, I wanted to share a bit about my experiences in French Polynesia
and encourage anyone who might want to charter
there to go for it! You will not regret it. I posted last year when I was in the planning stages for this trip. It was our 10 th wedding anniversary and I was thinking a land based vacation
might make more sense. I appealed to the cursing forum for some insight and got some good advice. I did wind
up chartering a Lagoon 380 catamaran
Yacht Charters, who I would use again and recommend to others. The choice to charter
instead of staying at resorts was very wise! I couldn’t see any advantage to staying on land when I was there. We went ashore to the resorts and restaurants when we wanted to spend big bucks, but when we didn’t we grilled out which was perfect! BTW the charter company provided a list and provisioned the boat for us. Groceries along with everything else in F.P. are expensive but the charter company charged us a 10% fee over regular prices which I felt very reasonable (receipts from the supermarket were provided).
When I was looking at hotels I was lured in by the picturesque views of and from the famous over-water bungalows. The price
per night was extraordinary with the best ones easily ruining into the 1000’s per night. It turns out that they are very nice (from the outside anyway) but they are so close to one another, not my idea of a tropical island getaway. I was able to anchored a few hundred yards from the grandest end units and bar-b-q lamb chops and watch the sunset set behind Bora Bora
, a spectacular sight. To me it was incomparable to staying at one of the bungalows. Of course the best part was the next morning we moved on to other less crowded and equally if not more beautiful spots.
I was concerned about doing to much. We wanted to see Huahine and Bora Bora
. In our 8 days. The problem is that you need to backtrack to Raiatea or Tahaa to do so in daylight . Also note that in the Winter FP has about a 12 hour day. It is pitched black by 1900. We did wind
up seeing all 4 islands and did so at a more relaxed pace that the Agean or typical BVI trip. I spent a couple of nights on Huahine and three on Bora Bora. Basically we did not “rush” anywhere. Of course more time to explore would have been good, but I don’t think I ever left a charter trip that I did not want to stay another week or month.
All in all a fantastic trip! The people and the place are absolutely wonderful, almost other worldly. We went during their peak season, but crowds on land and in the anchorages
was never an issue. Unlike the BVI there are only a few dozen boats for charter so most anchorages
are fairly open. I could say so much more. If any one is thinking about a trip like this I will be happy to answerer any questions you might have if I can. Mauruuru, Rich