Your Guide to Yacht Charter in the South Pacific

South Pacific 8 Night Itinerary: Bora Bora to Papette

Day 1: Embark in Bora Bora and enjoy lunch at anchor in the beautiful setting of the lagoon. Although you’ve already spent time on Bora Bora, you may not have seen much from the seaside so spend the afternoon enjoying and exploring the lagoon and you’ll probably see Sharks, turtles and tropical fish.

Day 2: After breakfast this morning, cast off for Maupiti. This is the westernmost high island of the Society archipelago and also the smallest, but is often considered as one of the most beautiful islands. It is composed of a little green emerauld massif, mount Teurafaatui – sometimes called Nuupure – that reaches 380 meters high (1,250 feet) and barely occupies 13,5 square kilometers. It emerges from a shallow lagoon with transparent waters surrounded by long motu with beautiful white sand beaches. Maupiti is undeveloped so you won’t find any major resorts here. The Maupiti lagoon features amazing snorkeling spots and for the energetic, a 3-hour walk to the peak of mount Teurafaatui rewards you with unforgettable panoramic views over the lagoon with Bora Bora.

Tahaa Lagoon Vanilla Orchid.

Day 3: Today cruise to Tahaa. This is my personal favourite of all of the Society Islands. The northern part of the Island is stunningly beautiful with lots of Motu’s and good snorkelling. The whole island is stunning. Tahaa’s main agriculture is Vanilla (this is where Coca-Cola gets its vanilla from). You can do a 4WD tour of Tahaa or visit a vanilla farm. When we did this trip, the guide stopped along the way when he reached medicinal plants, vanilla plantations, the bread delivery boxes, the ylang ylang leaves and also made a flute from a tree branch within minutes! At the Vanilla Plantation, you’ll see how they produce and harvest it.

Black Tahitian Pearl Traditional Dancers

Day 4: Today you will continue to explore the lagoon that connects Tahaa and Raiatea. Raiatea itself is recognized throughout Tahiti as its "Sacred Island"- the cultural heart of Polynesia. The Island holds much fascinating history, legend, and lore, as well as Tahiti's most significant archaeological sites. The lagoon that connects these islands is rich in sealife and there is ample opportunity for watersports activities such as scubadiving and snorkeling. The surrounding waters of both Islands are also known the world over for their sportfishing opportunities. If you wish to explore a little ashore, stop at Uturoa where there is a local market.

Faaroa Bay, Raiatea Motu, Raiatea

Day 5: Today move around to Faaroa Bay for water-sports and nautical activities. This is a beautiful anchorage at the end of the largest river in Tahiti. You can take a river cruise in the tender to visit the botanical garden that lines the shores. If they are in bloom the flowers from the trees that hang over the river float down with the current out to the lagoon.

After lunch, cruise to Huahine. From secretive to rebellious there is no lack of adjectives to describe the wild but attractive nature of this island. Comprised of two islands, Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti separated by a narrow channel, with lush forests and an untamed landscape; it is one of Polynesia’s best-kept secrets. Life here is reminiscent of South Seas days of old.

A deep crystal clear lagoon with magnificent bays and white sand beaches add drama and solitude to their virtues. Maeva Village – Prior to European influence, Maeva was the seat of royal power and marae can be found along the shoreline scattered among the modern buildings and up the slopes of Matairea. You may wish to take a half day guided tour to visit some of archaeological sites. I found the archaeological tours in Tahiti quite interesting as the guide will tell you all about the human sacrifices, rituals and ceremonies that used to happen at these sites. You may even see some old bones.

Huahine Lagoon Avea Bay, Huahine

Day 6: After breakfast this morning, settle in for the crossing to Moorea. The distance is around 82NM so this will take around 7-8 hours depending on the weather. Moorea has many world class resorts should you wish to enjoy an evening ashore once you arrive. Day 7: There is no shortage of things to do in Moorea. Moorea offers white sand beaches plus long, deep bays, lush volcanic peaks, and a broad blue-green lagoon. You may wish to take a jeep safari and explore the islands lush interior, the Opunohu Valley and the Afaeitu waterfall, or one of the many pineapple plantations.

Le Belvedere Lookout – A viewpoint high up near the geographical centre of the island. Mt Rotui and much of northern Moorea are visible from here and it is easy to visualize the great volcano that once existed. It offers magnificent panoramic views of Cooks and Opunohu Bay. Hauru Point – has one of the best beaches on Moorea, a narrow but sandy stretch that extends for 5km.

Immediately offshore are Motu Tiahura and Motu Fareone, attractive little islets so close to the shore that you can easily swim out to them and enjoy fine snorkelling on the way. Opunohu Valley – has the greatest number of marae in French Polynesia. These large stone structures akin to temples hosted the important events of the times including the worship of the gods, peace treaties, celebrations of war, and the launch of voyages to colonize distant lands. The oldest structures date from the 13th century and it’s possible to walk to them along marked tracks. Day 8: Today spend the morning enjoying the last of the beautiful lagoons Moorea has to offer. Take a tender ride and perhaps swim with the rays or enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the motus.

After lunch, cruise the very short distance to Papette where you can dock in the marina for the night. Papeete has a waterfront lined with shops and markets, jewellers, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Day 9: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before disembarking by midday. We hope you leave with memories to last a lifetime of this beautiful and magical place.

