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.

  • Discover the marine life of Aitutaki.
SCUBA 2 Tanks Atua Tane - Certified Divers with Outside Operator
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$215

For this 2-tank dive, you will be tendering to shore to meet the dive master of Aitutaki diving. You will board the dive boat and sail to your first dive spot where you will dive along the barrier reef and enjoy the nice visibility and architecture of Aitutaki. There, you may spot some hump head wrasses, spotted eagle rays and barracudas.

Before the dive you, will receive your safety briefing. The depth of the dives is about 100 feet.

In between the two dives, you will be able to enjoy some local fresh fruit, coconut water, and regular water. You will sail to your second dive location where you can expect to spot some giant sea turtles (green or hawksbill). After the two dives, you will sail back to the pier.

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

Excursion Code:
AIT-033
SCUBA 2 Tanks dives with outside operator
Duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
$215

Depart the marina platform aboard a local dive boat where you will receive your safety briefing during the 30 minutes ride to the pass of Tiva between Tahaa and Raiatea.

Once on the site you will be helped to gear up and when the whole group will be ready you will entry in the water and dive along the side of the pass where you will be looking into the blue for pelagic fish, rays and possibly sharks. The maximum depth of this dive will be around 70 feet (20 meters).

Between the two dives you will stay on the boat for approximately one hour surface interval while moving to the second dive site called Miri-Miri. The second dive will take place on the outer reef of the lagoon of Raiatea. During this dive you will glide along the reef surrounded by friendly black-tip reef sharks and may have the chance to spot a big Napoleon wrasse among the reef fish. The maximum depth of this second dive will be maximum 70 feet (20 meters).

After the second dive you will be transferred back to Motu Mahana where you will enjoy the complimentary barbecue served to all Paul Gauguin Cruises' guests. Please note that dives sites may change depending on the weather condition.

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.

This dive is not offered on our 7 night Society Islands itinerary.

Excursion Code:
TAM-2610
  • A certified SCUBA diving tour of Opunohu Bay.
SCUBA 2 Tanks Hiva-Oa w/outside operator - Active Advanced Certified Divers w/ Deep Diver Specialty
Duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
$230

This dive is operated by an outside operator. Please meet at the lobby with one of the marina staff that will escort you on the tender to shore where you will meet the local dive staff. After a very short walk to the pier, you will board the dive boat (a large aluminum covered diving boat) and will be asked to check your SCUBA gear.

After a brief welcoming ceremony, you will proceed to the first dive located along the Hanake Rock just behind The Gauguin`s anchoring position. On this first drift dive, the maximum depth will be around 100 feet and you will follow the drop off. The water is very rich in plankton can affect the visibility. You will most likely have the chance to see manta rays, endemic stingrays, octopus and big pelagic fishes.

During the surface interval, you will move to the second dive site. Fruits, biscuits, tea and lemonade will be available between dives. The second location will take you all the way down to 80 feet. Follow the shoreline to reach a pinnacle where you can spot schools of little fish, endemic dragon moray eel, pelagic fishes and rays. After the second dive, you will be sailing back to the pier and take the tender back to the ship.

Please visit the Dive Desk on Deck 4 for more information. Not available for pre-reserve.

Excursion Code:
HOA-2595-O
  • Discover the marine life of Aitutaki.
SCUBA Arutanga Passage - Certified Divers - with Outside Operator
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$135

You will meet at the ship`s marina to pick-up your fins and wetsuits before taking the tender to shore. Once there, you will suit up and gear check before boarding the local dive boat and get ready to head to the dive site that is only five minutes away from the pier. There, you will be helped with the equipment and do a back roll entry before heading down towards the canyons where you can observe huge green sea turtle resting on the bottom, occasional passage of spotted eagle rays, napoleon wrasse, and emperor angel fish. At about 90 feet a small family of resident white tips are hiding under an outcropping rock. This site only features hard corals.

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:
AIT-002
SCUBA Discover Diving Theory & Pool (Part 1 & 2) - Aitutaki
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$99

Learn the basics of one of the most rewarding activities in French Polynesia - SCUBA diving - during this session with The Gauguin's own onboard experts. Meet your PADI-certified dive master, who will introduce you to the equipment, discuss some basic SCUBA diving principles, and provide you with a practice session in the safety of the ship's pool. Even if you have never been SCUBA diving, you can learn the basics in just 2 hours. Completion of this course qualifies you forone of two dives in the Society Islands: SCUBA Toopua - Beginner Divers (in Bora Bora, BRB-1995) and SCUBA Shark Gallery - Beginner Divers (in Moorea, MOO-1999).

