Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering a naturalist-led Moana Explorer Program that goes beyond the typical camp-like activities of other ships. Experiences such as visiting a sea turtle care centre, playing real-life beach Survivor, and snorkeling in pristine reefs encourage guests ages 7-15 to learn about the islands, ocean environment, and unique Tahitian culture.
The Moana Explorer Program on the Le Paul Gauguin was created in partnership with the South Pacific marine education and conservation foundation Te mana o te moana, which focuses on protecting the Polynesian marine environment, specifically sea turtles.
The Moana Explorer Program is available in 2022 on select family sailings, such as the seven-night Tahiti & the Society Islands sailings in July. These cruises visit the lush rainforests, white sand beaches and clear lagoons of the Society Islands including dreamy Bora Bora (with an overnight). The youth program is also available on deeper-exploration itineraries such as the 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus sailings in June, July and December; 11-night Society Islands & Tuamotu in June; and 11-night Cook Islands & Society Islands in December.
Other activities include on beach days include crab racing, rope pulling and group snorkelin. On Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private patch of tropical beach paradise, Motu Mahana, youngsters may participate in a reef quest to observe underwater life and see how many species of coral they can identify and record in an underwater field journal.
Daily activities often include sessions on specific topics, such as plastic pollution and its effect on marine life, saving coral reefs, or insight into sharks and stingrays.
On longer itineraries that add Rangiroa in the Tuamotus, kids will learn about dolphins and, during a visit to a local village, spot the animals through binoculars in the famed Tiputa Pass. The Cook Islands & Society Islands itinerary adds the opportunity to learn about giant clams at the Ministry of Marine Reserve on the island of Aitutaki and to mingle with local youth on a visit to a public beach on Rarotonga.