Cruise in French Polynesia

Your cruise in French Polynesia

French Polynesia, an archipelago located in the South Pacific, offers its boaters exceptional cruises. With its islands, such as Bora Bora, Tahiti, Rangiroa, Raiatea, and Tahaa, the archipelago Polynesian is a natural paradise for your group to cruise in a yacht or a catamaran.

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Our all inclusive cruises with skipper

Combined land and sea vacation in PolynesiaCombined land and sea vacation in Polynesia
6 days, 5 nights
Departure Huahine (French Polynesia)
from2 400 €per person
Incredible beach stay & cruise in PolynesiaIncredible beach stay & cruise in Polynesia
11 days, 10 nights
Departure Huahine (French Polynesia)
from3 600 €per person
Tahiti & the islands by yachtTahiti & the islands by yacht
8 days, 7 nights
Departure Papeete (French Polynesia)
Full board
from2 100 €per person
-10%Pure bliss in TahitiPure bliss in Tahiti
5 days, 4 nights
Departure Rangiroa (French Polynesia)
Full board
from1 121 €per person

Our cruises with or without skipper

One of the best feelings is being out on the open water, with the sound of the wind and the view of the sunset keeping you company. A sailing holiday here is the ultimate way to experience the natural beauty of this tropical paradise. Imagine yourself on the deck of a sailboat or catamaran, gliding through the crystal clear waters of the South Pacific, surrounded by lush green islands and vibrant coral reefs.

As you explore the islands and lagoons of French Polynesia each day, you'll have the opportunity to experience the unique culture of this region. Take the time to travel to traditional Polynesian villages and learn about the history and customs of the local people. Enjoy spending hours swimming and snorkeling in the warm waters, where you'll discover a vibrant array of marine life, including colourful fish, sea turtles and even sharks. Take a hike through the island's verdant rainforests and discover hidden waterfalls and natural pools. And if you're lucky, you may even witness the incredible natural phenomenon of the Polynesian dance of the rays.

The islands of French Polynesia

French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of France located in the South Pacific Ocean. It comprises a group of islands divided into five archipelagos:

The Society Islands: which include the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Bora Bora, Raiatea, and Taha'a. These islands are known for their stunning natural beauty and luxurious resorts.

Tahiti is the largest island in the South Pacific archipelago. The island offers many activities; Tahitian beaches are popular tourist destinations, especially the famous black sand beaches such as Faarumai and Papenoo. Tahiti also boasts many museums, art galleries and craft markets. 

Moorea is a beautiful island only a short sail away from Tahiti.  The island is characterised by its two extinct volcanic peaks, "Mt Rotui" and "Mt Tohiea", giving Moorea a unique shape. One of the most popular activities on Moorea is swimming and snorkeling in the island's crystal-clear waters. Visitors can also take a boat tour of the island's lagoon to see the many small islands and islets in the area.

While you're in the area, be sure to look out for the famous "Tahitian black pearl". A black pearl, also known as a Tahitian pearl, is a unique and highly prized type of pearl harvested in French Polynesia, particularly in the islands of Tahiti and Moorea. They are known for their dark, rich colour and unique lustre, which is caused by the presence of a high concentration of melanin in the pearl's nacre. As you pass by a lagoon, you might see divers trying to collect them from the ocean floor!

The Tuamotu Archipelago: is the largest chain of atolls in the world and is known for its coral reefs and excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities.

The Gambier Islands:located southeast of the Society Islands, are known for their unique culture and traditional way of life.

The Marquesas Islands: located in the northeastern part of French Polynesia, are known for their rugged and mountainous terrain, as well as their unique culture and traditional way of life.

The Austral Islands:located in the southernmost part of French Polynesia, are known for their beautiful beaches and stunning green landscapes.

These islands are all worth a visit for at least a day, and each provides a different and unique experience, from the luxury resorts of Tahiti and Bora Bora to the remote and unspoiled islands of the Tuamotus.

Top 10 Reasons to Visit French Polynesia

1. The stunning natural beauty: French Polynesia is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, including flourishing green islands, crystal clear waters, and vivid coral reefs.

2. The beaches: French Polynesia is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with white sandy shores and crystal clear waters. The stunning beaches are the perfect location to spend your day reading your book and chilling out, free from stress or responsibilities. 

3. The culture: French Polynesia is home to a rich and unique culture steeped in tradition and history and interwoven with elements of French influences. The traditional Polynesian culture is full of history, mythology, and legend. Visitors can view and enjoy traditional Polynesian dances, music, and art. For those in your group interested in art, you might be interested to know french artist Paul Gauguin (who was born in Tahiti!) spent a significant portion of his life in French Polynesia, particularly in the islands of Tahiti and the Marquesas. Gauguin is known for his colourful, expressive paintings depicting the islands' people, culture, and landscape. As you sail around the islets on your ship, we're sure you'll spot a view or two worthy of a Gauguin painting!

4. The adventure: The islands offer a wide range of destinations for your group activities. From snorkeling and diving to hiking and kayaking, there are many ways to fill your days full of adventure!

5. The luxury resorts: French Polynesia is home to some of the most luxurious resorts in the world, where visitors can indulge in the best spa treatments, gourmet dining, and other high-end amenities.

6. The water activities: French Polynesia offers a wide range of water activities, including swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, and is home to a vibrant array of marine life.

