The Great Southern Route : 2013 - 2014
GSR|85 anchorage not to miss. The small passage to this anchorage after entering the lagoon on the Island’s Westside is very pretty, especially late afternoon. The lagoon of Huahine is great for an exploration tour by jet ski and/or tender. Most parts of the lagoon are too shallow for the main vessel to go around, but well worth seeing. The jet ski offers a unique perspective here. On to the next Island, which are actually two islands Raiatea and Tahaa within one lagoon. Raiatea has a reasonable town and a nice bay Faaroa. This gives access to a possible river tour on the Faaroa river at the far end of the bay. But what is an absolute must is the north side of Tahaa. The rim of small little sandy islands (motus) there are fantastic. Just on the north West end it has a beautiful anchorage off Tautau and the “Le Taha’a” Island Resort & Spa. Guests can treat themselves here to body treatments; soothe, moisturise and relax. It is the only one of its kind in the archipelago and it offers unsurpassed views of the island of Bora Bora, on the ocean side. And on to our final destination of this cruise, Bora Bora, with its iconic shape and romantic name. I think that it probably has a few too many hotels and resorts on it, but it ticks the box for places to see and visit once in your life. Guests can satisfy their pearl shopping needs here and can pick and choose from several luxurious shore facilities for dinner or activities; Four Seasons, St Regis, Matira Beach etc. and of course there is the well known “Bloody Marys”, the place that everyone knows! Our guests left the yacht in Bora Bora and flew back from there to Papeete and onwards home. They had such a great time that we repeated the cruise in slightly different order a few weeks later! French Polynesia is a hassle free cruising destination, especially with the professional help of the very efficient agency of Etienne Boutin, Tahiti Ocean. Once you have made the long crossing to these islands you find yourself within a short hop from most islands. Some days the swell may be up between the islands, but you can always find a protected anchorage sheltered by the reef, with no rolling anchorages here. The fantastic mix of Polynesian culture, development and French government support has made French Polynesia into a very comfortable place to cruise. Enjoying it from aboard a private yacht is the very best way to experience these islands and take in all the variety that Tahiti and her islands has to offer. French Polynesia will not disappoint, the reality here is better than the pictures, and it remains my very favorite cruising destination.
2010 - 2011