Tahiti, French Polynesia & South Pacific

Tahiti, French Polynesia & South Pacific

There’s more than one paradise to be found on a cruise to the South Pacific. It’s where hidden jewels like "Mystery Island" and the Tuamotu Archipelago invite exploration. Sail there with Princess and you’ll not only discover the pearls of the South Pacific, you’ll also be introduced to its wonderful color, culture and flavors through unique programs on board and ashore that will change you forever.


Tahiti and French Polynesia

Experience the dreamlike destinations of Tahiti & French Polynesia with Princess Cruises. Set sail on Pacific Princess® and enjoy a relaxed ambiance in an intimate small-ship setting on 9-day or longer cruise. Enjoy overnight stays in Tahiti, as well as Bora Bora, where you’ll find awe-inspiring views of majestic mountains sculpted by ancient volcanoes, a shimmering lagoon and a barrier reef dotted with tiny islets.

Award-winning Shore Excursions

See more of the South Pacific ashore with our award-winning shore excursions. Take a scenic drive and visit the renowned "Aquarium des Lagons" in Noumea, go on a fishing expedition in Port Denarau, and take a circle island tour with amazing bird’s eye views in Moorea.

Natural Wonders

Witness the amazing diversity of brightly colored reef fish while snorkeling or scuba diving in the crystalline waters of Bora Bora, enjoy a tropical forest walk and refreshing grotto in Lifou, and be in awe of pearl farming and the lovely scent of vanilla plantations in Raiatea.

Taste the Local Flavors

Savor authentic regional tastes created by our chefs and influenced by the destinations you are visiting, such as an exotic papaya & banana soufflé, Polynesian chicken pupu, grilled Wahoo fillet with mango salsa or even a traditional Hangi dinner.

History and Culture

Explore the life, culture, history and tradition the South Pacific as, a traditional village as it comes to life with tribal chants, see fire walking in Vila, and discover the Māori world of myths and legends while enjoying a delectable feast in Tauranga .


Tahiti (Papeete), French Polynesia

The gateway to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Brisbane is also a living museum dedicated to keeping its heritage alive with an abundance of 19th century buildings.


Tahiti is not just an island - Tahiti has always been a state of mind. The bustling capital of Tahiti and her islands, Papeete is the chief port and trading center, as well as a provocative temptress luring people to her shores. Immortalized in the novel "Mutiny on the Bounty," who could blame the men of "HMS Bounty" for abandoning their ship in favor of basking in paradise? And what would Modern Art be without Tahiti’s influence on Gauguin and Matisse? Today the island is a charming blend of Polynesian "joie de vivre" and Gallic sophistication. But venture out from Papeete and you find a landscape of rugged mountains, lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls and deserted beaches.

Contrasting with other French Polynesian ports, Papeete’s coastline initially greets you with a vista of commercial activity that graciously gives way to both black and white-sand beaches, villages, resorts and historic landmarks.

  • Island Drive

    A drive of Tahiti is the best way to see the outlying sights and a bit of old Polynesia away from Papeete’s bustle, including Tahara’a Hill, Point Venus, Arahoho Blowhole and the Faarumai waterfalls.

  • Tahara’a "One Tree Hill"

    Historical site of a lone tree with brightly colored flowers used by Captain Cook as a navigational landmark, this promontory offers spectacular views of the surrounding area.

  • James Norman Hall’s Home

    The American writer and co-author of the "Bounty Trilogy" lived in Tahiti for over 30 years. The museum is an exact replica of his house and stands a few yards from the sea overlooking Matavai Bay.

  • Point Venus

    Explorers Bligh, Wallis and Cook anchored their ships at Point Venus. It was here that Cook’s expedition observed the transit of the planet of Venus across the sun in 1769.

  • Museum of Tahiti

    Considered one of the best museums in the South Pacific, the museum tells the story of Tahiti and her islands featuring exhibits on Polynesian history, culture, environment and ethnology.

  • Tomb of Pomare V

    The last king of Tahiti, Pomare V, is buried in this tomb constructed from coral slabs and lava rocks in a tower-like shape that resembles a Grecian urn.

  • 4WD Excursion

    Some of Tahiti’s most beautiful spots are accessible only by 4WD. Journey into the island’s heart as you travel unpaved trails up the Papenoo Valley crossing rivers with photo stops of the numerous waterfalls on the island.

  • Faarumai Waterfalls

    The valley of Faarumai is home to Vaimahuta, one of the most photographed and breathtaking waterfalls on Tahiti.

Brisbane, Australia

The gateway to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Brisbane is also a living museum dedicated to keeping its heritage alive with an abundance of 19th century buildings.


Once considered the "country cousin" among Australian cities, Brisbane is today the nation’s third-largest metropolis - and one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Lying on the banks of the meandering Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan city boasts elegant 19th-century sandstone buildings, a lively cultural scene and superb parklands. Brisbane is also your gateway to uniquely Australian adventures, be it the theme parks of the Gold Coast or Queensland’s dazzling beaches.

The beaches south of Brisbane form Queensland’s Gold Coast. Travel tip: Brisbane is pronounced "Bris-bin."

  • Gold Coast

    With 26 miles of beaches, resort hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, a casino, luxury homes and golf courses, the Gold Coast serves as both Australia’s vacation and retirement capitals.

  • Australia Zoo

    Founded by the late Steve Irwin, TV’s "Crocodile Hunter," this 70-acre zoo is home to exotic wildlife, such as fresh and salt-water crocodiles, koalas, kangaroos and giant pythons.

  • Mt. Tamborine

    Lying inland from the famous Gold Coast, this volcanic plateau is a fertile landscape of national parklands, rainforests, and groves of macadamia nut, kiwi fruit and avocado.

