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Tahiti and The Society Islands

More than just paradisal white sand beaches and swaying palm trees, Tahiti and The Society Islands are home to a colourful and varied array of marine life, coral conservation projects, pearl farms, ancient temples, vanilla orchid plantations and incredibly friendly locals who can teach you about their fascinating history and culture.

When to go: MAY – SEPTEMBER

- Land in Pape'ete on the main Island of Tahiti and head ashore with a local guide who will take you into the volcanic island. Hike along the ridge and learn about the history of the islands and why the locals have always believed they are in Paradise.
- Spend a morning hand-feeding stingrays and reef sharks in Moorea. You will be able to get into the water and swim and snorkel with them. Later, head across the island in 4x4's to explore the mountainous terrain and visit the Coral Gardeners who will teach you about the reef's and their role in protecting the islands. You will have a chance to adopt and replant some coral in a new location where it will flourish and grow.
- Wake up in Huahine, also known as The Garden of Eden. Explore this culturally preserved island with it's temples and sanctuaries with a professional guide. Kayak and paddle board down the coast to happen upon a Motu set up for a beach picnic in glorious isolation. Local musicians will serenade you and you will spend the afternoon playing in the water and trying out traditional Polynesian games. Visit the Faei Village to feed the sacred blue eyed eels and snorkel the stunning coral gardens. As you tender back to your yacht, keep an eye out for the local whale population, there may even be an opportunity to snorkel with these massive mammals.
-  Take a stunning morning flight over the island of Raiatea on a private sea plane. Spend the afternoon touring the many pearl farms in the lagoon.
- As you cruise to Taha'a, the island of the vanilla orchid, the sumptuous scent will hit you as you enter the surrounding reef. Here you can hike with local guides across deep valleys, discovering the flora and fauna along the way. Alternatively, drift snorkel with intensley coloured tropical fish and dive along the outside of the reef.
- The iconic island of Bora Bora offers the opportunity to learn the basic skills involved in piloting and racing the outrigger war canoe. Set up a remote desert island camp with survival specialists on a deserted atoll and learn their techniques for fishing and foraging. As evening approaches, gather around the open fire and stargaze with specialist astronomers. Head into the water in your canoe to learn the basics of celestial navigation and choose to camp on the atoll or navigate back to your yacht.

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