Posted on 02/14/2018
Oceania Cruises invites you to join Marina, the most luxurious and amenity-laden ship sailing Tahitian waters, for a true epicurean adventure in French Polynesia. The only ship in the South Pacific with immersive chef-designed Culinary Discovery Tours™ that bring you an insider’s look at local cuisine, Marina also offers hands-on cooking classes at our state-of-the-art onboard Culinary Center. An array of unique gourmet dining options on board, featuring hundreds of flavorful dishes prepared à la minute include traditional French Polynesian dishes, fresh island fare and special Chef’s Market Dinners, bringing the culinary experience full-circle.
When you go ashore on one of our unique Culinary Discovery Tours™, you enjoy the chance to immerse yourself in the local food scene and learn all about regional cooking secrets. From exotic island markets to agricultural traditions and recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, our adventures in French Polynesia invite you to connect with the culture through the lens of cuisine and discover the heart of each fascinating destination.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia Gourmet Dinner at St. Regis Bora Bora
As the sun sets on the Pearl of the Pacific, cruise to the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, where a cocktail party awaits you on the open-air terrace of one of Bora Bora’s most exclusive restaurants, Lagoon by Jean-Georges. Meet your host for the evening and enjoy a sumptuous 5-course meal, where exotic meets Occidental cuisine. Afterward, learn the secrets of this delicious local cuisine. A souvenir, signed menu, and special recipe card will serve as mementos of this exclusive experience.
Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia Traditional Polynesian Culinary Experience
Enjoy an authentic, once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience in Nuku Hiva during which you will travel back in time to immerse yourself in traditional Polynesian culture and ancient cooking techniques. Explore local taro and manioc plantations as well as a nearby honey farm, and learn how these beautiful agricultural traditions have been preserved throughout the years. Learn about the traditional underground oven used in the South Pacific during a memorable cooking demonstration and savor a traditional Polynesian lunch accompanied by carefree island music.
Raiatea, French Polynesia Culinary Secrets of the Sacred Island
Discover a unique side of Raiatea – the “Sacred Island” – as you learn the secrets of authentic Polynesian food. Stroll through a picturesque market with your expert guide and learn the essentials of locally grown tropical fruits and vegetables. Discover age-old methods and regional secrets for preparing savory indigenous dishes, and enjoy the opportunity to assist during an entertaining cooking demonstration at the beautiful Raiatea Lodge Hotel. Crown the day’s exploration with a memorable Polynesian dining experience featuring traditional dishes prepared à la minute.
Come join us on a Culinary Discovery Tour to taste the true flavors of the South Pacific!