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French Polynesia
Tahiti Gay Cruise

Tahiti, Bora Bora, Huahine, Taha'a, Raiatea, Mo'orea, and more!

8 Days from/to Papeete, Tahiti

April 21 – 28, 2023


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Gay Tahiti cruiseHappyGayTravel Vimeo ChannelSail through the South Pacific aboard this boutique all-gay cruise. Alongside up to 46 like-minded gay men, you’ll depart from Tahiti, visiting five of the country’s most beloved islands: Bora Bora, Huahine, Taha’a, Raiatea, and Mo’orea. On each island, you can expect countless once-in-a-lifetime activities to choose from. For example, you could spend your morning snorkeling indigo lagoons and your afternoon 4X4ing through banana groves. For the culturally inclined, enjoy optional private tours of ancient marae (temples) and local villages. And heck, don’t neglect our vessel’s many amenities including kayak and SUP rentals. Snorkel, kayak, 4X4, and sail your way through French Polynesia on this gorgeous gay cruise!


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Sailing round-trip from Papeete port, Tahiti, uncover the world-famous Society islands of French Polynesia by small ship. Bora Bora, Taha'a, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea - islands sculpted by sky-piercing, moss-green peaks and lined with vivid turquoise lagoons. Island hopping allows you to see every landscape, from geometric ridges strung with waterfalls on the high islands to flat, desert-like atolls where lagoons far outsize the landmass. There are many sides to the Islands of Tahiti, yet they are all connected by Mana. Mana is a life force and spirit that surrounds us. You can see it. Touch it. Taste it. Feel it. And from the moment you arrive, you will understand why locals say the islands are embraced by Mana.

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French Polynesia - Tahiti Gay Cruise Highlights

• Sail Tahiti and the Pearls of French Polynesia with up to 46 other gay men

Snorkel crystal clear waters, get up-close to rays, sharks, and schools of jewel-toned fish

• Sail into Bora Bora’s shimmering lagoon, with Mount Otemanu rising proudly at the center

• Explore ancient marae (temples) on private walking tours

4X4 through banana, watermelon, and coconut groves, on a French Polynesian cultural tour

Kayak Faaroa River with an expert guide leading the way and pointing out local flora


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French Polynesia - Tahiti Gay Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 - Papeete, Tahiti
La Orana! Welcome to Pape’ete, the capital of French Polynesia. This colourful and chaotic city is located on the country’s largest island, Tahiti.

We’ll get acquainted over our 12PM Welcome Meeting and lunch, then we’ll board the picturesque Panorama II, our home for the next eight days.

After a welcome briefing and safety drill we’ll enjoy included cocktails and dinner while setting sail for Bora Bora. Midway we’ll drop anchor and overnight at sea.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Panorama II


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Day 2 - Bora Bora
Rise and shine! We’ll set sail early this morning so we have ample time to explore the incomparable turquoise waters of Bora Bora. Have your camera ready as we sail into the turquoise Bora Bora lagoon where Mount Otemanu will greet us.

After lunch we’ll take a small boat from Vaitape pier for a scenic lagoon and reef excursion before stopping at a shallow spot. Here we’ll snorkel among the island’s docile sting-rays and black tip reef sharks—or just enjoy the views from the comfort of the boat.

We’ll then visit an underwater coral garden where we’ll glimpse multicoloured clams, shoals, and schools of jewel-toned fish.

Dinner will be served back on the ship.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Panorama II


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Day 3 - Bora Bora & Huahine
After breakfast, you’ll have two optional excursions to choose from:

4WD Tour:
4WD across the island’s wild interior, visiting the island’s archeological treasures, historic WW2 sites, and spectacular vantage points.

Tahitian Cultural Tour:
take an open-air truck with individual cushioned bucket seats on a leisurely Tahitian cultural tour. You’ll witness how the popular “pareo” is made, learn about “tupa” crabs, taste locally grown fruits and hear about relics left behind by the U.S. military.

After lunch, we wish Bora Bora nana (goodbye) and set sail for Huahine.

Later in the day we’ll be at sea for a few hours, so feel free to enjoy some of the ship’s amenities and features including the gorgeous sun deck or the quiet library.

We’ll drop anchor in Huahine’s lagoon late in the evening and enjoy dinner here.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Panorama II


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Day 4 - Huahine
Huahine was once the home of Tahitian royalty. Today, it is considered the cradle of Polynesian culture. The island maintains the largest concentration of ancient marae (temples) in French Polynesia, some of which may date back to the original ancestors of the Tahitians—the Lapita people—around 700 AD.

