In the Pacific Ocean, somewhere between Australia and California, lies Tahiti, the largest in a chain of islands that make up French Polynesia. Like the artist Paul Gaugin, travelers from all over the world find themselves drawn to this unassuming island paradise, hoping to experience the simplicity of life before it became over-complicated. This group of islands offers visitors a wealth of natural beauty in its crystal waters, dramatic lush landscape, and inviting people.
This week, we found a luxury Windstar 7-Night Tahiti Cruise for two, with prices starting from $3,998. Not only will you save a whopping $1,600, you'll also be treated to a guest-only event on a private island.
5 Reasons to Book this Windstar 7-Night Tahitian Cruise
Sail on a Luxury 4-Masted Yacht
This cruise sets sail from Papeete aboard the Windstar Wind Spirit ship, a 4-masted, 4-deck luxury yacht that can accommodate 148 passengers. The ship underwent an $18 million refurbishment in 2012 leading to a slick, sophisticated, and modern style. All staterooms feature queen-size beds, ocean views, and modern conveniences like flat-screen TVs.
Island Hop Until You Find Your Own Bali Ha'i
This cruise stops in Moorea, Tahaa, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Huahine. Each island has something unique to offer, maybe none more so than Moorea, the inspiration for the fictional Bali Ha'i paradise in James Michener's book and the subsequent musical South Pacific.
Visit Bora Bora, the Pearl of the Pacific
Another stop in your cruising itinerary, Bora Bora, has to be singled out for its stunningly clear waters and dramatic mountains. Scuba dive or snorkel in the island's natural lagoon and experience a veritable smorgasbord of underwater life or hike up Mount Pahia for panoramic views. Or just kick back and enjoy the pristine white sand between your toes and the South Pacific sunshine on your skin.
Exclusive Invite to a Windstar Private Island Event
Windstar invites guests to enjoy a private dinner and fire show on one of the tiny motu (islet) surrounding Bora Bora. Guests will be greeted with a traditional Tahitian flower lei and then enjoy a dinner prepared by Windstar's executive chef. Afterwards, Polynesian fire dancers will enthrall you with a high-speed acrobatic fire show.
Your cruise embarks and returns from Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia. It's worth taking some time to navigate the bustling boulevards and soak up some of modern Tahitian culture. When the sun sets, head to Vai'ete Square for gourmet food trucks serving everything from fresh fish to French crépes, and even Polynesian pizza.
Readers, have any of you been to Tahiti? Any further tips you can share about how to island hop on this cruise? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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