Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Tahiti?

Tahiti is an island in French Polynesia located in the South Pacific Ocean between California and Australia, and south of Hawaii. Tahiti is in the same time zone as Hawaii. A flight from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Papeete, Tahiti, is 8 ½ hours non-stop. A non-stop flight from Honolulu to Papeete, Tahiti, is 6 hours. The best way to experience Tahiti is a voyage through the islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises.

Is airfare included with Paul Gauguin Cruises?

Paul Gauguin Cruises offers included roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles, California, to Papeete, Tahiti. Guests can also book their own flights and take advantage of Paul Gauguin Cruise air credit.

Can I have my luggage shipped to The Gauguin?

Yes! We use a service called Luggage Forward, which affords guests the oppotrunity to ship their luggage to the m/s Paul Gauguin ahead of time so they don't have to worry about transporting it themselves. For more details on Luggage Forward visit our Specialty Items section.

How do I get to Tahiti?

From the U.S., the best way to get to Tahiti is by a direct airline flight of 8 1/2 hours from Los Angeles or San Francisco. From Honolulu, a 6-hour direct flight is available. The best way to see the islands of Tahiti is a voyage on Paul Gauguin Cruises.

I’m not a sun worshipper or water person, why would I want to cruise in French Polynesia?

When sailing with Paul Gauguin Cruises, guests enjoy a variety of activities. From gourmet dining, to relaxing in the spa, Polynesian activities, to enrichment lectures and cultural tours of the islands, there is a lot to do on and off the ship.

How do I get to Bora Bora?

Fly to Papeete, Tahiti first. A direct airline flight to Tahiti is 8 1/2 hours from Los Angeles or San Francisco. From Honolulu, a 6-hour direct flight is available. Then, take an inter-island flight from Tahiti to Bora Bora. Another way to get to Bora Bora from Tahiti is a voyage on Paul Gauguin Cruises. The best way to experience Bora Bora is a voyage with Paul Gauguin Cruises.

I’m not interested in beaches, I’m more of a tour person. Would I enjoy a cruise with Paul Gauguin Cruises?

Voyages with Paul Gauguin Cruises offer guests a variety of activities. From gourmet dining, to relaxing in the spa, Polynesian activities, to enrichment lectures and cultural tours of the islands, there is a lot to do on and off the ship.

How long is a flight to Tahiti?

The flight from Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui or San Francisco on United Airlines or French Bee to Papeete, Tahiti, is 8 ½ hours non-stop. A non-stop flight from Honolulu to Papeete, Tahiti, is 6 hours. Paul Gauguin Cruises air/sea program includes flights, transfers, and a hotel day room.

What if I want to stay in an overwater bungalow in Tahiti and Bora Bora?

The best way to experience Tahiti and Bora Bora and see other islands in French Polynesia is by sailing with Paul Gauguin Cruises, an all-inclusive, luxury, small-ship line. Before or after your cruise you can add an overwater bungalow stay to your trip.

When is the best time of year to travel to Tahiti?

Tahiti enjoys a sunny, tropical climate and is a year-round destination. Average temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit, 25 degrees Celsius. April through October is slightly cooler and drier, while November through March is warmer and more humid. July is when the Heiva, a month-long celebration of Polynesian culture and heritage takes place in the islands of Tahiti.

Is it better to stay in an overwater bungalow or cruise the islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora?

Paul Gauguin Cruises is an all-inclusive line offering accommodations, dining, beverages, two private retreats, enrichment lectures, Polynesian activities, select watersports, airfare between Los Angeles and Tahiti, and airport transfers on 7- to 16-night itineraries. The cost of a land-based stay can be high, and Paul Gauguin Cruises' all-inclusive, small-ship experience allows guests the best experience at a great value.

What is the weather like in Tahiti?

Tahiti enjoys a sunny, tropical climate and is a year-round destination. Average temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit, 25 degrees Celsius. April through October is slightly cooler and drier, while November through March is warmer and more humid.

Why is it so expensive to travel to French Polynesia?

Airfare, accommodations, dining, and activities can be a little more expensive than other parts of the world in this beautiful and remote destination. Paul Gauguin Cruises’ all-inclusive experience is the very best in value for visiting Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji and the South Pacific.

What is the best way to experience Tahiti?

