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.

SCUBA Toopua - Certified Divers
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$109

Experienced divers won't want to miss this unique opportunity to explore Bora Bora's extraordinary undersea beauty during a memorable SCUBA tour.

Depart the marina platform for a boat ride to the dive site. Located inside the lagoon at the edge of a submerged crater, this site features an abundance of fish and large coral formations that form an ideal habitat for many invertebrates. Upon entering the water, you may be greeted by inquisitive butterfly fish and angelfish. This site has steep coral slopes dotted with mushroom-like coral formations, or porites, where tropical fish hide and feed. At 50 feet, you will discover a white sandy valley over which eagle rays fly. While admiring the imbedded Polynesian clams, you may even see a gigantic Javanese moray eel make an appearance. You might also see big trigger fish, clown fish, sea anemones, and octopus. Following your dive, you will be returned to the marina platform.

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:
BRB-5841
SCUBA Toopua - DSD Dive/Beginners (Part 3)
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$129

Beginner divers signed up on our Discover scuba diving program won't want to miss this unique opportunity to explore Bora Bora's extraordinary undersea beauty during a memorable SCUBA tour. Depart the marina platform for the boat ride to the dive site. Located at the edge of a submerged crater, this dive site features an abundance of tropical fish and large coral formations that form an ideal habitat for many invertebrates. The maximum depth for this dive is around 30 feet, an easy descent in 15 feet of water makes this a good site for beginner divers. Upon entering the water, you could be greeted by inquisitive butterflyfish and angelfish. This site has steep coral slopes dotted with mushroom-like coral formations, or porites, where tropical fish hide and feed. While admiring the imbedded Polynesian clams, you may even see a gigantic Javanese moray eel make an appearance. You might also see big triggerfish, clownfish, sea anemones, and octopus. Following your dive, you will be returned to the marina platform.This dive is also available for divers with a PADI SCUBA DIVER certification or JUNIOR OPEN WATER DIVER below the age of 12.

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:
BRB-1995
Shark & Ray Watching by Glass Bottom Boat
Duration:
2.5 Hours
Cost:
$91

Get acquainted with sharks and rays in a unique new way during a glass-bottom boat ride in Bora Bora and a swim with stingrays.

After embarking your glass-bottom boat at the pier, you will depart for a brief cruise. Your guide will then tie the boat to a mooring in about 25 feet of water and try to attract black-tipped sharks. You will observe the dance of these ocean denizens and, if you are lucky, spot some lemon sharks known to frequent the area. Next, you will proceed to a shallower, clear lagoon for a rare opportunity to view graceful stingrays and even swim alongside them.

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

Please note: Underwater viewing takes place through large glass windows. The roof provides protection from the sun and eliminates glare, enhancing photo and video quality. Swimming is not permitted during the first stop with sharks but is highly recommended with the stingrays. Wear your swimsuit under a cover up, and bring biodegradable sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel, mask, and snorkel from the ship. Although shark and stingray sightings frequently occur, they cannot be guaranteed.

Excursion Code:
BRB-7575
Sharks and Stingrays Encounter
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$110

Explore the exquisite beauty and undersea denizens of Bora Bora’s lagoon during this stingray ballet and snorkeling safari aboard a covered snorkeling boat.

Depart the pier aboard the snorkeling boat for a cruise by the ancient crater rim of Motu Toopua, then past Motu Tapu. You will then drop anchor on a shallow sandbank to discover the elegant, yet harmless stingrays. Watch in amazement as your guide hand-feeds the stingrays as they glide effortlessly around you. If you are willing, your guide will even help you get close enough to touch them.

Next, you will continue on for a visit to a pristine coral garden. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety and diving instructions, then have an opportunity to snorkel in depths ranging from 4 to 5 feet. Along the way, admire an abundance of tropical and multi-colored fish, including parrotfish and butterflyfish. At the conclusion of your snorkeling session, you will be transferred back to the pier.

Please note: Guests should be comfortable in deep water and wearing snorkeling equipment. Although marine life sightings are frequent, they cannot be guaranteed. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit under a cover up, aqua socks or similar, and sunscreen, and bring a hat, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. Masks, snorkels, and personal buoyancy aid (P.B.A./snorkeling vests) must be brought from the ship.

Excursion Code:
BRB-6702
Slow Paced Belvedere and Pineapple Valley by E-Bike
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$85

Enjoy a slow paced bicycle guided tour to Belvedere and the Pineapple Valley. Your guide will commence the tour by giving you an introductory course on how to use the simple E-bike settings. Choose the setting that fit your fitness level, from no assistance to Turbo and off you go visiting the beautiful Pineapple Island. At every stop the guide will provide you with a multitude of details about the sites and their history. Visit Cooks and Opunohu bays, stop at the Marae (archaeological sites) and Belvedere Lookout point. Pedal through the pineapple plantations and stop for a jam tasting at the Agricultural High school. Your e-motor assisted mountain bike will make it really easy to complete the tour and even the less active guests will feel like Le Tour de France winner.

Please note: This activity requires good level of fitness, and is not suitable for people with limited mobility.

