Where Tales of the South Pacific Come True
The very word "Tahiti" invokes visions of an island paradise. Explore the western Society Islands by charter yacht - monohull or catamaran, sailboat or motor boat. For over 25 years Sail Connections has been organising yacht charters around Raiatea, Taha'a, Bora Bora and Huahine. This amazing part of French Polynesia 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 motu (islets), fringed by white sandy beaches behind which lush green coconut palms grow. Truly an island paradise!
The Society Islands are in our Pacific backyard, and we know Tahiti's waters best. Let us share our local sailing knowledge and first-hand personal experiences of French Polynesia sailboat charters in these great sailing waters. We will secure the boat that's right for your vacation, 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 best time to take a Tahiti sailing vacation is from May to October. Across French Polynesia the trade winds provide sensational sailing conditions at that time of year, while the weather is beautifully warm. For more on sail and motor boat charters in French Polynesia, read about sailing holidays in the Tuamotu Islands and Marquesas Islands.
The scuba diving and snorkelling was amazing. Being able to pull up the boat wherever you want on these amazing sites was also fantastic.
The boat sailed like a dream and we made great time on all our inter-island passages (it helped that the wind was on our side too!)
Dean, Australia, January 2020
Quintessentially Tahiti: The Glorious Society Islands
The Society Islands are that part of French Polynesia that has become so familiar 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 the unique tropical paradise that is the Society islands.
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 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 Taha'a where we saw a very entertaining show and ate authentic Polynesian food which we enjoyed.
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.
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.
Take 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.
Getting to the Society Islands
Internationally, Tahiti is served through Faa'ā International Airport in Papeete. Air Tahiti has scheduled flights to all the main Society Islands, including multi-island passes. Flight schedules make both return and one-way charter itineraries easy to plan. Charters out of the main island of Tahiti may also be arranged on enquiry.