One of the hottest travel destinations on the planet is, without a doubt, Tahiti. There’s something about this beautiful island, which is a part of French Polynesia, that manages to capture the imaginations of people all over the world. As such, it’s home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and some of the world’s most lusted after sightseeing opportunities.
While you could simply book a hotel stay on the exotic island, this isn’t the very best way to experience everything that Tahiti has to offer. Instead, you should consider cruising Tahiti. Doing so allows you to experience things about this island that few travelers get the chance to, while at the same time giving you the opportunity to discover and explore other nearby travel destinations.
There are, to be sure, a number of different options when it comes to cruising Tahiti. However, not all of those options are created equally! Below, we’re going to review what we believe are the three best options for cruising Tahiti. Each offers a different experience, and one is sure to appeal to the particular way that you like to travel (and also to the needs of your particular budget). Let’s take a look!
1. Radiance of the Seas
While the new Quantum-class ships are garnering plenty of praise, the Radiance of the Seas is wowing passengers year round.
In addition to seeing Tahiti aboard this beautiful ship, the Radiance’s 18-day transpacific itinerary also stops in New Zealand!
But, when you’re in Tahiti you’ll definitely want to get involved in the Papeete excursion, which will take you on a beautiful safari.
Why this ship? Well, adults are sure to appreciate the tranquility and beauty of the Solarium pool area. (No kids allowed!)
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a little excitement to go with your libations, you can check out the self-leveling pool tables at the Bombay Billiards Room.
Looking for the best accommodations that the ship has to offer? Then accept no substitute for the beautiful Royal Suite.
Not ready to spend that much money? No problem! Standard fares for the 18-day trip start at just a hair over $2,000 per person!
2. M.S. Paul Gaugin
Want to experience Tahiti on a ship that’s offering a more private and luxurious trip? Then this is the ship you want.
The M.S. Paul Gaugin carries only up to 332 passengers and offers virtually one-to-one service.
When you’re off the waters of Tahiti, you’ll definitely want to take one of the ship’s aqua bikes out for a spin.
During times when you’re not on an excursion, you can enjoy all of the other fine amenities that the ship has to offer.
And, when it’s time to up to romance factor, be sure to take in a night at the La Palette Lounge, which opens up to the ocean breezes.
You can’t go wrong in any of the staterooms and suites on board, but the very best is unquestionably the Owner’s Suite, which offers butler service.
7-day trips to Tahiti leave from Los Angeles, California, and generally start at just under $4,000 per person.
3. Aranui 5
Now, if you really want to be on board a ship that can get to all of those hard-reach islands, then this is your best bet.
The ship carries a maximum of 250 guests but is also a working ship, meaning you’ll get a totally unique experience.
The coolest excursion aboard this ship is one to Hiva Oa, where you can see ancient tikis that will leave you speechless.
After a busy day of sightseeing, you’ll definitely want to hit one of the bars, where you can meet the crew who tend to the ship on a day-to-day basis.
Who knows? Perhaps you’ll meet one of your new best friends aboard this one-of-a-kind Tahiti-bound cruise ship.
While some guests might be willing to opt for the dormitory-like accommodations, there is the Presidential Suite for big spenders.
Interested in this unique experience? Rates for 14-day Tahiti cruises start at just under $2,800 per person.