Tahiti & the Tuamotu Islands Cruise

Polynesian Paradise on Windstar

  • Date

    October 8-21, 2019 | Tue / Mon – 14 Days

  • Location

    Papeete | Fakarava | Tiputa | Taha’a | Bora Bora | Huahine | Moorea

Overview

Experience the true wonder of Tahiti and the Tuamotu Islands aboard the lavish Wind Spirit, a graceful four-masted sailing yacht. The trade winds fill the sails and take you to one legendary island after another, staying overnight in most to give you time to swim and snorkel in crystal-clear lagoons, meander through lush rainforests, and experience the fascinating French Polynesian culture from tikis to tiare flowers.

When you’re not searching for secluded waterfalls, choosing a fragrant bloom to go behind your ear, or snorkeling vibrant reefs, you can watch the passing scenery from your favorite spot on deck. Live out your Tahitian dream as you sail through azure waters to islands and atolls that define the word “paradise.”

Windstar’s award-winning service and style gives you the luxury of choice to enjoy what you like, when you like, and with whom you like. Come immerse yourself in the sacred culture of paradise.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Sail the azure waters of paradise to some of the South Pacific’s most spectacular islands
  • Experience vacation life on board a sleek, four-masted sailing yacht
  • Taste the fruits of your tropical surroundings with fabulous five-star dining
  • Celebrate at a private beach feast on a Bora Bora motu
  • Abundant opportunities to snorkel, swim, or dive among coral gardens and lagoons
  • Discover rare flora and fauna

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Papeete, Tahiti
  • 10 nights shipboard accommodations on Windstar Cruises’ Wind Spirit
  • 1 night hotel accommodation
  • Pre and post cruise hotel day use
  • All meals on ship
  • 2 meals on land
  • Transfers
  • Taxes and port charges

Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas

NOTE

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT!

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Itinerary

Tue, Oct 8: Depart for Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia.

Wed, Oct 9: Arrive in Papeete, Tahiti in the early morning and transfer to your hotel for early check in. Legendary seductress of sailors and capital of French Polynesia, Tahiti is the sparkling jewel that lured many sailors who longed to stay in this tropical paradise. And while the city of Papeete is no longer the primitive village it once was, it retains its own set of charms, such as the views! The downtown market, Le Marché, is the best place to purchase your hand-dyed pareaus (sarongs). And when your stomach starts to growl from looking at fresh island produce, head to the waterfront and Vai’ete Square to dine with the locals from food trucks known as “Les Roulottes.” Spend the day as you wish enjoying the island and adjusting to the time zone. (Meal: Breakfast)

Thu, Oct 10: Enjoy the day before your transfer to the Wind Spirit. Embark in the early evening. From the harbor feast your eyes on Moorea, in the running for most beautiful island in the world. (B,D)

Fri, Oct 11: At sea. (B,L,D)

Sat, Oct 12: Here is a rare opportunity to experience one of earth’s most beautiful, and most rare places — Fakarava; a place so stunning, and an ecosystem so diverse it has been named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This diver’s paradise welcomes you to a world of magnificent cauliflower coral, sleek grey sharks, and schools of neon tropical fish. This “Island of Dreams” is home to rare species of nesting birds and rare marine life living in tranquil harmony. (B,L,D)

Sun, Oct 13: Some people call Tiputa, Rangiroa heaven. You will call it perfect. The huge lagoon surrounded by beautiful coral and filled with colorful fish, rays, and dolphin is a diver’s dream. Explore, with an optional tour, in a glass bottom boat, take a dive that matches your level of expertise, or enjoy the magic of drift snorkeling. (B,L,D)

Mon, Oct 14: At sea. (B,L,D)

Tue, Oct 15: While in Taha’a, spend the day on Motu Mahaea (a private island) complete with swaying palm trees and white-sand beaches. Swim, snorkel, and enjoy a variety of water sports in the crystal-clear waters. There will be a delicious barbecue lunch and tropical drinks waiting for you. Explore Taha’a with optional excursions to discover the vanilla plantations and sacred sites of the island. (B,L,D)

Wed, Oct 16: Half island, half atoll, Bora Bora has one of the most extraordinary lagoons in the world. The varying depths paint the water every shade of sapphire, topaz, and aquamarine, while the volcanic mass of Mount Otemanu stands guard in a uniform of jade and malachite. Add to this tropical fish whose names begin with clown, parrot, butterfly, and peacock, and it’s not surprising that the lagoon is famous for snorkeling, or that artists break their brushes in frustration trying to capture it all. Visit one of the surrounding “motus” (islets) tonight for an enchanting evening under the stars complete with a traditional lei greeting, cultural celebration feast, and dazzling fire dancers! (B,L,D)

Thu, Oct 17: Enjoy another day on Bora Bora. An extra day allows plenty of time to capture the beauty in photographs — and you’ll want plenty. These stunning waters will show a different kaleidoscope of blue in each frame. You’ll have lots of options for exploration, whether you prefer the access provided by a 4-by-4 vehicle, or the thrill of riding in the open air. Stretch out on stunning white-sand beaches, dive and swim in brightly colored seas, or sail among the tiny islands and lagoons. This is the stuff that dreams are made of. (B,L,D)

Fri, Oct 18: Anchor in Huahine, whose nickname is “Garden of Eden.” Take your time to explore the lush forests, the tropical landscapes, and the quaint villages to discover one of Polynesia’s best kept secrets. Here, at a slower pace, see a glimpse of authentic South Pacific island lifestyle. Stop by the Maeva archaeological site and wander around the 150-odd marae (temple sites) and 400-year-old stone fish traps that are still in use. And you’ll have your pick of the world’s best snorkeling once again. (B,L,D)

Sat, Oct 19: Welcome to Moorea, where your stunning surroundings soak up superlatives and call for more. Be sure to consider the opportunity to hone your photography talents on an optional tour of the island in the company of a professional photographer. Your choices here are endless. Hike the majestic Three Coconut Trail, visit dolphins in their native habitat, or spend your time swimming and kayaking around the anchored ship in beautiful sapphire seas. (B,L,D)

Sun, Oct 20: Disembark in Papeete, Tahiti for one last day to create memories in paradise. You’ll have access to a hotel room for the day until your late-night flight departure. (B)

Mon, Oct 21: Arrive Home.

Ship

Wind Spirit

The Wind Spirit is a sleek, four-masted sailing yacht accommodating 148 guests, and featuring wide open, teak decks — quite unusual for small ships. With over 10,000 square feet of open deck space, guests will find hidden nooks for private moments giving them a feeling of being on their own private verandah. Highlights: staterooms with queen beds, flat-screen TVs, and Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods • two restaurants (both with open seating) • on-deck dining • in-stateroom dining • pool bar • fitness center • water-sports platform • spa • casino • entertainment lounge • library • pool and hot tub.

Pricing

  • Cat BX
    Deluxe Deck 1
  • Double P/P – $6,899
  • Single – $10,489
  • Cat A
    Deluxe Deck 2
  • SOLD OUT
  • SOLD OUT

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