This is an intimate voyage through French Polynesia's Leeward Islands. With only 24 fellow passengers we share an experience outside the usual tourist clichés, where your senses are loaded with colour, emotion and simple pleasures. Sample the romance of dinner under the stars, the discovery of stunning beauty whilst paddling a kayak on the lagoon, swimming with turtles, wander exquisite beaches or simply relax on deck while enjoying cocktails as the tropical sun slowly merges with the sea ... welcome to paradise.
Your cruise includes: Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, juices, bottled water, tea and espresso coffee, Use of kayaks, paddle boards, tenders, snorkel and fish equipment carried onboard.
• Swim off the ship and enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkeling.
• Сruise to the outer island of Huahine. Huahine is popular as the garden island of French Polynesia and is very typically Polynesian.
• Visit a vanilla plantation, see the Maeva Marae archaeological site, famous blue eyed eels and unique stone fish traps still in use by locals.
• Transfer to a large outrigger canoe for a guided tour and stories from one of the real local characters. Prepare to be entertained as he shows off the eastern lagoon on Raiatea and winds up the tiny Faaroa River, Tahiti’s only “navigable river”.
• Go to Bloody Mary’s Bar for an experience of a lifetime. Sand floors and a history that stretches back 30 years and an experience you will enjoy.
• Enjoy BBQ dinner and local show.
Guests begin boarding today from 4:30 pm for a late evening departure from the Pier de Pacquebots on the Papeete waterfront. Welcome snacks and drinks are served, meet your fellow travellers and the crew, a safety briefing and then we sail for Cooks Bay on the island of Moorea. Dinner is served on deck, accompanied by the most spectacular volcanic mountain backdrop. We anchor inside the lagoon for a comfortable sleep.
There is time for a swim off the ship before we depart at 10 am to cruise to historic Cooks Bay on Moorea. After lunch our experienced crew will be conducting a snorkel safari for all interested along the inner reef adjoining this bay. Tropical fish life, friendly stingrays and the odd dolphin are the norm here. Sunscreen is a must and reef shoes that are supplied to all guests. Off the ship, kayaking, swimming and paddle boarding are always available and for those more adventurous, go ashore and hire 4wd buggies, scooters or cars and explore the island. Drinks and canapés are served on deck followed by dinner at 7 pm.
An early start when we weigh anchor for our cruise day to the outer island of Huahine. This is a relaxed read a book day, visit our open bridge or trail a fishing line off the stern whilst underway. The anchor is scheduled to be down in Baie Moroe around 4:30 pm allowing time for a swim followed by drinks and today’s chef’s creations in the main saloon or on the aft deck.
After breakfast, we take the landing craft to our secret beach - sable blanc - turquoise water; this is the place to swim, kayak, paddle board and snorkel. There are no organised tours here - just unbelievable unspoilt beauty. In the evening we move to Haapu Bay to be entertained with a cultural show and Tahitian dancing with the likelihood of festivities later into the night at anchor.
Wake up to your 28-degree heaven. We depart for a leisurely island time cruise inside the northern reef of Taha’a. After lunch we visit a local vanilla plantation before we settle into the overnight anchorage. We have stunning sunset views of magical Bora Bora in the distance before dinner is served on the aft deck.
In the morning we are in the water again to snorkel the amazing coral gardens or have one of the crew to help you explore by tender. After lunch we have a guided tour of a local pearl farm where you may dive for your own pearls. Later this afternoon we dock alongside at Uturoa where an evening stroll ashore is on offer. Dinner is served from 7pm and we stay alongside overnight.
After breakfast you have time to visit the local shops and the shell market before we depart for the Faaroa River tour. Prepare to be entertained as we show off the eastern lagoon on Raiatea and wind up the tiny Faaroa River, Tahiti's only "navigable river". Returning to the ship by mid afternoon to try some trolling while we cruise to our overnight anchorage, alongside white sand beaches and palm trees, with more opportunities for water activities.
After breakfast we cruise to Hurepiti Bay where lunch is served at anchor before the 3-hour journey to enter the Bora Bora lagoon. You are welcome to come up to the bridge as we make our way through the entrance in the reef. Once we are anchored, the Captain leads a party for happy hour cocktails at Bloody Mary’s Bar for an experience of a lifetime. Sand floors and a superstar history that stretches back over 30 years. Dinner is served onboard from 7pm with absolutely stunning views of magical Bora Bora.
After breakfast on the aft deck we will reposition Island Passage to the south end of Motu Teviaora. We will launch our tenders and explore the lagoon that is inaccessible to the larger ships. This area is the home of some premier resorts with their many associated overwater fares. Drinks, sunscreen, swimmers and a camera are a must on this aquatic island snorkel and swim tour. On returning to the ship, all watersports are available.
After breakfast we cruise inside the lagoon to position off Motu Tapu. A ray and shark feeding excursion, with professional guides, has been organised for this morning. All the water-sports equipment is available and a regular tender shuttle will operate to and from the ship. After lunch we move to Motu Toopua and settle in to the anchorage with some well deserved relaxation time. Our Island Escape traditional 'guest and crew gourmet BBQ' is the highlight of the final evening which often goes late into the night.
