Ed Hamilton & Co.


Of the island groups that make up French Polynesia, Tahiti is the most popular charter destination in the South Pacific. It’s no wonder why, as the volcanic peaks juxtaposed with lush greenery and stunning waterfalls the scene makes for a jaw-dropping natural wonder.

Whether you decide to spend your days on the white beaches and the still waters of the lagoons, hit the waves at the world-renowned surf break Teahupo’o, or hike the lush jungles and volcanic landscapes, Tahiti offers a luxury yacht charter experience for everyone. While the islands have a unique ethnic and cultural blend, the principal language spoken is French. It should also be noted that prices ashore are quite high and supplies are limited.

The bareboat bases are all in Raiatea, a short plane ride from Tahiti (travel time from Los Angeles is about 7 hours). From there you can cruise to Huahini, Bora Bora and Tahaa. Passages between these islands are in the open ocean (Raiatea to Bora Bora is approximately 25 miles) but each island is surrounded by a coral reef and once inside they offer sheltered cruising to the beautiful off islands (known as Motus). For seasoned yachters, you can traverse cruising grounds in both line-of-sight navigation in the calmer waters behind the reefs or if you are looking for a more exhilarating experience, you can sail the open-water passages.

Best Time of Year to Charter a Yacht in Tahiti

Between May and September is the best time and we recommend avoiding the rainy season in January and February. Because Tahiti is a tropical climate, the weather offers mild to warm temperatures year round (24°C to 30°C or 75°F to 86°F). There is plenty to explore on sea and on shore as this group of islands is a beautiful area, unspoiled even when compared to other less-traveled areas of the world.