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Trip Summary

Price from
1469 USD to 2997
Nights
7
Available
All year
Passengers
8-10
Yacht
56-62 ft catamaran
Arrival airport
Raiatea
Boarding day
Saturday



French Polynesia sailing vacation: Bora Bora

Life aboard

Life aboard a cabin charter catamaran yacht will have an international flavour where groups of like-minded travelers come together to share the best experience possible. The catamarans are spacious with plenty of deck areas to enjoy quiet time or social areas to mingle with your fellow crew mates. 

The catamarans have the following features:

  • double-bed cabins  with private washroom facilities 
  • linens and beach towels
  • equipped galleys with refrigerator/ice boxes & double sink
  • large open saloon with dining table, couch and CD sound system
  • spacious cockpit with external dining table
  • furling sails and mainsails with lazy–jack or roller system
  • bimini (shade awning) and spray hood on the monohull
  • GPS plotter
  • snorkel gear, zodiac with outboard
  • emergency life rafts, life jackets, harnesses, first–aid kits and the standard safety equipment for sailboats

Please note: Actual accommodation may vary from images shown. On rare occasions an alternative yacht may be used and a smaller yacht may be used based on the number of bookings. Yachts will motor sail in light air to make destinations on time. When booking, it is not possible to specify a particular yacht or crew.

The crew

The professional crew are responsible for all operations of the vessel, sailing, cooking, cleaning, and service of all meals, drinks and snacks on board. Crew offer a wealth of knowledge, great service and make the trip an unforgettable experience.

What happens each day?

The emphasis is on sailing, relaxation and enjoying water and beach activities. Some shore excursions are offered to see charming towns for shopping or places of interest. See the detailed itinerary for more details. For evening entertainment, you can sit on deck and chill with your fellow crew mates or enjoy the local nightlife on shore.

Swimming and snorkelling

Each day there is a chance to swim and snorkel. In this tropical paradise, there is an abundance of fish for the avid snorkler or diving can be arranged at an extra cost. Alternatively, you can kayak to the beach to enjoy strolling the beach and beachcombing. 

Meals

From the fully equipped galley your hostess/chef will prepare meals that will have a regional flavour from a diverse and mouthwatering menu. Individual dietary requirements can be catered for on request.  Breakfast generally includes:

  • fresh filter coffee
  • fruit juices
  • milk and teas (freshly brewed black tea or herbal tea assortments)
  • an assortment of cheeses
  • eggs prepared to your liking
  • fresh bread
  • honey, jams, butter, toast
  • cereals
  • local specialities

 Lunch and dinner are a fantastic mixture of hot and cold foods and includes:

  • soups
  • a large variety of salads
  • sauces and dips
  • grilled meats and fish
  • shell fish
  • pastas, rices and potatoes

Every chef will also add a few of their own personal flavours to the trip!

Beverages

All drinks are to be purchased from the onboard bar. 


Boarding location

Raitea: Marina Uturoa

Your yacht will be available to board on Saturday at 12:00 hrs.

Papeete International airport on the island of Tahiti is a 45-50 minute flight from the island of Raiatea. Upon arrival at Raiatea airport, it's just a short taxi ride to the marina at Raiatea.

By flight
Papeete to Raiatea: Air Tahiti www.airtahiti.pf

By ferry
Ferry for Raiatea: Departure from Tahiti on Tuesdays and Thursdays to Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora Bora. Hawaiki Nui: E-mail: contact@stim.pf. Please note: that this boat is a cargo boat and does not offer great comfort and service!

Upon arrival at Raiatea airport, it is a short taxi ride to the Marina d'Uturoa Raiatea. Should you arrive a day or so before your charter then contact us if you would like to reserve a room in advance of your charter at our preferred hotel.


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Cabin charter FAQ's

Is a cabin charter for me?

A cabin charter sailing vacation is a great way to experience the culture of a country and see many coves, beaches and small harbors that larger vessels are unable to enter. A cabin charter is also a great way to make new friends - but it isn't for everyone. Factors to consider are your physical abilities and any medical conditions you may have and how well you enjoy the company of others, you are aboard a yacht which has smaller spaces than a large cruise ship.

