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Tahiti

Tahiti - Moorea - Bora Bora - island names that evoke a wonderful state of mind, seducing honeymooners, romantics, adventurers, and vacationers looking for escape. Here, around these South Seas isles, a romantic sunset sea sends giant curls of turquoise breaking onto the colorful reefs that protect the tranquil lagoons of warm, bright-emerald waters and white coral-sand beaches.


Day 1

Papette, Tahiti, is your portal to paradise. From Marina Taina, your first port of call is Moorea, just 15 miles away. Sharp mountain spires covered in lush, green vegetation dominate this 53-square-mile island. Make a circuit on scooters, with a stop at Island Fashion Black Pearls near Cook's Bay. Surf the southwest coast or snorkel at Hauru Point.

Day 2

Anchor off the beach and tender out to one of the islets where dolphins play. Watch a pearl farmer tend his oyster crop or try a bit of mountain biking toward Belvedere Lookout. Toast the pink-purple sunset on the aft deck.

Day 3

Who needs Tiffany's when you can breakfast off Hauhine surrounded by the vistas of your dreams? Visit quaint shops in the tiny village of Fare or take a horseback ride on the beach. Fishing is good here just outside the reef.

Day 4

A short cruise west brings you to Raiatea's protected lagoon. Don your flippers and mask and jump overboard for an unforgettable snorkeling experience among technicolored tropical fish. The chef brings back fresh vanilla beans for a gourmet dessert served against a backdrop of swaing palms.

Day 5

After a morning dip, a 25-mile passage going with the Pacific tradewinds brings you to mythical Bora Bora, with its twin, black rock peaks rising from the center of the island. Enjoy a torch-lit dinner on the beach.

Day 6

Explore Bora Bora by land, making sure to bring your camera. Climb to the island's highest point to see the entire lagoon at your feet. Explore the inside of the reef in the tender and watch a shark-feeding demonstration by brave islanders before you depart on the evening flight to Tahiti.


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Fiji

The joy of cruising the sparkling emerald and azure waters which joins Fiji's 330 islands is not just in the pleasure of experiencing untrammeled beauty but also in the realization of childhood dreams of faraway places. The range and scope of day cruises include dolphin-watching tours, game fishing, and snorkeling trips. Fiji's remarkable marine life embodies all the elements that make Fiji's reefs so exceptional. Drama and diversity, brilliant lavish panoramas, deep water rich with food and hiding places for the mysterious and race. Fiji's marine realm is as dynamic and splendid as nature can be. Breathtaking hard and soft corals, wall dives, caves, grottos and shipwrecks. Fiji is truly a diver's paradise where the daily menu is so diversified that it is sometimes difficult to believe you are in the same country.


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Australia

Australia's awesome natural beauty is talked about worldwide with wonder. With regions such as the Gold Coast and Whitsundays, it's little wonder that Queensland brings to mind lazy days on sunny beaches. It's true, the perfect climate and seaside towns show relaxed Australian culture at its best. The Great Barrier Reef, as one of the natural wonders of the world, is a truly amazing experience for divers with an abundance of colourful marine life.

Whitsunday Islands

Day 1

Depart Cairns and cruise past the mouth of the Daintree River and views of the adjacent world heritage rainforest. Relax and enjoy a cocktail while taking in the magnificent sun set behind the Alexander Range.

Day 2

Head off to the outer reef to spend the day snorkeling or diving among the profusion of corals and colorful reef fish. Dinner will be a barbecue of freshly caught lobster or delicious reef fish.

Day 3

Cruising north along the Ribbon Reefs you can alternatively island hop on the inner reef islands or dive on the outer reef. The inner islands provide a chance to stroll a beautiful beach at sunset.

Day 4

Cruising north along the Ribbon Reefs you can alternatively island hop on the inner reef islands or dive on the outer reef. The inner islands provide a chance to stroll a beautiful beach at sunset.

Day 5

We cruise to the "Jewel of the Reef," Lizard Island. Walk to the same lookout used by Captain James Cook, who discovered Australia. Lizard Island has spectacular "clam gardens" - coral gardens full of giant clams, some three feet in width.

Day 6

No visit to the Ribbon Reefs would be complete without a snorkel or dive at the Cod Hole. World famous potato cod weighing up to 1,000 pounds gather in this area and can be hand fed.

Day 7

Begin the return to Cairns via the Whitsundays, and a stop at the famous Hayman Island Resort for tennis or a little shopping. The 74-island Whitsunday chain is excellent for fishing and diving.


The Great Barrier Reef

Day 1

Arriving in Cairns, the city where the rainforest meets the reef, you'll find your yacht moored just minutes away. Soon, you're on your way to The Great Barrier Reef, which includes 2,500 named reefs and 600 islands. Begin your underwater exploration at sheltered Thelford Reef.

