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Sailing Holidays

Tahiti & the Pearls of French Polynesia

From €2385pp
Flights not included
Depart From
Sail from Papeete, Tahiti
Departure Date
06 May 2022 - 13 May 2022
Multiple departures throughout the year
Duration
8 days
Destination
French Polynesia
Price
From €2385pp
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Experience the vibrant natural landscapes and relaxing pace of French Polynesia.

It might sound like a cliché, but the crystal blue waters, colourful coral and lush green islands of French Polynesia are anything but boring. Snorkelers and swimmers will be in their element, with abundant marine life, stunning lagoons and pristine coral reefs just begging to be explored. On dry land, learning about the fascinating ancient culture of the French Polynesian people is an experience, with temples and archaeological sites abound. From your base on the Panaroma II, a comfortable small ship and an expert crew to show you the way, you’ll embrace the island life in no time.

Why you'll love this trip

  • Snorkel with sting rays and sharks in beautiful Bora Bora.
  • Take a tour of a local pearl farm on the lush island of Taha'a.
  • Enjoy a kayak tour down Faaroa River in Raiatea.
  • Visit an ancient marae (temple) at Taputapuatea, which was recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • This trip is operated by our partners at Variety Cruises and is best suited to independent travellers who want flexibility from their itinerary. On Variety Cruises, all shore excursions are optional, so you don’t have to pay for an activity you’re not interested in. Trips operated by Variety begin at port, do not include tips and require solo travellers to pay a mandatory single supplement.
  • This is a small ship Adventure Cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a motorised yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but this cruise focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.
  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
  • The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. There will be seasickness tablets on board and your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.
  • This trip is very much focused around marine activities so confidence in the water will allow you to make the most of the snorkelling opportunities. Flotation aids will be available on board as well as kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
  • There are no lifts (elevators) on board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs (fitted with handrails) to access all the decks.
  • French Polynesia is a tropical climate, so while the weather is normally quite warm in some parts of the year you might experience a heavy downpour of rain that lasts around 30 minutes or so.
  • None of the activities on the trip are included, they are all optional extras.

Day 1: Papeete, Tahiti

Ia Orana, welcome to Tahiti! This afternoon, you’ll make your way to your floating home for the next eight days – the Panorama II, which is docked in Papeete Port. Meet your fellow travellers, crew and leaders between 2:30pm and 4:00pm and after a welcome briefing and safety drill you’ll set sail for Bora Bora. On this trip, all meals are included on the boat, so you will enjoy dinner at sea before rocking to sleep with the gentle waves.

Accommodation

  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Meals Included

  • Dinner

Day 2: Bora Bora

Arrive in Bora Bora first thing this morning. After enjoying breakfast with a view of Bora Bora lagoon and the famous Mount Otemanu in the backdrop, you’ll have a choice of a number of optional activities to fill both today and tomorrow. These include a cultural tour with a local guide in a 4x4, a snorkeling trip where you can keep an eye out for the sharks and sting rays or an open-air Lagoon Aquarium. There may be a more optional activities available on your trip, so have a chat to your leader about the different options. Tonight, you will spend the night anchored n Bora Bora Lagoon.

Accommodation

  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Bora Bora - Cultural Tour by 4WD - EUR105
  • Bora Bora - Open Air Lagoon Aquarium Experience: Shark & Ray, Moto Tapu - EUR89

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3: Bora Bora - Huahine

This morning you will have a chance to take part in the cultural tour in a 4x4 if you didn’t get the chance to do it yesterday. Then, after lunch on board the boat you will cruise out of Bora Bora towards Huahine. You may want to while away the afternoon on board making use of the sun beds on the top deck, chatting to your fellow travellers or curling up with a book in the lounge. You’ll arrive in Huahine late in the evening and spend the night anchored inside the lagoon.

