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Take a Peek at Paul Gauguin’s Private Island

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Paul Gauguin Cruises | Bobbi Dempsey | May 07, 2016

Take a Peek at Paul Gauguin’s Private Island

PHOTO: The m/s Paul Gauguin anchors off the coast of its own private island, ready to ferry guests over for the day. (Courtesy Paul Gauguin)

Many of us dream of having our own private island to serve as the ultimate retreat where we can escape the stress and fast-paced schedule of our everyday lives. While that may not be a realistic option for those of us without millions to spend, there is a much more affordable option that can be the next best thing.

Motu Mahana is a lush tropical island nestled in the French Polynesian waters. One of the best things about this island paradise? It is reserved exclusively for guests who arrive via the m/s Paul Gauguin, operated by Paul Gauguin Cruises. You will truly feel like a VIP when you get the opportunity to travel like an elite island hopper.

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Once you arrive at this Seven Seas island, your activity options are virtually unlimited. Obviously, you can spend lots of time in and around the water. This is a rare opportunity to snorkel among tropical fish, while circumventing stunning, colorful coral. Or explore the surrounding waters in one of the kayaks provided for guests.

Once you are back on land, stroll around the sandy boundaries of the island to take in all of the vast views the location provides. The natural beauty you will find on every part of the island will surely inspire lots of ideas for pictures that incorporate the stunning backdrop.

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You might even want to watch local natives demonstrate the fine art of opening a coconut. Dining options include a beachside barbecue, where of course the highlights often include an assortment of freshly caught seafood.

After a busy day of activities, you can unwind with a tropical drink at the floating bar. Since the island is accessible only to Paul Gauguin passengers, you will never have to worry about fighting the crowds or battling hordes of tourists.

When it is finally time to depart and board the ship, you will have plenty of fond memories of your taste of life as a short-term resident of your own private island.

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