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Catana 41 Ocean Class

Departure: Raiatea

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Harmony 47

Departure: Raiatea

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Harmony 52

Departure: Raiatea

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Catana 41 Ocean Class

Departure: Raiatea

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Catana 47 Custom

Departure: Raiatea

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Catana 50 Ocean Class

Departure: Raiatea

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Catana 47 Custom

Departure: Raiatea

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Catana 47 Carbon Infusion

Departure: Raiatea

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Catana 55 Carbon Infusion

Departure: Raiatea

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Catana 55 Carbon Infusion

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Catana 42 Carbon Infusion

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Sun Odyssey 439

Departure: Raiatea

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Lagoon 620

Departure: Raiatea

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Lagoon 620

Departure: Raiatea

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Lagoon 620

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Oceanis 41

Departure: Raiatea

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Oceanis 41

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Sun Odyssey 439

Departure: Raiatea

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Bali 4.5

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Leopard 384

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The exotic island of Tahiti sits quietly among the welcoming islands of French Polynesia. Are you dreaming about your next Yacht Charter holiday yet?

This extraordinary island offers sailors breathtaking scenery amid a turquoise blue sea. Whether your sailing skills are limited or advanced, Tahiti’s calm waters and warm easterly trade winds will help you along while you relax in this tranquil paradise.

The island is located in the Pacific Ocean, around halfway between South America and Australia. Altogether, French Polynesia comprises of over 100 islands and archipelagos which span an area of approximately the same size as Europe. Additionally, the elegant islands of Bora-Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa, are also part of this same group of Leeward islands.

Tahiti is the largest of the Society Islands despite being just 45 km across, at its widest point. The island capital is Papeete, on the northwest coast. The island reefs provide a colourful coral playground for all kinds of sea life including sea turtles, dolphins, porpoises, countless species of tropical fish and sometimes sharks.  Diving is spectacular here.

History

The original name of Tahiti was Otaheite – meaning obsolete. The island geography is mountainous with ancient inactive volcanoes. Volcanic activity in the seabed created the formation of the island. Tahiti is in two parts, connected by an isthmus. Parts of the island are still isolated and only accessible if travelling by boat or on foot.

There is one main road which encircles the island.  Accordingly, the road winds up high into the mountains connecting with the few smaller, interior roads. The landscape is lush with rainforests, waterfalls and lagoons. The legendary Fautaua Falls are near to Papeete. Also, there are many rivers on the island including the Papenoo, in the north.

Polynesians first settled here around 300 AD and continued to make up almost the entire island’s populus of the Kingdom of Tahiti. Several centuries later in 1880, France annexed the island and proclaimed it to be a French Colony, declaring all the inhabitants as French citizens. French is still the only official language; however, the locals also speak the dialect of Reo Tahiti.

Modern Tahiti

70% of the people living here are Polynesian, but there are now many Europeans, Chinese and people of mixed heritage here. The current population is approximately 189,500.  This accounts for over 68% of the total population of French Polynesia. It is also the political centre and takes credit for being the economic and cultural hub for the island group.

Fa’a’ā International Airport, is near Papeete.  It is the only international airport in the region.

Climate

Tahiti is tropical and warm with average temperatures ranging from 78°F in January to 80°F in July. The island tide range is less than half a metre. The currents are usually weak, except for narrow areas between the coral reefs.

 

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