Situated midway in the Pacific Ocean between South America and Australia, French Polynesia is comprised of 118 islands in the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Tuamotu, and Society archipelagos spread out in an area roughly the size of Europe. Papeete on Tahiti is the capital. Within the Society group are Bora-Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa, and Huahine, the jewels of the exotic cruising grounds of a crewed Tahiti yacht charter. Because the islands are downwind from Tahiti they’re known as the Leewards. The mountainous heights rise from the sea atop what remains of ancient volcanoes so old the craters have all but eroded into oblivion. Encircling barrier reefs provide a habitat for sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, porpoises, colorful hard and soft coral, and more than 500 species of fish, making the Tahitian Leewards one of the world’s top snorkelling and scuba diving venues. Resorts, watersports, island tours, archaeological sites, and fine dining are just some of the delights of a crewed Tahiti yacht charter.
Sailing in Tahiti
A crewed Tahiti yacht charter offers balmy easterly trade winds averaging between 15 and 20 knots throughout the year, virtually guaranteeing a relaxing sail every day in the calm waters behind the reefs and spirited sailing on open-water passages between the islands. With an experienced crew aboard a Tahiti yacht, it's easy to relax and simply enjoy all of the pleasures of these unique and beautiful waters. Year-round temperatures range from 78°F to 80°F (25°C to 26°C).
Although Bora-Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa, and Huahine are neighbors, each island has a slightly different ambience. Of course, the South Pacific beauty is a common trait. The exquisite reefs, motus, and beaches are too. But on one island the emphasis may be more on catering to the chic, while on another Nature is supreme. On still another the handiwork of local artists or the quiet reverence at a stone temple dating back to the earliest times of Polynesian travellers is in evidence. Together, the four treasures of the Tahitian Leewards are an enchanting cruising ground for a memorable crewed Tahiti yacht charter.