Paul Gauguin Family Cruises: Activities and Excursions for All Ages in French Polynesia

Embark on an unforgettable family adventure with Paul Gauguin Cruises, where the enchanting waters and islands of French Polynesia await. Immerse yourself in a world of cultural richness, culinary delights, and exclusive island experiences, all while enjoying the comfort and intimacy of a luxury cruise tailored for all ages. From engaging onboard activities with Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines to breathtaking excursions across the Society Islands, every moment promises to be a treasure trove of memories.

Key Takeaways

  • Experience authentic Polynesian culture with onboard activities such as Tahitian dance lessons and traditional craft demonstrations led by Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines.
  • Delight in gourmet cuisine and learn culinary secrets from the executive chef, or enrich your knowledge with expert lectures on the region.
  • Enjoy exclusive access to Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ own private islet, for swimming, snorkeling, and cultural performances in a paradise setting.
  • Discover the natural and archeological wonders of the Society Islands with carefully curated shore excursions, including the iconic lagoon of Bora Bora and the historic sites of Huahine.
  • Benefit from personalized travel planning and expert cruise specialists to ensure a seamless and memorable journey with exclusive deals and offers.

Embark on a Cultural Journey with Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines

Embark on a Cultural Journey with Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines

Discover Polynesian Traditions Onboard

Step aboard and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Polynesian culture, guided by the warm and welcoming Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines. Experience the vibrant heart of Tahiti through traditional dance lessons, where the pulsating beats and fluid movements tell the stories of the islands.

  • Traditional Tahitian dance lessons
  • Hands-on craft demonstrations
  • Array of cultural activities

Engage with the spirit of the South Pacific as you learn from the masters of Polynesian arts and crafts. Create your own keepsake to remember the journey by.

Each day presents a new opportunity to delve deeper into the local customs and practices that make French Polynesia a truly unique destination. Whether you’re perfecting the art of flower lei making or swaying to the rhythm of the ukulele, your time onboard will be filled with authentic experiences that celebrate the island’s heritage.

Engage in Hands-On Craft Demonstrations

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Polynesian culture through our interactive craft demonstrations. Learn traditional techniques from the expert hands of Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines, who bring the spirit of the islands to life.

  • Create your own Polynesian art
  • Weave a piece of Tahitian history
  • Carve a memory to take home

These activities not only provide a fun and engaging experience but also offer a deeper understanding of the local heritage. Each session is designed to be accessible for all skill levels, ensuring that every family member can participate and enjoy.

Embrace the opportunity to craft a unique souvenir that embodies the essence of French Polynesia, a tangible piece of paradise to cherish long after your voyage.

Dance to the Rhythms of Tahiti with Dance Lessons

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of French Polynesia through the enchanting art of Tahitian dance. Our expert instructors, Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines, will guide you through the pulsating beats and fluid movements, ensuring a fun and educational experience for all ages.

Embrace the spirit of the islands as you learn the traditional steps and gestures that tell the stories of Tahitian mythology and history.

Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or have two left feet, the lessons are tailored to every skill level, providing an opportunity to connect with the local culture in a unique and memorable way. After your dance session, you’ll not only have a new skill to show off but also a deeper appreciation for the rich heritage of Tahiti.

Savor the Flavors and Knowledge of French Polynesia

Savor the Flavors and Knowledge of French Polynesia

Culinary Delights: Cooking Lessons with the Executive Chef

Step into the galley and be greeted by the aroma of fresh ingredients and the promise of culinary mastery. Join the Executive Chef for an interactive cooking lesson, where you’ll learn the secrets behind the menu’s classic and contemporary dishes. Each session is a hands-on experience, designed to enhance your cooking skills and expand your recipe repertoire.

  • Learn to select high-quality ingredients
  • Master the art of presentation
  • Discover new cooking techniques

Embrace the opportunity to transform your culinary skills with guidance from a professional chef. The lessons are not just about following recipes; they’re about inspiring creativity and passion for food.

After the lesson, indulge in the fruits of your labor with a sit-down meal, where each dish is served with the same impeccable service you’d expect from a fine dining establishment. This is more than a cooking class; it’s a journey through the flavors of French Polynesia, tailored to leave a lasting impression on your palate and your cooking prowess.

Enrich Your Mind with Expert Lectures

Aboard the Paul Gauguin, every voyage is not just a journey across the sea, but also an educational odyssey. Expert lectures offer insights into the rich history, culture, and natural wonders of French Polynesia. These sessions are led by renowned scholars and local experts who bring the spirit of the islands to life through engaging presentations.

The interactive lectures are designed to deepen your understanding of the destinations you visit, making your cruise experience even more meaningful.

Here’s a glimpse of topics you might explore:

  • The fascinating history of Polynesian navigation
  • Insights into the vibrant marine ecosystems
  • The influence of French Impressionism on local art
  • Conservation efforts to protect unique wildlife

Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, or a nature lover, the lectures provide a captivating backdrop to your adventure, enriching your travels with knowledge and appreciation for the places you’ll discover.