How do I know which yacht I am on?

When you book a cabin charter, you are booking a cabin, not a specific yacht or crew. The price paid, includes a cabin on a yacht, meals and services of the crew. Information provided upon booking will detail the type of yacht, ie a monohull or a catamaran yacht and the approximate size of the yacht, ie 47-60ft catamaran. Some of the trips are aboard very large catamarans, if prior to departure, all the cabins do not get booked, then a smaller catamaran could be used in that size range. This will not affect the cabin type, meals, services or itinerary. 

How physically fit do I have to be? 

Sailing holidays do not require you to have a high level of physical fitness and are suitable for any age. However, a moving boat requires you to be steady on your feet and relatively agile. Some cabin charters require that you are able to climb off and on the yacht by ladder into the sea for swimming and to access the shore by dinghy. This requires some strength and dexterity.

What are the yachts like?

All yachts used for cabin charters offer private cabins, washrooms, indoor and outdoor common areas and access to shore via means of gangplank or tender/dinghy. The yacht is your accommodation and mode of transport while on your trip. The yacht can be either a monohull or a catamaran. Some yachts are more luxurious than others dependent on the destination. Singles may have to share a washroom or pay a 50-75% single supplement. Please refer to individual cabin charter details for details of yacht. 

Am I considered crew?

You will find two or three crew on every sailing cruise yacht. The crew consists of a skipper and a hostess or cook. The crew sleeps aboard the yacht in crew quarters. Skippers are experienced sailors and qualified to ensure your safety while aboard. They are happy to share their knowledge of the destinations and willing to help you hone your skills if you want to take a more active sailing role while aboard. Hostess' are responsible for provisioning and preparing wonderful meals aboard. Your hostess provides details of what there is to see and do on each island and in some cases will guide hikes ashore. In some instances they also manage the social aspect of your trip with sunset and happy hour activities and great restaurant reservations.

I want luxury is a cabin charter a luxury vacation on a yacht?

Yachts used for cabin charters tend to have basic facilities with some creature comforts. They have private washrooms for each cabin but this can't be considered an en-suite bathroom that you would get in a hotel. The galley is basic and if the yacht is moving any meals produced will generally be cold light meals such as sandwiches or basic salads. To avoid any dissapointment when booking a cabin charter, it is best to think of any type of cabin charter sailing vacation as an adventurous vactation rather than a high-end crewed yachting experience. 

Do I have to get my own group together for a cabin charter?

No. You charter by the cabin, if you have a large enough group then you will have the yacht to yourself, but if there are just two of you then you will be with other cabin charter guests.

Is a cabin charter aboard a sailing yacht like a cruise ship holiday?

No. A cabin charter holiday on a sailing yacht differs from a cruise ship experience, as the number of passengers is between 8-12, while cruise ships may have thousands. Yacht cabins are generally smaller and more streamlined and storage space is more limited. Cabin charters are guided by a captain and a crew/program director, so they are much more intimate cultural experiences than cruise ships. 

I have never been aboard a yacht and can't sail will this be a problem?

No. Cabin charter holidays are relaxing adventure vacations where you can participate as much or as little as you want with the actual sailing. There are crew members aboard the yacht who are responsible for sailing the yacht, your safety and preparing meals as outlined in your particular trip.

Will I get seasick?

The larger yachts used for cabin charters are very stable and sail in conditions that do not upset the vast majority of guests. If you are more prone to car motion sickness, we recommend that you bring your normal medication with you. Skippers and crew aboard all charters offer numerous methods to help alleviate the feeling of motion sickness including starting with short sails, so guests get their sea legs the first few days, which makes all the difference.

I want to learn how to sail, will I be able to get involved?

Skippers on our cabin charters in Greece and Croatia are happy to share their knowledge and willing to help you hone your skills if you want to take a more active sailing role while aboard. Aboard the larger catamarans and Turkish gulets there is less opportunity to be actively involved due to the size of the vessels. It is important to note, that cabin charter holidays are not sailing courses. If you would like to have a more formal sailing experience then sailing courses are a great option.

Are cabin charters just for couples?

No. Cabin charters are a mix of singles, couples, groups and families. At the time of booking you can ask about the group dynamic.

