There are SO many reasons to book a trip to visit the incredible islands of the French Polynesia but usually the barriers seem to outweigh the MANY beautiful reasons to go. Despite the drop-dead gorgeous nature of these most romantic islands, most people feel they can’t afford it, it’s difficult to get there and they don’t have the time to see everything. My recommendation, if you want to see the most in the least amount of time at the most economic cost, is to consider a cruise. I just got back yesterday from an 11- day sailing on Windstar Cruises that visited 6 of the French Polynesian islands and 2 atolls. It was an absolutely amazing trip and I highly recommend discovering the islands by sailing on a small cruise ship. Below I have listed those 3 main reasons most people pass up this trip of a lifetime and my reasons for why you should consider a cruise and not let any of these reasons hold you back.
Reason #1: I Can’t Afford It
With the possibility of packaging the cruise pricing to include the food, drink, airfare, hotel and transfers, this can offer extraordinary value for those looking to experience the romantic paradise of the South Pacific. On our Windstar cruise we not only had an amazing cruise experience but we were able to discover six islands plus 2 of the atolls known for their snorkeling and diving. All meals and non-alcoholic beverages were included along with 24-hour room service. We could enjoy water sports activities from the watersport platform at the back of the boat. We had a special Private Event in Bora Bora complete with fire dancers and a locally inspired feast of Tahitian fare. With all that is included, it provides you with an amazing value. We spent 3 nights in Papeete, Tahiti before we sailed and our eyes were opened to the money we saved by cruising. On land, the lodging was expensive, and the food and beverage costs were sky-high. Cruising made our dream trip more affordable, even on a small yacht.
Reason #2: It’s Too Far / Difficult to Get There
You can reach Tahiti with a direct eight-hour flight from Los Angeles. I have to say, it was not a bad journey at all. We arrived in Tahiti in the evening and after we did a bit of exploring, we were able to settle in and sleep for the night, waking up energized, refreshed and ready to go. And once you are there, traversing the islands by yacht was a breeze. The islands were never more than a few hours apart.
We had a late-night flight coming home. I booked a day room at the Intercontinental Tahiti after we got off the ship and spent the day swimming and relaxing before the 7 ½ hour trek to Los Angeles. We boarded the plane, they fed us and after a quick nap, they fed us again and then we prepared to land in Los Angeles – piece of cake!
Reason #3: I Don’t Have Time
Windstar Cruises offers weekly seven-day voyages on the Dreams of Tahiti cruise, as well as several 10- and 11-day itineraries that also explore the remote Tuamotu Islands for an extended experience (which is what we did). The Dreams of Tahiti voyage begins in Papeete and sails to Moorea, Tahaa, Raiatea (overnight), Huahine, and Bora Bora (overnight). In just seven days, we were able to see so much! Plus, we were able to soak up the aqua blue water of the South Pacific at the back of the boat on the watersports platform which offered kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, flotation devices for relaxing in the water, sailing, water skiing, slalom water skiing, wakeboarding, and windsurfing and all at no additional charge!
So now you know the secret… cruising in the French Polynesian makes this bucket list trip more possible than you thought…I know from firsthand experience.