12 Nights Cairns to Lautoka with Paul Gauguin Cruises

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  • 12019
  • Ocean
  • 01 Jan 00
  • Australia & New Zealand, Pacific Islands
  • 18 Aug 14
  • 30Aug14
  • 12 nights
  • Paul Gauguin
  • Cruise Only

Cruise the tropics from Cairns, Australia to Lautoka, Fiji with Paul Gauguin Cruises on board m/s Paul Gauguin on 18Aug14 from only US$6,395 per person. 

 

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  • * This product is priced in USD (USD), AUD rates can fluctuate depending on exchange rates, final rates in AUD will be confirmed by your consultant at time of booking.
  • Prices are per person twin share, single occupancy and 3rd guest rates are available upon request.
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Itinerary:

 

 

Day 1 Embark the m/s Paul Gauguin in Cairns, Australia

The gateway to Far North Queensland, tropical Cairns is best known for the amazing natural wonders that surround it, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback. Embark the m/s Paul Gauguin here and settle into your stateroom as the ship sets sail late this afternoon.

Day 2 At Sea

Spend the day enjoying The Gauguin’s Polynesian ambiance: casual, leisurely, and elegant. Perhaps you’ll work out in the fitness center and later enjoy specialties inspired by one of the top chefs of Paris over dinner in La Veranda.

Day 3 Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, the second-largest island in the world (after Greenland). Just 54 acres in size, Samarai Island was once an important trading center, due to its location off the southeast coast of Papua New Guinea, on the China Strait between Australia and East Asia. Declared a National Historical Heritage Island by the government in 2006, it offers a pleasant walkway around the village and excellent diving. Or enjoy the beautiful beach.

Day 4 At Sea

Today is yours to relax amid the luxury of The Gauguin. Pamper yourself at our onboard spa, take a dip in the pool, or choose a movie from our onboard DVD library.

Day 5 Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Controlled by first the Germans, then the British, and finally the Japanese in the first half of the 20th century, Rabaul was buried in ash from volcanic eruptions from Mt. Tavurvur and Mt. Vulcan in 1994. Today, its ambiance is eerily reminiscent of Pompeii. Marvel at the surreal, almost deserted landscape, and enjoy SCUBA diving and snorkeling in the beautiful harbor.

Day 6 Kieta, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea

Bougainville, off the coast of Papua New Guinea, is rugged and relatively unspoiled, with lush jungle, fabulous beaches, and one of the world’s largest caves. There are many World War II sites and relics scattered throughout the island that you can explore. Or enjoy excellent snorkeling, swimming, and diving in the clear waters … browse the shops for traditional wood carvings … and admire the diversity of bird life that is second only to Guadalcanal in this region of the South Seas.

Day 7 Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

The third-largest archipelago in the South Pacific, the Solomon Islands were divided between Great Britain and Germany in 1893. Among the British-controlled islands was the then-obscure island of Guadalcanal, the largest of the Solomons. In 1942, the Japanese effort to build an airfield on the island prompted six months of combat, in which the Allies were ultimately victorious. It was a turning point in the Pacific theater during World War II. The island is still brimming with World War II relics, monuments, and memorials. Perhaps you’ll explore its tropical interior, with its excellent birdwatching. Or discover why the island is revered for its superior snorkeling and diving, with clear waters, shipwrecks, and an abundance of marine life.

Day 8 At Sea

Spend another day enjoying shipboard life: take a dip in the pool, watch the South Pacific pass by, play some table tennis, or read up on our next port at the Reading Gallery. And enjoy live entertainment in Le Grand Salon after a sumptuous gourmet dinner at L’Etoile.

Day 9 Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

In the South Pacific, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Australia, lies the island nation of Vanuatu. Spanish for “the holy spirit,” Espiritu Santo is the largest island in the Vanuatu archipelago and boasts miraculous scenery, from its palm-lined, white-sand beaches and spring-fed swimming holes to lush rainforests and lofty mountains. It was his experiences while stationed here during World War II that inspired author James A. Michener to pen his classic Tales of the South Pacific. Coral reefs and shipwrecks—including the SS President Coolidge, renowned as one of the most accessible shipwrecks in the world—make it a popular destination for divers. You can also enjoy exceptional swimming and snorkeling. Or relax on the beach.

Day 10 Porta Vila, Vanuatu

Tradition and culture remain strong on the islands of Vanuatu, where 80% of the population lives in thatched-hut villages surrounded by thick jungle. From your port call on the capital city, Port Vila, on the island of Efate, you can discover a rich artistic heritage of storytelling, song, dance, and art, including tattoos, masks, and carvings. Those interested in the natural world can admire large open stretches of water, dense jungle, and a mountainous terrain, as well as a wide variety of sea life.

Day 11 At Sea

Today is at leisure as your captain charts a course toward Fiji. You might attend an informative lecture by an onboard guest expert, or let Les Gauguines, our troupe of hostess/entertainers, school you in traditional Polynesian arts such as pareo tying.

Day 12 Malolo Island, Fiji / Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji

Rising just a few feet above sea level, Malolo is a remote and rustic getaway owned by a Fijian family. Take advantage of the opportunity to truly get away from it all as you admire the golden-sand beaches, swaying palms, and azure skies … marvel at the phenomenal snorkeling, with an abundance of tropical fish inhabiting local reefs … take in sweeping sea views from the comfort of a double hammock … and enjoy true Fijian hospitality, offered by villagers whose ancestry here dates back thousands of years. Late this afternoon, The Gauguin sails to Lautoka, where you will overnight on board.

Day 13 Disembark in Lautoka

In the morning, you’ll have brunch aboard ship in Lautoka before disembarking for your return home.

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the award-winning luxury cruise ship the m/s Paul Gauguin, which provides an exceptional cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, the South Pacific, and Fiji.

Launched in 1998, the renowned, 5+-star m/s Paul Gauguin was built specifically to sail the waters of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific and is the longest continually operating year-round luxury cruise ship in this enchanting destination. No other luxury ship in history has offered this level of single-destination focus and expertise on a year-round basis for such an extended period of time.

Paul Gauguin Cruises is owned and operated by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., the leader in French Polynesia luxury destination resorts. With more than 25 years of experience in the French Polynesian tourism market, Pacific Beachcomber is the country’s largest luxury hotel and cruise operator in the region. In addition to The Gauguin, Pacific Beachcomber operates seven award-winning hotels and is committed towards achieving environmental and social sustainability. Most recently, Pacific Beachcomber opened The Brando, an award-winning luxury eco-resort on the private island of Tetiaroa, on July 1, 2014.

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