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Windstar Tahiti and Tuomoto Cruise and Diving With Non-Windstar Operators

Discussion in 'Cruises' started by joh, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. joh

    joh Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Tampa FL
    My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon, which will be next fall.

    We are seriously considering a cruise with Windstar. The 10 day cruise departing and returning to Papeete should work with our schedule. See Boutique Cruise Tahiti and the Tuamotu Islands Oct 20, 2019

    From my research, the mostly-inclusive and cost-planned nature of the cruise will eliminate a lot of the uncertainty and cost of island hopping through these islands.

    But I want to make sure that we maximize the diving during this dream trip!

    If you have done this cruise, were you able to book dives with non-Windstar dive operators?
    The Windstar diving excursions all look VERY overpriced and as an advanced/Nitrox diver I would be concerned about the cruise excursions not being geared towards advanced divers.

    Any input is most appreciated.
  2. Ontwreckdiver

    Ontwreckdiver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: St Thomas, Ontario, Canada
    I would also look at Paul Gauguin Cruises. They only have one ship and it only cruises French Polynesia, so they know what their doing.
    Voyage Search
    Everything( including the flight from L.A. and San Fransisco to Tahiti) is included except for excursions. | Paul Gauguin Cruises
    You are able to book dives and excursions with outside operators with any cruise line but if you are late getting back to the ship on a non cruise line tour, they may leave without you, so be sure of your excursion times.
    I would look at the Cruise Critic forums for more info about cruise trip planning. Windstar and Paul Gauguin both have their own forms on the board. Cruise Critic Community
  3. joh

    joh Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Tampa FL
    Thanks, OWD.
    We have looked into PG, but they only offer a 7 day cruise during the window that we can go, and we want to do a ten day cruise to maximize the islands that we will visit.

    I will definitely check out Cruise Critic.
  4. DeputyDan

    DeputyDan Great White

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: North Carolina
    If you both dive why not do a liveaboard?
    I did one once where there was a couple on their honeymoon.
    They dove the morning dives and did a little R&R during the afternoon dives :hugs:
    All the guests made sure to do the afternoon dives to provide a little extra privacy.

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