Adventure Sailing in French Polynesia – Bora Bora, Ra’iatea, and Tahaa
8 Days – 7 Nights • May 2020
In the heart of the South Pacific Ocean lies the astonishing natural splendor of French Polynesia. Enjoy the best of this area’s easy sailing grounds as you glide over breathtakingly beautiful lagoons and gaze out at exotic vistas of sea, sky and mountains. Explore peaceful villages, or scale a mountain for a spectacular view. With jagged volcanic peaks juxtaposed against lush vegetation and stunning waterfalls, the leeward Society Islands are considered by many to be paradise on earth. One of the jewels of those islands is Bora Bora, with breathtaking lagoons, exotic reef life, and a traditional culture mixed with sophisticated aquatic resorts. There is little that can compare to this exotic paradise, which is perhaps why the island is the number one honeymoon destination in the world.
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French Polynesia Details
Day 1 – Ra’iatea, Apooiti Marina
The start of your amazing adventure through the South Seas begins at the Apooiti Marina base on Ra’iatea, just five minutes from the Ra’iatea airport. Checkin is 4:00 PM. Dinner will be ashore this evening at the exquisite outdoor dining patio of the Ra’iatea Lodge Hotel.
Day 2 – Tahaa
After a light breakfast aboard you’ll get underway from Ra’iatea and head north to the island of Tahaa. There you can choose to tour a local pearl farm and see first hand how the famous black pearls of the South Pacific are harvested. From there our evening stop is an anchorage off the picturesque Motu Tau Tau, home to the Tahaa Island Resort and Spa.
Day 3 – Day at sea to Bora Bora
A thrilling day’s passage north to the Bora Bora Lagoon will deliver amazing ocean views of the island few ever see. You’ll travel to the south end of the lagoon and pick up a mooring at the world famous Bloody Mary’s Restaurant. Dinner is ashore tonight at this iconic stop.
Day 4 – Bora Bora Lagoon (South)
Next it’s time to head over to Motu Toopua and anchor off the Conrad Bora Bora Nui Hotel. Snorkeling with rays is just around the corner as are numerous amazing snorkeling spots just minutes away by dinghy. Head to shore for lunch at the hotel or just sunbathe on the foredeck.
Day 5 – Bora Bora Lagoon (North)
A quick hop to the north end of the lagoon and you’ll pick up a mooring near the town of Vaitape. Scuba divers can jump aboard dive boat excursions to the outer reef and experience the full undersea grandeur of Polynesian sea life. Explore Vaitape’s shopping area or head over to the Bora Bora Yacht Club, a haven for round-the-world sailors. Then it’s back to the boat for dinner aboard.
Day 6 – Day at sea to Tahaa
On a passage returning south across the Pacific you’ll head to Tahaa and round the island to Ha’amene Bay. Relax on the aft deck as the sun sets surrounded by majestic mountains. Dinner is aboard tonight.
Day 7 – Tahaa
A short hop to anchor off of Ile Mahaea at Passe Toahotu will transport you to a place like none other. Relax on this tranquil, private island, snorkel the massive reef just feet from shore or hang out and sunbathe on the pristine sands. Tour the vanilla plantation on Tahaa that afternoon and return for our send off dinner at the famous Hibiscus Restaurant for a celebratory Polynesian feast.
Day 8 – Ra’iatea, Apooiti Marina
A final breakfast aboard and one more snorkeling adventure and the time has come to return to the base on Ra’iatea for a 12:00 PM checkout. But the memories you have made will last a lifetime. It’s time to start planning the next trip!
Our Adventure Sailing voyage pricing includes:
- A well deserved vacation!
- Your stateroom – featuring centrally controlled air conditioning, large hull window with privacy curtains, individually controlled air fans, LED reading lights, hanging and storage lockers with ample storage space, bedding collection and towel sets, and en-suite bathroom and shower with vanity. (Forward staterooms have an additional v-berth forward for a child.)
- All breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas, and dinners aboard.
- 24-hour use of the galley and all public spaces.
- 24-hour beverages aboard including: water, sparkling water, iced tea, select juices, sodas, hot cocoa, coffee, and tea.
- 24-hour snacks aboard.
- Snorkeling gear: mask, fins, and snorkel.
- Dinghy transportation for all planned voyage activities.
- Professional Charter Captain – US Coast Guard credentialed, ASA Sailing Instructor, and PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. Your captain will take care of all the details for leading and managing the sailing, navigation planning, charter coordination, and vessel management for your voyage. (To really kick into full vacation mode, an onboard chef can be added for an additional fee. If your group elects this option, your chef will serve you sumptuous breakfasts, lunches, and dinners aboard as well as coordinate all your dining arrangements ashore.)
- Opportunity to expand your on-the-water skills in a casual and fun atmosphere. Learn by doing and expand your knowledge on topics such as: sailing catamarans vs. monohulls, voyage planning, navigation, marine weather, oceanography, cooking aboard, snorkeling and scuba diving, local knowledge, and much more.
- Travel welcome gift.
- Captain’s hors d’oeuvres event.
- Pre-departure chart briefing.
- All charter taxes, fees, mooring, and port expenses.
The following services are not included in the voyage price:
- Air travel, baggage fees / taxes.
- Land / sea taxi transfers.
- Dining and bar service ashore.
- Alcoholic beverages onboard.
- Land / sea shore excursions such as: scuba diving, jeep or boat tours, taxis, kayak rentals, deep sea fishing, or other activities or rentals such as: dive gear and wetsuits. However, we can certainly assist you in arranging these services.
