Thinking of visiting French Polynesia?
Whether you are visiting Tahiti on your way home from Europe or you’re choosing to take delivery on this incredible island we thought we would cover how Tahiti Crew will be there to help.
TMG’s John Cowpe recently caught up with Tehani Fiedler-Valenta, the director of Tahiti Crew, to find out more about the services Tahiti Crew provide to TMG Lagoon owners who’d like to visit French Polynesia.
THE ROUTE FROM EUROPE
“Most TMG Lagoon owners come from either Panama or Mexico. Some owners stop in the Galapagos and then come directly to the Marquesas.
From the Marquesas they go down to the Tuamotus Archipelago and arrive in Tahiti, where they do all their repair work before they continue to either Cook Island or Tonga, New Zealand and finally home to Australia.”
The Mediterranean has many countries and coastlines to explore with calm and pleasant sailing conditions.
The Caribbean is scattered with quiet islands and sealife galore. The shallow turquoise waters are a catamarans natural habitat, it is time to take a dip.
The Panama Canal is an artificial 82 km waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is the most popular route that cruisers take when travelling from the Caribbean back to Australia.
The Enchanted Archipelago is renowned as an iconic tourist destination – and with good reason. It features some of the world’s most unique and endemic wildlife species, wonderful beaches that continually rank among the world’s best.
Unlike the other islands in French Polynesia, there are no lagoons or protected coral reefs surrounding these landscapes. Instead, steep volcanic mountains plunge straight into the pounding Pacific Ocean, while jagged ridges lay interspersed between deep valleys and thriving jungles.
The Tuamotus; 77 atolls – narrow coral rings encircling turquoise lagoons – that make up this stunning archipelago are flung over an immense stretch of indigo-blue ocean. The sealife and diving is incredible.
TOP CRUISING DESTINATIONS IN FRENCH POLYNESIA
“There is such a large variety of things to do in French Polynesia, so we advise that you allow enough time to visit all of the archipelagos if you can. Also, visit the Society Islands, they have a lot of events and cultural events not to be missed.”
Here is Martin Herlov, Lagoon owner Martin Herlov’s favourite places in French Polynesia…
As a sailor it’s very nice to spend some time in Tahiti, get back to civilization, have good internet, buy good food, buy spare parts, meet up with other cruisers, go to restaurants and simply relax.
Only 2 hours from Tahiti. A tall mountain island, surrounded with a protecting reef and great anchorages. Lots of hikes, and in the spring/summer, you have a good chance to dive or snorkel with the humpback whales.
#1 in French Polynesia. Almost always a fresh breeze from the east, no waves, beautiful view and lots of places to stop. In the North; there is a small town with shops, a new fuel station where you can dock the boat and fill up directly. In Fakarava south pass the famous wall of sharks has the worlds highest concentration of reef sharks.
500-600 nm from the Tuamuttos region, the first island is also the most beautiful and remote island. Fatu Hiva is also often where cruisers who come from Panama, makes landfall. The climate in Marquesas is a bit cooler with the cold mountain breeze but also drier in the cyclone season, where Tahiti can be more wet.
Nuku Hiva is the biggest island in Marquesas and the main island. Here there are some fantastic hikes to fx Vaitape waterfall in Daniels bay and some cool diving with manta rays in the main bay, Taoihae.
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