Chartering Ultimate Lady is the ultimate vacation experience; it is luxurious, liberating and unforgettable. Tahiti is an island of paradise; boasting 118m high, rugged mountain peaks, coral reefs, turquoise-blue lagoons, white sand, palm-fringed beaches; and each island paradise has something for everyone.
Culture & History
Island life with a French twist.
French Polynesia is made up of over 100 islands, covering several million square kilometres off the South Pacific; it has a population of around 250,000.
In 1521 Magellan spotted the Tuamotu Atolls; in 1595, the Spanish explorer Mendaña visited Fatu Hiva Island in the Marquesas. More than 170 years later, Captain Samuel Wallis and the H.M.S. Dolphin were the first to visit the island of Tahiti.
The Tahitians of the modern era maintain their heritage and traditions of their Maohi ancestors. Oral history recounts the adventures of gods and warriors in colorful legends where, javelin throwing was the sport of the gods, surf riding was favoured by the kings, and Aito strongmen competed in outrigger canoe races; and stone lifting as a show of pure strength.
Romantic writers and artists, Stevenson, Melville, Gebault and Paul Gauguin all explored the beautiful scenic landscapes and incredible underwater worlds of Tahiti. Their legends were set in paper and paint; with their famous tails of paradise found in the South Seas painting a whole new world of paradise.
What to do
Come on board the Ultimate Lady and experience a range of different activities and excursions that will create a unique experience for you and your loved one. Choose from one of our Itineraries; or create your own unique itinerary and explore Tahiti your own way.
Chartering Ultimate Lady for your French Polynesian gives you a highly unique way to experience the Islands. With access to many of the different islands, beaches and activities; you can see more of Tahiti than your typical stay at one of the many resorts.
Other activities to experience outside the water in Tahiti, include the Oliver Breaud International Golf course. The course has been recently renovated with a new clubhouse, driving range, restaurant and pro shop. It also has a pool and tennis court to keep everyone entertained.
Sightseeing & Relaxing
Take a relaxing romantic stroll on many of the beautiful beaches Tahiti has to offer. Stretch your legs and meet some of the nicest people in the world.
Leave the Ultimate Lady at anchor, and let your crew take you to see some of the best French Polynesia has to offer.
Visit pearl farms in Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea or Taha'a http://www.tahiti-tourisme.com/discover/tahitianpearls.asp
Discover relaxation at one of the many world class Polynesian spas http://www.tahiti-tourisme.com/spas/tahitispas.asp
Play Golf on Moorea, Raiatea or Tahiti http://www.tahiti-tourisme.com/discover/golf.asp
Dine your way around the islands, enjoy 5 stars or experience the local poisson cru from the famous roulottes of Papeete
Jet skiing, Surfing and Paddle Boarding
Find peace of mind on your paddle board; or get your adrenaline fix on our jet ski.
Standard water sport equipment on Ultimate Lady includes our Yamaha 125 2-seater Jetski, a SUP paddle board; and by request a surf board to fit your style.
Many of our guests like to start their day with a little personal time on the water. Take our board out and know that you have the best view from a SUP in the world. Paddle the lagoons of the Tuamotus, or the coast of Bora Bora; then arrive back at the Ultimate Lady for breakfast on the upper deck.
If you think boards are to slow, then get up-close and personal onboard our jet ski.
Tahiti's islands are filled with great dining options, from chic and elegant restaurants, through to local and casual eateries. The following restaurants are suggestions for dining whilst on the Ultimate Lady or before and after your experience on the Ultimate Lady.
Some of the staples of the Tahitian diet include fresh fish - especially tuna, mahi-mahi, grouper and bonito. There are also more lagoon and deep sea offerings such as parrotfish, barracuda, octopus and sea urchin.
Dining in Moorea
The island of Moorea has a simpler, local variety of cuisine. Each of the restaurants may have a French or Chinese flair, but also definitely have a pinch of Tahitian in each of their dishes.
Toatea Crepes Restaurant and Bar
Built over a natural aquarium, the Totatea Restaurant and Bar appears to float on water, and offers sweeping views over the lagoon and Moorea's majestic peaks. The Toatea features a la carte menu of Brittany Crepes. The only overwater restaurant and bar in French Polynesia is open every evening.
