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Cruising Tahiti

If the rain and cold temperatures of winter looming ahead are looking a bit dismal, why not think about planning a 2022 winter escape to a tropical destination? Perhaps a cruise through the islands of Tahiti on the Paul Gauguin, or a romantic sail on the Windstar? Perhaps you like the idea of a warm, tropical climate but you want to be doing more than soaking up the sun? Or perhaps you like a touch of soft adventure, or you like to visit destinations that are a little off the beaten track?


When it comes to cruising Tahiti, there are plenty of options to suit everyone. There are luxury ships taking in the best of the islands like Bora Bora and Taha’a. There are boutique ships like the Paul Gauguin, specially designed for cruising the shallow Tahitian lagoons. There’s the Windstar yacht for those who like classy yet relaxed sailing. Private charters may appeal and there are several to choose from, complete with crew if you wish. Then there’s the Aranui 5 - a working freighter that combines passenger cruising with freight delivery to the more remote Marquesas Islands.

You can choose to sail the Tuamotu Islands, venture further afield to the Marquesas or combine Tahiti with other destinations such as Pitcairn Island or Easter Island. Some ships will sail one way from Easter Island, via Pitcairn and the Gambier Islands, and finish in Papeete (or vice versa). Some will do a round trip so that guests can visit these remote and intriguing island destinations, combined with the beauty of French Polynesia.

There are plenty to choose from and many voyages operate year round. If you are looking at cruising aboard one of the ships that combines Tahiti with Pitcairn and Easter Islands, it’s advisable to book well in advance as these book out very quickly. Likewise, it’s advisable to book early for the Aranui 5, particularly if you want a cabin with balcony.

There’s so much to see in French Polynesia and each island is different to the next, which is why cruising is such a popular choice here – you see so much more than if you stay put on one island. That, combined with the all-inclusive meals aspect, make cruising a very affordable option for French Polynesia.

To discuss the options and which ship and itinerary best suit you, you can click here to request a call from one of our Ultimate Cruising experts or have a look here for more information. Ultimate Cruising is the top seller of cruises to Tahiti in the Southern Hemisphere and top seller of Aranui Cruises worldwide, so our consultants have loads of knowledge and experience that they can share with you.