Tahiti Sailing Itinerary

With Black Sand Beaches and Jagged, Majestic Mountains – Tahiti is a Unique Beauty

Tahiti Sailing Itinerary

On a Tahiti sailing itinerary, you will find all the most exciting spots on these French Polynesian islands. With rare and exotic flora combined with rich native traditions, Tahiti is a must-see for every traveller.

Famous for its romantic scenery, providing the perfect honeymoon backdrop, Tahiti is sure to steal your heart. Escape to this classic island paradise, where the natives will welcome you with open arms.

Our Guide to a Tahiti Sailing Itinerary

Tahiti, long drawing attention for its irreplicable hospitality and unbelievable views, has been a destination for many. With a rich history incorporating many different countries, today, Tahiti’s culture is a beautiful blend of indigenous customs, with influences from the long-standing French presence on the islands.

During your time here, participate in the incredible oral histories and the Tahitian music and dance tradition. Observe the superb craftsmanship in the weaving, quilting, sculpture, and carving that artists incorporate into their work.

If you’d like to get away from it all, you will find total serenity amidst the tropical ambience or on the stunning coastline. With very little land mass, the islands present pristinely preserved nature. Tahiti is covered with flowers, and you can revel in the brightly coloured hibiscus blossoms. You can also see the Tiare flower, which can only be found in Tahiti.

Described as “the perfect place to do everything or nothing at all”, the Tahiti Sailing Itinerary is designed to show you the best of these magnificent islands. So – ready, set, sail!

  • Getting There

    The best way to get to Tahiti is by flying into Papeete’s Faa’a Airport (PPT). Faa’a Airport serves as the hub of French Polynesia, so flights are accessible from anywhere. You can find flights to PPT from the United States, Australia and Europe. Air Tahiti Nui is the largest airline carrier serving French Polynesia.

    From Papeete or Moorea, you will need a connecting flight to Raiatea, which is about a 45-minute flight. If connecting in Huahine or Bora Bora, you will have a 20-minute flight to Raiatea.

  • Mooring

    Mooring for the Tahiti Sailing Itinerary is very easy. With a mix of more developed marinas, small villages, and sheltered anchorages, there are plenty of great places to drop your anchor for an evening.  

    In Raiatea, we recommend the Anapa Pearl Farm, where you can learn about Tahiti’s rare and extremely valuable pearl oysters. After exploring the aquatic reserve and crafting space, you can take an overnight mooring at the farm. Reservations are required.

    At Bora Bora, the best place for mooring is Bloody Mary’s Restaurant & Bar. Here you will find water services, free wifi, and ice service. However, there are just eight moorings, so you should call ahead to check availability. Check out their website for more info and contact info.

    This marks the end of the more complete marinas. In Taha’a, we recommend mooring in Apu Bay overnight. Here you will find a safe anchorage where you “free swing” and enjoy a quiet evening on your boat.

    You can anchor near the west end of Fare, a small Tahitian village in Huahine. It would help if you sailed inside the pass, through the reed, where there is protection from the easterly winds.

  • Weather

    The best sailing weather for the Tahiti Sailing Itinerary is during the dry season, from May to October. Tahiti has a year-round tropical climate, but during the dry season, temperatures are more temperate. May to October will also provide plenty of sunshine and blue skies.

    There are usually heavy rains and sometimes storms from November to April, but if you’re lucky, you could get good weather.

Tahiti Sailing Itinerary

Tahiti is the Economic, Cultural and Political Center of French Polynesia and Constitutes More Than 70% of French Polynesia’s Population

Day 1


You will start your charter week in Raiatea, which is believed to be the birthplace of Polynesia. The name itself means “faraway heaven”, which is precisely how the island’s vibes manifest.

Raiatea is the perfect place to get adventurous. Faaroa River is a navigable river that you can explore with canoes, kayaks or motorboats. Or you can delve into the giant archaeological site, Marae Taputapuatea. Raiatea is also home to Mount Temehani, an extinct volcano, of which you can hike to the top

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

  • Jeep Safari Tours, Marae Taputapuatea, Raiatea, Tahiti.
  • Restaurant La Voile d’Or à Raiatea – Apooiti, 98735, French Polynesia

Day 2


For your second day on Raiatea, we recommend exploring the Anapa Pearl Farm. Spend the day with pearl divers, exploring the aquatic reserve and coral gardens. You can also tour the farm to learn about the creation of the black pearl.