Will I pay a single supplement?

On some of our cabin charters single accommodation is available with no single supplement if you share a washroom. Where there are only double cabins aboard, you will pay a single supplement. Full details of single supplements are outlined with the dates and pricing for each cabin charter.

Are there children on a cabin charter holiday?

Children are allowed aboard some of our cabin charters but not all. Please check with our office at the time of booking your trip.

Is there an age restriction for a cabin charter sailing holiday?

No. As long as you are physically active we do not put an upper age limit on our trips. If you are under 18, you will need to be escorted by a parent or guardian.

Will I be with people I don't know?

Yes, unless you are booking the entire yacht for your private group. Crew members aboard all cabin charters are experienced at creating a good group dynamic and creating a relaxed and fun environment for everyone to feel comfortable aboard. Cabin charters are a much more intimate experience than cruise ship holidays and you will leave having made new friends. Where possible, passengers with similar interests and of similar age will be grouped together.

Who are my traveling companions?

For privacy reasons we cannot provide you with the names of your traveling companions. However, in some cases we can let you know the ages, interests, background and expectations of other cabin charter guests who fill in their resumé. These tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share an adventurous spirit and a desire to experience new destinations.

What if another guest behaves inappropriately?

It is vitally important to us that all guests enjoy their time aboard. When booking a cabin charter, you are reserving a cabin aboard a yacht, not the whole yacht so there are a few guidelines that all guests are advised to follow.  It is very rare but if a guest demonstrates inappropriate behavior that goes against the guidelines provided and their behaviour is considered to disrespectful to any other guest, skipper or crew, the skipper reserves the right to terminate their trip and ask them to disembark immediately or at the next port without any applicable refund or recourse.

Can I bring alcohol aboard?

Each of the cabin charters vary with what alcohol they supply, some offer wine with dinner and others for welcome drinks only. Your invoice and boarding information will detail your chosen cabin charter. In general you purchase your own alcohol either from the stocked bar onboard or you can bring your own provisions onboard that you purchase.  

What type of luggage is best to bring?

Quite often bags need to be stored underneath the mattress in cabins so duffle bags with wheels that fold flat are ideal. 

What shall I do if I have specific dietary requirements?

For any specific dietary requirements you need to advise us in writing at the time of booking giving full details. We will try our best to accommodate your dietary requirements. If we are unable to properly accommodate your particular needs, we will let you know in advance. In general, in both the tropics and Greece and Croatia, gluten or lactose free products are quite limited. 

Can I do my own thing for dinner in the evening?

Many of our cabin charters include all inclusive meals so dinner tends to be included aboard. Cabin charters in the Mediterranean tend to arrange for dinner ashore at carefully selected local restaurants in order to try fantastic Mediterranean gastronomy. If you do not wish to eat with the group at these restaurants, you can choose to explore and find your own restaurant.

Can my medical situation or disability be accommodated aboard a yacht?

If you have a medical problem or disability which may affect your trip, you must advise us in writing at the time of booking giving full details. If we feel your health and safety or that of other guests could be in danger or we can't accommodate your particular needs aboard, we will let you know in prior to booking. In both the tropics and Greece and Croatia is is important to understand that their may not be medical facilities on each island and a transfer may be required shoudl a serious medical condition arise. 

Will I be able to use my CPAP machine onboard?

Yes. You will need to bring your own power supply for your cabin or alternatively ensure that you have a 12v (cigarette lighter) adaptor with a 10-12ft extension cord to access the 12v power from the navigation station of the vessels.

Will refrigeration be available for medicines?

Yes. There is refrigeration aboard all of our cabin charter yachts. Please request the use of this when boarding.

Will I have internet access?

Most yachts do not have their own internet access. In most cases coffee shops and restaurants on shore have internet access and will provide you with an access code if you buy a coffee or meal.  

What shall I pack?

All yachts have limited storage space so it is wise to travel light. Our comprehensive packing list will help with the essentials for traveling. See packing list.

Will there be a hot shower aboard?

Yes. All yachts used on our cabin charter sailing vacations will either have shore power, run the engine or generators to heat water. All washrooms have shower facilities. Fresh water showers are also available at the back of yachts for rinsing after swimming.

