With a new and enthusiastic crew aboard, the (19m) 62-foot Sunreef 58 catamaran IN THE WIND, is currently offering unforgettable dream French Polynesia yacht charter sailing vacation in the Pacific Ocean. Charter Yacht IN THE WIND is a fantastic luxury catamaran of great design and technology. She was launched in 2011 and features contemporary Japanese-style interior design and an inviting atmosphere.
Charter guests on board IN THE WIND yacht will enjoy the innovative use of space, enabling them to relax, socialise or dine in any area in comfort. Her panoramic windows offers beautiful views and allow guests to enjoy the yachts surroundings to the fullest. The focal point of the entertainment is her open and elegantly designed galley, fitted with high-tech appliances. For further entertainment and gatherings there is the wet bar, where guests can savour the fantastic culinary creations of the award-winning Chef Angie (Best Dessert and Best Overall Dish – BVI Boat Show).
Luxury yacht IN THE WIND offers exciting high-performance sailing as well as plenty of areas to relax on the lounge cushions. The flybridge boasts a top quality helm station with the capability to be docked single-handedly. There is plenty of seating available on the sun or shade. The lower deck is perfect for al fresco dining and in the evening the high-tech LED-lighting from above adds extra sparkle and ambience to the setting.
Accommodation aboard sailing yacht IN THE WIND is offered in four modern and inviting cabins to a total of 8 guests. Each cabin boasts a double bed facing large porthole windows and private en-suite facilities.
IN THE WIND FRENCH POLYNESIA AND SOCIETY ISLANDS YACHT CHARTER ITINERARY AND OVERVIEW
French Polynesia and the Society Islands
Situated midway in the Pacific Ocean between South America and Australia, French Polynesia is comprised of 118 islands in the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Tuamotu, and Society Archipelagos spread out in an area roughly the size of Europe. A Tahiti yacht charter itinerary typically includes easy passages within the protected waters behind the beautiful coral reefs that encircle the Leeward Islands of the Society archipelago. The Tahitian Leeward islands rise from the sea like emerald mountains amid a brilliant blue. Puffy white trade wind clouds ride the balmy breeze, and within the magnificent coral reefs that encircle these exotic isles are flat-water lagoons teeming with tropical fish and fjord-like bays so serene it seems time has stopped. A crewed Tahiti yacht charter touches the romantic side, inspires awe, and rejuvenates the mind. With a professional captain and a gourmet chef as crew, exploring the largest of the Leeward Islands, which include Bora-Bora, Raiatea, Huahine, and Tahaa is an adventure of a lifetime.
Although Bora-Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa, and Huahine are neighbours, each island has a slightly different ambience. Of course, the South Pacific beauty is a common trait. The exquisite reefs, motus, and beaches are too. But on one island the emphasis may be more on catering to the chic, while on another Nature is supreme. On still another the handiwork of local artists or the quiet reverence at a stone temple dating back to the earliest times of Polynesian travellers is in evidence. Together, the four treasures of the Tahitian Leewards are an enchanting cruising ground for a memorable crewed Tahiti yacht vacation.
Raiatea Yacht Charter
Raiatea is the second largest island in French Polynesia (Tahiti is the largest) and the largest of the Tahitian Leewards. Raiatea was known as the Sacred Island. In many ways, it’s still the cultural heart of Tahiti because of its rich history. The many fascinating archaeological and historic sites are well worth visiting on the island. They provide a glimpse into Polynesian culture that must be experienced firsthand. Of particular interest is the site of Taputapuatea Marae, the most significant in the islands.
Tahaa Yacht Charter
The fragrant scent of vanilla fills the air on Tahaa, just north of Raiatea and encircled by the same barrier reef. In fact, 80 percent of all the vanilla in French Polynesia is grown in the mountain valleys of Tahaa, earning it the nickname of the Vanilla Island. Plantation tours are an interesting sojourn ashore. Black pearls, one of the prizes of the region, are grown on aquatic farms, some of which are open to the public. Local artisans craft fine jewellery featuring the pearls, and the intricate and beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and rings are for sale in shops throughout the Tahitian Leewards. Tahaa is home to a sea turtle reserve, where visitors can observe the creatures in a park setting. The island has many fjord-like inlets both scenic and well protected for anchoring, and the snorkelling on the reef is superb. White-sand beaches are ideal for swimming and picnicking.
Huahine Yacht Charter
Locally known as the Garden Island or the Wild Island for its lush tropical forests and agricultural land used to grow crops such as vanilla, copra, and even watermelons. Huahine is actually two mountainous islands spanned by a short bridge. The larger one is called Huahine-Nui, meaning big island, and, appropriately, the smaller one is called Huahine-Iti, meaning little island. Like Raiatea and Tahaa, it is much less traveled than Bora-Bora. Miles of pristine white-sand beaches, secure anchorages, and wonderful snorkelling are major appeals of this laid-back South Pacific treasure.
The very name Bora-Bora conjures images of a far-off South Pacific paradise. The island has long been a favorite of sailors, and it still is. A single barrier reef encircles the two islands that make up Bora-Bora. The black basalt rock face of Mt. Otemanu rises 2,362 feet above an azure sea, with impressive Mt. Pahia nearby. Both dominate the heights and provide breathtaking views from the anchorages in the lagoon. The smaller island, Topua, is all that’s left of the ancient volcano of Bora-Bora. Secure anchorages, white-sand beaches, superlative snorkelling and swimming, restaurants, shops, art galleries, luxury resorts, and island tours are among the pleasures of a visit to Bora-Bora.
