Tahiti Yacht Charter
When people speak of paradise on Earth, the South Pacific island of Tahiti often comes to mind as the ideal. With good reason. Tahiti is a verdant oasis surrounded by turquoise-blue seas, and populated by inhabitants whose friendliness is legendary. Located in the South Pacific between South America and Australia, Tahiti lies at 17 degrees 32 minutes south latitude and 149 degrees 34 minutes west longitude. Tahiti is just one island (albeit the largest), in French Polynesia; there are another 117 located in four main archipelagos-Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society. In all, the area is roughly the size of Western Europe. The islands that make up the Society group are Bora-Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa, and Huahine. They are the sparkling jewels in the exotic cruising grounds of your Tahitian sailing vacation. Because these islands are downwind from Tahiti, they’re known as the Leewards. Their mountains rise from the sea atop the remnants of ancient volcanoes. Barrier reefs provide a habitat for sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, porpoises, colorful unspoiled coral, and countless species of fish, all of which make the Tahitian Leeward Islands arguably one of the world’s best areas for snorkeling and scuba diving. Throughout the islands, you’ll find top resorts and every imaginable watersport. In addition, there are island tours, archeological and historical, not to mention fine dining. And we can’t rave enough about the sailing.
Raiatea The second largest island in French Polynesia, and home to the Dream Yacht Charter base is Raiatea. Historically, it was known as the sacred island and, in many ways, it is still the cultural heart of the region because of its rich history. Raiatea was once an important port on the ancient Polynesian routes through the islands, and its influence covered an enormous amount of territory, including Hawaii, Samoa and New Zealand, in addition to present-day French Polynesia. The many fascinating archeological and historic sites are well worth visiting on an island tour. They provide a glimpse into Polynesian culture that you can experience firsthand.
Itinerary – 8 days 7 nights
DAY 1: RAIATEA TO TAHAA -10 NAUTICAL MILES.
Welcome to the base in Marina Uturoa. After the chart briefing and orientation, sail east side of Tahaa. Anchor at one of the nicest spots north of the Mahea motu. Nice snorkelling spot near the coral reef or in the Passe Tohaotu – Dinner aboard.
DAY 2: TAHAA TO BORA – BORA – 22 NAUTICAL MILES FROM THE TAHAA PAPAI
PASS TO THE BORA BORA
Teavanui pass 4-5H passage downwind. Anchor at Motu Topua, swimming and snorkelling, and then take a mooring at the Bloody Mary
DAY 3: EXPLORE BORA-BORA – 8 NAUTICAL MILES
Sail to the East side of the lagoon to discover the traditional lagoonarium where you can swim with turtles, friendly rays, sharks and different kind of fishes. In the afternoon sail down to southern shore of Bora-Bora and explore the magnificent coral garden.
DAY 4: BORA-BORA TO RAIATEA – 22 NAUTICAL MILES
Start early in the morning to sail back to Raiatea for re-provisioning, fill water, ice. Call first and then sail to the Anapa Pearl farm – Take a mooring at the pearl farm – Dinner aboard.
DAY 5: 10 NAUTICAL MILES FROM ANAPA PEARL FARM TO THE HUREPITI BAY
Visit the Anapa pearl farm in the morning then sail to Tahaa after lunch. Take the Vanilla Tour mooring for the night in the Hurepiti Bay – Dinner aboard.
DAY 6: VANILLA TOUR.
After breakfast, join Alain and Christina Plantier for the Vanilla Tour excursion. Sail to the motu Tautau Anchor in the South of the motu Tautau and dinghy to the coral river between the 2 motus. One of the nicest snorkelling spots in Polynesia Dinner “chez Louise” overnight on one of her mooring.
DAY 7: TAHAA
Relax or move back to the South of Tautau for a snorkelling exploration between the barrier and the motu. After lunch, you can sail to Marina Iti. Take a mooring for the night. Enjoy the night at the excellent restaurant. There is good snorkelling spot at the end of the dock. Sail back to the base before 6:00 PM.
Disembarkation before 9:010 AM.