Tiki Village Theatre
On Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Tiki Village offers a Tahitian feast, hima'a, and a Tahitian show.
This restaurant features a perfect blend of French and Chinese food. It is a favourite among local expatriates who appreciate value and friendly service.
Te Honu Iti
Classic French restaurante with great food with a lovely mix of local cuisine. The restaurant boast gorgeous views of Cooks bay in a nice and local environment.
Located on the other side of the island, like Le Bateau, Les Tipaniers is also a small hotel. The restaurant sits beachfront, with breath-taking views of the ocean and a small motu (islet) nearby.
Les Nouveaux Mondes
If you are fond of French cuisine, you should definitely give this place a try. The shrimp in coconut curry sauce is among the best in the islands, or you can opt for a slab of fresh fish or a huge bone-in rib eye steak with a choice of traditional French sauces.
Dining in Tahiti
From Chinese to French, American to Japanese, and Polynesian to Italian, the island of Tahiti itself offers quite a diverse selection of cuisine.
French Gastronomy in a colorful modern setting. Live entertainment on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Great Chinese food! One of their specialties is Crevettes au sel (Shrimp fried with salt).
If you are craving some Asian food, Restaurant Jimmy is the ideal place for you! From Thai, Vietnamese, to Chinese specialties, this restaurant will soon become one of your favourites.
Lou Pescadou- Pizzeria
Delicious Pizza, right out of Italy. This is a fun place, comfortable, relaxing, good house wine.
L'O å la Bouche
French with a Tahitian splash..., but mostly French. The location ois not too desirable, right in Downtown Papeete, but once you are inside the restaurant, they do have a great ambience
French...very French...up the mountain with gorgeous views and some great wines. A French cuisine specializing in fondues.
Casablanca Cocktail Restaurant
This casual restaurant is very popular with local residents, especially on Weekends. They offer a variety of dishes, from couscous to local seafood, such as shrimp in banana and curry sauce.
This restaurant offers traditional French-Tahitian specialties and has an elegant garden ambience. The Chef, who goes by the nickname Acajou "the Turtle," helps you out by suggesting a match for each menu item.
Auberge du Pacific
This lagoon side restaurant has been among Tahiti's finest since 1974. The restaurant offers a unique blend of French and Tahitian styles of cooking.
Captain Bligh Restaurant and Bar
This French restaurant offers the most unusual restaurant settings; this large thatch-roofed building extends over the lagoon. The specialties of the house are grilled steaks and lobster, and other delicious seafood dishes.
This restaurant in a grove of trees across from the waterfront has been serving very good pizza and pasta for many years. If you eat there, ask for a table outside under the trees rather than inside.
Les Roulottes - On the waterfront
This area has recently been completely renovated and looks wonderful. The roulottes or dining cars, offer a variety of food
Dining in Bora Bora
Bora Bora also has a mixture of international cuisine. The restaurants at each of the properties are excellent; there are only a handful of independent restaurants on the island.
One of Bora's signature meals is at Bloody Mary's. With a great bar, ceiling fans, sandy floor, tables and benches made from coconut and an incredible choice of fresh seafood. You get to pick your own catch of the day out of a selection of local favourites.
That is exactly what this place is: A bamboo house! The menu depends on what seafood is caught in local waters but usually features parrotfish, tuna, marlin, shark and shrimp, all well prepared in French sauces.
This casual restaurant is located on the island's most beautiful beach, the Matira Beach, and features a wonderful French-Italian cuisine. This place has been providing some the island's best pizza and other reasonably prices Italian and French fare since 1993.
Matira Bar and Restaurant
This funky local Bar & Restaurant features Cantonese food. Everything is prepared with Hakka overtones, as the first immigrants to Tahiti came from the Hakka region of China. The duck is fantastic!
Serving a Mediterranean cuisine with an olive oil base, also specializing in local cuisine and French-Polynesian fusion.
