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Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Tahiti Cruises from Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete is the capital of the Tahiti and the islands of French Polynesia and the main port and trading centre, it is the city from which you will begin your cruise of French Polynesian. The island is a blend of Polynesian “joie de vivre” and French sophistication. The bustling commercial centre of Papeete slowly gives way to a landscape of rugged mountains, beautiful rainforests, stunning waterfalls and golden sanded beaches. The visual beauty of Tahiti and the islands of French Polynesia captivated artists such as Gauguin and Matisse as it captivates anyone who takes a cruise from Papeete.

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Cruises of Tahiti that concentrate solely on exploring the islands of French Polynesia range in length from seven to 10 days. They combine relaxing days at sea with action packed days exploring the beautiful island ports that you will visit.

The island of Huahine is one popular port on cruises from Papaeete. One of the Pacific’s best kept secrets, Huahine is just over 100 miles from Tahiti. As well as beautiful beaches, visitors can visit the island’s vanilla plantations, purchase souvenirs of beautiful pearls to take home and children will delight in feeding some of the wild eels, for which the island is also famous – Tahiti Island cruises have something for everyone.

If you thought Huahine was idyllic, then wait until you visit Bora Bora, perhaps one of the most stunning islands in the South Pacific. The island has been sculpted by ancient volcanoes, has a shimmering lagoon in which to swim and a barrier reef dotted with tiny islets.

Cruise from Tahiti – Exploring More of the South Pacific

Papetee is the embarkation point for longer Tahiti cruises that explore more of the South Pacific with disembarkation points that include Vancouver, Sydney and Auckland. There are also cruises from Tahiti that end back in Papeete. These Tahiti cruises range in length from ten days to over a month for those that have more vacation time on their hands.

Heading north on French Polynesia cruises, you arrive after a few relaxing days at sea you will arrive in Hawaii. In Hawaii you can explore black sand beaches, rainforests and volcanoes. At Honolulu pay your respects at the Pearl Harbor the site of the USS Arizona Memorial.

French Polynesian cruises that head west towards Australia and New Zealand from Papeete give passengers opportunities to explore the islands of Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and another French territory in the South Pacific Vanuatu.

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