7. The tranquillity: French Polynesia is a remote destination, and a visit here is an opportunity to disconnect from the fast-paced world and reconnect with nature. Nothing is more satisfying than cruising along the water, free from worry or stress, while watching the sunset from your private cabin or deck of your sailboat.

8. The people: The locals are known for being friendly and welcoming, and visitors will find that they are always happy to share their culture and traditions. The people are strongly connected to their land and sea, and the natural environment heavily influences their culture. They are proud of their Polynesian heritage, and many still practice traditional customs and beliefs.

9. The weather: French Polynesia has a tropical climate with warm temperatures and sunny skies year-round, making it an ideal destination for a trip.

10. The romantic atmosphere: French Polynesia is the ideal romantic destination, with its beautiful natural landscapes and luxurious resorts, making it perfect for honeymooners and couples looking for a romantic getaway.

Sailing Conditions

Sailing conditions in French Polynesia are generally considered to be very good. The region is known for its warm and sunny weather, with temperatures averaging around 30°C (86°F) year-round and steady trade winds that provide excellent sailing conditions.

The waters of French Polynesia are generally calm, with little wave action and no dangerous currents. The clear blue sea provides excellent visibility for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The islands are surrounded by coral reefs, which provide a natural barrier and protection from the open sea.

The best time for sailing in French Polynesia is during the dry season, which runs from April to October. This is when the weather is most stable, and the trade winds are strongest. 

Book your Cabin Cruise in French Polynesia now

We have many cruises available for your group: sailboat, catamaran or gulet in a private cabin with board and excursions included. A sailing trip along the coast of French Polynesia is one of the most demanded cabin cruises and receives rave reviews yearly. Even if you are not an expert in navigation, a private cabin cruise includes the experience of living closely with the ins and outs of crewing the ship for the week.

If your ideal vacation day consists of relaxing on the deck of a ship in the sunny southeastern Pacific ocean, then a GlobeSailor cruise is a thing for you! The cruise price may often seem higher than usual, but this includes a paid skipper and crew to take care of all your cruise needs. Under the care of a professional skipper, the yacht or catamaran will be managed expertly. Allowing cabin cruise passengers to fully focus on discovering some of the 118 of French Polynesia’s islands. Cruises with a skipper are also an opportunity to visit their itinerary's many places of interest. Each stop at a port during the cruise offers many sightseeing or relaxation activities, allowing you to make the most of your trip! So don't worry about how many days your cruise lasts because the itinerary is designed so that no places of interest are missed!

You will have all the comforts in your private cabin without worrying about anything. The crew will prepare the food(breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, depending on the cruise package) with traditional gastronomic flavours, which are included in the full board. You will also benefit from the luxury of regularly cleaning your private cabin. Our experienced crews can take care of all the details, leaving you to do all the relaxing in the sun!

The primary information is available in the description of each cruise, but do not hesitate to contact your cruise consultant with any queries you may have. As a travel agency, we are happy to advise you about life on board, the characteristics of the cabins, your flight, and the complete itinerary included in each cruise offer.

A sailing holiday in French Polynesia is an unforgettable experience that will give you and your crew a lifetime of memories. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a first-timer, the combination of natural beauty, adventure, and culture will leave you with a deep appreciation for this remote corner of the world. It's an opportunity to disconnect from the fast-paced world and reconnect with nature and yourself, all while doing so on a luxurious yacht!

Book with GlobeSailor and help us maximise your sailing trip! We strive to offer you cruises at the best price and an unforgettable week, with suggestions on how to spend your days and an experienced skipper option to guide you through every step of your travel as you sail around the South Pacific sea. Contact us now!

They have sailed in French Polynesia
4.6/5 - 90 reviews
July 2022
I could not possibly say enough about how much our group loved this experience. The communication was impeccable. The boat was beautiful. The service was amazing. The Globe Sailor concierge service was extra useful. We had an absolutely magical time. The only bad part was that it had to come to an end.
April 2022
Really nice adventure,great crew and delicious food. Thank you!Rangiroa crew
March 2022
We didn't know what to expect, we never had rented boat with crew. But turn out, that was the best decision we did. We had the best chef ever, I don't have words enough to explain our happiness and satisfaction with Tehei like our hostess- we never eat so perfect food for 16 days in a row, and she is so calm, happy, organised and clean- she is the best. And so our captain- he was very professional, helpful, always attentive, always care about us. He was always securing us and the boat.He shows us the best snorkeling spots, he also was amazing. In general- fantastic crew. The boat was very nice, comfortable, thanks for the water maker. Could be nice also ice maker and WiFi access point.
January 2020
The condition of the yacht was generally good, minor deficiencies were the state of the sheets and the sails, which were about to need an overhaul. The time of the year was well suited for sailing, despite the higher chance for rainfall. The thing to watch out for are the squalls moving in, one can never tell how strong it is going to blow, hence, best to reef in early. On the last day the top of the mainsail blew out in a heavy squall while we were putting in the second reef; but no worries, the charter company was relaxed about it. Bora Bora was the least interesting of destinations; at least for us seeking less developed destinations. Maupiti and Huahine were our personal highlights! Really liked the passes and ocean passages. Doing the eastern part of Bora Bora cannot be really recommended for monohulls; it is all the way shallow and too stressful for the skipper and crew for what it is worth.
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