A South Pacific charter yacht cruise is the height of luxury, and a private yacht vacation in Tahiti is perhaps the closest thing to paradise on earth. Charter a luxury private yacht in Tahiti – the archipelago’s main island – and you will enjoy cruising to the exquisite neighbouring islands of Raitea, Bora Bora, Tahaa and Huahane.
Lying halfway between Australia and California in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Tahiti boasts white sand beaches dotted with palm trees lazily dipping their fronds in the clear turquoise waters. Its beautiful resorts offer world-class spa facilities and luxury shopping for those keen on pampering treatments and a spot of retail therapy, though perhaps the most therapeutic experience of all is simply sipping from a cocktail or fresh coconut as you watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of your private charter.
On dryland, you will receive a warm and distinctly floral welcome as you immerse yourself in this enticing culture that centres around the family, with many generations living under the same roof. Driving or cycling around the small islands you will often come across groups of women – small children to great grandmothers – sitting together talking, storytelling, weaving traditional mats, and singing together. This corner of the South Pacific is home to some of the friendliest people you will ever have the good fortune to meet, and if you stop and say hello you will most probably be invited to join, sit and chat or eat with the locals. Tahiti’s bright foliage and colourful flora have inspired the vibrant dress of the locals, and a trip to local markets will be a feast for your eyes and your stomach where you will find everything from exotic fruits to fresh seafood on sale.
Tahiti’s clear blue waters are renowned for coral reefs stocked with all manner of spectacular marine life, often found just a few metres from the shore. A short swim and you may come across turtles cruising lazily by, completely unbothered by your presence. For the more adventurous, the deeper waters of the Society Islands are teeming with whales, dolphins and rays.
Surrounded by Pacific Ocean, Tahiti and the rest of the small and hospitable islands operate at a leisurely pace, boasting the untouched and natural beauty of a world immune to all the stresses of modern life. When you cruise Tahiti on a charter yacht holiday, the romance and beauty that has inspired many artists and writers throughout history will touch you permanently, with memories that will last a lifetime.