A sailing holiday in the South Pacific is definitely one of the most luxurious and exotic breaks you can go on. There are some wonderful countries and islands to discover in this part of the world, not to mention outstanding sailing conditions to enjoy.
To help get you in the mood for an opulent yachting holiday in the South Pacific, we’ve put together some information about a few of the region’s highlights. You may not be able to visit all of these on one trip, but it should give you an idea of what you can expect to find in the area.
Bora-Bora is one of the French Polynesian islands and it’s a real must-visit if you’re sailing in this country. The isle’s landscape is dominated by Mount Otemanu, which towers some 2,362 m above sea level. For yachters, the island is the perfect place to moor up thanks to its natural harbour and anchorages.
There are some beautiful beaches on Bora-Bora and the yacht club near the main town (Vaitape Village) is world-class. In fact, if you’re looking for a luxurious place to eat then you can’t beat the restaurant at the Bora-Bora Yacht Club.
Over in Tonga is Hunga Island, one of the most remarkable in this island nation, which comprises more than 170 isles. Hunga Island is best known for its stunning lagoon, although it’s also a wonderful place to go if you’re hoping to experience Tonga’s untouched scenery.
The lagoon itself is almost landlocked, making it the ideal spot to moor up and go snorkelling - the water here is known to be incredibly clear and you’ll see all manner of tropical marine life as you swim.
Staying in Tonga, we’re going to talk next about the archipelago’s main island, Vava’u. This is a charming place to discover - particularly its main town Neiafu - where you can really get to grips with Tongan culture. However, this is far from the only reason to visit.
One of the big draws of Vava’u for those on sailing holidays is the population of humpback whales that breed off its coast each year. Around 450 whales are thought to gather in the waters around Vava’u from July until November, where they feed on the plentiful supply of krill and other small fish while they raise their young.
This means that if you travel to Tonga at this time of the year, you’ve got an excellent chance of seeing these giants of the deep as they socialise, feed and breed - definitely something you won’t forget in a hurry.
We’re heading back to French Polynesia for our next suggestion - the wonderful Huahine. This has been named the Garden Island thanks to its lush forests and vast areas of agricultural land, where crops such as vanilla, copra and watermelons are produced.
All along its coast are stunning stretches of sand that are often deserted, making it the perfect tropical island paradise, while inland you can discover its beautiful forests and mountainous landscapes if you fancy stretching your legs.
There are also some outstanding snorkelling spots around Huahine, so if you enjoy seeing the colourful fish that live beneath the waves this is a fantastic place to spend a day or two - just drop your anchor in a sheltered spot and take the plunge!