Sailing in the Romantic South Pacific

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Are you at that time in your life where the children have flown the coup, life feels slightly empty and is in danger of becoming mundane and the journey to work seems even longer every day? It could be just the right time to rekindle romance. Why not bring some spice back into your life by whisking your other half away to sail around some of the most romantic islands in the world?

Romantic South Pacific

The South Pacific; almost half way between Los Angeles and Australia, is home to five archipelagos, the Society, Austral, Gambier, Tuamatu and Marquesas Islands. The Society Islands are divided between the Windward Islands with Tahiti and Moorea and the Leeward Islands consisting of Bora Bora, Tahaa, Maupiti and Huahine. The soaring silhouettes of Moorea and Bora Bora have lent their beauty to over a thousand brochures and this region has for many years been recognised as one of the most scenic wonders of the world.

The language spoken in the islands is of course Polynesian and also French but these lovely, friendly people also speak English in the tourist areas. The Society Islands were first inhabited in 800 AD and European communication began when Ferdinand Magellan sighted Pukapuka in 1521 but it was not till 1722 that Dutchman Jakob Roggeveen first sighted Bora Bora or Parapora meaning ‘firstborn’ and then others followed, including Spanish priests and Protestant missionaries from London. In 1834 Catholic missionaries arrived in Tahiti and were expelled in 1836.

Two years later the French sent a gunboat and Tahiti and Tahuata were declared a French Protectorate. France annexed Tahiti in 1880 and changed their status to that of a Colony. In WWII French Polynesia recognised the Free French Forces and many Polynesians served in WWII. In 1946 Polynesians were granted French citizenship.

There is no better place to put your cares aside and rediscover old feelings. Relax and spend a wonderful holiday sailing around Bora Bora’s lagoon and the very many small islands; you can start by tying up in front of Bloody Mary’s restaurant and treating yourself to dinner, then go to a Tiki village dinner show.

Next day explore the lagoon where you can windsurf, try your hand at surfing, jet skiing or jet boating, parasaiing or take a trip in a glass bottom boat and wonder at the things you see and the color of the water. You can also tour the island’s archaeological sites, have Polynesian dancing lessons on the beach and much, much more before you gently sail from island to island where you will find lots of things to do as you go; set out on a botanical safari in an ATV, water ski, tour a vanilla plantation, take a trip up the Foarao River, tour one of the famous black pearl cultivation farms, swim with the manta rays, even feed the sharks or scuba dive in the fantastic underwater coral gardens with their many brightly colored fish. Go shopping in one of the ‘little fun cars’ or just lie and relax or read a book until it’s time for a Tahitian cocktail or two before dinner while you watch the wonderful sunset in one of the most romantic places on earth.

All of this is fabulous fun; there are only three things you need. A camera is a must-have so you will always remember this special trip, you’ll also need a radio. Sometimes the weather changes quickly in the South Pacific, be sure your boat is properly equipped with a reliable radio and that you know how to use it. But the most important thing of all for this romantic spot? Someone you love to share it with.

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