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Boasting a year-round climate, crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, this South Pacific haven has something for everyone. For the adventurous, an underwater world is waiting to be discovered. For those wanting to relax and unwind, then palm tree lined beaches and cascading waterfalls are within reach. Without doubt one of the friendliest places on earth, when you visit the islands of French Polynesia, you arrive as a guest. But you leave as a friend. Just five hours from Hawaii and eight hours from Los Angeles, this South Pacific paradise is just a short flight away.
Book your perfect escape on one of our luxury French Polynesia yacht charters. This destination offers AQ U A experiences. Read on to find out more. The term "French Polynesia" refers to five archipelagos spread over an expanse of the South Pacific approximately the size of Western Europe. Each of these archipelagos has its own culture, ethnicity and climate, and we have chosen the Society Islands for your South Pacific dream vacation.
Below is a sample itinerary. Scuba diving is outsourced in French Polynesia.
Regulations are extremely stringent, and at this time we do not have permits for your TradeWinds crew to lead the dives from the yacht itself. These stringent regulations make for some of the most unspoiled and healthy corals in the world. We organise diving through Patrick at "Dive n' Smile". Diving is with high pressure steel tanks, and your own regulator set may not have the correct attachment or be rated for this higher pressure.
We offer diving in the mornings on three days, and one or two tank dives are possible on each of these days. Your captain will book your diving for you after discussing the options with the group on Saturday.
Depending on the number of divers onboard, weather conditions, experience and availability of the dive school our guests tend to do between 2 and 6 dives per week. Please provide us with as much information as possible upon reservation, and we will pass this to your crew so that they make make the booking. These all offer small group, personalised diving experiences with an emphasis on safety and fun.
Swimming at the "swimming pool", a shallow area where you will swim in infinite turquoise blue water and Bora Bora in the background, the board meeting there is a must to do! Snorkeling in the Coral Garden of Tahaa, the most impressive drift snorkeling experience of your life! Visit to a Vanilla Farm, after a walk in the gardens you will be introduced to the art of making Vanilla.
Visit to a Pearl Farm, in amazing scenery you will learn the secrets of Tahitian Pearl culture and marvel at the most beautiful jewellery shop you've ever seen.
Here is sample itinerary of what you may expect while enjoying a sailing vacation with TradeWinds in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. Weather or other outside factors may mean that your Captain sets an alternative course. Boarding is at 5pm on Saturday in Marina Apooiti on Raiatea. You will then receive your cabin briefing and once we have settled in and become acquainted with our fellow passengers we will enjoy a delicious three course dinner, prepared using the freshest local ingredients by your onboard chef.
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As noted by others who have taken these cruisesthe food is outstanding in uniqueness, taste and presentation and the happy hour drinks are irresistible. I was no exception. On another post, somebody suggested bringing personal snacks. That is an absurd suggestion. Shipmates definitely make the difference.
Kudos to Tradewinds for doing a great job of matching people up. Our boat had folks of a similar nature-- we were all active water-lovers. The sister boat that went out the same time as us had a full complement of somethings that wanted to maximize their consumption of food and alcohol.
Needless to say, both boats enjoyed their cruises to the max! As noted by other reviewers, you definitely will bond with your shipmates. The intimacy of living in tight quarters guarantees it. For solo travelers this is a big plus. Attitude and physical shape count for a lot. The cabins are pretty compact so you want to make sure you bring as little as possible. As the equipment provided by Tradewinds is top notch, you can save some suitcase space by bringing just your mask.
With all the other activities going on, one tank a day is more than enough. Each of my three dives exceeded 75 minutes bottom time. I used a dive skin rather than a wetsuit and was plenty warm water temp. They were fantastic dives! Very safe and professional but relaxed and you could go at your own pace and maximize your bottom times. Underwear —wake up, jump in the ocean and swim before breakfast.
Eat breakfast. Swim after breakfast before the boat takes off. Wear your swimsuit all day or board shorts as you sail from bay to bay. Jump in the water, snorkel. Scuba dive, shower. Wear your swimsuit or board shorts for happy hour and dinner.We are sailing with TradeWinds Cruise Clubs in March of and are looking for assistance with the following questions:. We would love feedback on the resort and suggestions on which OWB for privacy and great snorkeling.
We would also love to have full sun on the deck and a view of a beautiful sunset. We have to depart the catamaran at 9am on Saturday and our return flight isn't until pm.
We think it makes sense to return to Papeete so we can reserve a day room and would appreciate a recommendation. We loved our stay at Raiatea lodge hotel. The food was excellent too. If you have the time, it would be a great idea to stay a few extra days.
