Why visit French Polynesia by yacht

Isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, over 1000 miles from anywhere, French Polynesia sits proudly as a glistening mirage of blue, green and turquoise. Within the 118 islands and atolls, everything revolves around the ocean and a yacht charter is the ultimate way to best experience the island-hopping lifestyle on offer. The islands all invoke a blissful and carefree atmosphere which has charmed travellers for decades, and there is an intrinsic understanding and respect for nature.

 

Clustered into five archipelagos: the Society Islands, the Tuamotu Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands and the Austral Islands, all have in common a delightful blend of Polynesian and French cultures, and a consistently tropical climate. The alluring scenery of pristine lagoons and tropical volcanic peaks is the frequently conceived vision of paradise, but a scratch below the surface reveals that there is so much more on offer amongst these islands that can be explored by yacht. A varied and unique experience can be found across the archipelagos resulting in a destination that can accommodate those seeking the boutique luxury spas found in Bora Bora as easily as individuals wanting a cultural escape in the Austral islands. A yacht charter enables seamless access to all these areas and guests can immerse themselves fully into the array of both relaxing and adventurous activities, while being accommodated in complete luxury.

What is available in French Polynesia

French Polynesia has always been synonymous as a natural and tranquil tropical destination that runs at its own pace. The islands are packed, however, with a mix of tropical adventure and blissful relaxation that can all be accessed via the crystal-clear cruising grounds. The range of both passive and active activities is almost limitless and can accommodate all visitors whether on the land or on the water.

Many of the activities in French Polynesia focus on the endless blue lagoons of the region and all the islands are home to an abundance of underwater wildlife. Fish, dolphins, rays, sharks, turtles and more inhabit these clear-water coral gardens that are as excellent for snorkelling as they are for diving and swimming. Diving can be directly arranged from the yacht, alongside the array of water sport activities that can be done within the safety of the reefed lagoons.

 

On the land, beach combing bright white sandy beaches and boutique spas and resorts adds an intense sense relaxation to a luxury escape. Adventuring further into the tropical interior of the islands you can traverse the mountainous terrain of Moorea by 4×4, hike to waterfalls lost in forested valleys, or take a local guide who will demonstrate the natural and cultural history of the islands. Cruising between the archipelagos, all these activities and more are best unlocked through a yacht charter where guests have unlimited access to all the islands they desire to visit.

Conditions of entry and stay in French Polynesia due to Covid-19

Since 15th July 2020, quarantine measures have been lifted and French Polynesia’s borders are open to international tourism from all countries. All travellers are subject to the following mandatory conditions:

Prior to boarding:

        • Proof of a negative RT-PCR test carried out within three days prior to their international air departure;
        • Present the receipt of the health registration from the Etis.pf platform (Electronic Travel Information System)

During the stay:

        • Travellers must complete a self-test 4 days after arrival in French Polynesia. The self–test will be provided upon arrival in French Polynesia.

The authorities of French Polynesia have declared a state of health emergency with the application of reinforced measures through until 15th January 2021. Curfews are in effect on the islands of Tahiti and Moorea, as well as trips and movement in public areas are prohibited between 9:00 pm and 4:00 am.