To make the most of this tropical oasis, we’ve arranged an included full day 4X4 tour around the island. We’ll visit Fare, Maeva, an archaeological site, and—most importantly—the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie.

Later in the day we’ll transfer to a boat and enjoy a picnic at a motu (reef islet).

Dinner will be back on board.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Panorama II


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Day 5 - Taha'a
Good morning! Early this morning we set sail for Taha’a, which shares a magnificent lagoon with Raiatea.

The fertile island is covered with banana, watermelon, and coconut groves and colourful flowers. It also acts as a natural greenhouse for the treasured Tahitian vanilla orchid.

We’ve planned another exciting 4X4 tour to best enjoy the island’s breathtaking views of Ha’amene Bay. It includes visits to a pearl farm and a traditional vanilla plantation.

After lunch flipper-up for an afternoon of snorkeling near a gorgeous motu (reef islet).

Dinner and overnight in Taha’a’s calm lagoon.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Panorama II


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Day 6 - Raiatea
This morning’s sail is short and sweet as we glide over to nearby Raiatea, the homeland of ancient Polynesians. Raiatea roughly translates to “Faraway Heaven” and/or “Sky with Soft Light”. It’s here you’ll choose between two included activities, depending on how active you’re feeling.

Highlights of Raiatea Bus Tour:
Discover both modern and ancient Raiatea. You’ll visit the island’s main town of Uturoa, swerve up Mount Temehani, and spot the endemic and extremely rare flower, Tiae Apetahi. When the morning light touches this flower’s petals, it opens with a gentle crackling sound. After making our way through the verdant island and stopping at numerous vantage points, you’ll arrive in the UNESCO-listed open-air temple of Taputapuatea.

Faaroa River Kayaking Tour:
If you prefer to make a splash, join our guide on an ambitious kayaking tour. We’ll navigate the fjord-like Faaroa River with its engulfing gorge and scenic riverbanks clad in lush jungle foliage. Our guide will point out the island’s diverse bird life as well as some of the more colourful plants including wild hibiscus (purau) trees.
NOTE: This is an active tour including two hours of unassisted paddling. All participants must know how to swim.

Tonight we’ll enjoy another fantastic dinner onboard and overnight in Raiatea lagoon.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Panorama II


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Day 7 - Mo'orea
For our last full day together, we’ll sail to magnificent Mo’orea.

This lovely but looming island is believed to be the inspiration for the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific. Eight gargantuan mountain peaks soar above the lagoon, creating a distinct silhouette visible from the western coast of Tahiti.

Upon arrival we’ll dive into the Mo’orea lagoon’s indigo waters on our included snorkel safari. We’ll visit a number of snorkelling spots, spotting rays, reef sharks, and myriad colourful fish.

Our last night aboard will be celebrated with a Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Panorama II


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Day 8 - Papeete, Tahiti
Early this morning we’ll sail back to Tahiti, disembarking between 9AM and 10AM.

Your trip includes a complimentary departure transfer which will be confirmed by your group leader. It can either transfer you to the airport or a hotel to continue your time in Tahiti on your own.

Thank you for joining our French Polynesia: Tahiti Gay Cruise. Nana for now!


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What's Included

• 1 Local Guide and 1 Out Adventures Host from beginning to end of tour

• Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel

• Breakfast daily, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners

• House wine, beer and refreshments included at lunch and dinner

• Complimentary snacks, fruits, water, tea, and coffee on the ship

• Guided tours in Bora Bora, Huahine, Taha’a, and Raiatea

• Guided tour of the Marae of Maeva

• All activities (& required equipment) and entry fees and mentioned in the itinerary

• All transportation as part of the organized itinerary in air conditioned vehicles

• Gratuities for city/activity guides, drivers, and included meals

• A $50 USD Rainbow Railroad donation to help resettle LGBTQ+ refugees.


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Not Included

• International airfare

• Optional activities, meals, and drinks (including alcohol and water at included meals) not outlined in itinerary

• Gratuities for ship crew and local guide (approximately $140 – 180 USD)

• Water on transportation—please bring a reusable water bottle to refill with filtered water available on the ship

• Entry visa & Covid-19 testing fees

Travel insurance (medical & repatriation coverage is mandatory for all travellers.


