One of the Great Migrations – the Humpback Whales in French Polynesia

Every year in the Antartic, as winter closes in and food becomes scarcer, one of the worlds great migrations takes place.Many hundreds of humpback whales swim 6000 km north to spend 4-5 months enjoying the warmer and food-rich waters of French Polynesia, to breed and to give birth to their calves. This is a time for mating, with underwater singing that can be heard all day long as the males try to impress the females.

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300 Welcomes from Fiji – Bula!

Located in the heart of the South Pacific, some of the happiest people on earth live on the 300 plus tropical islands of Fiji. Deserted white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, emerald rainforests and clear blue waters full of amazing marine life – what’s not to be happy about? Now that the wet season is over, perfect tropical weather is waiting for you.

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The Sailing Seasons of Indonesia

Seasons? What seasons!? Sailing in Indonesia has one huge advantage – you can do it all year round!

While the Med and Caribbean have high and low seasons… Indonesia has high and high seasons! Extending over 5000 km from east to west, and over 1700 km north to south, the 15,000 plus islands make up the largest archipelago in the world. It is so huge and spread out, that it has several micro-climates which allow for almost perfect sailing weather somewhere in the country at any time of year.

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Surf’s Up in Fiji!

The world of surfing turns its attention to the South Pacific island of Fiji at this time of year, as the Fiji Pro surfing tournament is held at the world renowned Cloudbreak, near Tavarua Island off the west coast of Fiji.The women’s competition was won last week by Johanne Defay of France, and the men’s competition starts on the 5th June. Many watersports and sailing enthusiasts turn up just to watch the action, a fabulous way to pass a few days on your yacht charter Fiji.

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Samui Regatta in the Gulf of Thailand

Although Phuket is the biggest sailing area by far in Thailand, there are 2 hidden gems to discover in Koh Chang and Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. These are smaller and less developed, but still worth considering if you are looking for an alternative sailing destination to explore.

Happening right now in Koh Samui is the 15th edition of the Samui Regatta, a full week of fun in the sun and some serious racing and partying around Chaweng Beach on the east coast of Koh Samui. Whether you are a serious racer, a recreational sailor, or just an interested observer, watching this international regatta is a great way to spend your summer holidays in Samui.

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Surf the Wicked Waves of Tahiti!

There are some amazing surfing destinations to be found in the South Pacific, including Tahiti and Fiji, and it is no accident that many professional and amateur surfing competitions are held in these places.

Water sports are an integral part of any South Pacific sailing holiday, including diving, surfing, snorkeling, kiteboarding, game fishing and many, many others, and Tahiti has more than its fair share of exciting surfing locations to explore while on your Tahiti yacht charter holiday! Or just watch the experts during the many competitions throughout the year.

Photo credit from Taapuna Blog
Photo credit from Taapuna Blog

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The Similan Islands – The Best Diving in Thailand

Not just the best diiving in Thailand, but regularly voted among the top 10 dives sites in the world, the Similans are a north south group of 9 islands northwest of Phuket, and a must-see part of your yacht charter Thailand.

Declared a National Park in 1982, the area provides some of the most striking underwater landscapes in Asia. Huge granite builders go down to the ocean floor, creating an underwater playground for divers, surrounded by crystal clear waters and a huge variety of corals and fish.

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Blushing Beach of Indonesia

The pink beach? No, we are not delirious from sunstroke! Many places around Asia can claim to have beautiful white sandy beaches – the Seychelles, Phuket, the Maldives, and many more around the world – but only a handful can claim to have a beautiful pink beach!

Yet this is exactly what you can find and explore on the Indonesian island of Komodo, while sailing in Indonesia.

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Wow Wow Wow Indonesia!

No, we have not invented a catchy new slogan for the Indonesia Tourist Board!

We have all seen the marketing slogans…..Malaysia is Truly Asia, Thailand is Definitely Amazing, and it really is More Fun in the Philippines… but “Wow Wow Wow” was the exact words our client used when boarding Phinisi 51 New World recently. For sailing in Indonesia, this fantastic Indonesian phinisi is setting the bar very high, and looks like it will be giving the Indonesian Tourist Board some more superlatives to work with!!

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