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Raiatea, French Polynesia Yacht Charter


French Polynesia, located in the South Pacific, consists of five main groups of islands, the most well known of which is Tahiti. Sunsail’s base is located on the island of Raiatea and is the perfect starting point for an unbeatable Tahitian sailing vacation, discovering the Society Islands, comprising of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora-Bora (arguably the most beautiful lagoon in the world), Tahaa and Raiatea. 

A landscape of jagged volcanic peaks juxtaposed with lush vegetation and stunning waterfalls, Tahiti is considered by many to be paradise on earth.

The islands offer a beguiling mix of breathtaking lagoons, exotic sea-life, traditional culture and sophisticated resorts, with plenty to explore both at sea and on land.

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  • Sophisticated atmosphere
  • Breathtaking lagoons
  • Idyllic islands
  • Snorkeling and diving


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Sailing in French Polynesia

A yacht charter in French Polynesia is an opportunity to sail in a cruising ground that allows both for line-of -sight navigation in the calm waters behind the reefs and also more exhilarating open-water passages.

The tidal range is negligible, but narrow passes between reefs demand careful navigation. Wind speeds generally range from 10 – 15 knots and temperatures range from a low of 77 F (25 C) to a high of 95 F (35 C) in summer.

What's included?

To make sure that you get the most out of your French Polynesia Yacht Charter, we have equipped all of our yachts with the highest specification gear to help provide comfort, performance and fun onboard; so all that’s left for you to do is relax and enjoy your sailing vacation with family and friends.

French Polynesia Highlights

Whether you are in search of golden beaches and turquoise seas, ancient temples and local handcrafts, chic restaurants and stylish shopping or spectacular snorkeling and scuba diving, you will find whatever you are looking for on a sailing vacation in French Polynesia.

  • Marina Apooiti

    Located on the northern shores of Raiatea Island, the picturesque harbor of Marina Apooiti offers the traveling yachtsman the perfect start to his charter; with a wide variety of restaurants and upbeat bars to be found nearby, a day spent here is sure to get your sailing adventure off on the right tack.

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  • Motu Tau Tau Tahaa

    Superbly located right on the coral reef just a short hop away from Tahaa, lays the exclusive islet of Motu Tau Tau. This little piece of paradise offers unsurpassed vistas out towards Bora Bora on one side and impressive views back across the emerald lagoon to Tahaa on the other. With pristine white-sand beaches fringed by swaying palm trees and crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling, it’s easy to see why this idyllic island attracts so much attention.

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  • Motu Topua Bora Bora

    Sitting on the edge of Bora Bora’s spectacular lagoon lays the beautiful Motu Topua. Formed out of the crater from an ancient volcano, its lush tropical slopes descend into the dazzling emerald and blue hues of the surrounding reef. Boasting stunning white-sand beaches and some of the best snorkeling in Polynesia. It’s not hard to see why the allure of this island brings back sailors year after year.

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  • Taravana Yacht Club

    Just a short hop north inside the barrier reef from Raiatea lays the tropical island of Tahaa and the sailors paradise of Taravana Yacht Club. With a warm welcoming atmosphere, a well-stocked bar and restaurant offering fine French cuisine; it’s easy to see why this tranquil spot has become a favorite haunt for the visiting yachtsman.

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