Tahiti is perhaps the perfect combination of proud and enduring culture, world-class beaches and totally unique landscapes. From the soaring mountains of Bora Bora to the curious combination of French and traditional Polynesian cultures, Tahiti checks all the boxes when it comes to a perfect family travel destination.
If it’s your first time to Tahiti, selecting an island is often a difficult choice. Of course Bora Bora is famous for it’s landscape and massive lagoon dotted with overwater bungalow, but with 118 islands in Tahiti, there is so much more to explore!
Which is why we love the Paul Gauguin cruise itineraries. Small ship cruising at it’s best, here you can spend a week exploring several islands with plenty of time spent off the boat and on the islands. You’ll have only about 300 other passengers onboard, which makes for a very intimate and unique cruise experience. They offer family-focused departures throughout the year - but the staff is so amazing and kind to kids any departure will be fun for the whole family.
The cruise line is named after Paul Gauguin - a 19th century French post-impressionist artist known for his bold colors, exaggerated body proportions and stark contrasts. In 1891, Gauguin sought to escape the constructions of European society, and he thought that Tahiti might offer him some type of personal and creative freedom. Upon moving to Tahiti, Gauguin was disappointed to find that French colonial authorities had westernized much of the island, so he chose to settle amongst locals, and away from the Europeans living in the capital. And here, he created some of his greatest masterpieces.
So in the spirit of Paul Gauguin’s love for Tahiti and her people, here are three good reasons to explore Tahiti on a Paul Gauguin cruise.
Explore Several Islands of Tahiti by Boat
A fabulous itinerary for a first-time visit to Tahiti is Paul Gauguin’s Society Islands cruise, including the islands of Huahine, Bora Bora, Taha’a, and Moorea.
Visit the sacred blue-eyed eels on Huahine, swim with sharks in the Bora Bora lagoon, enjoy a private island experience on Taha’a and rent a car and spend the day driving around Moorea all in one week!
Divers especially love this itinerary. It’s possible to organize private dives each and every day, exploring the diverse underwater world as well.
Value for Money
Pricing on this trip starts around $6,000 per person including flights from Los Angeles. With all food and drink included on board the ship, this is an incredibly cost effective way to explore Tahiti.
Designed specifically to glide through the shallow seas of the South Pacific, The Gauguin delivers travelers to intimate ports inaccessible to larger ships. And with a crew to guest ratio of nearly 1:1, the service is spot on.
Opportunity to Extend
Our favorite itinerary is only 6 nights, which allows time for a few more days to spend on an island.
Many travelers opt to spend a few nights at the end of the cruise at one of the spectacular overwater bungalows in Bora Bora or at The Brando. Both icing on the cake when it comes to 10 perfect days in paradise!