All aboard Windstar’s sleek, four-masted Wind Spirit for a week-long sailing adventure through isles, lagoons, and coral reefs on the Dreams of Tahiti itinerary.
Wind Spirit accommodates only 148 guests and is an idyllic way to experience the wonders that abound in the South Pacific. Warm trade winds fill your sails and transport you to one island after another, including lesser-visited locales such as Raiatea and Huahine. Drift snorkel above the coral in crystal-clear lagoons, hike through rainforests, jump off the ship’s Watersports Platform, and dive for black pearls along the way. Add in Windstar’s locally sourced culinary experiences, award-winning service, and guided trip excursions, and you have a Tahitian adventure that’s truly 180 degrees from ordinary.
Join fellow guests on a secluded motu (islet) off Bora Bora for an evening of Polynesian hospitality, including a professional fire-dancing show and a tantalizing feast of local cuisine.
Windstar is synonymous with elegant ships, intriguing and port-intensive itineraries, and authentic local experiences. Their expert travel itinerary designers have curated unique and exciting voyages that genuinely connect each guest with their surroundings. As the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation, Windstar also celebrates regional flavors with locally sourced cuisine and recipes from some of the world’s most recognized chefs. All of this happens on ships that visit places the bigger ships can’t reach. All aboard!
Your tropical adventure aboard Wind Spirit kicks off on Tahiti’s northwest coast in Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia. Before your ship sets sail, you’ll have the chance to explore this lively island town. Spend the morning on a black-sand beach, sample tasty Tahitian fare at a roulotte (mobile food van), and then recharge with an espresso at a Parisian-style café. Just be sure to save time—and luggage space—for some serious shopping. The island’s market is brimming with everything from black pearls to sarongs and crafts.
Enjoy a peaceful night in the South Pacific and then wake up to the sun rising over the stunning island of Moorea. Get ready to explore your postcard-like surroundings—a great place to start is on a signature Hike and Guided Tour of Three Coconut Trail. Trek up to the famous Belvedere Lookout Point for panoramic views of Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay, and then hike to a ridge nestled between two mountain peaks. Along the way, your guide will point out Moorea’s spectacular flora and fauna as you enjoy freshly picked fruits.
On day three of your journey, you’ll explore the “Sacred Island” of Raiatea. See the Taputapuatea marea complex that was once considered the central temple of Eastern Polynesia. You’ll also experience the only navigable river in the islands. Kayak the Faaroa River and along river walls riddled with birds and wild hibiscus trees, or take the Harvest Your Own Pearl tour and dive for a Tahitian black pearl. Flora lovers will want to climb Mount Temehani in search of the tiare apetahi flower, which grows only on Raiatea.
Motu Mahaea & Tahaa
Today you’ll be whisked away to Motu Mahaea, a private reef islet, for a day of swimming, snorkeling, or just luxuriating on a white-sand beach. You’ll also enjoy a delectable barbecue lunch and tropical drinks upon your arrival, then take a quick jaunt over to French Polynesia’s best-kept secret, Tahaa, to peruse the island’s sweetly scented vanilla plantations. Or go on a guided Coral Garden Drift Snorkeling tour and explore a lagoon teeming with colorful fish and coral.
Days 5 and 6
Bora Bora is a top honeymoon destination for good reason—its sand-edged motu (islets), rainforest-covered peaks, and shades of sapphire, indigo, and turquoise are simply dreamy. And your two-day stop will give you plenty of time to discover all of the island’s otherworldly treasures. Whether you prefer to go 4-Wheel Drive off-roading, take a Snorkel Safari and Stingray Encounter tour, sail among the lagoons, or just chill out on a stunning stretch of beach, Bora Bora is paradise found.
The moment you lay eyes on Huahine island, you’ll understand why it’s called the “Garden of Eden.” The quaint villages, lush forests, and picturesque landscape are straight out of a storybook South Pacific lifestyle. Huahine will also school you on French Polynesia history: Take a guided Sacred Sites and Cultural Walk and explore the Maeva archaeological sites, which include fascinating temple ruins and 400-year-old stone fish traps. Then grab a beach towel, snorkel, and hit the beach.
Return to Papeete, Tahiti
On your eighth day, you’ll sail back to where your Dreams of Tahiti journey began—in beautiful Papeete. Along your South Pacific adventure, you’ve gazed at ancient temples and basaltic peaks; hiked through lush rainforests and hunted for rare tiare flowers; snorkeled in crystal-clear lagoons and gone diving for black pearls. As you arrive back in the capital on your last day, visit the market and stock up on sarongs, locally grown vanilla, and pearls to keep the islands’ spirit close as you head home.