If being underwater is your nirvana, then cruising to Tahiti on the the top rated Paul Gauguin Cruises might well be your cup of tea. After all, there aren't many cruise ships on which you can enjoy a retractable water sports marina from which you can embark on your SCUBA adventures while cruising the island of the South Pacific. And overall, as an experienced cruise travel agent, Paul Gauguin Tahiti cruise has my vote as one of the best one-week cruise vacations.
If you're new to SCUBA, no worries -- you can get PADI certified onboard and still experience the rainbow-colored reefs and spectacular marine life! The Paul Gauguin has Dive Master/Instructors who accompany each dive and take you to the best dive locales. Onboard the Paul Gauguin are two inflatable dive boats with ladders, each holding up to eight divers and two instructors. Better yet, you don't even have to bring your own equipment, unless you prefer to. You'll find everything you need onboard -- from (shorty) wet suits, masks, snorkel, full foot fins, pure air tank, dive computer and weights.
While we've written previously about how fabulous a vacation a Paul Gauguin Tahiti cruise is, and while the cuisine onboard is exquisite and land-based visits enriching; unless you take the opportunity to get under the water, you miss half the joy of visiting this part of our wondrous planet. Here, in Bora Bora, you'll encounter and can swim with lemon sharks, tiger sharks and manta rays. You'll discover shipwrecks off Moorea and Raiatea, and see eagle rays, melon-headed whales and hammerheads (in season) off Rangiroa, Fakarava and Nuku Hiva.
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