14 days around the Tuamotu Atolls

27 January 2015 • Written by Christelle Holler

Day 1: Fakarava – north pass to south pass

Fakarava is the second largest atoll of the Tuamotu atolls. Meet your yacht in the north of the island – in a place known as the north pass. Access is easy to the island via its airport, which sits only a short distance from the pass.

Once settled aboard, choose to cruise down to the south pass, it’s a perfect time to relax and settle in to life in French Polynesia.

Once you arrive at the south pass – spend the day leisurely getting to know your yacht and the water world in which Tahiti is famed for. Go snorkeling, diving or kite boarding.

Due to the area being classified as a UNESCO biosphere reserve, motor water activities are not permitted (jet ski, wake board or water skiing).

Crystal clear water makes for excellent snorkelling | © R Holler

Day 2: Explore Fakarava

Fakarava atoll is a large rectangular shape with two passes to enter/exit and a very deep lagoon in the middle allowing endless exploration opportunities.

Spend the day on a secluded deserted pink sand islet, get chef to make up a picnic, take the snorkeling gear and visit the various islets of the area generally in the south pass.

A dive is a great way to start the day. This area is a great place for both beginners as well as keen divers. 
Late afternoon, go for a walk around the old village by the south pass. The old catholic church is a nice spot for some land-based sightseeing.

The old church of Fakarava is a must-see when exploring the islet

Day 3: Fakarava to Toau via the north pass

Sail from Fakarava to Toau along the islets, allowing passengers to explore the area. A great tip is to look out for marine bird’s nests, which can often be found on the ground ashore.

The crossing through the north pass is incredible too. If you dive, then here you can expect to see manta rays.

Overnight crossing to Rangiroa

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Day 4: Toau to Rangiroa

Take a trip to the crystal clear blue lagoon, indulge in a spa treatment at a luxury resort or enjoy a dinner ashore at a steak house. Here is the perfect place to dive with the wild but friendly dolphins. All water activities are possible as these are not restricted.

The waters surrounding the islets are simply mesmerising | © R Holler

Day 5: Rangiroa to Bora Bora

Take a plane to Bora Bora in the morning and settle at the Bora Bora St Regis or Four Seasons resort while your yacht makes its way to Bora Bora. Here, enjoy what these beautiful resorts have to offer, and then wander into town to peruse the ornate shops selling true Tahitian black pearls.

Pay a visit to some of the stores selling true Tahitian black pearls

Day 6 & 7: Bora Bora

Meet your yacht and spend the day on the lagoon. All water activities are possible here. Make sure you try a dive with the manta rays, go horseback riding on a beautiful white sandy beach, jump on a helicopter flight to fly above the mythical island and visit a Marquesan art gallery.

One night, organise a special dinner on one of the private islets with Tahitian traditional musicians and fire dancers. This will be a most memorable night.

Traditional Tahitian musicians | © R Holler

Day 8 & 9: Raiatea and Tahaa

Both islands lie in the same lagoon, which is a unique phenomenon in the world. Tahaa also called the ‘ Vanilla Island’ is worth a 4WD safari to visit the plantations and lush vegetation.

Opunohu Bay | © R Holler

Day 10 & 11: to Huahine

A must-do is a traditional Polynesian picnic with local musicians and traditional games on an islet. Huahine is the ideal spot for a cultural and fun day.

Postcard perfect: Tahiti and her islands are ideal for barefoot luxury | © R Holler

Day 12 – 14: Moorea

Moorea is known as Tahiti’s sister island. Moorea, like Bora Bora, hosts a good selection of high-end resorts and spa, boutiques and great dining. Why not take a horseback ride through the pineapple fields. The Nicklaus Moorea golf course is very close too for any golfing enthusiasts. Snorkel with stingrays in a beautiful part of the lagoon and dive with turtles. Between August and October, encounter humpback whales around Moorea.

Moorea also offers some very nice surf spots.

On day 14, Leave Moorea for Tahiti.

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