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GaySail: Gay Sailing Cruise Tahiti, Bora Bora

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Overview
Sail around the ancient volcanic remains and atolls while spotting turtles, dolphins, unspoiled coral and shoals of colorful fish. There is so much to experience, such as swimming with sharks and manta rays, diving, hiking and even jeep safaris of volcanic rock faces. Fans of fine dining will enjoy the very best French cuisine with a Polynesian influence, supported by a palette from paradise. You’ll be hosted by wonderful local people warmly sharing their culture with you.

A Tahiti gay sailing vacation offers balmy easterly trade winds averaging between 15 and 20 knots throughout the year, virtually guaranteeing a relaxing GaySail every day in the calm waters behind the reefs and spirited sailing on open-water passages. Together, the four treasures of the Tahitian Leewards are an enchanting cruising ground for a memorable Tahiti gay sailing vacation.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Boarding in Raiatea, French Polynesia at 5.30 pm

Stop At: Raiatea, Raiatea, Society Islands
Day 1: Boarding start at 5.30 PM at the Marina Uturoa, Raiatea Island. After meeting with your Gay Crew in the afternoon we show you your cabin, have a welcome drink, an introduction round and the first briefing. Then it is time to unpack your stuff and have a swim and/or a shower before we go to out for dinner
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accommodation on board of a luxury sailing catamaran

Day 2: Sailing to La Tahaa Island

Stop At: Vallee de la Vanille, Faaaha Haamene - Tahaa Commune, Patio 98734 French Polynesia
Day2: Tucked into the south end of Tahaa, Apu Bay provides excellent protection. The mountains on Raiatea and Tahaa are magnificent. The scenery is picture-perfect South Pacific and a key reason why yachting in Apu Bay is so popular. A great meal at the French restaurant at the Taravana Yacht Club and then relaxing over cocktails is a splendid way to relax on the first day of your charter. Take a stroll and admire the scenery.
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accommodation on board of a luxury sailing catamaran

Day 3: Bora Bora

Stop At: Bora Bora, Bora Bora, Society Islands
Day 3: The lagoon widens north of Pt. Raititi, Povai Bay to the east along the shore of Bora-Bora. The scenery is truly spectacular, which accounts for the several hotels and restaurants in the vicinity and why Pt. Raititi Bora-Bora yachting is so popular. To the west is the small island of Topua, the only remaining vestiges of the massive volcano that formed Bora-Bora. There are several excellent beaches accessible by dinghy for snorkeling on the reef. Scuba diving excursions are available. A leisurely stroll ashore takes you to a number of shops, art galleries, and restaurants.
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accommodation on board of a luxury sailing catamaran

Day 4: Bora Bora

Stop At: Bora Bora, Bora Bora, Society Islands
Day 4: Yachting in Bora-Bora waters is a journey through paradise. For centuries the fabled island has drawn sailors and inspired the imaginations of travelers throughout the world. A highlight of Bora-Bora cruising is a visit to the Bora-Bora Yacht Club located north of Vaitape Village, the main town on the island. It’s a favorite spot for globe trotting cruisers, and you’re sure to meet some interesting people as you sip a cool drink at the yacht club bar. Vaitape Village isn’t far off, with its various shops and restaurants. Car rentals in the village are available for island tours. The very name Bora-Bora conjures images of a far-off South Pacific paradise. The island has long been a favorite of sailors, and it still is. A single barrier reef encircles the two islands that make up Bora-Bora. The black basalt rock face of Mt. Otemanu rises 2,362 feet above an azure sea, with impressive Mt. Pahia nearby. Both dominate the heights and provide breathtaking views from the anchorages in the lagoon, one of the key attractions because of its superlative snorkeling and swimming. The smaller island, Topua, is all that’s left of the ancient volcano of Bora-Bora. Secure anchorages, white-sand beaches, restaurants, shops, art galleries, luxury resorts, and island tours are among the pleasures of a visit to Bora-Bora.
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accommodation on board of a luxury sailing catamaran