Day 2

lazy meander through the reef with snorkeling stops along the way bring you to Dunk island, where you can go ashore and hike in a magnificent rainforest.

Day 3

Taking the inside passage behind Hinchinbrook Island, you'll spot small coastal kangaroos. After a picnic lunch in a quiet cove, head for Pelorus Island for diving before dinner.

Day 4

Cruise past fringing reefs reroute to the Whitsunday's, a 70-island chain. Fish for marlin from the sport boat or get in some serious diving. Exclusive Hayman Island combines luxury with the beauty of a tropical paradise. This mountainous continental island offers bushwalks and idyllic deserted beaches. Dine ashore at renowned La Fontaine.

Day 5

Explore nearby Hook Island. The diversity of coral off the north shore provides some of the best diving in the islands. One of the few walking tracks leads to Butterfly Bay, named because of its shape and the butterflies that swarm its shores. Cut into the island's southern end, two magnificent fjord-like inlets, Nara and Macona, provide spectacular anchorages.

Day 6

Your charter concludes at Hamilton Island, a world-class resort with a modern jetport and a village of boutique shops and restaurants. Encircled by a reef, its best snorkeling and diving is at Catseye Beach. The nearby 50-acre park features kangaroos and koalas.


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New Zealand

Relax on deck and see New Zealand's beautiful coastline and waterways from a unique offshore perspective. You could find yourself cruising through glorious bays, island-studded gulfs and sheltered waterways, or exploring inland rivers and lakes. On your private yacht you'll find magnificent scenery not visible from the roads, as well as marine and bird life which may include penguins, seals or albatross. Enjoy fishing, diving, swimming with dolphins or even whale-watching.


Day 1

Arrive in Auckland and transfer to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand's most popular cruising destination. The bay is a large natural harbor dotted with 150 islands. Board the yacht at the deepwater port of Opua. Surrounded by stands of mature kauri trees.

Day 2

After a day of fishing visit Russell or Paihia, on the opposite shore for dinner featuring local specialties. Russell was New Zealand's first capital and a favorite haunt of writer Zane Grey. No trip to the Bay of Islands is complete without a visit to Waitangi where the country's founding document was signed by Queen Victoria' representatives and Maori chiefs in 1840.

Day 3

Cruise to Opito Bay where enormous pohutukawa trees overhang a fine beach. The water in the inlet is clean and warm and is regularly visited by dolphins. Fishing and kayaking are the order of the day.

Day 4

Head across to the northern side of the Bay around the remarkable flat topped Black Rocks, to arrive at the mouth of the Kerikeri inlet. A cruise up the inlet ends at the Stone Store, New Zealand's oldest building.

Day 5

Past the famous Hole in the Rock and north of the Bay of Islands are the jewel-like Cavalli Islands. There are bays to explore inshore and fish to catch offshore. For divers there is a fascinating dive site created from the wreck of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior.

Day 6

Cruise north to the towering, fjord-like cliffs of Whangaroa Bay. The water here is surprisingly deep, and the harbor is full of history. The Kingfish Lodge at the mouth of the harbor is accessible only by water and attracts movie stars and vacationing entrepreneurs.

Day 7

Return to the Huraki Gulf to cruise Auckland's marine playground with visits to beautiful Great Barrier Island and the wineries of Waiheke Island before touring the City of Sails.


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Tonga

The 176 islands ranging from high volcanic to low coral terrain create scenic variety seldom matched elsewhere in the world. The islands are divided into four groups and bordered on the east by the deep Tongan Trench. Nuku'alofa, the capital, is located on the main island of Tongatapu. It is more developed than its neighbors but still maintains an unhurried and peaceful lifestyle. The island of 'Eua lies just a few kilometres off the south-eastern tip of Tongatapu. Niuatoputapu is surrounded by magnificent white beaches. The most beautiful beaches are on the north-west side of the main island. Along the sandy beaches of Niuatoputapu one can walk for hours. There is no traffic, no crowds and no queues - just peace and tranquility. Yet there is a variety of accommodation and you can enjoy a sumptuous lobster meal, if that is to your liking.


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Galapagos

There are 13 major islands in the Galapagos archipelago which lies 600 miles from mainland Ecuador. This incredibly special place is home to plant and animal species whose ancestors floated or were blown there. Indigenous fauna lived without natural predators and animals became virtually fearless. Even now, visitors can walk along trails and pass within inches of numerous species which is in itself a unique experience. 90% of the land surface and the entire ocean out to the national limits was designated a national park in 1959 in order to preserve the original ecology and to control the introduction of new and potentially harmful species.


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