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 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.

  • Scenic plane ride above the island of Bora Bora.
By Aquaplane: Taha'a, Bora Bora and Tupai Flightseeing (45 minutes flight)
Duration:
1.5 Hour
Cost:
$370

Indulge yourself with this one of a kind adventure aboard a Cessna 208 Caravan amphibian and discover French Polynesia from above gazing at the mountainous areas in a privileged way. This unique experience will start with a water landing of the plane in the northern part of Taha'a's Lagoon. After boarding your plane, and following a safety briefing, it will be time to discover the breathtaking and unforgettable sights our islands have to offer.

Some marvelous discoveries are waiting for you over the islands ofTaha'a, Tupai and Bora Bora. Their motus and wild large bays will blow your mind with their luxurious vegetation. Enjoy the chance to fly over Bora Bora and its mythic lagoon with countless shades of blue. During your tour, you will have the opportunity to fly over a mosaic made of splendid overwater bungalows, Matira point, remains from World War II, or the motu Tapu, among so many others.

Please note: Depending on the weather the landing site and travel time to the plane might change and the boat ride may be bumpy. Not recommended for guests with limited mobility, pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems. Takeoff and landing may be bumpy depending on the weather conditions.

Excursion Code:
TAM-2493
By Helicopter: Flightseeing Bora Bora (20 minutes flight)
Duration:
1 Hours
Cost:
$299

Experience Bora Bora's exquisite island topography from a unique perspective during this picturesque flightseeing tour. Depart the pier for a brief transfer to the helipad. After boarding your helicopter, you will take off for a 20-minute flightseeing tour over Bora Bora, the Pearl of the Pacific. Along the way, you can use the headphones to listen to your pilot's commentary as he points out the sights below. Your bird's-eye view of Bora Bora will include spectacular views and photo opportunities of one of the world's most beautiful lagoon and reefs, along with manta rays and sharks, an adventure some call Heli-snorkeling. You will then circle Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora's highest peak.

Please note: This tour is subject to cancellation with little or no notice due to operational reasons from the operator. A minimum of four guests per flight is required (private flights for two and three passengers can be arranged at a supplement). The helicopter is air-cooled. Due to safety, weight limitations, and balance, the pilot will perform seat assignments. Not suitable for scuba divers after dives. Transfers for two flights may be organized at the same time, in which case, a waiting time is to be expected.

Excursion Code:
BRB-1606
By Helicopter: Flightseeing Bora Bora and Tupai (30 minutes flight)
Duration:
1 Hours
Cost:
$399

Experience Bora Bora's exquisite island topography from a unique perspective during this picturesque flightseeing tour. Depart the pier for a brief transfer to the helipad. After boarding your helicopter, you will take off for a 30-minute flightseeing tour over Bora Bora, the Pearl of the Pacific. You will then head north and enjoy a bird's eye view over the famous heart-shaped island, Tupai. Along the way, you can use the headphones to listen to your pilot's commentary as he points out the sights below. Your bird's-eye view of Bora Bora will include spectacular views and photo opportunities of one of the world's most beautiful lagoon and reefs, along with manta rays and sharks, an adventure some call Heli-snorkeling. You will then circle Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora's highest peak.

Please note: This tour is subject to cancellation with little or no notice due to operational reasons from the operator. A minimum of four guests per flight is required (private flights for two and three passengers can be arranged at a supplement). The helicopter is air-cooled. Due to safety, weight limitations, and balance, the pilot will perform seat assignments. Not suitable for scuba divers after dives. Transfers for two flights may be organized at the same time, in which case, a waiting time is to be expected.

Excursion Code:
BRB-1607
By Plane: Scenic Flight and Pilot Lesson Moorea & Tetiaroa (60 minutes flight)
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$689

Take control of your Cessna 172 plane, together with a professional instructor and experience an amazing hour scenic flight over Moorea and Tetiaroa. No prior flight experience is required to fully enjoy this unique Flight Initiation Tour. Your tour starts with a drive from the pier to the local Airport - Temae, where your airplane is waiting. After a brief lesson on how to control the plane, your dream will finally come true: pilot your own plane. View from above the beautiful Cooks and Opunohu Bays, Mount Rotui and the crater area. Continue south and see the less developed part of the island. During your flight you might also spot dolphins, sharks and stingrays in the crystal clear waters of the lagoon.

