French Polynesia (Tahiti & Bora Bora)
Hawaii & South Pacific Cruises
(French Polynesia Cruise)
Experience Tahiti and the Society Islands on a tour around the island, before you embark on a luxurious cruise of the French Polynesian islands, where you can experience first hand their native charm and unmatched beauty. Find out more about Paul Gauguin who arrived in Tahiti in 1891 and captured the charm, culture and languid grace of the natives in oils. You won't find his paintings here, but the original models still call this piece of French Polynesia home. Embark on this 7-night cruise to experience a core Polynesian experience. Call on Raiatea and its reef-bound lagoon and Taha'a, it's companion island, where you'll enjoy a full day of exploration. Then sail to Bora Bora, and her siren sister, Moorea. There's a reason these islands are world-renowned - their beauty is unmatched.
Available Cruise Departure Dates:
2013: Jan 5, Feb 16,23, Mar 2,9, Apr 20, May 4,11, Jun 1,8, Jul 6,13,27, Aug 3,10, Sep 7,14, Oct 12,19,26, Dec 7,14,21,28.
Enjoy a private airport transfer.
The InterContinental Tahiti Resort has long been rated the top hotel on the island of Tahiti. It is located alongside the lagoon with a view of Tahiti’s sister island, Moorea. The InterContinental Tahiti Resort has a total of 258 accommodations including overwater bungalows and rooms spread over 8 buildings of three levels. It's the perfect place to begin a visit to French Polynesia. Tahiti is the largest of the French Polynesian islands and the gateway to the archipelago. Nestled in a sumptuous garden setting coverning 12 hectares, the resort boasts two superb infinity pools and offers an extensive range of activities. The hotel is a short 2 miles from the airport.
A private vehicle with driver and English speaking guide will take you out to discover Tahiti on a tour around the island. During this tour some of the most important points of interest on the island will be visited including One Tree Hill, Arahoho Blow Hole, The Waterfalls, Gauguin museum, Vaipahi Garden, Botanical garden and Black Pearl Museum of Tahiti & her islands. A lunch is planned while in Papeete.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Meet your driver for a port transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Begin your journey to a paradise in the capital of Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands. Here you'll embark M/S 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.
One of the most luxurious ships in the world, The M/S Paul Gauguin offers an amazing 1 to 1.5 crew to guest ratio, all oceanview accommodations (70% of those having balconies). With a capacity of only 332 guests this ship has one of the highest space to guest ratio’s around. It has two elegant restaurants and a pool side grill with open seating. Each room has its own mini-bar with soft drinks, beer and bottled water replenished daily. Complimentary fine wines and premium spirits, in room dining, 24 hours room service, in room movies and all onboard gratuities included, makes this truly a luxury experience.
Raiatea was once the cultural, religious, royal and political heart of Polynesia, and, according to legend, and lore, as well as Tahiti's most significant archeological sites. 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, as did the carved wooden tikis for which the region is famous. The island is home to Taputapuatea, a national monument and the most important marae in the Society Islands. You will bid adieu to Raiatea just before dinner and set sail with the compass set for Motu Mahana
Motu Mahana, an islet adjacent to Taha'a, is your very own South Seas paradise featuring white sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters and gentle breezes. Enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch and Polynesian entertainment featuring strolling musicians and singers.
Immediately recognizable by the basalt tombstone of Mount Otemanu rising from the ocean, the half-atoll, half-mountain of Bora Bora 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.
Today is another day spent at Bora Bora. You will set sail before dinner, enjoying a relaxing evening on board.
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. An overnight here affords you two full days on Bora Bora's gorgeous sister island.
Today you'll have until the afternoon to explore more of the peaceful oasis that is Moorea.
At the end of the afternoon, you'll cruise back to Papeete, docking for the night.
Cap off your epic journey where it all began. You won't be the same as when you first set sail – these exotic isles are said to touch people in magical ways. This morning you'll disembark at the port of Papeete and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates, as your cruise adventure has come to conclusion.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport valid for six months beyond duration of stay is required for both US and Canadian citizens. Visas are not required for stays of up to three months.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check information about entry requirements, travelers, particularly those planning to enter by sea,with the french Embassy.HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/french-polynesia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Papeete (Tahiti Island). Government: French Overseas Territory since 1946. Language: The official languages are French and Tahitian. Other Polynesian languages are spoken by the indigenous population. English is widely understood, mainly by islanders accustomed to dealing with foreign visitors. Religion: Approximately 55% Protestant and 34% Catholic. Time: Tahiti and Her Islands span three time zones: Gambier Islands: GMT - 9. Marquesas Islands: GMT - 9.5. Society Archipelago, Tubuai Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago (except Gambier Islands), Tahiti: GMT - 10. Electricity: 110/220 volts AC, 60Hz. US-style two-pin plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +689 Mobile Telephone: The GSM 900 network is not compatible with US mobile phones. Mobile phones are available to rent, which offer better rates than roaming fees. Internet: There are Internet cafes in Papeete and Moorea.
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