The award-winning m/s Paul Gauguin is the only luxury small ship in the French Polynesia region to offer internationally recognised diver certification on board.
The onboard dive teams offer Discover SCUBA diving classes and refresher courses, as well as credit towards PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification and there are plenty of chances on every cruise to view parrotfish, clownfish, giant clams, sea turtles, sharks, octopuses, and many other underwater treasures – for first time snorkellers and experienced divers.
For a completely immersive dive and snorkel experience, The Gauguin offers a 14 night cruise across the Marquesas, Tuamotus and Society Islands, with 2018 departures on 14 April, 11 August, and 20 October.
Beginning in the Tuamotus Islands, Rangiroa and Fakarava are local favourites for spotting manta rays from September to October. The area is also a hotspot for dolphins, turtles, and barracuda among the canyon passes and UNESCO-protected Fakarava reef.
Continuing the voyage, the Marquesas Islands are among the best diving spots in the world. The Gauguin offers travellers their only opportunity to explore the underwater world of the Marquesas, as there are no dive centres in these remote but pristine islands.*
Here, the Nuku Hiva and Tahuata islands offer unparalleled diving experiences, swimming alongside spectacular marine life, such as moray eels, grey sharks, and giant trevally.
In the Society Islands, guests will experience the world renowned waters of Bora Bora, where divers can view lemon sharks and manta rays up close, or take a break and enjoy the stunning views of Mount Otemanu.
Fares start from USD$6,320** per person including tax, based on double occupancy. The all-inclusive fare covers all shipboard meals; 24 hour room service; complimentary beverages, including select wines & spirits, bottled water & soft-drinks; all gratuities for room stewards and dining staff; day at our private islet, Motu Mahana; access to our private beach in Bora Bora; retractable watersports marina featuring complimentary windsurfing and kayaking.***
*For safety reasons, diving is available in the Marquesas for advanced Open-Water Certified divers only, as dives are 60 feet minimum.
**Fare quoted is for a category F porthole stateroom. Pricing subject to change and availability.
***Watersports are subject to weather conditions and local restrictions.