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French Polynesia offers world class sailing and private boat chartering and tour opportunities and the island of Bora Bora is one of its most popular destinations for many reasons.
Bora Bora is the most heavily touristed of the Leeward Islands and this trend carries over to the water.
Located within sight (25 miles) of Polynesia's "sailing center" of Raiatea and Tahaa, there are a good many chartering options for the sailor or boating enthusiast to get to the island. Bora Bora also has the advantage of being closely situated to the Society Islands only full service boatyard, LE CARENAGE, on Raiatea.
But the real reason Bora bora is so popular as a boating destination is the island itself: Bora Bora is simply one of the most divine and famous jewels of the South Pacific- its multi-colored lagoon with its backdrop of sheer cliffs and mountains beckons to the ocean explorer.
Bora Bora 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 the magnificent and legendary island of Bora bora on a daily charter or take one of the most unforgettable trips of your life as you venture away from the lagoon into the open
ocean on a multi-day trip to explore the pristine waters of the Leeward Islands of Tahiti Polynesia.
This page is your starting guide for exploring the pristine waters of Bora Bora and the Leeward Islands of the Society archipelago of Tahiti Polynesia.
SAILING & BOAT CHARTERS
Most companies offering Bora bora as a sailing or boat charter destination operate and board out of Vaitape- Bora bora, or Uturoa- Raiatea.
Typical tours involve cruising around the island's beautiful, multi-color lagoon for a relaxing afternoon while snorkeling, scuba diving, picture taking, or swimming and picnicking on one of the nearby motus.
Many are 1 to 4 day excursions with other Society Islands as secondary destinations after Bora Bora.
No matter how long your sailing or boating trip may be, it's certain to be a memorable one!
Below is a list of sailing and boat charter companies for you to experience Bora bora 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 & Reservations
Come experience the waters of Bora bora 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 day trips to Bora bora.
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!
SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS AND INFORMATION!
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
Sailing is so good around the Society Island waters that the world's LARGEST sailboat charter company,
THE MOORINGS, established a base on Raiatea in 1984.
PO. Box 617- 98 730 Vaitape- BORA BORA,
Mr. Pascal MORIZOT, Mrs. Sylvie SAUVAGE
Telephone/ Fax- (689) 67.64.30
40 ' racing catamaran Fleury Michon.
Sailing and snorkeling trips in the Bora Bora lagoon
and sunset cruises. We also do sunset cruises!
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 Bora Bora.
TAHITI / VPM
Based in Vaiare Bay, Moorea,
P.O. Box 554 Maharepa, MOOREA
Telephone- (689) 56.40.50,
Fax (689) 56.40.60,
or second location on Nouvelles Frontieres, Papeete,
Blvd. Pomare)-Telephone- (689)41.34.03, Fax- (689) 42.29.09
Boarding quay depends on the cruise: Moorea, Raiatea or Tahiti
Fleet: 10 monohull sailboats 35'-62', 8 catamarans 43'-47' and 2 catamarans 82',
Chartered with our without skipper and BAREBOAT.
Cruising to and around: All islands of French Polynesia including Bora Bora. Ask about our full board and diving program!
Based in Faaroa Bay, Raiatea,
P.O. Box 331 Uturoa, RAIATEA
Telephone- (689) 66.23.18, Fax- (689) 66.23.19
Contact: Mr. Pierre LIRON/ Mrs. Stephanie BETZ
Boarding quay depends on the cruise- either Papeete or Raiatea.
Fleet:18 Monohull sailboats 37'-52', 5 catamarans 43'-47'
Cruising to and around: Moorea, Tahiti, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora bora, the Marquesas islands, Maupiti, and Rangiroa.
Based in Apu Bay, Tahaa,
P.O. Box 161 Haamene, TAHAA
Telephone- (689) 65.64.97, Fax- (689) 65.69.08
Contact: Mr. Jean-Yvon NECHABY
51 ft. Monohull sailing boat,
Maximum capacity: 8 passengers
Cruising to and around: Bora Bora day cruises, Raiatea, Tahaa, & other Leeward islands and archipelagos on request.
Boarding quay depends on the cruise
B.P.1160 Papetoai, MOOREA, Contact: Mr. Francois PROFIT
Telephone- (689) 56.36.39, Fax- (689) 56.35.87
Fleet: 5 - 57' catamarans w/
max capacity of 8 passengers/ boat.,
Cruising to and around: Many Polynesian islands including Moorea, Tahiti, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora bora, and Huahine.
STAR VOYAGE PACIFIQUE
P.O. Box 165, Uturoa- RAIATEA
Telephone- (689) 66.35.93 / 66.26.26, Fax- (689) 66.20.94
Contact: The Moorings
Fleet: 6 monohulls 37'- 46", 4 catamarans 37'-42'
Capacity: 6-10 passengers, Crews available or BAREBOAT.
Cruising to and around: Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora bora
PACIFIC DREAM CHARTER
Boarding quay: Papeete,
P.O. Box 20644, Papeete, TAHITI
Telephone- (689) 77.87.05, Fax- (689) 45.46.02
Contact: Mrs. Corinne IEVOVELLA,
Fleet: 1- 42' catamaran
6 passengers for long cruise, 20 for the day.
