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A Polynesian Adventure: The Society Islands, Tonga & Fiji

Program Number: 20360RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/23/2012 - 11/10/2012;
Duration: 18 nights
Location: French Polynesia/Cook Island/Kingdom Of Tonga/Fiji
Price starting at: $8,247.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 48; 16 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 16 Dinners    

More than 1,000 years ago, brave navigators set out in ocean-going canoes to explore what lay beyond the horizon of the wide blue Pacific. Recreate their journey in luxury as you venture to distinctive islands including the Society Islands, the remote Kingdom of Tonga and three Fijian isles.




Itinerary At-a-Glance

Tahiti, 3 nights; aboard MS Paul Gauguin, 13 nights.



Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.



Days 1-4:
Arrival Tahiti (Society Islands) / embark MS Paul Gauguin:

Expert lectures and a visit to the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands give you a geographic and oceanographic explanation of the islands and an overview of its history. Explore the island, including interesting natural formations like Arahoho Blowhole and Faaurumai Waterfall. Take an introductory snorkel.
Lodging: Comfortable beach hotel.



Day 5:
Moorea:

Take a field trip to the University of California’s Gump South Pacific Research Station including its fare pote’e (traditional Tahitian meeting house).



Day 6:
Tahaa:

Visit a vanilla farm and a private family pearl farm to see pearl cultivation firsthand. Spend the afternoon on the isolated islet of Motu Mahana and enjoy a barbecue lunch.



Day 7:
Bora Bora:

Snorkel in Bora Bora’s spectacular lagoon and picnic on a motu (reef islet). Enjoy some time to explore this idyllic island.



Days 8-9:
At Sea / Aitutaki (Cook Islands):

Arrive in the Cook Islands and explore Aitutaki’s large, beautiful lagoon, sailing among palm-clad islets and snorkeling at a marine reserve.



Days 10-12:
At Sea / Cross International Date Line:

Take part in expert lectures onboard, enjoy time to reflect on your discoveries and take advantage of the ship’s amenities. One day lost due to crossing International Date Line.



Day 13:
Vavau (Tonga):

Unlike any other South Pacific nation, the Kingdom of Tonga was never colonized by Europeans. Learn about Tonga’s Polynesian culture which remains strong, even in the face of modernization.



Days 14-15:
At Sea / Savusavu (Fiji):

Explore this island of lush green hills and discover the geothermal hot springs where local women use the naturally bubbling waters for cooking.



Day 16:
Suva:

Go ashore in the capital to experience a mix of Fiji’s urban culture and its easygoing ambiance and meet some of its friendly residents.



Day 17:
Malolo:

Continue to the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji, a pristine volcanic archipelago where the movie “Castaway” was filmed, an enjoy a shore excursion on beautiful Malolo.



Day 18:
Lautoka / disembark / departure




MS Paul Gauguin

The Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti and French Polynesia, visiting small ports that larger ships can't reach and effortlessly blending into the environment. Spacious suites and staterooms, an onboard water sports marina, a choice of three open-seating dining venues and a spa are among its attributes.


Meals and Lodgings
   Le Meridien Tahiti Hotel
  Tahiti, French Polynesia 3 nights
   MS Paul Gauguin
  Tahiti, French Polynesia
Moorea, French Polynesia
Tahaa, French Polynesia
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
At Sea, French Polynesia
Aitutaki, Cook Islands, Cook Islands
At Sea, French Polynesia
Vavau, Tonga
At Sea, French Polynesia
Savusavu, Fiji
Suva, Fiji
Malolo Island - Musket Cove Resort, Fiji
14 nights
 Le Meridien Tahiti Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Situated just 15 km south of Faa International Airport, Le Méridien Tahiti overlooks beautiful white sand beaches, calming blue waves, and majestic mountains. Located along a lagoon, the resort has an exceptional view of the island of Moorea and offers 138 garden and lagoon view rooms and 12- over water bungalows. Rooms offer vivid colors with Polynesian flair. Additionally, there’s a vibrant international arts scene occuring at Le Méridien Tahiti. L’Atelier, its onsite art space, features contemporary artists from across French Polynesia and the world. Unlike most galleries, L’Atelier draws creative guests with exhibitions as well as with artists themselves. Its loft is an inviting setting for lectures, art workshops, and openings where guests will find fresh opportunities to peruse contemporary art. Guests are free to observe artists at work and/or enroll in an art class with the visiting artist (a fee applies).
  Contact info: P.O. Box 380595
97718 Tamanu, Tahiti,   French Polynesia
phone: +011- (689) 470707
web: www.lemeridientahiti.com
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning, direct dial phone, safe, satellite television, WIFI (for a fee), minibar, refrigerator, and coffee-make. Bathrooms feature a separate bathtub and walk-in shower and hair dryer. Terraces are available in all rooms.
  Facility amenities: The hotel has a (2) restaurants- La Plantation offering a mix of Polynesiand and international flavors buffet-style or ala carte, and the gourmet restaurant Le Carre, located right by the lagoon. Live music and cocktails are available at the Astroblabe bar and casual drinks can be found at the Pool Bar. Le Meridien Tahiti also provides complimentary use of its sandy bottom swimming pool (largest in the South Pacific), kayaks and outrigger canoes, aqua gym classes, tennis courts, beach volleyball court, and ping pong. Meeting rooms and business facilities are also available.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: See "Addtl Nights Comments" A special group rate will be honored 7 days prior and 10 days after the “main program dates”, based on space availability. Participants will pay directly to the hotel for these accommodations and need a credit card for the guarantee. To book, contact Le Méridien Hotel Reservations Department Contact : Nathalie Merehau Tél : 47 07 29 -Fax : 47 07 28 E-mail : rez@lemeridien-tahiti.pf Participants must reference Road Scholar to receive special rates
  Check in time: 1:00 PM