Lying just 30 miles North of Moorea, Tetiaroa is the breathtakingly beautiful atoll comprised of a dozen idyllic islands surrounding a spectacular lagoon. Fly over the graceful atoll and spot The Brando, an exquisite private resort as well as the pristine natural landscape hosting many different types of birds, coral and marine life.

Finally, you will land back at Temae Airport where your transfer will return you to the pier. Don't forget to ask your instructor to do a horizontal 360 degrees turn and experience the increase in gravity.

Please note: Only one guest pilots the plane from the start to the end of the flight and no seats exchange is allowed. The maximum number of guests per flight is 1 instructor, 1 pilot (guest) and 2 passengers, the maximum combined weight per group is 210Kg/460 lbs. Minimum age not required, however to fly the plane, children must be accompanied by an adult and be able to reach the plane pedals. Booking deadline is 4 days before the date of the flight. The transfer from the pier to the airport and back depends on the number of guest attending the flight and is not included in the tour price. Transfer cos is $30- per person round trip. Not recommended for pregnant women, guests with heart problems, and no diving allowed 24 hours before the flight.

Excursion Code:
MOO-1791
By Plane: Scenic Flight and Pilot Lesson Moorea & Tetiaroa (75 minutes flight)
Duration:
2.5 Hours
Cost:
$767

Take control of your Cessna 172 plane, together with a professional instructor and experience an amazing 75 minute scenic flight over Moorea and Tetiaroa. No prior flight experience is required to fully enjoy this unique Flight Initiation Tour. Your tour starts with a drive from the pier to the local Airport - Temae, where your airplane is waiting. After a brief lesson on how to control the plane, your dream will finally come true: pilot your own plane. View from above the beautiful Cooks and Opunohu Bays, Mount Rotui and the crater area. Continue south and see the less developed part of the island. During your flight you might also spot dolphins, sharks and stingrays in the crystal clear waters of the lagoon.

Lying just 30 miles North of Moorea, Tetiaroa is the breathtakingly beautiful atoll comprised of a dozen idyllic islands surrounding a spectacular lagoon. Fly over the graceful atoll and spot The Brando, an exquisite private resort as well as the pristine natural landscape hosting many different types of birds, coral and marine life.

Finally, you will land back at Temae Airport where your transfer will return you to the pier. Don't forget to ask your instructor to do a horizontal 360 degrees turn and experience the increase in gravity.

Please note: Only one guest pilots the plane from the start to the end of the flight and no seats exchange is allowed. The maximum number of guests per flight is 1 instructor, 1 pilot (guest) and 2 passengers, the maximum combined weight per group is 210Kg/460 lbs. Minimum age not required, however to fly the plane, children must be accompanied by an adult and be able to reach the plane pedals. Booking deadline is 4 days before the date of the flight. The transfer from the pier to the airport and back depends on the number of guests attending the flight and is not included in the tour price. Transfer cost is $30- per person round trip. Not recommended for pregnant women, guests with heart problems, and no diving allowed 24 hours before the flight.

Excursion Code:
MOO-1792
By Plane: Scenic Flight and Pilot Lesson Moorea (40 minutes flight)
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$459

Take control of your Tecnam P 2008 plane, together with a professional instructor and experience an amazing scenic flight over Moorea. No prior flight experience is required to fully enjoy this unique Flight Initiation Tour. Your tour starts with a drive from the pier to the local Airport - Temae, where your airplane is waiting. After a brief lesson on how to control the plane, your dream will finally come true: pilot your own plane. View from above the beautiful Cooks and Opunohu Bays, Mount Rotui and the crater area. Continue south and see the less developed part of the island. During your flight you might also spot dolphins, sharks, and stingrays in the crystal clear waters of the lagoon. Finally you will land back at Temae Airport where your transfer will return you to the pier. Don't forget to ask your instructor to do a horizontal 360 degrees turn and experience the increase in gravity.

Please note: Capacity: 1 instructor + 1 pilot (guest), maximum weight 100Kg/220 lbs. Not recommended for pregnant women, guests with heart problems, and no diving allowed 24 hours before the flight. Transfer is included in the tour price.

Excursion Code:
MOO-1793
By Plane: Scenic Flight and Pilot Lesson over Moorea (40 minutes flight)
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$507

Take control of your Cessna 172 plane, together with a professional instructor and experience an amazing scenic flight over Moorea. No prior flight experience is required to fully enjoy this unique Flight Initiation Tour. Your tour starts with a drive from the pier to the local Airport - Temae, where your airplane is waiting. After a brief lesson on how to control the plane, your dream will finally come true: pilot your own plane. View from above the beautiful Cooks and Opunohu Bays, Mount Rotui and the crater area. Continue south and see the less developed part of the island. During your flight you might also spot dolphins, sharks and stingrays in the crystal clear waters of the lagoon. Finally you will land back at Temae Airport where your transfer will return you to the pier. Don't forget to ask your instructor to do a horizontal 360 degrees turn and experience the increase in gravity.

