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Embark: 12:00hrs. Fly in to Papeete Tahiti, and shake off your jet lag in a hotel for the day or connect directly by flight to our base at Raiatea Island at Marina Apooti. It is recommended to arrive at Raiatea Island on the early flight from Papeete. After checking in on the yacht and provisioning, sail the short distance over to the island of Tahaa and pick up a mooring for the night. Moor in a wonderful bay for the first tropical toast and the first Pacific sunset.
Sail around the coast of Tahaa within the lagoon the first morning and exit the fringing reef through Toahotu Pass for a spirited 4-hour sail to Huahine. Arrive at the lagoon entrance of Avamoa Pass and anchor to the left (port side) of the Bali Hai Hotel. This is a safe and picturesque anchorage for the night and an opportunity to take in some Tahitian nightlife at the hotel. The bar and restaurant are open to charter sailors who want to go ashore and dine or have cocktails at the bar.
Explore beautiful Huahine lagoon for the day trolling along the coast for some tuna or mackerel but if you don't catch one, stop in at Fare for provisioning at the supermarket, bakery and top off the water if need be. Later in the day sail down the west coast for some spectacular snorkeling at Avea Bay, also a good place to grill the fish and watch the sky turn every hue of red and orange.
Stay at anchor at Avea Bay and explore the beautiful beach and surrounding lush vegetation. Soak up the sun then cool off with a snorkel over a vibrant, colorful coral reef.
Raise anchor early and head out the Avamoa Pass for the 4-hour reciprocal course back to Tahaa. Enter the lagoon through the Toahotu Pass and head for the first island lying to starboard, Mahaea Motu Island. Behind the island you find a deserted paradise with fine sand and fringing palms leaning low over the shore. In the evening tie to a mooring at Haamene Bay, opposite Toahotu Pass, where you'll find the inviting Hibiscus restaurant.
Sail around the bottom of Tahaa Island and return to the base to replenish supplies and top off the water tanks. Once the provisions are stowed, sail west across the lagoon to the magical islet of Llot Tautau. This is the perfect spot to watch the sun set over the volcanic peaks of Bora Bora.
Make your way around the lagoon and exit the reef system at Papai Pass for a nice morning sail to majestic Bora Bora and the famous volcanic Pitons. Enter via the Teavanui Pass and sail to the mooring balls of the Bora Bora Yacht Club - a good place to indulge in a tropical cocktail.
Stay at anchor at Bora Bora and explore the islands interior in the morning - be sure to see the aquarium. In the afternoon, sail north around the top of the lagoon and down the eastern shore stopping at several tranquil tropical anchorages.
Sail up the coast and shop for handicrafts and provisions at the township of Vaitape. A good overnight spot is in front of the Bora Bora Hotel. 100 yards off the hotel beach are several coral bommies that offer superb snorkeling. The hotel is an inviting location for a magical evening meal.
Up anchor and hoist sail for the 4 hour passage out the Teavanui channel to the west side of Raiatea via the Toamaro Pass. Anchor in behind Toamaro Island (to port as you enter the Pass). This is a spectacular, tropical anchorage with a great view for the fiery Pacific sunset.
Head out the Toamaro Pass and sail south around the bottom of the island outside the barrier reef. Re-enter the lagoon through Naonao Pass. Make your way up the eastern side of Raiatea inside the lagoon for an interesting stop at Opoa Bay. This bay features some Polynesian Marea ruins on the headland. After lunch, continue exploring the coastline up to Faaroa Bay. Spend the night in this quaint little cove. There is a great restaurant ashore if you don't feel like cooking.
On your last morning continue up the east coast of Raiatea and make way to the base for departure.