French Polynesia: Marquises – Pitcairn – Gambier – Australes

Come enjoy the adventure cruiser life on a well maintained, fast and sporty sailing yacht. From daily snorkel tours around the culturally rich islands of Marquesas (January to March 2024) to multiple week expeditions to reach the wild and isolated islands of Pitcairn, Gambier and les Australes (April to May 2024), everything can be arranged à la carte.

You will be asked to keep a watch during night navigation and concerning the other tasks like maneuvers, fishing and cooking you participate only if you like to.

The skipper Gilles (35) has a professional RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certification and 20’000 nautical miles. He is especially attentive to maintenance and safety and after a successful expedition in the Antarctic peninsula in 2023 you can be sure that you’ll be in the right hands on more demanding passages in the southern pacific.

French Polynesia

January to March 2024

up to 3 guests

from 200 USD/day

SV Spectrum

Spectrum is a Lavranos L34 model built in 1988 in Cape Town in South Africa. The L34 class has been a big success and is known for its strength and performance in regattas. The boat was transformed into a cruising yacht in 2019 and had a major refit in 2022. It has a two cabins layout and the center area can host two additional people. All the safety equipment is serviced up-to-date (life raft, automatic inflatable lifejackets for everyone, epirb, radar, satellite phone, AIS, gas detector). Spectrum has reached the Antarctic Peninsula in February 2023! The golden rule on Spectrum is to make no compromise on maintenance and safety.

About me

My name is Gilles. I was born in 1988 in Switzerland and graduated in mechanical engineering at EPFL. My second profession is skipper and I hold a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certification. I have now 20’000 nautical miles and do all the maintenance of the yacht myself. What I like most about sailing is how much you can learn about mechanics, geography and meteorology. And then of course, when all the maintenance and planning work is done, to reach and explore wild places on a sailboat is priceless! I have a healthy lifestyle (no drugs, alcohol occasionally but never at sea) and I like sport challenges and adventure. Beside sailing my other two passions are long distance cycling and mountaineering. I speak fluently French, German and English and have some basics in Portuguese and Spanish. I like to cook and share stories with same minded people.


The Marquesas are some of the most remote inhabited islands on earth. Their rich cultural heritage and the steep mountain peaks with hiking trails makes it an attractive place to combine sailing and hiking. Manta rays and group of dolphins can be spotted around the anchorages. The two main airports of Nuku Hiva and Hiva-Oa are well deserved with daily flights from Tahiti and it’s the perfect place for a shorter sailing vacation or the starting point of a longer journey.

The first map shows an example of a 2 weeks round trip around the Marquesas. The first week we would explore Nuku Hiva, Ua-Pou and Hiva-Oa. The second week we would sail to Fatu Hiva and the Bay of Virgins, said to be one of the most beautiful anchorages in the world and the famous walk to the waterfall and pool.

The second map shows the proposed routes towards the exciting desinations in the south: Gambier is a beautiful and majestic place, very prosperous with the friendly locals very focused on pearl farming. Interesting visits on a farm can be arranged. It is a group of volcanic islands protected by a surrounding coral reef. There are plenty of nice hikes and incredible pristine snorkelling places where you’ll meet sharks and manta rays right next to the boat. If you really want to get off the beaten path it is the place to go. The passage from Marquises to Gambier takes about 8 days and you will experience the real adventure cruisers life with a landfall in heaven. Minimum duration of this charter is 2 weeks to have some time for training (safety briefing, man-over-board drill etc.) and choosing the right weather window. Gambier is connected by air twice a week with Tahiti. Pitcairn Island is famous for its association with the mutiny of the Bounty and some of the descendants of the mutineers live here. There is no airport in Pitcairn and very few people make it there. Even if the weather is settled it’s a difficult destination. The Pitcairn islanders will normally come out and help disembarking. Ashore it is a fantastic little island and a very interesting way of life with a phenomenal history. The decisions of making the detour will be taken while sailing towards Gambier based on the latest weather forecast. Additional time for this option is one week. If we can’t make it to Pitcairn we will spend our time in exploring Gambier. You won’t regret having extra time on a yacht there ! Les Australes are the southernmost and less visited islands of French Polynesia. It’s a more demanding navigation only possible from May 2024 onwards. It’s also colder climate and ideally for people with a previous sailing experience. Leaving from Gambier we would start with a 5 days passage to the exciting and remote island of Rapa. This place is particularly welcoming as it rarely sees any visitor and gets provisions by cargo only once a month. Our journey will continue to the beautiful islands of Raivavae and Tubuai. From there you could sail or fly back to Tahiti. Minimum required time is 2 weeks for this charter.

Pick-up and Drop-off

The ideal pick-up would be Nuku Hiva or Hiva-Oa in the Marquesas islands. It has daily flights from Tahiti and we can start with nice anchorages and activities from day one. Drop-off can be either in Marquesas or Gambier if you decide to go for the more adventurous option. From May 2024 onwards, drop-off can be anywhere.


Price all inclusive except alcohol: US$ 200 per day for 2 guests, additional guest US$ 50 per day.


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