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8 days exploring French Polynesia on a luxury yacht

8 days exploring French Polynesia on a luxury yacht

Day 1
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Tahiti

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 Tahiti in French Polynesia

Sculpted by sky-piercing, moss-green peaks and lined with vivid turquoise lagoons, there are endless reasons to discover the French Polynesia on a superyacht.

Consisting of 118 idyllic islands, French Polynesia stretches over an expanse of more then 2,000 kilometres in the South Pacific Ocean. Here is a guide on how to spend eight days discovering Tahiti and beyond on a luxury yacht.

Day one: Tahiti

Begin your cruise in the waterfall-laden, beautiful black sand beaches that give Tahiti a distinctly Polynesian buzz. While exploring the lively backstreets and the waterfront of the capital Pape’ete is a must, it’s the outdoor action and cultural offerings that capture visitors.

See and do: From July to October whale-watching is a popular and unique attraction. Also in July there is the country’s most spectacular festival, the dance-heavy Heiva which fills the air with the sound of drums. For a slower pace visit Tahiti Iti – a peninsula on the southeast of Tahiti. So far it is only known to surfers and is one of the hidden gems of French Polynesia.

Dine: At Blue Banana a hip lagoon side restaurant or dine on-board

Overnight: At anchor.

This itinerary is suggested by Burgess who manage sailing yacht Mondango 3 for charter, she is available in the French Polynesia this summer.

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Day 2
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Tahiti

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 Tahiti in French Polynesia

Continue to explore Tahiti’s depths from expeditions to coral reefs, tuna fish breeding grounds and some of the best shipwreck dives. Softer safaris include sea kayaking, sunset swims and paddle boarding around the Punaauia Lagoon. The truly indulgent can read Herman Melville’s Tahiti tales in the Jacuzzi, or spot pods of dolphins from the yachts crow’s nest.

See and do: Take a trip to the Vaima Pool where locals come from all over to bathe in the icy but exceptionally clear waters that are thought to have healing properties. Further along the island are the Vaipahi Spring Gardens which have a magnificent natural waterfall. Here you will also find a small network of hiking trails that lead to further waterfalls and forests.

Dine: Le Lotus is the perfect venue for a romantic candlelit meal to admire the sunset.

Overnight: At anchor

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Day 3
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Tahiti to Mo’orea

(24nm, 2 hours)

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Mo’orea in the French Polynesia

Filled with Polynesian history and lore, Mo’orea is one of the most fascinating and completely relaxing places you could dream of vacationing. Frolic with rays and sharks, snorkel or dive through schools of fish in translucent waters, and savour the brilliant sunsets.

Sea and do: Visit Cook’s Bay or the less developed Opunohu Bay which feels wonderfully fresh and isolated. For a truly breath-taking view climb the ‘Magical Mountain’, at a height of 209 metres where the sight over the northern part of the island and the lagoon is mesmerising.

Dine: Indulge at Le K one of Mo’orea’s most prestigious venues or Coco Beach with its casual atmosphere on Motu Tiahura.

Overnight: Cruise overnight to Huahin

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