With local experts Paul Gauguin Cruises who have been sailing the islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific year round for a decade. Built specifically to navigate these islands, the m/s Paul Gauguin infuses the warm spirit of Polynesia in every voyage. Guests learn about the culture and lifestyle of the islands through lectures, performances, and Polynesian activities.

How is French Polynesia different from Hawaii?

French Polynesia and Hawaii are different Polynesian experiences. French Polynesia is more remote and less touristy than Hawaii, with a variety of islands, crystal blue lagoons, white-sand beaches, and warm French Polynesian culture. The islands look different and the island experience is different than Hawaii. The best way to see the islands of French Polynesia, is an all-inclusive voyage with Paul Gauguin Cruises.

How far in advance should I book a cruise?

For best itinerary and stateroom availability, we suggest booking a voyage with Paul Gauguin Cruises a year in advance. However, travelers can check and see what cruises are still available closer in to their preferred sailing date.  

Who sails on Paul Gauguin Cruises?

Guests who sail on Paul Gauguin Cruises are well-traveled, honeymooners, those celebrating special milestones, active travelers, including SCUBA divers, hikers, water sports enthusiasts, nature lovers, culture buffs, and those who are interested in a dream vacation with exceptional service.

What itinerary should I choose on Paul Gauguin Cruises if I am a SCUBA diver?

For SCUBA divers, the 10-night Tuamotus & Society Islands itinerary that Paul Gauguin Cruises offers showcases the world’s premier destinations for diving and snorkeling in exquisite lagoons. This voyage also offers the exceptional beauty of the Society Islands and is also ideal for travelers looking for a longer voyage in paradise. Visit pgcruises.com/scuba for SCUBA programs and dives.

What is the average age of a passenger on board the m/s Paul Gauguin?

On Paul Gauguin Cruises, guests are predominately in the 45 to 65 years of age range. Honeymooners sail every sailing and multi-generational families also sail with Paul Gauguin Cruises during the summer and December holidays.

What is included in the cost of a cruise with Paul Gauguin Cruises?

Paul Gauguin Cruises includes oceanview accommodations; all shipboard dining; room service complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, water, and hot beverages served aboard ship; in-room refrigerator with soft drinks, beer, and water; shipboard entertainment; Polynesian activities; enrichment lectures; select watersports; two private beach retreats; roundtrip airfare between Los Angeles and Tahiti; and airport/ship transfers.

What are the most popular excursions that Paul Gauguin Cruises offers?

Paul Gauguin Cruises offers a variety of shore excursions at each island in small groups, with knowledgeable guides at reasonable prices. Depending on interests, guests can enjoy cultural tours, ATV and waverunner adventures, e-bikes, hikes, botanical gardens, flightseeing, dolphin-watching trips, snorkeling and SCUBA diving. Click here for a list of shore excursions.

Are all drinks included on Paul Gauguin Cruises?

Paul Gauguin Cruises all-inclusive fare includes beer and select wines and spirits, and complimentary soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship. Only premium liquors, specialty wines, and certain Cognacs incur an additional charge.

Are shore excursions included with Paul Gauguin Cruises?

The only included shore excursions available aboard is the day at Motu Mahana, our own islet off the coast of Taha’a, and access to our private beach in Bora Bora. Reasonably priced optional shore excursions are available at every port and can be purchased in advance for best selection and availability or on board. Shore excursion descriptions can also be found here.

Can you go solo to Tahiti or is it just for couples?

A great way to see Tahiti and French Polynesia solo is aboard Paul Gauguin Cruises. The voyage is all-inclusive and provides a safe, secure, and effortless way to see the islands. Paul Gauguin Cruises offers many activities like enrichment lectures, Polynesian activities, two beach retreats, open dining, and variety of shore excursions that is conductive to meeting new friends.

Is a cruise with Paul Gauguin Cruises expensive?

Paul Gauguin Cruise is all-inclusive, a great value, and a great way to experience various islands in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the South Pacific since accommodations; shipboard dining; select beverages, including beer and select wines and spirits; gratuities; select water sports; two private retreats; lectures and shipboard Polynesian activities; airfare between Los Angeles and Papeete, Tahiti, and transfers between the airport/pier are included.

Does Paul Gauguin Cruises offer gear for SCUBA diving?

Paul Gauguin Cruises offers SCUBA diving gear for guest use during dives which is included in the price of SCUBA excursions. If you prefer to bring your own, we can also store your SCUBA gear. Click here for more information.

