Cruising is redefined in Tahitian waters where you embark on a voyage to explore these romantic and unspoiled isles of the South Pacific. Here, the ports-of-call are uncrowded and charming, the ships are smaller and luxurious, the neon-blue waters within the lagoons are calm, and the ocean journey between the bright-green islands is short.

Water Activities

Floating atop the water playground of the lagoons, each ship offers unending activities for couples and families. A sampling of daily activities includes jetskiing, windsurfing, waterskiing, parasailing, canoeing, diving, shark feeding, and snorkeling. Or hop on a glass-bottom boat, explore a lagoon, or even charter your own catamaran or powerboat for the day.

Shore-side Activities

Surrounded by lush-green peaks, each island welcomes exploration by 4x4 safari to dramatic overlooks, circle-island trips stopping off at fruit-tasting shops and historic sites, independent trips for shopping or walking through the villages, or guided hiking trips into the mountains for an overview of the land and ocean.

Unique Events

The Polynesian world abounds in sights, sounds, and experiences found nowhere else on earth and are easily discovered by cruise passengers. By day, live out your South Pacific fantasy when you anchor at a tiny motu for an afternoon of relaxation and fun. Or enjoy personalized tours of the historical and cultural sites hidden on each island. By night, enjoy the best Tahitian performers for elaborate and romantic displays of music and dance.

Choose from one of the following cruises or sailing experiences and remember that while you start your vacation on the water, Tahiti Travel Mate can combine this with an overwater finish for the complete Tahiti escape.


Recognized as a dream destination, the leading Tahiti cruise companies in the world have created ships to match the environment with 7, 10, and 14-day voyages.

M/S Paul Gauguin: 320 guests

The deluxe 320-guest m/s Paul Gauguin is the most luxurious ship ever to sail the islands of Tahiti on a year-round basis. Designed specifically for Polynesia, the “Paul Gauguin” offers small ship luxury with flawless service. Spacious, ocean-view staterooms – most with balconies or verandahs, open to tropical breezes and lush island vistas. Each suite features queen or twin beds, marble appointed bath, closed-circuit television and VCR. Fine continental and French cuisine is served on an open-seating basis in two restaurants.

Departs every Saturday from Papeete for a 7 night cruise to the romantic islands of Raiatea, Bora Bora, Moorea and Taha’a where you spend the day on a private motu.

If you are interested in the M/S Paul Gauguin click on the Enquire Now button and let Tahiti Travel Mate put you in the picture.


Island Escape Cruises is a market leader in small ship cruising in the South Pacific. The itineraries do not cover large ocean distances. Instead, the cruises explore inside the magnificent sheltered lagoons where the larger ships simply cannot attempt to enter.

The ship is very large for just 24 passengers in a child free environment. She excels with very spacious cabins, an enormous interior dining and saloon area plus an expansive aft deck. The result is more like being on-board a luxury private yacht. Exceptional food and fine wines are an essential part of your cruise. Simply put, every meal has to be magnificent. Local seafood, maybe even some that you caught yourself is featured daily.

Island Escape Cruises commencing in May 2016, offers 7 night cruises departing on Sundays and 10 night cruises departing from Tahiti on Thursdays.

A range of price-inclusive activities are available that include snorkeling, kayaks, paddle boards, fishing equipment and tenders, landing craft, hand chosen shore excursions and even a helicopter pad for those more adventurous who wish to explore further afield.


Tahiti by Wind Star.  This is Tahiti as it was meant to be seen, under tall sails and kissed by gentle breezes. Windstar’s luxurious 148-guest Wind Spirit yacht guides you gracefully into places other cruise ships can’t reach, so there is nothing between you and the real Tahiti.

Choose between the classic 7 day Dreams of Tahiti voyage, or sail up to the Tuamotu Islands on the 11 day itinerary.

Wind Spirit sails with just 148 pampered guests in 74 total staterooms: 73 deluxe, ocean-view staterooms and 1 deluxe Owner’s Suite with queen beds and a dining/sitting area.

Wind Spirit features wide open, teak decks—quite unusual for small ships. Guests will find hidden nooks for private moments giving them a feeling of being on their own private veranda.

All staterooms have ocean views, queen beds, flat-screen TV with DVD player, and Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods. The Owner’s Suite includes a sitting area.

Wind Spirit offers two primary dining venues. AmphorA restaurant offers gourmet, course-by-course cuisine in the evenings and Veranda restaurant offers casual buffet and full-service dining for breakfast and lunch. All dining is open seating. And, for dining under the stars, make a reservation for Candles which features steaks and skewers.

Wind Spirit amenities include the luxurious WindSpa, a pool and whirlpool, Watersports Platform with complimentary water toys, Casino, Fitness Center and Windstar’s special brand of 24-hour pampering.


Archipels is owned by Dream Yacht Charter, a French sailboat company specializing in charter boats and cruise rentals.  Archipels Croisieres currently offers luxury sailing cabins cruising in the heart of the authentic and stunning Tahitian islands aboard deluxe catamarans designed to accommodate 8 passengers.  They offer scheduled cruises for guests throughout the year with or without crew.

Smaller ships offer options for independent voyagers and small group customized journeys.

Climb aboard the luxurious sailing catamarans of Dream Yacht Charter's 57-foot sister yachts featuring four private, air-conditioned cabins and complete with a full crew and meals caught straight from the sea. Dream Yacht Charter currently offers luxury sailing cruises throughout the Society Islands or the Tuamotu Atolls with custom voyages or set itineraries from 3 to 11 days.

If you would like more information on Dream Yacht Charters just click on the Enquire Now button and one of the Tahiti Travel Mate specialists will contact you.


Voyage to adventure aboard a combination freighter/cruiseship and explore the remote islands with tiny port villages far removed from the world

Aranui Cruises: 254 passenger Aranui 5
Setting sail in the Winter of 2015, the new Aranui 5 represents the crowning jewel of a 30 year long pursuit of the ultimate passenger freighter. Redesigned and custom built with passenger comfort in mind, you will embark on a voyage of discovery following the paths of Paul Gauguin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thor Heyerdahl and Jacques Brel. The Aranui’s Polynesian staff and crew will welcome you to these exotic, captivating islands they call home. The Aranui 5 continues their relaxed, friendly tradition with space to meet new friends in the bars and lounge or while relaxing on the deck or by the pool, as the islands seem to float by. If you are looking for privacy or romance, retreat to your balcony in our suites and deluxe staterooms. Watch the infinite colors of the sunset play in the sky and sea as another day draws to a close in the South Pacific.

Aranui, meaning "the great highway" in the local language, serves as a lifeline to the inhabitants of the Marquesas islands, bringing supplies to each principal village and several remote valleys. The vessel operates 17 voyages throughout the year of 14 days from Papeete. The stern portion of the ship is given over to comfortable accommodations for 254 passengers. Amenities include air conditioning, suites and deluxe cabins, pool, sunbathing deck, and guest lecturers. You’ll travel in the company of like-minded adventure seekers from all corners of the world; the ship’s passengers are of every age, background, and nationality.

Included in your passage and adding to the spirit of adventure are guided excursions on several of the islands. You'll visit villages few foreigners ever see, where artisans practice the ancient crafts of wood and stone carving. Challenging hikes up into the valleys reveal fascinating artifacts of the old Marquesan culture, such as giant tikis, and stone temples. You'll return from these trips tired and thoroughly exhilarated by the sights you've seen.

If you would like more information on Aranui Cruises or any of our cruise options just go to our Enquire Now section and a Tahiti Travel Mate expert will be in contact with you.

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