Bora Bora Cruise: Luxury Cruise Vacation of Bora Bora & Tahiti

The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic islands and atolls strewn lazily across the grand Pacific Ocean. This Bora Bora cruise luxury vacation was planned for a retired couple from Florida.  They wanted to see all of the Society Islands and they loved to cruise.  So we started them on the incomparable Paul Gauguin Cruises for a 7-night cruise aboard a small luxury cruise ship, perfect for those who want a core Polynesian experience.  The m/s Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti, Fiji, and the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships can’t reach and effortlessly blending into the stunning natural beauty of the South Seas.  With this itinerary, our couple visited Raiatea and its reef-bound lagoon and Taha’a, it’s companion island, where they enjoyed a full day of exploration. Then they sailed to Bora Bora, and her siren sister, Moorea.  The Paul Gauguin cruise is an all inclusive rate with meals, beverages, shipboard entertainment, watersports and all gratuities.  There’s a reason these islands are world-renowned – their beauty is unmatched. This couple chose to their Bora Bora Cruise vacation in Bora Bora in an overwater bungalow for 4 nights.  Suggested Length:  12 Days

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Starting at $6799 per person
Suggested Length 12 days
Our Reference D110

Day 1
Depart Los Angeles for same day arrival into Papeete. Begin your luxury vacation on the island of Tahiti proper, often called the “Island of Love,” is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia.
4-star hotel in Papeete

Day 2
Spend the day touring the island of Tahiti and learning the history of the Society Islands. This evening you’ll embark Paul Gauguin. This luxurious yet casual, ultra-deluxe vessel will be your home for the next week. With an endless choice of things to do, from relaxing poolside with a book to playing the slots in the casino, you will never be bored.
Paul Gauguin – Tahiti Cruise

Day 3
Raiatea –You will have the day to explore the island. 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. We will bid adieu to Raiatea just before dinner and set sail with the compass set for Motu Mahana.
Paul Gauguin – Tahiti Cruise

Day 4
Taha’a — Motu Mahana, an islet adjacent to Taha’a, is our very own South Seas paradise featuring white sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters and gentle breezes. As an exclusive Paul Gauguin event, guests will spend a full day exploring this idyllic, isolated island, and relaxing with a delicious barbecue lunch and Polynesian entertainment featuring strolling musicians and singers.
Paul Gauguin – Tahiti Cruise

Day 5
Bora Bora Vacation — Immediately recognizable by the 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.
Paul Gauguin – Tahiti Cruise

Day 6
Bora Bora Vacation — 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. We will set sail before dinner, enjoying a relaxing evening on board.
Paul Gauguin – Tahiti Cruise

Day 7
Moorea — 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. Shop for local crafts, embark on a dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist, or try out some of the local pineapples.
Paul Gauguin – Tahiti Cruise

Day 8
Moorea — 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 homeport in Papeete, docking for the night.
Paul Gauguin – Tahiti Cruise

Day 9
After disembarking, cap off your epic journey with a return to Moorea via a short ferry ride for a few nights in one of the famed overwater bungalows. (Alternatively, you can return to Bora Bora and be pampered at St Regis Resort or similar).
4-star resort Moorea

Day 10-11
Moorea is one of the largest of the Society Islands and has lots of options for exploring on land. The volcanic peaks, reflected in the tranquil waters of Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay, rise like a sharks jaw from the islands basaltic base. Take a circle island tour, a 4WD safari tour, go horseback riding or hiking. Or continue to enjoy the beautiful waters on a sunset catamaran cruise, a jet ski, or glass bottom boat tour.
4-star resort Moorea

Day 12
Today ferry back to Papeete and head to the airport for our flight home.

  • Airport transfers
  • Ferry transfers to Moorea
  • 1 night Papeete
  • 7 nights Paul Gaugin cruise
  • 3 nights Moorea
  • 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • All beverages on cruise
  • 24 hour local assistance

On the Paul Gauguin, spring for a state room with a balcony, Category C or higher. Each morning, you will be treated to the sight of a beautiful Tahitian island while you are enjoying your breakfast al fresco!  -Jill, Down Under Endeavours