Relaxation and Rejuvenation at the Deep Nature Spa

After a day filled with cultural exploration and oceanic adventures, the Deep Nature Spa awaits to offer you a sanctuary of tranquility. Indulge in a range of treatments designed to rejuvenate both body and mind, from soothing massages to revitalizing facials.

  • Aromatherapy sessions to engage your senses
  • Hydrotherapy treatments for deep relaxation
  • Expertly administered body wraps and scrubs

Each therapy is tailored to your personal wellness needs, ensuring a bespoke spa experience. The serene environment, coupled with the skilled hands of professional therapists, creates the perfect setting for unwinding.

Embrace the calm of the sea as you embark on a journey of wellness, leaving you refreshed and ready for your next adventure.

Exclusive Island Experiences at Motu Mahana and Beyond

Exclusive Island Experiences at Motu Mahana and Beyond

Private Islet Adventures: Swim, Snorkel, Kayak

Motu Mahana, an exclusive islet, offers a sanctuary where the crystal-clear waters beckon for endless aquatic adventures. Swim in the warm embrace of the South Pacific, snorkel among vibrant coral reefs, or glide above the water’s surface in a kayak. This private slice of paradise is tailored for both relaxation and exploration.

The serenity of Motu Mahana is matched only by the exhilaration of discovering its underwater wonders. Here, every splash tells a story of Polynesian beauty.

For those seeking a more structured experience, our guided tours ensure you don’t miss a thing:

  • Guided snorkeling tours to the best spots
  • Kayak excursions around the islet
  • Swimming sessions with expert tips for beginners

Each activity is designed to cater to all skill levels, ensuring that every guest, from the novice to the seasoned adventurer, finds joy in the embrace of the sea.

Sip and Savor at the Floating Bar

Experience the unique charm of French Polynesia’s waters at the floating bar, where you can sip on signature cocktails and savor light bites, all while surrounded by the stunning turquoise lagoon. This aquatic oasis offers a selection of refreshing beverages and tropical snacks, perfect for indulging in the serene environment.

  • Signature tropical cocktails
  • Selection of fine wines and spirits
  • Non-alcoholic beverages and smoothies
  • Assortment of light snacks and appetizers

As the gentle waves rock the floating bar, you’ll find yourself immersed in an atmosphere of relaxation and leisure, making it the ideal spot to unwind after a day of island exploration.

Whether you’re socializing with new friends or enjoying a quiet moment alone, the floating bar caters to all, providing a memorable experience that encapsulates the spirit of the islands.

Cultural Performances on Your Own Slice of Paradise

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of French Polynesia with exclusive performances that bring the spirit of the islands right to your feet. Experience the enchantment of traditional Polynesian dance and music, as the sun sets on another perfect day in paradise. Our private islet, Motu Mahana, becomes a stage for local artists to showcase their talents in an intimate setting.

  • Traditional Polynesian dance shows
  • Live local music and drumming
  • Interactive performances inviting guest participation

Embrace the unique opportunity to connect with the local culture through these mesmerizing performances, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

As the stars begin to twinkle overhead, the night comes alive with the rhythmic beats of Tahiti echoing through the air. This is more than just entertainment; it’s a heartfelt celebration of Polynesian heritage that you’re invited to be a part of.

Exciting Shore Excursions Across the Society Islands

Unearth Archeological Wonders in Huahine

Step back in time as you explore the best-preserved archeological sites in French Polynesia on Huahine. This secluded island may seem tranquil, but it’s a treasure trove of history nestled within its lush rainforest and dramatic terrain.

  • Arrival: 5/19/2024 at 8:00 AM
  • Departure: 5/19/2024 at 4:00 PM

Your adventure begins with an exploration of ancient marae (temples) and sacred sites that tell the tales of a bygone era. After delving into the island’s past, immerse yourself in its present beauty with a snorkel excursion in the crystal-clear lagoon.

As the day unfolds, choose your own path—whether it’s uncovering hidden gems of the past or discovering the underwater treasures that await.

Bora Bora’s Iconic Lagoon and Coral Reefs

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Papeete’s Market and Evening Roulottes

As the sun sets on Tahiti, the capital city of Papeete transforms into a vibrant hub of local life. The bustling market across from the harbor offers a colorful array of local produce, crafts, and souvenirs, perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in the local culture and pick up unique mementos.

In the evenings, the square near the harbor comes alive with the aromas and sounds of ‘roulottes’, the local food trucks. Here, travelers can indulge in an authentic taste of Polynesian cuisine, with a variety of dishes that cater to all palates.

The experience is not just about shopping or dining; it’s a chance to interact with the friendly locals and learn about the island’s way of life. Below is a snapshot of what you can expect:

  • Local Produce: Tropical fruits, fresh vegetables, and exotic spices.
  • Handicrafts: Intricately carved wooden items, hand-dyed pareos, and pearl jewelry.
  • Souvenirs: Unique keepsakes like Polynesian art, scented oils, and traditional musical instruments.
  • Culinary Delights: Sample local specialties such as poisson cru, taro root dishes, and sweet ‘po’e’.