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Dining in Huahine & Other Islands in French Polynesia
Have breakfast or Lunch at Chez Guinette while staying in Huahine! Mary and Moe, the owners of this friendly hostel, offer great casual food such as salad, sandwiches, burgers, or poisson cru on their street-side patio, as well as wine and beer. It is the best place in Fare to slake a thirst and get into a great conversation - In English!
Snack Te Manava
Madame Edna Flohr, a Huahine native, serves many island favourites at her little restaurant beside the lagoon at the north end of the wharf. Her poisson cru, grilled mahi mahi with French sauces, and shrimp with coconut curry sauce are all filling, but the quality does not match the great view.
RAIATEA AND TAHA'A
Before it moved into the Gare Maritime, this restaurant occupied the waterfront shack and was widely known for its simple but good Chinese dishes, poisson cru, and fried chicken and steaks served with French Fries. This is also the best place in town for breakfast!
Restaurant Quai des Pecheurs
Robert Cazenave, one of French Polynesia's top hotel managers, has given up hotel business and turned this casual restaurant into Raiatea's best place to dine. Robert's cuisine features wonderful French country-style dishes such as pork stewed in a red wine sauce with bacon. Do not miss the Tahitian dance show on Saturday nights!
You can either dine outside on the plaza or inside, where tropical furniture and linen tablecloths set a refined but casual and relaxed ambience for very good Chinese cuisine. Check the special board for today's fish selections!
This older corner storefront has tables both outside on the sidewalk and inside on the ground floor or on a mezzanine platform. It is definitely a good place for breakfast, from croissants to omelettes. The lunch menu features "casse-croute" sandwiches, fine burgers, grilled fish and steaks, and excellent poisson cru.
Vaimario Restaurant and Pizzeria
One-person and large pizzas are the highlights at this restaurant in a thatch-roof house just west of the airport. You can dine inside but preferable tables are on the coral-floor veranda. The best main courses are grilled fresh fish with vanilla, coconut, or orange and ginger sauces.
Tahiti has been synoicous with big game fishing the world over since the sports earliest days. However, it is only the society group that has claimed famed for the presence of large blue marlin. Some of the biggest Blue marlin caught have been landed either by local hand liners or rod and reel in Tahitian waters. Famous author Zane Grey also visited and wrote about the tropical paradise. In fact, Zane Grey caught the blue marlin world record on 80lb line, fishing out from Tahiti. A fish of 1040lbs. Other large fish include Tahiti's most famous fish caught in Raiatea. The fish was caught by a local hand liner and weighed in at 1560lbs. There is a photo in the Raiatea marketplace of this fish being weighed. Other significant catches include blue marlin of 1100lbs and 1307lbs as well as numerous over 1000lbs.
International flights to Papeete from LA and Auckland are frequent on Air Tahiti Nui, Air New Zealand and Air France. Domestic flights to all the Society Islands are also available daily.
Fish or cruise the islands in a 7 day trip, beginning in Papeete and finishing in Borabora
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Too many to list - the Tuamotus are made up 76 islands and atolls. The largest are Rangiroa, Makemo and Farkarava.
The remoteness of the Tuamotus indicate frontier fishing, with plenty of reefs and lagoons attracting all the sport fish an angler could want! From Giant Trevally, Bone fish, Dog tooth, Wahoo, Marlin and Tuna. The Tuamotus have yet to be seriously explored. Scientists have found Blue marlin larvae in the area indicating that the Tuamotus's could be a spawning ground for the species.
Either embark on the vessel in Papeete or fly up to meet her. Fish and cruise for 7 days and explore between Rangiroa, Farkarava or Makemo, enjoying superb fishing and white sand beaches, with all the colors of the lagoons and the abundant marine life within. Book a longer trip and explore some of the remote uninhabited atolls.
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Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva
The Marquesas Islands offer remote wilderness cruising and fishing with a backdrop of abrupt landscape, sharp peaks, and deep valleys. The fishing here is untouched! The Marquesas islands are situated in the equatorial counter current which pushes up large amounts of nutrients which in turn attract baitfish and large tuna and marlin. The absence of a barrier reef means there is an abundance of marine life right at your anchorage.
