Described by the owner, Mehiti Degage, as “sophisticated nomadic yachting”, Bora Bora cruises offer a new style of luxury cruising among Tahiti’s Leeward Islands. Experience boutique lagoon cruising aboard their two luxurious 226 foot yachts, the Ti”a Moana , inspired by light woods and the Tu Moana, inspired by dark woods. With only 30 elegant outside guest cabins each on three decks, these yachts have created an ambiance in harmony with the “Mana” (spirit) of the islands, in a relaxed and refined environment.
You”ll experience exceptional, personalized service onboard, enjoy a wide range of activities including a traditional Polynesian feast on a private motu, a visit to a local pearl farm, snorkeling, fishing and kayaking to name just a few. Savor the refined cuisine – a showcase for the gourmet qualities of French cuisine and the subtle Polynesian flavors, a combination that culminates in a dining experience that is original and memorable. Visit Bora Bora, the “Romantic Island”, Taha’a, the “Vanilla Island”, Raiatea, the “Sacred Island” and Huahine, nicknamed the “Garden of Eden”.
- Round trip airport/pier transfer
- Captain’s welcome cocktail
- Outside cabin accommodations
- All meals as well as Mineral water
- A number of unique events and activities
- All port and local taxes
Bora Bora is often called the most beautiful island in the world, and most will agree that it truly is. This tiny island, just 18 miles in circumference, is encircled in a protective necklace of coral. Breathtaking emerald mountains provide a dramatic backdrop for the indescribable turquoise, lapis and aquamarine of the sheltered lagoon. Arriving by air provides a unique experience of landing on the airstrip built by the US troops during WWII. The runway is on a motu (small islet), and visitors much travel by boat to reach the main island. It’s no surprise that most of the island’s activities center on the spectacular lagoon. For a half-day journey of exploration, nothing beats a jeep tour through the interior of this wondrous island. Bora Bora, known in the ancient language as Pora Pora, is believed to mean “first born” and comes from Polynesian legends describing this as the first island to rise when Taaroa, the supreme god, fished it out of the waters after the mythical creation of Havai’i, now known as Raiatea.
Taha’a and sister island Raiatea share a barrier reef. Taha’a offers a glimpse of the traditional tranquil life of Tahitians. The flower-shaped island’s simple beauty is charmed by soft mountain shapes and surrounded by tiny motus with bright sand beaches. In fertile valleys that stretch within the island, local farmers grow watermelon, vanilla and copra. The 4000 residents fish from the lagoon and raise livestock. Each November, this island comes alive with a Stone fishing tournament. In the method of their ancestors, the villagers wade into the lagoon, beating the water with stones tied to ropes. The frenzy frightens the schools of fish, driving them ashore, where they are easily collected for a feast.
Raiatea is considered the most revered island in all the South Pacific. Historically, kings from neighboring islands would gather at the marae (temple) Taputapuatea for important ceremonies and negotiations. Re-enactments of these ceremonies unfold on the restores maraes, helping visitors discover the Tahitian culture. Raiatea has the only navigable river in the islands and guests visiting on the yacht may experience a kayak along the Faaroa River. On the slopes of Mt. Temehani visitors can discover the Tiara Apetahi, a rare flower that is found only on this mountain on Raiatea. Botanists have unsuccessfully tried to grow it elsewhere. Legend says there was once a lovely Tahitian girl who fell in love with the son of a Tahitian king. She died of a broken heart, because they could never marry. The five delicate petals represent her hand. Those who climb the mountain early in the morning, will see the Tiara Apetahi open at dawn, with a slight crackling sound – the sound of her heart breaking. Raiatea, meaning “faraway heaven” and “sky with soft light”, was first names Havai’i after the homeland of the ancient Polynesians and is the most sacred island in the South Pacific. This, the second largest Tahitian isle, was the center of religion and culture more than 1,000 years ago and lends enchantment to ancient legends told to this day. The green carpeted mountains covering the interior include the celebrated Mt. Temehani, a sort of Polynesian Mt. Olympus.
Huahine is actually two islands, joined by a narrow isthmus and encircled by a barrier reef. Huahine’s magic is felt instantly upon arrival, and the proud people of this island do their best to make all visitors feel welcome. A 20-mile road winds through the island, passing through small villages and climbing high into the hills to offer spectacular views of the white sand beaches and brilliant turquoise lagoons. Restored Tahitian maraes and centuries old stone fish traps tell
the story of an ancient culture whose proud descendants still reside in this magnificent paradise. Huahine is an agricultural island, rich with watermelons and cantaloupes. Vanilla, coffee and taro plantations are plentiful, as are the groves of breadfruit, mango, banana, papaya and flowers. International surfing champions seek the massive waves at Avamoa Pass and the world’s larges outrigger canoe race, the Hawaiki Nui Va’a, begins here in October. Huahine is sparsely populated and visitors will fall in love with the remote, unspoiled scenery and relaxed pace of this island. The island’s enduring name, Huahine, is thought to be inspired by the profile of a mountain which reveals the shape of a pregnant woman. Mythology provides two legends for the creation of the two islands of Huahine: either the god Hiro cut the island in half with his canoe or a spear thrown in a contest among the gods pierced Moorea’s Mt. Mouaputa and then sailed 100 miles where it split Huahine in two!