For 8 days that is way ambitious. I assume you are starting/finishing the charter
at the Sunsail marina on the north coast of Raiatea? If so, Raiatea and Tahaa share a lagoon
and you could easily spend the entire time not going outside the reef visiting the 6 or so key sites around the two islands.
But if you really want to see as many places as possible and donít want to relax/explore in place then pick either Bora Bora
OR Huahine as the other island to visit. You use half a day for each passage
, so itís not worth trying for all four islands.
As noted in another thread, Bora Bora is on everyoneís bucket list so is hard to pass up, while Huahine is much less touristy and uncrowded with equivalent beauty.
Save a bit of time and hassle by paying for pre-provisioning - all your food
will be waiting in bags in your boat
when you arrive (yes, you do need to pack it away yourself and that can take a few hours). Bring as much alcohol as import
rules allow (in fact, bring more, and if they actually check and pull you up on it the tax will still be less than the cost in country). Plan on buying
baguettes and fruit and if you have kids
ice cream. Bring your own snorkels and masks to be sure they fit and work
, otherwise check very carefully the gear
company provides so you donít find out during your first swim that your mask leaks
or the snorkel is munted.
There is another thread that I donít recall
that discusses charting from Raiatea in great detail.
If you can arrive the night before the start of the charter and spend the night on board youíll be able to get away earlier the next day.