A yacht charter vacation in the South Pacific Islands (Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu) was once a treasure experienced by only a dedicated few. Now, with the increase in modern airlines, tourism infrastructure, and professional yacht charter operators, the South Pacific Islands can be easily cruised by all. A sailing yacht charter vacation in the islands of the South Pacific inspires visions of paradise - the warm azure waters, the white sandy beaches, the abundance of sea life in the aquamarine lagoons, swaying palm trees, crayfish and lobster fresh from the sea. This paradise can be experienced to its fullest from the water on a South Pacific Islands Yacht charter.

The South Pacific is gaining increasing popularity as a top yacht charter destination and all the main types of yacht charter are available such as luxury motor yacht, sailing yacht, skippered vessel, crewed yacht, catamaran, power boat, sailboat, luxury yachts and even the ever increasing superyacht charter.

Remember the South Pacific is of course below the equator so the seasons are reverse to the northern hemisphere. The main charter season is generally from about April to November but can also often run most of the year with hurricane season being well forecasted. The South Pacific Islands is a vast area for yacht charter, with almost endless things to see and do. Let’s take a look at Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands New Caledonia, and Vanuatu yacht charter individually.

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Yachting Destinations Near the South Pacific

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Yachts for Charter in the South Pacific

Luxury Motor Yachts Available for Charter in SOUTH PACIFIC

Luxury Motor Yacht AchilliesM/Y Safari ExplorerM/Y BLEU DE NIMES

Explore the variety of Luxury Motor Yachts available in the South Pacific, including Achillies, M/Y Safari Explorer and M/Y BLEU DE NIMES. Achillies is a 36m/122ft well proportioned luxury yacht launched in 1997. Luxury Motor Yacht Achillies sleeps eight charter guests in four cabins. At 44.2m (145ft), M/Y Safari Explorer is larger than Achillies and was launched in 1981. M/Y Safari Explorer, developed by Freeport Shipbuilding, sleeps 36 charter guests in eighteen cabins. M/Y BLEU DE NIMES is a 58.70m (192' 7") impressive luxury yacht launched in 1980. M/Y BLEU DE NIMES, by Pier Vittorio Cerruti and Penta Ned Ltd and Clelands England, accommodates twelve guests in nine cabins. There are plenty of great yachts available in the South Pacific. Please click on the link below to see more luxury motor yachts in this vacation destination.

Luxury Sailing Yachts Available for Charter in SOUTH PACIFIC

Sailing yacht BLISSSailing yacht NepheleSailing Yacht 'Pacific Eagle'

Luxury Sailing Yachts available in the South Pacific include BLISS, Nephele and 'Pacific Eagle'. BLISS is a 37.00m (121' 4") good sized luxury yacht launched in 2009. Sailing yacht BLISS, produced by Yachting Developments and Dubois and Design Unlimited, accommodates ten guests in three cabins. Nephele is a 34.17m (112' 1") well proportioned luxury yacht launched in 2003. Sailing yacht Nephele, produced by Mcmullen & Wing and German Frers, accommodates six charter passengers in three cabins. 'Pacific Eagle' is a 102ft 32m well sized yacht launched in 1989. Sailing Yacht 'Pacific Eagle' accommodates 6 passengers in three cabins. There are more luxury sailing yachts currently available for charter in the South Pacific. For a full list of these yachts please follow the link below.

Luxury Catamarans Available for Charter in SOUTH PACIFIC

Mariah  Catana 582Motor Catamaran JAMBOCrewed Catamaran LEVANTE

Explore the variety of Luxury Catamarans available in the South Pacific, including Mariah Catana 582, Motor Catamaran JAMBO and Crewed Catamaran LEVANTE. Mariah Catana 582 is a 62'3" well proportioned yacht launched in 2003. Mariah Catana 582 accommodates six charter guests in three cabins. At 24.00m (80ft), Motor Catamaran JAMBO is larger than Mariah Catana 582 and was launched in 2008. Motor Catamaran JAMBO, by Vincent Laine And Team Sunreef and Sunreef Yachts, sleeps eight charter guests in four cabins. Crewed Catamaran LEVANTE is a 67ft/20.5m well proportioned luxury yacht launched in 2004. Crewed Catamaran LEVANTE, created by Lagoon, accommodates nine charter passengers in four cabins. There is a whole host of great luxury catamarans available for charter in the South Pacific. The above presentation is simply a selection, so please click on the link below for more.

Browse More Yachts Available for Charter in SOUTH PACIFIC

Sailing Yacht  SEASTARSun Odyssey 37Beneteau 363

Explore the variety of Yachts available in the South Pacific, including SEASTAR, Sun Odyssey 37 and Beneteau 363. SEASTAR is a 54ft good sized luxury yacht launched in 1974. Sailing Yacht SEASTAR accommodates four guests in three cabins. Launched more recently than SEASTAR, Sun Odyssey 37 is a 37 ft 4" well proportioned luxury yacht launched in 2003. Sun Odyssey 37 accommodates six charter guests in three cabins. Beneteau 363 is a 36 ft 4" well proportioned yacht launched in 2002-05. Beneteau 363 accommodates 6-7 guests in three cabins. The South Pacific is a magnificent cruising ground for other yachts. Please click on this link to see all yachts available for charter in the South Pacific.

Latest SOUTH PACIFIC Yachting News

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Head to Fiji aboard motor yacht Big Fish
Luxury yacht BIG FISH - Master suite with views out onto the upper deck aft
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Sailing catamaran ENIGMA - A Lagoon 620 model. Photo credit Nicolas Claris
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Luna: Helicopter landing. Photo credit Muscapix
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Charter 60m/197ft sailing yacht Seahawk in the South Pacific from June
Sailing yacht SEAHAWK - Master suite with private salon
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