Tahiti & French Polynesia under Sail

Tahiti & French Polynesia under Sail

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Round-trip air is included from Los Angeles!

Explore the paradisal islands, atolls and motus of French Polynesia on this uniquely designed nine‑night voyage. Sail for seven nights aboard the Five‑Star, 74-stateroom Wind Spirit and enjoy unmatched small-ship sailing. This itinerary includes Five-Star accommodations for two nights (air schedule permitting) in the InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa in Pape’ete, round-trip air from Los Angeles,† all onboard gratuities, complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise, complimentary watersports and an exclusive excursion on each island.

Pricing from
$6,995

SAVE up to $3,000 per cabin if reserved early!

Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Apr 5, 2022 - Apr 15, 2022

EXTENSIONS

Hilton Mo’orea Lagoon Resort & Spa

Extend your sojourn in French Polynesia for two nights and stay in the deluxe Hilton Mo’orea Lagoon Resort & Spa. Enjoy magnificent sunrises and sunsets from your spacious beachfront or overwater bungalow (choose from two categories). Observe abundant, colorful marine life on a reef excursion, experience the exotic fusion of fresh local seafood inflected with French Polynesian flavors and enjoy the hotel’s overwater ToateaBar, magnificent views, turquoise lagoons and wide array of watersports. This option includes accommodations, breakfast daily and round-trip ferry between Tahiti and Mo’orea.

AIRFARE

Round-trip air is included from Los Angeles!

TERMS & CONDITIONS

 

PRIOR TO DEPARTURE

96 days or more prior*

95-61 days prior

60-45 days prior

44-0 days prior

FEE

Full refund

50% of program price

75% of program price

100% of program price

*In the event of a cancellation between 45 and 95 days prior to departure, the refund will be by credit, usable on a future Gohagan & Company trip which commences on or before December 31, 2023. In addition, for all bookings, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.

TOUR MAP

Tahiti map

ITINERARY

  • days 1-2

    Depart the U.S./ Arrive Pape’ete, Tahiti, Society Islands

  • day 3

    Pape’ete/Embark Wind Spirit

    Pape’ete is the spirited capital of French Polynesia, framed by a seductive backdrop of forest-clad peaks. Tahiti’s quintessential South Pacific port is infused with a vibrant blend of Tahitian, French and Chinese cultural traditions. Tahiti’s stunning West Coast is historically significant, notably the sacred ’Ārahurahu site—French Polynesia’s only fully restored marae (ceremonial site)—and the beautifully landscaped Spring Garden of Vaipahi, which showcases 75 plant species, including precious māpē (Tahitian chestnut). Crystal‑clear
    freshwater pools and fern‑veiled caves represent Mara’a Grotto. The name Pape’ete translates to “water basket,” referencing a time in the island’s history when Tahitians came here to fill their calabashes (made from gourds) with fresh water. Tahiti’s East Coast is the former home of American author James Norman Hall, best known for Mutiny on the Bounty. Point Venus on the north side of Tahiti was named for the Fort Venus observatory established by Captain James Cook in 1769.

  • day 4

    Mo’orea

    Revered by Captain James Cook, the heart‑shaped island of Mo’orea inspired Herman Melville’s novel Omoo, James Michener’s classic Tales of the South Pacific and the song “Bali Ha’i.” Admire this spectacular landscape of ancient volcanic peaks, lush valleys and emerald lagoons. From renowned Belvedere Point, marvel at an unforgettable view of the iconic rocky spur of Mount Rotu’i and the sparkling waters of Cook and ’Opunohu Bays. Mystical stone marae evoke Mo’orea’s French Polynesian heritage, while European churches underscore its role as a center for 19th-century missionary activity. Contemporary islanders continue the traditions of their forebears, farming pineapples and papayas and crafting indigenous art from
    seashells and exotic wood amid Mo’orea’s vibrant blue lagoon. Enjoy stunning panoramas along this legendary South Seas idyll featuring birds of paradise, verdant hibiscus gardens and houses painted in pastel hues.

  • day 5

    Ra’iatea

    Ra’iatea, which translates to “faraway heaven,” served as the political and spiritual heart of the Society Islands in the precolonial era. Exalted as French Polynesia’s most sacred island and considered the ancestral home of the Māori, Ra’iatea is the legendary birthplace of ’Oro, god of war and fertility. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taputapuātea is a well‑preserved marae complex representing the intersection of the living and ancestral worlds. Experience the “ash-blue sky alive with stars” that Impressionist Henri Matisse so memorably described as you cruise along this second largest of the Society Islands.

  • day 6

    Ra’iatea/Taha’a

    Taha’a is framed by the profile of Mount Ohiri, named for Hiro, Polynesian god of sailors and thieves. Today, the world’s most flavorful vanilla beans and the region’s distinctive black pearl oysters provide the islanders’ livelihoods. Savor sweet aromas wafting down from the island’s many vanilla farms on this captivating island. Enjoy views of motu (coral outlets) with pristine white sand beaches and overwater bungalows along tranquil cerulean waters. Includes a BBQ lunch on the private Motu Mahaea.

  • days 7-8

    Bora Bora

    The proverbial vision of paradise, Bora Bora’s basalt peaks cloaked in thick tropical forest rise from sparkling turquoise waters. On the shores of picturesque Fa’anui Bay, see the 15th-century marae of Fare Opu, adorned with petroglyphs of turtles, a sacred creature in French Polynesia. Bunkers constructed by American soldiers during World War II, when the main island served as a military supply base in the South Pacific under the name “Operation Bobcat” remain here. In the island’s forested interior, local customs and traditions—including the
    Tahitian art of dyeing pareos (wrap‑around garments)—are still practiced in the shadow of Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora’s highest peak. A catamaran departure from the ship for a Tahitian inspired dinner on the private Motu Tapu will be provided.

  • day 9

    Huahine

    Idyllic Huahine consists of two islands—Huahine‑Nui and Huahine-Iti, or “big”and “small,” respectively—separated by a deep blue bay and ringed by a coral atoll. Just above Maeva, Mata’irea Hill preserves the greatest concentration of archaeological sites in French Polynesia.

  • day 10

    Pape’ete, Tahiti/Disembark ship/ Depart for the U.S.

  • day 11

    Arrive in the U.S.

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