- Etienne Boutin
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- Marina Taina
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Welcome to Tahiti
Tahiti is a man-made legend.
Early heroic Polynesians navigated for centuries on their fragile double canoes and spread the word from China to Chile about little dusts of welcoming land spread out in the immensity.
Then Captain Cook, Wallis or Bougainville searched for the mythical Southern Continent and discovered again the wonders of the Marquesas or Society archipelagoes, or the hazards of the Tuamotu once called the Dangerous Islands.
Romantic writers, Stevenson, Melville or Gerbault set the legend in stone paper when writing their famous tales about paradise found in the South Seas and Paul Gauguin painted a whole new world from scenes of bygone Polynesia.
Now, we invite you to unveil for your own sake the inspiring seduction of French Polynesia.
Tahiti is considered the Eastern entrance to the Asia Pacific cruising area and founder Etienne Boutin is delighted to join forces with the #1 Superyacht network in the area to open French Polynesia to the growing population of Asian Superyacht owners.
Visiting Yachts in 2014
- BLACK PEARL
- BLUE TOO
- DOUCE FRANCE
- ERICA XII
- LADY M II
- LA MASQUERADE
- MAYAN QUEEN
- MONDANGO III
- NOBLE HOUSE
- SILVER CLOUD
Visiting Yachts in 2013
- BELLE AIMÉE
- DOROTHEA III
- ERICA XII
- ESPIRITU SANTO
- GOLDEN ODYSSEY
- GOLDEN SHADOW
- GOLDEN OSPREY
- KELSEY LEE
- KERY LEE III
- LADY CHRISTINE
- LADY M II
Visiting Yachts in 2012
- BIG FISH
- BLUE STAR
- LORETTA ANNE
- MARIE JEAN
- MAYA RAY
- MEA CULPA
Visiting Yachts in 2011
- ASCHANTI IV
- BARACUDA VALLETTA
- IMAGINE D
- LADY B
- MARY JEAN
- MEA CULPA
- OCEAN VICTORY
- YANNEKE TOO
Recent News about Tahiti
- March 17, 2017
- Shark News for Superyachts to Tahiti & Fiji
- December 24, 2016
- Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2016
- November 1, 2016
- The APS Times is out!
- September 9, 2016
- APS ready for Monaco Yacht Show
- August 9, 2016
- Asia Pacific Superyachts Team Returns to Monaco
- June 21, 2016
- Superyachts to Tahiti… with APS
- April 24, 2016
- APS Regions score high in TripAdvisor “Travelers’ Choice Awards for Islands” 2016
- October 11, 2015
- Successful APS Brand Debut at Monaco
- September 4, 2015
- Asia Pacific Superyachts Agents Onboard at MYS
- August 13, 2015
- New Exciting Superyacht Destinations
- August 8, 2015
- APS Superyacht e-Brochure Launched!
- July 27, 2015
- Superyachting is all about the toys!
- July 1, 2015
- Fiji – Super yachts destination
- May 18, 2015
- New Luxury Yachts to join Dream Yacht Charter Fleet in Tahiti
- March 16, 2015
- French Polynesia Marinas meet superyacht needs
- January 28, 2015
- Gulf firms invited to develop $2bn Tahiti project
- December 30, 2014
- Superyacht Catamaran Douce France is back to Tahiti
- December 15, 2014
- Superyachts Enjoy Ancient Polynesian Arts
- Fraser - Tahiti
- ‘Tahiti Joins APS’ Superyacht Business
- ‘Tahiti Joins APS’ SuperYachtNews.com
- Tahiti Joins APS’ Super Yacht News
- ‘Tahiti Joins APS’ - AP Boating
- pdf 'Tahiti Added to APS' Superyacht Business 4-7-14
- pdf 'My secret itinerary in Tahiti & her Islands' Charter World 6-23-14
- pdf 'Tahitian Dancers & Superyachts' Sail World 11-12-14
- pdf Tahiti AYSS PacificNet Sail World
- pdf 'Tahiti Star Rising - PacificNet' Superyacht News 7-15-14
- pdf Tahiti 'tax cut' MegaYacht News 10-14-14
- pdf Tahiti 'tax cut' MegaYacht News 10-14-14_1
- pdf Tahiti 'tax cut' MegaYacht News 10-14-14_2
- pdf 'Tahiti Tax Drop' Sea Yachting Nov-Dec 2014 - for merge
Our Services To The Captains
- Cruise planning around French Polynesia
- Clearance in Tahiti and other islands
- Visa and bond arrangements
- Dockage and pilot arrangements
- Helicopter authorization
- Charter license
- GSM cards and SAT TV decoder rentals
- Parcel or express mail clearance and export
- Shipyard coordination
- Accounting and banking facilities
- Charter APA and tax management
Our Services To The Engineers
- Duty free fuel
- Jet fuel and gasoline
- Lube oil supply and used oil / Sludge removal
- Engine parts and supplies
- Repairs and maintenance jobs
- Metal fabrication
Our Services To The Deck Officers
- Deck parts and supplies with discounts
- Day workers
- Repairs and maintenance jobs
- Security and ISPS arrangements
Our Services To The Galley
- Fresh provisions
- Beverages and wine supplies
- Galley parts and supplies
- Wine tasting
Our Services To The Interior Department
- Car rental at preferred rates
- Carpet cleaning
- Flower arrangements
- Interior cleaning supplies
- Appliance repairs and maintenance
- Laundry and dry cleaning
- Selection of Tahitian beauty products
Our Services To The Owners And Charter Guests
