UPCOMING ADVENTURES: THE SOCIETY ISLANDS
THE SOCIETY ISLANDS
Our final Global Adventure of 2017 will be our most ambitious and exotic yet! On the crystal clear waters in French Polynesia we will spend a week cruising the Society Islands, exploring stunning inlets, hiking, scuba diving and snorkeling colorful coral reefs, and taking in the vast beauty of this idyllic place.
For the first time we will have not one, but TWO amazing catamarans for our adventure! John & Eryn will be skippering a 2017 Bali 4.5 and Sean & Dave will skipper a 2016 Leopard 44. You can expect some spirited races as we make passages between the islands!
This event will be a Christmas and NYE to remember! We will be on the yachts over the Christmas holiday, and many of us will be continuing our adventure on the island of Tahiti for a few days to celebrate New Year’s Eve…so let us know if you’d like to join us in continuing the fun on land! More info on resort options coming soon.
Taha’a will draw you in with her ivory beaches, intricate coral gardens and secluded tranquility. Adding to this appeal is the fact that Taha’a is only accessible by boat from sister island Raiatea. These two islands are surrounded by a single continuous coral reef and share the same translucent lagoon.
It’s not exactly clear where the first Polynesian settlers came from and when. Some theories have it that Raiatea and Tahaa were the first islands to be colonized in the archipelago, with settlers coming from Samoa – way out in the west. Somewhere along the ancient history, Raiatea’s influence rose to immense status – spanning across the entire Polynesian Triangle. Marae Taputapuatea on the island’s east coast was the spiritual center of power in the ancient Polynesian world. The island was one of the last to be taken by the Europeans, and not without a fight.
Secluded from the bustle and toursim of Tahiti, Raiatea was made for exploring land and sea. Raiatea is the second largest island in the Society Islands group of French Polynesia. The island shares the same lagoon with neighboring Taha’a and the two may have actually been part of a single island in the ancient past.
Raiatea is rich with cultural and historical significance. Believed to be the original birthplace of Polynesia, this legendary island is a secret garden of ancient myths and hidden temples. Her unique and fascinating heritage gives the island of Raiatea an intriguing sense of place.
Just a few hours of sailing away from the islands of Raiatea and Taha’a lies the enchanting and romantic island of Bora Bora.
You will be seduced by the sparkling, translucent waters of the lagoon, the rugged mountains, the dense tropical vegetation, the many excursions and the warm welcome by the inhabitants of the island, which attracts celebrities, artists, newlyweds, and lovers in search of an authentic paradise.
Two volcanic peaks dominate the heart of the island of Bora Bora, creating an impressive backdrop in contrast to the lagoon waters that change constantly from emerald green to the deepest blue.
Bora Bora, known as “the Pearl of the Pacific” is truly a dream destination.
Each 44-45 foot sailing catamaran has 4 cabins (2 people per cabin) with 4 ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor dining and lounging spaces, 220v electrical outlets, full kitchen, refrigerator, freezer, snorkel gear, and a tender with outboard engine. Some other features are unique to each boat as described below.
Charter boat #1 (skippered by John & Eryn): 2017 Bali 4.5
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Charter boat #2 (skippered by Sean & Dave): 2016 Leopard 44
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Nights 1 & 2: Raiatea/Taha’a lagoon
Nights 3 – 6: Bora Bora lagoon
Night 7: Raiatea lagooon
Every day will have plenty of time for land, sea and beach activites and each island has a unique mix of all three.
Sailing within the protected lagoons should be smooth and limited to 5-10 miles per day (1-2 hours) depending on where we want to go and what we want to see—so that leaves us with plenty of time for other land and water activities, exploration, or relaxation! The passage between Raiatea/Tahaa and Bora Bora is approximately 25-30 nautical miles each way and will take around 3-4 hours (and be a fun race of the cats!). Each night we’ll be anchoring in shallow water in the lagoons over white sand and turquoise blue water—perfect for dropping in for a snorkel or dive anywhere we are!
Average daily high: 86 F / 30 C
Average nightly low: 75 F / 24 C
Average sea temp: 82 F / 28 C
Rates below are based on 8 people per boat and include everything related to the boat: charter cost, taxes, insurance, fuel, water, cleaning, moorings, and first and last night at the marina. If the group decides to stay at a marina for any night other than the first or last night, then we’ll all split any additional cost. An initial deposit of $250 pp is requested to hold your spot.
Forward cabins: $1,100 per person
Aft cabins: $1,200 per person
Pre-provisioning with essentials can be done in Bora Bora. We may also want to plan on preparing a few dinners aboard while we settle into remote anchorages. This will be an additional cost and we’ll decide as a group if we want to do this, looks like we have plenty of options on Bora Bora for casual or nicer atmospheres.
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