Tahiti, Society Islands, Bora Bora, Suwarrow, Niue, Vava’u, Tongai
3 May 2020 – 7 June 2020
This leg embodies the quintessence of South Pacific sailing, where every day you will have to pinch yourself to believe that you are waking up in such a paradise. It will live up to the legends of the French Polynesian islands as being a heaven on earth, with its laid back, guilt-free lifestyle surrounded by a lush, pristine environment.
We start in Tahiti and cruise through the Society Islands of Mo’orea, Huahine-Iti, Ra’iatea and Taha’a, where each island has its own offering of something to explore and indulge in: Polynesian temples, vanilla and pearl farms, mountain hikes, shallow coral lagoons and waterfalls.
We then meet with the WARC fleet in Bora Bora, one of the most geographically stunning islands with its majestic volcanic peaks, encircling reef and crystal clear lagoon. There is opportunity to hike, bike, snorkell, kayak and kiteboard, or just marvel at what has been called the most beautiful island on earth from our stunning anchorage within the lagoon.
We then make our way with the fleet to the Cook Islands, stopping at the island nature reserve of Suwarrow, 690nm away. It is a haven for birdlife, tropical fish, sharks and rare turtles.
We then cruise to Niue, a part of New Zealand, 540nm to the southwest. It is one of the largest raised coral atolls on earth and the diving and snorkelling are excellent due to the clarity, as they have no rivers or lakes to muddy the waters. Niue is also home to some of the most extensive and dramatic limestone caves that can be explored both inland and along the coast.
This leg then ends a 230nm sail away in the Vava’u Island group, an archipelago of more than 50 islands, that is part of the Kingdom of Tonga.