Sail in
French Polynesia

Maeva and join us as we set sail for the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, the idyllic islands of French Polynesia.

Boasting a year-round climate, crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, this South Pacific haven has something for everyone. For the adventurous, an underwater world is waiting to be discovered. For those wanting to relax and unwind, then palm tree lined beaches and cascading waterfalls are within reach.

Without doubt one of the friendliest places on earth, when you visit the islands of French Polynesia, you arrive as a guest. But you leave as a friend.

Just five hours from Hawaii and eight hours from Los Angeles, this South Pacific paradise is just a short flight away. For a truly once in a lifetime TradeWinds experience, be sure that you don’t miss out. Book your perfect escape on one of our luxury French Polynesia yacht charters.


The term "French Polynesia" refers to five archipelagos spread over an expanse of the South Pacific approximately the size of Western Europe. The region includes the Marquesas, the Tuamotus, the Society Islands, the Australs and the Gambiers. Each of these archipelagos has its own culture, ethnicity and climate, and we have chosen the Society Islands for your South Pacific dream vacation.

The Society Islands we will visit are Raiatea, Taha'a and Bora Bora. Depending on the weather, guests’ preferences, and the time of year we will do a combination of the following activities during your week onboard. Below is a sample itinerary. 

Please bear in mind that weather or other outside factors may mean that your Captain sets an alternative course.

Arrival Day - Saturday

Boarding is at 5pm on Saturday in Marina Apooiti on Raiatea. You will be welcomed with Captains’ Cocktails, and will receive your cabin briefing before heading out to the anchorage in time for sunset. Once we have settled in and become acquainted with our fellow passengers we will enjoy a delicious three course dinner, prepared using the freshest local ingredients by your onboard chef.

Raiatea is known as “the sacred island” as it is home to Marae Taputapuatea, a large ceremonial complex dating back to 1000AD. The site features a number of marae and other stone structures, and was once considered the central temple and religious center of Eastern Polynesia.

Cruising Day 1 - Sunday

Wake up to the smell of fresh coffee in paradise, and take in the breathtaking surroundings. You have made it to the middle of the South Pacific!  The lush greens of the mountainous hills and varying shades of blue in the lagoon are incomparable. Breakfast is served at 8am.  Let’s tantalize our taste buds with exotic seasonal fruits and freshly baked French pastries.

Our captain will go through the various safety aspects of the boat and outline the plan for the week. The sails will then be hoisted as we head across the lagoon to the sister island of Taha’a, and moor in the beautiful Faaaha Bay. (There are only 13 letters in the Tahitian alphabet, and every letter in a word is pronounced)!

Taha'a is symbolically called “the Vanilla island”. It is on these fertile lands that Tahitian vanilla is cultivated, considered the best and the most fragrant vanilla, which is sought after by the best chefs around the world. This morning we will visit a family run, organic vanilla farm 'Vallée de la Vanille'.  The process of vanilla cultivation and it's many uses will be described in detail.  Along with the famous coconut oil, a local antiseptic miracle oil is also produced on site from the Tamanu nut.

Following lunch onboard we will continue our circumnavigation of Taha'a. As we sail along the coast we will pass the village of Tiva and see the picturesque blue and white church on the waters’ edge. We will then drop anchor for some amazing snorkeling just off the back of the boat, perfect for becoming reacquainted with our snorkeling gear. After the effort, cocktails will be sipped while watching the sun going down on the next island we’ll visit: Bora-Bora!

Cruising Day 2 - Monday

Get ready for the most amazing sail of the week, and choose your favorite spot for the 4 hours sail to the Pearl of the Pacific, Bora Bora. The Bora Bora lagoon is spectacular and is said to boast 13 shades of blue. We will spend much time in, under and on the water here.

The first stop is for a delightful well-deserved lunch, and we’ll anchor in a large shallow area where rays and sharks can be seen swimming in the turquoise blue water.

In the afternoon we will sail around Toopua Island towards a beautiful anchorage site, right on time for a board meeting (cocktails on the paddle board!) where we’ll relax and day-dream …  watching the sunset painting Bora-Bora’s dramatic silhouette with all its flaming colors.

Cruising Day 3 - Tuesday

This morning will take us to Matira beach, simply the “most beautiful beach in French-Polynesia” and the only public beach on Bora Bora.  If the conditions are right this is a fantastic area for seeing spotted eagle rays from the paddle board. 