Please note: Only one guest pilots the plane from the start to the end of the flight and no seats exchange is allowed. The maximum number of guests per flight is 1 instructor, 1 pilot (guest) and 2 passengers, the maximum combined weight per group is 210Kg/460 lbs. Minimum age not required, however to fly the plane, children must be accompanied by an adult and be able to reach the plane pedals. Booking deadline is 4 days before the date of the flight. The transfer from the pier to the airport and back depends on the number of guests attending the flight and is not included in the tour price. Transfer cost is $30- per person round trip. Not recommended for pregnant women, guests with heart problems, and no diving allowed 24 hours before the flight.

Excursion Code:
MOO-1790
  • Catamaran tour of Moorea.
Catamaran Sail & Snorkel
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$130

Explore Moorea's beauty from above and below the water during this relaxing sailing and snorkeling excursion aboard a catamaran. Depart the pier aboard the beautiful, 43-foot catamaran, and sail to Moorea's northern coast, then on to a pair of French Polynesia's most beautiful bays: Cook's and Opunohu. En route, you can sit back and relax, or savor a fruit juice under the canopy astern. Upon reaching Opunohu Bay, the captain will drop anchor in the clear blue waters of the lagoon. After receiving your safety and snorkeling instructions, you will have the chance to discover the underwater tiki place and the marine life residing there, including coral formations and reef fish. Afterward, you will set sail toward Cook's Bay before returning to your ship. The well-equipped catamaran offers facilities that include a restroom and shower, and a shaded area with comfortable seats.

Please note: Entry into and out of the water is by a vertical ladder, aft of the catamaran. Sailing time and itinerary is subject to wind and current conditions. You will be required to remove your shoes upon boarding the vessel. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a towel from the ship. Bring also your snorkel gear from the ship. The itinerary may change subject to wind and weather conditions. Kindly note that the use of sails is weather dependent

Please note: Price is valid in 2019 only, subject to change in 2020.

Excursion Code:
MOO-6895
  • Catamaran tour of Bora Bora.
Catamaran Sail (Bora Bora)
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$130

Get onboard a catamaran and indulge yourself with a breathtaking cruise in the most renowned lagoon of Bora Bora. Thanks to the shallow draft, Catamaran will take you to shallow areas, over multiple shades of blues and turquoises of the lagoon. While your crew set up the sails for a magnificent sailing, feel the sea breeze as your eyes discover beauty of the Pearl of the Pacific. As you pass along the lagoon, enjoy the view over Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora's famous mountain and keep an eye open for the underwater life, it is time to jump for a swim. After your swim and snorkeling session you will continue to enjoy the sail back to the pier.

Please note: Bring a swimsuit sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. Bring your snorkeling gear from the ship. The catamaran is fully protected and equipped with two restrooms, shaded area, a sound system, cushions, outside and inside fresh water showers, and ladders to get in and out of the water. Kindly note that the use of sails is weather dependent.

Excursion Code:
BRB-6707
  • Catamaran tour of Taha'a.
Catamaran Sail (Taha'a)
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$130

Get onboard a luxurious, brand new catamaran and indulge yourself with a breathtaking cruise in the amazing waters of Taha'a Lagoon. Thanks to the shallow draft, Catamaran will take you to shallow areas, over multiple shades of blues and turquoises of the lagoon. While your crew sets up the sails for a magnificent sailing, feel the sea breeze as your eyes discover beauty of the Vanilla Island. During your sail, fresh fruits and juice will be served and your Tahitian hostess will help you better understand the Polynesian culture. Arrive at the coral garden and start your snorkeling adventure. After your snorkel, sail back to the pier. Ship's tender will return you to the ship where you can catch a tender to Motu Mahana and the Beach BBQ.

Please note: The snorkeling stop may be relocated depending on weather conditions. Please bring a swimsuit, hat and sunglasses and bring snorkeling equipment and a towel from the ship. The catamaran is fully protected and equipped with two restrooms, shaded area, a sound system, cushions, outside and inside fresh water showers, and ladders to get in and out of the water. Kindly note that the use of sails is weather dependent.

Excursion Code:
TAM-2487

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