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French Polynesia offers world class sailing and private boat chartering and tour opportunities and the island of Huahine is a favorite destination
for many reasons.
Centrally located among the Society Islands, Huahine is close to Polynesia's "sailing center" of Raiatea and Tahaa (allowing for many chartering options) and it's only a half days sail from the tourist wonderland of Bora bora.
But the real reason to sail here is the
island itself: Huahine's intense beauty is rivaled by none and its unspoiled Polynesian flavor makes it a perfect island for exploration.
Huahine has several choices for exploring her waters including sailing and yacht charters,
private boat excursions and various packages for many different boating or sailing experiences you can dream of.
Cruise around its lagoon for a relaxing afternoon on a daily charter or take one of the most unforgettable
trips of your life as you venture out of the lagoon into the open
ocean and explore the surrounding pristine waters of Tahiti Polynesia.
This page is your starting guide for exploring the pristine waters
of Huahine and the Leeward Islands of the Society archipelago of Tahiti Polynesia.
Sailing & Boat Charters
Most companies offering Huahine as a sailing or boat charter destination operate and board out of Fare- Huahine, Papeete- Tahiti or Uturoa- Raiatea.
Typical tours involve cruising around the island's beautiful lagoon for a relaxing afternoon while snorkeling, scuba diving, picture taking, or swimming and picnicking on one of the nearby motus.
Many sailing tours are 1 to 4 day excursions with other Society Islands as secondary destinations after Huahine. No matter how long your sailing or boating trip may be, it's certain to be a memorable one!
Below is a list of a few sailing and boat charter
companies for you to experience Huahine and her surrounding waters with:
Tahiti Sun Travel Recommends:
Based out of Uturoa, Raiatea
Telephone/ Fax- (689) 66.16.87, Cell- (689)73.96.90
Contact: Martine and Christian
E-MAIL & Bookings
Come experience the Tahaa/ Raiatea lagoon - aboard our custom 14 meter Catamaran.
We're setup for cruising in comfort! We make full day or weekend charter touring around the island of Tahaa or Raiatea, and also can take you on a custom cruise to Huahine or any other Polynesian island nearby.
We'll snorkel, fish, swim, relax, and eat in style. Stop where you want, picnic, or see a particular sight... it's up to you! Longer charters are fine too, just let us know where you want to go. Another great option is our 2 hour sunset cruise with tasty Tahitian cocktails!
Please see our direct linking website for all the details.
P.O. Box 10105, Paea, 98711- TAHITI
Telephone- (689) 77.94.10, or (689) 43.74.85
Contact: Francine Passal
E-MAIL & Bookings
A bespoke cruise company, based in Tahiti...
Organized in the heart of the Society Islands by sailing and yachting devotees, this polynesian sailing adventures specialist combines delightful Polynesian discoveries, breathtaking landscapes, with a passion for sailing that goes far beyond your wildest Polynesian dreams.
Take a sunset or day cruise around a beautiful tropical island or book an indepth discovery cruise vacation to the many archipelagoes that comprise French Polynesia... the choice is yours.
A fleet of 3 top quality sailing vessels to choose from, depending on your sailing fantasy, await your discovery.
Please see our website for all the details.
and some other listings...
Based in Apooiti Marina, Raiatea, P.O. Box
165 Uturoa, RAIATEA
Telephone- (689) 66.35.93 / 66.26.26, Fax- (689) 66.20.94, Contact: Mr.
Fleet: 12 Monohulls 35'-51', 1 catamaran 42',
Maximum Capacity: 6-10 passengers, Self skippered- BARE-BOAT charters,
or captain and crew available for hire. Cruising to and around: Leeward Islands- Raiatea, Tahaa, Huahine, and Bora bora
BISOU FUTE CHARTER
Based in Apu Bay, Tahaa, P.O. Box 161 Haamene, TAHAA
Telephone- (689) 65.64.97, Fax- (689) 65.69.08
1 ft. Monohull sailing boat,
Maximum capacity: 8 passengers
Cruising to and around: Huahine day cruises, Raiatea, Tahaa, & other Leeward islands and archipelagoes on request.
TAHITI YACHT CHARTER/ VPM
Based on Papeete waterfront,
P.O. Box 608 Papeete, TAHITI
(Blvd. Pomare- Papeete), Telephone- (689) 45.04.00
Fax- (689) 42.76.00,
Contact: Mrs. Nicole PAUREAU
Boarding quay depends on the cruise- either Papeete or Raiatea. Sailboats chartered with crew or BAREBOAT.
Fleet: Monohulls 35'-50', Catamarans 35'-46'.
