Here is a sample itinerary of what you may expect while enjoying an exclusive sailing vacation in the Society Islands - Raiatea "the sacred island", her neighboring islands of Taha'a "the vanilla island" and Bora-Bora "the romantic island". Our embarkation point is on the island of Raiatea.
Boarding is at 5pm, when you will be greeted by a refreshing welcome cocktail and introduced to your fellow sailors, after which you will be shown to your cabin and helped to settle in to to your new home for the week. Just before sunset we cast off the bowlines and sail across to Apu Bay, Taha'a (only 30 minutes away). Enjoy a delicious dinner onboard and spend the evening relaxing and watching the amazing Polynesian starscape unfold.
Cruising Day 1 - Raiatea (lagoon only, about 2 hours sailing)
Following breakfast and a short briefing on all safety aspects, we set sail for the beautiful Fa'aroa Bay, and explore the Fa'aroa river (the only navigable river in French Polynesia) by dinghy with your Captain. The river walls are steep and lush with jungle foliage. You may see many different species of birds and many wild hibiscus "purau" trees interspersed throughout these cool rainforest cliffs. After lunch back onboard, we sail on to motu Nao Nao and spend an amazing afternoon kayaking, swimming and snorkelling. As the sun is going down, the fun continues when your crew serve sunset cocktails whilst you relax before dinner.
Cruising Day 2 - Raiatea-Taha'a (3 to 4 hours sailing with some open ocean sailing)
After a scrumptious breakfast we set sail for Taha'a. A favourite of snorkellers, the lagoon of Raiatea/Tahaa'a is rich with variety with landscapes of sea mounts, caverns, drop-offs, and wrecks that are famous the world over. Off the northwestern side of Raiatea, Miri Miri is a gently sloping reef in calm, clear water that's protected from swell and current. The site is also known as "the Napoleons of Miri Miri" and "The Roses" because of its resident giant Napoleon wrasses (which are fed by local divemasters) and fields of montipora coral, resembling a carpet of roses. Back onboard, and, following a lazy lunch, we sail off again- heading for beautiful Haapiti Bay where we will anchor for the night.
Cruising Day 3 - Taha'a (around 3 hours sailing in all)
After breakfast we sail to Faaaha Bay and visit a vanilla plantation "la vallee de la vanilla" where guests are welcomed with a drink, a local fruit-tasting and an explanation of the "marriage of the vanilla flowers". There is also the opportunity to buy first class quality vanilla beans directly from the producer. We set off again for the fabulous islet - motu Tau Tau. You can walk 100 yards into the water here and still be only knee-deep—and the sea is so calm that tables and chairs are sometimes set up in it for lunch! After lunch, we spend the afternoon exploring and snorkelling through the fabulous coral gardens, before returning to the boat for sundowners and then another wonderful dinner.
Cruising Day 4 - Taha'a - Bora Bora (about 4 hours sailing)
Breakfast onboard, and then we are off towards Bora-Bora, entering by the majestic pass of Teavanui. We will moor near motu Toopua - known as "the bells of Hiro" (a Tahitian god and hero) before having a delicious lunch and spending the rest of the day snorkelling and swimming in the crystal clear water for which Bora Bora is so very famous. The evening brings a special delight, as guests will dine onshore at the world renowned "Bloody Mary's" restaurant - fantastic food and ambience, and you will quite possibly rub shoulders with the rich and famous, whose favourite South Sea hangout this is!
Cruising Day 5 - Lagoon of Bora-Bora (about 3 hours sailing)
After breakfast we sail the "road of the motus" (small islets) around the lagoon, and then after lunch onboard we kayak, swim, and snorkel. There is an opportunity to visit the lagoonarium here. This is a natural aquarium where you will see sharks, turtles, manta rays and a myriad of brightly coloured tropical fish. We will then sail to the south of the island, where we will anchor for the night, and your crew will prepare another exotic and delicious dinner for you.
Cruising Day 6 - Bora-Bora - Raiatea (5 hours sailing, mainly open-ocean sailing)
After breakfast onboard, we go ashore to visit the village of Vaitape where there is a variety of interesting little shops as well as a Polynesian craft market, where you can pick up souvenirs of your holiday in paradise. Back onboard for lunch and then we enjoy a chance to do some real sailing in these beautiful waters, arriving at the marina just in time for cocktail hour. Dinner ashore tonight will be at a superb local waterfront restaurant, followed by a spectacular, traditional Polynesian dance and music show.
All too soon it's time to get ready to leave. After a last tasty breakfast onboard, it is time to gather your belongings, as well as your irreplaceable memories of a week in this most exotic and special area. Before exchanging fond farewells, your crew will arrange transport to the airport.