Huahine island with coral and tropical fish underwater, Pacific ocean, French Polynesia
Native paddling a boat, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Snorkeling with manta rays and fish, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Backroads guests on a ship, toasting with champagne
Fautaua Falls, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Plumeria flower, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Moorea, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Yellow church, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Guests exploring a Ponant ship on an ocean cruise
Sarongs hanging in a market, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
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Tahiti Ocean Cruise Multi-Adventure Tour

Sailing Idyllic Isles from Tahiti to Bora Bora

Couples, Friends & Solos

8 days 7 nights

Activity Level: 1-3

Small Luxury Ships

From: $8,399 - $17,999 pp dbl occ

Your tropical paradise. It’s biking past fragrant vanilla fields, hiking to hidden jungle waterfalls and snorkeling amid a kaleidoscope of life. It’s sailing on azure waters from one incredible Polynesian isle to the next. It’s the taste of fresh island fare, the warm smiles, and the feeling of adventure and relaxation all wrapped up into one. It’s Tahiti and the Society Islands. And it’s waiting for you.

Tahiti by Sea Multi-Adventure Ocean Cruise
Tahiti by Sea Multi-Adventure Ocean Cruise


Start/End Papeete

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Behold white-sand beaches, mountains jutting up from the sea and bungalows stilted over impossibly clear waters as you sail in luxury through the Society Islands
  • Snorkel a crystalline inlet among a rainbow of tropical fish and swim at Bora Bora's iconic Matira Beach—considered one of the most stunning in French Polynesia
  • Explore the secluded coastline on legendary Bora Bora, bike to ancient sacred sites on pristine Huahine and immerse yourself in Polynesian culture on Moorea
  • Bike and hike off the beaten path to experience island life with a visit to a quaint black pearl farm, a tasting at a local distillery and a tour of a picturesque vanilla plantation

See our Active Cruise Terms & Conditions.

Ports of call
Taha’a (Motu Mahana)
Bora Bora


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
8 Days Small Luxury Ships
Accommodations may vary based on departure.

Day 1 Your adventure begins in Papeete, Tahiti, the heart of French Polynesia | Hike to Fautaua waterfall, a towering cascade set amid lush jungle and volcanic stone | By the sea, relish simple dishes that burst with island flavor | Set sail for the Society Islands in style aboard your intimate Ponant ship.

Days 2-3 Rich with culture and strewn with coconut palms, Huahine is spellbinding | Bike to ancient Mata'ire'a marae, a sacred gathering place | Savor a splendid tasting of local spirits | Pedal past aromatic vanilla fields on secluded Taha'a | Visit a fascinating black pearl farm and vanilla plantation | On a private islet, enjoy a sumptuous barbecue lunch and kick back on the beach.

Days 4-5 Island-hop to famed Bora Bora and gain a unique perspective with a hike to Matira Hill | Snorkel amid myriad sea life, including manta rays, clownfish and moray eels | Cycle to famous Matira Beach, with its pillowy white sand and crystal-clear waters | Experience Bora Bora’s hidden coastline—and WWII history—on two wheels | Board traditional Polynesian outrigger boats to explore Bora Bora's turquoise lagoon.

Days 6-8 Cruise to idyllic Moorea, blanketed in velvety green mountains | Walk the path of ancestors through pineapple plantations and palms to the sacred site of Marae Ti'i-rua | Relax on the shore or take a dip in the sea—it's up to you! | A scenic coastal biking route delivers breathtaking views over sapphire Cook's Bay | Sail back to Tahiti, the picture-perfect place to extend your vacation.

Le Paul Gauguin, Ponant Ship
Le Paul Gauguin

This sleek luxury vessel, accented with intricately carved wood, is custom built for the waterways of this tropical region and features an open-air bar, a piano lounge and a team of master chefs crafting gourmet dishes. Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice. Travel + Leisure World’s Best. (pool, spa)

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The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

Note: You may only reserve one Stateroom Category at this time. Your stateroom will be assigned based on availability. Please contact us if you are interested in booking multiple Stateroom Categories for your party, selecting a specific stateroom, or Single Supplement pricing.

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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 2 | 25 miles | 1800 ft. gain
Level 2 | 26 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 34 miles | 2300 ft. gain
in Huahine Lagoon (1 hour)
Day 3
Level 1 | 19 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Vanilla Plantation Tour (30 minutes)
Black Pearl Farm Visit (30 minutes)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 400 ft. gain
Excursion on Bora Bora’s Lagoon (4 hours)
Day 5
Level 1 | 15 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 19 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Day 7
Level 2 | 27 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 38 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 8
Disembarkation in Papeete, Tahiti

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration
  • Access to all ship amenities
  • Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
  • Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
  • Exclusive routes
  • Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
  • Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
  • Easy-to-use route directions so you're free to explore independently
  • Private walking tours with expert guides
  • Access to all ship activities and excursions

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.


The ships we sail on are like floating luxury hotels, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships and are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.

Backroads Support On Board and On Shore

We sail with up to 30 Backroads guests per group. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group onboard and you may cross paths with the other group on routes or at restaurants. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders.

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Although our average group size is larger than a typical Backroads tour, our ship-based trips feel smaller and much more intimate than a typical cruise.

Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. Although our time ashore may be shorter than an average Backroads Hotel trip, you still have the option to select a route that matches your pace. In larger cities, you can decide to shift gears and opt for less active sightseeing activities. It's important to note, our time ashore can be limited due to changes in the nautical schedule and ship tendering.

Being onboard a ship provides the benefit of being able to take advantage of ship amenities: the fitness room, spa, sauna and swimming pool. In addition, there is the opportunity to relax in the inviting common spaces or the privacy of your room, complete with balcony. Your Trip Leaders will have information on the array of options to choose from.

If you love meeting new people and having more time to relax aboard the ship, and enjoy the ease of unpacking once, you'll love our approach to active ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.


On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and inventive meals for onshore lunches, picnics and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional and less reflective of the region than on Backroads Hotel trips.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our Hotel trips, which typically have similar room categories, the Ponant ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories to choose from. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast, so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

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