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11 Days - Tahiti & the Tuamotu Islands

 
 
11 Days - Tahiti & the Tuamotu Islands
Starting from $4,399*

Papeete to Papeete


Ship: Wind Spirit


Departure Date :

Sep 01 2019 | Oct 20 2019 | Nov 21 2019 | Jan 09 2020 | Sep 27 2020 | Nov 12 2020 | Dec 17 2020 | Feb 11 2021 | Apr 01 2021 | Jun 06 2021 | Aug 01 2021 | Sep 26 2021 | Nov 11 2021 | Dec 16 2021

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Papeete, French Polynesia
Depart 06:00 PM
Relax on sunny beaches, sample Tahitian fare, and take in the effervescent spirit of the city. But whatever you do, save time — and luggage space — for shopping. Black pearls and colorful crafts fill the market and local treasures are so plentiful you’ll have trouble making your choices.
Papeete, French Polynesia
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Fakarava, Tuamotu, French Polynesia
Arrive 07:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Arriving by sea, you'll experience the innumerable shades of blue that are the lagoon encircling Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia's Tuamotu Archipelago. Once you step ashore, you'll notice the beaches alternate between whitest white and palest pink sand, with a backdrop of coconut trees swaying gently in the tropical breeze. And while this pristine paradise—which counts only around 800 residents on an island 60 kilometers (37 miles) long and 21 kilometers (13 miles) wide—has a healthy tourism industry, it's also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. That designation means Fakarava, as well as its six neighboring atolls, are entirely protected—both onshore and in the surrounding waters. No wonder then that Fakarava is famous for its incredible snorkeling and diving. A lagoon excursion, which also spirits you to the atoll's most beautiful beach—one accessible only by boat—is a great way to complete your Seven Seas fantasy.
Fakarava, Tuamotu, French Polynesia
 
 
Day Tiputa, Rangiroa, French Polynesia
Arrive 09:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
French Polynesia was one of the last places on Earth to be settled by humans. The beautiful ports of French Polynesia, such as Tiputa, have held on to their natural beauty and today are truly paradise for travelers to visit. Picturesque views, beautiful beaches, a strong local culture, and more are waiting for you in Tiputa, French Polynesia. Tiputa is the perfect location to go snorkeling, underwater diving, or simply relaxing on the beach.
Tiputa, Rangiroa, French Polynesia
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Motu Mahaea (Tahaa) / Raiatea, French Polynesia
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM / Arrive 06:30 PM Depart 11:59 PM
We will spend the day on a private island complete with swaying palm trees and white-sand beaches. Swim, snorkel and enjoy a variety of water sports in the crystal-clear waters. There will be a delicious barbecue lunch and tropical drinks waiting for you. Explore Tahaa with optional excursions to discover the vanilla plantations and sacred sites of the island.

Raiatea, French Polynesia

Raiatea, “The Sacred Island,” is located just across the lagoon from Tahaa and shares the same barrier reef. (Legend claims the two were a single island until a conger eel possessed by the spirit of a princess separated them.) It used to be the center of religion and culture in the Society Islands. Taputapuatea, on the southeast coast, was once the most important marae around, the place where kings from the neighboring islands would gather for important ceremonies. Uturoa, the main town, reminds some people of Papeete in its younger days with its quaint low-rise buildings. Raiatea is also home to the only navigable river in the islands, the Fa’aroa. Explore Polynesian history or climb Mount Temehani in search of the rare tiare apetahi flower, which grows only here.
Motu Mahaea (Tahaa) / Raiatea, French Polynesia
 
