Tahiti and the Pearls of French Polynesia

  • CAD $3,030

  • 8 Days / 7 nights

Sailing round-trip from Papeete port, Tahiti, uncover the world-famous Society islands of French Polynesia by small ship. Bora Bora, Taha'a, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea - islands sculpted by sky-piercing, moss-green peaks and lined with vivid turquoise lagoons. Island hopping allows you to see every landscape, from geometric ridges strung with waterfalls on the high islands to flat, desert-like atolls where lagoons far outsize the landmass. There are many sides to the Islands of Tahiti, yet they are all connected by Mana. Mana is a life force and spirit that surrounds us. You can see it. Touch it. Taste it. Feel it. And from the moment you arrive, you will understand why locals say the islands are embraced by Mana.

Itinerary

Embarkation at Papeete Port. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, we will set sail for Bora Bora. Overnight at sea.

Early morning arrival in Bora Bora, possibly the most photographed place on earth. Ship sails into Bora Bora lagoon with Mount Otemanu rising proudly at the centre. Spend the next 2 days in this paradise with variety of optional activities available. Overnight at anchor.

Optional activities available: 

  • Bora Bora Cultural Tour by 4×4
  • Excursion to snorkel with sting rays and sharks
  • Open-air Lagoon Aquarium experience
  • Bora Bora tour by “Le Truck”

Morning optional activities at Bora Bora. After lunch, cruise the Bora Bora lagoon and sail to Huahine, arriving late in the evening. Overnight at anchor inside the lagoon.

Optional activities available: 

  • Bora Bora Cultural Tour by 4×4
  • Excursion to snorkel with sting rays and sharks
  • Open-air Lagoon Aquarium experience
  • Bora Bora tour by “Le Truck”

.Huahine, once home to Tahitian royalty, is considered the cradle of Polynesian culture. The two islands maintain the largest concentration of ancient marae (temples) in French Polynesia, some of which are believed to date back to around 700 AD.

Huahine is a colossal tropical jungle burgeoning with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. The optional half-day tour takes us by 4×4 vehicle around the island to visit the small villages of Fare and Maeva, an archaeological site, and a vanilla plantation. There will also be an opportunity to see and feed the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie Bay. An optional full-day excursion is also available, including a land tour via 4×4 vehicle, a boat excursion to a pearl farm, and a picnic. Overnight at anchor.

Leave Huahine early this morning and sail to the island of Taha’a, which shares a magnificent lagoon with Raiatea Island. The fertile island is covered with banana, watermelon and coconut groves. The island also acts as a vast natural greenhouse for the treasured Tahitian vanilla orchid.

The optional half-day excursion will explore the beautiful interior of the island by 4×4 vehicle. Taste the local fruit and admire breathtaking views of the magnificent turquoise waters of Ha’amene Bay. This excursion also includes a visit to a pearl farm and a
traditional vanilla plantation. In the afternoon, we will have plenty of time for swimming and snorkeling from a “motu”, or reef islet. Overnight at anchor.

Sail across the lagoon to reach nearby Raiatea, which translates to “faraway heaven” and “sky with soft light”. Originally known as Havai’i, Raiatea is considered the homeland of the ancient Polynesians.

The optional excursion will start with an exploration by kayak of the Faaroa River, French Polynesia’s only navigable river, with an expert guide leading the way through Raiatea’s verdant interior. Then, visit the ancient marae (temple) at Taputapuatea, a recent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about its Polynesian origins and historical relevance, before sitting down to a locally inspired picnic lunch. Sail to Mo’orea in the late evening. Overnight at sea.

Arrive Mo’orea in the morning. It is believed to be the inspiration for the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific. Eight gargantuan mountain peaks rise from its magnificent lagoon, creating a distinctive silhouette visible from the western coast of Tahiti. Pick from 2 optional excursions, a snorkeling and ray feeding tour or the 3 Coconuts Hiking tour. Enjoy the farewell dinner tonight. Overnight at anchor.

Early morning sailing to Tahiti. Morning arrival in Papeete and disembark.

Dates & Prices

Sailing dates: December 2020, January 2021 – March 2021
Prices are in CAD, per person (cruise only)

Cabin Category Double Occupancy
Category C From CAD $3,030
Category B From CAD $3,490
Category A From CAD $4,110
Category P From CAD $5,115

*Price per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy. Port charge of $350 is excluded. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for sailing schedule and full pricing.

Ship Information

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M/S Panorama II

Discover a two-masted state of the art Motorsailer accommodating up to 49 passengers in 25 cabins. Panorama II was launched in 2004 and fully renovated in 2012, offering the highest standard of accommodation and comfort safety. In 2015,the main lounge and bar area have been completely refitted followed by a redecoration. The aft area at the Upper deck provides generous semi covered or sun exposed areas and some magnificent views. The restaurant area at the Lower deck is the perfect setting for any of your meals, with generous buffet space and seating, while the Upper Deck restaurant seats all passengers in a single seating, offering meals al fresco weather permitting. The swimming platform enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.

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