Cruising to and around: Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora bora, Tikehau, Rangiroa
POLYNESIE YACHT CHARTER
Based on Papeete waterfront,
P.O. Box 20589, Papeete- TAHITI
Telephone/ Fax- (689) 45.17.14
Contact: Mr. Michel & Mr. Guy FROISSARD
Fleet: 1-Motor yacht 68', Capacity:
Boarding quay: Papeete or islands- depends on cruise.
Cruising to and around: All Polynesian islands including Bora bora. In addition to cruising, we also scuba dive, deep sea fish and windsurf from our boat!
AQUA POLYNESIE s.a.r.l.
P.O. Box 363, Maharepa- MOOREA
Telephone/ Fax- (689) 56.25.00,
Contact: Mr. Jean-luc MERSON
Boarding quay depends on the cruise,
Fleet: 1 catamaran 46'.
Cruising to and around: Many islands of French Polynesia including Moorea, Raiatea, Tahaa, Huahine, Bora bora, the Tuamotus and the Marquesas islands. Special features: Boat is equipped with scuba equipment, tanks, compressors, etc.
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: Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, and the rest of the Leeward Islands.
TAHITI BOATS AND SEA
Based in Marina de Vaiare, Moorea,
P.O. Box 554 , Maharepa, MOOREA,
Telephone- (689) 56.40.50, Fax- (689) 56.40.60
Contact: Mrs. Nicole BALME
Yacht sales and rentals with or without crew. Monohulls from 35-62 feet, and catamarans from 43-47 ft
Cruising to and around: Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, and other island archipeligos on request.
CROISIERE POLYNESIE TITAINA
Based in Faaroa bay, P.O. Box
1270, Uturoa- RAIATEA
Telephone/ Fax- (689) 66.11.75, Boarding quay: Raiatea
Contact: Mr. Vincent GUILLON,
Fleet: 1- 15.5m Monohull sailboat
Maximum Capacity: 6 passengers, Hire on a per day basis or charter boat to destination of your choice: Cruising to and around: Leeward Islands- Raiatea, Tahaa, Huahine, and Bora bora, and Maupiti
MOTOR YACHT CHARTER/ ATARA ROYAL
P.O. Box 906- 98735 RAIATEA, Contact: Mr. Frederic HERMELIN
Telephone- (689) 66.17.74, Fax- (689)66.17.67
Boarding quay: Raiatea,
Fleet: 1 luxury motorcruiser 46'.
Cruising to and around: Leeward islands- Raiatea & Tahaa, Huahine, Bora bora, and Maupiti
COUP DE COEUR
Based in Uturaerae marina, P.O. Box 1217- 98735- RAIATEA
Telephone- (689) 79.19.57, Fax- (689) 66.28.41
Contact: Thierry and Luisa JUBIN
Boarding quay: Raiatea,
Fleet: 1 monohull sailboat-15m.
Cruising to and around: Leeward islands- Raiatea & Tahaa, Huahine, and Bora bora
SAILING HUAHINE VOILE
Based in Fare, Huahine,
P.O. Box 661, 98731-Fare, HUAHINE
Telephone/ Fax- (689) 68.72.49
Contact: Mr. & Mrs. Martine and Claude BORDIER
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.
Based out of Bora bora,
P.O. Box 803, 98730 Vaitape, BORA BORA
Telephone, Fax- (689) 60.51.88,
Contact: Mr. Bernard MARMILLON
Minimum 6, Maximum 60 persons/ boat.
Specially designed day cruising catamarans give high performance and superb comfort for the passengers. Snorkeling gear, full buffet, and swimming stops in the Bora bora lagoon.
BLUE LAGOON CHARTER
Based out of Bora bora,
P.O. Box 175, 98730 Vaitape, BORA BORA
Telephone- (689) 67.73.48/ 77.24.82, Fax- (689) 67.73.48
Contact: Mr. Michel BORDIER
Luxurious 45 ft. Hippocampe II catamaran cruising to and around: all Leeward and Windward islands, the Tuamotu atolls, and Tetiaroa as per request. Bedding for 10-12 persons, 5 double cabins. Embarking & disembarking quay depends on destination.
Based out of Papeete, Telephone- (689) 72.85.31,
P.O. Box 41750, Fare Tony 98713- Papeete, TAHITI
Contact: Mr. & Mrs. Paul and Anne Marie GASPARINI
1993 14m yacht cruising to and around: all Leeward and Windward islands, the Tuamotu atolls, and Tetiaroa as per request. Snorkeling gear supplied, satellite phone on board. Embarking & disembarking quay depends on destination.
