Long before Europeans ever set eyes on Polynesia, tattooed Maohi warriors raced canoes and rode the rolling surf, while villagers celebrated their arrival with native dance and music. Now you can follow the routes of the ancient islanders on small luxury yacht cruises over the holidays and make this Yuletide season one you will never forget.
Embark on the Haumana – a 12-cabin luxury yacht – for an intimate cruise to enhance your Polynesian holiday with a three-day, island-to-island sailing adventure.
Choose from a Christmas Cruise – between Raiatea and Bora Bora from December 23 to December 26 – or a special New Year’s Cruise – from Bora Bora to Raiatea from December 30 to January 2 and swap freezing snow, evergreen trees and mittens
for sunshine, swaying palms and a parfait of blue striped lagoons. The friendly crew members will share with you their love of their islands while the chef and his culinary team prepare sophisticated cuisine to complete this feast for the senses.
Explore Taha’a, a flower shaped, sister island to Raiatea, lined with soft mountains and white sand beaches with the magical scent of vanilla wafting through the air. Visit a working orchid farm to see why it’s known as the “Vanilla Island” and bring home some of this exotic crop, considered to be among the world’s finest. Next, sail to Bora Bora—a coral reef fringed set of islets that author James Michener said was home to “the most beautiful lagoon in the world.” You’ll soon see why this special place is a bucket list luxury destination for travelers the world over.
The Haumana luxury yacht includes: three nights; all meals and a selection of complementary wines; a half-day excursion to Taha’a, the Vanilla Island; and activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, a barbeque on a motu and other aquatic & cultural experiences.
“Bookend” your cruise with stays at the Manava Resort Tahiti – with convenient flights available from FAA International Airport to Raiatea or Bora Bora to meet the yacht for embarkment – and then unwind after the cruise at SPM’s lovely Manava Beach Resort on Moorea.
There is simply no better way to celebrate the season, island style!
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