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There is no better way to explore the picturesque beauty of the Society Islands than by a luxury yacht charter. Colorful atolls, scenic beaches, and awe-inspiring marine life can be found in this legendary archipelago.

The Society Islands are an archipelago located in the South Pacific Ocean, part of French Polynesia. These stunning islands offer unreal beauty that is best explored by yacht. As you embark on your Society Islands yacht charter, you will arrive on the beautiful island of Tahiti, the largest in the Windward group of French Polynesia. The island is divided into two parts. The northwestern part is Tahiti Nui, and its southeastern counterpart is Tahiti Iti.

As you get ready aboard your yacht to explore the island, you may be interested in diving around the Fakarava Atoll lagoon. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a diver’s heaven with plenty of colorful fish and fascinating marine life like clownfish, sea turtles, and dolphins. Tahiti’s coral reefs are some of the best in the world, with shallow areas for snorkelers and deeper spots for scuba divers. The black sand beach of Taharuu showcases a stark contrast of bright-blue waters and deep black sand, as well as strong waves, making it an ideal beach for beginner surfers. For a more traditional slice of paradise, head to Plage Vaiva for crisp white sand and azure waters.

Whale watching in Rangiroa

As you cruise to Rangiroa, keep an eye out for humpback whales that visit Tahiti July to October. Rangiroa, the largest of the atolls, is home to impressive dive spots with a great likelihood of seeing the ‘big fish’ (dolphins, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, etc.) Should you wish to stay dry and unwind on land, the pink sand beaches welcome you to soak up the sun in pure bliss, and the Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa welcomes you to enjoy an afternoon of luxury.

Bora Bora

The impressive and well-known volcanic island of Bora Bora will have you in awe during a yacht charter Society Islands. The island’s landscape is that of a dream dominated by the magnificent Mount Otemanu and surrounded by crystal-clear waters. The calm waters welcome all types of water sports, which is perfect for utilizing your charter yacht’s full suite of exciting toys. Spend a night in the Four Seasons resort in an overwater bungalow where the sea is just steps from your doorstep. Explore Bora Bora via the sky and sea: take a helicopter tour of the mountains or dive into colorful coral landscapes alongside graceful manta rays, fascinating fish species, and even sharks.


Your charter yacht will take you to the second largest of the Society Islands, Raiatea, which means ‘faraway heaven.’ The mountainous terrain is filled with lush greenery, which hosts the Tiare Apetahi flowers, a rare flora that will not grow anywhere else. Keep sailing and stop in Taha’a, The Vanilla Island, where you can visit the plantations where over 70% of Tahiti’s vanilla bean is grown.


Encompassed of beautiful scenery, a laid-back atmosphere, and profound culture, the island of Huahine-Iti offers a secluded pocket of peace for you to explore while on a luxury yacht charter. You can explore the quaint villages, enjoy games on the beach, and indulge in the ultra-fresh produce that grows here.

A Society Islands yacht charter is the epitome of breathtaking beauty, the perfect backdrop for making unforgettable memories.

Get in touch with a French Polynesia Society Islands yacht broker

Northrop & Johnson is a leading yacht charter brokerage with access to the best yachts for charter in French Polynesia, including the Society Islands. We excel at crafting unique to you experiences on the water and boast unparalleled destination expertise, ensuring an incredible yacht charter vacation. Choose from a superb selection of yachts for charter, including motor yachts, sailing yachts, expedition vessels, and catamarans from 30-meters plus. Our yachts are all fully crewed and boast incredible onboard amenities and flexible cabin configurations, ensuring ample room for friends and families. Contact our team today or browse our yacht rentals.

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Charter Highlights Society Islands

  • Dive in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fakarava Atoll Lagoon
  • Keep an eye out for humpback whales that grace Tahiti from July-October
  • Enjoy a relaxing spa day at the Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa on Rangiroa
  • Experience the bungalows of Bora Bora at the Four Seasons resort
  • Take a tour of The Vanilla Island, Taha'a
  • Visit a pearl farm and learn about the production process of Tahitian pearls and take home a beautiful keepsake
  • Experience delicious Polynesian cuisine at local eateries and gastronomic restaurants

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Yacht Charter Society Islands: FAQs

Where are the Society Islands?

The Society Islands are located in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the South Pacific Ocean and part of the Leeward Islands. The islands are situated in the central part of French Polynesia and are known for their stunning natural beauty, including lush landscapes, turquoise lagoons, and iconic overwater bungalows.

The Society Islands include well-known destinations such as Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, and Taha’a, among others, and are a sought-after superyacht destination for charterers seeking sun-drenched picturesque beaches, vibrant marine life, and rich Polynesian culture.

Geographically, the Society Islands are located approximately halfway between Australia and South America. Tahiti, the largest island in the Society Islands, serves as the capital of French Polynesia and a major transportation hub for the region.

What type of charter yacht can I rent in the Society Islands?

You can choose from a superb selection of charter yachts when you book with Northrop & Johnson. We have access to the finest yachts for charter, including motor boats, sailing yachts, and catamarans. Contact our team today.

How much is a yacht charter Society Islands?

The cost of a yacht charter with Northrop & Johnson in the Society Islands, French Polynesia, starts at US$50,000 per week and rises to more than a million for the world’s most luxurious superyachts. Contact a Northrop & Johnson yacht broker.

What's the weather like in the Society Islands?

You can expect sun-soaked days and a year-round hot tropical climate in the Society Islands. The Society Islands enjoy two seasons: the dry season, from May to October, and the wet season, from November to April. While the Society Islands can be visited year-round, the best time to enjoy a private yacht charter is during the dry season, which typically boasts a more comfortable temperature due to lower humidity levels.

Can I enjoy bareboat yacht charters in the Society Islands?

While it is possible to enjoy a bareboat charter in the Society Islands, Northrop & Johnson specializes exclusively in crewed boat charters.

Are there any airports in the Society Islands?

Yes, there are several airports in the Society Islands, serving both commercial airlines and private jets, including;

  • Faa’a International Airport, on the island of Tahiti
  • Moorea Airport, on the island of Moorea
  • Bora Bora Airport, on the island of Bora Bora
  • Raiatea Airport, on the island of Raiatea
  • Huahine Airport, on the island of Huahine

When you book a Society Islands charter with Northrop & Johnson, your yacht charter broker will help arrange travel to and from your luxury boat. If you want to discover the Society Islands, contact our French Polynesia yacht brokers.

Is the Society Islands good for sailing?

Yes, the Society Islands are an excellent destination for a sailing vacation, with stunning coastlines, white sand beaches, and picturesque anchorages. The islands enjoy consistent easterly trade winds, which blow at around 15-20 knots, providing ideal sailing conditions. If you want to charter a crewed sailing yacht in the Society Islands, Northrop & Johnson can help. We have access to the finest sailing yachts from 30-meters, including elegant schooners, cutters, and sloops, as well as sailing catamarans.

What's the official language of the Society Islands?

French is the official language of the Society Islands. Tahitian, a Polynesian language, is widely spoken, as is English in larger resorts, hotels, restaurants, and shops.

Is the Society Islands good for scuba diving and snorkeling?

Yes, the islands of French Polynesia, including the Society Islands, are excellent for scuba diving and snorkeling, with wonderfully warm waters, crystal-clear underwater visibility, and vibrant marine life.

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