Based in Taina Marina,
P.O. Box 2746- 98713, Punaauia, TAHITI
Telephone- (689)77.04.76, Fax- (689) 43.01.82
Contact: Mr. Jean-Pierre LEVAUX
1 Motor Yacht, 51 ft., with 3 a/c cabins, bathroom, living room.
3-7 day trips cruising to and around: Moorea, Tahiti, and also the Leeward Islands on request. Kayaks, underwater scooter, dingy on board.
the Leeward Islands is like being on the movie set of South Pacific. You'll find yourself singing shower tunes as you sail up to Apu Bay
in Tahaa. You move for the night and have your first night's dinner
at the little French restaurant there.
profile of Bora Bora beckoned in the distance, and after an exciting
long reach, you anchor at a "motu"
off the western coast. Pictures of Bora Bora in late afternoon lights
are just incredible. The Bora Bora lagoon is beautiful, a place you
will like to get lost in for a long time.
as the nightlife goes, you'll enjoy Bloody Mary's first, a popular spot
on the island. There are several
beautiful anchorages on Raiatea, but the highlight is your dinghy adventure
up the Faaroa River, surrounded by tropical jungle on both sides.
A visit to the sacred religious site of Taputapuatea is also very interesting.
From Raiatea, you sail over to Huahine, another thrilling reach over
FOR SPORTFISHING CHARTERS, SEE OUR LIST OF DEEP SEA FISHING BOATS ON THE ADVENTURES PAGE NOW!
Contrary to what sailors and yachtsmen may want to believe, there IS NO MARINA on Bora bora. One possible reason for this may be due to it's close proximity to Raiatea's sailing center and multiple marinas nearby. Certainly, there is a boating demand for a marina on Bora bora, but the island gets by fine without one and has for many years. That being said, the island DOES have quite a few good places to anchor and moor your boat. This easily enables vessels to stay more than a few days if they want, and many do.
Although there is NO official PUBLIC HARBOUR to speak of on Bora bora, there are a few locations recognized by the public for mooring, anchoring, or docking your boat:
If your boat needs repairs, parts, services, or to be drydocked, you will most likely end up in Raiatea utilizing all the boating and yachting facilities and services there.
Here, TST offers what information we have at the moment relating to marine and pertinent yachting and boating information for Bora Bora. Note that the future of this page will offer more accurate details on these subjects, but for now known information is as follows:
Harbours/ Docking, & Mooreage
1) The main dock at the Vaitape wharf can be used on a temporary basis for loading and unloading. There's quite a bit of boats wanting to dock here, so "temporary" is the key word here...
2) The first and maybe most popular spot for mooring vessels is in front of the famous Bloody Mary's restaurant, where services are few but include water fillups, trash facilities, a dingy docking area, and a local card phone. It's probably not a stretch to say that over 90% of the boats mooring here have dinner or drinks at the restaurant.
Long stays here are not permitted.
3) Another public and popular place to anchor or moor vessels is the Bora bora yacht club. (see details below) Here, vessels from all over the world are permitted to stay for times of longer duration if necessary, (no drydocking) and can utilize the facilities for water fillups, electrical hookups, garbage disposal, and newly revamped restaurant and bar services among other things.
You will also see yachts at various other random protected places within the lagoon waters. A few favorites include anchoring in the protected waters of Motu Toopua, and just inside the Teavamoa Pass and to the South where there is a 30 foot sandy bottom and good holding.
MARINE & YACHTING SERVICES
Bora bora has a limited selection
of professional yachting or boating businesses and services for the same reasons it has no marina. (see above).
Theres one basic parts store called Marine Services located just west of Vaitape, but it focuses mostly on selling outboards and doesn't stock many marine supplies. If your boat needs repairs, parts, services, or to be drydocked, it's only 25 miles away to Raiatea and many options of good quality yachting services can be found there.
THE BEST SELECTION OF YACHTING & BOATING SERVICES CAN BE FOUND IN PAPEETE, TAHITI OR ON THE NEARBY ISLAND OF RAIATEA.
A FULL SERVICE BOATYARD
Uturaerae Marina, PO Box 888, Raiatea, Polynesie Francaise
Contact: Dominique Goche- manager, on VHF Channel 68, or by telephone-
(689) 66.22.96, cell phone (689) 78.22.96, or by E-MAIL
Vessel repairs of all kinds, salvage, and marine parts sales.
SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS AND INFORMATION!
Bora Bora DOES have a yacht club that is user friendly to ocean travelers.
||BORA BORA YACHT CLUB
PO Box 17, Vaitape, BORA BORA 98730,
Telephone/ Fax (689) 67.70.69, Contact: Peter or Harold.
Bora bora's only yacht club- located west of Vaitape and next to the Fare Piti wharf. Moorings available for yachts and sailboats. Also, water fillups, dingy dock, garbage disposal, telephone services, showers, and a new restaurant and bar on premises for patrons.
There are many
places to buy current, up to date charts for Bora Bora and surrounding Polynesian islands, and any sailor worth his salt knows that having up to date charts is always well worth the investment. Unfortunately, finding good charts for use on the internet is not an easy process...
So far, TST has only aquired one nautical chart (slightly out of date, yet good quality) for useage on any of our sailing pages and it is for the Leeward Islands of the Society Island Archipelago.
To get updated charts for Bora Bora and the area, we recommend these 3 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.
Experience your world... Polynesian sailor's choice of quality charts. Also, a bookstore, photos and sketches, 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.
For English speaking sailors and yachstmen: Weather.org's South Pacific Forecast
Note: If any sailors or yachtsmen out there have more or better weather related links, please tell us about them!
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