About Our Destination
The official currency of Tahiti is the French Polynesian Franc (XFP). Most of the tourist venues will accept U.S. bills and Euros, as well as major credit cards, but may give change in Polynesian Francs. We recommend that you use the ATM to get a few Polynesian Francs while there, or exchange a few with a hotel if staying there a day or two prior. Taxis will accept U.S. dollars.
If traveling from any other country than the U.S., we recommend that you convert your local denomination to US currency or Euro before you leave, as these are both widely accepted.
French, Tahitian, English
The average maximum daytime temperature in Papeete, Tahiti in August is a warm 23°C (73°F) with moderate heat & humidity. The average evening temperature is usually a comfortable 17°C (63°F).
- Saturday, August 24 — Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
- Sunday, August 25 — Huahine, Society Islands
- Monday, August 26 — Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands
- Tuesday, August 27 — Bora Bora, Society Islands
- Wednesday, August 28 — Bora Bora, Society Islands
- Thursday, August 29 — Moorea, Society Islands
- Friday, August 30 — Moorea, Society Islands / Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
- Saturday, August 31 — Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
See our Vacation Stretchers tab for information regarding our pre-cruise and post cruise vacation stretchers.
Before Your Trip
What’s not included?
- Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on the elegant 6-star em Paul Gauguin
- All meals onboard the ship’s restaurant
- 24-hour room Service
- Bottled water
- All beverages (soft drinks and alcoholic beverages)
- Gratuity to ship’s staff
- All port changes and service taxes
- Olivia’s signature entertainment and programming
- Olivia staff assistance throughout
Travel documentation and identification
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you DO NOT need to get a visa ahead of time. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” and then "Vaccinations".
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.
- Ship services and incidentals such as boutique purchases, casino, spa services, and photos
- Airfare to/from Papeete
- Transfers from/to airport
- Optional excursions in all ports of call
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever, it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 21 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most comprehensive coverage. Consider travel protection for trip cancellation/trip interruption, emergency medical and emergency evacuation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more.
For a travel insurance quote, more information, or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
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2019 TAHITIAN PARADISE LUXURY CRUISE
|Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date
||$500 per person
|Cancellation Fee 210-269 days prior to trip date
||25% of trip cost
|Cancellation Fee 150-209 days prior to trip date
||50% of trip cost
|Cancellation Fee 120-149 days prior to trip date
||75% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 0-119 days prior to trip date
||100% of trip cost
We are pleased to announce Olivia’s new partnership with Conlin Travel.
Conlin Travel is one of the “Top 50” Travel Agencies in the country ranked alongside some of the globe’s largest agencies. In business for almost 60 years, Conlin Travel’s core belief is aligned with Olivia in delivering that personal concierge service to each and every traveler, every time. A full-service, LGBTQ-friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel and hotel reservations for stays outside of Olivia’s pre- and post-trip packages. For air and hotel bookings, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost.
For assistance in making a reservation, please call Conlin Travel: 888-278-1698 (Monday–Friday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm EST)
If you already have a reservation with Conlin and need emergency after-hours service, please call 800-823-1189.
Joining the Olivia.com and Facebook trip groups
If you'd like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group, Olivia's Tahitian Paradise Luxury Cruise Official Trip Group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s Tahitian Paradise Luxury Cruise 2019 Group on Facebook.
If you have any celebrations and birthdays during the trip that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please let us know of this information as soon as possible, but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
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Travel and arrival
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly in and out of Papeete, Tahiti (PPT). We encourage all passengers to arrive early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays. We will be offering a pre-cruise stretcher package that will include Papeete and Moorea, and a day room option in Papeete for early arriving flights on August 24, and a post-cruise stretcher package in Bora Bora.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Please arrive before 11 pm on August 24 and make you way to the ship. The ship departs at 11:59 pm. They are used to the 9:30–11 pm arrivals on the day of embarkation each week. However, if the flight is more than 2 hours late, we will have to sail and you would need to meet us in the next port. We always recommend arriving on the earlier flights, coming in a day early, or to take advantage of the pre-cruise stretcher packages we provide.
Your departure out of Papeete on August 31 can be at anytime, as we arrive in Papeete the night prior (August 30) at approximately 7 pm. However, most of the flights to the U.S. depart in the late evening. For this reason, we propose two options:
Airfare discountsSave up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information. Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
A taxi transfer to the ship from the airport will run approximately 1700 XFP ($30 USD) for the base fare, and an additional 203 XFP (approx. $2.25 USD) per piece of luggage. In the evenings, you may be charged an extra $10–$15 USD.
The Paul Gauguin will be docked at the port of Papeete, Tahiti. The port is located in downtown Papeete and is just 20 minutes away from the international airport of Papeete.
Embarkation and check in will be available after 3 pm. However, if you have an early morning flight arrival, we will offer optional day-room packages at the host hotel. This will include breakfast, use of the facility and an afternoon transfer to the ship.
- You CAN depart the night of August 30 and not miss any of the programming or meals. We will offer optional transfers for purchase from the ship to the airport directly after dinner to make your late-night flight. We recommend this to people for 2 reasons:
- It gives you an extra weekend day at home. Some people appreciate this extra day to unpack, do laundry, and relax before going back to work on Monday.