And we would suggest you stay in an overwater bungalow, since that is such a popular option for this destination. It is a great option from Raiateawith fantastic snorkeling in the coral garden, with wonderful views of Bora Bora.
We thought the food was really good at this resort, the spa was very nice, and the staff was very friendly. But there isn't a lot of fish swimming underneath the bungalows we had much better snorkeling from the overwater bungalows at the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort and the Hotel Kia Ora in Rangiroa.
In regards to the catamaran, a suggestion would be to not over pack. You just won't wear everything you bring.
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And definitely bring a lot of suntan lotion, at 30spf or higher. We went through three bottles for the time we were there. And some bug spray for when you go on island. We have sailed with Tradewinds twice from Raiatea to Bora Boa.
Both trips were wonderful on beautiful catamarans. Different crew each time meant a little different itinerary but both were so much FUN. We stayed at the Raiatea Lodge for 2 days before one cruise. Loved the food.
If this is your first trip to French Polynesia you will definitely want to spend some time exploring other islands before or after your cruise.
You will be back.Sail the waters and circle the islands! Each cabin sleeps 2 adults minimum age 16 and has its own private bathroom and shower. Scuba divers will have opportunities to dive several times during the week for an additional fee.
And snorkel opportunities abound! Maarten for rent or sale in less than five minutes! No renters will be able to travel to the island during this time. We've always wanted to do this so when it came up on Redweek, I grabbed it.
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No timeshare resales available Be notified of new resales. Rent my unit. Sell my unit. Important resort notices. Sponsored ad.Any advice for this trip? Scheduled to depart next week out of St. We are scheduled with Tradewinds for the June 30th cruise. We have always had a great time this will be our fourth Tradewinds, St. Maarten cruise. Would love feedback from "smandler", we heard that there are new boats We went on this cruise on 2nd June.
It was fantastic! We sailed with Captain Adrian and his first mate Sam his wife on their maiden voyage and had a great time. There were2 other couples, plus Janeca, a director of the company. The catamaran was called Motu Iti, and was a 'cruise class'. They also have luxury and flagship classes. The cat we were on was great, if not as new as Dream Maker, a luxury class ship. The food was fantastic; we couldn't eat it all, there was so much!
My husband doesn't eat fish, so Sam made special meals for him. They really couldnt do enough for us. The boys on the cruise joined in when anchoring or hoisting the sails. We sailed round St MartinSt Barts and Anguillaregularly mooring up so we could jump,off and snorkel or dive. I'd recommend this cruise to anyone.
Hope you enjoy it!Welcome to RCI 2010
We didn't have our own gear tho, so not sure about cost if you do. A crew member has to go with you. They have one new boat at the Dock and you must buy a dollar package in order to step on the big new Catamaran.
There old Catamarans are junk.I went on this cruise with a friend around the beginning of this year. Personally, it's not worth the money. If you like somewhat "roughing it" then it just might be for you. It all depends on what you are looking for. If you are expecting all of the comodities from a big cruise line, then you may not want to even consider this option. They have 2 catamarans. As expected the rooms are small, but one doesn't spend much time in them.
There was suppose to be hot water at all times, but the heater had broken 2 weeks prior to our departure. The boat had been docked and they didn't take the time to fix it. Therefore, we didn't have hot water to shower with the whole week. They request you take "military showers" to conserve water.
The bathrooms are extreemely small and uncomfortable. At the begining, I was curious to know how one becomes a club member not knowing it was a timesharebut they would not tell me anything.
A day or so later the captain would ask to speak with each of us individually or with our companion. He wanted to sell timeshares. None of us were interested and yet the captain would constantly "hound" us like a telemarketer with rebuttles. A couple of people actually got very upset and expressed it. However, he still wouldn't give up. This made the cruise quite uncomfortable. We all noticed that the service and attention decreased inmensly when we didn't buy into the timeshare.
As Americans our standards tend to be higher than in other countries especially when you pay full price for this excursion. Thus said, the people that work for TradeWinds in Bequia are European very different type of service. The food was really good, but we all noticed that the portions got smaller and smaller as the days went by. We all found ourselves hungry from time to time.
The sailing was very nice and peaceful. The islands as well as the water, very beautiful. The price includes unlimited alcohol, which is a plus for those who like to drink.
All in all it was O. I personally would not use nor recommend this company. If you are still considering going on this cruiseI suggest you go during their rainy season as you get to witness all the green. When I was there it was very brown and dry. I wish I would have known this prior to booking it.