Tips and tricks for travel to the tropical islands of Fiji

April 18, 2012

1. Bring crayons with you to give to the local children if you happen to visit a Fiji village.

2. Wear your heaviest clothing on the airplane i.e. tennis shoes, jeans & windbreaker as its probably the coldest you’re going to be - you might even get away with a carry on bag.  Look for slip on tennis shoes.

3. Leave room your carry on bag so you can pop into the duty free shop located next to the luggage carousel and pick up a few bottles of good New Zealand wine.

4. Bring a dark colored t-shirt to snorkel and kayak in so you back doesn’t sunburn (the sun will go thru a wet/white t-shirt.

5. When visiting a Fijian village, it is the local custom that Women must have their knees and shoulders covered so bring a pair of capri lenth shorts or a pareo and a short sleeve t-shirt.

6. Do not pack high heels - they will get ruined in the sand, instead there are some fabulous colored flip flops these days - they also take up less room.

7. When you participate in a traditional Fijian Kava Ceremony, ask for a “low tide” that means a small cup of kava as the taste is very unusual.  High tide means full cup!

8. When getting a massage, do not ask for a “hard” massage. The Women make tapa cloth by soaking tree bark and pounding it with a sledge hammer, chances are very good your masseuse is one of them - they are very strong!

For more ideas and advise on tropical island travel, contact the Travel Gal at

Teresa@luxuryhideaways.net or call 800 644-6659

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M/S Paul Gauguin offers Luxury and Adventure with their SCUBA Dive Program

September 11, 2011

The Paul Gauguin was built with adventure in mind. There is an amazing Watersports Marina off the back of the ship where all of the watersports equipment is launched. From this marina you will easily be able to access the ocean and come face to face with a colorful parade of marine life, from magnificent parrot fish and clownfish to stately sea turtles. You will be able to hop aboard a windsurfer, launch a kayak, or embark on a Zodiac for optional diving adventures. Your first dive into crystal-clear waters will spoil you for anything else under the sun-or the seven seas. Also the ship’s small footprint enables it to navigate hidden lagoons that larger ships would never dare to enter.

While cruising the French Polynesia take advantage of the crystal clear water teaming with sealife and learn how to SCUBA Dive! The Paul Gauguin is the only luxury ship in the South Seas to offer PADI certification onboard for novice divers as well as classes at all levels, from snorkeling to advanced scuba diving techniques, supervised by their own staff of PADI dive masters. For the convenience of their guests, all necessary equipment, including an air compressor to refill scuba tanks, is onboard.

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Paul Gauguin Ship Info & Watersports Marina

August 30, 2009

The Paul GauguinThe m/s Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti, French Polynesia as well as other islands in the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships can’t reach and effortlessly blending into the stunning natural beauty of the South Seas.

She offers an extension of the informal, relaxing environment of the islands, coupled with five-star service, comfort and luxury.

• Overall Length: 513 feet • Beam (width): 71 feet • Draft: 16.9 feet
• Passengers: 332 • Crew: 215
• Passenger Decks: 7
• Shipyard: Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France
• Gross Tonnage: 19,200 • Cruising Speed: 18 knots • Ship’s Registry: Bahamas
• Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis;
• Only 332 guests
• 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
• All onboard gratuities included
• Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship
• Butler service in categories B & above, including in-suite bar setup and SoundDock® for iPod®
• In-suite mini-bar replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
• State-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina
• Onboard dive program • Onboard lecture program
• Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining
• Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request
• WiFi hotspots throughout the ship • Complimentary 24-hour room service
• Complimentary in-room dining • Complimentary in-room movie channels/movies available

Gauguin watersports marinaWatersports are a highlight of the Polynesian experience, and the m/s Paul Gauguin is constructed to take full advantage of these irresistible waters, with accessibility to ports and adventures that other ships can’t offer. The ship’s small footprint enables it to navigate lagoons that larger ships would never dare to enter. Their retractable, onboard Watersports Marina brings you down to sea level, where you can hop aboard a windsurfer, launch a kayak, try waterskiing, or embark on their Zodiac for optional diving adventures.

Even if you’ve never been diving, you can take advantage of the onboard scuba lessons. The m/s Paul Gauguin is the only luxury ship in French Polynesia to offer PADI certification onboard for novice divers as well as classes at all levels, from snorkeling to advanced scuba diving techniques, supervised by their own staff of PADI dive masters. For the convenience of their guests, all necessary equipment, including an air compressor to refill scuba tanks, is onboard.

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