Shore Excursions

The opportunity to experience each destination in the most authentic, in-depth, and meaningful way is the very essence of luxury cruising with Paul Gauguin Cruises. Aboard our luxury vessel, you can choose from a wide array of shore excursions by land and sea that let you discover the dramatic beauty, rich history, and unique culture of your destination up close, in a small group.

To review your options, use the search function below, or view the individual itinerary of your choice through the “Plan Your Trip” online tool.

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 60 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.

  • SCUBA diving tour of the Marquesan Island of Hapatoni.
SCUBA Hapatoni - Active Advanced Certified Divers with Deep Diver Specialty
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$120

Diving in the Marquesas Island is like jumping in the middle of the underwater wilderness. This dive is a unique opportunity to dive along rocky point where a massive concentration and variety of marine species gather to grab the nutrient brought along by the currents. You may have the chance to see eagle rays, manta, impressive schools of fish dancing in rhythm to avoid being caught by predators such as different kind of sharks and big jack fishes swimming like rockets. You will embark into the dive boat from the gangway and receive your safety briefing on the way to the dive site. The boat ride is about 15 minutes. Upon arriving on the site you will gear up and roll into the water as a group. There is no reference line to descend, and the current and the swell can be strong so this dive is offered only to very experienced divers with at least 50 dives and holding the Advanced Diver Certification plus Deep Diver Specialty. This specialty course is available onboard for $99.

The maximum depth of this dive will be around 100 feet. After the dive, you will be transferred back to the gangway.

Available for onboard booking only, cannot pre-reserve, please visit the Dive Desk once onboard, capacity is limited. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba

Excursion Code:
HPT-2075
SCUBA Intro Dive
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$129

You will meet your onboard dive instructors either at the ship's marina platform for the morning departure or from the private Motu Mahana for the afternoon departure. There you will receive your safety briefing and then board the dive boats to the dive site situated inside of the lagoon of Taha'a. This dive is for guests that have never SCUBA dived before and are wishing to discover underwater beauty with SCUBA equipment in a shallow, protected and a very convenient area. The maximum depth of this dive will be 18 feet (6 meters).

Available for onboard booking only, cannot pre-reserve, please visit the Dive Desk once onboard, capacity is limited. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba

Excursion Code:
TAM-5840
  • A certified SCUBA diving tour of Opunohu Bay.
SCUBA Motu Nuhi Nuhi - DSD Dive/Beginners (Part 4)
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$129

Explore Rangiroa’s extraordinary fish and coral marine life during a scenic underwater journey that’s ideally-suited to beginner divers.

Meet your dive instructors at the marina platform and receive your safety briefing. You will then ride in the dive boat to an uninhabited islet, or motu, located on the lagoon side at the entrance to the famous Tiputa Pass. Upon arrival, you will be helped to gear up, then enter the water. Led by your dive master, you will observe spectacular coral formations and fish that include snappers, moray eels, lion fish, clown fish, triggerfish, butterfly fish, and angelfish. At times a shark might swim by or you may surprise a white tip reef shark resting on the bottom.

Available for advance booking 60 days prior to sailing; capacity is limited. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Excursion Code:
RGI-1988
SCUBA Rangiroa 2 Tank - Active Advanced Certified Divers with Outside Operator
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$215

Experienced certified divers only. This program is offered through an outside operator and requires a minimum of 50 logged dives and 10 dives within the last 12 months.

Rangiroa offers some of the best dives in the world in and around the Tiputa Pass. Experienced divers won't want to miss this opportunity to explore this prime diving site.

During austral summer (December-March), great hammerhead sharks and manta rays populate this area, and sedentary common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) regularly play in group in the pass or on the outer reef. Because of its large size and the existence of only two passes, each high tide creates a strong incoming current, while each low tide creates a strong outgoing current in those two passes. When the current is flowing inward through Tiputa Pass, about 100 shark specimens gather at its entrance, at 150 feet (50meters) deep. Led by the strong current, sharks can remain motionless, allowing divers to observe them without any difficulty. The dive sites will be decided depending of the tide. Maximum depth on some dives in Rangiroa can be 100 feet (30meters).

