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South Pacific isolation. Polynesian culture. Bora Bora. Unmatched snorkeling. Live it all and shoot it all on this amazing itinerary with Paul Gauguin and Islands. Book Now

Day 1: Embark Papeete, Tahiti

Day 1: Embark Papeete, Tahiti

This is the island of Tahiti, and it's just the start. Here, you go from the shore of Papeete to the ship of Paul Gauguin — your home for the next week. Huge spaces, a comfortable cabin, the pool and South Pacific seas leading to unforgettable moments. Charge the camera batteries.iStockphoto
Day 2: Huahine

Day 2: Huahine

Islands Expeditions photographer Jon Whittle shot this turtle near our first port of Huahine. Above water, it's known as the "Garden Island" for rainforests and dramatic terrain. You can explore the island, picnic on the beach, or do like Jon and snorkel for views like this.By Jon Whittle
Day 3: Taha'a (Motu Mahana)

Day 3: Taha'a (Motu Mahana)

This private Pacific spot is Motu Mahana, an islet adjacent to Taha'a, with white sand, swaying palms and crystal-clear water. All of it exclusive to Paul Gauguin passengers. So is the barbecue lunch and Polynesian entertainment. Turn the camera to video mode.Courtesy Paul Gauguin
Days 4: Bora Bora

Days 4: Bora Bora

The mere words "Bora Bora" spark more awe from the Islands audience than any other. The awe is off the charts when you see with your own eyes Mount Otemanu rising from the ocean. Make room for a giant picture (taken by you) on your living-room wall.Courtesy Paul Gauguin
Day 5: Bora Bora

Day 5: Bora Bora

Look at this water. We have to stay a little longer on Bora Bora so you can have more vantage points of it on a 4-wheel-drive safari, or on a glass-bottom-boat ride. We'll set sail when evening shots of the island (and maybe an outrigger in the foreground) are at their best.By Jon Whittle
Day 6: Moorea

Day 6: Moorea

Bora Bora's sister island demands another two-day stay. We'll have time to shop for local crafts or go dolphin watching. You can choose to stay in the overwater bungalow (InterContinental Moorea, above) that Islands photo editor Lori Barbely ranks as the best in all of Tahiti.By Lori Barbely
Day 7: Moorea/Papeete, Tahiti

Day 7: Moorea/Papeete, Tahiti

Wake up late. Snorkel in a lagoon our photo team calls "one of the best in the world." Take a hike. Or just eat on the deck of the ship and take it all in. And make sure you've saved all those amazing photos to a hard drive. Later, we'll cruise back to Papeete for the night.By Jon Whittle
Day 8: Disembark Papeete, Tahiti

Day 8: Disembark Papeete, Tahiti

Cap off this epic journey where it began. You won't be the same as when you first set sail. Our photo team says these exotic isles have changed the way they look at the world. They stayed in 19 overwater bungalows for a recent project, and they highly recommend a pre- and post-cruise overwater stay. "You're already here," says Jon Whittle. "Make the trip last a few more days."By Lori Barbely