This leg embodies the quintessence of South Pacific sailing, where every day you will have to pinch yourself to believe that you are waking up in such a paradise. It will live up to the legends of the French Polynesian islands as being a heaven on earth, with its laid back, guilt-free lifestyle surrounded by a lush, pristine environment.
We start in Tahiti and cruise through the Society Islands of Mo’orea, Huahine-Iti, Ra’iatea and Taha’a, where each island has its own offering of something to explore and indulge in: Polynesian temples, vanilla and pearl farms, mountain hikes, shallow coral lagoons and waterfalls.
We then meet with the WARC fleet in Bora Bora, one of the most geographically stunning islands with its majestic volcanic peaks, encircling reef and crystal clear lagoon. There is opportunity to hike, bike, snorkell, kayak and kiteboard, or just marvel at what has been called the most beautiful island on earth from our stunning anchorage within the lagoon.
We then make our way with the fleet to the Cook Islands, stopping at the island nature reserve of Suwarrow, 690nm away. It is a haven for birdlife, tropical fish, sharks and rare turtles.
We then cruise to Niue, a part of New Zealand, 540nm to the southwest. It is one of the largest raised coral atolls on earth and the diving and snorkelling are excellent due to the clarity, as they have no rivers or lakes to muddy the waters. Niue is also home to some of the most extensive and dramatic limestone caves that can be explored both inland and along the coast.
This leg then ends a 230nm sail away in the Vava’u Island group, an archipelago of more than 50 islands, that is part of the Kingdom of Tonga.
The largest of the Winward group of Islands in French Polynesia in the South Pacific Ocean is Tahiti with its mountainous interior, hidden valleys and clear streams and high waterfalls which remains largely untouched as most of the islands inhabitants live near to the coastal shores. The thriving and bustling capital of Papeete has a fabulous selection of resorts, hotels, spas, unique fine dining establishments, nightclubs, vibrant markets, museums, pearl shops, and boutiques.
The Society Islands consist of eight Islands and are the most visited archipelago in the French Polynesian Islands covered in lush jungle and surrounded by pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. The Islands lie halfway between Australia and California in the South Pacific. The Islands fall into two groups, Winward and Leeward
Raiatea (largest island of the group); Huahine which at high tide is divided into two islands, Huahine Nui ("big Huahine") to the north and Huahine Iti ("small Huahine") to the south; Tahaa; Bora Bora; Tupai; Maupiti; Maupihaa and Motu One.
A tropical paradise consisting of 61 islands surrounded by coral reefs, sublime deserted beaches, and clear lagoons Vava’u has acquired a worldwide reputation as a sheltered yachting playground. The Islands are also popular with game fishermen in search of the mighty Blue Merlin. Water visibility is perfect for exploring sea caves and shipwrecks and many of the snorkelling location are idea for swimmers of all abilities, other water sports include including jet kayaking, sea kayaking and kite boarding. As the evening draws in relax onshore in one of the many bars or restaurants.