Tahiti Yacht Charter Guide

Of the five archipelagos in French Polynesia, three of these island groups are best suited for a Tahiti yacht charter. These three groups include the Society Islands, the Tuamotu atolls and the Marquesas Islands.

The Islands of Tahiti, formally known as French Polynesia, is made of 118 islands grouped in five archipelagos. These islands represent one percent of land vs. 99 percent of ocean over a territory as wide as Western Europe, therefore ocean conservation is a priority. Of the five archipelagos, three of these island groups are best suited for yacht charter. Each is completely different in terms of change in sceneries and experience. These three groups include the Society Islands, the Tuamotu atolls and the Marquesas Islands. These islands are located between California, United States, and Australia. The main island of Tahiti and its sister islands cover more than four million square miles of ocean. View rugged highlands and low-lying valleys that create stunning vistas of waterfalls and seaside cliffs as you cruise from Tahiti to Bora Bora, Moorea, Tikehau, Fakarava and beyond.

aerial of Tahiti yacht charters at anchor in clear blue ocean

Charter Experience

The Society Islands feature high lush mountains surrounded by a crystal clear lagoon. All of them have natural passes allowing the lagoon and the ocean to meet and offering perfect shelter for yachts and a nice mix of land and water activities. Often referred to at the Queen of the Pacific, Tahiti’s majestic mountains clad with deep valleys, waterfalls and lush greenery await your arrival during an Islands of Tahiti yacht charter. Here you will find Papeete, the capital of the Islands of Tahiti. This striking city is home to incredible lagoons, black- and white-sand beaches and towering volcanic peaks. Enjoy the lively nightlife in Vai’ete Square or adventure into the islands interior on a jungle safari. The waters offshore are laden with bright coral, deep drop offs and sunken treasures for your diving pleasure.

The Tuamotu archipelago is made of 78 atolls, most of them are uninhabited and offer some of the most beautiful sheltered lagoons in the world with world class diving and snorkelling, amazing white or pink sand islets for private picnics, great marine life. These atolls include Fakarava, a UNESCO biosphere, Toau and Rangiroa.

The Marquesas are a bit remote from the rest of the Islands of Tahiti and are known as being the cradle of the country, still hosting some of the most impressive pre-European sites and stone Tiki statues. Although they feature high peak mountains, these islands do not have a lagoon and are very different from the Society Islands. The large bays allow perfect scenic anchorage.

Location Highlights

  • Cruise around Bora Bora’s spectacular lagoon and have a private Tahitian dance show on a desert islet.
  • Enjoy a day with the local people in Huahine with a traditional picnic and Polynesian games to the sounds of the ukuleles
  • Go on an ATV or 4WD safari to discover the pineapple fields and hidden valleys of Moorea
  • Snorkel or dive with manta rays in Bora Bora
  • Have a cocktail or dinner at the Taha’a resort Relais & Chateaux
  • Shop for Tahitian black pearls
  • Snorkel or dive with wild bottlenose dolphins in Rangiroa
  • Have a private picnic on one of the pink sand islets of Fakarava’s South Pass
  • Dive and snorkel the UNESCO biosphere of Fakarava and Toau
  • Enjoy fine dining and a spa treatment at Rangiroa’s Kia Ora Resort
  • Discover Nuku Hiva’s wild horses
  • Visit painter Paul Gauguin’s last home in Hiva Oa
  • Snorkel with hundreds of melon head dolphins in Nuku Hiva and dive with manta rays

Expert Advice

At small and intimate Villa Mahana in Bora Bora, chef Damian Rinaldi Dovio mixes native ingredients with classic Mediterranean techniques. The tasting menus and wine pairings are phenomenal. Mt Pahia is one of Bora Bora’s iconic summits. The climb up is tough, but the gift of the 360-degree panoramic view from the top is absolutely priceless. Nowhere is the experience of parasailing as special and romantic as in Bora Bora. Take a tandem flight and together delight from above in the stunning island views and vibrant colors.

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