Cruising to and around: All islands of French Polynesia including Huahine
SAILING HUAHINE VOILE
Based in Fare, P.O. Box 661- 98731, Fare- HUAHINE
Telephone/ fax- (689) 68.72.49
A comfortable Eden Martin 15 m yacht cruising to and around: the Leeward Islands and the Tuamotu atolls on request. Snorkeling gear supplied. Embarking
& disembarking quay depends on destination.
Cruising to and around: Leeward islands- Raiatea & Tahaa,Huahine,
Bora bora, and the Tuamotu chain.
Based in Apu Bay, Tahaa, P.O. Box 79 Uturoa, RAIATEA
Telephone- (689) 65.62.52, Fax- (689) 65.69.08
Contact: Mr. Louis CORNEGLIO
50 ft. Catamaran, Maximum capacity: 6 passengers.
Cruising to and around: Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, and the Leeward Islands.
FISHERMEN: FOR SPORTFISHING CHARTERS, SEE OUR ADVENTURES PAGE NOW!
Hobie Cat Rentals
Huahine is the only island in French Polynesia (to the best of our knowledge) that has a business renting small sailboats for the day!
Based out of the Mauarii Pension in Aveas bay, HUAHINE,
Reservations/ Fax (689) 68.79.37, (vhf Canal 14)
Beach cat sailing around Huahine. Rent our 13 and 18 foot sailboats. Take sailing lessons
if you want. Fun for the whole family! We also waterski, wakeboard, kiteboard, and windsurf.
There is one place on Huahine island to rent small boats. These boats are a great way to explore the peace and beauty of the lagoon on a nice relaxing afternoon. No special licenses are required however a basic knowledge of engines and seamanship is recommended.
B.P.281, Fare- HUAHINE, (Located at the Fare Wharf)
Telephone/ fax- (689)
68.87.57 (home), or Telephone/ fax (work)- (689)68.70.00
Motorized boat rentals by the hour, day, or week... 6 and 15 horsepower small boats perfect for exploring the lagoon. (no special licenses required)
Also renting paddle KAYAKS for fun on the lagoon and BICYCLES for exploring Huahine's roads!
The island of Huahine DOES NOT HAVE A MARINA of its own. The most likely reason for this is its
lack of notoriety as a "tourist destination" and, therefore, the
relatively small numbers of traveling marine vessels arriving there. That being said,
the island DOES have quite a few good places to anchor and moor your boat.
This easily enabels vessels to stay more than a few days if they want, and
Because of its central location among the Society Islands, it's within a days sail from both Tahiti and/ or the Raiatea/ Tahaa sailing center and all the boat and yachting services associated on those islands. If your boat needs repairs, parts, services, or to be drydocked, it's sailors choice between the best boatyards in French Polynesia: either Tahiti or Raiatea. (with Raiatea being a bit closer.)
Here, TST offers what information we have at the moment relating to marine and pertinent yachting and boating information for Huahine. Note that the future of this page will offer more accurate details on these subjects, but for now known information is as follows:
Harbours/ Anchoring, & Mooreage
There is no officially designated public harbour on Huahine, but there are several good places to anchor and moor your boat. One of the most popular spots to moor is in the protected lagoon directly in front of the village of Fare.
Many vessels from all over the world end up anchoring
here for overnighters or short stays because of the close proximity to the services in Fare. You will also see yachts at various other random protected places within the lagoon waters.
TST desires to update this page with additional moorage and anchorage spots along with information on their conditions. WE WELCOME YOUR KNOWLEDGEABLE INPUT!
Marine & Yachting Services
Huahine has a limited selection
of professional yachting or boating businesses and services for the same reasons it has no marina.see above).
Water fillups and a few basic parts can
be found in Fare, but not much else.
THE BEST SELECTION OF MARINE SERVICES CAN BE FOUND IN PAPEETE, TAHITI OR UTUROA, RAIATEA.
There are many
places to buy current, up to date charts for Huahine and surrounding Polynesian islands, and any sailor worth his salt knows that having up to date charts is always well worth the investment.
To get updated charts for Huahine and the area, we recommend these 2 places:
Online yachting superstore.
Boats for sale, boats for charter, boating yellow pages, charts, discussion
forums, news and weather, finance and insurance.
PO Box 50070, Watsonville, CA 95077-0070 USA
Clothing, elecronics, fishing,boats and motors, deck hardware, charts,
plumbing, electrical, anchoring & docking, trailers, seating &
covers, interior, cabin & galley, safety, navigation, books &
videos, and more.
Specify: Leeward Island group of the Society Island Archipelago- French Polynesia.
South Pacific Weather
TST is discovering the boater's and yachtsmen's most popular choices for dependable and accurate online weather forecasting for sailing and boating in the Polynesian islands.
Here's a good source for English speaking sailors and yachstmen: Weather.org's South Pacific Forecast
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