 MS Paul Gauguin
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis with a capacity of only 332 guests onboard. Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships cannot reach Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5 All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market “Highest-Ranked Small Luxury Cruise Ship” -Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Poll (2008)
  Ship Information: Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters) Beam (width): 71 feet (21.6 meters) Draft: 16.9 feet (5.15 meters) Passengers: 332 Officers: Crew: 217 International Passenger Decks: 7 Shipyard: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France Gross Tonnage: 19,200 Cruising Speed: 18 knots Ship's Registry: Bahamas Propulsion System: Diesel Electric
  Contact info: 11100 Main Street, Suite 300
Bellevue, WA 98004 USA
phone: 800-848-6172
web: www.pgcruises.com
  Room amenities: All oceanview staterooms feature 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, and a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, bottled water and beer. Luxurious bathrobes and cotton slippersare also provided in each bathroom as well as luxury beauty products that include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and bath gel. Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available. The standard electrical voltage aboard ship is 220 volts. In the bathrooms, you will find a 110-volt AC outlet to accommodate most U.S. standard shavers. There are both 220-volt and 110-volt AC outlets in the suite/stateroom beside the dressing table mirror. For safety reasons, travel irons are not permitted onboard. Guests can make telephone calls directly from their suite or stateroom. Fax messages are received and sent through the reception desk. There are nine computers and a printer. Internet and Wireless access is available. Paul Gauguin Cruises has an advanced cellular network installed onboard allowing guests to place and receive calls using their personal mobile phones when the ship is in international waters. In order to take advantage of this service guests’ mobile phone must be able to roam internationally and their provider must have a roaming agreement with Maritime Communications Partner AS (MCP). A list of roaming partners can be found online at www.gsmworld.com/roaming/gsminfo/roa_xwmc.shtml. Not all prepaid phones are supported. BlackBerry’s and other mobile data services may continue to receive messages while roaming on the ship’s network. For questions about services or about pricing and billing, guests should contact their mobile phone provider’s customer service department prior to sailing. There are no charges from Paul Gauguin Cruises for this service.
  Facility amenities: Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining. Complimentary in-room dining and Complimentary 24-hour room service. A choice of 3 dining options: 1) L'Etoile - international a la carte menu 2) La Veranda - indoor/outdoor breakfast and lunch as well as reservations-only French bistro for dinner. 3) Le Grill - casual al fresco poolside dining, serving breakfast, lunch and South Pacific-inspired cuisine for dinner. Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship. Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request WiFi hotspots are available throughout the ship. Yes, there is an Internet café with terminals or guests can bring their own laptop. Time plans for purchase: 250 minutes for $62.50, 100 minutes for $35, .55 per minutes pay as you go. All rates subject to availability Onboard laundry and valet services, including pressing and dry cleaning, are available with charge and may be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service. Prices range from a Tshirt @ $2.00 to a ladies dress @ $8.50 The Medical Center is designed to provide medical care for temporary illnesses and accidents. The ship’s licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges Onboard fitness center includes a lap pull-down, seated rowing machine, ellipticals, treadmills, a stair climber, recumbent bicycle, upright bicycle, and free weights with bench Onboard state-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and waterskiing, optional PADI dive program and certification Luxurious Spa and Salon with a wide array of services. Steamroom, Massage, aromatherapy, thalassotherapy are also available. La Boutique Gift shop Outdoor swimming pool and pool bar Reading Gallery & DVD Library
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Late evening flight to Papeete, Tahiti and early morning arrival the following day. Lunch at 1:00 pm followed by orientation at Le Meridien Tahiti Hotel. You will be staying at Le Meridien Tahiti Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Ends with Farewell Dinner at hotel restaurant in Nadi, Fiji You will be staying at MS Paul Gauguin the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Paul Gauguins' Guest Registration Form is required. A photocopy of your passport picture/information pages must be sent to the Program Provider.
  Parking availability:
Free; however, there is limited time to rent a car prior to embarking the vessel.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Tahiti does not have a train system; there is a bus system in Tahiti but generally is used to go around the island and does not accommodate luggage easily. For more information, please check out www.tahititourisme.com
To Start of Program
  Location:  Tahiti
  Nearest city or town:  Papeete
  Nearest airport:  Tahiti Faaa International Airport
  Transportation to site: Tahiti does not have a train system; there is a bus system in Tahiti but generally is used to go around the island and does not accommodate luggage easily. Taxi cabs are readily available outside Tahiti airport. For more information, please visit www.tahititourisme.com
  From End of Program
  Location:  Malolo Island - Musket Cove Resort
  Transportation from site: Although the last night of the program is spent aboard the MS Paul Gauguin, the entire group will have a day field trip followed by dinner at a local hotel restaurant. There is a free shuttle from the hotel to Nadi International Airport.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Overnight Flight to Tahiti
(Tuesday, October 23)
   
