Tahiti is an archipelago which lies in the lonely waters of the Pacific, halfway between Australia and California. Their location puts them right in the middle of the ocean and far from any other continents. The French Polynesia is made up of 118 islands which include the Society, Marquesas, the Austral islands, the Gambier Islands and the Tuamotu Archipelago.
The Society Islands include the famous Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Taha’a, the Tuamotu, Rangiroa, Manihi, Tikehau, Fakarava and Marquesa Atolls. The 3 most popular island of the Society archipelago are Tahiti which is also the largest island in the French Polynesia, Mooreea and Bora Bora and are considered to be some of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world.
It is also a renowned yacht charter destination in this part of the Pacific and offers an excellent cruising playground for all the yacht charter enthusiasts. During a visit in the area, you will find that Tahiti offers enough interesting excursions and sites to visit to make it worth a short stay before you sail further towards the other islands of the 5 archipelagos.
It is highly recommended to visit the famous Harrison Smith Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Tahiti or the Lagoonarium and learn more about the multicoloured corals and marine life which make all the islands such a famous destination. You can also visit the Gauguin Museum, where you will see a large display of some of the famous artists’ paintings who came to visit the area. You can enjoy some nice time at the Tahiti’s Spectacular American championship golf courses and also have lot of fun with the horseback riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, wind surfing, deep sea fishing, water skiing and day trips to the atoll of Tetiaroa.
Yacht charterers will also have the opportunity to visit Papeete, which is the capital city and also the commercial hub of the area. The waterfront is very attractive; the area is dotted with tree lined promenades along a marina which forms part of the international yachting community. There are numerous international cargos, luxury ships and yachts which share the harbor.
The best time to charter a yacht in Tahiti is in April. It is the time when there are the most easterly trade winds which are very favorable for sailing.The Tahitian’s main yacht charter grounds are around the Leeward Islands (Iles Sous le Vent) which is at the northern end of the island chain.
Yacht charterers who visit the area will find that there are many protective boundary reefs where they can you sail their charter yacht around for hours across the clear blue lagoons past the lush green island volcanic mountains.There are also some great anchorages off the white sandy beaches of the main islands and off the little barrier reef islands.
You can sail to the isle of Bora Bora, the Tuamotu Archipelago and the renowned and unspoiled Marquesas Islands. The reefs are abundant with sea life and vividly colored corals. They also provided idyllic blue lagoons in which to anchor your sailing yacht.