- Airport meet& greet and transport
- Charter planes and helicopters
- Concierge services
- Cruise planning and itineraries
- Dive guides
- Guided tours and excursions
- Hotel bookings at preferred rates
- Massage, spa and beauty care
- Traditional dance shows in various islands
- Yacht and fishing boat charter
Our Services To The Crew
- Banking assistance
- Medical care
- Preferred rates on many hotels
- Car hire and tours
- Travel arrangements
S.Y. Blue Too
“Thank you for all your help this month. The owner and guests had a fantastic time and indeed the owner commented on the value of your services.It is sadly now unusual to receive dedicated and professional service from yacht agents, you and your team are refreshing change and we are completely satisfied and you exceeded our demands.”
Master James Barett
M.Y. Ocean Victory
“I want to sincerely thank you for all your continual help, support and service throughout 2010. Without you all we cannot operate.”
Captain Johannes Rijs
S/Y Maltese Falcon
“I recommend APS Tahiti in the highest way! The fact they are extremely organized, proeicient in dealing with every type of request and always friendly makes me sure they are the best agency in the South Pacific and in the top five in the world!”
Master Chris Gartner
“I have used the services of Tahiti Ocean/ APS Tahiti repeatedly over the last two decades and seen the growth and success of this company. Their personal touch is still there, along with the high standard of service and years of experience in yachting. I can unequivocally recommend them.”
Captain Andre Egblom
M.Y. Cracker Bay
“Your team made a very complex and difficult trip a breeze. You all have a niche in your operation and each of you fills it with aplomb.... day to day activities, legal requirements, finances, reservations. It has been a real pleasure working with such professionals and I strongly recommend Tahiti Ocean/APS Tahiti and all of their subcontractors.”
Captain Rusty Allen & The Crew
“Last night was a fantastic success and our owner is extremely happy with the way it turned out.O’Tahiti dancers were amazing. They really put so much effort into their dancing and it was a very professional show. I cannot thank you enough for all the arrangements and behind the scenes work that you did. It is such a pleasure to work with you as I know that every detail is checked and that you are continually overseeing things from Tahiti. Merci!”
Kate Herregods/ Purser
S.Y. Song of the Sea
“APS Tahiti / Pacific Avenues organised so many wonderful "adventures" for our guests it’s hard to begin. The traditional dancers who came onboard in Moorea, the exciting Jet Skiing and lunch on a Motu in Huahine, the dive instructor who certified the owner’s family were all professional, polite and fun to be with. All enjoyed golf, hotels (at discounted rates), restaurants, diving, 4x4 for both guests and crew.. I cannot recommend your services highly enough to any Captain or owner.”
Captain Guy Spencer
“The owner had a fantastic time in French Polynesia and this is obviously greatly due to your efforts. I realize fully how demanding we can be, and also how difficult it is to arrange and confirm our requests at such short notice. Every booking was 100% successful! On behalf of our owners I would like to offer our sincerest thanks. They had an amazing experience, one which they will remember for a long time!”
Captain Richard Carr
“During Elandess’ lengthy stay in Tahiti, Etienne Boutin and all the team at APS Tahiti provided us with full support during a guest trip and all the yacht’s needs during our stay. Thoroughly professional and with a full dedication to making everything work seamlessly, Etienne and all made the trip entirely hassle free. Fuelling, supplies, crew arrivals and a full cruising itinerary throughout the islands (and all things in-between) were handled with a minimum of fuss.”
Captain Chris May
My Dream Itinerary In Tahiti And Her Islands
- By Etienne BOUTIN – Nov 2013 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have lived almost 30 years in French Polynesia, 20 of them happily spent servicing large visiting yachts.I have organized many itineraries for owners or charter guests, always trying to adapt them to specific desires or demands. Now, I’d like to give you my dream itinerary. The one I would do for my guests and myself.
On Day 1, I will make sure all my guests are welcomed at Faa’a Airport with flowers and local music.I arrived in Tahiti from Parisin 1984, landing on an old DC8 at 4h00 in the morning, and I still remember that first amazing sensation of flower scents spreading from everywhere and the band playing ukulele with smiles on their faces that did not exist in mainland France.