 In Transit Overnight: Late night flight departure to Tahiti, French Polynesia. A snack or meal is typically included on board flight; however subject to change dependent on airline changes.

Day 2: Arrive Papeete/Hotel Check In/Introductions & Orientation/Intro to French Polynesia
(Wednesday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on your own
 Morning: Arrive Papeete, Tahiti. Transfer to hotel and check in. Time to rest and relax after a long flight.
 Lunch: Le Carre Restaurant
 Afternoon: Introductions and Orientation to French Polynesia Class: Introduction to French Social Hour prior to dinner.
 Dinner: Restaurant La Plantation
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: Le Meridien Tahiti Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Circle Tahiti Field Trip
(Thursday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: International Breakfast Buffet -Restaurant La Plantation
 Morning: Board an air-conditioned bus for a field trip circling Tahiti Nui. Depart Papeete and pass through many districts and villages. Notice how each area’s mayor tries to out do the others with enormous town halls. Passing Faaa Airport, notice that land for its runways was reclaimed from the lagoon. It was not until 1961 that modern jets were able to land here. Stop at the ancient Arahurahu marae which has been restored to its former grandeur. Next visit the Maraa Grotto, a beautiful garden and cave area, and continue on past the golf course which was once a huge cotton plantation worked by coolie labor from China. It was planted to fulfill the shortage of cotton in Europe caused by the American Civil War. A short distance further on, visit the Vaipahi Garden with its beautiful waterfall before stopping at restaurant Musee Gauguin for a buffet lunch. After lunch, drive a short distance to the Gauguin Museum located in Mataiea Village where Gauguin lived. While not many originals of Gauguin’s work are in the museum, it is fascinating and details his life and his work.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue on and pass through beautiful Papeari Village and along the inlet (Phaeton Bay) which has a number of fish traps; then cross the Isthmus of Taravao, pass the base where the military have been located since 1844. The ships of Antoine de Bougainville, anchored near the two small offshore islands in Hitiaa in 1786. At Mahaena, Tahitians fought an armed rebellion for three years against the annexation of Tahiti by France. Next stops will include Arahoho Blowhole, Fa`aurumai Waterfall, and Point Venus and Matavai Bay. Captains Wallis, Cook and Bligh anchored in the Matavai Bay area. Located here is a memorial to the arrival of the first Christian missionaries in 1797 and a lighthouse constructed in 1868, despite its 1867 date. Continue on to Pirae and pass One Tree Hill called Taharaa today.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
   
Accommodations: Le Meridien Tahiti Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Museum of Tahiti/Tahitian Dance
(Friday, October 26)

Note: Some walking on level ground.