Flights to Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa are 3 hours 35 minutes long and fly 4 to 5 times a week. Meet the boat up there for some serious wilderness fishing for Tuna, Mahimahi, Blue marlin and Sword fish
Tubuai, Rurutu, Raiavavae
The main islands of Rurutu, Tubuai and Raivavae are roughly 300nm to the south of Tahiti and take about 1 hour and 40 minutes to fly to. The islands offer a slightly temperate climate and with Rurutu being known as the whale island. From July to October humpback whales come to breed in the area and offer spectacular shows. Striped and blue marlin are known to be found in these waters with research indicating the presence of large blue marlin.
Embark on a 10-day round trip from Tahiti to fish either of the islands in the summer months or fly down to meet the boat and cruise the three islands and see it all. There are 4 flights a week.
No matter how you decide to spend your time board the Ultimate Lady, the only true requirement is that you enjoy it.
If you need some inspiration for your Ultimate experience below are a few suggestions from our Captain and Crew
Itinerary Tahiti to Bora Bora
Day 1: Embark vessel at Marina Taina. Meet crew, become familiar with vessel, unpack and relax.
13:00 hrs: Depart Marina Taina for Moorea. Two-hour cruise. Lunch will be served.
Moorea: Moorea is the island of pineapples. Experience the freshest, sweetest pineapples. The lagoon offers sheltered anchorages, with scenic back drops of towering peaks and dense jungle, with swimming in crystal clear water.
Activities: Swimming, snorkelling, stingray and shark feeding, dolphin encounter, 4x4 tours, surfing, kite surfing, shopping in small boutique shops and bush walking.
Day 2: Moorea activities or relax the day away taking in the wonderful landscape.
10pm: Depart Moorea for overnight cruise to Huahine; arriving at 0700hrs: or depart the following day after breakfast for high speed run to Huahie taking 3.5 hrs.
Day 3: Huahine is the most sensual of all the islands, often referred to as the French Polynesia's garden of Eden. There are many anchorages to explore; and it is home to one of the crew’s favourite spots in French Polynesia; a secluded beach with unequalled beauty. Perfect for swimming, snorkelling and water toy activities.
Activities: Swimming, snorkelling, whale watching and island tour.
Day 4: Depart Huahine after breakfast and make way to Tahaa. This will be a duration of 2.5 hours, so there is the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of deep sea fishing trying to catch the evenings meal.
Arrive in time for lunch at the Island of Tahaa, which shares its lagoon with Raiatea. The white sand beach of Mahaea is an ideal first stop for lunch and a refreshing swim.
The Island of Vanilla. Tahaa is world famous for it's vanilla. The soil and tropical climate offer ideal growing conditions for the vanilla pod. Island tours can be arranged to take in Tahaa's beauty and history of its vanilla plantations.
Day 5: After breakfast either a visit to the small thriving metropolis of Utorora. the small village and centre of Raiatea; or move to another idealise anchorage to explore the underwater aquarium of western Tahaa. After the days activities, watch the sun set behind Bora Bora.
Activities: Swimming, beach exploring, snorkelling, Island Vanilla Tour and dine ashore.
Day 6: The waters between Tahaa and Bora Bora are famed fishing grounds. A local fisherman caught an enormous Blue marlin on his hand line which weighed 1400kg. Try your luck with Ultimate Lday's modern equipment and their experienced crew. We prefer to tag and release.
What first catches your gaze about Bora Bora is the colours of the Lagoon. The tranquil, clear azure water of Bora Bora is inviting you in for a swim. A popular romantic and honeymoon destination; Bora Bora offers several different activities and romantic adventures.
Activities: Swimming, snorkelling, ray feeding and shark snorkelling. 4xr tours kite surfing and dining ashore.
Day 7: A day spent taking in any one of the truly magical anchorages; enjoy the vast colourful lagoon with the mountain back drop.
Day 8: 12 Noon disembark.
Added Extra for the Adventurous
Day 9 & 10: Maupity - the lost island. This is truly paradise.
Activities: Manta ray swim, relaxing, snorkelling, hiking, kite surfing and local lengend Nounou the fisherman will take you to experience the art of Mahi-Mahi fishing.
