Bora Bora Cruises Highlights
- Luxurious, small yachts
- Personalized service
- The ability to go where larger ships cannot
- Absolutely relaxing, pampering experience
Bora Bora Cruises Fleet (1)
Tu Moana and Ti'a Moana were delivered in 2003 by their builders, Austral Ships and Oceanfast, Australia. Identical twins (one has dark wood decor; the other, light wood), both are 226 feet long and have 20 passenger cabins and designer touches throughout. As envisioned by Swedish Tillberg Design Studio, the yachts encompass Polynesian style, mixed with contemporary elements. Look for soft goods and other designer touches by Ralph Lauren and Philippe Starck, fragrances and toiletries by Kenzo, artwork by Isamu Noguchi and other notable contemporary artists and designers.
Each yacht accommodates 40 passengers on six-night, seven-day voyages around four small islands in the Society Islands chain of Tahiti. Each has four passenger decks and a marina deck, which serves as a "floating dock" while the ship is at anchor in quiet waters.
About Bora Bora Cruises
Family-owned and operated, the Tahiti-based Degage family has always been involved in the boating business. Daughter Mehiti founded the company, Nomade Yachting, in 2001 with private yachts that were chartered to individuals. In 2003, the two sister mega-yachts, Tu Moana and Ti'a Moana, were delivered by their Australian builders, and Bora Bora Cruises began operations.
Apart from their commitment to providing the most elegant and luxurious vacations possible, the family is also active in charitable endeavors and, in fact, prominently mentions its involvement with the U.S. Lili Claire Foundation (for research and treatment of Williams Syndrome, Downs Syndrome and autism) on its Web site.
Passengers onboard either of the two cruising yachts will find luxurious amenities, fine furnishings, elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. Not only that, but there is a staff and crew of 43, offering more than a 1:1 ratio for what the company considers the ultimate in pampering and care.
The accommodations include 18 outside staterooms and two suites. Crisp, stylish, minimalist furnishings distinguish the sleeping spaces. Small but adequate in-suite bathrooms are made to feel more spacious with windows into the staterooms. Each stateroom includes air conditioning, a safe, a mini-fridge, a desk and a hair dryer. There are also flat-screen televisions and DVD players for guest use.
The two 320-square-foot Bora Bora Suites include sitting areas; two bathrooms each; Bose home theatre systems with retractable, 37-inch screens and DVD players; and private butlers to serve breakfast, either in the suite or on deck.
Public spaces include a full-service spa, a restaurant, a lounge, two bars, a sun deck, a library, covered deck areas for lounging, a hot tub, a terrace, a night-time open-air cinema and a floating dock for water play.
Although many activities are included (snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, sunset Champagne sails, music, dance and folklore shows, village visits and an excursion to a vanilla plantation, for example), there are other excursions available at additional cost. These include helicopter rides, Jet-Skiing, scuba-diving, deep-sea-fishing and off-road "island discovery" trips. Special evenings can be arranged (also at an additional charge) to stay overnight on one of the island beaches, with either dinner or breakfast served by a private butler.
All meals and snacks are included, but there's a twist: Passengers can choose to dine, "a deux," on deck -- for a romantic evening alone with meals served as though they were in the restaurant -- or have lunch served on one of the massive rattan Bali beds, scattered around the sun deck and terrace. Bora Bora Cruises is intent on providing the personalized experience that a luxury yacht holiday would suggest. With rare exception (the Champagne sails and greeting at the airport), liquor and bottled water are not included in the fare.
These yachts will attract the "jet set" from around the world. A cruise on Ti'a Moana or Tu Moana is not an adventure expedition; rather, it's a luxurious, elegant, relaxing, sun-filled vacation, featuring pampering service, fine cuisine, top-of-the-line furnishings and service, service, service. It's an ideal holiday for honeymooners and those celebrating special anniversaries. It is not a good option for families, and children are not encouraged. (In that vein, expect Europeans to sunbathe, topless, on any of the sunning decks.)