   
 Breakfast: International Breakfast Buffet -Restaurant La Plantation
 Morning: Field Trip: Visit to the Musee de Tahiti et ses Iles. The museum contains a fascinating exhibit of all that makes up French Polynesia – the geographic and oceanographic explanation of the islands – life in the sea and on land– progressive stages of its history – pre-European memorabilia of political, cultural and social leaders
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax, explore, or enjoy the hotel property.
 Dinner: Polynesian Dinner - Restaurant La Plantation
 Evening: Cultural Performance: Tahitian Dance
   
Accommodations: Le Meridien Tahiti Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Free Morning/Papeete Open Market/Board Ship/Board Ship/Sail for Moorea
(Saturday, October 27)
   
 Breakfast: International Breakfast Buffet -Restaurant La Plantation
 Morning: Free morning to relax and pack. Check out of hotel and depart for Papeete Open Market
 Lunch: Lunch at the Papeete Open Market
 Afternoon: Excursion: A walking tour of the Papeete Open Market to see the native fruits, vegetables and crafts of Tahiti. After field trip, depart for Port of Papeete. Board MS Paul Gauguin, Board, locate stateroom, get settled. Free time to explore the ship and pick up snorkel gear available at the Marina on Deck 3.
 Dinner: L'Etoile Restaurant: Deck 5, Aft Enjoy cuisine amid the classic furnishings and fluted shell lighting reminiscent of one of the refined dining establishments in Paris. Here delectable cuisine is artfully presented and guests receive the most diligent attention. L'Etoile is only open for dinner (7:00 - 9:30 pm).
 Evening: Cast off for our adventure as the Paul Gauguin departs Papeete for our first stop in the Society Islands -Moorea.
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Overview of Moorea /Sail to Tahaa
(Sunday, October 28)
   
 Breakfast: The ship provides a couple of dining venues for breakfast. (Room service is available as well) La Veranda: Deck 6, Aft This restaurant offers breakfast (7:30 -10:00 am), in a setting whose ambience might recall leisurely dining on a yacht club terrace on the Cote d'Azur. Le Grill: Deck 8, Mid Greet the sun with a buffet breakfast at Le Grill (7:00 - 9:30 am)
 Morning: Arrive Moorea at 8 am. Heart-shaped and incredibly beautiful, Moorea is 15 miles across Tahiti's "Sea of the Moon." Surrounded by white sand beaches, marae (ancient stone worship sites), and spectacular mountain vistas, it is twice as old as Tahiti. Moorea has two stunning, neighboring, fjord-like bays - Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay - which give the island its distinctive butterfly shape. All day field trip: Overview of Moorea - visit to Belvedere view point; beautiful gardens; Gump's Research Station & a local culture center where we will have lunch.
 Lunch: Polynesian lunch at Cultural Centre
 Afternoon: Continuation of overview of Moorea excursion. Tender back to ship and set sail for Tahaa at 6 pm.
 Dinner: Le `Etoile Restaurant
 Evening: Optional Activity: Enjoy the nightly performance offered by the ship in the Le Grand Salon on Deck 5, forward. Watch spectacular performances, such as an electrifying Polynesian show featuring the arts of the islands in the main lounge. One night it might be the soaring acappella harmonies of himene songs. Another might feature a thrilling performance of otea - a complex line dance accompanied by drums telling the ancestral legends of the Polynesian people.
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Tahaa Field Trip/BBQ Beach Party/ Sail for Bora Bora
(Monday, October 29)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service
 Morning: Arrive Tahaa at approximately 9am. Disembark ship for field trip. Visit a private family pearl farm to see and learn about pearl cultivation, history & legends of the island. From there, journey to a vanilla farm to learn more about this important island industry. We’ll view other highlights of Tahaa along the way as we explore this beautiful island.
 Lunch: Barbeque Beach Party on Motu Mahana. A "motu" refers to a reef islet formed by broken coral and sand surrounding an atoll. Board tenders where there will be a barbeque lunch and free time to snorkel and relax on this spectacular local beach or feel free to stay onboard the ship and enjoy the ship's facilities.
 Afternoon: Free time to snorkel and relax on spectacular motu or enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. The MS Gauguin daily offers a variety of cultural and educational classes and opportunities. A schedule, called the "Ia Orana" will be delivered daily to your stateroom and inform you of that day's activities. Ship sets sail for Bora Bora.
 Dinner: Le `Etoile Restaurant
 Evening: Ship sets sail for Bora Bora at 6 pm. Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Ballroom
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Lagoon Exploration/Bora Bora Excursion/Sail for Aitutaki, Cook Islands
(Tuesday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service
 Morning: Arrive Bora Bora at approximately 8am: Surrounded by offshore motu islets inside a protective coral necklace, Bora Bora is in the center of a multi-colored lagoon world-famous for its beauty. Generations of travelers - including novelist James Michener - have regarded Bora Bora as an earthly paradise. Field Trip: Motu and Lagoon Exploration – An opportunity to snorkel in Bora Bora’s beautiful lagoon as well as to visit a scenic private motu.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch on a private motu.
 Afternoon: Return to ship early afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's activities. Please refer to today's "Ia Orana" for activities and schedule.
 Dinner: La Veranda - This restaurant becomes a reservations-only French Bistro at dinner (7:00 – 9:00 pm).
 Evening: Ship sets sail for Aitutaki, Cook Islands at 6:00 pm. Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Ballroom
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Morning Lectures/Free Afternoon
(Wednesday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service
 Morning: Classes: (Topic Instructor's Choice) and dependent ship's lecture series.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at Le Grill and La Veranda.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's "Ia Orana" for activities and schedule.
 Dinner: Le `Etoile Restaurant
 Evening: Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Ballroom
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Snorkeling, Beach and Reef Exploration/Sail for Tonga
(Thursday, November 1)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service.
 Morning: Ship arrives Aitutaki at 8 am. The original name of the island was Ararau 'Enua O Ru Ki Te Moana, meaning 'Ru in Search of Land over the Sea'. Later the name was changed to Aitutaki - a'i tutaki means 'to keep the fire going' - but the old name is still used in legends and chants. Aitutaki is most famous for its magnificent coral lagoon, a highlight of any visit to the Cook Islands, and one of the most memorable sights in the South Pacific. Full Day Excursion: Lagoon Cruise; snorkeling, beach and reef exploration; study natural history and marine life; towels will be provided; snorkeling gear available on boat – bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and a cover-up.
 Lunch: Beach barbecue lunch
 Afternoon: Continuation of Aitutaki Lagoon Excursion. Return to ship mid afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's activities. Please refer to today's "Ia Orana" for activities and schedule.
 Dinner: Dinner on board at leisure at your favorite dining venue.
 Evening: Ship sets sail for Tonga at 6 pm. Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Ballroom
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: LOST DAY DUE TO CROSSING INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE
(Friday, November 2)
   
