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Fiji to Bali

from $7,945

Dates
2020:   April 11

DURATION: 17 DAYS/16 NIGHTS

EMBARK: Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji

DISEMBARK: Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

SHIP: Paul Gauguin

 

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All about the Fiji to Bali.

Take a westward voyage deep into the Far East on this one-time, one-of-a-kind itinerary. Embark The Gauguin in the “Sugar City” — Lautoka, the heart of Fiji’s sugarcane-growing region — and sail to exotic ports in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the tiny new nation of Timor-Leste.   Along the way, you’ll encounter World War II relics, superb snorkeling and diving, quaint villages, and the welcoming people of many different cultures — all while enjoying the luxury and comfort of one of the world’s most highly acclaimed ships.

Highlights

  • History buffs will thrill to the many landmarks of World War II that dot this itinerary, including Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu; Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea; Thursday Island, Australia; and, most famously, Guadalcanal, the Solomon Island where combat marked a turning point in the Pacific theater.
  • Visit the capital of Timor-Leste, one of the youngest countries in the world. In Dili, you can climb to the Cristo Rei (Christ the King) statue, stroll the waterfront, and enjoy excellent diving and snorkeling.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Complete program of tours and excursions
  • Private musical performances at exclusive venues and aboard ship
  • Entertainment provided by Les Gauguines, the Gauguin’s own troupe of Polynesian entertainers
  • All meals aboard ship including: early riser’s coffee & pastry, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner
  • All beverages including select beer, wine and spirits
  • Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders
  • Watersports including complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and paddle boarding (selection may differ from port to port)
  • Complete pre-departure materials
  • Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
  • Port and embarkation taxes
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Gratuities to porters, guides and drivers
  • All onboard gratuities included for room stewards and dining staff
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfare (except with select offers)
  • Transfers
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and Internet service.
  1. Day 1 Embark the m/s Paul Gauguin in Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji

    Known as “Sugar City” for the green-gold sugarcane that surrounds it on three sides, the town of Lautoka is the largest in the Fijian islands and the place where your South Pacific sojourn begins. Save some time to browse the shops along the city’s stately, royal palm-lined main thoroughfare and visit the botanical garden.

     

     

  2. Day 2 At Sea
    The time you spend onboard The Gauguinoffers endless opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment, whether that means sampling gourmet cuisine, indulging in a spa treatment, watching the sunset from a chaise lounge on the sun deck, or simply making the most of your in-room amenities.
  3. Day 3 Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
    A stunning island of palm-lined beaches, spring-fed swimming holes, lush rainforests, and lofty mountains, Espiritu Santo also played an important role in World War II. Perhaps you’ll explore this heritage, or experience the island’s traditional village life. You can also enjoy exceptional swimming and snorkeling here. Or simply relax on the beach.
  4. Day 4 At Sea
    Take a day to enjoy shipboard life: relax poolside, watch the South Pacific pass by, play some table tennis, or learn about our next port in the Reading Gallery.
  5. Day 5 Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
    The largest of the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal is best known for the six-month battle between Allied and Japanese forces that marked a turning point in the Pacific theater during World War II. The island still brims with World War II relics, monuments, and memorials, as you may discover. Perhaps you’ll explore its tropical interior, with its excellent birdwatching. Or see for yourself why the island is revered for its superior snorkeling and diving.
  6. Day 6 At Sea
    Spend the day enjoying The Gauguin’s Polynesian ambiance: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps you’ll take in a lecture by one of our special guests, and then reflect on your day over classic French cuisine at L’Etoile.
  7. Day 7 Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea
    Once an important trading center, Samarai Island was evacuated and its buildings were destroyed to prevent it from falling into Japanese control during World War II. It has since been rebuilt — though not to the same scale as its glory days. Take a stroll along the pleasant pathway that encircles its pretty town, view spectacular marine life on a SCUBA diving expedition, or simply relax on the beach.
  8. Day 8 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
    Historically made up of tribal peoples making their living from the sea, Port Moresby became the capital of Papua New Guinea when the country gained its independence in 1975. While here, perhaps you’ll admire the mosaic façade of the National Parliament House, inhale the fragrance of tropical blooms at the Port Moresby Nature Park, or marvel at the depth and diversity of the local culture at the National Museum and Art Gallery.
  9. Day 9 At Sea

    The Gauguin was designed with your comfort in mind, from her spacious staterooms and elegant public spaces to the host of amenities available for you to while away the days at sea. Work out at the ship’s Fitness Center or pick up a souvenir at La Boutique.

  10. Day 10 Thursday Island, Australia
    Immerse yourself in the island’s cultural mix of Asian, European, and Pacific Island influences at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre. At Green Hill Fort, built as a defense against Russian invasion and later a World War II military base, admire military artifacts and splendid views, as well as exhibits that pay homage to the island’s pearl fishing history. Or join a deep-sea fishing expedition.
  11. Day 11-12 At Sea

    The next two days will be at sea, which affords you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the amenities and entertainment onboard The Gauguin, like the award-winning spa, casino, and lectures by onboard experts.