Then, we’ll spend a few hours walking along Papeete city center and get into the mood of the fish market, the Retro bar or the little Chinese shops that sell anything from fortune cookies to IPhones 5. I will also take my guests to the Wan pearl museum because one can learn a lot there about this superb gem of the ocean. My wife prefers the gold colored pearls. I love the blue and grey ones. The traditional color of the Tahitian pearl is a dark green nicely called “poerava”.
I’ll take my guests to Coco’s restaurant for diner because they just have the best setting and the best food in Tahiti.
Day 2, we will move the yacht to neighbor island Moorea. It is a commuting destination for Papeete city white collars but also the place where I spend most of my vacation. I hope my guests will enjoy the same relaxing feeling I have when touring the island with a quad or a moppet. I will lead them up the belvedere dominating the two main bays and then through the pineapple plantations to Opunohu domain with its amazing sceneries on the mountains making the old volcano caldera, finally up the magic mountain for a breathtaking view over the lagoon and its many shades of blue.
In the evening, I will make sure the artists from the Tiki village come and visit the yacht at anchor, playing dangerously with fire sticks on their canoes and then dancing for us on the aft deck. Polynesian people have been able to revive their traditional culture after the grey years of Christian intolerance and dances are their most spectacular success.
Day 3 will see us cruise to Huahine in the Leeward Islands, and we will enter Maroe bay early morning to feel like 18th century discoverers in search for the seventh continent. I will take my guests on a land tour while the yacht relocates at Bourayne bay on the other side of the island. Huahineis special to me. It is my favorite island in French Polynesia.It may come from the 1.000 years old Maeva village remains, nicely restored by archeologists, a special place where I can travel in times and imagine the Maohi people spreading all over the Pacific from island to island in their double canoes at times when my European ancestors were most probably farmers or beggars.
For lunch, I will ask my friend Marc to organize one of his famous picnics in the water, and that will most likely take us late into the afternoon, just when the sun sets on Huahine’s West coast in a spectacular blossom of warm colors.
Day 4, We will make the 25 miles cruise to Raiatea early morning and explore the Faaroariver with kayaks. It’s our little amazon and the ancient temple of Taputapuatea is next door. This “marae” is considered the most sacred place on earth by the natives of the Polynesian triangle and imposes due deference.
In the afternoon, I will take the gang onto a dive at Teavapiti pass for a drift dive with hundreds of fish and reef sharks, and hopefully a sea turtle or some dolphins coming along. Diner will most likely happen ashore at Apooiti Marina yacht club where all yachties gather to tell all sorts of stories about their travels around the world, true or not.
On Day 5, we will move the yacht northinside the lagoon to neighbor Taha’a and tour all around this wild island inside the reef. Taha’a is well known for its vanilla that the best Chefs in the world like to use. We will learn how to marry - a funny name for this intimate interaction with Mother Nature - the vanilla flowersso they can produce the famous beans. Taha’a Private Island Resort is a good place to enjoy the Polynesian skills at massages.Local masseuses have been able to mix the modern techniques with the art of “turumi”, a skill only granted to ancient healers.Massage on the beach at sunset ? What else ?
We will arrive in Bora Bora on Day 6, after a quick morning cruise, and make sure to enter the main pass early enough to benefit from the best light. Light is key in the South Pacific islands and certainly one good reason for Gauguin and many following artists to stick around.May be me too! I’d like my guests to enjoy this marvelous feeling when entering Bora Bora pass. It’s like the first day on earth. A mystic experience.
There is plenty to do, visit WW2 remains by quad, go hunting for Mahimahi or yellow fin tuna on board the striker Luna Sea, go feed the sharks and rays with charismatic local guide Patrick… This island is also the perfect place to organize a traditional Tahitian meal. We will rent just for us a small islet called “motu” here. The local people will dig a big hole, heat stones and put to cook on them a whole lot of breadfruit, taro roots, plantains, chicken, pork and a delicious roasted piglet that we will enjoy dipped in fresh coconut milk. We’ll also drink the local Hinano beer with dancers and musicians and make sure they not only perform for us, but stay after the show to share a bit of their instinctive ability to party.
On Day 7, we will rent a helicopter and fly to Maupiti, 30 miles away. People describe this island as Bora Bora fifty years ago, and I agree it has the tasty flavor of an old kept secret. We’ll snorkel with the manta rays, lie on the beach, bicycle around the main land to meet the gentle people and get the feel for times when Wi-Fi did not exist.
I’ll make sure my guests return to Papeete in the evening by air to catch their international flight so they can avoid bouncing too much against head seas. Once they are gone, I will ask the captain tosneak back into Bourayne bay, in Huahine, where I may spend the rest of my life.