Two Weeks of Bliss Sailing From Tahiti to Bora Bora

05th Jun 2018
bungalows on the water in Tahiti

Dream Yacht Charter customer, Daniel McKinnon, recently blogged about his trip in the South Pacific’s French Polynesia, sailing from Tahiti to Bora Bora on board the Curie. You can read about his adventure in his blog, The Voyage of the Curie: Two weeks of fui and bliss in the South Pacific, although we’ve shared some excerpts and photos for you to enjoy below…

Daniel said: “I’d wanted to visit Polynesia since reading Collapse by Jared Diamond almost a decade ago. I was fascinated by the triangle trade between Pitcairn, Henderson, and Mangareva and wanted to see how the ancient Polynesian seafarers lived in today’s world.

“Our plan was to wait a few days around Taha’a and Raiatea for the system to emerge, push downwind to Maupiti, and catch the beam back to Huahine when the winds shifted. The plan was risky and could have left us with no other option than continue the voyage to Fiji and beyond, but we all had faith in our captain.

Taha’a is largely uninhabited and surrounded by one of Polynesia’s picturesque lagoons. Tropical fish are enormously concentrated in the passes between the lagoon and open ocean.”

“In the water, Maupiti is famous for a feeding station where 10-15 foot Manta Rays congregate to get their fill of zooplankton and other delicious undersea micro creatures.”

“A couple amazing coconut milkshakes powered us back to the boat and on to dinner at Bloody Mary’s, the iconic Bora Bora restaurant. Part-Applebee’s, part Senior Frogs, and part Chez TJ, Bloody Mary’s is definitely a must-visit and the food wasn’t half bad either.”

“In French Polynesia, I was rapidly learning that I had to beg for anyone to take my money. I got the feeling that locals had no interest in riches, enterprise, or entrepreneurship. There is a Tahitian word for this state: fui.”

“In my diving and snorkeling history, I’ve spent far too much time mourning dead or damaged reefs and that in Bora Bora was one of the most vibrant I’ve seen.”

Getting from Tahiti to Bora Bora

If you choose to follow in the footsteps of Daniel and sail from Tahiti to Bora Bora, then you’re in for a treat.

Once you’ve left the shores of Tahiti, sail to the island of Mo’orea. Only 10 nautical miles away from Tahiti, discover the striking jagged mountain tops as you’re enveloped in a warm French Polynesian welcome.

The laid back lifestyle and neighborly nature make Mo’orea a favorite among families and couples alike. 

The next destination to sail to is Raiatea, which is the second largest of the Society Islands. The birthplace of Polynesia, discover Taputapuatea – once a sacred temple, the site is now home to marae and other stone structures. 

From there, sail onwards to the flower-shaped island of Taha’a. Immerse yourself in traditional vanilla farms, white sand beaches and azure waters with colorful coral that are perfect for snorkeling.

If you’d prefer to extend your time sailing from Tahiti to Bora Bora, then make a stop off at Maupiti. Lesser known than Bora Bora, discover this tropical ring of islets, shimmering lagoons and delicious cuisine. If you’re in search of the laidback lifestyle then this is the place – Maupiti has only one road, with hardly any cars. Instead, spend your time relaxing, walking diving or kayaking – it’s the perfect vacation.

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Are you ready to explore the spectacular island of Tahiti? We don’t blame you! Take a look at our bareboat charters or hire a skipper. Alternatively, find out more about our cabin charters or luxury crewed experiences. If you have any questions or would like some more information, then get in touch; or for more vacation inspiration, head on over to our blog.