Shore Excursions Private transportation and tour with Mas


Ceremonies of the Ancients
Indigenous Marotea Experience, includes lunch
Private transportation and tour with Mas

Sat. May 7, 2022
7 Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Located in Papara, on the West Coast of Tahiti, the Arioi Cultural and Artistic center is a spiritual and identity quest. This non-profit association is the benevolent embodiment of both culture and artistic expression of the Polynesian islands.

Culture implies to accept the weight of history, to refer to past and to revive customs. For a few years, there has been a growing interest in the ma'ohi culture: traditional dancing, tattoo, va'a (Polynesian canoe), craftmanship… It goes way beyond their frontiers. With dance, traditional customs, and percussion ensembles, discover the Polynesia of yesteryear, a rich and vivid culture. Through this experience, you will sense the mana (mystical force of Polynesia).

Pick-up: 9:00 AM at the cruise ship dock in Vairao.

- 9:00 to 9:50 AM: Transfer to "Arioi Cultural and Artistic Center," located in Papara, Tahiti.

- A traditional Polynesian welcome ceremony:

Your welcoming ceremony, led by a passionate staff, starts with an Orero (oratory art) and the sound of both pahu (drums) and (conch shell). Here starts the Marotea experience. You are given a vegetal necklace, made of green auti. You will learn the importance of this sacred plant in traditional culture. The green leaves have sacred and spiritual virtues, they were used during incantations and religious ceremonies on the marae, which is why we should treat it cautiously. It used to be worn by orators, warriors, and wizards.

- 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM: Cultural Experience: Four authentic workshops to discover the Polynesian culture (dance, percussion, cooking, crafts, etc.).

- Beverage breaks at will (no alcohol) and sweet/salty snack (depending on the market and the season).

Arioi Experience offers the opportunity to discover the richness of Polynesia through traditions, culture and people. You get to learn about the history and the techniques of the language, you are taught about culture and legends, and you are also given a try at craftmanship.

The Marotea experience continues with the discovery of local musical instruments. First is the , a marine conch made out of a mollusk. In former days, it was used by warriors to call people located far away in the sea or to gather people during festivities and religious ceremonies. Next is the vivo, a nasal flute made of bamboo which sonority is light, melancholy and bewitching. Last is the to'ere, a wood drum with no membrane.

The Ori Tahiti is an ancestral dance that embodies Tahitian culture at its best. You begin with the Ote'a— hips moving from left to right. Then the fa'arapu, a quick rotation of the pelvis. Last the varu, a figure-eight move.

- 1:30 PM: Tasting of a "Ma'a Tahiti" (traditional Tahitian lunch)

The cultural immersion ends with a delicious Ma'a Tahiti: raw fish with coconut milk and Re'a Tahiti (turmeric), taro, sweet potatoes, fried fish—a genuine moment where we are invited to share our impressions and learn from inspiring people.

- A red feather, symbol of Arioi, to take away the memory of this experience.

- 4:00 PM or earlier: Drop off at the Vairoa cruise ship pier.


9:00 AM

4:00 PM

Huahine, Society Islands

A Day at a Famous Scenic Beach Resort
visit to Maitai Lapita Village Hotel, includes lunch
Private transportation and tour with Mas

Sun. May 8, 2022
6 Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
*Includes Meeting with Mas during excursion

Located close to the village of Fare and an ancient archaeological site, the Maitai Lapita Village Hotel on the island of Huahine enjoys an exceptional location. Bask on the magnificent white-sand beach that borders the lagoon, or enjoy excellent snorkeling in the lagoon's crystal-clear waters. Or enjoy ocean views from the restaurant, bar, and pool. Stretching from the beach inland, the property is arranged around a freshwater lake dotted with water lilies and surrounded by tropical plants with fragrant, multicolored native flowers. This site has contributed enormously to the heritage of French Polynesia, so don't miss the hotel's museum. And if you are here at sunset, enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the islands of Raiatea, Taha'a, and Bora Bora.

Please note: This excursion includes access to the swimming pool, the beach, and the hotel museum; kayaking and snorkeling equipment; a two-course lunch (appetizer and entrée, or entrée and dessert); and a bottle of water and a drink per person (a glass of house wine, a local beer on tap, or a soft drink).


10:00 AM

4:00 PM

Taha'a, Society Islands

Relax at Paul Gauguin Private Islet, includes lunch
*Includes Meeting with Mas on the islet

Mon. May 9, 2022

Embark on your choice of exciting shore excursions today (extra fee), or spend your whole day relaxing on Motu Mahana, our very own private islet (complementary). Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, or simply lounge on the beach with a chilled beverage from our floating bar. Les Gauguines will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment and demonstrate traditional Polynesian crafts. A delicious free barbecue lunch is provided.

