The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic islands and atolls strewn lazily across the grand Pacific Ocean. The island of Tahiti proper is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia. Papeete, the modern capital of Tahiti and her islands, contains government offices, hospitals, banks and many other services dedicated to serving the islands as well as tourists who come to these islands for a life-enriching experience.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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Discover the gorgeous landmarks east of Papeete, including the home of acclaimed author James Norman Hall and the site where Captain James Cook calculated the passage of Venus.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a brief but spectacularly scenic drive east to the James Norman Hall Museum, the prolific author’s former home. While living here, the Iowa-born Hall wrote numerous novels, often with collaborator Charles Nordhoff.
Their biggest success was “Mutiny on the Bounty,” a bestseller that was the basis for the 1935 Oscar-winning movie of the same title and several remakes. Most of Hall’s books were set in the South Pacific, and when you see his beautiful home and gardens it becomes apparent where he got his inspiration.
As you browse the property, you’ll learn about this adventurous yet modest World War I hero, his novels and his family. Hall’s son Conrad was equally artistic and won three Oscars for cinematography on films such as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” The author is buried above the house on a mountainside overlooking Matavai Bay.
You will get a closer look at the eastern end of the bay when stopping at Venus Point. Here in 1769, Captain Cook recorded and observed the passage of Venus to calculate the distance between the sun and Earth. Coincidentally, Captain Bligh and the crew of the real-life Bounty landed here about 20 years later.
Finally, pausing at Tahara’a View Point, you will enjoy yet another gorgeous vista before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing. There may be some steps and uneven ground to negotiate. While most roads are paved, you may encounter some bumpy conditions and those with back or neck problems or pregnant women are duly advised. While not all sights or venues are wheelchair accessible, the tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Drivers and guides are unable to assist. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight clothing (please avoid wearing expensive clothing or jewelry); sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour sequence and timings may vary. Tour operates rain or shine, buy may be cancelled without prior notice should weather conditions create possible safety issues. No refunds will be issued for tours that will continue to operate under rainy conditions.
Enjoy the natural beauty of the island’s west coast and cultural attractions such as an ancient open-air temple, Vaipahi Gardens and the lush and peaceful surroundings of a cave linked to Captain Cook
Settle in for a leisurely drive down Tahiti’s west coast along a highway that hugs the picturesque shoreline. Being the driest part of the island, this area features a wonderfully rugged landscape with one amazing view after another.
In time, you will arrive at Vaipahi Gardens, a tropical paradise of exotic vegetation and serene ponds. The word vaipahi means splashing water, a reference to the garden’s gently cascading waterfalls. While walking along the trails, you may see lotuses in bloom and 100-year-old Tahitian chestnut trees.
Then, it’s on to Marae Arahurahu, one of the completely restored ancient temple or marae in Polynesia. Meticulously maintained, this sacred site was once used for religious rituals, royal ceremonies and celebrations after military victories. The park-like setting is dotted with elevated altars, stone tiki figures, and curious red sculptures that represent the ancestors of influential local families. According to legend, the spirit of an ancient hero lingers here.
You will make a refreshing stop at the Maraa Grottoes. Enjoy the lush vegetation that surrounds its entrance, and as you take the short walk on the trail, you will come across the largest underwater cave in Tahiti. It is said that Paul Gauguin enjoyed the waters here, so those interested in his work will be particularly appreciative of the natural features and atmosphere that inspired his later pieces.
After visiting, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing on natural and uneven surfaces. Tour is not available for wheel chair guests and those with walking or mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Cruise off the coast of Tahiti without a care in the world, eventually anchoring for a refreshing swim in the surrounding lagoon.
After a short walk from the pier, you will embark a sleek, 43-foot catamaran for an exhilarating and immensely scenic cruise through the crystal-clear waters off Papeete. The catamaran is exceptionally comfortable as it features a spacious open deck and a shaded lounge for those guests who prefer to relax under cover.
Sailing affords you a unique perspective of Tahiti’s gorgeous northern shore and Papeete’s distinct skyline. It’s easy to relax on board as the catamaran zips through the open waters, presenting ever-changing tropical views. In time, the captain will anchor the catamaran in the lagoon that almost completely surrounds Tahiti.
Upon arriving in the lagoon, you will have the option of remaining on board and simply relaxing at your leisure, or take a refreshing swim.
During your sailing adventure you might spot playful bottlenose dolphins and endangered green sea turtles in the surrounding waters.
After your lagoon stop, you will sail back to the pier at a carefree pace.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking and is primarily a sailing tour. Sailing time is just over 2-hours and the stop for swimming/snorkeling is approximately 30-minutes. There will be 2 steps to negotiate to enter and exit the boat from land, and a ladder to negotiate to enter and exit the water. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns or those who suffer from motion sickness. Participants who wish to swim do so at their own risk and responsibility and should be in good physical condition, be good swimmers, comfortable in the water and comfortable with occasional currents. The depth of water can vary due to sea currents and sea level variations. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on any coral or touch any sea life for safety and environmental reasons. A swimsuit worn under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel and bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable shoes or are recommended. Shoes must be removed upon boarding the vessel and participants should avoid wearing expensive jewelry. As with all water tours, personal items may become wet so special care should be taken with any electronics. There are restrooms aboard the vessel. The presence of marine life is not guaranteed, and tickets are non-refundable should a sighting fail to occur.
