Slideshow: Ia Orana

Experience Tahiti & the Society Islands

For just a moment upon first sight of the blue waters and green backdrops of French Polynesia, but then again and again throughout a recent trip to the island nation via the cruise ship MS Paul Gauguin, I found myself asking the question “Is this real?” I thought colors so vibrant could only be seen in paintings or Photoshop-doctored images. Did the ocean appear azure blue? Cerulean? Seafoam green? All of the above, actually. It’s no wonder Paul Gauguin, the Post-Impressionist French artist, well-known for his experimentation with color, escaped modern life to live out his days in French Polynesia. The incredible land and seascapes have been attracting visitors to French Polynesia for years, and there might not be a better way to explore all the islands have to offer than via a cruise ship named after the colorful artist. And guess what? Paul Gauguin Cruises is headquartered in Bellevue. Ia Orana! (The Tahitian equivalent to Aloha.)

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The ShipExploring TahitiCaptain ToniChef Paul Ellis

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