  • XXXX Brewery & Alehouse

    More than just a brewery tour, this famed Irish alehouse is home to the iconic "XXXX" brand beer. A visit provides insight into over a century’s old legacy and its place in Queensland history.

  • Surfers Paradise

    This beach was voted one of the best beaches in the world, with wide golden sands and excellent surf. It is located on Queensland’s famous Gold Coast of luxury resorts and designer shops.

  • SkyPoint

    Rising 230 meters into the sky with 360-degree views, the Skypoint viewing deck is a spectacular vantage point on the world’s tallest residential tower, and boasts the highest point on all of the Gold Coast.

  • Montville

    Settled in 1887, this village is often described as the "Creative Heart of the Sunshine Coast," home to art galleries, artisans, crafters’ workshops and restored Victorian cottages.

  • Brisbane River

    A popular cruise tour venue, this river runs through Brisbane and is the longest in southeast Queensland. It was na

Sydney, Australia

The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are just two of the welcoming sights greeting you as you approach Australia’s oldest and largest city. Once you’re in town, visit the golden sands of Bondi Beach, travel to the Blue Mountains, or explore the historic Rocks district.


As your ship passes Harbour Heads, you are presented with the shimmering skyline of Sydney - hailed by many seafarers as "the most beautiful harbor in the world." Two prominent landmarks, Harbour Bridge and the sail-like curves of the Sydney Opera House, grace the backdrop of this picturesque harbor. There is a wealth of adventure waiting in Sydney - from its cosmopolitan city center to miles of beautiful beaches and the Blue Mountains.

Australia’s oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the "First Fleet" transporting 760 British convicts. Today, Sydney is the largest port in the South Pacific and is often voted the most popular destination in the South Pacific.

  • Sydney Opera House

    This masterpiece of late modern architecture is a symbol of both Sydney and Australia. It has earned a reputation as a world-class performing arts center and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge

    Spanning Sydney Harbour from the central business district to the North Shore, this icon, nicknamed the "coat hanger" by locals, is the world’s widest long-span bridge and tallest steel-arch bridge.

  • The Blue Mountains

    The sandstone cliffs of this region were once believed impassable. Today this major gateway to Western New South Wales boasts ancient ravines, lush forests and stunning waterfalls.

  • Featherdale Wildlife Park

    Enjoy face-to-face encounters with one of the country’s largest private collections of native Australian animals in a natural bush setting, easily accessible and within metropolitan Sydney.

  • Bondi Beach

    This beach is one of Australia’s most popular for residents and tourists. At a little over a half-mile long, this stretch of sand plays host to numerous festivals and events each year.

  • MacQuairies Chair

    Also known as Lady Macquarie’s Chair, this famous attraction was carved from a rock ledge for Governor Macquarie’s wife, Elizabeth and offers excellent views of Sydney Harbour.

  • The Rocks

    Sandstone cliffs give the area its name. Site of the first penal settlement, the district is rich in colonial history and is home to 5 star hotels, restaurants, pubs, shops, galleries and museums.

  • Echo Point

    Discover the "Grand Canyon" of giant rock formations, geological history, deep, tree-studded valleys and cascading waterfalls. View the world famous rock formation, The Three Sisters, and panoramic views of the Jamieson Valley, Mount Solitary and the Ruined Castle.

Melbourne, Australia

Stroll through Queen Victoria Market, a Melbourne institution since 1878, and pick up gourmet goods. For cutting-edge culture, food and shopping, Federation Square offers a city block full of galleries, restaurants and stores.


Victoria may be Australia’s smallest continental state, but Melbourne, its capital, is big on everything. With a population of 4.25 million people living in 59 separately named communities within 715 square miles, Melbourne is a sprawling city offering culture, art, fashion and friendly, sports-minded Australians. It is also an easy city to explore. At the heart of the city is the Golden Mile, the city’s governmental and commercial center, home to hotels, shops, restaurants and theaters.

Originally part of New South Wales, Victoria became a colony in its own right in 1851. The discovery of gold propelled Melbourne’s growth to prominence and prosperity.

Travel Tip: Melbourne is pronounced "mell-burn."

  • Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

    Explore the fertile Valley, known to be a world-class wine region like those in France and Italy and/or visit a lush haven of the Dandenong Ranges’ secret fern glades, towering forests and eclectic villages.

  • Royal Botanic Garden

    The vast Royal Botanic Gardens are considered to be among the finest in the world. Located on the southern banks of the Yarra River just 5 minutes from the bustling city.

  • Ballarat: Sovereign Hill

    Step back in time and experience Australia’s exciting gold rush days. Pan for gold and explore this award-winning, interactive outdoor museum that recreates the hustle and bustle of 1850s life.

  • Federation Square

    Also known as "Fed Square," this world-class, cutting-edge cultural and entertainment destination takes up an entire city block! Explore the art galleries, museum, restaurants, bars, shops and more.

  • Healesville Sanctuary

    Experience a distinctly Australian wildlife experience. Get close to over 200 species of native wildlife, including platypus, koalas, emus, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds and wombats in a bush setting.

  • Mornington Peninsula

    While it’s close to the city, it seems a world away. Reminiscent of the Mediterranean, it offers vineyards and olive groves, historic country house retreats, seaside villages and intimate hotels.

  • Puffing Billy Train

    This century-old train is one of the most popular steam heritage railways in the world. It still runs on its original mountain track in the scenic Dandenong Ranges, just as it did in the early 1900s.

  • Queen Victoria Market

    Opened in 1878, this huge open-air market is a Melbourne institution. You’ll find a wide array of goods amongst the "sheds," from fresh produce and meats, to clothes, housewares, and souvenirs.