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Trip Notes

You don’t need to be a honeymooner to enjoy the tranquil charm of Tahiti & Bora Bora.
Look no further than French Polynesia’s 118 islands for the most tropical escape on Earth. From Bora Bora to Huahine, each island boasts beautiful beaches, turquoise lagoons, and a relaxed, gay-welcoming South Pacific culture. But don’t let the sun and sand restrict your visit: get off the beaten track and explore inner-island waterfalls, hike up palm-covered mountains, or dive famous shipwrecks just off the coast. If you’re feeling balanced, try surfing or SUPing. In our opinion, Tahiti and French Polynesia are the perfect destinations for a hybrid sunny escape with a touch of adventure and culture.

A visa is not required for American, Australian, British, and Canadian citizens travelling to French Polynesia for fewer than 90 days. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

Local LGBT Scene in French Polynesia
While French Polynesia is a welcoming Oceania destination, it does not have much of a gay scene. There are no known gay or lesbian bars, and at least to our knowledge, no gay beaches or local Pride events. However, the islands see thousands of LGBTQ+ travelers every year and most bar owners will gladly sling Tiki cocktails for any generous tippers, queer or otherwise.

April marks the tail end of the rainy season. It tends to be quite toasty during the day with the odd rain shower. The sea is typically calm and inviting, ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and diving.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements:
Out Adventures requires proof of full Covid-19 vaccination from all guests, following recommendations by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other Vaccinations:
Based on the entry requirements for French Polynesia, there are no other vaccinations needed. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic. We cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

The power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, and E. The standard voltage is 110 / 220 V and the standard frequency is 60 / 50 Hz.

Time Zone:
Tahiti Time (GMT-10); Gambier Time (GMT-9); Marquesas Time (GMT-9:30)


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Your Home at Sea - Panorama II

Imagine a place far from home that feels just like home, where the borders are delineated by the golden shores of the sea; and home is wherever the anchors drop.

Imagine 164 feet of comfort, sleek beauty, and safety classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards.


Panorama II Lounge


Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, classic design Motor Sailer as she spreads her white sails through the seas under the name Panorama II, waving her Greek flag through the wind.

Discover the world by sea at 10 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time on board the ultimate 2 masted motor sailer.


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Panorama II loves to seduce her select 49 guests with her classic lines and wood paneled lounges redefining what yachting was meant to be.

A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colors, rich library and a deck for sunbathing, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains.

Embrace freedom as the Panorama II sets her white sails seduced by the clear winds of the sea.


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Mingle with like-minded travelers in our public areas, enjoy a moment to yourself in our ample deck space, or retreat to one of our 25 ocean view cabin-sanctuaries all offering windows or portholes connecting you with mother nature’s wonders.

Panorama II’s experienced crew of 18 is trained with hospitality at heart to pamper her guests and guarantee the ultimate home away from home experience. Serenity is a state of mind; onboard Variety.


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Lounge Area
The public areas include a main lounge with deep pile carpet and comfortable sofas.


Panorama II dining area


Dining Area
The spacious sun deck is the ideal place to bask under the sun and just completely unwind, or you can just sit under the shaded area and let your senses drift while looking at the view.


Panorama II sundeck


The aft area at the Upper deck provides generous semi covered or sun exposed areas with loungers & chairs.


Panorama II Upper Deck Outdoor Bar


Upper Deck Outdoor Bar & Lounge area
The Upper Deck provides generous semi covered or sun exposed areas where passengers can enjoy meals "al fresco" with magnificent views of each destination visited.


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Swimming Platform
The swimming platform on Panorama II stern enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.


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French Polynesia - Tahiti Gay Cruise Prices

Cabin Description
Per person
$ (USD)

Panorama II Cetegory P cabin

Upper Deck (Double Bed). Category P cabin is located on the upper deck offering a large window and bathroom with showers. The cabin is equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).

$ 6,195

Panorama II Category A cabin

Main Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed). Category A cabins are located on the main deck offering windows and bathroom with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).

$ 5,395

Panorama II Category B Cabin

Lower Deck (Twin Beds). Category B cabins are located on the lower deck offering portholes and bathroom with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).

$ 4,595

Panorama II Category C Cabin

Lower Deck (Double Bed). Category C cabins are located on the lower deck offering portholes and bathroom with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).

$ 3,995

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Single Supplement: Category C Lower Deck: $1,995
Category B Lower Deck: $2,295
Category A Main Deck: $2,695

Port Charges of $200 are additional.

Gratuities for ship crew and local guide (approximately $140 – 180 USD)

25% Cruise fare + $200 Deposit required at time of booking. Second deposit of 25% due 6 months prior to trip. Balance Due 90 Days prior to trip


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