Chartering the French Pacific Islands provides the best in European sophistication with laid back South Pacific beauty and tempo. This collection of island groups is about halfway between Australia and South America – small dots on a hug expanse of blue on a map. The well known Tahiti and surrounding islands make up the which along with the Marquesas, Tuamotus, Gambier & Austral Islands are all part of the French Polynesia & Society Islands. New Caledonia is a group of islands northwest of New Zealand also a French Pacific colony. Each has a slightly different legal status with France and different levels of autonomy but do have representation in the Parliament of France and the right to vote in elections to the European Parliament.
Regency BVI brokers have sailed the deep blue Pacific waters of the many nations that are part of Polynesia (and further to New Zealand and Australia) and our clients love the open sea passages between islands like Bora Bora and Moorea. The Tuomotus have drawn yachtsmen over the centuries, as these isolated low lying reef atolls are teeming with sea life as it was centuries ago. Unlike the rest of the Society Islands, there are no yachts base in this area and it is very rare to be able to arrange a charter as a yacht must provision in Tahiti, and passage to these islands fully equipped as there are no towns, only a few very small villages. For those desiring calm & isolation, this is the perfect spot!
Charter yachts are subject to the same regulations as in France in these islands, and there are a number of large sailing yachts that base out of Tahiti. Most people speak French, Tahitian or other Polynesian languages although English has become more common as well. The Polynesian culture is warm and friendly. Tradition honors guests and tribal tradition insists on smiles and open sharing of sharing of whatever they have.
Fiji is another amazing place to charter, step back into Polynesian roots and experience traditional tribal culture in a lush tropical setting. With over 300 small islands making up this country you could explore endlessly, sailing, fishing, snorkeling or diving and getting to know the friendly people.
Other popular charter destinations in the Pacific area the continent of Australia and country of New Zealand, both seafaring nations with their own superyacht and shipbuilding industries. Sailing is second nature to many in this country and their extensive coastlines are dotted with islands, reefs and pastoral countryside.
The Pacific is a well worth the travel, often best for ten day or longer yacht charters.