Tubuai Austral Islands Humpack whales and waves

Trip Days Ports of Call Dates
116 10 Tubuaia Aug 11 - Aug 21, 2013
When we first sailed into Tubuai back in 2008 I was initially a little bit disappointed. Raivavae was still in my head and that place is just so fantastically gorgeous everything else just can't compare. But Tubuai quickly shook this disappointment and rapidly grew into one of my favorite stops in Polynesia, if not on the whole 5 year expedition. For one- it is absolutely stunning (if it wasn't for Raivavae, it would reign supreme), and it's massive- there's a lot to discover. We joked that if you wanted a ride somewhere on the island you didn't even have to put out your thumb- the first car that drove up would pick us up- EVERY TIME (the trouble is only finding a car- there aren't many to begin with!). Seon will take you around to the west side of the island and anchor Discovery in about 10 feet of water over perfect white sand that stretches for miles. Under a full moon, you'll feel like you've just taken some very hallucinogenic and very fun drugs, but it's just nature working it's magic. It's like floating on air. I might have to just stop by and join you all for this one!

To read about Tubuai and this area from our logs back in 2008 check out "Wind and Whales". And an article for your viewing pleasure: "Two Different Worlds"

Getting there: International flight to Papeete, Tahiti (PPT) on Air Tahiti Nui, then domestic on Air Tahiti to Tubuai return.


  • Awesome hikes, friendly people
  • Guaranteed wind
  • Humpbacks- LOTS OF THEM!
  • Lagoon kiting
  • Seriously pretty
  • Very very remote


  • Choppy kiting
  • Coolish water (rash guard or shorty)


Mean Avg Wind18

Cabin 1 - Oded Ben Ezer - Guests: Oded Gal
Cabin 3 - Juraj Priecel - Guests: Guest
Cabin 4 - Alberic Le Magnan - Guests: Guest