Proposed Tahiti, Raiatea Sailing Itinerary:
Day 1: Meet the crew, sail to Moorea Island
You will be welcomed aboard and shown the yacht, meet the crew and invited to relax. Your first sail will be to cross over to Moorea Island; roughly 3 hours away. You will be mooring in Cook's Bay, for dinner and swimming at night while at anchor.
Day 2: Half day safari or archaeological site...
It is a short ride to Opunohu bay (Moorea) where you may choose to go on a half day Safari excursion with a guide to see Belvedere, the pineapple road, or visit archaeological Polynesian sites. You can also enjoy water-based activities, such as swimming and beachcombing.
Day 3: Amazing underwater sights
Enjoy nautical activities in Moorea: snorkelling parties, kayak rides, swimming with sharks and sting rays. Don't forget to bring your underwater camera as the underwater sights are out of this world! Have dinner on board and enjoy the sunset before you cruise into the open sea for night navigation to Huahine Island (90 nautical miles).
Day 4: Breakfast on board your private yacht
Have breakfast on board your yacht in the Huahine island lagoon, then stop and visit Fare, the main village of Huahine island. Enjoy lunch and a short navigation of one hour inside the lagoon, south of Huahine. Spend the afternoon having fun with sea kayaks or beachcombing.
Day 5: Famous snorkelling spot
Discovering Avea Bay’s famous snorkelling spot and all around appreciation of the natural surroundings. Another day spent in paradise!
Day 6: Visit breath-taking botanic gardens
After breakfast on board, sail to Raiatea (4 hours) where you will be mooring in Faaroa Bay. We highly recommend seeing the Faaroa River by dinghy and visiting the breath-taking botanic garden. An experience to last a lifetime.
Day 7: The largest archaeological Polynesian
Take a quick sail across to the Raiatea lagoon. You can spend time shopping in Uturoa and its local market, or consider a half day guided tour of Raiatea to see the largest archaeological Polynesian site, Taputapuatea. Have lunch on board and sail to Tahaa Island, situated in the same lagoon. Visit a pearl farm there that will make you fall in love with the large pearls of the area. Then consider dinner and an evening in a restaurant with a local Polynesian show.
Day 8: Take a guide to visit the vanilla plantations
Spend the day at Hurepiti bay and enjoy water-based activities from your yacht. We also suggest taking a guide to visit the vanilla plantations. You will get to enjoy a full day of discovery on this lovely island and never think of a vanilla shake again without recalling this time.
Day 9: Bora-Bora, the best views in the world
Sail to Bora Bora for the best views in the world! Bora-Bora is only a 4 hour sailing trip away and has the greatest lagoon of French Polynesia. Once you arrive, slip into the cool waters for a refreshing swim.
Day 10: Discover the underwater riches of Bora-Bora
Discover the underwater wonderland of Bora-Bora. There are sharks, turtles and tropical fish galore all worth watching. Take short navigations around the lagoon and explore the reef barrier, go snorkelling in the coral garden to capture with some fantastic pictures that will amaze your friends.
Day 11: Bid a fond farewell to your crew
Set sail for Vaitape Pier where you will off load and bid a fond farewell to your crew. Enjoy the rest of the day on the island before you head home.
Raiatea, the “sacred island”, is regarded as the cradle of all Polynesian civilizations. The island has very impressive archeological remains and evokes a sense of beauty and mystery at every turn. Located 220 km northwest of Tahiti, inside a large lagoon. Raiatea is the largest and highest of the Leeward Islands. Beaches are indeed rare in Raiatea, but this does not diminish the island's charm. When you charter a bareboat, or luxury crewed sailboat you can explore the lagoon with the freedom and ease that resort guests can’t even imagine. Take in lush scenery and vistas and snorkel in spots not accessible to the average vacationer.
As an option, reserve a kayak (or just take your dinghy) and partake in a “must-have experience”. Leave your sailboat in the lagoon and paddle up the river to the inside of the Faaroa Valley. Pass silently through luscious vegetation invading the banks of this enchanting river. Unlike other bays in Polynesia, Faaroa does not cut through the mountains, it is an alluvial plain at the end of the hills, through which a pretty river flows slowly into the sea. The river’s mouth is delimited by two islets. The area is relatively deserted and untouched.
Raiatea is just a launching pad for visiting many of the area’s islands; such as Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea, Tahiti, Rangiroa, and Tikehau. Other must-see areas around Raiatea include the bays of Faatemu and Opoa around the sacred grounds of Taputapuatea, Motu Nao Nao, on the island's South side.
By plane, this lovely slice of paradise is a 45-minute flight from Tahiti, or a 15-minute flight from Huahine. By boat, you can use the Taporo VI and the Vaeanu which sail there 2 to 3 times a week from Tahiti. This is a 12-hour crossing with a 1-hour stop in Huahine. Most of our clients prefer to fly, but if you have the time, this is another elegant way to start the vacation.
You shouldn't leave Raiatea without visiting Taputapuatea: Polynesia's largest marae. Dedicated to Oro, the god of war, human sacrifices used to take place there. The Tainuu Marae, on the island's West Coast, was built to look like Taputapuatea. The Protestant Church was built with stone blocks taken from the marae. The Haapapara Valley, behind the village of Opoa, hides many petro glyphs. And for hiking fans, the mountains here are a real treasure with many hikes in search of a diversified fauna.
You can hike or take part in a 4x4 excursion to Mt. Temehani; in search of the famous Tiare Apetahi, the island's flower emblem and all the surroundings. In Faaroa, visit to the botanical garden and the magnificent vista point from the road across the island.
For the diving fans, not far from the neighboring island of Tahaa, divers are invited to the Octopus Grotto, Apoo Fee, in the Vaitoare lagoon. This 120-meter long underwater gallery features two caves with ceilings covered with stalactites, an extraordinary hiding place for all local marine species. But relax; nobody has ever seen giant octopuses or ferocious sharks there. There are also several diving spots all around the island.
The proposed itinerary is a fantastic sailing route covering many of the spectacular sights of Tahiti, but there are many more. Contact Compass Point Yacht Charters to get professional advice and to help you plan a custom yacht charter of a lifetime.