- If you depart on August 31, you will want to have a dayroom at a hotel with a place to store your luggage. The only real option is to purchase a day room at a local hotel as you wait until the evening for your flight. Day rooms are expensive in Tahiti. The option of departing the night prior saves you the cost of a dayroom.
- Day room packages will be available to purchase prior to the trip, and will include a transfer from the ship to the hotel, a dayroom and use of hotel facilities, and transfer to the airport.
During your trip
Paul Gauguin’s ms Paul Gauguin Ship Amenities
Now in its 19th year of cruising the Tahitian islands, and the 7th time Olivia has chartered her. Recently awarded one of the World’s Top-Rated Small Ships and Highest Rated Small Luxury Cruise Ship by Conde Naste Magazine, the Paul Gauguin is a beautifully-designed, intimate 332-passenger ship and boasts the following:
All rooms are comfortable appointed with:
- One of the best crew-to-guest ratios at sea – 1:1.5
- La Boutique Duty-Free shop, specializing in beautiful Tahitian pearls
- Luxurious onboard spa
- Fitness Center
- Guest Lecturers (Mammal expert and Tahitian History expert)
- Onboard watersports marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and waterskiing
- Zodiac for optional dive excursions
- Optional PADI dive program and certification
- Les Gauguines – Paul Gauguin’s signature Polynesian women entertainers
- Le Grand Salon Lounge with stage for nightly entertainment
- La Palette lounge and Disco
- Whirl pool
- Piano Bar
- Deck with Premium Lounge Chairs
- Non-smoking interior
Dining and service
Enjoy the finest fare in your choice of two elegant restaurants and an outdoor grill, each featuring single, open-seating dining so you have the option of dining when and with whom you choose.
To enhance your dining experience, Olivia has created tables specifically for those guests who prefer to dine alcohol-free or with other solo travelers.
Special mobility and dietary needs
If you have any medical, mobility needs, or specific dietary requirements that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please visit the travel preferences page to update your personal needs information. Please advise us of this information as soon as possible, but no less than 180 days prior to the trip.
All staterooms are equipped with 110- and 220-volt electricity. These outlets are provided beside the dressing table mirror in your stateroom. Should you have several items to plug in at once, you may consider bringing a power strip.
There are two elevators located forward and two elevators located on the aft of the ship. Please note the Water Sports Marina is not accessible by elevator.
Gratuities are included as a portion of your NDAs. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’ and other-behind-the-scenes crew members. Tips to your local guides on excursions are not included, and are recommended. Below is a suggested guideline per person:
- Luxury European Linens
- Feather-down Duvets
- Robes and cotton slippers
- LCD flat-screen satellite television
- DVD player
- Hair dryer
- Personal safe
- Refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
- International direct dial phones
- Private bathrooms with shower
- Luxurious bath products
- Spacious bath with full-size tub (select staterooms offer shower only)/li>
Local guide: half day — $5 / full day — $10
Bus driver: half day — $2-$4 / full day — $5
Each cabin has a phone. There is an additional fee to use this phone; cost is available onboard.
Internet / e-mail / fax
There is an Internet Center onboard; minute plans are available. Pricing will be posted onboard. Guests may also bring their own laptops and purchase an internet wireless plan onboard.
Laundry and pressing services are available onboard. Dry cleaning is also available. Check on board for pricing.
The ship has an infirmary and a medical doctor on board for an additional charge.
There is a wonderful spa onboard, offering you facials, massages, and many other services. There is also a salon for hair appointments, manicures, and pedicures. All are available for an additional fee.
Money: Paying for things on board
All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Please check with the front office onboard for further details.
24-Hour Room Service is available at no extra charge. Room service menus are in each cabin. If you prefer, you can have your breakfast, lunch or dinner served in the privacy of your stateroom during operating hours of the restaurants. Tips for room service are not included and always appreciated.
All indoor areas onboard, including cabins and verandas, are non-smoking. Smoking areas in a few different public outdoor areas will be posted. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation to stay within the designated smoking areas for everyone’s comfort.
We will have a solos coordinator who will ensure you have a great time. We designate areas for solo to eat meals together, enjoy activities together, sit together during evening shows and much more. Though you may travel solo, you will make lots of new friends. You can start to meet other solos and travelers online in the Olivia's Tahitian Paradise Luxury Cruise 2019 Official Facebook Group Page.
In each port we visit, an array of optional excursions are available, from snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing in Bora Bora, swimming with sting rays and sharks to 4-wheel driving in Moorea, and more. You will be able to pre-book these in advance. More information on these will be available in your final documents.
After Your Trip
All guests will disembark the ship by 9 am on August 31.
Transfers to the airport
Transfers to the Papeete Airport can be purchased on board for the flights departing the evening of August 30. If your flight departs the evening of August 31, the ship will have optional day room and airport transfer packages to purchase.
Pre-cruise vacation stretcher packages will be available in Moorea and a post-cruise vacation stretcher package will be available in Bora Bora. Please check back to the Vacation Stretchers for more information, approximately 9–11 months from the trip dates.
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