Tahiti

Raiatea, French Polynesia

Sailing holidays

29 °C
Average temperature (Jun-Sept)
2
Sailing experience level
ICC RYA
Day Skipper

Remote, exotic, relaxing

The impossibly remote and endlessly alluring French Polynesian islands were one of the last places on Earth to be settled by humans. Today, the year-round trade winds and mild, consistent climate makes French Polynesia a year-round sailing destination.

A South Pacific sailing holiday is no coastal cruise, with many of French Polynesia’s islands spread tens or even hundreds of miles apart. Experienced ocean sailors will relish the opportunity to sail the calm waters of the South Pacific in search of island-hopping adventure, encountering welcoming, traditional island communities, dramatic volcanic scenery and incredible oceanic wildlife along the way. 

Our Polynesian base is found at Raiatea, a small island in the centre of French Polynesia. Thousands of miles from the nearest large landmass, Raiatea is surrounded by the countless tiny, remote islands of the South Pacific. Dive the circuit of reef that surrounds Raiatea and neighbouring Taha’a and come face to face with Polynesia’s remarkable marine life. Sheltered from swells but open to the strong trade winds, Raiatea's self-contained lagoon offers truly excellent sailing. 

Suggested bareboat itineraries

A beautiful, fully provisioned yacht, your nearest and dearest on-board and the promise of untold adventures on the South Pacific—that’s the reality of a bareboat charter holiday in French Polynesia. Experienced sailors will relish the opportunity to set sail from Raiatea for some boundless ocean sailing, with no itinerary other than that you’ll set yourself.

French Polynesia one-week bareboat

  • Black pearl farms
  • Diving coral reefs
  • Enchanting Bora Bora
  • Consistent trade winds
  • Ancient Polynesian temples
  • Tiny islets, tropical beaches
Itinerary details

Experience required

Sailing experience level
2
At least 10 days or 200 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht

Our intermediate sailing destinations, Level 2 sailing areas offer a greater challenge for sailors more comfortable on the open water. Enjoy strong winds and longer spells of open water sailing, suitable for more experienced skippers.

Skippered Holiday

Try a skippered holiday

  • Relax and let your skipper take charge
  • Be as hands on or laid back as you like
  • Learn from an expert skipper
  • Gain local knowledge and recommendations
  • Peace of mind and safety on the water
  • Discretion and privacy when you need it
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Sailing conditions

Max temp
(°C)
Min temp
(°C)
Avg precipitation
(mm)
Avg wind speed
(knots)
Dominant wind direction
Papeete Airport (Tahiti)
January31242408NE
February31242208NE
March31241508NE
April31241107NE
May30231007NE
June2922507NE
July2821706S
August2921608NE
September2922507NE
October2923908NE
November30231608NE
December30242008NE

Address

Marina Apooiti

BP 165

98735 Uturoa

Raiatea, French Polynesia

Base opening hours

Mon-Sun: 7.30am-5pm

Nearest airport
Raiatea International

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020 3468 6770

Mon-Fri: 8am-7pm | Sat: 9am-7pm | Sun: 10am-5pm

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