How come Paul Gauguin Cruises is more expensive than other cruise lines?

Paul Gauguin Cruise is all-inclusive and the South Pacific expert for experiencing various islands in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, & the South Pacific. Accommodations; all shipboard dining; select beverages, including beer and select wines and spirits; gratuities; select water sports; two private retreats; lectures and shipboard Polynesian activities; airfare between Los Angeles and Papeete, Tahiti, and transfers between the airport/pier are included.

Do Paul Gauguin Cruises prices include 50% off?

Paul Gauguin Cruises all-inclusive rates that are displayed include 50% off standard cruise fares. For more information, please visit www.pgcruises.com/voyages, to view 7- to 16-night itineraries in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the South Pacific for Paul Gauguin Cruises.

Does Paul Gauguin Cruises offer snorkel gear?

Complimentary snorkel gear can be used the duration of the cruise and includes a snorkel, mask, fins, and bag to hold to the snorkel gear. You can check out gear on Day 1 at the ship’s watersports marina at specific times listed in the daily program. The snorkeling equipment must be returned to the marina before 4:00 p.m. on the last day before the end of the cruise.

What is the best itinerary Paul Gauguin Cruises offers?

Paul Gauguin Cruises offers Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji & the South Pacific cruises and the following itineraries: 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands; 7-night Society Islands & Tahiti Iti; 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus; 11-night Cook Islands & Society Islands; 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands; 12- and 13-night Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands; and a 16-night Fiji to Bali voyage.

Does Paul Gauguin Cruises offer special promotions?

Paul Gauguin Cruises does offer special promotions at select times on cruises in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the South Pacific. For the latest offers and full terms and conditions, please visit www.pgcruises.com/promotions.

For SCUBA diving with Paul Gauguin Cruises, are single or double tanks available?

It depends on the SCUBA dive. Both single- and double-tank excursions may be available, depending on your itinerary. Click here for more information.

What itinerary should I choose on Paul Gauguin Cruises?

The 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands voyage or the 7-night Society Islands & Tahiti Iti itineraries are signature Paul Gauguin Cruises itineraries. These are great voyages for honeymooners, families, first-time cruisers, or those who only have one week for vacation. Longer itineraries are available that combine other islands in French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, and Fiji.

Will I get seasick aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin?

Paul Gauguin Cruises sails Tahiti, French Polynesia, the South Pacific and Fiji. The m/s Paul Gauguin is equipped with stabilizers which help with any movement a guest may experience and the ship sails into protective waters and lagoons. Most itineraries include overnights in Bora Bora and Moorea. The ship also carries seasick medication on request if needed.

Is there entertainment on board the m/s Paul Gauguin?

Paul Gauguin Cruises offers live entertainment each evening. Every night brings something different, whether it’s Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines performing Tahitian songs and dance, live music, magic shows, or local Polynesian performance groups from the islands. Enrichment lecturers provide presentations of French Polynesia history, culture, and marine biology, and other topics. Please click here for more information.

What cruise lines are all-inclusive in French Polynesia?

Paul Gauguin Cruises offers all-inclusive cruising in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the South Pacific aboard the luxury, small-ship the m/s Paul Gauguin. Paul Gauguin Cruise sails year round in Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific.

Do you spend the night at islands on the itinerary on Paul Gauguin Cruises?

On 7- to 14-night itineraries offered by Paul Gauguin Cruises, overnights in Bora Bora and Moorea are included which allows guests to enjoy two full days in each of these ports.

What are the best shore excursions that Paul Gauguin Cruises offers?

Paul Gauguin Cruises offers a variety of shore excursions at each island in small groups, with knowledgeable guides at reasonable prices. Depending on interests, guests can enjoy cultural tours, ATV and waverunner adventures, e-bikes, hikes, botanical gardens, flightseeing, dolphin-watching trips, snorkeling and SCUBA diving. Click here for a list of shore excursions.

How many guests are on board the m/s Paul Gauguin?

The maximum number of guests aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin is 332. There are 217 crew members aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, which has one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios of any luxury cruise ship.

What kind of watersports are available on Paul Gauguin Cruises?

Kayaking and paddleboarding are available from the m/s Paul Gauguin’s watersports marina at designated times in select ports or from destination beaches. Snorkeling is available from destination beaches and on select shore excursions. For more information, click here.