     

  12. Day 13 Dili, Timor-Leste
    The capital of Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) — one of the youngest countries in the world — Dili is still a sleepy colonial town … but also one that is modernizing rapidly. If you’re feeling energetic, you might climb the 580 steps to the Cristo Rei, the world second-largest statue Christ the King. Stroll the waterfront in the colonial heart of town. Find a wide assortment of goods at the Dili Tais Market. And enjoy the city’s many fine white-sand beaches with excellent diving and snorkeling.
  13. Day 14 At Sea
    Spend the last sea day experiencing casual, leisurely, and graceful ambience. Take in a lecture on local wildlife or history, and relax this evening over classic French cuisine.
  14. Day 15 Komodo Island, Indonesia
    Home of the famous Komodo dragon, Komodo is one of three islands that comprise Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Man and Biosphere Reserve. While here, enjoy the tropical climate and beautiful beaches — including one of only seven pink-sand beaches in the world. Perhaps you’ll visit the park, take a walk along the walking trails (because of the dragons, it is required that you be accompanied by a guide), or take a cruise in a glass-bottom boat to admire the abundant marine life.
  15. Day 16 Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

    Arrive in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day exploring. Perhaps you’ll take advantage to indulge in watersports activities, including jetskiing, banana boating, parasailing, snorkeling, diving, and reef fishing. Visit Ubud, renowned for its temples, shrines, artists’ workshops and galleries, and the Sacred Monkey Forest.

  16. Day 17 Disembark in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

    This  morning, you’ll bid farewell to your crew and disembark The Gauguin.

Paul Gauguin

Designed specifically to glide through the shallow seas of the South Pacific, the Gauguin is the flagship of Paul Gauguin Cruises and a small-ship cruiser’s dream. She delivers travelers to intimate ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships, all the while providing an onboard experience that is nothing short of luxurious. Guests aboard our luxury cruises enjoy spacious suites and staterooms (more than 70% with private balconies), an onboard watersports marina, three dining venues, an extensive spa, and five-star service. Life onboard also reflects the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands she calls upon, with a warm, friendly feel, informal setting, and even a beloved troupe of Gauguines and Gauguins—local Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers.

 

Fast Facts

  • Weight: 19,200 tns
  • Length: 504 ft
  • Width: 59 ft
  • Cruise Speed: 18 knots
  • Total Staff: 217
  • Total Passengers: 332

 

DINING

During every meal onboard the Gauguin, with every sumptuous bit you sample, and each time our attentive staff fill your glass, you’ll begin to realize that dining on the high seas with Paul Gauguin Cruises is truly something special. Embark upon a five-star culinary adventure, designed just for you by some of the world’s most talented and award-winning chefs, including Jean-Pierre Vigato. What’s more, every one of our onboard dining options is included in your cruise fare. Bon appétit!

La Veranda
Dine al fresco or enjoy wraparound ocean views from the dining room of La Veranda, where we offer an ever-changing selection of buffet breakfast and lunch items and a la carte options, many of which are inspired by the destinations we visit. In the evening, La Veranda is transformed to a reservation-only dining venue serving Jean-Pierre Vigato’s gourmet cuisine.

L’Etoile
Our exquisite main dining room is dressed to impress with perfectly appointed décor, fine table linens, and delicate china. Join us every evening for dinner and sample a tantalizing array of expertly prepared dishes, perfectly paired with complimentary wines.

Le Grill
When your day’s plans call for a more casual dining experience, join us at Le Grill, located by the pool and offering a buffet breakfast, grilled lunch favorites, salads, and fresh tropical fruit. In the afternoon, stop by for tea with finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, desserts, pastries, and petit fours. Return in the evening to sample Polynesian specialties in a relaxed atmosphere. Reservations required for dinner.

 

Public Areas

Le Grand Salon

When the sun goes down at sea, Le Grand Salon comes alive with spectacular performances. Every night brings something different, whether it’s Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines performing ote’a—a complex line dance accompanied by drums—live piano music, Broadway show tunes, or foot-tapping rock music. Return to our main lounge during the day for a game of table tennis or lecture from a roster of anthropologists, archeologists, and marine biologists, as well as visiting experts on other popular topics.

 La Palette

This versatile lounge offers morning snacks, serves as the backdrop for special events, hosts Polynesian activities led by Les Gauguines, and is the perfect place to grab a nightcap and dance under the stars to live music.

Le Casino and Piano Bar

Try your luck in Le Casino, which features slot machines, blackjack, and roulette, and is open every evening, except where prohibited by port regulations. We also invite you to grab a drink at the Piano Bar and enjoy nightly piano entertainment.

 Pool and Pool Bar

Soak in the South Pacific sunshine with a day spent lounging by our outdoor pool. Cool off in the refreshing water, grab a cocktail from the adjacent Pool Bar, or take in the scenery from a comfortable lounge chair.

