Tahiti’s Society Islands are exactly what comes to mind when you picture paradise. With lush green mountains rising from white sand beaches, this archipelago in French Polynesia is the stuff that tropical calendars are made of.
Tahiti is the largest in a chain of islands that make up French Polynesia. The entire area is often referred to as Tahiti – yet the region is really made up of 118 islands and atolls that stretch over an area the size of Western Europe. The Society Islands are the most populated in French Polynesia, but still have plenty of uninhabited islands and picturesque atolls to explore.
A voyage here is not merely about lounging around on a perfect beach – of which there are many, and where your crew will undoubtedly prepare you unforgettable picnics. But this itinerary offers plentiful opportunities for activity, from hiking and scuba diving to sportfishing for marlin, wahoo, tuna and more. There’s also the chance to see some amazing wildlife, like humpback whales, if you’re lucky. You’ll have the chance to visit fascinating landmarks on shore as well, such as a vanilla farm on Taha’a where you can handpick fresh vanilla pods to use in your chef’s wonderful cuisine back on board.
Fly in and join your yacht in Tahiti and then sail to the jagged volcanic landscape of Mo’orea. If you are visiting between July and November, this will be your first opportunity to spot humpback whales. Enjoy a welcome lunch on board, then grab your snorkel and feed the stingrays in Mo’orea’s aquamarine lagoon. Wake up to views of Mo’orea’s steep peaks and start the day with an adventure – quad biking around the dormant volcanoes, which are peppered with lush vegetation and flowers and are home to pineapple plantations. In the afternoon relax on board or try some scuba diving. The yacht will depart overnight for Huahine, so you can enjoy a scenic cruise under the stars.
Time for a day of pampering. The yacht will make the short cruise to the neighboring island of Taha’a, where a masseuse will step on board to give treatments. Once you are feeling suitably relaxed, take an afternoon stroll to the island’s vanilla farm and collect some fresh pods for the evening’s dessert.
Early risers can go fishing at first light for the chance to catch marlin, mahi mahi, wahoo or tuna. Afterwards, have breakfast on board while approaching Huahine before a fun-filled morning of watersports.
The crew will set up a picnic lunch on a pristine beach followed by an afternoon of games. As the sun sets, it’s happy hour and dinner on board, sampling the catch of the day.
In the morning, the yacht will weigh anchor and cruise to Raiatea, which was the center of Polynesian society and from which they sailed to discover Hawaii and New Zealand.
Drop anchor and admire the island’s lush 3,300 ft peak and spend the afternoon testing your surfing skills on the constant supply of waves created by the reef that surrounds the island.
The most famous of French Polynesia’s Leeward Islands, Bora Bora lives up to everyone’s expectations. Dive or snorkel to explore the reef and swim with blacktip reef and lemon sharks.
During dinner, Tahitian dancers in traditional dress will come on board – the dances tell ancient stories passed down through generations.
Wake up and head for a final dive at a manta ray cleaning station, watching the gentle giants glide gracefully overhead. Then hire jet skis to explore the lagoon before a final lunch on board.
Depart from Bora Bora airport to Tahiti for international flights or, if a week in paradise is not enough for you, extend the trip for another week in the Tuamotus Archipelago.