Cruising and sailing in The Islands of Tahiti
The Islands of Tahiti are known for the abundant marine life and pristine waters – so why not dive in and explore the incredible underwater haven that this paradise has to offer.
There are a number of beautiful dives to discover around the 118 islands that mark The Islands of Tahiti so we have helped narrow down the best in the area for you to enjoy.
Do you dream of sailing off into the sunset? Of spending your days cruising tropical waters and feeling like you don’t have a care in the world? This idyllic form of holidaying is actually a lot closer than you may think.
Elisabeth Easther and her son booked a passage on a freighter to explore the far-flung charms of French Polynesia’s Marquesas Islands.
Sitting 1300km northeast of Tahiti and 4000km from the west coast of Mexico, the Marquesas are what you'd call far-flung. Comprised of 12 islands, only six of them inhabited, they marinate in something like 700sq km of ocean with a population that doesn't quite reach 10,000.
We will call it extreme sport for retirees.
We're on a 3200-tonne ship anchored in the sublimely named but geographically formidable Invisible Bay on the northern edge of Ua Huka – one of the tiny islands that form the Marquesas archipelago in French Polynesia.
Technically, the oceanic white-tip shark is the world's deadliest shark, and yet it draws so much less coverage than that alleged man-eater, The Great White (whose PR, admittedly, was managed by Steven Spielberg). It's been known to feed on shipwreck survivors in open ocean; in one notorious incident – the torpedoing of the USS Indianapolis at the closing stages of WWII – 800 American sailors were consumed. Jacques Cousteau called these "the most dangerous of all sharks".