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Tahiti & Moorea Culture Through Cuisine Cruise Tour
 
Papeete to Papeete
Thu Jul 25, 2024 - Thu Aug 1, 2024,
 7 days
 on Star Breeze
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Papeete to Papeete
You came here for the local food and to explore six of Tahiti’s most captivating islands – both must-sees like Papeete and Bora Bora and less-traveled islands like Huahine, Raiatea, and tiny Tahaa.  Spend four days on legendary Moorea in your Garden Pool Bungalow, a luxurious retreat among the palms with your own private plunge pool. Dive into Polynesian cuisine on an included half-day gastronomic tour, discovering unique flavors influenced by Tahitian, Chinese and French cultures. The next day, the full-day foodie tour is the icing on the cake, spoiling you with breathtaking views, giving you the chance to swim with rays and sharks, and treating you to a mouthwatering barbecue lunch in the lagoon. Sample local cuisine including poisson cru, casse-croutes, local barbecue, and fresh local fruits.  Continue on to other islands, each with their own distinctive personality and culinary specialties. From luxurious resorts to simple fishing villages, you’ll still have plenty of time to bask the blue lagoon waters, absorb the local culture, and truly taste Tahiti.
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Day 1: Papeete
Relax on sunny beaches, sample Tahitian fare, and take in the effervescent spirit of the city. But whatever you do, save time — and luggage space — for shopping. Black pearls and colorful crafts fill the market and local treasures are so plentiful you’ll have trouble making your choices but you won't be bothered with large crowds and big tour groups because French Tahiti is only accessible to small ships like ours.
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Day 2: Moorea
Welcome to paradise, where your stunning surroundings soak up superlatives and call for more. In our stay here you’ll have plenty of time to do it all. Be sure to consider the opportunity to hone your photography talents on an optional tour of the island in the company of a professional photographer. Your choices here are endless. Hike the majestic Three Coconut Trail. Visit dolphins in their native habitat. Or spend your time swimming and kayaking from Wind Spirit’s Watersports Platform as we lay at anchor in these beautiful sapphire seas.
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Day 3: Raiatea
Raiatea, “The Sacred Island,” is located just across the lagoon from Tahaa and shares the same barrier reef. (Legend claims the two were a single island until a conger eel possessed by the spirit of a princess separated them.) It used to be the center of religion and culture in the Society Islands. Taputapuatea, on the southeast coast, was once the most important marae around, the place where kings from the neighboring islands would gather for important ceremonies. Uturoa, the main town, reminds some people of Papeete in its younger days with its quaint low-rise buildings. Raiatea is also home to the only navigable river in the islands, the Fa’aroa. Explore Polynesian history or climb Mount Temehani in search of the rare tiare apetahi flower, which grows only here.
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Day 4: Raiatea
Raiatea, “The Sacred Island,” is located just across the lagoon from Tahaa and shares the same barrier reef. (Legend claims the two were a single island until a conger eel possessed by the spirit of a princess separated them.) It used to be the center of religion and culture in the Society Islands. Taputapuatea, on the southeast coast, was once the most important marae around, the place where kings from the neighboring islands would gather for important ceremonies. Uturoa, the main town, reminds some people of Papeete in its younger days with its quaint low-rise buildings. Raiatea is also home to the only navigable river in the islands, the Fa’aroa. Explore Polynesian history or climb Mount Temehani in search of the rare tiare apetahi flower, which grows only here.
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Day 4: Motu Mahaea (Tahaa)
We will spend the day on a private island complete with swaying palm trees and white-sand beaches. Swim, snorkel and enjoy a variety of water sports in the crystal-clear waters. There will be a delicious barbecue lunch and tropical drinks waiting for you. Explore Tahaa with optional excursions to discover the vanilla plantations and sacred sites of the island.
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Day 5: Bora Bora
Our stay here allows plenty of time to capture the beauty in photographs — and you’ll want plenty. These stunning waters will show a different kaleidoscope of blue in each frame. You’ll have lots of options for exploration, whether you prefer the access provided by a 4-by-4, or the thrill of riding in the open air. Stretch out on stunning white-sand beaches, dive and swim in brightly colored seas, or sail among the tiny islands and lagoons. But the highlight here will be the Windstar Exclusive Destination Discovery Event on a private motu complete with fire dancers. This is the stuff that dreams are made of and available to small ships.
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Day 6: Bora Bora
Our stay here allows plenty of time to capture the beauty in photographs — and you’ll want plenty. These stunning waters will show a different kaleidoscope of blue in each frame. You’ll have lots of options for exploration, whether you prefer the access provided by a 4-by-4, or the thrill of riding in the open air. Stretch out on stunning white-sand beaches, dive and swim in brightly colored seas, or sail among the tiny islands and lagoons. But the highlight here will be the Windstar Exclusive Destination Discovery Event on a private motu complete with fire dancers. This is the stuff that dreams are made of and available to small ships.
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Day 7: Huahine
Anchor here in the place whose nickname is “Garden of Eden.” Take your time to explore the lush forests, the tropical landscapes, and the quaint villages to discover one of Polynesia’s best kept secrets. Here, at a slower pace, see a glimpse of the authentic South Pacific island lifestyle. Stop by the Maeva archaeological site and wander around the 150-odd marae (temple sites) and 400-year-old stone fish traps that are still in use And you’ll have your pick of the world’s best snorkeling once again.
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Day 8: Papeete
Relax on sunny beaches, sample Tahitian fare, and take in the effervescent spirit of the city. But whatever you do, save time — and luggage space — for shopping. Black pearls and colorful crafts fill the market and local treasures are so plentiful you’ll have trouble making your choices but you won't be bothered with large crowds and big tour groups because French Tahiti is only accessible to small ships like ours.
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Day 8: Arrive in Papeete
Disembark from your yacht and take a ferry transfer to exclusive Hotel Manava Beach Resort on Moorea. This picturesque seaside stay features garden bungalows in a pristine Polynesian paradise. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure—explore lush tropical surroundings, make spa appointments throughout your stay, reserve tee times at a nearby golf course, take a dip in your pool or sip sweet tropical drinks beneath a shady umbrella at the terrace bar.
 