 In Transit: Because you have crossed the international dateline, this day is "lost".
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin

Day 12: Morning Lectures/Free Afternoon
(Saturday, November 3)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service.
 Morning: Classes: (Topic Instructor's Choice) and dependent ship's lecture series.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at Le Grill and La Veranda.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's "Ia Orana" for activities and schedule.
 Dinner: Le `Etoile Restaurant
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Morning Lectures/Free Afternoon
(Sunday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service.
 Morning: Classes: (Topic Instructor's Choice) and dependent ship's lecture series.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at Le Grill and La Veranda.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's "Ia Orana" for activities and schedule.
 Dinner: Le `Etoile Restaurant
 Evening: Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Ballroom
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Field Trip Overview of Vavau/Set sail to Fiji
(Monday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service.
 Morning: Arrive Vavau, Tonga at 8 am. Field Trip: Vavau Exploration. We'll depart on bus for an introduction to the area's culture and natural environment
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at Le Grill and La Veranda.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Vavau on your own or relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's "Ia Orana" for activities and schedule.
 Dinner: Le Grill - At night Le Grill is transformed into a cozy indoor/outdoor restaurant serving grilled specialties in a more casual atmosphere.
 Evening: Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Ballroom
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Morning Lectures/Free Afternoon
(Tuesday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service.
 Morning: Classes: (Topic Instructor's Choice) and dependent ship's lecture series.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at Le Grill and La Veranda.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's "Ia Orana" for activities and schedule.
 Dinner: Le `Etoile Restaurant
 Evening: Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Ballroom
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Savusavu Village Visit
(Wednesday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service.
 Morning: Ship arrives Savusavu, Fiji at 8am. Field Trip: All day visit to a traditional village to learn about Fijian herbal medicine, handicrafts and culture.
 Lunch: Onboard ship or ashore
 Afternoon: Continuation of field trip and return ship mid afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore Savusavu on your or relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's "Ia Orana" for activities and schedule.
 Dinner: Le `Etoile Restaurant
 Evening: Ship sets sail for Suva at 6 pm. Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Ballroom
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Suva Overview
(Thursday, November 8)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service.
 Morning: Arrive Suva, Fiji at 8:00 am. Field Trip: Suva - The Business Center of the Pacific. Sightseeing drive of Suva surrounds including Fiji Museum (stopover for guided visit), Parliament House, Presidential Residence, Government Buildings, prominent Suva schools, residential areas, Colonial War Memorial Hospital and LDS Temple.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at Le Grill and La Veranda.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Suva on your or relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's "Ia Orana" for activities and schedule.
 Dinner: Le `Etoile Restaurant
 Evening: Ship sets sail for Malolo Island at 6 pm. Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Ballroom
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Malolo Exploration
(Friday, November 9)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service.
 Morning: Arrive Malolo Island at 8am. Excursion: Snorkeling at Malolo Island and opportunity to explore Musket Cove Resort. The resort offers a variety of activities, including water sports and spa treatments (extra fee)
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at Le Grill and La Veranda.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to continuing exploring Malolo Island on your or relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's "Ia Orana" for activities and schedule.
 Dinner: Le `Etoile Restaurant
 Evening: Ship sets sail at Lautoka at 4 pm. Optional Activity: Farewell Performance - Le Grand Ballroom
   
