7 Day Tahiti Crewed Catamaran Charter – Day 8 – Eagle Rays, Snorkeling, and Disembarkation

The final day of a charter is always bittersweet, so we tried to make the best of it by getting up for the sunrise and savoring every moment.

Jerome took us by tender to a place in a remote reef where he knew we would see Eagle Rays. They truly look like birds as they slowly swim together in synch. A breathtaking sight.

We then did our obligatory family jump off of the back of the boat, dutifully filmed by Captain Jerome.

Jerome then headed back around Bora Bora, past the WWII gun emplacements, and to our disembarkation point – the Pearl Bora Bora, where we spent three wonderful nights before heading back home.

Heading home
A fond farewell to Clara and Jerome

Disembarking at the Pearl Le Bora Bora. From one great adventure to another, without ever getting into a car!

Here’s a map of the entire itinerary, in case you would like to mirror any part of it!

Final Thoughts

As you can tell by the blog posts, this was a fabulous charter for everyone in the family. The beauty and unspoiled nature of the islands, the food, the amazing water and snorkeling, the relaxed pace and friendly Polynesians. We were at a loss as to how it could have been any better.

If you love being on the water as we do, we highly recommend considering Tahiti for your next charter. Here’s more information in our Tahiti Yacht Charter Guide. Or contact us directly at charter@boatbookings.com! Mauruuru!

7 Day Tahiti Crewed Catamaran Charter – Day 7 – Christmas on Bora Bora

Our last full day was going to be special, it was Christmas on Bora Bora!

After breakfast, we headed clockwise around the island to the south side, past the beautiful hotels with hundreds of bungalows over the water. On the way we passed Santa, on his outrigger, relaxing after his long night.

Santa uses an outrigger in Tahiti, of course

Our anchorage was a huge shallow lagoon shared with about 10 other catamarans that offered a constant view of the Bora Bora peaks and waves crashing on the reefs. This area is famous for the color of the water, and didn’t disappoint! Most of the day was quiet – snorkeling, kayaking and swimming. As it was our last full day on the boat, we wanted to enjoy every moment, and also celebrate Christmas as a family.

Drone shot of our anchorage

Nature blessed us with another gorgeous sunset, this time with the Bora Bora peaks in the foreground.

And of course, we celebrated Christmas Happy Hour with a bottle of Bubbly on the fly deck.

For Christmas dinner, Clara prepared a Capon, as there was no turkey available, which was beautifully cooked with all the trimmings! A very merry, Tahitian Christmas!

Read more in our Tahiti Yacht Charter Guide.

Tomorrow – disembarking and final thoughts on Tahiti!

7 Day Tahiti Crewed Catamaran Charter – Day 6 – Vanilla Farm, Bora Bora on Christmas Eve

We woke up with the excitement that we were headed to Bora Bora today, an island with an almost mythical appeal. We had seen glimpses of the famous volcanic mountains for a couple of days now but were excited to finally head over to it. And to top that off, it was Christmas Eve!

But first, we had an opportunity to swim from our boat with some of the local Black Tip Sharks – they are not dangerous but are every bit sharks! Putting on masks, we were lowered into the water on the dingy lift and had a treat looking directly at these sharks (which look larger in the water) as they slowly swam past.

We then set off by tender for a local Vanilla Farm. We enjoyed a 30-minute talk about the Vanilla industry and practices in Tahiti, and of course, had a chance to buy various products.

Learning about cultivating vanilla
Drying vanilla beans in the sun

We then sailed around the island and headed to Bora Bora – a 3 1/2 hour sail from Taha’a. Everyone had a chance to read and relax as the island grew larger in front of us.

Approaching Bora Bora under full sail

We arrived just before sunset and moored in the main harbor with lots of other catamarans decorated with Christmas lights. Everyone in the harbor seemed to be headed to the Bora Bora Yacht Club for dinner.

A panoramic view of the sunset from Bora Bora.
Festive Bora Bora Yacht Club Christmas Dinner

We dined ashore at the Bora Bora Yacht club, which featured a typically French Christmas dinner: A glass of Champagne, Foie Gras, Prawns and Filet Mignon, and Buche de Noel for dessert. We could have been in France, except for the constant calls of “Ia Orana” (hello) and “Maururu” (thank you), and the warm breeze blowing in off the bay. While not a typical posh yacht club you would expect in the US or Europe, it was very festive and beautiful to dine right on the water.

Another special day.

Read more in our Tahiti Yacht Charter Guide.

Tomorrow – gorgeous Bora Bora.

A Tahiti Yacht Charter to Four Seasons Bora Bora

The winter yacht charter season is about to commence all around the world. The Antigua Yacht Show will mark the start of the Caribbean season, whilst the annual Thailand Yacht Show will commence the Asia Pacific charters. If you’re still seeking inspiration, or looking to sample a new destination, try Tahiti. It’s easier to get there than you may think!

© Four Seasons Bora Bora

With direct flights from Los Angeles, your Tahiti yacht charter has never been so accessible. Once you arrive, you have to get out on the water and explore the islands. Look at those cerulean lagoons! There is no better way to unwind, relax and soak up French Polynesian culture than chartering a Tahiti crewed catamaran. Extend your stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Bora Bora and arrive in style!

© Four Seasons Bora Bora

So, what can you expect from your time in Tahiti? Crystal clear waters are a given, as well as tropical reef fish and underwater phenomena. Divers, you’re in heaven! For those looking for privacy, tranquility, fine dining and spectacular sunsets, you’re also in luck! For those interested in culture, arts, crafts and bespoke jewellery, you’re set!

© Four Seasons Bora Bora

Pack your bags and let the Boatbookings team show you the way. We recommend the new Lagoon Seventy 7 crewed catamaran JOY to take you there.

Embark on your French Polynesia yacht charter with Captain CJ and be mesmerised by all the activities on offer. After diving the Tiputa pass, return onboard for gourmet dining prepared by Chef Fabiana and enjoy top service by Lexi. But how do we know this? Ben from the Broker team enjoyed lunch first hand and really enjoyed the tropical flavours and bespoke service!

We’re excited to show you the way. Start talking to the Boatbookings team today to organise your next exotic getaway in the South Pacific.

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.

Photo credit from Johnyg at deviantart.com

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