Sailing the BVI's & French Polynesia

Do you enjoy the outdoors, unspoiled nature and wind in your hair? Do you appreciate the rich history and culture, welcoming locals and delicious food? Then I am sure you would savor a vacation like this… Adventurous, fun-filled, refreshing and hassle-free!


BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Meander through the British Virgin Islands (BVI’s), one of the top sailing destinations worldwide. Explore over 40 islands, beautiful coves and white sandy beaches. Search for sea turtles, soak in the sun and dip your toes in the crystal blue waters.


On your journey, visit Virgin Gorda and the Baths where you can hike through towering granite boulders and explore tidal pools. Hike to the highest point on the island, Gorda Peak National Park, and take in the view of the chain of islands below. On Anegada Island, indulge in a lobster dinner, explore the underwater wildlife and dive sunken shipwrecks. Norman Island, also known as “Treasure Island” is believed to be the inspiration for the book. Don’t skip Jost Van Dyke where you can relax on the beaches, snorkel, hike and visit the famous soggy dollar bar.


There is no bad time to sail the BVI’s, but there are differences to keep in mind. December through mid April is the high season with more crowds and the strongest winds. The weather is nice and everything is still open late April through June, just a bit more peaceful. The summer months are the least crowded, but the winds can be inconsistent and it can get very hot when winds die down. September through October is the peak of hurricane season and very quiet. November can be the rainiest, though usually short showers followed by sunshine.


For more on sailing the BVI’s, check out this inspiring itinerary.


FRENCH POLYNESIA

When you hear French Polynesia, you likely think Tahiti. Tahiti is the capital of French Polyneisa, but did you know that it is a collection of 5 different archipelagos? The Society, Tuamotu, Marquesas, Gambier, and Austral islands, makes up French Polynesia. That is 118 islands spread across a large area almost as big as Europe.


Tahiti is part of the Society Islands archipelago which also includes the islands of Bora-Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa, Moorea, Huahine and more. All islands are exquisitely beautiful! The beautiful palm tree lined beaches, calm waters, lagoons and waterfalls welcome those looking to relax. You will find some of the world’s top snorkeling and scuba diving sites too with sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and colorful corals -  perfect for the adventurous. Each island also offers something unique from arts and culture to nature and history. Hop on a land tour to dramatic overlooks or historic and cultural sites such as stone temples dating back to the earliest times of Polynesian travelers. Go on a traditional outrigger canoe ride, visit local villages and wonderfully scented vanilla farms.


Cruising in Tahiti is relaxing year round with air temperatures ranging from 78°F to 80°F . November to April is the rainy season which is wet and hot while May to September is the windier, cooler and dry season - preferred for sailing. July and August is considered the peak season.  



Are you ready to relax, reconnect, explore and cheers the day away with sunsets?

Check out the sailing comparison chart below to see which destination fits you the best!


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