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TAHITI

Couples Trip
February 17 - 24, 2024

LUXURY IN PARADISE

Tahiti is the largest of French Polynesia’s 118 islands and atolls in the southern Pacific Ocean. It is located about halfway between Los Angeles, California, and Sydney, Australia. Tahiti and some of the smaller islands, still hold that isolated, remote, and almost otherworldly feeling. Turquoise-blue lagoons, palm-fringed beaches, romantic overwater bungalows, lush mountains, and unblemished coral habitats fill your days. There is something absolutely mystical and magical about French Polynesia. It's what dream vacations are made of.

TRAVELER CHECKLIST

01

Book Your Flights

Purchase your flight and email us your confirmation number so we can arrange transportation to and from the airport. 

02

Check Your Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay. 

03

Send Your Passport

Please send us a photo/copy of your passport. 

PACKING LIST

EXPERIENCE SPONSOR

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ITINERARY

Friday, February 16
Scattered departures from SLC


Saturday, February 17
6:15 AM - Arrive in PPT
7:15 AM - Group Breakfast at Kontiki’s Surfhouse Restaurant
Day at Leisure
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM - Embark on Cruise Ship
6:00 PM - Cruise departs
6:30 PM - Group Dinner at L’Etoile


Sunday, February 18 - Huahine
8:00 AM - Arrive in Huahine
5:00 PM - Depart Huahine
5:00 PM - Group Welcome and Intros
         at the Piano Bar
6:30 PM - Group Dinner at L’Etoile


Monday, February 19 - Raiatea
8:00 AM - Arrive in Raiatea
6:30 PM, 6:45 PM, 7:00 PM Dinner at Le Veranda
11:59 PM - Depart Raiatea


Tuesday, February 20 - Motu Mahana, Taha'a Island
8:00 AM - Arrive Taha'a, Society Islands (Motu Mahana)
5:00 PM - Depart Taha'a, Society Islands
6:30 PM, 6:45 PM, 7:00 PM Group A Dinner at L'Etoile
6:30 PM, 6:45 PM, 7:00 PM Group B Dinner at Le Grille


Wednesday, February 21 - Bora Bora
12:01 AM - Arrive in Bora Bora
9:00 AM - Sharks and Ray Snorkel Experience with Lunch
3:30 PM - Return back to Vaitape Pier
Dinner at Leisure
**Optional overnight stay on-island in Bora Bora (Checkout on 2/22)


Thursday, February 22 - Bora Bora
6:00 PM - Depart Bora Bora
6:30 PM, 6:45 PM, 7:00 PM Group A Dinner at Le Grille
6:30 PM, 6:45 PM, 7:00 PM Group B Dinner at L'Etoile


Friday, February 23 - Moorea Island
8:00 AM - Arrive in Moorea
5:00 PM - Depart Moorea
6:30 PM - Group Dinner at L’Etoile
Return to Pape'ete
7:30 PM Arrive in Pape'ete (Option to disembark this night)

Saturday, February 24 - Pape'ete

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Disembark ship

9:00 AM -11:00 AM - Leisure time at Market
11:30 AM -1:00 PM - Lunch at the Hilton 
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Island Tour & Transfer to Airport

PACKING LIST

Country Club Casual, or elegant resort wear, is appropriate dress for all evenings aboard The Gauguin. A dress, or skirt or slacks with a blouse or sweater for ladies, and slacks and collared shirts for gentlemen. No ties are required at any time. We recommend you pack comfortable cool clothing of natural fibers, elegant resort wear for evenings, sun hat, sunglasses, sun block, swimsuit, beach cover-ups, rash guard - preferably long sleeved, mosquito repellent, reef shoes (sturdy, closed-toe), passport and personal medications.

FAQ

We are arriving at 6:15 am on 2/17, but cannot embark until 3:00 pm - what will we do?
We have arranged a breakfast for everyone flying early into Pape'ete. You can store your luggage at the breakfast location during the day while you explore the main market in town until it's time to embark on the cruise ship. 

