FRENCH POLYNESIA ITINERARY
DAY 1: Upon arrival in Tahiti, DOUCE FRANCE and her crew welcomes you on board in Marina Tiana. Explore DOUCE FRANCE and her 6 chic, air conditioned cabins and relax with a welcome drink in her spacious cockpit. Depending on the time of your arrival, the crew will set her sails and take a gentle cruise to Moorea, approximately 4 hours sailing. Dropping anchor in the white sand close to a coral reef, Moorea is a beautiful, mountainous, tranquil island well worth exploring. The reef is found all around you offering the first dive in The Pass. Moorea is also a very good spot to meet the whales and to snorkel with them.
DAY 2: Sailing onto Cook’s Bay in the north of Moorea for your first full day and a chance to experience the water sports toys. A
vast selection to choose from; wakeboarding and water skiing or slowing down with dinghy sailing, wind surfing or kayaking.
DAY 3: Sailing at dawn to Huahine, approximately 80nm but an anchorage not to miss! Huahine is called the Garden of Eden
with an immense tropical jungle thriving with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon
fields. The captain drops anchor in the Virgin Island and can sail into the lagoon from the east to the west between Huahini Hui
and Huahine Iti. (Little Huahine) to the south.
DAY 4: The west area of Huahine provides the opportunity to dive in The Pass which is always a wonderful sight. Should you not wish to dive, relax on board having a massage within the tranquil surroundings of Huahine or discover the magic of the black pearl at a local pearl farm.
DAY 5: In the morning sun, set the sails and head to Raiatea approximately 25 nm. Raiatea, meaning “faraway heaven” and “sky with soft light”, was first named Havai’i after the homeland of the ancient Polynesians and is the most sacred island in the South Pacific. A favorite for all divers, the shared lagoon between the islands is rich with a number of sites and a variety of landscapes including sea mounts, caverns, drop-offs and wrecks. Raiatea also has a established town called Uturoa.
DAY 6: A shared lagoon between Raiatea and Taha’a enjoy some quiet sailing in the lagoon or diving and snorkeling in the north Pass which offers a variety sights and colours. Dive the walls of purple coral as you drift amongst active marine life.
DAY 7: Taha’a, with the rich aroma of vanilla lingering heavily in the air, offers a glimpse of the traditional, tranquil life of the Tahitians. Producing 70-80% of all French Polynesia’s vanilla this flower-shaped island’s simple beauty is charmed by soft mountain shapes and bright sand beaches. In the fertile valleys cutting within the island, local farmers grow watermelon, vanilla, and copra – an island worth exploring.
DAY 8: A great day for relaxation circumnavigating Taha’a, DOUCE FRANCE will sail inside the protection of the coral reef. Behind the beautiful coral reefs that encircle the islands, DOUCE FRANCE sails the most exotic cruising grounds in the world with swimming, sunbathing, white beaches and enjoy a fresh culinary experience on board. Also home to the Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa guests can treat themselves to body treatments and unsurpassed views of Bora Bora.
DAY 9: Today, setting sail for Bora Bora, this island is the most photogenic island in the world with the most beautiful lagoon. It is common to meet gigantic manta rays gliding gracefully in the abundance of large marine life here and can be seen easily just by snorkelling.
DAY 10: Visiting Bora Bora lagoon you can play with all the water sports toys in the crystal blue water or satisfy your pearl shopping post lunch at the Four Seasons or St Regis.
DAY 11: A late morning start with a relaxed breakfast and enjoy the last few hours on board DOUCE FRANCE taking in the amazing mix of your experience amidst Polynesian culture and a tropical heaven, all from one of the world’s largest sailing catamarans! A perfect end to an exotic cruise. Guests can fly from Bora Bora to Papeete and then onward home.