos; amazingly diverse marine life that includes sharks, turtles, tuna, and fish of all hues and sizes; and internationally certified dive operators all ensure your dive experience will be a memorable one. You will be diving with the famous dive shop "L'aventure Jean-michel Cousteau", they will pick you up from the marina platform then you will go for a short boat ride about 15 minutes before diving into with wonderful underwater world. After your dive you will be transferred back to the marina platform.

This dive is handled by a local dive center and is suitable for advanced divers as well as certified divers with little experience.For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba

Excursion Code:
SVU-11
SCUBA 1 Tank - Sea Fans or Split Rock
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$135

Divers will meet the local dive masters at the ship`s marina platform and board their dive boat before enjoying a very nice scenic ride along the coast and mushroom shaped coral islets and the way to the dive site. The dive site will be determined on the spot depending on divers` experience and sea condition. You will enjoy the very clear water of Vava`u and the topography including underwater caverns and cave systems, where divers can surface in different chambers and encounter the marine life that inhabits these areas. Large sea fans and feather stars can be found on many of the dive sites. Dives are guided by a local dive master and there is no reference line going down. This dive is suitable for certified divers with some experience as depth can be around 90 feet.

For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Excursion Code:
VAV-3866
  • SCUBA diving in Savusavu, Fiji.
SCUBA 2 Tank - Mystery Reef & Goldilocks
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$215

Described by Jean-Michel Cousteau as the "Soft Coral Capital of the World," Fiji offers some of the world's best SCUBA diving, with a comprehensive range of excellent dive locations. Spectacular hard and soft corals; caves and grottos; amazingly diverse marine life that includes sharks, turtles, tuna, and fish of all hues and sizes; and internationally certified dive operators all ensure your dive experience will be a memorable one. You will be diving with the famous dive shop "L'aventure Jean-Michel Cousteau". You will meet at the marina platform where the outside contractor will pick you up.For your interval surface after your first dive you will be transferred to their dive shop, don't forget your money if you want to keep a "souvenir" of this wonderful experience.After your second dive you will be transferred directly back to the marina platfrom.

This dive is handled by a local dive center and is suitable for advanced divers as well as certified divers with little experience. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba

Price is subject to change.

Excursion Code:
SVU-12
SCUBA 2 Tanks - Sea Fans & Split Rock
Duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
$215

Enjoy stunning underwater views as you make your way to the outer reefs of Vava'u. Vava'u offers a vast array of year-round diving for all levels of experience. Topographically, the islands of Vava'u offer magnificent underwater caverns and cave systems, where divers can surface in different chambers and encounter the marine life that inhabits these areas. Soft coral walls and large sea fans can be found on many of the dive sites, Your surface interval may be spent making your way to the second dive site or enjoying some of the many shallow reefs nearby.

For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Excursion Code:
VAV-3865
  • Discover the marine life of Aitutaki.
SCUBA 2 Tanks Atua Tane - Certified Divers with Outside Operator
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$215

For this 2-tank dive, you will be tendering to shore to meet the dive master of Aitutaki diving. You will board the dive boat and sail to your first dive spot where you will dive along the barrier reef and enjoy the nice visibility and architecture of Aitutaki. There, you may spot some hump head wrasses, spotted eagle rays and barracudas.

Before the dive you, will receive your safety briefing. The depth of the dives is about 100 feet.

In between the two dives, you will be able to enjoy some local fresh fruit, coconut water, and regular water. You will sail to your second dive location where you can expect to spot some giant sea turtles (green or hawksbill). After the two dives, you will sail back to the pier.

Available for onboard booking only, cannot pre-reserve, please visit the Dive Desk once onboard, capacity is limited. For more information about our dive programs, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Excursion Code:
AIT-033
SCUBA 2 Tanks dives with outside operator
Duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
$215

Depart the marina platform aboard a local dive boat where you will receive your safety briefing during the 30 minutes ride to the pass of Tiva between Tahaa and Raiatea.

Once on the site you will be helped to gear up and when the whole group will be ready you will entry in the water and dive along the side of the pass where you will be looking into the blue for pelagic fish, rays and possibly sharks. The maximum depth of this dive will be around 70 feet (20 meters).

Between the two dives you will stay on the boat for approximately one hour surface interval while moving to the second dive site called Miri-Miri. The second dive will take place on the outer reef of the lagoon of Raiatea. During this dive you will glide along the reef surrounded by friendly black-tip reef sharks and may have the chance to spot a big Napoleon wrasse among the reef fish. The maximum depth of this second dive will be maximum 70 feet (20 meters).

After the second dive you will be transferred back to Motu Mahana where you will enjoy the complimentary barbecue served to all Paul Gauguin Cruises' guests. Please note that dives sites may change depending on the weather condition.

Available for onboard booking only, cannot pre-reserve, please visit the Dive Desk once onboard, capacity is limited. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

This dive is not offered on our 7 night Society Islands itinerary.

Excursion Code:
TAM-2610
  • A certified SCUBA diving tour of Opunohu Bay.
SCUBA 2 Tanks Hiva-Oa w/outside operator - Active Advanced Certified Divers w/ Deep Diver Specialty
Duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
$230

This dive is operated by an outside operator. Please meet at the lobby with one of the marina staff that will escort you on the tender to shore where you will meet the local dive staff. After a very short walk to the pier, you will board the dive boat (a large aluminum covered diving boat) and will be asked to check your SCUBA gear.

After a brief welcoming ceremony, you will proceed to the first dive located along the Hanake Rock just behind The Gauguin`s anchoring position. On this first drift dive, the maximum depth will be around 100 feet and you will follow the drop off. The water is very rich in plankton can affect the visibility. You will most likely have the chance to see manta rays, endemic stingrays, octopus and big pelagic fishes.

During the surface interval, you will move to the second dive site. Fruits, biscuits, tea and lemonade will be available between dives. The second location will take you all the way down to 80 feet. Follow the shoreline to reach a pinnacle where you can spot schools of little fish, endemic dragon moray eel, pelagic fishes and rays. After the second dive, you will be sailing back to the pier and take the tender back to the ship.

Please visit the Dive Desk on Deck 4 for more information. Not available for pre-reserve.

Excursion Code:
HOA-2595-O

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