As the first hub for Superyachts in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti – also known as French Polynesia – offer endless cruising grounds around their 118 islands.
With 1% of land versus 99% of ocean spread over a territory as wide as the continental United States or Western Europe, both sophistication and adventure await in one of the safest places on Earth where ocean conservation has been a governmental priority for over ten years.
Cruise beautiful lagoons through the natural deep passes of the various islands, discover the friendly local people and their love for their amazing Polynesian culture, dive and snorkel world class pristine spots, enjoy the finest dining with a touch of French and Tahitian cuisine in a high end resort, indulge yourself with a local spa treatment, shop for your preferred Tahitian cultured pearls and love the barefoot luxury of a private picnic on a desert white sandy beach… The Islands of Tahiti have it all and will evoke even more unique emotions never experienced before.
Feel like you are a pioneer while enjoying all the comfort you would expect while cruising on a superyacht.
Local Superyacht experts will assist throughout the process of logistics and planning of your cruise whether you are chartering or sailing privately.
The Islands of Tahiti welcome an average of 50 superyachts every year. In 2016, just to name a few S/Y Vertigo, S/Y Seahawk, S/Y Destination, M/Y Askary, Fleet M/Y Vantage and AdVantage, M/Y La Dea 2, S/Y Bella Regazza, M/Y Seawolf, M/Y Suri, M/Y Senses, M/Y Dragonfly... and a few other returning yachts will sail around French Polynesia.
Find below more information.
The ships’ main port of entry is the island of Tahiti. It is possible to arrange clearance in some of the islands of the other archipelagos (upon prior request and subject to the acceptance of Immigration and Customs).
On arrival, yachts are imported duty free for a period of 36 months. Duty free fuel is available with the assistance of a yacht agent. Spare parts for yachts in transit can be imported duty free.
EU citizens are allowed in French Polynesia without time restriction. Tourist visas allow stays of a maximum of 3 months.
Non-EU citizens needing to stay over a period of 3 months must obtain a long stay visa from the French Embassy or Consulate of their country of origin before their entry in French Polynesia. Non-EU citizens must hold a bond letter from a registered agent or an outbound air ticket to board any plane bound for Tahiti.
A visa of 15 days maximum can be obtained on arrival by sea for exceptional reasons.
There is no compulsory vaccination for French Polynesia and no endemic diseases. Importation of live animals is prohibited (ie birds...) but transit of dogs, cats or rabbits can be allowed after declaration and proper quarantine procedures. Animal products (meat, skins...) must not be landed ashore.
Chartering is legal in French Polynesia. The vessel must have a value over €838.000 and apply charter rates over €1,675 per day. The yacht must count at least 3 professional full-time crew members and be allowed to charter under their flag regulation.
There is no registration fee and it is granted for six months, renewable. Processing time is between 5 to 6 weeks. The charter tax applied is 5% on the gross charter fees. The local yacht agents usually submit the application prior to the vessel’s arrival.
The following refit infrastructures are available:
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All are located in Papeete, the capital city, on the main island of Tahiti.
There are ongoing development projects with the Port Authority to increase the refit capacity for superyachts in the future.
Marina Taina can host 20 yachts of up to 60 meters. It is located 10 minutes from the international airport and 20 minutes from downtown Papeete.
Downtown Papeete has a dedicated area for superyachts.
Both places have a video surveillance system and security guards and provide the usual marina services.
No navigation permit is required in French Polynesia. Most islands of the same archipelago are within a few hours reach. Outside of Tahiti, anchorage is recommended in the sheltered bays in the lagoons or in the atolls’ lagoon.
Main provisioning is in Tahiti with excellent local or imported quality products. Provisioning can also be air freighted via the local domestic airline to most of the islands around French Polynesia.
For more details, please contact your local yacht agent.
Chartering is legal in French Polynesia. A tax of 5% is applied to the gross charter fees due before the end of the charter.
No tax applies to private yacht trips when the owners and their guests are onboard.
Nationalities allowed into French Polynesia without a visa:
All EC citizens, Albania (e-passport only), Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Bosnia (e-passport only), Brazil, British National (overseas), British Subjects with right of abode, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia (e-passport only), Malaysia, Marshall islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro (e-passport only), Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, St Christopher & Nevis, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia (e-passport only), Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay, USA, Vatican, Venezuela.
Citizens from Bahrain, Belarus, China, India, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates who already have a Schengen multiple entry visa valid for a minimum of six months and issued by a French consulate do not need an additional visa.
Schengen visas others than above are not valid in Tahiti.
All others must obtain a short-term visa at the nearest French Consulate / Embassy before arrival.
Faa’a International Airport is located on the main island of Tahiti. Daily international flights arrive and depart Tahiti. Air France, Air Tahiti Nui, LATAM, Air New Zealand, Air Calin and Hawaiian Airlines offer regular flights. Private jets are welcome and a VIP lounge is available for these passengers upon arrival and departure.
Guests can either board the yacht in Tahiti or in one of the islands flying either the domestic airline (Air Tahiti) or a chartered plane depending on the itinerary.
Crossings from one island to the other is usually a short hop – not more than a few hours, except for crossings between one archipelago to another (for instance: Society Islands to the Tuamotu atolls is an average of 20 hours).
A trip can be planned basically anytime of the year with a likeliness of more showers between November and March and trade winds between April and October. December and January are becoming more and more popular in terms of charter requests as well as April – May and October.
The main island of Tahiti offers several high-end resorts for guests. When two archipelagos are on the cruising itinerary, guests often choose the option to fly (commercial or private) to the next destination in order to avoid longer crossings. These resorts are also the perfect solution for guests looking for an extra local experience after or before a charter.
All sorts of private land and water activities are available with dedicated and experienced professionals around the country’s various islands.
For information on yachts available for charter in The Islands of Tahiti, please contact your charter broker.