Accommodations: MS Paul Gauguin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Disembark Ship/Garden of the Sleeping Giant/Overnight flight to Los Angeles
(Saturday, November 10)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service.
 Morning: Disembark ship at 10am Field Trip: Garden of the Sleeping Giant
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Class: Wrap up Session followed by social hour.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at local restaurant
 Evening: Late evening flight departure and arrive Los Angeles the same day (regain the 'lost day' when recrossing the international dateline)
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Tahiti Tahiti Tourism
Contact the Tahiti Tourism office for details on activities and events in Tahiti, the Marquesas Islands or Tuamotus. The US office is in Los Angeles, CA. Phone # 310-414-8484 or by email at info@tahiti-tourisme.com For additional information, visit www.tahiti-tourisme.com
  Moorea Tahiti Tourisme
For information on shopping, activities, museums, nightlife, events calendars and more, visit online at www.tahiti-tourisme.com or call 689/50-57-00. There is a US office at Tahiti Tourisme, 300 North Continental Blvd Ste 160, El Segundo, CA 90245 or you can request brochures by calling 310/414-8484 or by visiting www.gototahiti.com. Additional recommendations may be provided in participant packets or by Group Leader upon enrollment. For additional information, visit www.gototahiti.com
  Savusavu Fiji Visitor's Bureau
Contact the Fiji Visitor's bureau's US office for details on activities and events in Fiji. Fiji Visitors Bureau 5777 West Century Boulevard Suite 220, Los Angeles, CA90045 Tel: (310) 568 1616 Fax: (310) 670 2318 Toll Free #: 1-800-YEA-FIJI (1-800-932-3454) EMail: infodesk@bulafiji-americas.com For additional information, visit www.bulafiji.com
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Suggested Reading List


The Explorations of Captain James Cook in the Pacific as Told By Selections of His Own Journals, 1768-1779


Author: Capt. James Cook


The South Pacific: An Introduction


Author: Ron Crocombe


Description: An exceptional overview of the Pacific Islands today, focusing on the main trends in the past, present and possible futures of these diverse societies. Written by one of our program instructors



A Dream of Islands: Voyages of Self Discovery in the South Seas


Author: Daws, Gavan


Description: Well written chapters on various famous 19th century men who experienced French Polynesia and the Pacific such as Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stephenson, and Paul Gauguin.



Art of the Pacific


Author: D’Alleva, Anne


Description: Best short and most comprehensive account of the arts of the Pacific.



France and the South Pacific – A Contemporary History.


Author: Stephen Henningham


Description: After reviewing the French presence in the South Pacific until WWII, Henningham examines the recent history and politics of the three French Pacific territories before analyzing the often tense relations between France and the independent South Pacific countries.



Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life


Author: Melville, Herman


Description: A classic tale based on the encounters of Melville with Marquesans, first published in 1846.



Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia.


Author: Lal, Brij V., and Fortune, Kate


Description: A thorough and up-to-date reference work on just about every topic related to the Pacific islands, from geology to history and politics and from Papua New Guinea to Rapanui.



Gauguin by Himself


Author: Belinda Thomson


Description: This unique book is the first to give equal weight to Gaugin’s activities, both as an artist and a writer, providing rare insight into his intractable character and uncompromising ideals. Includes over 230 reproductions of the artist’s most powerful and decorative works of art, as well as rare letters to his wife and friends, including fellow painters Pisarro and Van Gough.





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