Available for onboard booking only, cannot pre-reserve, please visit the Dive Desk once onboard, capacity is limited. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Excursion Code:
RGI-1991
SCUBA Rangiroa Outer Reef - Experienced Certified Divers with Outside Operator
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$109

Experienced certified divers won't want to miss this rare opportunity to explore Polynesia's undersea beauty during this picturesque SCUBA adventure at Rangiroa's outer-reef.

Meet your dive instructors at the marina platform where you will receive your safety and diving instructions then you will board into Zodiac® for the ride to the dive site at Rangiroa's outer reef. The whole group will gear up and roll in the water together. As the current exits the pass, it brings a lot of the nutrients for which fish and coral hungrily compete. You will view the hard coral that covers the ocean bottom and swim among large Napoleon wrasse, barracudas, and tropical fish. Eagle and manta rays, sharks of various types, and an occasional dolphin are often seen here, too. You will finish the dive with a deep-blue water ascent.

Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the marina platform.

This dive requires a minimum of 50 logged dives and 10 dives within the last 12 months. Available for onboard booking only, cannot pre-reserve, please visit the Dive Desk once onboard. For more information about our dive programs, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Excursion Code:
RGI-1989
SCUBA Refresh
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$50

Brush up on your SCUBA diving techniques in preparation for the divingopportunities that lie ahead during two informative sessions. Meet your PADI-certified dive instructor by the ship's pool on deck 8 for a complete briefing on the use of the SCUBA gear, the laws of SCUBA, and a description of some important underwater skills. Your instructor will demonstrate these skills during the second session in the ship's pool.Each of the two sessions is approximately an hour long.

Available for advance booking 60 days prior to sailing; capacity is limited.

Excursion Code:
AIT-1000
  • PADI certification with the m/s Paul Gauguin SCUBA instructors.
SCUBA Refresher Course
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$50

Brush up on your SCUBA diving techniques in preparation for the diving opportunities that lie ahead during two informative sessions.

Meet your PADI-certified dive instructor by the ship's pool on deck 8 for a complete briefing on the use of the SCUBA gear, the laws of SCUBA, and a description of some important underwater skills. Your instructor will demonstrate these skills during the second session in the ship's pool.

For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba. Available for advance booking 60 days prior to sailing; capacity is limited.

Excursion Code:
ITI-1000
  • PADI certification with the m/s Paul Gauguin SCUBA instructors.
SCUBA Refresher Course - Huahine
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$50

Brush up on your SCUBA diving techniques in preparation for the diving opportunities that lie ahead during two informative sessions.

Meet your PADI-certified dive instructor by the ship's pool on deck 8 for a complete briefing on the use of the SCUBA gear, the laws of SCUBA, and a description of some important underwater skills. Your instructor will demonstrate these skills during the second session in the ship's pool.

For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba. Available for advance booking 60 days prior to sailing; capacity is limited.

Excursion Code:
HHN-1000
SCUBA Rotui - Certified Divers
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$109

On the outer reef of Moorea, this dive is located at mid-distance between Opunohu's and Cook's Bay. Since this site is far away from any murky passes, water here is usually very clear. Lemon Sharks and Blacktip Reef Sharks are often seen during this dive, and it's not rare to also observe big Starry Pufferfish and schools of Paddletail Snappers. Many different overhangs are also part of this wonderful landscape, home to Soldierfish, Squirrelfish and juvenile Angelfish. On top of that, sleeping Hawksbill Turtles can be spotted among coral formations.

Available for advance booking 60 days prior to sailing; capacity is limited. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Excursion Code:
MOO-1995
SCUBA Rotui - DSD Dive/Beginners (Part 4)
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$129

Beginning divers are offered another opportunity to dive outside the reef. During this shallow dive not exceeding 40 ft (12 meters), you will discover the beauty of Moorea's coral reef, harboring a wide variety of fish ranging from Paddletail Snappers, Starry Pufferfish to juvenile Angelfish. Most of the time, Rotui will welcome you with its limpid water and easy diving conditions, making this dive perfect for novices. Lemon and Blacktip Reef Sharks are often times seen during this underwater adventure. Many different overhangs are also part of this wonderful landscape, home to Soldierfish and Squirrelfish.

Available for advance booking 60 days prior to sailing; capacity is limited. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Excursion Code:
MOO-1996

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