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French Polynesia

French Polynesia Yacht Charter Guide

As soon as you step off the plane and are met with Tiare flower wreaths you will be instantly immersed in the special ambience of the stunning islands of French Polynesia. A perfect blend of classic and exotic, French, Italian and Chinese influences have produced a region with unique cuisine and colourful culture, where life that is lived with a French flair follows the gentle rhythm of the South Pacific. The atolls and caves of the archipelago offer endless options for exploring by boat, making a yacht charter the ideal way to visit the region. Natural beauty is complimented by the discreet luxury of the developments on French Polynesia, creating an idyllic environment to relax and recharge. Cruise from island to island discovering the distinct charms of each – explore tree-top walks in the shady park of Papeete, stay in floating huts over the tranquil lagoon of Bora Bora, then experience complete isolation on the Gambier islands – the islands at the end of the Earth. Take home memories of perfect white beaches backed by volcanic landscapes, with the scents of wild jasmine and ylang-ylang floating past on tropical breezes – true paradise.

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Best Time To Visit: May to October is high season with some wind, making good sailing conditions.

Key Cruising Areas: The open water passages through the islands of French Polynesia are fantastic sailing courses, picking your way between deserted anchorages. Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea are highlights.

Don’t Miss: Make sure you dive in the waters of French Polynesia, some of the must vibrant and alive on earth, following in the footsteps of Jacques Cousteau.

Best Spots for Wining and Dining: French influences and fresh local produce mean that you will never have to travel far to find exquisite food on the islands. Some of the best can be found in Papeete – book a table at O á la Bouche to dine in style. Try the local mahi mahi or scallops, then wander back to your yacht along the recently renovated marina – a stunning sight lit up at night.

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Best Local Dish: For a memorable lunch, sail to the beautiful Cook’s Bay. Try the Poisson cru at Snack Rotui – the national dish is a South Pacific take on ceviche, raw tuna marinated in lime juice and coconut milk. The views of the mountains rising from the bay will make an unforgettable stop.

Local Culture: Beautiful traditional costumes of colorful fabrics and black pearls can be seen in the numerous museums, or come to life during festivals. The Heiva I Tahiti festival is worth timing your visit for, where locals take part in traditional events including coconut climbing, fruit carrying races and canoe races.

Best Beach:  As well as the famous spots of Bora Bora and Moorea, French Polynesia hides a wealth of surprises for sailors. The pink sands of Tikehau turn the glittering water an incredible colour, making this atoll one of the most beautiful places in the South Pacific. Shoals of tiny fish swirl through the shallow waters which are perfect for some peaceful snorkelling.

IYC recommends: For the ultimate island experience once your charter comes to an end, stay in a floating hut in La Ora resort, Moorea. Wake up to the sights and sounds of the ocean gently lapping beneath you, look through the glass floor of your hut to see colorful fish glittering in the morning sun. Fragrant breaths of Tiare will greet you as your breakfast is delivered by canoe, to eat with your toes in the sparkling water. The unmatched luxury in an incredible setting are a once in a lifetime experience.

AVAILABLE YACHTS FOR CHARTER

See below available yachts for charter in French Polynesia.
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