Do we HAVE to stay on island on 2/21?
Absolutely not! Your room on the ship will remain available for you to stay in for the night of 2/21. Unfortunately the Four Seasons would not allow us to contract a group rate for one-night only (2/21/24, with checkout on 2/22/24). As such, and since staying on-island is optional, you are responsible for booking your on-island stay at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora. On 2/21 in Bora Bora, attendees will take the normal tender from the cruise ship. The Four Seasons is on its own small island and they provide transportation pick up as part of your reservation. 

We have a later departure time on 2/24. What do we do with our luggage between disembarkment and our flight departure?
There is an option to purchase a day pass at the Intercontinental Hotel in Pape'ete for 2/24/24. The hotel has only 45 individual passes available, on a first-come, first serve basis. The day passes would allow you to drop your luggage, spend the day at the pool lounging until you're ready to depart for the airport. For pricing and more information, please book one pass per person directly through the day pass website here

We are flying in a day early, and/or departing a day late - do you have any hotel recommendations?
If you are planning to extend before or after your trip for a day or so, we suggest booking accommodations at the Intercontinental Hotel in Pape'ete. 

We would like to extend our trip for a few days beyond February 24 - do you have any recommendations?

  • If you'd like to stay a few extra days beyond our trip dates without the high price tag of Bora Bora, we have had a few couples from the group reserve a few extra nights in Moorea. You are responsible for arranging and booking your stay in Moorea. Since our cruise will disembark on 2/24 in Pape'ete, you would also be responsible for arranging your transfer on 2/24 from Pape'ete to Moorea, your ferry from Moorea back to Pape'ete, and your transfer from the dock back to the airport for your departure. We highly recommend staying at either the Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort or the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa. If you choose to extend in Moorea, you do have the option to disembark from the cruise ship on 2/23 and remain on Moorea for your extension. If you choose to disembark on 2/23, you will miss the final dinner on the cruise ship. If you'd like to stay on the ship and disembark in Pape'ete, we recommend booking a ferry from Pape'ete back to Moorea on 2/24.


What are the inclusions on the ship?

  • All shipboard meals 

  • Complimentary 24-hour room service

  • Complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship

  • In-room refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water

  • All shipboard entertainment, including our troupe of Polynesian performers and live music in the evenings

  • Presentations by onboard experts, and select sailings feature guest hosts

  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards, dining and bar staff

  • Watersports, including complimentary kayaking and paddleboarding from our marina or destination beaches

  • Complimentary snorkel gear for use throughout the cruise

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

ATTENDEES

Alan & Jen Bott - ALCO Construction

Charlie & Annika Alexander - Alexander's Print Advantage

Nick & Whitnie Alexander - Alexander's Print Advantage

Conner & Krystel Ruggio - AMBIA

Chris & Nichole Jensen - Axomo

Cory & Emilia Moore - Big-D Construction

Brandon & Jessica Hatch - Big Rock Industries

Russ & Jil Taylor - Big Rock Industries

Brian & Annette Fruit - Bike Peddler and Timpanogos Cyclery

Adam & Megan Fife - CenCore

Joseph & Shonna Fife - CenCore

Paul & Margaret Liljenquist - ClearView

Chris & Angie Arambula - C-Level Strategy

Jeff & Christine Rich - CoreBridge

Tyler & Alesha Howells - Cozy Earth

Dave & Aimee Jardine - Dave Jardine

J.W. & Jennifer Davies - Davies Allen

Shawn & Elizabeth Barber - Devfinity

Jake & Teresa Baadsgaard - Disruptive Advertising

DJ & Laurel Dorff - Executech

Blaine & Robin Knight - Forte Ventures

Paul & Sarah Jarman - Gigg Innovations Group, Inc.

