Tiare & Vanilla: A French Polynesia Escape – Week 2

02 February 2020 - 10 February 2020
Raiatea, Huahine, Taha'a and Bora Bora
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  • Culture and History
  • Luxury Cruising
  • Wellness and Outdoors
8 Nights
2 Homes
4 Destinations

Unpretentious luxury, barefoot, cruising the legendary crystal clear blue waters of French Polynesia, and a finale in overwater bungalows on the islands of Bora Bora.

Board our luxury Lagoon 620 catamaran and sail away through the waters of French Polynesia's society islands. Pampered by a local crew and an Art In Voyage host, uncover the incredible waters, traditions and scenery of four islands of this cluster that counts more 115. The impossibly remote and endlessly alluring French Polynesian islands were one of the last places on Earth to be settled by humans. Today, the year-round trade winds and mild, consistent climate makes French Polynesia a year-round sailing destination.
On this island-hopping adventure, encounter welcoming, traditional island communities, dramatic volcanic scenery and incredible oceanic wildlife along the way. Dive the circuit of reef that surrounds Raiatea and neighboring Taha’a and come face to face with Polynesia’s remarkable marine life. Indulge in traditional massages and let yourself lose on mountain adventures in Huanine. Shop for pearls, rum or Vanilla, and along the way, marvel at the ancient cultures through the islands archaeological sites.

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Highlights

Experience unpretentious luxury

Discover more of French Polynesian without having to pack and unpack daily. On board our luxury catamaran, you are king and our crew are at your service to deliver the ultimate sailing experience while enjoying carefully prepared meals and cocktails. Wake up to a scenery every day, and when you feel like exploring the local island, just hop off and take a walk along the gorgeous white beaches of the island.

Immerse into local cultures

Grab on to this opportunity to make new friends (or re-acquaint with old ones) by sailing with like-minded guests, and meet amazing and welcoming locals at every stop. Hear the real Polynesian story from your very own crew made up of locals, and indulge in traditional customs along the way.

Pampering you is what we do

Your body and soul will receive pampering from our hosts and crew. From fun & laughter along the way, to the extreme attention to details and comfort, experience the Art In Voyage way, on and off the catamaran. From spa treatments to dinners on the beach, from delightful cuisine to unique tours and activities, we go the extra mile to ensure your experience is a memorable and unforgettable one by keeping the group small and like-minded.

We got you covered

From the moment you land to the time you (sadly so) depart, take that wallet and store it away. On this journey, everything (but the kitchen sink) is included. While you may want to throw a few coins here and there, your meals on board, activities and even most of your pampering is taken care of, just as described. And once we disembark for your two-night crescendo in your very own over-water bungalow, we got you covered too.

Itinerary

Tahiti and Raiata

Tahiti and Raiata

Day 1

On arrival in Papeete, you are met and greeted at the airport the Polynesian way (should you already be on the island, we will make arrangements to pick you up at your hotel, and give you the same treatment). We then board a short domestic flight to the island of Raiata where we meet up with the crew, our best friends for the next 7 days. There, unpack, become familiar with your floating home before we start our sailing towards the island of Huahine. Tonight, our welcome dinner is traditional, simple yet festive and served on the catamaran

Huahine

Huahine

Day 2

After a lovely breakfast and morning swim in the lagoon, for guests interested, we embark on a fun outrigger canoe lagoon tour (I), followed by a picnic on one of the local reefs/motu Our Catamaran then starts its (very) short journey (at slow pace for those who want to follow snorkeling) towards the second part of the island (NUI – the bigger island) Dinner will be served at one of the local “shacks” (we mean this in a nice way), giving you a chance to discover the island's true hospitality. Overnight on board, moored in the lagoon

Huahine Nui

Huahine Nui

Day 3

This morning, we take you on a pearl farm tour (I). We learn about their technique to grow pearls and even follow divers (for those interested). This afternoon, we have planned an ATV tour (I). Explore Huahine's lush landscapes and some of the most noteworthy sights of the island. Stops will include watermelon and melon fields, white sand beaches, the river with the sacred blue-eyed eels, ancestral fishing traps and ancient maraes (archeological sites) with a refreshing stop for snorkeling in the lagoon. We then start our journey towards Taha’a, which should take a little under 3 hours. On the way, we enjoy gorgeous sunsets over the pacific ocean. Overnight on board, moored in Taha’a lagoon

Taha'a and its blue lagoons

Taha'a and its blue lagoons

Day 4

Waking up to the sight of incredible white sand beaches and blue lagoons takes on a whole new definition. After a morning at leisure (during which we would be happy to set up tours, scuba diving and more), and a lunch on board, we take on a fun afternoon adventure: swimming with the rays and sharks (I). We even get to feed them and learn about these magnificent creatures in the company of a local Polynesian guide. Our evening is spent on board, enjoying an incredible sunset over cocktails and a dinner prepared by our chef Overnight on board, in Taha’a lagoon

Vanilla, massages and dinner on the beach

Vanilla, massages and dinner on the beach

Day 5

The morning, join us as we discover the Faaroa River, Tahiti's only navigable river, by kayak with your expert guide leading the way through Raiatea's verdant interior (I). Then by car, you will visit the ancient marae temple at Taputapuatea, a recently listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our lunch is held on a private motu, feet in the water. This afternoon, we visit an agricultural sugar cane rum distillery for a tour and tasting (I).
Upon return, we have organized for you a special treat for you. Enjoy a one hour massage or spa treatment at the award-winning Taha'a Resort spa, before we gather for a beach dinner with traditional dancers and fire throwers. Overnight on board, in Taha’a lagoon.