Do I need to bring linen and towels or a sleeping bag?

No. Yachts used for our cabin charters all have linen and towels provided.

What food is included?

Each of our cabin charters varies slightly on what is included. You will find full details of what is included on the dates and pricing section of each trip.

Will there be ice on board?

Some of our cabin charter yachts have icemakers onboard, on others ice can be purchased and stored in ice boxes. Ask your crew when you board if there are large quantities of ice always available.

How do the toilets flush on a sailing yacht?

Yachts will have either a standard marine head (manual pump handle attached to the pipes) or have a vacuum flush system (electric pump pressed by a button). Skippers will provide a briefing upon boarding to ensure that you know how to use the toilets correctly. Marine toilets only accept natural waste and anything else placed in the toilet will break the toilet.

Will there be air-conditioning on the yacht?

Some of the yachts do have air-conditioning; review the details of individual trips for more information. In European harbours in particular, generators are not allowed after 9pm so it is unlikely that air-conditioning will be ran after that time.  In the Caribbean, air-conditioning tends to run on the yachts from 8am-10pm but is turned off after that time. 

Is there electricity on board, how will I charge my devices?

All yachts have marine batteries to operate electrical equipment and most have cigarette lighter adapter for charging camera batteries and small accessories. Some yachts also have inverters, shore power cables and generators to provide electricity onboard. Most yachts will have electrical sockets in the cabin for use when the generator is on or connected to shore power.

Can I bring a hairdryer?

Skippers will accommodate the use generators for electrical sockets to be used where possible but this may not always be possible.

How much shall we tip the crew?

Your captain and crew will work very hard throughout the trip to provide excellent meals, snacks and drinks and offer great guidance - so it is customary to tip the amounts detailed on any individual charter. Tips are generally given as cash to crew. You can choose the proportions if you would like split your tip between crew members.

What are the terms and conditions of booking?

A booking is confirmed when a deposit payment is received and at that time no further discounts will be offered. Once a booking is confirmed, pricing will not change. Website pricing is subject to change without prior notice. Departure dates are subject to availability and any discounts may change based upon the number of bookings received. Deposit payments are to be received by special offer end date as confirmation of booking at special pricing. All cancellations are to be received in writing and are subject to Poseidon Charters cancellation policy.   Full terms and conditions of booking. 


Reviews

Destination: Bora Bora

Title: Cabin charter Bora Bora Feb 2016

We had a great time on our Bora Bora trip. Surprisingly we enjoyed a few other islands even more, that we would not have seen without the boat. The boat itself was great, although it did need a bigger tender for all of us and a better WIFI option. The captain and cook were both fantastic. The food was great. Our captain made the best of the itinerary, and took to more secluded, anchorages, beaches and motus then I can remember. The excursions were also great, particularly Huahine were our guide gave us an exceptional tour. We all had a great and memorable trip, and would recommend and use Poseidon again. Now to start planning something else...

From: Ryan Smith

Location: USA


Destination: French Polynesia Bora Bora

Title: Cabin charter Bora Bora New Year 2013

The captain and hostess were the best!! Food exceeded expectations. Snorkeling and sailing time exceeded expectations. Weather excellent  2hrs of rain over the eight days! Additional room cost well worth it.

From: Eileen and Jeff Albert

Location: Canada


Destination: French Polynesia

Title: Cabin charter Bora Bora Sep 2013

The trip was fantastic! French Polynesia exceeded my expectations. All of my dealings with Poseidon Charters were very good, from documents provided, information clarity and quick response to queries. My only concern was that upon arrival I realised that it was a fully French speaking boat. Everyone spoke English as a second language and they were lovely people and the crew of course spoke in English to me, but on first impressions I was a bit anxious being the only English (first language) speaker. BUT then I realised after a few days, that this worked out in the BEST way possible.  It was all down to the lovely people and crew, they were wonderful and well suited to my personality so we all got on well in the end.  I honestly could not choose a best bit from my trip. The boat, itinerary, people, crew, FOOD, Islands visited, chaperoning and overall catering for, were excellent, excellent, excellent!

From: T Abraham

Location: UK



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