As you prepare to disembark the following morning, the memories of Papeete’s market and the taste of the evening’s feast will linger, marking the perfect end to your day in Tahiti.

Seamless Travel Planning with Expert Cruise Specialists

Seamless Travel Planning with Expert Cruise Specialists

Personalized Itineraries and Best Pricing Strategies

Crafting the perfect itinerary for your Paul Gauguin Family Cruise is an art form, one that our expert cruise specialists have mastered. They ensure that each journey is tailored to your interests and preferences, while also securing the best possible pricing strategies. With a deep understanding of the nuances of French Polynesia, they curate experiences that are both enriching and unforgettable.

  • Expertly tailored itineraries to match your travel style
  • Access to exclusive deals and promotions
  • Guidance on the best times to travel for value and weather

Our specialists are adept at navigating the myriad of options to find the most compelling and cost-effective travel solutions for you and your family. Their insider knowledge translates into a seamless and personalized cruise experience.

By staying abreast of the latest promotions and deals, our team ensures that you benefit from the most competitive offers available. This proactive approach to planning not only saves you money but also enhances the overall value of your cruise vacation.

Convenient Embarkation and Disembarkation Information

Starting your journey on the Paul Gauguin Family Cruises is designed to be as smooth as the tranquil waters of French Polynesia. Embarkation and disembarkation procedures are streamlined to ensure that your vacation begins and ends with ease.

From the moment you arrive at the port, our team is dedicated to making your transition from land to sea seamless. We provide clear instructions and assistance every step of the way.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Personalized welcome upon arrival
  • Efficient luggage handling
  • Swift check-in process
  • Warm send-off at the end of your cruise

Our goal is to create an environment where the only thing you need to focus on is creating unforgettable memories with your loved ones. Rest assured, we’ve got the details covered.

Exclusive Deals and Offers for a Memorable Journey

Securing the best value for your dream cruise to French Polynesia is essential for a truly unforgettable experience. Our expert cruise specialists are dedicated to finding you exclusive deals and offers that ensure your journey is as enriching as it is economical.

  • Personalized consultation to match you with the perfect voyage
  • Access to early booking discounts and last-minute deals
  • Special promotions for suite upgrades and onboard credits

With a focus on value and quality, our team works tirelessly to present you with a selection of deals that cater to your preferences and budget, making your trip not just a getaway, but a journey filled with cherished memories.

To take advantage of these offers, simply reach out to our cruise specialists who will guide you through the booking process, ensuring a seamless start to your adventure. Embark with confidence knowing you’ve secured the best possible deal for your Paul Gauguin family cruise.


Embarking on a Paul Gauguin family cruise offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse in the enchanting beauty of French Polynesia. With a plethora of activities and excursions tailored for all ages, from the hands-on cultural experiences with Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines to the thrilling SCUBA excursions in Bora Bora’s lagoon, there is something to captivate every member of the family. Whether you choose to explore the lush rainforests and archeological treasures of Huahine, unwind on the private islet of Motu Mahana, or simply relax poolside while the kids engage in Tahitian dance lessons, your time aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin is sure to be filled with memorable moments. As you consider your next family adventure, remember that the vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and the warm spirit of Polynesia await you on a Paul Gauguin cruise—a masterpiece of travel experiences, much like the works of the artist it’s named after.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines?

Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines are our onboard hosts ready to share their rich Polynesian culture. They offer a variety of activities including Tahitian dance lessons, traditional craft demonstrations, and engaging cultural experiences for guests of all ages.

What types of activities can I expect during a day at sea?

A day at sea on a Paul Gauguin cruise is filled with options. You can take part in cooking lessons with our executive chef, attend special guest lectures, unwind poolside, or indulge in a relaxing visit to the Deep Nature Spa.

How can I ensure I’m getting the best deal on my Paul Gauguin cruise?

For the best pricing and personalized itinerary options, it’s recommended to contact a Paul Gauguin Cruise specialist before making any decisions. They can provide fast price quotes and exclusive deals to enhance your cruising experience.

What is Motu Mahana and what can I do there?

Motu Mahana is Paul Gauguin Cruises’ own private islet in French Polynesia. Here, you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or simply relax on the beach. There’s also a floating bar and Les Gauguines provide musical entertainment and Polynesian crafts.

What are some highlights of the shore excursions in the Society Islands?

The Society Islands offer a range of shore excursions including exploring archeological wonders in Huahine, snorkeling in Bora Bora’s iconic lagoon, and experiencing Papeete’s vibrant market and evening roulottes (food trucks).

What should I know about embarkation and disembarkation for my cruise?

Embarkation typically begins in the afternoon on the first day of the cruise, and disembarkation occurs in the morning on the final day. It’s important to check your specific cruise details for exact times and to plan accordingly for a smooth experience.

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