Bora Bora lagoon

Bora Bora lagoon

Day 6

This morning, after breakfast, we start our journey towards Bora Bora which we reach after lunch. There, we have a special treat for you as we anchor in the Bora lagoon for some incredible snorkeling at what is known to be one of the best coral gardens in the World (I). For those interested in scuba diving, do so with schools of jackfish, big Napoleon wrasses, Maori snappers, barracudas, black and white tip sharks, eagle rays, tuna, parrotfish, spadelfish, moray and more. Tonight, we have organized a special dinner at the famous Bloody Mary restaurant/bar in Vaitape, Bora Bora's main town. Overnight on board, moored in the lagoon of Bora Bora

Day of leisure in Bora Bora

Day of leisure in Bora Bora

Day 7

This morning, after our last breakfast on board, we slowly make our way to our resort, where you will be spending the next two nights, in your very own over-water bungalow. Treat yourself to a spa, enjoy some of the property's activities or simply relax on the beach. Evening and dinner is at leisure (and own account)

Soak up sun

Soak up sun

Day 8

Day at leisure at the property Tonight, we hold a farewell dinner on the beach with traditional dances one last time.

Time to say farewell to the islands

Time to say farewell to the islands

Day 9

Today, after enjoying a last morning and afternoon at leisure as most international flights do not leave until the evening. Mid to late afternoon, you are transferred to the Bora Bora airport for a short flight to Papeete International Airport. Our travel experts would be delighted to customize an extension to other Tahitian islands, or beyond. Discover New Zealand, Australia or Japan with direct flights from Tahiti.

Accommodations

Tiare Luxury Catamaran

Tiare Luxury Catamaran

From morning till noon till sunset, any time of day is the perfect time to set sail aboard our luxury catamaran. Launched in 2017, the lagoon 620 is the epitome of opulence and luxury. It offers exceptional living space both above and below deck and is perfect for longer distance cruising in sophisticated surroundings.

Step on board and you’ll immediately see why the our catamaran is the perfect way to spend a week sailing the beautiful waters of Polynesia. Meticulously constructed, with wonderfully spacious layout, and a highly trained, responsive crew to attend to your every need, you’ll be able to stretch out and enjoy your sailing experience with complete peace of mind. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, or simply want to enjoy the crisp sea air, the fly-bridge beckons, a perfect vantage point from which to take in unparalleled views of mountains above and dolphins below. And if you’re thirsty for more extravagance, simply make your way to the full service bar, stocked with bottled beverages, fine wines, and gourmet coffee.

Inside, relax in the immense saloon with clearly defined dining, relaxing, sitting and navigation areas, all finished with interior woodwork sustainably sourced. The cabins are luxurious, well-designed with side access to beds, washrooms with separate showers and plenty of storage space

Le Meridien Bora Bora

Le Meridien Bora Bora

Le Méridien Bora Bora is the perfect blend of French chic and Polynesian charisma. Located on the northern tip of Motu Piti A'au, a small islet that sits along the eastern coral reef, the resort faces the main island of Bora Bora and delivers a gorgeous view of the iconic Mount Otemanu. The overwater bungalows, which make up the majority of guest accommodations at the hotel, feature the largest glass floors of any other resort in French Polynesia. There is also a selection of beach bungalows and private pool villas better suited for families.

Home to the famed Turtle Sanctuary, Le Méridien Bora Bora is a true friend to the environment. The hotel features an interior lagoon where it provides protection and care for endangered sea turtles. Nearby is also an interactive touch pool filled with hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, starfish and clams, meaning the kids can enjoy a fun and safe marine biology experience during your stay. Another main attraction at the resort is the Miki Miki Bar; designed to resemble the prow of a ship, it points straight toward Mount Otemanu and provides the ideal place for sunset cocktails.

This journey includes

Nights

6 nights on board our luxury Catamaran, ensuite cabin

2 nights in an Overwater Bungalow

Meals

8 breakfasts on board and at the resort

6 lunches on board and on shore

7 dinners on board, on shore and at the resort

Activities

On board, access to snorkeling, paddle board, kayaking and more.

All activities listed on the itinerary (I=included). Additional activities may be set up for a small supplement

Pearl and Vanilla farm visits as well as an Agriculture sugar cane rum distillery

One 60-minute massage/spa treatment

Extras

Services of a professional journey director throughout your stay, and a competent crew of 3 on board

Open bar on board the catamaran (non-premium alcohol, wines and bubbly)

Luxury transportation (road and sea) throughout

Concierge assistance throughout

All taxes

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Good to know

The itinerary listed may be subject to modifications to accommodate weather conditions

All listed activities are optional in attendance, yet included

Alcoholic beverages other than on board and during the farewell dinner are extra

Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement.

International flight to and from French Polynesia may be arranged through us.

Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with CSA Travel Protection and ALLIANZ)

Price is based on a double occupancy. We charge a small single supplement (If single spots are open)

Space is limited to 10 with a maximum capacity of 12 guests

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A refundable deposit of $1500 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 120 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

Your final balance is due 120 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.

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Tiare & Vanilla: A French Polynesia Escape – Week 2

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