July 2015 - Paul Gauguin to South Pacific
The Paul Gauguin is the perfect way to visit French Polynesia. It allows you to visit many of the islands, and the size of the ship allows you to enter all of the atolls. The ship is beautiful, decent size rooms, and delicious food in the three dining rooms. My favorite hang out is at the Piano Bar before dinner, where Rey (my favorite bartender onboard) whips up some great cocktails.
The Paul Gauguin has a private motu off of Taha'a and this is a really special part of the cruise. The motu is unbelievable, the best day on the cruise! It is a private island set up for the cruise with chaise lounges, a floating bar, fresh coconuts, and a delicious island bbq.
Fakarava & Raingaroa were the two top dive spots, and are even great for snorkeling. We booked all of our excursions and dives through the PG, and I highly recommend this option, there is not much to do on some of the islands without booking an excursion. The excursions are reasonable prices and we did not have one that we did not love.
I definitely will be returning to the Paul Gauguin to cruise some of their other itineraries.
My only two complaints would be that the service is good not great on the ship, but you spend most of your time off the ship in the beautiful islands, and the embarkation and disembarkation is so poorly handled.