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Sailing holidays in French Polynesia

Sailing holidays in French Polynesia

The Ultimate Guide to French Polynesia Yacht Charters

A complete yacht charter guide that has everything you need to know about your next sailing holidays in French Polynesia.

Discover a place unspoiled by tourists and seemingly reserved just for you, where barrier reefs offer protection from a hectic world. 

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Sailing Holidays in French Polynesia...at a glance

A Yacht charter in French Polynesia is known as the definition of paradise and we couldn't agree more. Within a remote group of islands, the Society Islands, you will find Tahiti, the idyllic Bora Bora, as well as Raiatea - known as the Windward and Leeward Islands.

White, sandy beaches, pristine, turquoise lagoons and exciting aquatic wildlife await you and the hospitality of the locals is definitely going to make you want to return to this sailing region again and again.

Ponder the source of towering waterfalls and marvel at the sacred site of ancient temples. On a Tahiti yacht charter you can start from Raiatea and set sail to the Bora Bora, as well as Tupuai, Maupiti, Tahaa, Huahine, Moorea and Tahiti.

Best time to sail in French Polynesia & weather conditions

French Polynesia is essentially a year-round destination, however, we recommend visiting this region from March to October.

The prevailing SE winds are generally light averaging 10-15 knots; it is only in July and August that you will find stronger winds of 20-30 knots and swells of 3-4 ft., which calls for more experienced sailors on board.

You can expect a warm and dry climate and the temperature usually ranges between 25 - 35 degrees Celsius.

Where to start your French Polynesia boat charter from & how to get there

Most yacht charters in this region start from Raiatea on the island of Tahiti. You can fly to the international airport in Papeete and then catch a connecting flight to Raiatea (Uturoa Airport) with Air Tahiti.

Transfer Time: 25 mins

French Polynesia Boating Holiday Tips

Sailing French Polynesia is ideal for all levels of sailors as it allows easy line of sight navigation, as well as the choice of open-water ocean passages for the more advanced.

You shouldn't miss the opportunity to swim with sharks and manta rays, as well as other activities such as diving the stunning coral reefs and hiking on volcanic slopes.

The official currency is the Franc Pacifique and VISAS and MASTERCARDS are accepted in most places.

Kindly note that AMEX cards are usually denied by local shops.

Recommended 7-day Sailing Itinerary from Tahiti 

⚓ Day 1. Raiatea marina - Motu Taoru 6NM

⚓ Day 2. Motu Taoru - Ha’amene Bay 5NM

⚓ Day 3. Ha’amene Bay - Motu Tautau 14NM

⚓ Day 4. Motu Tautau - Motu To’opua 25NM

⚓ Day 5. Motu To’opua - Bora Bora 6NM

⚓ Day 6. Bora Bora - Apu Bay 30NM

⚓ Day 7. Apu Bay - Raiatea marina 6NM


Recommended 10-day Sailing Itinerary from Apu Bay

⚓ Day 1. Apu Bay (3NM)

⚓ Day 2. Bora Bora Yacht Club (23NM)

⚓ Day 3. Taurere (8NM)

⚓ Day 4. Pt. Raititi (10NM)

⚓ Day 5. Faaroa Bay (37NM)

⚓ Day 6. Opoa Bay (5NM)

⚓ Day 7. Fare Village (21NM)

⚓ Day 8. Bay d’Avea (9NM)

⚓ Day 9. Haamene Bay (35NM)

⚓ Day 10. Uturoa (check out)

Prices: How much does it cost to charter a yacht in French Polynesia?

It depends. For example, the most important ones are the type of boat you will choose and whether you require a professional crew on board (e.g. skipper, hostess or cook). So, as you can see, there are many factors that can shape a price for a boat rental.

Check our full guide about yacht charter cost and how you can save much money in your next sailing holidays.


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