7 Day Tahiti Crewed Catamaran Charter – Day 3: Raiatea Hike & Taputapuatea Archeological Visit

Waking up in the beautiful anchorage, Clara had prepared a beautiful pancake breakfast.

After breakfast, our group went for a hike on Raiatea and visited Taputapuatea marae, aUNESCO World Heritage Site that was once considered the central temple of Eastern Polynesia. You can do a self-guided tour of the temple’s remains.

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We then took a hike up the hill to get a view of the island and atoll from a different perspective. It was humid but worth the 40-minute hike!

Jerome then sailed us to the south of the island and anchored in a pretty bay for lunch, this time marinated chicken and pineapple skewers.

We sailed just a short distance north for our evening’s anchorage. Again, we kayaked and snorkeled and enjoyed the beautiful clear waters of Raiatea.

Clara served us an amazing swordfish dinner after we watched yet another perfect sunset.

See more in our Tahiti Yacht Charter Guide.

Tomorrow – Taha’a and a visit to at pearl farm

7 Day Tahiti Crewed Catamaran Charter – Day 2: Huahine to Raiatea

Waking up early (due to the time change) we were greeted with clear skies and a beautiful breakfast of fresh fruit, cheese, scrambled eggs and French pastries (croissants and pain au chocolats). Then we set off to Fare, the main town of Huahine, for a few items we’d forgotten to bring along.

Fare is a very small port town, but does have a grocery store, internet access and a few food trucks. We pulled directly up to the dock, went ashore, and were quickly back on the boat.

Fare is known for its view of a pregnant lady on her back – use your imagination!

We then anchored in a quiet spot just south of Fare for a beautiful fresh fish lunch prepared flawlessly by Clara.

After lunch cruised over to Raiatea, which took about 3 hours – 22 natuical miles. We anchored in a stunningly beautiful bay near Motu Iriru, on the east side of Raiatea, and got out all the water toys. The water in this bay was amazingly clear and the views of the island were spectacular. We saw lots of manta rays serenly swimming around the boat and launched the drone we brought for some great arial photos. Everyone truly enjoyed themselves on the kayaks and paddleboards!

We stayed in the bay for the night and celebrated our second sunset aboard DIVA on the flydeck. 

See more in our Tahiti Yacht Charter Guide

Tomorrow – Hiking an archeological site on Raiatea and cruising to the north of the island.

7 Day Tahiti Crewed Catamaran Charter – Arrival & Boarding

Getting to Tahiti is not as far as you might think. While, yes, it is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it is a smooth, 7-hour flight from Los Angeles. Closer than flying to Europe! Our Air Tahiti Nui Flight left LAX at 5:15 and arrived at around 11 PM at the main Airport on Tahiti Island.

After going through customs (everyone had to take a COVID Antigen test in the Airport), where a band was playing welcoming Tahitian Music, we simply walked across the street to the Tahiti Airport Motel and slept for a few hours before returning to the airport for our short, beautiful flight to Huahine, where our charter was to begin.

No need to arrive for flights 2 hours in advance in Tahiti, an hour or so will do! Our flight to Huahine took about an hour.

Approaching Huahine

We arrived at Huahine at around 8 in the morning – too early to board the charter. So Boatbookings arranged that we would taxi to the south island (Huahine-Iti), and swim and have lunch at the pretty Hotel Le Mahana. Our Boat, DIVA, arrived promptly at 1 pm, and we were whisked by tender to our boat, and of course, given leis as soon as we boarded the boat!

Tahitian Welcome

We had our obligatory Captain’s Safety Briefing and off we went to our first anchorage, close to the town of Fare, but pristine with amazingly clear water.

Our first sundowner drinks

Drinks on the flydeck, then dinner – fresh meka (from the swordfish family) with a French sauce – amazing!

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Tomorrow – sail to Raiatea

7 Day Tahiti Crewed Catamaran Charter – Introduction & Overview

Our family of 5 recently enjoyed a 7-day Tahiti Yacht Charter on a 56-foot Lagoon 560 crewed catamaran. The entire trip was idyllic! In this series of blog posts, we will take you through the arrival, departure, itinerary, cuisine, crew, and lots of other observations to give you a clear picture of what it’s like to charter in Tahiti and the brilliance of being on a crewed catamaran.

Note, you can see this entire 7-day Tahiti Crewed Catamaran Itinerary here.

