A graceful sailing ship is the perfect way to experience the true wonder of Tahiti. We’ll let the trade winds fill our sails as we visit one legendary island after another, staying overnight in some to give you time to swim and snorkel in crystal-clear lagoons, meander through lush rainforests, and experience the fascinating Polynesian culture from tikis to tiare flowers.

DURATION: 7 Days / 6 Nights
PRICE: From $4,599 per person (incl. cruise, air + hotel)
STARTING: Papeete, Tahiti
SHIP: Wind Spirit

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Highlights

  • Luxuriate in delightful overnights in Raiatea and Bora Bora, each in a unique island paradise
  • Discover Moorea, the inspiration for South Pacific's mystical Bali Hai
  • Experience drift snorkeling among coral gardens
  • Sail, swim, and kayak from the ship's Watersports Platform during your voyage
  • Snorkel down to personally select and harvest your own black pearl in Raiatea
  • Witness a fiery sunset and watch for the green flash as it melts below the horizon
  • Delight to entertainment on board and learn native Polynesian dances
  • Celebrate at Windstar's Destination Discovery Event and fun-filled Signature Onboard Barbecue
 

Day 1: Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Relax on sunny beaches, sample Tahitian fare, and take in the effervescent spirit of the city. But whatever you do, save time — and luggage space — for shopping. Black pearls and colorful crafts fill the market and local treasures are so plentiful you’ll have trouble making your choices.

DAY 2: Moorea, French Polynesia

Welcome to paradise, where your stunning surroundings soak up superlatives and call for more. In our stay here you’ll have plenty of time to do it all. 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 from Wind Spirit’s Watersports Platform as we lay at anchor in these beautiful sapphire seas.

DAY 3: Raiatea, French Polynesia

Raiatea, “The Sacred Island,” is located just across the lagoon from Tahaa and shares the same barrier reef. (Legend claims the two were a single island until a conger eel possessed by the spirit of a princess separated them.) It used to be the center of religion and culture in the Society Islands. Taputapuatea, on the southeast coast, was once the most important marae around, the place where kings from the neighboring islands would gather for important ceremonies. Uturoa, the main town, reminds some people of Papeete in its younger days with its quaint low-rise buildings. Raiatea is also home to the only navigable river in the islands, the Fa’aroa. Explore Polynesian history or climb Mount Temehani in search of the rare tiare apetahi flower, which grows only here.

DAY 4: Raiatea, French Polynesia / Motu Mahaea (Tahaa)

Raiatea, “The Sacred Island,” is located just across the lagoon from Tahaa and shares the same barrier reef. (Legend claims the two were a single island until a conger eel possessed by the spirit of a princess separated them.) It used to be the center of religion and culture in the Society Islands. Taputapuatea, on the southeast coast, was once the most important marae around, the place where kings from the neighboring islands would gather for important ceremonies. Uturoa, the main town, reminds some people of Papeete in its younger days with its quaint low-rise buildings. Raiatea is also home to the only navigable river in the islands, the Fa’aroa. Explore Polynesian history or climb Mount Temehani in search of the rare tiare apetahi flower, which grows only here.

We will spend the day on 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 Tahaa with optional excursions to discover the vanilla plantations and sacred sites of the island.

DAY 5: Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Our stay here 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, 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.

DAY 6: Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Our stay here 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, 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.

DAY 7: Huahine, French Polynesia

Anchor here in the place 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 the 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.

DAY 8: Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Relax on sunny beaches, sample Tahitian fare, and take in the effervescent spirit of the city. But whatever you do, save time — and luggage space — for shopping. Black pearls and colorful crafts fill the market and local treasures are so plentiful you’ll have trouble making your choices.

Inclusions

  • Return economy flight via Auckland on Air Tahiti Nui ex Syd/Mel/Bne to Papeete
  • Seat in coach transfer upon arrival from Papeete airport to hotel
  • 1 night pre cruise accommodation at Intercontinental Tahiti Resort (or similar) in a Garden View Room
  • Seat in coach transfer from hotel to pier on day of sailing
  • 7 night cruise onboard Wind Spirit in an Oceanview Stateroom
  • Seat in coach transfer from pier to hotel on day of disembarkation
  • 1 night post cruise accommodation at Intercontinental Tahiti Resort (or similar) in a Garden View Room
  • Seat in coach transfer from hotel to Papeete airport
  • PLUS Complimentary Windstar Private Event: Bora Bora Festival Celebration

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