Luxuriate in South Sea Lagoons

Bora Bora’s specially designed yachts can take clients into the islands’ shallow waters

By: Kevin Brass

Bora Bora Cruises will launch two new yachts this summer for luxury weeklong cruises to four Polynesian islands. The new 70-meter yachts, the Tia Moana and the Tu Moana, have 37 staterooms each, and can carry a maximum of 74 guests and one crew member per cabin, according to Richard Hall, the company’s marketing director. Beginning in June, both yachts will leave Bora Bora on Monday mornings to explore lagoons on Bora Bora, Taha’a, Raiatea and Huahine, returning Sunday evenings. As both ships will depart from Bora Bora at the same time, there will be flexibility for groups and conferences. Full-boat charters are also available. “With 30 people, you can take over the whole thing,” Hall said. Staterooms for seven-day, six-night cruises are $2,800 to $4,600. The yachts’ hulls are specially designed to draw only two meters of water, allowing access to the islands’ shallow lagoons, where most of the trip will be spent. Hall said the staterooms will have original artwork on the walls, full-size windows, flat-screen TVs and DVD players. The kitchens will be managed by Cuisiniers de France, a culinary association founded in 1842. “We don’t do buffets,” Hall said. Special touches will include breakfast served on tables that are actually set in the warm lagoon waters, and movies shown on a deserted island. Bora Bora now operates the Haumana, a name that means “spirit of peace” in the Tahitian language, a 30-meter catamaran with 19 cabins that sails three-and four-night cruises from Bora Bora. 689-45-10-66; www.boraboracruises. com.