Archipels catamaran cruise vessel in Rangiroa, Tahiti (French Polynesia)

Boutique Catamaran Cruising Through the Islands of Tahiti

The Islands of Tahiti have the power to change our minds about many things. They can change our minds about luxury. They can change our minds about relaxation. They can even change our minds about food truck cuisine when you line up with the locals for delicious cheap eats at Les Roulottes in Papeete! They can also change your mind about cruise vacations.

If you think cruise vacations are all about large boats packed with passengers moving from one pre-set activity or meal time to the next in between rushed port stops, let the Islands of Tahiti introduce you to an all new style of cruising.

The Benefits of Boutique Cruising

Boutique cruising is the ultimate way to go island-hopping through the South Pacific. Capped at just 12 passengers per catamaran, this style of cruising is all about making your voyage feel like part of the destination, rather than being a large floating resort. Catamarans offer the flexibility to reach those secluded spots larger cruise ships can’t. They also eliminate the long embarkation and disembarkation processes, as well as the need to tender to the must-see sights.

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Of course, this gives you more time in destination – always a good thing! – but it also opens up The Islands of Tahiti in unexpected ways, allowing you to maximize your precious vacation time. Many boutique catamarans are designed to allow easy snorkelling right off the boat. As inviting as Bora Bora or Moorea’s lagoons look from the shore, imagine having the entire lagoon as your playground within easy reach. It’s a little like exploring The Islands of Tahiti on your own luxury yacht – only at a fraction of the price. You also enjoy the journey and team up for excursions with a small group of like-minded travellers, rather than feeling like just another face on a large boat packed with strangers.

Aerial view of Archipels catamaran cruise with passengers, Tahiti (French Polynesia)
Aerial view of Archipels catamaran cruise with passengers

Best Islands of Tahiti to Visit

One of the greatest benefits of boutique cruising in The Islands of Tahiti is the ease with which you can reach multiple islands. While French Polynesia is a high end destination that rarely feels crowded per se, it is also a ‘dream trip’ for countless honeymooners, particularly when it comes to fabled islands like Bora Bora. Cruising not only lets you bypass the competition when it comes to finding accommodation, but mix up the popular spots with less widely-known islands such as Taha’a, the vanilla island, Raiatea, famous for its archaeological finds and petroglyphs, Huahine, one of French Polynesia’s most tranquil, ‘untouched’ islands where you can immerse yourself in local life away from the resorts, and Rangiroa, one of the world’s premiere diving destinations and home to the famous “pink sands” of Tahiti.

Suggested Cruise Itineraries:
8-Day Archipels Cruises: Bora Bora Dream
11-Day Archipels Cruises: Polynesian Dream
6-Day Archipels Cruises: Rangiroa Dream

What’s included on an Islands of Tahiti cruise? On a Dream Yacht Charter itinerary, for example, your fare typically includes the following:

  • Private air-conditioned double cabins with private bathrooms
  • Full board including a delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, not including beverages
  • Service of a 2-person crew (captain, host/cook)
  • Two sets of linens, towels, and beach towels per person/week
  • Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel, and water)
  • Insurance for the yacht and passengers
  • Water sports on board, including snorkeling equipment and sea kayak
Archipels boat with passengers, Tahiti (French Polynesia)
Archipels boat with passengers

Note that some additional expenses do apply, including transfer to your vessel, mandatory cash box, and excursion fees. Your Islands of Tahiti destination specialist can discuss these with you to ensure there are no unwelcome surprises, allowing you to land in paradise, ready to board your vessel and be transported, hopping through some of the South Pacific’s most beautiful islands.

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Christian Baines
Christian Baines

Globetrotting Contributing Editor -
Christian’s first globetrotting adventure saw him get lost exploring the streets of Saigon. Following his nose to Asia’s best coffee, two lifelong addictions were born. A freelance writer and novelist, Christian’s travels have since taken him around his native Australia, Asia, Europe, and much of North America. His favourite trips have been through Japan, Spain, and Brazil, though with a love of off-beat, artsy cities, he’ll seize any opportunity to return to Paris, New York, or Berlin.

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