Welcome to the Tuamotus! Fakarava is the Unesco classified Biosphere Reserve and has one of the largest lagoons in the Tuamotus. Fakarava has small village, with a good restaurant which is well worth a visit.
Activities: Scuba diving, snorkelling, beach exploring, swimming, deep sea fishing and kite surfing.
Day 1: Embark the vessel by crossing the road from the airport. Our tender will await to transport you to the Ultimate Lady, where refreshing drinks will be waiting. once unpacked, and familiar with the boat we will get underway and head to the South Pass. The afternoon will be spent swimming and having a walk along the beautiful beach. Duration 1.5 to 3 hrs.
Day 2: Scuba diving with a personal guide or one of the local dive operators. The South Pass dive is an experience not to be forgotten. Have an amazing experience diving with the Sharks and exploring one of Tahiti's underwater hidden treasures.
Day 3: Toau - A small Atoll close to Fakarava. About 40 people lve on this atoll and there are two main anchorages to explore. The atoll is full of semi submerged coral out crops. which offer superb snorkelling and fishing opportunities. Outside the pass, deep sea sports fishing is also very good.
Activities: Swimming, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, beach exploring.
Day 4 & 5: Anchor up and make our way to Apataki. The next atoll is 30nm's away; there is the option of taking the time to deep sea fish or proceed directly ensuring a fast and comfortable rise to the next anchorage.
Apataki: A beautiful atoll with a diverse village and interesting architecture! The community is heavily involved in the black pearl industry, which is seen with the "boutique" processing houses close to town. These have to be seen to be believed. Our anchorage is on the Eastern corner, a secluded anchorage with clear water and white sand beaches. There are two passes into the lagoon. The northern pass is very good for snorkelling and scuba diving, with a large abundance of fish life.
Rangiroa: The largest atoll in the Tuamotus, and the second largest lagoon in the world. Rangiroa is another world-famous atoll. Famous for not only it's size, but also for its scuba diving. There are two passes to dive; if you are lucky and dive the afternoon at Tiputa pass you may get to meet the famous dolphins. Divers have a very good chance to see, touch and play with the resident dolphins that frequent the pass.
Activities: Scuba diving, swimming, snorkelling, beach exploring, kite surfing, bone fishing and jet skiing.
Day 6: A mornign and afternoon dive is a must to fully experience what Rangiroa has to offer. After the dives, we can head south to Pink Sands. The very south eastern tip of Rangiroa is a unique place where the sand has taken a pink hue.
Day 7: The bluee lagoon is another must on the list in Rangiroa. It's a day time anchorage onl and is perfect for a lunch picnic visit where the colors of the lagoon will take your breath away.
Day 8: 12 noon disembark.
The Ultimate Adventure in Paradise
Gambier archipelago "islands at the end of the world". Lying over 1,600 km South east of Tahiti, the Gambier archipelago comprises of 14 small, rugged islands; the largest and most populated of which is Mangareva. This group of islands was the cradle of Catholicism in Polynesia in the 18th century, and has over a hundred stone edifices, all built at that time: churches, convents, teaching establishments, weaving workshops, bread ovens and watch towers. The natural habitat is very diverse with thickets of tropical fruits such as mango, breadfruit and rolling hills overlooking the crystal-clear turquoise water of the lagoon.
With a lagoon full of extraordinary colours, the totality of the archipelago in its centre offers a paradisiacal perspective. Spiritual life runs very deep with a strong Catholic faith. In this archipelago life goes on in rhythm with numerous religious celebrations (notably the fest of Our Lady of Peace) with magnificent choral masses, processions and diverse decorations.
The capital of the pearl industry; at first a nerve centre for the mother-of-pearl trade, the Gambier Islands then specialised in cultured pearls. Numerous pearl farms have sprung up there where one can visit and buy pearls.
The Gambier is an incredible spot for sport fishing, just minutes away from the many anchorages. Enormous Blue marlin, Yellow fin Tuna, world record wahoo and Dorado can be caught in calm water in the lee of the large atoll. The area also has excellent deep dropping, popping and jigging opportunities.
