My dream trip to Tahiti came true when I escorted a group of 53 guests in January. We boarded the Paul Gauguin for a 10-day cruise which called on the Society Islands and Tuamotus.
Besides the pure beauty of the Tahitian Islands which is by the true definition of “Paradise.” In a day when ships carring 3,500 or more passengers is quite common, the Paul Gauguin is an amazing "small" ship, with just 332 guests and a 1:1.5 guest to crew on board ratio -- meaning service levels are high.
The ship is beautiful from stem to stern, the crew attentive to our every need. Staterooms are comfortable at 202 sq. ft., and the ship offers a fabulous spa and over the top service from every crew member. The Paul Gauguin is very much a luxury product, perfect for couples and families (with older children). Beyond the destination itself, one of the highlights was certainly the cuisine onboard. One memorable entree was dining on a freshly local caught Moonfish -- quite a large fish -- (along with a carving demonstration on the deck.) Meals featured farm-to-table bounty at its best, with locally grown fruits and vegetables.
People have asked what was my favorite island….. hard to say, but I would lean towards Moorea. My favorite excursion was also while we were anchored overnight at Moorea -- a Snuba trip.
I loved visiting this remote destination on a cruise: the view from my balcony changed daily, and yes, all those pictures you’ve seen of Tahiti look exactly like the images. The water is that blue and clear the sand that white. It is a paradise.