French Polynesia

A yacht charter vacation in Tahiti, French Polynesia, is the best way to explore the ‘jewel of the South Pacific’. It really is the most beautiful place in the world and the only way to completely appreciate the Islands of Tahiti, is on a yacht charter. A yacht charter will provide you with a unique opportunity to explore the Tahitian Islands, which are otherwise difficult to get around. Charter guests have been captured by the beauty and romance of Tahiti time and time again.

Tahiti is a French archipelago, which lies in the middle of the Pacific Ocean roughly between Australia and America, officially known as the Society Islands. French Polynesia comprises of 118 islands spread across five far-flung groups.

The five groups are the Society Islands, the Marquesas, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Gambier Archipelago and the Austral Islands.

Tahiti, often called 'The Queen of the Pacific', is the largest of the islands. Home to mountain waterfalls, beautiful beaches and the capital city of Papeete, its effect on visitors is magical.

Golf enthusiasts will surely want to take in a game at the Oliver Breaud International Golf Course, which is Tahiti's only golfing green.

Located at Atimaono in the Papara district, this 6944-yard, par 72 course features two man-made lakes and sprawling fairways. Formerly a cotton plantation, the course was recently renovated and now includes a new clubhouse, driving range, pool, restaurant, pro shop and tennis courts.

Moorea Lagoon Beach, Temae Beach & Village Faimano: these three beaches offer exquisite vistas, plenty of swaying palms, gentle surf and prime swimming and snorkeling. Need we say more?

Some of the finest diving in the world can be found at Moorea all year round. The abundant flora and fauna includes reef sharks, moray eels, huge Napoleon wrasses and triggerfish. With more than 20 dive sites from which to choose, divers of any experience level can find a perfect spot. Because of the lack of strong currents, the waters off Moorea are superb for both experienced and beginning snorkelers. The most popular underwater activities here are fish and shark feeding.

Tahiti’s main yacht charter grounds are the Leeward islands (Iles Sous le Vent) which are at the northern end of the island chain. Inside the protective boundary reefs you can sail your charter yacht around for hours across the clear blue lagoons past the lush green mountainous islands. There are great anchorages off the white sandy beaches of the main islands and off the little barrier reef islands.

Sail to the spectacular isle of Bora Bora, the Tuamotu Archipelago and the renowned and unspoiled Marquesas Islands. Most of the islands of Tahiti are volcanic, surrounded by protective reefs. The reefs are abundant with sea life and vividly colored corals. They also provide idyllic blue lagoons in which to anchor your sailing yacht.

Bora Bora's main island sits like a jewel in the center of its legendary multi-colored lagoon, which is surrounded by off-shore islets inside a protective necklace of coral. Unlike some larger islands, which require several days to tour, Bora Bora can be traversed in well under a day. Bora Bora's translucent lagoon and beaches are so calm and pristine, they have been compared to well-maintained pools.

Such conditions make for a superb water sport environment. Bora Bora's irridescent waters are alive with tropical fish and undersea plant life, and its easily-accessed lagoon is ideal for novice scuba divers and snorkelers.

From the tropical Paris of Papeete to the untamed beauty of the islands, Tahiti will capture your heart. After a sailing yacht charter vacation around Tahiti, you will remember her as a paradise on earth.

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