SUP & SAIL BORA BORA 2019
DATE: 1-8 November 2019
DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights
Sail away to the romantic lagoon that encircles Bora Bora. Spend a week paddling between verdant atolls and snorkelling across coral reefs. This is a paddleboarding expedition that seldom pops onto our calendar; so rare is the opportunity and so special the adventure.
Our adventure begins and ends on the island of Raiatea; is the second largest of the Society Islands, after Tahiti. As the Disney tale of Moana says, the island is widely regarded as the 'centre' of the eastern islands in ancient Polynesia and it is from here that the organised migrations to Hawai'i, New Zealand and other parts of East Polynesia likely set off.
From Raiatea, we sail to Taha’a; an island located among the western group, the Leeward Islands, of the Society Islands. It’s also palm-fringed and encircled by a sparkling white sand and azure waters, so we’ll overnight to snorkel and explore before sailing to our ultimate destination…
Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s the IDEAL stand up paddleboarding destination.
Over-water bungalows stand perched on stilts, but we’ll have the best water views of the all. In fact, each night we’ll have a totally different view of the famed craggy peaks and at only a fraction of the price!
At the lagoon’s center rises Mt. Otemanu, a 727m dormant volcano. We’ll see it from pretty much every angle and it’s at it’s very best when the sun bathes it in a warm orange glow.
Bora Bora is a Bucket List destination for most SUP enthusiasts and die-hard romantics. SUP Wilderness Adventures visited a couple of years ago and we have to say: basing yourself aboard a yacht made the experience that much more incredible.
Island hopping by day, exploring palm-fringed islands, then anchoring in sheltered bays at sunset gave us the best of both worlds. We got to see more of Bora Bora’s lagoon than most resort guests and had undisturbed views of the iconic island peaks each night over dinner.
We board our yacht at Raiatea before setting sail and heading north. Along the way, we’ll snorkel at a cluster of gorgeous islands and throw a line overboard to trawl for dinner.
The yacht we’re chartering is a spacious catamaran with all the modern conveniences. Sleeping arrangements are two to a cabin, so either book with a friend, loved one or be willing to get cozy with another single of the same gender.
A skipper is provided and we’ll self-cater for most meals on board.
You can rent a SUP there (extra cost) or BYO. Ditto with snorkelling gear.
Just remember: we’re keeping numbers limited to ensure there’s plenty of space for everyone to chill and enjoy, so if this is a dream you’ve had for a while, then jump aboard fast and get ready to paddle in French Polynesia!
DRAFT ITINERARY (subject to weather and conditions)
Day 1: Raitea to Tahaa (10 nautical miles)
Following a chart briefing and orientation at the marina, we’ll sail along the east side of Tahaa; anchoring at one of the nicest spots north of the Mahea motu. This is a great place to drop the boards in or check out what’s below the surface using your mask and snorkel. Lunch will be served aboard.
Sunset paddle followed by dinner aboard.
Day 2: Tahaa to Bora Bora (22 nautical miles)
It’s a big sailing day so you’ll get to learn the ropes and enjoy seeing the islands as we pass by. We’ll anchor at Motu Topua for some paddling, snorkelling and swimming time and have lunch aboard. Dinner ashore.
Days 3, 4 & 5: Explore Bora Bora (8 nautical miles)
Snorkel, SUP and swim with harmless reef sharks and sting rays. This is French Polynesia at its best so let’s make the most of having a boat and boards at our disposal!
Day 6: Bora Bora to Tahaa
We say farewell to the most beautiful lagoon in the world and head back towards Tahaa. Arriving in the afternoon, we’ll enjoy a paddle and snorkel before settling in for yet another sunset dinner aboard.
Day 7: Tahaa to Raiatea
Another chillaxed day today with snorkelling, paddling and swimming. Lunch aboard and then we’ll sail to Marina Iti before 6pm to moor for the night. Dinner ashore.
Day 8: Disembarkation by 9am.
Trip style: Paddle adventure
Activities: stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling, island hopping, sailing, nature encounters
Group size: 12 people max
Minimum age: 18 years
Fitness level: Moderate
Recommended personal daily budget: approx Au$150/ day
Commences: Raiatea, French Polynesia
Fly in to: Raiatea (RFP), French Polynesia
Preferred airline: Air Tahiti Nui
PRICE: Au$3875 / USD2800
7 nights liveaboard shared cabin
Lagoon stand up paddleboarding
Shark & sting ray swim
Sunset SUP & sip sessions
FEES & TAXES
Marine and harbour fees
SUP Wilderness Adventures cap, t-shirt & comfort pack
English-speaking group leader
Ground transport (Raiatea)
Flights, travel insurance, visas
Meals and beverages where not stated
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