Accommodation

  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Bora Bora - Cultural Tour by 4WD - EUR105

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4: Huahine

Today you will be exploring the two main islands of Huahine, a jungle paradise filled with tropical plantations including coconuts, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Aside from blossoming with nature, Huahine is also known for its cultural significance – it was once home to Tahitian royalty and has many ancient temples known as marae in French Polynesian culture. Some of these date back as far as 700 AD! Today you can join a tour where you will be driven around in 4x4 vehicles to visit the small villages of Fare, which is an archaeological site and Maeva, a vanilla plantation. If you choose this option, you will return to the boat for lunch. Or if you prefer, you can spend the day at your leisure – either relaxing on the boat or exploring the area around the lagoon. Tonight, after dinner on board you will spend the night anchored in the lagoon.

Accommodation

  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Huahine - 4WD & Walking Tour: Maeva Village, the Faie & Sacred Site - EUR105

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5: Huahine – Taha'a

This morning you’ll leave Huahine early and set sail for the island of Taha'a, which shares a magnificent lagoon with neighbouring Raiatea Island. This lush island is extremely fertile and is covered with banana, watermelon, vanilla orchid and coconut groves. Today you’ll have the chance to explore the beautiful island by 4x4 vehicle in an optional tour. You’ll visit a pearl farm and a traditional vanilla plantation. It’s also the perfect opportunity to try some of the local fruits that are grown in the region and take in some of the incredible views of Ha'amene Bay. The afternoon is free for swimming and snorkeling on the “motu”, or reef islet, or exploring the area around the reef on your own. Tonight, will be spent anchored in the lagoon.

Accommodation

  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Taha'a - Taha'a Guided tour by 4WD - EUR69

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6: Raiatea

First thing this morning you’ll sail across the lagoon to reach Raiatea, which is considered the homeland of the ancient Polynesians. While it was previously known as Havai’i, Raiatea translates to “faraway heaven” and “sky with soft light”. Today you’ll have the chance to take part in an optional excursion which will introduce you to the highlights of Raiatea. Meet your guide for an informative & intimate tour by minibus. Enjoy a panoramic drive through the main town of Uturoa, the cultural and administrative center of Raiatea. Shortly after leaving town, you will see Mount Temehani, endemic home to the Tiare Apetahi. Next stop is at the main ancient Marae (open-air temple) of Taputapuatea, which recently became a UNΕSCO protected site. Your guide will cover the origins and history of this famous land- mark. Here, you will learn about its Polynesian origins and historical relevance. In the afternoon you can join an optional kayak tour of the Faaroa River, French Polynesia's only navigable river, with an expert guide leading the way through Raiatea's verdant interior. Late in the evening sail to Mo'orea. Overnight at sea.

Accommodation

  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Ra'iatea - Faaroa River & Marae Taputapuatea by mini bus - EUR60
  • Ra'iatea - Highlights of Ra'iatea - EUR66

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7: Mo'orea

You’ll reach Mo'orea first thing in the morning, which is easily spotted thanks to the eight huge mountain peaks that rise from its lagoon. This place is thought to have inspired the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. Today the optional activities are a nature and cultural tour in a 4x4 and a snorkeling and Ray tour. Everyone will meet back on the ship later in the day and enjoy a farewell dinner together, before spending a night anchored in the lagoon.

Accommodation

  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Moorea - Nature & Culture Tour - EUR76
  • Moorea - Snorkeling & Ray Tour - EUR65

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8: Papeete, Tahiti

This morning you’ll set sail early for Tahiti, arriving in Papeete by 9am. From here, you will say farewell to your fellow travellers and the crew before disembarking the Panorama II.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Panorama II

Cruise in comfort and style aboard this state-of-the-art Motor Sailer.

For all our cruises in Asia and select departures in Greece, your home at sea is the M/S Panorama II. As a Motor Sailer, the Panorama II mostly uses motors for propulsion, reaching a cruising speed of 10 knots, but also features sails for a more romantic option. Fully renovated in 2015, all cabins have wood trim finishes and plush blue accents. Twenty-five spacious cabins accommodate up to 49 guests. Each cruise’s on-board menu is tailored to your destination. And as a smaller ship, the Panorama II docks in smaller ports that larger ships can’t, allowing easy access to the heart of the destination.

Price is based per person and includes:

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

  • Small cruise ship

Accommodation

  • Small cruise ship 7 nights

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • International flights- we'll fimd the best fares for your chosen departure dates
  • Travel insurance 
  • Extend your holiday with a stay in Tahiti
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

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