Sailing the French Polynesia

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Weary of the same old beach vacation spots with people everywhere and nothing remarkable to see? Then try sailing in the stunning French Polynesia which will gladden your wretched heart with its turquoise lagoons, clear waters and pearly beaches.

French Polynesia is a collection of five islands that are beautiful and unique in its own way, the islands include the Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Marquesas Islands and the Austral Islands. It consists of 118 physically scattered islets in the Pacific Ocean. The tropical climate and the generous hospitality of the people make this place a vacationers paradise, and also a perfect place for honeymooners.

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Islands like Tahiti, Bora Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa, etc. have charmed sailors for centuries and in the present times, they receive flocks of tourists every year. A luxury yacht and the blue seas of French Polynesia is a match made in heaven, very few people can resist the seductive sunsets there.

Hire a luxury charter yacht or go sailing privately, but rest assured that this place will never disappoint you.

For a safe and enjoyable sailing trip, here are some guidelines:

1) Make sure to check the weather conditions, before undertaking a journey as though full-on cyclones rarely hit the seas in these areas, it is better to be safe than sorry. The cyclone season is generally considered to be from November to March.

2) Despite being one of the safest sailing grounds in the world, French Polynesia has recorded some petty thefts, so it is always a good idea to lock up dinghy motors, dinghies and other items on the deck while anchoring in Moorea and Papeete.

3) Fuel is easily accessible in the main areas, but around the Tuamotus it might be an issue.

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