Tahitian Affair Small-Ship Adventure Cruise with Kayaking, Snorkeling, Relaxation

   
 

Tahitian Affair Small-Ship Adventure Cruise with Kayaking, Snorkeling, Relaxation

BY ADVENTURESMITH EXPLORATIONS
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8 months ago

DURATION

8 Days

SEASON

May-October

RATES

USD 4,270.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2017
Tahitian Affair Small-Ship Adventure Cruise with Kayaking, Snorkeling, Relaxation
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Tahitian Affair 8-day or 11-day cruise aboard the Island Passage is an intimate voyage through French Polynesia’s Leeward Islands. Experience the magic of Bora Bora, Tahaa, Huahine, Motu Iriru and Raiatea from a unique perspective. Embrace the romance of dinner under the stars, discover the stunning beauty while paddling a kayak on the lagoon, snorkel amongst turtles, wander exquisite beaches or simply relax on deck while enjoying cocktails as the tropical sun slowly merges with the sea.

Luxury and adventure await you on board the 24-guest Island Passage. Kayaking, fishing, swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding are an integral part of the voyage. End your days in paradise with fine wines and hotel comforts. This will be a trip you won't want to end.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $4270 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

Prices are based off of exchange rates from New Zealand dollars and may vary based on the exchange rate at the time of payment. Please contact AdventureSmith for current prices.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Sun - Bora Bora
Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia
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After a short flight from Papeete, the airport ferry transfers you to Vaitape ferry terminal where you are met at 4:30 pm with refreshments and cold towels before transferring to your ship for 5pm boarding. Take time to explore your home for the next week, meet fellow guests and the fabulous crew. A light snack is served on deck as you move to the lagoon for the evening. After dinner onboard, you are invited to Captain’s cocktails with stunning mountains as a backdrop. Remain inside the lagoon for a comfortable night's sleep at anchor.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Island Passage

MEALS: dinner

Day 2: Mon - Raiatea
Raiatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia
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Start your morning with a refreshing swim off the ship before departing at 10 am to cruise west across the Bora Bora lagoon for a two-hour crossing to Taha’a and Raiatea. Lunch is served at Herepiti Bay on the southwestern side of Taha’a before proceeding to Uturoa, the main center in Raiatea, which itself is the largest center in French Polynesia outside of Papeete. Uturoa has a variety of local stores, markets, bars, cafes and you will be free to explore the township for the afternoon. Dinner is served when all guests are back on board at 6 pm.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Island Passage

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Tue - Motu Iriru
Motu Iriru, Society Islands, French Polynesia
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After breakfast, transfer to a large outrigger canoe for a guided tour and stories from one of the real local characters. Prepare to be entertained as he shows off the eastern lagoon on Raiatea and winds up the tiny Faaroa River, Tahiti’s only “navigable river.” On departing the river, arrive at Motu Iriru for a picnic lunch and a coconut class on the sand. After swimming in the beautiful water, return to the ship in the late afternoon. Moor at an adjacent motu (small island) for water activities and an overnight anchorage alongside white sand beaches and palm trees.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Island Passage

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Wed - Huahine
Huahine, Society Islands, French Polynesia
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After a tropical breakfast on deck and the chance for an early swim, head for Huahine. All of the islands are reasonably close so you will anchor in Fare Harbour and begin activities before noon. Huahine is known as the garden island due to an abundance of lush tropical foliage and is extremely picturesque with steep mountains descending into protected bays of azure blue and emerald green waters. Take a stroll in the pretty village of Fare where you will find a nice assortment of local stores and boutiques with Polynesian treasures and souvenirs. This afternoon, take a guided island land tour on the largest island of Huahine Nui. Visit a vanilla plantation, discover the Maeva Marae archaeological site, see famous blue-eyed eels and unique stone fish traps still in use by locals and take photos at Belvedere lookout. After the tour head back to the ship in time for a cold drink and canapés at sunset on the deck. A local island choir comes aboard to sing their traditional songs before dinner is served under the stars.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Island Passage

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Thu - Taha’A
Taha’a, Society Islands, French Polynesia
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Today is the beginning of three glorious beach days. Depart Huahine around 10am for the short 20-mile passage to Taha’a eastern reef. Lunch will be served underway inside the reef as the ship circumnavigates the northern shores of this amazing region. Surrounded by motu (small islands) and turquoise water- this is the place to swim, kayak, paddleboard, snorkel or explore by tender (small boat) with crew. No organized tours here - just unbelievable pristine beauty. Perhaps you sip on a Hinano Tahitian beer while admiring the reef in the foreground and the towering peaks of Bora Bora in the distance. The fishing is spectacular in this lagoon if you wish to join a fishing team off the aft deck after dinner. Overnight on anchor at Tapu Amu.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Island Passage

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Fri - Bora Bora
Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia
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Welcome to Paradise. After a 3-hour journey, you enter the Bora Bora lagoon at Vaitape. Early risers can witness the sun rising over the Pacific Ocean from the bridge as the ship makes her way through the entrance in the reef. Either have lunch on board or take an optional excursion to Bloody Mary’s Bar with sand floors and a history that stretches back thirty years for an experience of a lifetime. Then take a small watercraft to a motu with drinks and equipment for more sun and swimming. Enjoy the Captain's dinner at 6pm.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Island Passage

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Sat - Bora Bora
Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia
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After breakfast, transfer by tender to a white sand beach at Tevairoa (large motu) for more water activities. Later in the morning the ship will depart for the east lagoon where you will ride on the ship's landing craft to explore the eastern lagoon – home to all the exclusive resorts. Return to Tevairoa for your final night BBQ dinner and a local show on the island.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Island Passage

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Sun - Disembark Bora Bora
Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia
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Breakfast is served on deck before be transferred by tender to Vaitape Ferry terminal at 9:30 for some last minute shopping. From here you have a ferry transfer to either the airport or to one of the resorts if you are staying longer in paradise.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Accommodation and meals; all non-alcoholic drinks during cruise, wine with dinner; shore-excursions as per the itinerary; use of kayaks, tenders, snorkel and fishing equipment carried onboard.
  • (The airport ferry transfer to Vaitape is included in your air ticket, which is not included.)

NOTES

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Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Activities: There are numerous included activities aboard Island Passage, such as tender cruising, sea kayaking, fishing and snorkeling. Optional scenic helicopter flights or excursions may be available at an additional cost.


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