French Polynesia Yacht Charter
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Where is the French Polynesia?
French Polynesia is a collection of 118 islands located within the Southern Pacific Ocean.
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Ultimate guide to a French Polynesia Yacht Charter
We have been lucky to put together some recent yacht charter packages in Tahiti. We were so impressed that we wanted to share some of the juicy details with you. Okay, there are slightly cheaper places to sail, but I think you might be surprised about the balance value. And, after all, we are talking about somewhere pretty special. If you would like to know more, then read on.
No number of pixels can capture the iridescent shades of indigo and emerald that greet sailors in the palm-fringed lagoons of the South Pacific, simple the world’s most exotic sailing grounds. When I sailed from Tahiti, the Pearl of the “Society Islands”, to the outer islands, I recall seeing on the horizon, 15 NM away, the jagged mountain spires of Moora – the setting for the famous Mutiny on the Bounty. Captain Cook left a legacy by giving his name to one of the Bays.
The Tiare Tahiti is the emblem of French Polynesia. A blossom is traditionally presented to travellers upon arrival in Tahiti and is worn behind the ear in a way that denotes marital status.
Weather in French Polynesia
Weather on a French Polynesia Yacht Charter.
French Polynesia only has two seasons the wet season and the dry season.
The best sailing weather for a French Polynesia yacht charter is during the dry season, from May to October when the average temperature is a high of 29c and a low of 25c.
Between November and April is the wet season, with an average high temperature of 35c and an average low of 29c.
Wind Conditions in the French Polynesia
The best months to go on a French Polynesia yacht charter is in the dry season, between May and September. The leeward islands are home to prevailing winds coming from the east at a speed of between 15-20 knots and up to 25 knots. The ocean can be choppy, with waves from 3 to 5ft.
Tides and Swells. The swells in the area tend to come from the south-west but have been known to come from the south or east in rough seas in French Polynesia. The tides can range from 20cm to 30cm, with low tide generally around 6 am and 6 pm, with high tide at midday and midnight.
French Polynesia is a Top Sailing Destination
With a rich history incorporating many different countries, today, the French Polynesia 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.
When you are on a French Polynesia yacht charter, you can create an itinerary depending on your desires and requirements. The short distances between the islands make the islands so appealing for sailors, with the most extended passage being 18NM.
French Polynesia is a great place to go snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, relaxing on the beaches, and mooring at picturesque anchorage.
If you have a skipper, your skipper can recommend islands to explore, marinas to moor in and restaurants to visit. They also know how to book marinas, what needs to be done in advance, and where you can arrive without pre-booking.
Places to visit
French Polynesia is filled with beautiful places to visit and moor or swim on a yacht charter. Here are some recommendations for the best places to visit on a French Polynesia yacht charter.
- A Bay – Picturesque scenery and protection from the winds within a calm bay backed by mountains.
- Pt Raititi – Located on the east shore of Bora-Bora, with beautiful scenery, hotels, resorts, and restaurants.
- Topua – Small island with the remains of a volcano which formed Bora-Bora.
- Bora-Bora Yacht Club – Located in Vaitape Village, it is a great place to stop for a drink and to meet new people.
- Haamene Bay – Large protected bay backed by agriculture and valleys.
- Faaroa Bay – Mountains, luscious vegetation, palms, and is backed by Mt Tefaatuaiti.
- Opoa Bay – Lagoon is steeped in history, protection from the wind and a small town on the shore with vanilla plantations.
- Raiatea – Birthplace of Polynesia, a place for the adventurous with an archaeological site, Marae Taputapuatea Raiatea and an extinct volcano Mount Temehani.
- Taha’a – French Polynesia’s best-kept secret, location of a coral reef and ideal for snorkelling.
- Huahine – A mountain that resembles a woman, with two separate volcanic islands, the island is a great place to hike and explore Huahine’s Maeva Village.
- Avea Bay – Some of the best beaches contrasting the deep fruit groves, where you can find mango, papaya, and banana. As well as exploring the village of Haapu.
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