 
Day Raiatea, French Polynesia
Arrive 12:01 AM Depart 10:00 PM
Raiatea, “The Sacred Island,” is located just across the lagoon from Tahaa and shares the same barrier reef. (Legend claims the two were a single island until a conger eel possessed by the spirit of a princess separated them.) It used to be the center of religion and culture in the Society Islands. Taputapuatea, on the southeast coast, was once the most important marae around, the place where kings from the neighboring islands would gather for important ceremonies. Uturoa, the main town, reminds some people of Papeete in its younger days with its quaint low-rise buildings. Raiatea is also home to the only navigable river in the islands, the Fa’aroa. Explore Polynesian history or climb Mount Temehani in search of the rare tiare apetahi flower, which grows only here.
Raiatea, French Polynesia
 
 
Day Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 11:59 PM
Bora Bora, has long been noted for its stunning beauty. A tiny island, less than 20 miles in circumference, Bora Bora is dominated by the castle-like Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia, two volcanic peaks with lush tropical slopes. A protective coral reef encloses Bora Bora, and the lagoon is dotted with colorful motus, or islets. Perfect white-sand beaches give way to brilliant turquoise and sapphire-colored waters, and locals in the small village of Viatape sell colorful fabrics, sculptures carved from native wood and precious black pearls.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
 
 
Day Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Arrive 12:01 AM Depart 09:00 PM
Bora Bora, has long been noted for its stunning beauty. A tiny island, less than 20 miles in circumference, Bora Bora is dominated by the castle-like Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia, two volcanic peaks with lush tropical slopes. A protective coral reef encloses Bora Bora, and the lagoon is dotted with colorful motus, or islets. Perfect white-sand beaches give way to brilliant turquoise and sapphire-colored waters, and locals in the small village of Viatape sell colorful fabrics, sculptures carved from native wood and precious black pearls.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
 
 
Day Huahine, French Polynesia
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Anchor here in the place whose nickname is “Garden of Eden.” Take your time to explore the lush forests, the tropical landscapes, and the quaint villages to discover one of Polynesia’s best kept secrets. Here, at a slower pace, see a glimpse of the authentic South Pacific island lifestyle. Stop by the Maeva archaeological site and wander around the 150-odd marae (temple sites) and 400-year-old stone fish traps that are still in use And you’ll have your pick of the world’s best snorkeling once again.
Huahine, French Polynesia
 
 
Day Moorea, French Polynesia / Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM / Arrive 09:00 PM Depart 11:59 PM
Welcome to paradise, where your stunning surroundings soak up superlatives and call for more. In our stay here you’ll have plenty of time to do it all. Be sure to consider the opportunity to hone your photography talents on an optional tour of the island in the company of a professional photographer. Your choices here are endless. Hike the majestic Three Coconut Trail. Visit dolphins in their native habitat. Or spend your time swimming and kayaking from Wind Spirit’s Watersports Platform as we lay at anchor in these beautiful sapphire seas.

Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

"When Captain James Cook first sailed to Tahiti in 1769, he and his crew all thought they’d found paradise. Cook hinted at it in his journals, in coy language that would have been acceptable in his day; his men felt considerably less reserve, and returned home sporting tattoos and stories of a people who ate what fell from trees, and lived lives of freedom unknown in Europe. All without much need for clothes. Although all of French Polynesia is sometimes referred to as Tahiti, Tahiti proper is only one island, ringed by a reef that turns the water shades of blue even sapphires can’t come near. Rivers flow down from its high peaks, and every night, the sun goes down behind the neighboring island of Moorea, outlining the mountains like a laser show. Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, is a bustling business and government center, with black-pearl shops on almost every corner. As you move into the countryside, time starts to slip, and it's just the changeless ocean and the almost unchanged forests—and much the same sensation that made Cook think he'd found heaven on earth."
Moorea, French Polynesia / Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
 
 
Day Papeete, French Polynesia
Arrive 12:01 AM
Relax on sunny beaches, sample Tahitian fare, and take in the effervescent spirit of the city. But whatever you do, save time — and luggage space — for shopping. Black pearls and colorful crafts fill the market and local treasures are so plentiful you’ll have trouble making your choices.
Papeete, French Polynesia