The Yacht

We chartered a Lagoon 560 crewed catamaran through Boatbookings. Lagoons are fantastic catamarans – they offer great open spaces both inside and out, and the cabins are roomy and comfortable. The 560 has a very large flydeck with seating for 8, where we spent a lot of time, especially at sunset, because you get a 360-degree view of the incredibly beautiful surroundings. We ate most of our meals on the spacious and comfortable aft deck, because it is never windy and offers easy access to the galley.

The crew had their own quarters so that each of our children could have their own cabin and bathroom, what a luxury! See the layout below.

Charter Yacht DIVA - Lagoon 560(2017)- 4 Cabins - French Polynesia - Tahiti - Bora Bora - Raiatea - Huahine

The main salon is large, well lit and comfortable, although we honestly never spent one minute in it – there was too much to do outside!

The boat had 2 paddleboards, 2 kayaks, and plenty of snorkeling gear. We used them every day!

The Crew

We had a fantastic crew who took care of all of our needs, set the daily itinerary, and produced world-class cuisine (a mixture of french and Tahitian cooking) three meals a day.

Jerome was our captain – he is French and has lived in the Tahitian Islands for 20 years. He knows where the best snorkeling spots are and always moored the boat in quiet, beautiful anchorages so that we had amazing views and sunsets!

Clara served three fantastic meals a day, plus sundowner drinks and hors d’oeurvres so we could fully enjoy the sunsets. She cooked meals to meet our dietary specifications – Tahitian food is, of course, centered around amazing fresh fish, but one of our party didn’t eat fish so she always had a great substitute.

See more in our Tahiti Yacht Charter Guide.

Tomorrow: Travel to and arrival in Tahiti

Chartering “Rehab” to St Tropez’s Nikki Beach – Sustainably!

Boatbookings was the first yacht charter company to focus on “Green Chartering”, having introduced a carbon calculator and encouraged our clients to offset their emissions since 2013. Our industry depends on a healthy environment and we are deeply committed to doing our part. So when a client asked to sustainably charter the beautiful Rehab to Nikki Beach for a fabulous day in St Tropez, we were excited to help.

A day charter from Cannes to St Tropez

Rehab arrives, right on time of course!

Our client had the day people dream of when chartering from Cannes to St Tropez. Rehab showed up right on time at 10 am at the sunny Port Canto (Cannes) wharf, and after a quick safety briefing, the party was treated to the view of the Cannes waterfront during the Film festival while enjoying fresh fruit and French pastries.

Breakfast while crusing by the Cannes Film Festival

Captain Chris took us next to the picturesque port of Agay, and anchored in the bay so everyone could get some early swimming in.

Are we having fun yet?

An then off to Nikki Beach for an early lunch at 12:30. Boatbookings recommends booking an early lunch so that there’s plenty of time for watersports in the afternoon.

The shared starter plate – Nikki Beach St Tropez

The ambiance at Nikki Beach was exceptional, with a smooth sax player playing along with the mellow DJ tracks, and the food was amazing. With the obligatory rose wine, people watching, and fashion model walking between the tables, it really was the perfect lunch!

Wakeboarding in the Golfe of St Tropez

After a long luxurious lunch, we headed to the Golfe of St Tropez, where people wakeboarded and paddle boarded in the shadow of the old town of St Tropez and many amazing superyachts.

When everyone was suitably tired out, the crew broke out another bottle of Rose and a beautiful charcuterie plate for the fun ride home. Amazing day!!

Rehab Carbon Offsets and Sustainablity

The Nori Carbon Offset Certificate

As mentioned, the client wanted all of the emissions from this day to be offset. Boatbookings has all the tools to make this easy and low cost. The Captain informed us that the charter had consumed 815 liters of diesel fuel. Using the Boatbookings carbon calculator, we helped the client purchase enough credits to offset all of the emissions. The cost was less than the price of a bottle of NIkki Beach Rose! The Boatbookings system bought credits that are traceable to the actual farm and authenticated. The client was presented with this certificate – a reminder that their amazing day was done as sustainably as possible. (Not only were the emissions offset, Rehab does not use single-use plastics, all trash was recycled, and not coral-harming sun creams were used.)

Boatbookings commitment to sustainability

Boatbookings puts a premium on sustainability and is working towards all of our charters being zero-carbon in the near future. We work with yachts that have a similar focus on protecting the environment and are ready to offset emissions on any charter. Please read more about Green Chartering here, and we hope you join us in this important endeavor!

If you would like to book a charter on Rehab or any of our other amazing yachts worldwide, please contact us and ask for carbon offsets as well!