1. Bring your camera! The landscapes throughout all of French Polynesia are simply awe-inspiring
2. Try Scuba Diving. If you are interested in scuba diving and don’t already have your certificate. The warm waters of Tahiti (and the pool on Paul Gauguin) make the perfect place to learn, with a qualified instructor.
3. Shore Excursions. Use Paul Gauguin’s local expertise and select some optional shore excursions, to make the most of each port of call and to get to know the locals.
4. Bring some insect repellent with you. The small local mosquitos (nonos) are common on the Marquesas Islands.
5. Water Spots. Utilise the stand up paddle boards and kayaks onboard. They are a fantastic, complimentary way to see the islands from a different perspective.
6. Local Language. Learn a few Tahitian phrases to show off to the locals. e.g. Ia Orana – hello, Maururu – thank you, Nana – Bye/See you later.
7. Slip, slop and slap. Whilst you are distracted, enjoying the underwater scenery, make sure your shoulders and back are well guarded with 30 SPF…don’t forget the backs of your knees too, a common Tahitian sunburn spot.
8. Treat yourself. A spa treatment while sailing the islands of Tahiti adds perfectly to the relaxing atmosphere. Book in quickly if you would like to enjoy one on a sea day, they are very popular.