- Internet access or use of your smartphone.
- Medical services.
- Laundry services.
- ASA / PADI certification courses / fees.
- Travel interruption / vacation protection insurance.
- Onboard Chef.
- Service gratuities and tips
The Sunsail 444 – 4 Cabin Catamaran Yacht
Revolutionary is the word that describes this new catamaran which uniquely balances comfort, space and a sailing performance unrivaled by most others in its class. The most noticeable feature of the Sunsail 444 is her covered forward cockpit which is accessible from the main saloon giving even more space for socializing and relaxing, as well as creating cooling breezes into the interior.
All cabins are spacious, featuring en-suite shower rooms with separate heads (toilets), and the layout provides privacy and space where needed. This yacht has a convertible saloon which is included as a double berth in the maximum capacity. The yacht is also fully air-conditioned.
Number of Berths: 10
Number of Cabins: 4
Number of Heads: 4
Number of Showers: 5
Length Overall: 43 ft.
Beam: 23.7 ft.
Draft: 4.2 ft.
Sail Area: 117 m²
- Wake up without an alarm
- Enjoy a sumptuous French Polynesian inspired breakfast
- Snorkel in stunning crystal clear warm water amid a rainbow of South Seas reef fish
- Take a relaxing sail to our lunch spot at a secluded cove
- Lunch of amazing Ahi poke and Tiger Shrimp on the beach
- Lounge, explore, or enjoy water activities
- Take a short sail to our anchorage for the night
- Sundowners on the aft deck
- Pinch yourself – yes you’re really here
- Local specialties of Grilled Grouper or Lobster aboard or dining ashore at a 5 star resort
- Star gaze
- Be gently rocked to sleep not knowing what time it is
- Wake up and do it all over again
- Dinner or appetizers on the water’s edge at the Bora Bora Yacht Club
- Pristine white sand beaches and jaw dropping natural beauty
- World class scuba diving
- Snorkeling anywhere on these islands
- Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
- World Famous Aquatic Resort Hotels: Four Seasons, InterContinental, St. Regis, Le Meridien, and more
- Dinner at the world famous Bloody Mary’s Restaurant and Bar
- Cultural tours
- Island shopping, pearl boutiques, hand-painted dresses, woodcrafts
- Deep sea fishing
- Vanilla plantation tours
- Land excursion jeep tours
- Climbing a volcano
- Beach picnics
- And so many more – let’s discover what your interests are and add them to the list!
French Polynesia is an overseas country of the French Republic amid the South Pacific Ocean, part of the French protectorate since 1843. The islands of Ra’iatea, Tahaa, and Bora Bora are all part of the leeward Society Islands within the country approximately 1,000 nautical miles south of the equator. Bora Bora is an 11 square mile island located about 143 miles northwest of the island of Tahiti, (and a short 10 nautical mile passage from Ra’iatea from where we will set sail) and is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the centre of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 2,385 feet.
From April to August Bora Bora enjoys highs in the mid 80’s with this time of year generally drier than the rest of the year. The winds are at their strongest in July and August (which is winter here south of the equator), making for some exciting sailing. The prevailing winds are easterly ranging 10 – 15 knots (11 – 17 mph). Winds on the 10 nautical mile passage from Ra’iatea to Bora Bora can range from 15 – 25 knots (17 – 28 mph). The tidal range is approximately 12 – 18 inches. Careful navigation is required between ‘passes’, or openings in the barrier reefs, as well as around coral areas.
Valid passports are required to travel to French Polynesia. Your passport must be valid for 6 months past your departure date from the country.
Tourist visas are not required for US citizens if staying less than 90 days every six months.
The FCP (Pacific Franc) is the official currency of French Polynesia. However, US Dollars are accepted widely. Credit cards are also accepted at resorts and restaurants.
The official language of French Polynesia is French, and Tahitian. Although English is widely spoken.
2020 French Polynesia Adventure Sailing Package
8 day / 7 night voyage from $(Price coming soon!) USD per person based on double occupancy. Both forward staterooms include accommodations for one additional passenger (child) in each stateroom: child age 4 to 12 is 50% full fare, child age 3 and under is free.
An onboard chef can be added for the full voyage at an additional $295 USD per full fare guest.
- Bookings can only be taken for full staterooms, not for individual berths.
- 50% deposit due upon booking, staterooms cannot be held without a deposit.
- Once all staterooms have been booked, potential guests that express interest will be added to a wait list.
- The final 50% balance is due no later than 90 days prior to sail date. These trips are popular so please keep in mind that to retain your stateroom all balances must be paid on time.
- We understand that plans change. We recommend that you consider travel protection insurance to cover the voyage costs should your schedule change unexpectedly due to medical or other covered circumstances.
- Cancellation fees:
- Up to 90 days in advance of the sail date: If you cancel 90 days or earlier before the sail date we will refund your payment less the 5% credit card processing fee we are charged.
- 89 to 71 days in advance of the sail date: Cancellations between 89 days and 71 days prior to the sail date are subject to 50% cancellation fee.
- 70 or less days in advance of the sail date: Following the standard that’s common in the charter and cruising industry there are no refunds available for cancellations made 70 days or later before the sail date. This is because we have fully committed to the charter and all fees have been paid. There is always the possibility that someone on the wait list, or someone else who has interest, may be able to fill your spot – if they do we are happy to refund your charter fee (less the 5% credit card processing fee we are charged.) Naturally there’s no guarantee that your spot can be filled at this late date so this is where a travel protection policy can assist in refunding your costs.
- All rates, options, add-ons, accommodation plans, voyage itineraries, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.