Day 5: La Tahaa Island

Stop At: Tahaa, Tahaa, Society Islands
Day 5: Tahaa is a beautiful, mountainous island known for its many vanilla plantations ensconced in valleys. It is very similar in nature to Huahine in terms of agriculture and the laid-back ambience. Haamene Bay cruising brings you to the largest protected body of water on the island. Dinner at the Hibiscus Restaurant is a pleasant way to pass an early evening. At the head of the bay is a scenic hiking trail through the dense tropical forest over Mt. Taira to the head of Hurepiti Bay. The fragrant scent of vanilla fills the air on Tahaa, just north of Raiatea and encircled by the same barrier reef. In fact, 80 percent of all the vanilla in French Polynesia is grown in the mountain valleys of Tahaa, earning it the nickname of the Vanilla Island. Plantation tours are an interesting sojourn ashore. Black pearls, one of the prizes of the region, are grown on aquatic farms, some of which are open to the public. Local artisans craft fine jewelry featuring the pearls, and the intricate and beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and rings are for sale in shops throughout the Tahitian Leewards. Tahaa is home to a sea turtle preserve, where visitors can observe the creatures in a park setting. The island has many fjord-like inlets both scenic and well protected for anchoring, and the snorkeling on the reef is superb. White-sand beaches are ideal for swimming and picnicking.
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accommodation on board of a luxury sailing catamaran

Day 6: Raiatae

Stop At: Raiatea, Raiatea, Society Islands
Day 6: Cruising in Faaroa Bay Raiatea waters brings you over the north end of the island of Raiatea, then southeast along the eastern coast. The channel is well marked. To starboard, opposite the Passe Irihu ou Maire, is Faaroa Bay, a fjord-like indentation deep into the shoreline. Steep mountains rise on either side, lush with tropical vegetation and tall palms. Beyond is the valley of Mt. Tefaatuaiti. Aside from its stunning beauty, the main attraction of the bay is the opportunity to explore the Aopomau River by dinghy. In no other place in French Polynesia can you take a river trip! As you head up the river, jungle fronts both shores, interspersed with the cultivated lands of working plantations. The mountains are ever present, looming above like watchful sentinels. At an elevation of approximately 3,400 feet above sea level, Mt. Tefaatuaiti is the tallest peak in the Tahitian Leeward Islands. The second largest island in French Polynesia (Tahiti is the largest) and the largest of the Tahitian Leewards, Raiatea was known as the Sacred Island. In many ways, it’s still the cultural heart of Tahiti because of its rich history. It was once an important port on the ancient Polynesian routes through the islands, covering an enormous triangle stretching from Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand, to present-day French Polynesia. The many fascinating archaeological and historic sites are well worth visiting on an island tour. They provide a glimpse into Polynesian culture that must be experienced firsthand. Of particular interest is the site of Taputapuatea Marae, the most significant in the islands. Horseback riding and hiking in the mountainous interior of the island are a splendid way to sightsee in a pristine tropical setting.
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accommodation on board of a luxury sailing catamaran

Day 7: Opoa Bay

Stop At: Opoa, Opoa, Raiatea, Society Islands
Day 7: Opoa Bay and its surrounding lands are steeped in history. The lagoon was once a major staging area for long-distance Polynesian voyages that led to the settlement of New Zealand and the establishment of the Maori. The sea was integral to Polynesian culture, and thus it is no surprise that the Polynesians would build a major religious center at Opoa because of the area’s great importance as a port. Faaroa Bay in particular was a key location due to its protection from most wind directions. Today, a small village is on the shores of the bay, and there are vanilla plantations inland. Opoa Bay Raiatea yachting is a must during your cruise of the Tahitian Leeward Islands. Ashore in Opoa is the archaeological site of Taputapuatea Marae, restored in 1994. Work continues to preserve the marae, which is being tentatively considered for inclusion as a World Heritage Site. The great stone altar is the centerpiece, but there are many other interesting points of interest, such as stone figures called Tikis. The size of the complex indicates its importance. It dates back to earlier than 1000 A.D. and was a place of sacrifices to the gods and gatherings of the best seamen in Polynesia who passed on their knowledge to students. The second largest island in French Polynesia (Tahiti is the largest) and the largest of the Tahitian Leewards, Raiatea was known as the Sacred Island. In many ways, it’s still the cultural heart of Tahiti because of its rich history. It was once an important port on the ancient Polynesian routes through the islands, covering an enormous triangle stretching from Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand, to present-day French Polynesia. The many fascinating archaeological and historic sites are well worth visiting on an island tour. They provide a glimpse into Polynesian culture that must be experienced firsthand. Of particular interest is the site of Taputapuatea Marae, the most significant in the islands.
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accommodation on board of a luxury sailing catamaran

Day 8: Back to the marina

Stop At: Raiatea, Raiatea, Society Islands
Day 8: Time to return to the Marina and say goodbeye to your new friends!
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Unnamed Road, French Polynesia
Departure Time
5:30 PM
Duration
8 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
Exclusions
  • Dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Vallee de la Vanille
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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