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Hosted By: Jerre Fuqua
Join President of Holiday Vacations, Jerre Fuqua, for a trip to Tahiti’s most pristine islands, featuring a luxurious 7-night cruise. Arrive in Papeete to begin your adventure with a West Coast tour including a famous archaeological site, Marae Arahurahu. Next, board Windstar Cruises’ opulent all-suite yacht, Star Breeze. Discover the many benefits of small-ship cruising as you settle into your beautiful ocean-facing room and indulge in award-winning cuisine with all meals included onboard. Our spectacular ports of call are Moorea, Raiatea, Motu Mahaea, Bora Bora, and Huahine. Curate your perfect vacation with a $350 credit to use towards a fantastic selection of optional excursions at each port. In Bora Bora, enjoy a special dinner featuring exquisite cuisine and Polynesian fire dancing. Disembark in Papeete for an East Coast tour before our dreamy journey concludes.
Get to know Holiday Vacations President Jerre Fuqua, while cruising to the sunny islands of Tahiti! As the special host for our June 2024 departure, he’s looking forward to joining guests during this dreamy, immersive vacation. A career veteran in travel and tourism, Jerre is an experienced globetrotter with a wealth of fascinating stories to share.
Discover the incredible benefits of small-ship cruising, such as spacious open areas with a maximum of 312 passengers and the ability to venture into smaller harbors that lie beyond the reach of larger ships. Enjoy unbelievable views from your ocean-facing suite and indulge in award-winning meals, developed by ten-time Michelin-starred chef, Anthony Sasso, and Grill Master, Steve Raichlen. Aside from an exceptional level of guest service, Windstar Cruises is set apart by its onboard Expedition Experts, high-class entertainment, elegant design, and complimentary water sport equipment – including snorkel gear fitted just for you! Find more information and details to love here.
During our two days in Bora Bora, discover incredible cultural traditions and get a glimpse into the island’s vibrant history. One of the unique highlights of this trip is the Polynesian Fire Dancing show, taking place right after our private and exquisite feast on the beach. Adorned in traditional garments, the fire dancers showcase their skills in this mesmerizing performance just feet from where you are seated. This up-close and intimate display of ancient Polynesian culture is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won’t want to miss.
June 5th, 2024 - June 14th, 2024
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 12/08/2023
Day 1 : Fly to Papeete
We depart the United States on a comfortable flight to Tahiti, arriving late evening. After clearing customs at Faa’a International Airport, we settle into our accommodations in Papeete.
Day 2 : Tahiti Island Tour & the Star Breeze
This morning, we begin our explorations of the island with a West Coast tour. Discover Tahiti’s beautiful sights with views of black sand beaches, the vibrant lagoon, and lush valleys. We see the fascinating archaeological site of Marae Arahurahu, Water Gardens of Vaipahi, and the Museum of Tahiti and The Islands, where we learn about Polynesian heritage and discover treasures of Oceanic. This afternoon, we stop by The Restaurant Bar at Musee Gauguin for an authentic lunch, then board Windstar’s Star Breeze to experience the luxury of small ship cruising. This newly renovated, all-suite yacht is small enough to venture into ports beyond the reach of larger vessels, yet expansive enough to provide high-class entertainment and amenities. Enjoy upscale, spacious suites with an ocean view and all meals included onboard!
Day 3 : Cook’s Bay, Moorea
Our first port of call is the volcanic island of Moorea, known as the “pride and joy of French Polynesia.” Journey into the rugged landscapes of dense rainforests that cover the mountains or explore the marine life and coral reef ecosystem. There are many phenomenal shore excursions you may purchase including a snorkel safari, stingray encounter, and 4x4 adventure. If you’re interested in capturing some photographic keepsakes, you also have the option of joining a professional photographer on an island tour.
Day 4 : Uturoa, Raiatea
Our ship docks in Raiatea today, known as the “Sacred Island.” There are countless archeological treasures and thousands of years of history to be discovered here, as it is considered the first homeland of Polynesians that migrated from Southeast Asia around 1000 AD. The day is free to spend as you wish, with relaxation or a shore excursion such as a tour of Marae Taputapuatea. Dedicated to the god of war Oro, this expansive complex once hosted important ceremonies for kings and is considered the cornerstone of historic Polynesian culture. Nature lovers may enjoy a moderate hike to explore the lush landscapes and towering waterfalls, while gazing upon the island’s rare flora and fauna.
Day 5 : Motu Mahaea, Taha’a
We dock at the neighboring islet of Motu Mahaea this morning, known for its peaceful atmosphere and many vanilla farms. You may choose to purchase an optional excursion to various sacred sites or relax on the white sandy beach near crystal-clear waters. Windstar’s complimentary water sports rentals are available for use to enjoy paddleboarding, snorkeling, and more. We gather for a special included lunch today, a savory barbecue with tropical refreshments.
Day 6 : Exclusive Polynesian Show & Beach Dinner
Today’s port of call is Bora Bora, famous for its opulent beaches, gorgeous turquoise lagoon, and overwater bungalows. This island sits in a caldera that was formed millions of years ago when an extinct volcano with two peaks erupted, Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia, giving this area incredibly unique geography. Enjoy a traditional lei greeting upon arrival, then later we gather for an exclusive dinner and entertainment on the beach. Delight your tastebuds with exceptional cuisine crafted by Windstar’s executive chef as you watch a spectacular Polynesian fire dancing show. Tonight, our ship overnights on a “motu,” one of Bora Bora’s small, secluded islets with beautiful scenery and a relaxing atmosphere.
Day 7 : Vaitape, Bora Bora
Enjoy another full day to soak up heavenly Bora Bora. Spend more time relaxing on the luxurious beaches or book one of the many wonderful excursions available, including a jet ski tour, jeep safari, snorkeling, or sunset sailing adventure.
Day 8 : Maroe Bay, Huahine
We arrive in Huahine today, known as the Garden of Eden and one of Tahiti’s best kept secrets. This island is an explorer’s paradise as the entire area is an open-air museum with hundreds of ancient Polynesian temples! Don’t miss an opportunity to visit the island’s only town, Fare, to browse quaint shops and experience authentic Polynesian hospitality. You may also enjoy seeing the 400-year-old stone fishing traps still used today or feeding the sacred blue-eyed eels, only found in the river of Faie. Of course, this lush oasis also offers the perfect place to relax on the pristine beaches or spend time in the crystal-clear water.
Day 9 : Disembark in Papeete
We disembark the ship in Papeete this morning and enjoy one more day of exploring paradise, including an East Coast tour. Learn about the area’s fascinating history as you venture out to view Vaimahuta waterfall within Tiare Valley, and the famous Arahoho Blowhole that sits along the stunning volcanic coastal landscape. This evening, we return to the airport and begin our overnight flight home.
Day 10 : Arrive Home
We arrive back home with fond memories of our incredible time in paradise.
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Jerre Fuqua is president of Holiday Vacations. A career veteran in travel and tourism, Jerre is a fifth-generation Colorado native and has been active in the outdoors from an early age. His love for travel began with a subscription from his grandparents to National Geographic. Each month he would anxiously watch the mailbox for the next magazine.
In addition to Holiday Vacations, Jerre has a rich background in leading specialist travel brands that created over 500 unique itineraries. His experience includes luxury guided tours, walking and biking tours, private jet excursions around the world, small-ship cruises as well as ocean and river cruises, plus tailor-made travel to over 150 countries.
He is most proud of changing lives through travel, fully believing that a tourist can leave home and return as a traveler, forever changed to make a positive impact in the world.
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