m/s Paul Gauguin

Shore Excursion Terms & Conditions

Please note that not all shore excursions are available on all sailings. Descriptions and pricing may vary.  Shore excursions will not be available for pre-booking until approximately 30 days prior to sailing (with the exception of the Romantic Escapades excursions) and can be added to your booking via the "Manage your trip" online tool. New tours, not previously listed for online sales, may be available onboard without prior notice. If you have questions please contact our Reservation Department at 1 (800) 848-6172 for assistance.

Once onboard, please refer to the tour descriptions for full details or consult with the Travel Concierge Team for further information.

Muri Lagoon Cruise
3 Hours - $119

Rarotonga’s spectacular tropical beauty and marine life are yours to discover during this scenic and memorable cruise on the Muri Lagoon.

Depart the pier for the transfer to the Muri, Rarotonga’s inner lagoon. Upon arrival, you will embark a glass-bottom boat and begin your cruise. Along the way, you will observe a myriad of colorful coral and fish. More adventurous guests will have an opportunity to go snorkeling among the schools of tropical fish. The fish are extremely tame and used to swimmers, and will take food from your hand.

Following your cruise, you will be transferred back to the ship.

Please note: Wear your swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. The boat is covered and features a water-access ladder. There are no restroom facilities on the boat. Snorkeling equipment will be provided.

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Pa "Son of Rarotonga"
  • Guided hiking tour of Rarotonga.
3 Hours - $145

Discover the wisdom of Pa, one of the Cook Islands best known traditional healers, during this informative guided nature trek.

Depart the pier for the drive to the interior of the island. Upon arrival, you will join your guide on a trek along an ancient pathway used by Pa’s ancestors before the missionaries arrived. Along the way, your guide will share Pa’s in-depth knowledge of medicinal plants and of the culture and history of these islands. He will also provide demonstrations of the preparation of various traditional medicines and their applications. Bottled water and seasonal fruit will be served at Pa’s residence.

Following your visit, you will be transferred back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair will not be permitted on this tour. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.

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Raro Safari by 4x4
3 Hours - $135

Explore Rarotonga’s pristine natural beauty in an exciting new way during this off-road tour of the island’s stunning lagoons, valleys, and inland villages.

Depart the pier in an off-road, open-top safari truck for a drive to Rarotonga’s back roads and valleys. Along the way, you will be privy to sights and sounds regular visitors to the island would not typically have an opportunity to experience. You will learn how traditional Cook Islanders live, and your guide will provide you with an informative commentary on the various traditional uses of local flora and fauna.

Following your tour, you will be returned to the pier.

Please note: As this tour involves travel over bumpy surfaces, guests with back and/or neck problems and guests with limited mobility are discouraged from participating. Seating on the trucks is very basic. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are recommended.

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Rarotonga Circle Island Tour
  • Scenic driving tour through Rarotonga.
4 Hours - $135

Depart the pier for an orientation ride around the island, an excellent way to see the island. Along the way, you will visit such sites as Ngatangiia Harbour, the departure point of the Polynesian Migration to New Zealand in 1350 AD, and a historical back road built in 1050 ADcalled the Road of Toi, or Ara Metua. Visit Muri Lagoon, where you’ll enjoy light refreshments and a cultural show, then continue on past ceremonial sites that include Arai Te Tonga, several historical buildings, the library, the museum, and fruit and vegetable plantations.

This tour provides guests with an excellent orientation to the island of Rarotonga and is recommended for all visitors who want an appreciation of the island and its culture and history.

Following your tour, you will be returned to the pier.

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Takitumu Conservation Tour
  • Informative nature tour of Rarotonga.
3.5 Hours - $135

Nature and bird lovers especially will relish this unique opportunity to explore Rarotonga's exotic bird and plant species during a memorable island conservation tour.

Depart the pier for the transfer to the Conservation Center. Upon arrival, you will begin your guided walking tour. Along the way, you will learn about conservation efforts involving the flycatcher, or kakerori, an indigenous bird found only on Rarotonga. Over the years, the bird's numbers have dwindled as a result of an increase in natural predators. Your visit, along with the visits of many hundreds of others, will provide the landowners with the funds needed to conduct research into various means of preserving and promoting this rare species of bird.

The conservation area is also a tropical rain forest featuring many types of medicinal plants, and you will hear about the many local uses for such herbal remedies.

Following your walking tour, you will be returned to the ship.

Please note: This tour involves 2 hours of walking over uneven terrain and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Transfer to and from the conservation site will be in air-cooled buses. The tour will start from the gate, and there will be places to rest along the way. There are no restroom stops on this tour. All proceeds from this tour will go toward the Conservation Center.

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