DESTINATIONSIn French Polynesia
OUR SCHEDULE FOR 2022
TUAMOTU ATOLLS (Rangiroa)
JANUARY & FEBRUARY
SOCIETY ISLANDS (Raiatea, Tahaa)
MARCH & APRIL
MOSKITO VALIENTE SAILING
French Polynesia is located on the South Pacific Ocean in between America and Australia.
It has 5 archipelagos: Marquesas, Tuamotus, Australes, Gambier and Society.
Tuamotu is really a special place on this Planet. This archipelago has 75 atolls roughly dispersed along more than 900 miles making it the largest chain of atolls in the world, about the size of Western Europe.
We will be offering sailtrips in RANGIROA (the biggest atoll of Tuamotu) in JANUARY and FEBRUARY 2022.
Famous for the beauty of its unique turquoise clear waters and the abundance of underwater life, the Tuamotu Archipelago is a must-see destination for those who love the ocean.
Among the numerous water activities that are offered, sailing, scuba diving and snorkelling are the most popular but the lagoon inside the atolls also have ideal spots for windsurf, kitesurf and paddleboard.
The liveaboard option is by far the best way to explore the most remote and wildest places of the Tuamotu. The sailing inside the lagoons is usually very pleasant once the waters are protected and mostly flat. It is really like being on an immense aquarium!
Rangiroa means “Huge Sky” on the local dialect paumotu. It is the largest atoll in French Polynesia and the second largest atoll on the world. There are around 3.000 lucky people from all over the world living on this atoll. There are 3 villages on the atoll with a some charming restaurants, bars and pearl markets.
From a geological point of view, the atoll originated out of delicate coral outgrowths on the summit of a underwater volcanic mountain.
This fabulous atoll is recognized worldwide for its exceptional underwater fauna: dolphins, sharks, reef and pelagic fish can be easily spotted there as well as humpback whales that come from Antarctica to breed and give birth on warmer waters (the peak season is between August and October).
There is a population of resident dolphins that are always on Tiputa's pass. We always to try our luck and take our guests with our inflatable boat (dinghy) out to the pass to try to see and respectfully snorkel with the dolphins always in a non-invasive way. The passes are very influenced by the tides so good timing is crucial when we go there.
In front of Tiputa’s pass you’ll see the snorkel/scubadive site called “Aquarium” where we always go from the boat with our dinghy to see enormous variety of colorful marine life at any time of the day no matter how the tide is behaving. This is a great spot for snorkeling and it is also ideal for scubadivers of any level.
We normally spend each night on a different anchorage depending on the activities we plan to do. Because of the many coral heads on the lagoon, we only navigate on day time when the sun helps us to see and avoid the reefs. For this reason, usually the spend the first and last night of our sailtrip on Otetu's anchorage in between the airport and Tiputa pass (this is our location on the Google Maps above).
Depending on the wind, there are many incredibly paradisiac deserted places to visit inside Rangiroa’s lagoon such as:
- Otetou (Tiputa pass and The Aquarium): this is our base anchorage where the embarkment and disembarkment from our sailtrips in Rangiroa take place just a 5 min drive from the airport. From this anchorage we can easily go with our dinghy to Tiputa pass to see the dolphins and also to the Aquarium to snorkel and/or scubadive. In Otetou's village we can visit the Dolphin City and watch from land the dolphins jumping on the waves when the tide is going out of the lagoon. On this village there are some nice charming local restaurants, a couple of little markets and some small local business, Also from there we have access to the external reef beach that offers a beautiful long wild walk on low tide.
- The Île aux Récifs is our main sailing destination once it’s easily reached after a 3 hours of a tradewinds sail from our base anchorage in Otetou. The region has the singularity of presenting impressive fossil coral formations creating and drastic landscape on the external reef. It’s an amazing place to visit. Impressively there are some very social big pigs living freely on one motu of that zone that we usually see everytime we go there.
- Les Sables Roses are pinkish sandbanks surrounded by deserted motus located on the extreme south corner of the atoll. Its a very good place to practice windsurf and kitesurf and also a great spot to birdwatch. We can only visit the Sables Roses on longer sailtrips due to its distant location.
- The Blue Lagoon is a lagoon inside the lagoon, very shallow and isolated on the western part of the atoll. The spot is beautiful but very touristic, totally exposed to the predominant tradewinds and to the lagoon's fetch so unfortunately it is not ideal hard to be visited by sailboat once we must overnight due to its distant location. The best way to visit the Blue Lagoon is with a local speed boat on a day excursion.
The Society archipelago comprehends two groups of islands: Leeward Islands (Raiatea, Tahaa, Huahine, Bora-Bora & Maupiti) and Windward Islands (Tahiti & Moorea).
We will be offering sailtrips in Raiatea & Tahaa in March & April 2022.
RAIATEA & TAHAA
Raiatea & Tahaa are two high volcanic islands that are inside one same large lagoon surrounded by coral reefs which allows us to sail around both islands on calm and protected waters.
They're not as known as Bora-Bora and Tahiti and not so crowded with resorts which makes them ideal scenarios to get to know the polynesian culture better.
RAIATEA is loaded of cultural and historical significance. Believed to be the original birthplace of the polynesian culture, this legendary island is a secret garden of ancient myths and hidden temples. Her unique and fascinating heritage gives the island of Raiatea an intriguing sense of place.
Many cultures believe that that the expansion of polynesians throughout the Pacific began on Raiatea from which large double-hulled sailing canoes set out to colonize Hawaii and New Zealand. For that reason, until today it is recognized as the most sacred island of French Polynesia.
The green-carpeted mountains of Raiatea rise to the idylic plateau and to the peak of Mt. Temehani that offers breathtaking panoramic views from all the Leeward Islands. We can anchor Moskito Valiente II close to the beginning of Mt. Temehani hike trail and we are always pleased to guide our guests on this epic hike.
There are many different anchorages that we can visit while sailing around Raiatea. The west coast is more wild and there we can find wonderful snorkel sites, local restaurants, deserted little islands and pearl farms. The east coast is more developed and urbanized where we can scubadive on the legendary Nordby wreck, visit the botanical garden and check out the sacred site of Taputapuatea Marae (from where the first polynesian navigators left to explore the Pacific Ocean). The airport and the main village of Uturoa are on the north part of the island, very close to the usual embarkment and disembarkment.
TAHAA is a secluded and quiet island that sweeps you deep into the typical polynesian easy going lifestyle. The only way to arrive in Tahaa is by boat as there is no airport on the island.
What makes the island of Tahaa truly known is vanilla. The polynesian vanilla is known throughout the world for its unique flavor and Tahaa is the center of production. More than 70% of all vanilla in French Polynesia comes from this island. There are a few vanilla farms opened to the public on the west coast that we’re happy take our guests to visit if they wish.
The north of the islands has plenty of deserted motus (tiny islands) with white sand beaches, coconut trees and turquoise shallow waters that we can visit and be totally alone. The north of the lagoon has many nice coral reefs that are good for snorkeling and good scubadive sites for beginners there too.
The west coast of the Vanilla Islands offers everyday spectacular sunsets with a dramatic view of Bora Bora on the background.
There we can visit the famous Coral Gardens, where our guests can snorkel while floating with a gentle current on top of colorful coral reefs with many different species of reef fishes.