Best Small Luxury Cruises to Tahiti

Perhaps one of the most alluring and desirable locations, the South Pacific continually entices travels to its exotic island lifestyle. If you’re lucky enough to add “find a Tahitian cruise” to your to-do list, we are here to help. With luxury accommodations, exquisite cuisine, and renowned excursions these ships check all the boxes.

Paul Gauguin Cruises: Tahiti & The Society Islands


Built specifically to sail the waters of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific, for over 25 years the luxury cruise ship has managed to maintain a single-destination focus. Consistently gaining accolades in the travel industry as the World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line, if you are looking for a specialty liner, it’s Paul Gauguin Cruises. Well-appointed luxuries include oversized suites, an on board water sports marina, three dining venues, a spa, and five-star service. The beauty and tranquility of the islands resonate in the ship’s decor. A world away from the stress and hustle of everyday life, escapes are plentiful. Unwind on secluded Huahine, let your stress float away in the sparkling lagoons or wander through lush rain forests. With destinations such as the exclusive islet, Motu Mahana every anchorage is yet another idyllic day in your own paradise.

Silversea: Silver Explorer Easter Island to Papeete (Tahiti)

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Tahiti embodies all that vacation fantasies are made of: deserted atolls, lagoons, and remote beaches. Silversea’s Pacific Islands cruises begin at Easter Island, the southernmost point of the Polynesian triangle in Oceania. Spend two or three days at sea relaxing at the serene Zagara Spa or attending lectures from the knowledgeable Expedition Team, as they present information on the upcoming archipelagoes.  The breathtaking journey includes the isolated atoll, Ducie, all four Pitcairn Islands, the Gambier and Austral Islands, Bora Bora and Tahiti. This once in a lifetime adventure will take you to the uninhabited raised coral island, Pitcairn Island, where you’ll accompany an Ornithologist on a guided walk and to Raivavae’s north shore where one of the few carved tikis can still be seen in a private garden. All-suite accommodations offer the perfect reprieve from your day, with Butler service and luxurious rooms. To add to the opulence book the Owner’s Suite; with 728 sq. ft, a private balcony and dinner at the officer’s table, this is the crème de la crème of onboard luxury.

Windstar Wind Spirit Tahiti & The Tuamotu Islands

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Sail along one of the earth’s most divine havens Fakarava, named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to its distinct ecosystem on Wind Spirit’s 4-masted sailing ships. Glide across the sea from the Society Islands to the beauty of the Tuamotu Islands, brimming with private lagoons and pristine atolls. Whether diving in nature’s aquarium, Rangioroa’s lagoon, brimming with vibrant fish and magnificent coral or learning native Polynesian dances with special guest performers, the option to have the vacation of your dreams is endless. With hidden enclaves and quiet verandas on the mere 148 passenger ship, you may feel as if you’re on a private yacht. For the perfect ending to a romantic day, make a reservation at Candles and dine under the stars.

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