Sample Charter Itinerary in Tahiti, French Polynesia
Your delightful trip will begin with Tahiti’s north coast. This part of the island is wild and less populated. The coastal road is squeezed by the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other.
Stop at Matavai Bay, where many famous visitors to Tahiti made landfall. The most famous is without doubt Captain James Cook, who came here on a mission to track the movement of Venus across the sky. His experiment failed, but instead there is a lovely lighthouse at Point Venus that has been here since 1867.
In the evening, head back to the yacht and enjoy a delightful dinner as the sun sets into the ocean.
On the second day of your journey, gorge yourself on a delightful breakfast on deck as your yacht cruises into the notorious Norman’s Cay. Once a drug smuggler’s hotspot, Norman’s Cay has transformed into a sleepy resort with miles of tranquil, paradisiacal beaches.
Stop off and snorkel at the enchanting sunken smuggler’s plane wreck before heading to MacDuff’s, the only restaurant and bar on the island, for a bite to eat and a refreshing beverage.
MOUNT AORAI HIKE
On the third day, challenge yourself and climb the third highest peak in Tahiti, Mount Aorai. The hike up to the summit of Mount Aorai can be done without a guide, though do take extra care. The trail starts from the top of the Belvedere lookout point, the best place on land to get a bird’s eye view of Pape’ete, its surrounding mountains, and the neighboring island of Moorea. You will then walk through a proper rainforest, and chances are you will be the only one there.
Once you reach the top, celebrate your hiking achievements at the Belvedere Restaurant with a nourishing meal or at least an ice cold pint of Hinano Beer.
If you still have energy after the hike, start off the fourth day with an early morning swim or snorkel. After lunch, head to Plage Vaiava, just 18 kilometers outside Pape’ete for a relaxing afternoon.
This is one of the best beaches in Tahiti if you are looking for privacy even on a busy weekend, meaning you will have no problem finding your own spot. Just a few kilometers down from the beach there are two ancient Polynesian temples, known as marae.
The first one is Marae Maraetaata à Pa’ea, consisting of three large stone structures, and the second is Marae Arahurahu, complete with its restored sacred ahu (the marae’s altar) and tiki statues.
On the fifth day of your journey visit Papara Beach, also known as Plage de Taharuu, one of the most famous and beautiful black sand beaches of Tahiti.
Let the warm sunrays caress your skin, go for a swim, or have a quick picnic on the beach, but do not stay here past noon unless you like the feel of burning sand on the soles of your feet.
In the afternoon, head to Maraa Grotto, where you will be able to find two cave pools emerging from the moss covered mountain. Although you cannot swim here, the color of the water is divine, so you will be able to take some postcard-perfect pictures.
VAIPAI AND BOTANICAL GARDEN
Dedicate the sixth day of your journey to discovering the local flora and fauna. Visit the Vaipahi Gardens (Bain de Vaima) to enjoy the panoramic views of the lagoon, or the Botanical Gardens to meet the two resident Galapagos Turtles. The oldest one is pushing 200 years and may not be around by the time you visit. When you have spent enough time with the turtles, get on the walking path and check out the gardens.
There is an enchanting mape forest that seems worthy of a movie set, wild lotus, lily ponds and endless palm trees!
On your lastday, you can make your way to Teahupo’o, which is where surfers from all around the world gather. Whether you like this sport or not, it is truly an impressive sight.
Since time is on your side, venture in the water on a Va’a – a traditional boat that looks like a long boat with the ream. This will keep you active, and if you feel to warm, simply dive in the turquoise water.