The natural treasures of Tahiti are yours to discover during this scenic, half-day orientation tour of the island's east coast.
Departing the pier you will head towards the East Coast of Tahiti, where your first stop will be Venus Point, the historic landing site for most European discoverers and evangelists. It boasts the only lighthouse on the island which was built in 1867.
You will then continue down the south of the island, passing steep coastlines until you reach the Gauguin Restaurant for some refreshments. Afterwards, continue to the Spring Garden of Vaipahi where rare species of precious wood and tropical flowers can be found.
A short photo stop at the famous Papara Surf black sand beach will be made prior to the conclusion of the tour. Your drive back to the pier will lead you along the West coast to complete your full island drive.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing, at times over uneven and natural terrain. While most roads are paved, you may encounter some bumpy conditions and those with back or neck problems or pregnant women are duly advised. While not all sights or venues are wheelchair accessible, the tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Drivers and guides are unable to assist. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight clothing (please avoid wearing expensive clothing or jewelry); sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour sequence and timings may vary. Tour operates rain or shine, but may be cancelled without prior notice should weather conditions create possible safety issues. No refunds will be issued for tours that will continue to operate under rainy conditions.
Set Sail on the beautiful 65-foot Maxi catamaran OHANA down the West coast of Tahiti. Feel the sea spray on your face as the boat slices along the barrier reef while your experienced Captain and crew watch for the spinner dolphins that are frequently seen in the area.
As you reach the south shores of Taapuna's passage, you’ll have the opportunity to perhaps sight both local and international surfers riding their surfboards as this area is renowned for its waves. Soon, you will drop anchor in the clear waters inside the lagoon where you will have approximately one hour to enjoy a fresh dip in the water or do some snorkeling. Masks and snorkels will be provided for your exploration. Access to the water is made by a large easy step ladder which will make getting in and out of the water an easy task. The OHANA is the largest and fastest catamaran of its class sailing the waters of Tahiti. It offers plenty of shaded seating under the canopy and sun seekers may relax on the two large nets located in the bow. Following your time in the water, it’s time to kick back, unwind and enjoy a refreshment while sailing through turquoise waters back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking and is primarily a sailing tour. Sailing time is approximately 2 hours and the stop for swimming/snorkeling is approximately 1 hour. There will be 2 steps to negotiate to enter and exit the boat from land, and a ladder to negotiate to enter and exit the water. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns or those who suffer from motion sickness. Participants who wish to swim do so at their own risk and responsibility and should be in good physical condition, be good swimmers, comfortable in the water and comfortable with occasional currents. The depth of water can vary due to sea currents and sea level variations. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on any coral or touch any sea life for safety and environmental reasons. A swimsuit worn under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; biodegradable sunscreen; a towel and bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable shoes or aqua socks are recommended. Shoes must be removed upon boarding the vessel and participants should avoid wearing expensive jewelry. There is a restroom aboard the vessel which is accessible via a straight ladder. The itinerary and stop may be altered or reduced dependent upon weather conditions.
Sailing on board a catamaran requires vigilance; guests must be physically alert of the boat environment and fit to negotiate steps and boat movement. This tour operates rain or shine and no refunds or compensation will be offered in the event it is raining. The local tour operator may require all participants to sign a waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour.
Explore a side of Tahiti not commonly seen by visitors during a scenic off-road journey through this idyllic island.
Board your 4-wheel drive vehicle at the pier and venture deep into the unspoiled interior of Tahiti. First, you will head towards the East Coast, passing by the island coastal road. While passing through bustling Papeete cannot be avoided, you will soon leave it behind and make your way to the Papenoo Valley. Here, you will pass cascading waterfalls, luxuriant tropical vegetation, exotic flowers, and discover an array of unspoiled treasures. Make sure you bring your camera to capture the beauty of the scenery and the breathtaking views from this valley.
Dependent on timing, you may be able to take a refreshing dip in a river on the way so it is recommended to wear a swimsuit under your clothes and bring a towel with you. This is mainly a scenic tour, your driver is your guide & comments may be limited (no PA System) Access to the valley is dependent on river level and in case of rainy weather, an alternate itinerary may be done if valley access is restricted.
Following your tour, you will be returned to the pier.
Please note: There is limited walking on this tour; however, as this tour involves travel in off-road vehicles over bumpy surfaces, guests with back and/or neck problems, pregnant women or those who suffer from vertigo are discouraged from participating. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. The itinerary may be modified due to weather conditions. Guests who wish to take a dip in the waterfall's pool should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring a towel from the ship. There are no changing facilities. Sunscreen; sunglasses; a sun cap; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Families or couples may be split dependent on tour numbers. Your driver will also be your guide, and commentary will be limited. Access to Papenoo valley is dependent on the prevailing river level and authority. In the event of rainy weather, an alternate itinerary may be done if valley access is restricted.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.