Rate: Complimentary



Bora Bora, Society Islands

A Day at a Luxury Beach Resort, includes lunch
Private transportation and tour with Mas

Tues. May 10, 2022
6 Hours: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
*Includes Meeting with Mas during excursion

An eco-friendly jewel in the South Pacific, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa is located between the "two hearts" of Motu Pita Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef. Enjoy a day poolside or at the beach, swimming in the pristine azure lagoons. Complimentary use of paddle board, windsurf, kayak, snorkeling equipment, and outrigger is included.

Guests will transfer via taxi from Vaitape to the InterContinental Le Moana and shuttle transfer to the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa. Your excursion also includes a two-course lunch (a main course plus either appetizer or dessert), served at the poolside restaurant. Beverages, spa treatments, and certain activities can be purchased at the resort at an additional cost.


11:00 AM

5:00 PM

Bora Bora, Society Islands (Second Day)

Aquasafari - Underwater Walk
Private transportation and tour with Mas

Wed. May 11, 2022
2 Hours: 8:30 to 10:30 AM

Discover why Bora Bora's spectacular lagoon is considered to be among the most beautiful in the world during this unique underwater adventure.

Depart the pier for the brief water-taxi ride to your comfortable motorized dive boat. After embarking the dive boat, your certified diving instructor will explain your safety and diving instructions and help you put on your helmet. Your head will remain dry inside the helmet; you can even wear your glasses as you freely maneuver about in total security just a few feet below the surface. Plastic shoes, wetsuits, masks, and snorkels will also be available, as there will be time for snorkeling while the other guests take their underwater walk.

You will then descend the ladder into the crystal-clear water and commence your 30-minute underwater adventure. As you walk along the sandy bottom past exotic coral formations, you will see an abundanceof iridescently colored tropical fish that are gentle enough to feed by hand. No swimming or diving experience is required.

Please note: No swimming or diving experience is required. The helmet, while heavy, is placed on your head as you enter the water and taken off as you exit. You will remain connected to the boat's air supply via an air hose. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems; guests with asthma, heart, and respiratory problems; or guests with limited mobility. Guests will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate on this tour. Minimum age requirement to participate in this excursion is 6 years.

At the conclusion of your Underwater Safari in the morning, you will return directly to the pier via water-taxi. From there, you can spend the entire afternoon at the Paul Gauguin private motu (island) beach, which offers volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding.


8:30 AM

10:30 AM

Moorea, Society Islands

Trails of the Ancients Trek

Private transportation and tour with Mas

Thurs. May 12, 2022
4 Hours: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Don't miss this fun, informative, and interactive visit to a relatively little visited side of Tahiti, as onboard lecturer archaeologist Mark Eddowes leads a unique cultural tour of the upland rain forest of Opunohu valley.

Mark Eddowes has worked clearing, mapping, excavating and restoring archaeological sites in the Opunohu valley since the 1980s. He works particularly on the life of the ancient Tahitians in this natural environment, studying their ancient habitation sites, agricultural terrace complexes, stone tool workshops, and ancient temples or marae. The recognized expert on the marae of the Society Islands, Mark will share with you his research results into the history of the temples, the rituals practiced there, and the warrior chiefs associated with them.

You will also learn about the uses in ancient times of the flora and tree species of the island for canoe manufacture, medicinal uses, and the sculpture of ti'i (tiki figures) and traditional house manufacture. Also on the itinerary of this tour are the landing site of Captain James Cook in 1777, the Opunohu agricultural school, and Belvedere lookout point.

Then, follow shady trails within the forest, between the ancient archaeological sites. Your transport will be on the traditional Le Truck, providing vista views and spectacular scenery along the way.

Please note: The forest trails are all downhill but can be slick after rain, and tree roots sometimes cross the trails. Insect repellent is not provided, so please bring your own. Bamboo staffs are provided to give stability if needed. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. A second Tahitian guide is always at the back of the line for any additional aid during the trek. Bring some money, as purchases (organic vanilla, native jam preserves, and real vanilla ice cream!) can be bought at the agricultural school. A small bottle of water is also recommended for the trek. Not recommended for people with heart disease, lung disease, or muscle, joint, or balance problems. Total length of the tour is 4 hours, 2 of which are spent walking the miles through the forest. On Sundays, the Agricultural School is closed.


8:30 AM

12:30 PM

Moorea, Society Islands

Fri. May 13, 2022