You can also visit Tahiti Vanille by Alain Abel, where you can experience some of the world’s best vanilla. Known for its unique aromatic properties, it tastes very different from bourbon vanilla.

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

  • Opoa Beach Hotel & Restaurant, pk 37, Ōpoa 98735, French Polynesia
  • Tahiti Vanille by Alain Abel, ‘Uturoa, French Polynesia

Day 3

Raiatea → Bora Bora

On Day 3, head to Bora Bora, which is sometimes referred to as the “jewel of the South Seas” and is considered one of the most romantic getaways. The island is famous for its idyllic overwater bungalow layouts. Sail by them on your way to Bloody Mary’s, one of Bora Bora’s most famous restaurants. Bloody Mary’s has had over 230 famous guests grace its “wall of fame”.

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

  • Mai Kai Bora Bora Restaurant, Bora Bora, Vaitāpē 98730, French Polynesia
  • Snorkelling at Motu Toopua, Bora Bora

Day 4

Bora Bora

Bora Bora is the kind of place where you have to stay for two days. For Day 4, we recommend sailing to the east side of the lagoon. Here you will find crystal clear blue waters, home to a delicate and intricate underwater ecosystem. For an adrenaline rush, you can go on a shark-feeding expedition, or if you’d like something tamer, stick to swimming with the sea turtles and rays.

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

  • La Matira Beach Restaurant, Matira Beach, Bora Bora
  • Explore Vaitape’s Sunday Morning Food Stalls, Vaitape, Bora Bora

Tahiti Sailing Itinerary

Tahiti is Home to the Jean De La Croix Church, in Fakarava, That is Made Entirely of Coral

Day 5

Bora Bora → Taha’a

Day 5 of the Tahiti Sailing Itinerary is dedicated to Taha’a, French Polynesia’s best-kept secret. Enclosed by the same coral reef as Raiatea, Taha’a is also a great place to explore underwater. We recommend snorkelling in the Passe Toahotu.

However, take some time to explore on land as well. Taha’a is sometimes known as the “vanilla island.” Here, you can check out the plantations that produce 70-80% of all the vanilla used in French Polynesia.

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

  • Le Ficus Restaurante, French Polynesia, 123 Rue Principale Poutoru, Baie de Apu, 98734
  • Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, Tahaa Rd, Pātio, French Polynesia

Day 6

Taha’a → Huahine

Moving on to Huahine, one of the less developed stops on the Tahiti Sailing Itinerary, with just three resorts. Huahine, meaning “woman,” gets its name from its mountain shape. The mountain is said to resemble a reclined woman. Huahine is a great place to go hiking, with two separate volcanic islands. You can also explore the past and go to Huahine’s Maeva Village. This ancient site has the largest concentration of pre-European sacred sites.

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

  • Maeva Village Archeological Site, Maeva, Huahine-Nui, French Polynesia
  • Chez Tara Restaurant, Unnamed Road, Huahine-Iti, French Polynesia

Day 7

Huahine → Avea Bay → Huahine Lagoon

On day 7, you should check out Avea Bay, where Huahine’s best beaches are. The beaches are set off by the deep green of the fruit groves. Here you can find fresh mango, papaya, and banana to snack on. After you’re done on the beach, you can explore the village of Haapu. Since Huahine is not as built up as the rest of French Polynesia, the locals are famous for their friendliness and hospitality.

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

  • Relais Mahana Beach, Huahine, French Polynesia
  • Chez Mauraii, Huahine, French Polynesia

Day 8

Huahine Lagoon → Raiatea

On the last day, it is time to return to Raiatea to check out. Now you must deliver your boat to the marina, but you can spend some more time exploring and enjoying Raiatea!

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

  • Raiatea Lodge Restaurant, BP 680, Uturoa Raiatea 98735, French Polynesia
  • Mercato Coperto di Uturoa, Rue Principale, Uturoa 98735, French Polynesia

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