7 days
Duration
Tahiti, French Polynesia
Location
Easy, Medium
Physicality

Yoga Sailing Retreat

Our 7-day Yoga Sailing Retreat combines world-class yoga instruction, kitesurfing, sailing and land-based adventure with an unparalleled level of comfort. Participants sail around the islands of French Polynesia, including Bora Bora, Raiatea and Taha’a. The week features talks on learning to win by an Olympic Gold-medallist, kiting coaching by a Red Bull King of the Air, and meditation led by world-renowned Punnu Wasu. As well as some great sailing in paradisiacal waters. For more information on the trip, click here. Learn about our premium Yoga Sailing Retreat options and book your spot on this page.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION ‘Uturoa, Raiatea Island, Tahiti, French Polynesia
DEPARTURE TIME Saturday 30 May, 2020
RETURN TIME Saturday 6 June, 2020
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, boating shoes, hat, rain jacket and sunscreen – a full list of what to bring will be provided in the welcome email.
INCLUDED
Cabin aboard a Premium Catamaran
Captain / Instructor
Chef
Premium welcome kit
Premium on-board food & wine package
All docking fees, local fees and fuel
Kiting with Nick Jacobson (to be confirmed)
Meditation with Punuu Wasu (to be confirmed)
Yoga with Julia Dujmovits
Sailing Instruction with Sailing Virgins
Cocktail event at Bora Bora
NOT INCLUDED
Food & drinks off the boat

Preparation

PREREQUISITES None
ONLINE SAILING COURSE PREPARATION If you would like to gain your sailing qualification, the online sailing preparation takes around 20-40 hours.
INCLUDED CERTIFICATIONS
NauticEd – Catamaran Endorsement, or
one level with American Sailing Association.

 

A complete trip summary is shown on this link. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers:

Who is this trip for?

If you like to mix adventure with comfort, and wish to develop your yoga/sailing/kiting skills with some of the best practitioners in the world, then this is for you. Tahiti is best explored from the water. You will have your own cabin aboard a luxury catamaran, with an on-board chef preparing meals. If that appeals, let’s talk.

How much sailing is there?

We typically sail between 2-4 hours every day.

Is it very rough conditions?

No. We are always within sight of land. While sailing involves a fair degree of weather-dependency, we can change the week to optimise for weather conditions.

Do we stay on the boat?

Yes, you will have your own cabin on your catamaran.

What happens during a typical day?

A typical day starts with a morning routine (consisting of Wim-Hof breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation), breakfast prepared by the on-board chef, sailing to a new area, some sort of exploration (such as hiking on an island or swimming with stingrays), lunch on board, then a choice of yoga, land adventure or simply free time. Dinner will usually be had off the boat. The itinerary leaves a good amount of flexibility, as this is your vacation to do as much or as little as you wish.

Who prepares the food?

An on-board chef will prepare all meals eaten on the boat.

What sort of yoga will we practise?

Our yoga teachers will offer a variety, from hatha to the more energetic vinyasa-style yoga.

Tell me more about the Sailing Virgins Captains

If desired, you will be able to level-up your sailing game with some of the best instructors in the business. To be a Sailing Virgins instructor, as well as requiring certification to Royal Yachting Association standards (which are widely known to be the best in the world), a candidate also needs to have the following:

  • At least two ocean crossings
  • At least two seasons as skipper/lead skipper/instructor for The Yacht Week

Tell me more about Sailing in Tahiti

Most of the sailing is actually done in the other islands of French Polynesia, out of Tahiti itself. Most people fly into Tahiti (PPT), stay a night or two on that island, then take a Tahiti Airways plane to the island of Raiatea (RFP), where the sailing retreat starts and finishes.

Do I have to sign a contract?

No paper contracts required. Everything we do is online, from the Terms & Conditions to our Crew Forms to our Waiver. We like to keep things as simple as possible for you (and us)!

Further questions? Email us.

 

Additional information

MonthsMay, June
Single/Twin ShareSingle Cabin, Twin Share
1

Day 1 – Saturday

‘Uturoa Marina,Raiatea Island. Meet at ‘Uturoa and be introduced to the boat and your instructors. Today is a day to get used to new surroundings.
2

Day 2 - Sunday

To Apu Bay. We begin what will be the typical start to the day: morning exercises, meditation followed by breakfast. After breakfast we will work through sailing theory. Then, conditions permitting, we will sail to Apu Bay, in the south end of Taha’a, and have dinner at the Taravana Yacht Club.
3

Day 3 - Monday

To Point Raititi. After morning exercises, yoga, meditation and breakfast, we settle into our first sail for the day. Today we sail 4 hours to Pt. Raititi, Bora Bora, which is known for its spectacular snorkelling and freediving. The afternoon is spent enjoying the surroundings and relaxing in paradise.
4

Day 4 - Tuesday

To Bora Bora Yacht Club. Meditation, then morning exercises followed by breakfast – the best way to start the day. Today, after spending the morning exploring, we sail around Bora Bora, ending up at the Bora Bora Yacht Club for dinner.
5

Day 5 - Wednesday

To Ha’amene Bay, Tahaa. With everyone in the groove of morning exercises, we look for an opportunity for a pre-breakfast beach explore. Following breakfast we  sail around to the lovely Ha’amene Bay, which winds into the center of Taha’a Island. We may elect to have dinner on the boat tonight.
6

Day 6 - Thursday

To Fa’aroa Bay, Raiatea. Morning yoga, meditation then breakfast. The sailing today takes us south, to the island of Raiatea, in a steep-sided bay called Fa’aroa Bay. In the afternoon we can explore the Aopomau River by dinghy.
7

Day 7 - Friday

To Opoa Bay, Raiatea. After our morning exercises and breakfast we will have a round-table on a topic of our choice. Then we sail south to the historically significant Opoa Bay, said to be the staging port for Polynesian explorers sailing towards New Zealand.
8

Day 8 - Saturday

Early on the last morning (Saturday) we will sail back to ‘Uturoa, Raiatea Island. Your adventure finishes before midday on Saturday. You will receive your final debrief.
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2018 Lagoon 52 Catamaran

Your catamaran is a 2018 model Lagoon 52 or its nearest equivalent. Designed and built in France, the Lagoon 52 provides excellent sailing and on-board comfort.

The catamaran includes:

  • 5 cabins
  • Bed linens
  • En-suite washrooms
  • Central galley area
  • Swim platforms

The typical four-cabin layout is shown below:

lagoon 42 layout premium catamaran course
image: The Yacht Week

Typical cabins look like this:

lagoon-inside catamaran course

The Lagoon 42 under way (images Lagoon and Nicolas Claris):

lagoon 42 premium catamaran course

lagoon 42 premium catamaran course

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