Kevin & Tessa Santiago - Greenlight Hospitality

Brian & Erin Tenney - JourneyTEAM

Drew & Jenny Yergensen - Key Bank

Robert & Amy Walker - Kirton McConkie

Joe & Lindsay Hudson - Magleby Construction

Richard & Denise Parkinson - Magleby's

Todd & Julie Smith - Moreton & Company

Scott & Kristen Johnson - Motivosity

Nathan & Gina Anderson - Mountain America Credit Union

Norm & Dolly Wright - Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Russell Burnett & Mindy Smith - Online Image

Terry Lyman & Liz Fröme - Online Image

Brandon & Karley Radmall - Paul Davis Restoration

Chari Pack & Mark Hale - Persnickety Box

Jay & Haley Davis - Pillow Cube

Jared & Mindy Taggart - Puurk

Ken & Emily Taylor - Redmond, Inc

Parker & Pam Enloe - Reef Capital Partners

Travis & Jessica Owen - Sameday Health

Tommy & Ashley Aoki - SkyShare

Ted & Stephanie Broman - Smart Staffing

Brandon & Liz Mackay - SnugZ USA

Drew DeHaan - Truss

Kylee Rampton - Truss

Jeff & Anna Rust - Truss

Drew Peterson & Naomi Stroud-Peterson - Tyfoom

John & Andrea Briggs - UBA

Kimball & Rebecca Hodges - Wasatch Energy Management

Jesse & Julie Mecham - YNAB

Reed & Kierstin Laws - Your Employment Solutions

The life of the land is the
life of the people. 

-Tahitian Proverb

SUGGESTED FLIGHTS

OPTION #1 - Delta & AirFrance

02/16/24

DL 1532 Depart SLC 9:25 PM Arrive LAX 10:40 PM
DL 8769 Depart LAX 11:50 PM Arrive PPT (+1) 6:15 AM ​

02/24/24

DL 118 Depart PPT 7:45 PM Arrive LAX (+1) 6:10 AM
02/25/24
DL 1296 Depart LAX 9:59 AM Arrive SLC 12:52 PM

OPTION #2 - Delta & AirFrance
02/16/24
DL 2379 Depart SLC 5:10 PM Arrive LAX 6:15 PM
DL 8769 Depart LAX 11:50 PM Arrive PPT (+1) 6:15 AM ​


02/24/24
DL 118 Depart PPT 7:45 PM Arrive LAX (+1) 6:10 AM

02/25/24

DL 1296 Depart LAX 9:59 AM Arrive SLC 12:52 PM

OPTION #3 - Air Tahiti Nui**
02/16/24
AA 3217 Depart SLC 6:21 PM Arrive LAX 7:46 PM
TN 101 Depart LAX 10:55 PM Arrive PPT (+1) 5:05 AM 

02/23/24
TN 58 Depart PPT 11:35 PM Arrive SEA (+1) 11:00 AM
02/24/24
AS 628 Depart SEA 3:50 PM Arrive SLC 6:50 PM
**Although this flight gets you back to SLC on 2/24, you may miss part of the farewell dinner on 2/23.   

ACCOMMODATIONS

Paul Gaugin Cruises

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Paul Gauguin Cruises offers small luxury cruises to idyllic destinations in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the SouthPacific. Designed specifically to sail French Polynesia’s lagoons, the renowned Paul Gauguin is the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury ship in the South Pacific. No other luxury vessel in history has offered this level of single-destination focus and expertise on a year round basis for such an extended period of time. Paul Gauguin Cruises is known for exceptional service that is distinguished by Polynesian hospitality and by one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios at sea.The opportunity to experience each destination in the most authentic, in-depth, and meaningful way is the very essence of luxury cruising with Paul Gauguin Cruises. Aboard our luxury vessel, you can choose from a wide array of shore excursions by land and sea that let you discover the dramatic beauty, rich history, and unique culture of your destination up close, in a small group.

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