The Ultimate Tropical Idyll
16 Days, from Fakarava to Tahiti
The islands of French Polynesia and the South Pacific are in a league of their own. No other cruising destination is quite as remote and exotic as these intriguing shores.
Day 1 & 2 Fakarava (North + South Pass)
Embark in Fakarava and spend a couple of days acclimatising to the gentle pace of life on board cruising around the coastlines.The island, especially the South Pass, remains virtually untouched. Life along the North Pass is equally unique with quaint villages, old coral churches and welcoming locals.
Day 3 Fakarava – Toau
Toau is a UNESCO-classified biosphere reserve.Toau is a stunning coral atoll with a wide lagoon perfect for peaceful anchorages, swimming, snorkelling and diving.
Day 4 & 5 Toau – Apataki
One of the largest of the Tuamoto Islands, Apataki hosts the largest grey reef shark population in the archipelago.
Day 6, 7 & 8 Apataki – Rangiroa
One of the world’s greatest dive destinations, the atoll of Rangiroa is a string of coral encircling a vast lagoon.Enjoy snorkelling and diving amidst the stingrays and manta rays. Around the Avatoru Pass you will find silver tip sharks, whilst in the waters of the Tiputa Pass you can dive with bottlenose dolphins.
Day 9 & 10 Rangiroa – Bora Bora
Cruise from the Tuamotus to the Society Islands in a 20-hour crossing. Dine on the open deck as you navigate open-water and through the Te Ava Nui Pas into the lagoon of Bora Bora. The island itself is as close to the tropical ideal as it gets and the reef around the lagoon is clustered with desert islands, known locally as motus. Join fellow yachting enthusiasts at the Bora Bora Yacht Club.
Day 11 Bora Bora – Taha’a
From Bora Bora it is a short hop back through the Te Ava Nui Pass and the Pai Pai Pass to the lagoon that surrounds the island of Taha’a.Float amid a rainbow of fish, including vibrant parrotfish, striped snapper, emperor angelfish and butterfly fish.
Day 12 Taha’a – Raiatea
Lying in the same lagoon as Taha’a, neighbouring Raiatea’s rugged interior is as impressive as its surrounding beaches.Discover French Polynesia’s most sacred temple, Marae Taputapuatea, or take a hike up the Tapoi Mountain for spectacular views.
Day 13 Raiatea – Huahine
Cruise through the lagoon and through the Iriru Pass to Huahine.Step ashore to the island’s pearl farm, or take a horseback ride along one of the many beaches.
Day 14, 15 & 16 Huahine – Tahiti
Cruise overnight to Tahiti.As with many of the Society Islands, you will find cosmopolitan luxury combined with local culture as many of the world’s top resorts have premises on the island. There are countless monuments and ruins, and the natural landscape remains relatively unspoilt.