(Includes overnight at Manava Beach Resort)
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Day 9: Moorea Manava Beach Resort
Following breakfast at your hotel, spend the day snorkeling and basking at Cook and Opunohu bays while learning about the shark, rays, and shells that reside there with your guide. Enjoy a lunch of local cuisine with your feet in the lagoon’s warm waters and learn how to unshell a cocout and tie a pareo. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon to relax at your leisure.
 
(Includes breakfast and overnight at Hotel Manava Moorea)
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Day 10: Cook and Opunohu bays
After breakfast at the hotel, spending the morning tasting Tahi-Chinese snacks, traditional Tahitian dishes, and local barbecue. Then go on the hunt for local fruit stands selling the sweetest tropical fruits of the season and stop for a liquor and juice tasting. Once you return to the hotel, opt to golf at the Greem Pearl Golf Crouse, created by Jack Nicklaus or participate in a coral grafting workshop to help the nearby reef.

(Includes breakfast, overnight at Hotel Manava Moorea)
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Day 11: Day 11 Moorea to Papeete
Following breakfast, board the ferry for the trip back to Papeete and your return flight home.

(Includes breakfast and transfer to airport)

Please note: flights from Papeete should not be scheduled before 9:30 pm

A Complimentary Windstar Destination Discovery Event

Bora Bora is surrounded by a number of tiny islets called “motu” – small, pristine, secluded paradises that offer privacy, beauty and relaxing ambiance. You will spend the evening on one of these perfect Polynesian oases accompanied only by other Windstar guests. As has long been the tradition in Tahiti, you will be welcomed to the motu with a fragrant flower lei.

Your private feast on the beach promises to be extraordinary. The menu has been carefully selected by Windstar’s executive chef and is sure to please and tantalize your palate.

When your meal is complete and the stars begin to shine, the highlight of this enchanted evening will begin. Fire dancing has long been deeply embedded in the Polynesian culture as a way to send messages to the gods. Your fire dancing experts will be wearing traditional loincloths and will dazzle you with high-speed acrobatic moves, throwing flames so hot you’ll feel the warmth 10 feet away.

Please note: This Destination Discovery Event has been scheduled in a way that will allow you to book and experience another shore excursion on the same day and you will not miss anything.

 

What's Included?

  • 3 nights in a garden pool bungalow at the 4-star Hotel Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea with full use of water sports equipment, plus American breakfast
  • Half day Moorea Food Adventure including liquor and juice tastings, traditional Ma’a tinito, and even roadside stands for the most delicious local foods
  • Full day Moorea snorkeling tour of Cook and Opunohu bays with a feet-in-the-water lunch and cultural demonstrations
  • All transfers pier to ferry, ferry to hotel, and ferry to airport on DAY 4 in the afternoon.  Please note: No morning flights on Day 4, only evening flights.
  • 7-day cruise aboard Star Breeze, round trip from Papeete
Popular Highlights
black pearl
Snorkel down to personally select and harvest your own black pearl in Raiatea.
Bora Bora
Luxuriate in a delightful overnight in  Bora Bora, a unique island paradise.
Destination Discovery Event
Celebrate at Windstar's Destination Discovery Event and fun-filled Signature Onboard Barbecue.
fiery sunset
Witness a fiery sunset and watch for the green flash as it melts below the horizon.
Moorea
Discover Moorea, the inspiration for South Pacific's mystical Bali Hai.
Polynesian dances
Delight to entertainment on board and learn native Polynesian dances.
snorkeling
Experience drift snorkeling among coral gardens.
Watersports Platform
Sail, swim, and kayak from the ship's Watersports Platform during your voyage.
Itinerary at a Glance
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Port
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Watersports
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Thu Jul 25
Papeete
Arrive:  
Depart:  6:00 PM
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Fri Jul 26
Moorea
Arrive:  8:00 AM
Depart:  5:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
Sat Jul 27
Raiatea
Arrive:  8:00 AM
Depart:  
Watersports Platform: 
Sun Jul 28
Raiatea
Arrive:  
Depart:  6:00 AM
Watersports Platform: 
Sun Jul 28
Motu Mahaea (Tahaa)
Arrive:  8:00 AM
Depart:  5:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
Mon Jul 29
Bora Bora
Arrive:  9:00 AM
Depart:  
Watersports Platform: 
Tue Jul 30
Bora Bora
Arrive:  
Depart:  9:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
Wed Jul 31
Huahine
Arrive:  7:00 AM
Depart:  5:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
Thu Aug 1
Papeete
Arrive:  9:00 AM
Depart:  
Watersports Platform: 
Thu Aug 1
Arrive in Papeete
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Fri Aug 2
Moorea Manava Beach Resort
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Sat Aug 3
Cook and Opunohu bays
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Sun Aug 4
Day 11 Moorea to Papeete
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Crew Talent Show
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Relax at the Pool or Hot Tub
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Signature Sail Away
Shopping With The Chef
Take In The Sun
Watersports Platform
Enjoy regionally inspired treatments at World Spa by Windstar
Relax With A Morning Yoga Session
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