Excursion Code:
MOO-2234
  • Hinerava Pearls at La Boutique
Snorkel & Black Pearl Farm Adventure
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$105

Explore Tahiti's most unique and sought-after treasures during this canoeing and snorkeling adventure and a visit to the Black Pearl Farm.

Depart the pier aboard a motorized outrigger canoe for the 10-minute ride to Poerani, a black pearl farm. The vanilla industry is the island's most important business, followed closely by the production of black pearls. At the black pearl farm, you will learn all about the most beautiful jewel of French Polynesia: the magnificent black pearl. This informative stop will help you understand the value of these lustrous jewels in these islands - and around the world.

Continue on to a small motu for an opportunity to snorkel in its crystal-clear water. This motu is located close to a pass where experienced snorkelers can observe the drop-off of the reef. Don your snorkeling gear and enter the water, where you will see wonderful underwater fauna and a myriad of tropical fish swimming around you.

Following your snorkeling session, you will embark the canoe for the return ride to the Motu Mahana for Paul Gauguin's Beach BBQ.

Please note: The snorkeling stop may be relocated depending on weather conditions. Some of the canoes may not be covered, and sunscreen is strongly suggested. Please wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, hat, sunglasses and bring snorkeling equipment and a towel from the ship. This tour ends at our private islet, Motu Mahana, where lunch, water activities and snorkeling is available. Guests should be comfortable wearing snorkeling equipment, and able to cope with occasional currents. Morning tour departures will conclude at the beach.

Excursion Code:
TAM-2488
  • Snorkel tour of Beqa Lagoon in Suva, Fiji.
Snorkeling in Beqa Lagoon (Ultimate Experience)
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$120

Beqa Lagoon tour is an exhilarating high-speed adventure and coral reef tour that will take in the magnificent reefs that surround Beqa Lagoon and its islands.

You could see many varieties of marine life and fish species from reef, bull and tiger sharks, stingrays, barracudas, groupers, wrasses, parrot fish, giant trevally, moray eels and turtles that inhabit the reef areas. You will be amazed at the vivid and contrasting colour combinations of the smaller reef fish and the stunning beauty that our coral reefs and Beqa Lagoon has to offer.

Please note: Bring your snorkel gear and towel from the ship. Wear your swimsuit underneath your clothes. The boat ride to may be bumpy and rough depending on the sea conditions. Waivers will be required from each guest.

Excursion Code:
SUV-19
Snorkeling Rangiroa's 'Aquarium'
Duration:
1.5 Hours
Cost:
$85

Rangiroa’s spectacular and diverse marine life is yours to discover during this scenic and memorable ride in the Tuamotu Islands.

Depart the pier via local boat for the ride to Motu Nui Nui, a natural, open-water aquarium renowned for its marine life. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety instructions, then enter the water to explore your surroundings. Along the way, you will observe an abundance of colorful fish and coral and marine life. Your guide will offer assistance in the water and throughout the tour. During the tour, you will also have an opportunity to hand-feed the fish.

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

Please note: This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition and used to snorkeling in deep water and strong currents. The Tuamotus are very remote islands. Although the guides used are the best available, they are not certified, and their command of English may be very poor; thus, narration will be very limited tonon-existent. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated. Please wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, and bring a bottle of water and a towel from the ship.

Excursion Code:
RGI-1784
Snorkeling Tour
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$117

At the edge of the reef which runs out from Savusavu Bay is a Lighthouse, which gives its name to the famed snorkeling site. Board either the "Island Fever" or the "Island Paradise" and take an enjoyable fast and scenic ride along the inside of the Bay to snorkel amongst beautiful coral and tropical fish in crystal-clear turquoise waters. Savusavu is home to some of the most vibrant and colorful coral in Fiji. There are numerous plate corals, soft spaghetti corals and fish, fish, fish….myriads of black and white sergeant fish as well as clownfish, orange and purple anthias, trumpet fish, pale green damsel fish, humpbacked wrasse and Maori wrasse. The scene takes on the appearance of a tropical aquarium as abundant small fish dart in and out of the striking coral. Giant clams, grouper and parrotfish are also commonly seen in and around the coral formations. Sea turtles frequent the Lighthouse so it is always a treat to see one or two. Occasionally a friendly white-tip reef shark will be seen.

Please note: Please bring your snorkel gear, beach towel and bottled water from the ship. Please wear your swim wear under yourclothes as there are no changing facilities on the boat.

Excursion Code:
SVU-9
  • Experience the marine life of Aitutaki.
Snorkeling Tour
Duration:
2 Hours
Cost:
$93

You will board small boats each seating 10 guests and travel to Motu Maina where you can snorkel and those that wish have the option of visiting the motu. It takes approximately 15 minutes to travel each way, as the boats are very quick. This area has beautiful giant clams and is a marine reserve and is a nesting area of the red tailed tropic birds.

Please note: Wear your swimsuit under a cover up, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring fins, snorkels, and towels from the ship. You should also wear reef shoes for swimming. This tour involves a wet landing. There are no restroom stops on this tour.

Excursion Code:
AIT-6773

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