Sail Tahiti & French Polynesia

The very word "Tahiti" invokes visions of an island paradise. Explore the western Society Islands by charter yacht - monohull or catamaran. For over 25 years Sail Connections has been organising yacht charters around Raiatea, Taha'a, Bora Bora and Huahine. This amazing place is consistently one of our most popular bareboat sailing destinations.

Take a charter boat holiday in the magical Society Islands of Tahiti, a sailing region that's better in real life than it is in the brochures. Majestic volcanic landscapes covered in lush tropical vegetation, each island rising steeply from its lagoon. The encircling and protective outer coral reefs are in turn dotted by small uninhabited motus (islets), fringed by white sandy beaches behind which lush green coconut palms grow. Truly an island paradise!

This is our Pacific backyard. So let us share our local knowledge and first-hand personal experiences of these great sailing waters. We will secure the boat that's right for you, assisting with all aspects of your charter, including personalised itineraries and provisioning advice to ensure just the very best holiday in one of the best destinations on Earth.

The Society Islands are that part of French Polynesia that has become so familar to Westerners by way of media and tourism promotion. Within the island group, the name Leeward Islands is given to those lying westward of the main island of Tahiti. These jewels in the South Pacific represent a sophisticated tourist destination where you can be as connected or as remote as you wish to be. Featuring on all these islands are the well-marked deep turquoise lagoons that provide smooth inshore sailing, and safe, sheltered havens. Gaps in the encircling reefs give easy access to blue water and your next island.

After a pleasant day of sailing or relaxation in a picture-perfect lagoon, pick up a mooring and dine ashore at a local restaurant.  Eat as the locals do, or make it five star if you wish. Or simply drop anchor in a secluded spot and BBQ aboard under a blanket of stars, savouring the peace, the serenity, the sweet ambience of this unique tropical paradise. 

Raiatea

The island of Raiatea is our yacht charter hub, just a 40-minute flight from Pape'ete. The township of Uturoa is the administrative centre for the Leeward Islands, and provides your best opportunity to provision your charter yacht. We will assist you with advice on what to buy and where to get it.

According to legend, Raiatea is the sacred home of the gods, and the ancestral heart of French Polynesia. Visit the sacred sites and explore the river where the great canoes were built for their migratory voyages to Hawaii and Aotearoa/New Zealand. It remains a mystery to us why the inhabitants would chose to leave this magical island paradise. Admire the mountainous peaks of the island's south, where magnificent waterfalls cascade to the sea. Spend your first few days relaxing and acclimatising here, exploring the sheltered lagoon shared by the twin islands of Raiatea and Tahaa.

Raiatea lies within easy sight-sailing distance of the Leeward Group's other magical islands - Bora Bora and Huahine. From base it's 24 miles eastward (and to windward) to Huahine, and 22 miles northwest (and downwind) to Bora Bora. 

"Long walks along narrow coastal roads, big swims in crystal clear waters - some of the highlights."

Taha'a

Taha'a is the only island in the group that you can easily circumnavigate on your charter. The sweet tropical aromas of vanilla and frangipani permeate the air of this lush and tranquil isle. It's Taha'a 'au naturel', unfazed by the commercial world, and accessible only by boat. Ashore, wander along the coral road that winds around the waterfront and meet the friendly locals.

Take a safari tour into the hinterland to visit the vanilla plantations. It's a botanical extravaganza! Visit a pearl farm and learn all about the art of cultivation. Dinghy to the shallows of the reef and explore the sandy palm-clad islets that ring the turquoise lagoon.

" We had a great time at Ficus on Tahaa where we saw a very entertaining show and ate authentic Polynesian food which we enjoyed."

Huahine

Lure a deep-sea tuna on your windward passage to the legendary island of Huahine. Anchor your charter yacht off the village of Fare where you can top-up your supplies. Discover some of the unique qualities of a small island village, go horse riding, or take a land tour to learn about the sacred archaeological sites that mark a civilisation dating back over 1000 years. Anchor in the south of Huahine, take a beachfront stroll, and snorkel the underwater delights.

A favourite with our charter clients is the unique 'round the island tour' of Huahine Iti. You'll get to special places places you can't even go by boat!

"Totally awesome place. My wife and I enjoyed the remoteness we found in Avea Bay on Huahine. We had the place to ourselves."

Bora Bora

The fabled island where they make movies. spend some time in secluded anchorages and hop ashore to places accessible only by yacht. Sail to the eastern side, visit the Lagoonarium, then lose yourself in the blues, greens and turquoises of the beautiful lagoon itself. After you have plucked up the courage to swim with the turtles, sharks and rays here, you will announce this a highlight of your yacht charter holiday! Dine at the famous Bora Bora Yacht Club, spend a day ashore and take a bicycle, scooter or car around the island road.

Toake advantage of our Tahiti experience. Ask us about the location of our favourite anchorages, our recommended itinerary options, and all the ways to get the very best out of your Tahitian sailing holiday. 

Our client reviews about charter sailing in Tahiti

"The water in Bora Bora was amazing. We found the Bali 4.5 to be an excellent boat for cruising the lagoons around Bora Bora, Taha'a and Raiatea." Glenn, Australia, Nov 4th, 2018
"What a truly magical trip it was! The islands were stunning, the crew was amazing. We had an amazing trip and truly kicked back. We snorkelled so much in such amazing underwater coral gardens and reefs - outstanding!

The local Champion in Raiatea is as good as any grocer here in Toronto. Good supplies in Bora as well, and pizza too! The base crew in Raiatea were great, most knowledgeable and helpful It was a most amazing time.

Thank you for all of your help in making this all come together." Patti, Canada, Nov 30th, 2017
"We are home and Tahiti seems a distant memory. We had a wonderful time away - it was warm and the water was lovely. Cynthia our skipper was awesome, incredibly respectful and such a lovely woman. Thanks so much for all your help and assistance for a great holiday.

WOW Tahiti is so different to sailing in the Med, but we loved it and had a really relaxing time. And of course it's such a bonus to be only a 5½ hour flight away." Anna, New Zealand, Jul 30th, 2016
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