7 days
Raiatea, French Polynesia, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Easy, Medium

The Tahiti Catamaran Course combines world-class sailing instruction with an unparalleled level of comfort. 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION ‘Uturoa, Raiatea Island (RFP), French Polynesia
DEPARTURE TIME June/July – exact date to be determined
RETURN TIME June/July – exact date to be determined
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, boating shoes, hat, rain jacket and sunscreen
Senior Instructor
Valid for a group of 5 people: students and non-students
Premium welcome kit
On-board accommodation
All docking fees
All local fees (eg. National Park, Search & Rescue, Customs)
Meals & drinks on board
Certification fees
Fuel cost
Food & drinks off the boat
Instructor gratuity (tip guide: around 10%)

Course Preparation

PREREQUISITES No prior sailing experience required
ONLINE COURSE PREPARATION From 10 to 50 hours, depending on the courses for each student. Course material will be provided after booking your course.
from ASA 101 and up to ASA 114 going through ASA 103 and 104, depending on the student

Tell me more about the Sailing Virgins instructors

A sailing academy is only as good as its instructors. Therefore we have the highest standards in the world for instructor selection. 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

For more information about Sailing Virgins instructors, check out our instructor page here.

Do I have to sign a contract?

No. 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

MonthsFebruary, June, July

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.

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.

Day 3 - Monday

To Point Raititi. After morning exercises, meditation and breakfast, we settle into sailing theory, then have our first sail for the day. Today we sail 4 hours west northwest 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.

Day 4 - Tuesday

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

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 work through sailing theory, then 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.

Day 6 - Thursday

To Fa’aroa Bay, Raiatea. Morning exercises, breakfast, then sailing theory. 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.

Day 7 - Friday

To Opoa Bay, Raiatea. After our morning exercises and breakfast we do a final theory summary for the week, answering any questions that may be on people’s minds. Then we sail south to the historically significant Opoa Bay, said to be the staging port for Polynesian explorers sailing towards New Zealand.

Day 8 - Saturday

Early on the last morning (Saturday) you will sail back to ‘Uturoa, Raiatea Island. Your course finishes before midday on Saturday. You will receive your final debrief. You are now a Sailing Virgins Alumni!

For trips longer than 7 days (such as this ten-day private trip), we may be able to explore another islands such as Maupiti, depending on conditions at the time.

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tahiti map


2020 Bali 4.1 Catamaran

The Bali 4.1 is a new catamaran, perfectly suited to cruising the waters of French Polynesia.

Sleeps: 10
Double-cabins: 4
Toilets: 3
Showers: 3
Gennaker: yes
Watermaker: yes

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