Romance Awaits in the Islands of Tahiti


Romance Awaits in the Islands of Tahiti

February 8, 2018

French Polynesia is graced with 118 enchanting islands and atolls and countless motus, each with its own distinct beauty, atmosphere, and myth. One of the most romantic islands is Bora Bora, widely considered one of the world’s fairy-tale honeymoon destinations, and this Valentine’s Day the m/s Paul Gauguin will be here.

The unparalleled beauty of this setting has inspired passion for thousands of years. Lush Mt. Otemanu with its soaring volcanic peak towers in the distance over white-sand beaches and dreamy lagoons. Paul Gauguin Cruises offers an exclusive retreat to guests here—its private beach in Bora Bora.  Stroll the sugary sands, bask in the warm sun, and take a refreshing dip in the glistening lagoon. Or paddle through the many shades of blue water by kayak or paddleboard.  

Paddleboard through crystal clear lagoons in Bora Bora from the m/s Paul Gauguin's watersports marina or private beach

Discover one of the world’s most beautiful locales on land and sea excursions as a couple. One of the most unforgettable and exciting experiences you’ll find in the South Pacific is the opportunity to stand in shallow waters as beautiful and playful stingrays swim around you and technicolor fish glide past during the Sharks & Stingrays Encounter excursion.

Stand in shallow waters as playful stingrays surround you in a beautiful lagoon

Snorkel among technicolor fish in the lagoons of Tahiti and the Society Islands

Or go on a SCUBA diving adventure with your loved one. As a guest aboard The Gauguin, you can witness spectacular marine life up close and swim among beautiful, rainbow-colored coral reefs within a matter of hours. The Gauguin’s SCUBA diving excursions are designed for all levels of experience, and PADI certification is offered on board for novice divers, as well as refresher courses.

As a guest aboard The Gauguin, SCUBA dive below the lagoons and witness spectacular marine life up close

After a day of exploration with your love, savor a glass of wine on your private balcony, taking in the captivating island scenery and sunsets. This is also a perfect place for a romantic marriage proposal.

Relax on a private balcony in a suite aboard the luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin

A perfect place for a romantic marriage proposal is aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin

In the evening, enjoy a dinner date at a table for two at one of The Gauguin’s three dining venues—L’Etoile offers international fare, La Veranda features signature dishes from French celebrity chef Jean-Pierre Vigato, and Le Grill serves Polynesian specialties poolside. The decadent course-by-course menus at all three restaurants are perfectly paired with complimentary wines. Or dine in privacy. Surprise your love with a romantic breakfast, lunch, or dinner delivered to your stateroom; room service is complimentary.

Five-star dining in the La Veranda restaurant aboard the luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin

Grab a nightcap and feel the magic in the air as you dance the night away with your amour at The Gauguin’s La Palette or on deck beneath the stars.

La Palette aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin offers disco to dance the night away

Couples sailing on The Gauguin can also celebrate their love in a romantic setting amid the turquoise lagoons and exotic islands of French Polynesia. Reserve a wedding ceremony* or renewal of vows package at Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private islet off the coast of Taha’a, or in the glass-bottom overwater chapel at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.

A wedding ceremony or renewal of vows package at Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private islet off the coast of Taha’a

For those celebrating an anniversary, an invitation will be issued to The Gauguin’s special Polynesian Blessing Ceremony complete with a poetry, live music, Champagne toast, and cake. At the end of ceremony, couples have the chance to be wrapped in a traditional Tifaifai quilt to commemorate their love. Honeymooners aboard The Gauguin receive a complimentary package featuring an in-stateroom celebratory bottle of Champagne, 8” x 10” portrait, and exclusive pillow gift. Paul Gauguin Cruises also offers optional gift packages for honeymoons, anniversaries, renewal of vows and other special occasions.

The Gauguin’s special Polynesian Blessing Ceremony for anniversaries or honeymoons

There simply is not a more romantic setting for a new beginning or personal milestone than aboard our luxurious ship, and we are renowned for the extra touches and attention to detail that make every occasion special. We even offer gift registries for those who wish to celebrate with the happy couple.

A couple strolls across the expansive deck of the luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin

Come sail aboard The Gauguin, and see why Paul Gauguin Cruises has been recognized as the “Most Romantic Cruise” by the editors of and “Top Cruise Line for Honeymooners” in the BRIDES Honeymoon Awards.  

The luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin in the lagoon of Moorea at sunset

For more information about our private retreats, click here.

To find about the Sharks & Stingrays Encounter excursion and full list of shore excursions, click here.

To learn about our SCUBA diving programs, click here.

To discover our dining venues, click here.

To explore our special occasion packages, click here.

To view our gift registry, click here.

*Wedding ceremony not legally binding.