Sep 14, 2012
The great thing about cruising these fabulous islands is that we live aboard the yacht, and go ashore for the odd cocktail and perhaps a couple of dinners ashore.
French Polynesia Tahiti is expensive for food and dining out, even buying the food in the Supermarkets and fresh markets is expensive. However the huge savings we make by bringing NZ vacuum packed meats makes a 10-day holiday aboard a charter yacht really worthwhile. As we move to a new spot every day, often two or three places for a swim. The snorkelling and mucking about in the tender is always fun.
I find the yachts really well appointed, sail well enough and have great living accommodation aboard, with three toilets and several showers aboard, living in the heat is a pleasure especially the fresh water shower on the stern of the yacht after a swim.
Water is limited but enough for a quick wash off after swimming. We even wash our hair in salt water while swimming and rinse of with the fresh water.
Having a barbecue aboard keeps cooking below to a minimum and it’s a good fun time for all. Happy hour and the sunsets are always amazing, but its dark early and light early so we make the best of the daylight hours.
The real appeal to me is being able to go to a new place every day and a complete change of scenery. With a sailing yacht we can drift along or start the engine and keep the batteries charged. The trade winds usually come in by late morning and the sailing is great.
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