Water Sports

Water sports Marina

Water sports are the true highlight of the Polynesian experience. The ship's small size allows it to navigate into shallow lagoons and narrow channels where larger ships may not sail. With the specially designed retractable water sports platform, all guests may descend to sea level where they can conveniently hop aboard a windsurfer, launch a kayak or water ski. 

The m/s Paul Gauguin is the only luxury ship in French Polynesia to offer PADI certification on board for novice divers as well as classes at all levels, from snorkeling to advanced scuba diving techniques, supervised by our own staff of dive masters. All equipment is available onboard.

Learn about Scuba

Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program was created by explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau. It's a totally unique program that introduces younger guests to the natural wonders of French Polynesia. The program gives participants aged 9 to 17 direct "hands-on" interactive experience with knowledge of marine and Island eco systems.

The program was created in 1999 by Jean-Michel Cousteau, environmental advocate & son of the legendary Jacques Cousteau, the mission of the Ocean Futures Society is to explore our global oceans, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and gain a greater understanding of the ocean’s vital importance to the survival of all life.

Diving and Snorkling

French Polynesia is among the best dive sites in the world. Here you will encounter a myriad of colorful reef fish, moray eels, turtles, manta rays and sharks. The translucent warm waters are generally 80 degrees and above year-round and with  visibility to over 150 feet.

Moorea specializes in hand-feeding sharks and dives with rays and dolphins.

Bora Bora attracts beautiful, graceful manta rays in its plankton-rich lagoon.

Raiatea offers brilliant displays of living coral and a miriad of multi-colored reef fish.