There’s nothing quite like cruising from island to island on a sailboat or catamaran in French Polynesia. You can rent a boat to navigate yourself, or reserve an all-inclusive package with skipper and crew, so that you can take things easy and enjoy the scenery. A sailing cruise gives you the time to discover The Islands of Tahiti in all their beauty.
A sailing vacation in The Islands of Tahiti is the stuff of dreams. Island hopping from one turquoise lagoon to another, discovering the unique beauty and charms of each port of call, meeting the local population and learning about their culture and traditions. Plot your course and let the wind set the pace. Stay a while to visit a vanilla plantation in Taha’a, the marae of Taputapuatea in Raiatea, or Matira Beach in Bora Bora. Then set sail for the Tuamotu, Marquesas, Austral or Gambier Islands. The possibilities are endless and the beauty is everywhere. You can opt for a simple charter or take an all-inclusive package with a skipper and crew, so that all you have to do is relax and enjoy the views. Discover The Islands of Tahiti as the very first Polynesian voyagers did, by sailing from one island to the next and marvelling at the splendour of this South Sea island paradise.
Catamaran cruise, with or without skipper
Imagine lying stretched out on the bow netting of a catamaran, basking in the sun as the silhouette of Bora Bora slowly approaches. The stuff of dreams. A catamaran charter with a skipper and crew is the perfect way to discover the island paradise of French Polynesia. The lagoons in the islands and atolls are sheltered by their coral reefs, so sailing conditions are ideal, even for landlubbers! Calm seas and gentle winds that will take you to Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea…Traveling from island to island, and admiring the endless beauty of The Islands of Tahiti.
If you’re an experienced skipper, then you can hire your own catamaran. If not, then you and your friends or family can reserve a charter with a skipper. Plot your course with him and he’ll take the helm while you admire the views. And if you don’t fancy doing the cooking, then you can hire a crewmember who’ll do it for you. Another option is to rent a cabin on a catamaran cruise out of Papeete. You’ll set sail for the beautiful lagoon of Bora Bora. And don’t worry, you’ll be in good hands! Polynesians are reputed for their skills as navigators. Remember, their ancestors were able to cross the ocean using just the stars and natural elements to guide them.
Other maritime activities
If you don’t want to spend your vacation on a catamaran, but you’d like to go sailing from time to time, then reserve a boat excursion. It’s the perfect solution for enjoying the pleasures of the open sea, while spending your nights on dry land.
Don’t forget your mask and tuba when you take a boat trip on the lagoon. Your guide will take you to some superb sites where you can swim among the manta rays and sea turtles. You can also visit the lagoon in your own time on a kayak or paddleboard. Set off from the beach and head for one of the deserted motu and admire the tropical fish in the clear warm waters. In Fakarava or Tikehau you won’t believe your eyes!