FRENCH POLYNESIA YACHT CHARTER ITINERARY – 14 DAYS
Arrival into French Polynesia would include a flight to Papeete, Tahiti. Guests should then take a direct connecting flight with Air Tahiti (the only domestic company available in French Polynesia) to Bora-Bora, where their luxury yacht charter crew will greet them and guide to IN THE WIND yacht.
Once you have settled into your yacht and enjoyed a gourmet lunch prepared by your chef, set sail to Motu Topua, the only remaining vestiges of the massive volcano that formed Bora-Bora. Enjoy snorkelling and swimming in the tiffany blue waters followed by cocktails on the fly bridge watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Later a decadent 3-course dinner awaits you, which is enjoyed in the perfect outdoor south pacific dining style, on the aft deck.
Sail to Pofai Bay and then visit the Vaitape Village and enjoy a cocktail at the famous Bloody Mary’s with its island atmosphere. The heights of Mt. Otemanu soar 2,362 feet above an azure sea, with impressive Mt. Pahia nearby.
Sail along the string of motus (tiny islands) and participate in shark and manta ray feedings and swim with a myriad of colourful fish and turtles. Enjoy a picnic lunch on your own private motu set up by your crew. Spend the rest of the day waterskiing, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding.
BORA-BORA – TAHA’A
After a morning of watching the manta rays feed at Pt. Raititi and enjoying the white sandy beaches near the point, set sail for the open-water passage to Tahaa. You’ll be off the wind the entire way, sailing fast and loving every minute. The soaring heights of Raiatea and Tahaa rise from a cobalt sea, cottony puffs of white cloud stark against a brilliant blue sky. This is South Pacific sailing at its best. As you draw near, the unmistakable sweet scent of vanilla carries to you on the balmy wind. Tahaa is nicknamed the Vanilla Island because of its vanilla plantations. The scenery is picture-perfect South Pacific. Once you’re through the pass at Tahaa, the fjord-like expanse of Haamene Bay is just a couple of miles away, scenic and secure.
Wake up and enjoy a morning hike along a scenic hiking trail through the dense tropical forest over Mt. Taira to the head of Hurepiti Bay where your yacht can meet you and lunch is served. Then spend the afternoon relaxing in the bay swimming, snorkelling and water skiing followed by sunset cocktails on the fly bridge. After your 3-course gourmet dinner on the aft deck, the evening may be spent stargazing from the comfort of the bow trampolines under a magnificent South Pacific sky.
Sail through the lagoon and anchor at a breathtaking spot north of the Mahea motu. Enjoy magical snorkelling near the barrier reef of the Pass Tohaotu. After lunch you can take a tour of a local vanilla plantation.
TAHA’A – HUAHINE
It is a 5-6 hours passage from the Pass Toahotu, Tahaa to the Avamoa Pass of Huahine Island. The sailing is wonderful and line fishing can be enjoyed. Visit Fare, a typical Polynesian village with some boutiques and small restaurants. A common barrier reef surrounds the two islands of magical Huahine and both are filled with vanilla, coffee and taro plantations and groves of breadfruit, mango, banana and papaya. Offshore motus lie inside the reef where watermelons and cantaloupe flourish in the white coral sand.
The next leg of your Tahiti yachting itinerary takes you along the west coast of Huahine inside the barrier reef past a number of beautiful anchorages, with tall mountains off the port beam, the blues, greens, oranges, and browns of the reef to starboard. The rich scent of tropical flowers carries on the breeze. One of the more scenic places to spend the night is at Bay d’Avea with its white sandy beaches, at the southern end of the island’s western shore. The snorkelling in the area is excellent. Later visit a local fruit farm and sample the natural delights, which Huahine is so well know for.
Sail to the along the lagoon and anchor in a protected bay where snorkeling, swimming and waterskiing are enjoyed. Later visit a pearl farm set on a coral outcrop on the eastern side of the island and tour the ancient temples and the old village of Parea by dinghy.
Fast passage downwind to Raiatea and enter the Irihu Pass into Faaroa bay, which is a fjord-like indentation deep into the shoreline. Steep mountains rise on either side, lush with tropical vegetation and tall palms. Beyond is the valley of Mt. Tefaatuaiti. Aside from its stunning beauty, the main attraction of the bay is the opportunity to explore the Aopomau River by dinghy. In no other place in French Polynesia can you take a river trip! As you head up the river, jungle fronts both shores, interspersed with the cultivated lands of working plantations. The mountains are ever present, looming above like watchful sentinels. At an elevation of approximately 3,400 feet above sea level, Mt. Tefaatuaiti is the tallest peak in the Tahitian Leeward Islands.
Sail through the lagoon to the west side of Raiatea and be prepared to experience the cultural heart of Tahiti. The many fascinating archaeological and historic sites provide a glimpse into Polynesian culture that must be experienced firsthand. A short trip ashore will lead you to the site of the Taputapuatea Marae, the most significant in French Polynesia.
It’s a short sail north inside the barrier reef back to the uninhabited island of Tahaa. With the balmy vanilla scent on the wind enjoy a perfect day of snorkelling on the west coast.
In the morning, it is a few hours of smooth sailing with the wind back to Bora-Bora where we anchor on a private motu for lunch and then later sail to the main island of Bora-Bora where shopping and perhaps a local Tahitian dancing performance can be enjoyed.
After a delicious breakfast and a morning spent soaking up all the charms of the Society Leeward Islands for a last time, it is a short sail inside the lagoon to the airport motu, where your crew will escort you and carry your luggage ashore.