Scuba Diving: Scuba divers are in good hands with experience dive guide Rodolphe Holler from Tahiti Private Expeditions.
Spear Fishing: Experience the thrill of hunting and spearing your catch with World record holder "G". G is experience as one can be in the waters around French Polynesia. Pictured here with his 328kg world record Blue marlin, spared in the Gambier January 2013.
Water Toys: Ultimate Lady is your adventure water sport yacht choice. with a jet ski, water ski's, tender, paddle boards, wipe-out biscuit, wake boards and kite surfing equipment. There is enough to keep any adrenalin junky busy!
Ashore: Long your day away on beautiful white sand beaches or visit ancient relics and cathedrals.
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Itinerary Marquesas Islands
Marquesas Itinerary Ideas
Create your own unique romantic holiday by designing your own Marquesas itinerary. The Marquesas Islands are a group of volcanic islands in French Polynesia. About a three-hour flight from the Society Islands and Tuamotu Atolls. The Marquesas, or Henua Enata meaning "Land of Men", are seemingly lost at the end of the earth.
Even now some of the islands are virtually untouched since the era of European exploration. Their isolation has created an immense pride among the people and a fascinating culture. Natural wonders abound as the 1000-foot waterfalls cascade down sheer volcanic cliffs, and towering mountains disappear into the clouds.
Activities in the Marquesas Islands:
From Ultimate Lady's perspective there is no lagoon surrounding the islands, therefor depending on weather the anchorages can be swell affected.
Fishing is throughout the islands. Fantastic tuna, wahoo and marling fishing are popular in the Marquesas. Special activities include: "hand lining" your catch, night fishing for yellowfin tuna; and night diving for crayfish. However, the easiest way is to simply trade with the locals!
Like any visit to French Polynesia, attending a dance show is paramount. The Marquesas offer a different experience than that of the typical Tahitian dancers. This is a must visit to find out!
Snorkelling and scuba diving are also a must whilst visiting the Marqeusas. There is a large abundance of phytoplankton which turns the water a green soup colour; the irony is that this is the very foundation of marine ecology, which means the place is alive with marine life, however it is sometimes just hard to see it all!
Embarkation - Nuku Hiave
The hours long drive form the airport to the main harbour of Taiohae Bay is simply spectacular, and sets the bar for the next week with regard to rugged mountain and lush forest scenery. This is just the beginning of the sensory overload which is the Marquesas.
The small village of Taiohae bay is small and offers some arts and crafts. It is also the departure point for island tours via 4x4 or horse back. The number of Mantarary's that frequent the bay is astounding, as are the islands mysterious and archaeological sites.
20-minute steam to Hakatea Bay
Probably the most scenic anchorage that Tom has been privilege to visit. The two bays are hidden with within a small opening; they offer a very calm and peaceful anchorage. The Valley of Hakanui was where the main population lived in earlier times, and it is still the home to a few families who are happy to see the fruit from their gardens.
The Hakanui waterfall is a 2 hour walk through the valley to a stunning cascade and rock pool.
1 hour to Haahopu Bay.
Haahopu Bay is a quiet little bay on the western side of the island; it offers clear water and a calm anchorage. Great snorkelling here, with a nice white sand beach. Pop out in the late afternoon from the catch of catch of the day - special activity onboard, tuna fishing the traditional way!
3 hour steam to the Island of Ua-Pou.
Take in the sites of Ua-Pou and discover a special stone endemic to the island. The stone has natural flower designs with in, and once polished make beautiful ornaments.
3 to 6-hour steam to the Island of Hiva Oa.
The second most popular island next to Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas. Hive Oa is the resting place of the famous French artist "Paul Gauguin". Take a visit to his tomb and a reconstructed version of his house; known as the "house of please". There are also many other beautiful bays to explore and sites to take in.
4-hour steam to Fatu Hive
The southernmost island of the marquises chain, and some say the most beautiful. The island is made up of two volcanoes joined together. The "bay of Virgins', is named because the geographical surrounds resemble feminine a feminine form. This bay is simply breath-taking!
Fatu Hiva is also known for its Tapa cloth artists and is only accessible via boat. This makes the effort to visit an enriching experience.