Oh dear the final day. Breakfast is served on deck before the tenders transfer guests to Vaitape Ferry terminal at 0930 for some last minute shopping and the ferry to the airport. Remember that we also have an optional scenic helicopter transfer available directly from the ship to Bora Bora airport. We do hope that you have enjoyed your time onboard with us.
Ia Orana, we hope to see you again.
Please note the itinerary is subject to change due to operational reasons, weather and sea conditions solely at Captains discretion.
5 Staterooms, size: 16 sqm - 175 sq. ft. Each cabin offers- wide portholes with ocean view and natural light, hotel-style beds - queen and twin sizes, private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, evening turn down service with chocolate bottled water, individual climate control, roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers, voltage: 220V, Phillips 26-inch flat-panel TV with 250 videos on demand.
Waimate - Queen Bed, Tiri Tiri - Twin or Queen, Jellicoe - Twin (plus Pullman berth), Colville - Twin (plus Pullman berth), Rangitoto - Queen Bed.
4 Ocean Suites, size: 18 sqm - 195 sq. ft. Each cabin offers- large viewing window and door to the outside deck, hotel-style beds - queen and twin sizes, private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, evening turn down service with chocolate and bottled water, individual climate control, roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers, voltage: 220V, Phillips 26-inch flat-panel TV with250 videos on demand.
Kawau - Twin Beds, Motutapu - Twin Beds - Wheelchair Access, Pakatoa - Queen Bed, Rakino - Queen Bed.
2 Solo Cabins, size: 12-14 sqm / 130–150 sq. ft. Each cabin features: Wide portholes with ocean view and natural light, Hotel-style beds - queen or twin sizes, Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, Evening turn down service with chocolate bottled water, Individual climate control, Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers, Voltage: 220V, Phillips 26-inch flat-panel TV with 250 videos on demand.
Waimate - Queen Bed, Aotea - Queen Bed
2 Bridge Suites, size: 22 sqm - 235 sq. ft. Each cabin offers - large viewing window and door to outside deck, hotel-style beds - super king size, floor-to-ceiling doors open to the deck, private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, evening turn down service with chocolate and bottled water, bathrobes in each suite, individual climate control, roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers, voltage: 220V, Phillips 32-inch flat-panel TV with 250 videos on demand.
Reinga - Super King, Runaway - Super King.
Vessel Type: Luxury Catamaran
Length: 42 metres
Passenger Capacity: 22
If you have traveled with the big ship cruise lines in the past, it's time to start rethinking everything you thought you knew about cruising. Furthermore if you have been avoiding cruising because you imagined it would be like traveling in a shopping mall, it's time to think again. We offer something else altogether.
The ‘Island Passage’ is our beautifully appointed small ship. Her workboat exterior camouflages a stunning interior. Weighing in at almost 500 tonnes, she’s equipped to travel to inaccessible areas while delivering the highest level of passenger comfort. On board you’ll find 10 spacious en-suite cabins, a large dining room and saloon lounge, a library and generous outdoor living spaces. In the galley, our chef works with the freshest local ingredients and delicacies to create memorable meals that reflect the day’s adventures.
For entertainment and exploration, Island Passage carries purpose-built landing craft, three large tenders, sea kayaks, a five-seat helicopter, fish and snorkel equipment. Never a dull moment, although lazing in a deckchair is always an acceptable option. During each journey, our eight-person crew is on hand to share their knowledge of the ocean and local landscapes.
Our expedition boats are designed to provide fast and efficient transport to and from the 'Island Passage' and are well suited for exploring the local bays, islands, and rivers that are right on your doorstep. All boats are manned with guides, two-way radios and safety equipment for your peace of mind.
Our fishing has no rigid daily schedule. Different areas will be covered according to what the Captain and guides believe will be best in that specific day or week. Several levels are available during the cruises to suit the novice to the more experienced angler.
When the ship was designed, the instructions were to provide a luxurious layout, uncrowded and comfortable for a maximum of 24 guests. This has been well achieved. You will encounter the spacious saloon and dining area on the promenade deck, a large aft teak deck with steamers chairs and ease of access to the tenders, oversized cabins and ensuites, wide side teak decks for strolling the ship and an overwhelming feeling of being onboard a small private yacht.
The ‘Island Passage’ is perfect for a leisurely break from a hectic lifestyle. We only have accommodation onboard for 24 passengers. The ten spacious individually designed cabins, with rich timber panelling and New Zealand Kauri furniture, fitted with DVD, audio and TV, and are all air-conditioned. Most with doors opening on to the outer deck, each cabin has its own private ensuite. Our suites are amongst the largest for any ship of it's size.
Located on the main deck, our Expedition cabins give you a choice of a queen-size bed or two singles. Suites with single beds have a pullman berth for a third guest. Individual air conditioning, TV, DVD/CD, movies. Sea view from the portholes.
On the same level as the saloon, bar and dining room, the Staterooms have large picture windows and doors opening directly onto the promenade deck. Each cabin has individual air-conditioning, TV, DVD/CD, movies, writing desk and either queen or twin single beds.
Bridge Deck Suites
Offering the best views on the ship, the two Bridge Deck Suites open directly onto the teak bridge deck. Each cabin is individually air-conditioned with SKY TV, DVD/CD, movies on demand, writing desk, easy chair, super king bed and extra-large bathroom.