Tahiti & the Pearls of French Polynesia

8 Days | Experience the vibrant natural landscapes and relaxing pace of French Polynesia.

4 out of 5 based on 2 reviews submitted.
Adventure Cruising
EUR €6,460
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It might sound like a cliché, but the crystal blue waters, colourful coral and lush green islands of French Polynesia are anything but boring. Snorkelers and swimmers will be in their element, with abundant marine life, stunning lagoons and pristine coral reefs just begging to be explored. On dry land, learning about the fascinating ancient culture of the French Polynesian people is an experience, with temples and archaeological sites abound. From your base on the Panaroma II, a comfortable small ship and an expert crew to show you the way, you’ll embrace the island life in no time.

Trip overview

Map of Tahiti & The Pearls Of French Polynesia including French Polynesia
Papeete, French Polynesia
Papeete, French Polynesia
Adventure Cruising
French Polynesia
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Min 7
Group size
Min 1 - Max 47
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Snorkel with sting rays and sharks in beautiful Bora Bora.
  • Take a tour of a local pearl farm on the lush island of Taha'a.
  • Enjoy a canoe tour down Faaroa River in Raiatea.
  • Visit an ancient marae (temple) at Taputapuatea, which was recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip is operated by our partners at Variety Cruises and is best suited to independent travellers who want flexibility from their itinerary. On Variety Cruises, all shore excursions are optional, so you don’t have to pay for an activity you’re not interested in. Trips operated by Variety begin at port, do not include tips and require solo travellers to pay a mandatory single supplement.
  • This is a small ship Adventure Cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a motorised yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but this cruise focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.
  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
  • The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. There will be seasickness tablets on board and your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.
  • This trip is very much focused around marine activities so confidence in the water will allow you to make the most of the snorkelling opportunities. Flotation aids will be available on board as well as kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
  • There are no lifts (elevators) on board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs (fitted with handrails) to access all the decks.
  • French Polynesia is a tropical climate, so while the weather is normally quite warm in some parts of the year you might experience a heavy downpour of rain that lasts around 30 minutes or so.
  • None of the activities on the trip are included, they are all optional extras.


Panorama II boat
Panorama II
For all our cruises in Asia and select departures in Greece, your home at sea is the M/S Panorama II.
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Map of Tahiti & The Pearls Of French Polynesia including French Polynesia



7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners


Small Cruise Ship


Small Cruise Ship 7 nights

Add on activities
  • Moorea - Cultural Eco Tour - EUR75
  • Moorea - Dolphin Watch Expedition - EUR108
  • Mo'orea - Island Tour & Belvedere - EUR77
  • Huahine - Sacred Sites & Legendary Places tour - EUR87
  • Bora Bora - Tour by Le Truck - EUR58
  • Bora Bora - Snorkeling Tour with stingrays - EUR110
  • Taha'a - 4WD Taha'a Safari - EUR97
  • Taha’a - Vanilla Plantation & Rhumerie half day tour - EUR97
  • Raiatea - Anapa Pearl farm( half day) - EUR92
  • Raiatea - Tour of Raiatea including Marae Taputapuatea - EUR75
  • Raiatea - Faaroa River & Motu Beach Break - EUR88

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Important notes

Your voyage is operated by our partner company, Variety Cruises.

You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of AUD600, USD600, EUR450, NZD600, GBP300, CAD600, CHF450 or ZAR6,000 per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.
Please refer to our “Booking and Conditions” section on our website including the special conditions that apply to Adventure Cruising (Variety) trips for further information.

On this itinerary, shore excursions are optional and are paid on board the ship in Euro’s. The approximate price and a description of these excursions are listed in the day to day itinerary. Please note all activities are subject to availability and require minimum numbers of customers to operate.

It is not possible to share with a stranger on a Variety Cruises voyage and single travellers must pay the Single Occupancy rate.

Your group will be a mixture of Intrepid booked passengers and other international like-minded travellers from Variety Cruises.

Variety Cruises have implemented Health screening measures prior to embarkation and during the cruise for all guests and crew. This includes:
Mandatory pre-boarding health reporting and screening questionnaire.

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4 out of 5 based on 2 reviews submitted.
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Yen · Traveled October 2023
Rough ride but wonderful staff. If you are prone to motion sickness, this trip is definitely not for you. The long journey from island to island was really rough (lots of swells so boat bounced around a lot). However, the staff was fantastic and made the trip worth it.
Review submitted 31 Oct 2023

maura · Traveled August 2023
The trip it self was great, there was only @ 24 of us on board. The bedroom and wait staff were amazing. The Hotel manager was unhelpful. There were no activities in the evening - so much could have been offered. We were left to arrange our own entertainment - most of the time it was discussing what had happened during the day, or didnt! The PA system didn't work , so all you heard were the announcement bells, but no content. I got sick of hearing that they were all new crew, change of Captain etc, and thats why things were falling apart or didn't eventuate. Lack of warning re 16 hour trip to Tahiti, no duty of care provided by Hotel Manager I have worked at sea for 4 years , and in my experience it all seemed a bit of a mess with lack of coordination
Review submitted 16 Aug 2023
Tahiti & the Pearls of French Polynesia
EUR €6,460