Destination Area: Hawaii & Pacific Islands
Length: 10 NIGHTS
Vessel: Wind Spirit


Departs:

Papeete, Tahiti: (embark) on October 10, 2019

Returns:

Papeete, Tahiti: (disembark) on October 20, 2019


$5,799 per guest
INCLUDING AIR FROM LOS ANGELES PLUS PRE-VOYAGE HOTEL IN PAPEETE.


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10-day voyage in French Polynesia



In late 1986, the first commercial sailing vessel built in 60 years slipped out of a French dry-dock in Le Havre. Although the towering sails echoed a ...

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  • Explore the rich ecosystem of Fakarava - a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with some of the best diving in the South Pacific
  • Snorkel or dive in Rangiroa's huge lagoon filled with colorful fish and beautiful coral
  • Check out your choice of complimentary watersports toys from the ship's Watersports Platform
  • Compare sunsets as you overnight in Raiatea and Bora Bora
  • Discover the inspiration for South Pacific's mystical Bali Hai - Moorea
  • Celebrate at Windstar's Destination Discovery Event and fun-filled Signature Onboard Barbecue
  • Learn native Polynesiang dances and experience local culture with special guest performers
  • Gaze into a fiery sunset and watch for the celebrated green flash as it melts below the horizon

SAIL THROUGH THE ISLANDS
THAT INSPIRED THE MUSICAL SOUTH PACIFIC

No other voyage could be so romantic!

Papeete, Tahiti: (embark)
Normally a no-nonsense guy, even taciturn Captain Cook fell madly in love with Tahiti . When Cook and botanist Joseph Banks landed in Matavai Bay in 1769, they found an untouched Eden. But it was the glowing tales of French explorer Compte Antoine de Bougainville that forever perpetuated the image of Tahiti as a voluptuous paradise of nature, attracting a bevy of followers, notably artist Paul Gauguin and writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Nearly 400 miles square, and almost bisected by the sea, Tahiti is skirted by miles of white and black sands. In the lushly forested mountains, waterfalls gleam and a sacred lake hides the spirits of the gods.

Fakarava, Tuamotu
More than 250km from bustling Papeete, and contrasting markedly with the Society Islands' volcanic peaks, the far-flung Tuomotus are low-lying coral atolls scattered in palm-topped leis on a languid sea, seldom visited by tourists and cruise ships. Lucky for you! For this is a naturalist's nirvana and diver's delight. On Fakarava Lagoon, the Garuae Pass' 150 foot visibility offers in-your-face encounters with enormous schools of dolphins, rays, sharks and rainbows of reef fish. An old Catholic mission, dating from the 1850's, watches over Fakarava's 250 inhabitants, who support themselves mainly by pearl farming.

Tiputa, Rangiroa, Tuamotu
The village of Tiputa has the charming ambience of a faded French colonial town that remembers grander times. Perhaps that's because the main attractions are not on shore but in the water. Rangiroa, the world's second largest lagoon, is a center of Polynesian pearl culture, where the frilly-shelled pinctada margaritifera oyster produces lustrous black pearls of eye-popping size. At a local pearl farm, see how oysters suspended in the lagoon are implanted with tiny “seeds,” later harvested as the legendary South Seas pearls. A drift dive or snorkeling in cave-lined Tiputa Pass is an effortless passage through pelagic paradise!

Taha'a, Society Islands
Site of Vanilla plantations, pearl farms and not much else, Taha’a is a delightfully quiet reminder of the old island ways. Marine turtles have found refuge at a turtle preserve on Taha’a that works to save the endangered reptiles. From the little fishing village named Patio, take a boat to the pearl farm to see how pearl oysters are cultivated. Savor an afternoon, basking in the shade of palm trees on one of the tiny motus that dot the lagoon.

Raiatea, Society Islands
When you venture up the jungle-clad shores of Raiatea 's Faaroa River you could well believe you'd been transported to pre-European times. A hike up Mt. Temehani might lead you to the sacred Tiare Apetahi flower, found only on Raiatea , while a walk through the sacred Marae Taputapuatea takes you to the place where the ancient Polynesians set out to explore the vast reaches of the Pacifac, ranging from New Zealand to Hawaii and Easter Island . Raiatea is also birthplace of the legendary god, Hiro, father of the Polynesians. The hibiscus tree, or purau , is the wood used since time immemorial for outriggers of Polynesian proas.

Bora Bora, Society Islands: (overnight)
Even if you've never been there, most people recognize the chiseled peak of Mt. Otemanu on Bora Bora . This is where James Michener was stationed as a young naval officer, which later inspired him to write 'Tales of the South Pacific' . You can find remains of rusting WWII gun batteries hidden in the jungle-choked hillsides. Then quench your thirst at a bar called Bloody Mary's. In pre-European times, Bora Bora was the launching place for fierce war parties to other islands. Today the peaceful lagoon is a favorite snorkeling place where you can hand feed harmless black-tipped sharks.

Huahine, Society Islands
A laid back haven for surfers, ex-pats and others who prefer the road less traveled, Huahine offers an authentic example of what the islands used to be. Tahitian, rather than French, is the lingua franca and the island's numerous archaeological digs offer a fascinating window into the past. In sacred maraes reminiscent of Stonehenge , giant stones looking like gravestones remind you that human sacrifices were part of the Polynesian religious rituals. Near the settlement of Faie, ogle six-foot blue-eyed eels undulating in the water.

Moorea Society Islands: (overnight)
Beloved by yachtsmen, Moorea's heart-stopping beauty is a vision of paradise that takes your breath away. This was the real-life site of Michener's longed for “special island,” Bali Hai. Your vessel anchors in both Cook's Bay and Opunahu Bay , so you'll have two opportunities to savor every glorious view of this spectacular island. Take a 4X4 ride to the old Kellum Stop Estate and the top of Belvedere, where your Polynesian guide picks a fresh fruit from a tree to refresh your palate as you drink in the stunning panorama.

Papeete, Tahiti: (disembark)
Normally a no-nonsense guy, even taciturn Captain Cook fell madly in love with Tahiti . When Cook and botanist Joseph Banks landed in Matavai Bay in 1769, they found an untouched Eden. But it was the glowing tales of French explorer Compte Antoine de Bougainville that forever perpetuated the image of Tahiti as a voluptuous paradise of nature, attracting a bevy of followers, notably artist Paul Gauguin and writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Nearly 400 miles square, and almost bisected by the sea, Tahiti is skirted by miles of white and black sands. In the lushly forested mountains, waterfalls gleam and a sacred lake hides the spirits of the gods.

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