La Boutique

Just steps from your stateroom, find the perfect memento of your South Pacific cruise, like genuine Tahitian black pearl jewelry exclusively designed for Paul Gauguin Cruises, Tahitian vanilla, local arts and handicrafts, souvenir apparel, and more. It’s also the perfect place to pick up any necessary sundries or toiletries, like swimwear, beach attire, sunscreen, and batteries.

Photo Shop

Ensure that your vacation memories last a lifetime with services from Paul Gauguin Cruises’ Photo Shop. A dedicated photographer accompanies us throughout our cruise, giving you the opportunity to take home professional photos of significant events, like embarkation, the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Tahitian Night. Family portraits and casual photo-ops are also available. The Photo Shop is also stocked with everything you need to take your own photos, including single-use cameras, digital cameras, photo accessories, and media cards.

 

Cabins

Nearly 70% of suites and staterooms have private balconies, and all feature an ocean view, temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration), bathroom with full-size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, and more. There is one wheelchair-accessible stateroom, and select staterooms can accommodate three guests.

OWNER’S SUITE 701
CATEGORY OS 701 | 534 sq. ft.
Stateroom: 457 sq. ft.
Veranda: 77 sq. ft.

  • Owner’s Suite 701 can accommodate up to 3 guests.
  • Bathroom includes a separate shower and a dressing area.
  • Owner’s Suite includes Butler service and complimentary internet.

Note: Loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

OWNER’S SUITE 7002
CATEGORY OS 7002 | 588 sq. ft.
Stateroom: 531 sq. ft.
Veranda: 57 sq. ft.

  • Owner’s Suite 7002 has a queen-size bed, and can accommodate up to 3 guests.
  • Bathroom includes a full-size tub and dressing area.
  • Owner’s Suite includes Butler service and complimentary internet.

Note: Loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

GS GRAND SUITE
CATEGORY GS | 529 sq. ft.
Stateroom: 332 sq. ft.
Veranda: 197 sq. ft.

  • Two suites available: Paul Gauguin Suite (801), Flora Tristan Suite (802).
  • Grand Suites can accommodate up to 3 guests.
  • Grand Suites includes Butler service and complimentary internet.

Note: Loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

A VERANDA SUITE
CATEGORY A | 358 sq. ft.
Stateroom: 300 sq. ft.
Veranda: 58 sq. ft.

CATEGORY A 7004 | 349 sq. ft.
Stateroom: 296 sq. ft.
Veranda: 53 sq. ft.

  • 4 Suites available: Tahiti Suite (709), Pont Avent Suite (710), Atuona Suite (711), Arles Suite (712).
  • Veranda Suites can accommodate up to 3 guests.
  • Veranda Suite 7004 has a queen-size bed.
  • Includes complimentary Butler Service.

Note: Loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

B VERANDA STATEROOM
CATEGORY B | 305 SQ. FT.
Stateroom: 249 SQ. FT.
Veranda: 56 SQ. FT.

CATEGORY B 7003 | 303 SQ. FT.
Stateroom: 256 SQ. FT.
Veranda: 47 SQ. FT.

  • Includes complimentary butler service.
  • B veranda staterooms can accommodate a third guest by adding a sofa bed.
  • Stateroom 7003 features a shower stall with no tub and also a queen-size bed.

Note: loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

C BALCONY STATEROOM
CATEGORY C | 239 SQ. FT.
Stateroom: 202 SQ. FT.
Veranda : 37 SQ. FT

  • Balcony staterooms ending in 6 or 8 can accommodate a third guest in a loveseat convertible (except 7006 & 766).
  • Stateroom 7006 (stateroom 206 sq. Ft. – Balcony 37 sq. Ft.) Features a very small bathroom with shower only

The following staterooms vary in size and feature shower stall with no tub:

  • 763 (Stateroom 186 sq. ft. – Balcony 75 sq. ft.)
  • 764 (Stateroom 188 sq. ft. – Balcony 75 sq. ft.)
  • 765 (Stateroom 221 sq. ft. – Balcony 74 sq. ft.)
  • 766 (Stateroom 216 sq. ft. – Balcony 70 sq. ft.)
  • 767 (Stateroom 229 sq. ft. – Balcony 74 sq. ft.)

Note: loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

D BALCONY STATEROOM
CATEGORY D | 239 SQ. FT.
Stateroom: 202 sq. Ft.
Veranda : 37 sq. Ft.

  • Balcony staterooms ending in 6 or 8 can accommodate a third guest in a loveseat convertible.

Note: loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

E WINDOW STATEROOM
CATEGORY E | 200 SQ. FT.
Stateroom: 200 sq. Ft. With picture window

  • Wheelchair-accessible stateroom (415)
  • Window staterooms ending in 5, 6, or 8 (except 415) can accommodate a third guest in a loveseat convertible.

Note: loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

F PORTHOLE STATEROOM
CATEGORY F | 200 SQ. FT.
Same as E but features two portholes instead of a window.