For anyone who hasn’t been to French Polynesia the only way to see this tropical paradise for the first time is by ship. Why? Because you get to sample all the islands and then can pick the one you like best to return to for a land vacation. After my first Tahitian cruise the winner was snorkel’s down Bora Bora. Well now AdventureSmith Explorations is adding a truly unique way to explore paradise with the introduction of a 24-guest luxury yacht Island Passage that will cruise the islands from May through October on eight- and eleven-day roundtrip cruises. “Traditionally cruises on these waters are aboard much larger vessels accommodating from 120 guests and up,” said Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations’ visionary founder and president. “In stark contrast, the new Tahitian Affair that begins and ends in Bora Bora offers unparalleled intimacy in a relaxing, lagoon-cruising style highly suited to this environment.”
Rates begin at $4,540 for an 8-day voyage and include meals, all non-alcoholic drinks during the cruise, wine with dinner, shore-excursions as per the itinerary, use of kayaks, tenders, snorkel and fishing equipment carried onboard, and an airport ferry transfer. An alternate 11-day itinerary is also offered starting at $5,845 per person, double.
AdventureSmith Explorations is also offering a special booking promotion which, if you reserve the Tahitian Affair cruise by March 31, 2016 you receive a complimentary travel package that covers airport transfers, domestic flights and hotel accommodations at the Intercontinental Resort in Papeete. Island Passage cruises three to four hours daily on average before laying anchor each evening. This translates to a typical slow French Polynesian pace and plenty of time for water babies to hit the beach, swim, snorkel, kayak or get in some stand-up paddleboarding from the motus or small reef islands that only a small vessel can access. Other options include swimming with sting rays and sharks, or fishing on the Island Passage’s 7.2-meter aluminum fishing boat that’s equipped with rods, tackle and gear for line (rod/pole) or deep sea angling. The talented chef is always happy to prepare the fish that guests catch. For an additional cost, scuba-certified can arrange to dive off a dive boat that will pull up alongside Island Passage; and they can sightsee by helicopter as the vessel has a helipad for a six-seat helicopter.
Cabins span 175-square-feet staterooms and 195-square-feet. There are also 235-square-foot suites with ocean views and are appointed with fine linens, French soaps and toiletries, and fresh flowers. The cuisine includes local seafood along with New Zealand organic lamb and Santo beef, fresh produce selected from local farmer’s markets and award-winning cheeses, all presented with a strong European flair. The onboard wine cellar brims with award-winning wines and is frequently updated with new releases plus the Island Passage’s revolving collection that is personally selected from the crew’s favorite boutique vineyards..
For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2016 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or click here.