Onboard massages can be organized under the shade on the bow. Beach-combing is also a pleasant option here, take a kayak or ask for a dinghy ride and go explore!

After lunch we can go explore the Island on a 4X4 guided tour, enjoy some shopping in town, or you may wish to hike to the lookout above Matira Point, where you will be awed by the different shades of blue in the lagoon! Finally, we will all meet up onboard for some cocktails before dinner.

Tuesday night’s meal ashore is at the star-studded Bloody Mary's bar and restaurant. The daily catch is on display and preparation options are described. We will be able to check internet here and send some photos home to make friends and family extremely jealous!

Cruising Day 4 - Wednesday

Scuba divers will be collected from the boat by Patrick from Dive n' Smile (see details in our “further info” section). In the meantime, our captain will move the boat and circumnavigate the island.  On the sail down we will pass the iconic hotels with their overwater bungalows. If you spot security guards on jet skis guarding a specific bungalow, try to figure out what famous star is looking with envy at the beautiful yacht sailing past, wishing they were aboard!

Lunch will be enjoyed next to an incredible snorkeling spot known as “the Aquarium”.  Parrotfish, butterfly fish, clown fish, trigger fish and moorish idols are some of the smaller species we’ll  see in abundance. There will be plenty of time for the divers to also enjoy this snorkeling spot when they return.

In certain very specific weather and seasonal conditions, the snorkeling spot of Anau is accessible. This spot is home to a manta ray cleaning. This will be incorporated into the itinerary in such favorable conditions.

Late afternoon we’ll set off on a sunset sail around to the south-east corner of Bora Bora to the “Swimming Pool”.  In this area you can literally stand waist deep in the water just at the back of the boat, cocktail in hand watching the infinite turquoise water on the horizon. This is the ultimate sunset spot on Bora Bora.

Cruising Day 5 – Thursday

The divers will once again depart after breakfast, and our captain will move the boat back around the Island before the afternoon sail back to Taha'a.

Keep an eye out for dolphins near the passes of Bora-Bora or Taha’a, as this is where they like to relax. In season we have the chance to see humpback whales coming in our waters for breeding, calving, mating or simply relaxing, so all eyes on deck and look for spouts!

Arriving in Taha’a our captain will anchor just north of Motu Tautau on the west side of Taha'a (home of The Relais and Chateau resort “Le Taha'a"). Bora Bora will be framed between the motus (small islands) dotted along the edge of the reef.  Our crew will bring us ashore in the dinghy for a spectacular drift snorkel between two motus. This is the highlight of the week for underwater adventurers,  and is not to be missed!  We will need water shoes to walk to the start of the drift section. 

Cruising Day 6 - Friday

After breakfast we will sail on to the largest, most impressive bay of Taha’a, Apu Bay on the south side of the Island. 

We will be taken ashore to visit the Champon Pearl Farm, a locally run farm where pearl production and jewellery creation is done by the family with great professionalism and taste. They will inform us on the process of pearl making, and will bring us into the workshop where we can witness first-hand all stages of pearl harvesting. Peer over the pearl surgeon’s shoulder, and share in the excitement as he delicately pulls out exquisite pearls from oysters he had implanted two years previously!

In the afternoon you may wish to snorkel along the drop off, explore the bay on the paddle-boards and kayak, or go for a leisurely wander and ice cream ashore. During cocktail hour our crew have a special treat organized. It's a surprise that includes, Paréo (sarong), music, dancing and lots of laughing … but you need to come aboard to figure it out!

Friday night’s meal ashore will be at “Le Ficus” restaurant -  the friendliest local restaurant in Taha’a. A traditional Tahitian oven will be uncovered, followed by a buffet of traditional delights and an authentic Polynesian dance show.

Departure Day - Saturday

All too soon it’s departure day, and our crew will have the boat back on the dock by 7.30am. Enjoy one last breakfast aboard in paradise, before you depart Apooiti Marina at 9am. First, though, we swap email addresses and photos, and then we send everyone home with great memories and anticipation for our next TradeWinds’ sailing vacation.

You will enjoy the itinerary and gorgeous views, snorkeling, and sailing. Almost doesn't seem real! Beware the rainy season...can be inconvenient. Even with that, the days are full and fun.


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