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:
AIT-6739
SCUBA Discover Scuba Diving Theory and Pool (Part 1 & 2) Huahine
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$99

Learn the basics of one of the most rewarding activities in French Polynesia - SCUBA diving - during this session with The Gauguin's own onboard experts.

Meet your PADI-certified dive master instructor, who will introduce you to the equipment, discuss some basic SCUBA diving principles, and provide you with a practice session in the safety of the ship's pool. Even if you have never been SCUBA diving, you can learn the basics in just 2 hours. Completion of this course qualifies you for one or two dives in the Society Islands: SCUBA Toopua - Beginner Divers (in Bora Bora, BRB-1995) and SCUBA Shark Gallery - Beginner Divers (in Moorea, MOO-1999).

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:
HHN-6739
SCUBA Dive - One Tank (Savusavu)
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$120

Described by Jean-Michel Cousteau as the "Soft Coral Capital of the World," Fiji offers some of the world's best SCUBA diving, with a comprehensive range of excellent dive locations. Shortly after the ship's arrival, you'll be transferred to the Sonaisali Resort marina, focal point for 25 spectacular dive sites. Spectacular hard and soft corals; caves and grottos; amazingly diverse marine life that includes sharks, turtles, tuna, and fish of all hues and sizes; and internationally certified dive operators all ensure your dive experience will be a memorable one. For the underwater explorer and photographer, the crystal waters of Fiji's virgin reefs and magnificent lagoons very often offer unmatched visibility.

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

Excursion Code:
SVU-3868
SCUBA Fakarava Outer Reef Experienced Certified Divers
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$120

Depart the marina platform aboard a zodiac where you will receive your safety briefing during the 20-minute ride to the outside reef of the Garuae Pass of Fakarava.

Once on site, you will be helped to gear up and when the whole group is ready, you will enter the water and admire immediately the untouched beauty of the reef protected by UNESCO. You will dive along the edge of the drop off among the big schools of fish, grey reef sharks, tunas and may have the chance to spot a manta ray of a turtle feeding quietly. The maximum depth of this dive will be around 70 feet (20 meters). After the dive, you will be transferred back to the marina platform.

Please note: Guests must present a dive certification card and proof that they have dived several times within the last year. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring a hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. This tour is for guests in good physical condition and experienced divers with a minimum of 50 dives and recent diving experience. The surface condition can be rough and there is no mooring line to go down so you will need to feel confident clearing your ears. Depending on your experience, you may be asked by the dive instructors to do one dive in Bora-Bora prior to dive in Fakarava.

Available for onboard booking only, cannot pre-reserve due to special dive conditions. Please visit the Dive Desk once onboard. For more information about our dive program, visit www.pgcruises.com/scuba.

Excursion Code:
FAK-6733
SCUBA Fatu Hiva - Active Advanced Certified Divers with Deep Diver Specialty
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$120

Board the dive boat at the gangway to sail in direction of the dive site located approximately 20 minutes away from the ship with a very nice scenic ride along the coast passing by the Bay of Virgins. You will receive your safety briefing on the way. Once arrived at the dive site you will be helped to gear up and you will follow the instructors signal to roll into the water. The maximum depth of this dive is around 100 feet. You may have the chance to observe scorpion fish, endemic moray eels, schools of fish, pelagic and lobsters in a small cave.

This dive is for Advanced Certified Divers with Deep Diver Specialty only due to the condition (depth, surge, current and reduced visibility). There is no reference line to descend and divers should have a minimum of 50 logged dives to sign up and recent diving experience. (The Deep Diver Specialty certification is available onboard for $99.)

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:
FHT-2075
SCUBA Hammerhead Sentry Point - Active Advanced Certified Divers
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$120

This dive has the unique opportunity to dive with scalloped hammerhead sharks - they usually gather around a big rock at the entrance of the bay among jack fish, tunas, manta rays and more. Therefore they are very shy and there is no guarantee to observe them and due to the richness of the water in terms of plankton the visibility is limited and sometimes reaches only 20 feet (6 meters).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 10 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, recent diving experience and holding the advanced diver certification.

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:
NHT-5965

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