Portrait of Poedooa, the 19-year-old daughter of Orio, chief of the Haamanino district of Raiatea (Ulietea), one of the Society Islands neighbouring Tahiti. One of the earliest images of a Polynesian woman produced by a European painter.
Without a doubt, the best cruise to take to experience French Polynesia is onboard the Paul Gauguin from Paul Gauguin Cruises, previously managed by Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Whilst the ownership has changed, the service standards remain as high as before.
French Polynesia is an expensive area of the world to visit and it would cost you a lot of money in travel and accommodation to visit each of the islands separately; thus taking a cruise onboard the Paul Gauguin is your best bet.
The Paul Gauguin had years to figure out the best itinerary and sailing times to give you the most wonderful experience.
The ports you will visit on a seven days cruise are Papeete, Raiatea, Taha'a (Motu Mahana), Bora Bora and Moorea.
Best flight connections are from LAX with a direct flight to Papeete.
Paul Gauguin Cruises offers also some longer voyages to the Cook Islands as well as the Marquesas, a very special experience in its own rights.