French Polynesia is located in the Pacific Ocean, comprised of around 130 islands divided in to six groups; Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society archipelagos. The city of Papeete on the Tahiti Island is the capital of French Polynesia. The jewels of French Polynesia, such as Bora-Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa and Huahine are the in Society group. These islands known as leewards.
French Polynesia is formed by an ancient volcanoes which are mostly eroded today. Most of the islands, especially leewards, encircled by barrier reefs, which provide a unique habitat for numbers of species, such as dolphins, corals, sharks, more than 500 different fishes and sea turtles. This fascinating sea life makes leeward islands one of the most popular place for scuba diving and snorkelling on the world. Besides, you can enjoy with water sports, luxury resorts, unique cuisine and history at Tahiti.
Sailing tours at French Polynesia mostly dominated at Society Islands. There you can find relax sailing routes and easy passages between the islands.
Weather and climate;
In French Polynesia, you can find two different climatic conditions. Between September and April climate is warm and humid, while April to August climate is cooler and drier. Rainy season starts at November and end usually ends at April, during that period weather is generally hot and wet. You can meet with 29 – 35 ˚C with rain, which is not very pleasant to sail. During the dry season, i.e. winter average temperatures are between 25 – 29 ˚C. To summarize; November – April is the rainy season, April and May are fall and September and October are spring. The months mentioned above are the best seasons to sail. During these periods prevailing wind at the leeward islands is easterlies with 15 – 25 knots. You can meet with 1 – 1.5 m swell usually coming from SW. Occasionally there could be rough sea due to crossed swell due to S and E blowing winds.
Tidal range is about 20 – 30 cm. At leeward islands high tide is around noon to midnight.