Please join me for a unique ‘blue water’ art tour by comfortable catamaran and far from the madding crowd.

Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia, the South Pacific archipelago. Similar to Gaugin, we’ll discover gorgeous and unspoilt areas for creating art at leisure.  We’ll anchor beside a deserted island and step ashore to explore. It really is sailing made easy.  Either side of our cruise why not stay on land to experience the beauty of this exceptional island.

11 – 19 October 2019





Known as the ‘woman island’ Huahine overflows with a savage allure. Turquoise mirror-like lagoons reflect phosphorescent coral formations that lay scattered in and along the reefs. Don’t miss a relaxing afternoon spent at the quaint Huahine Yacht Club sipping the local rum punch!

Known as the ‘vanilla island’, Taha’a is a colourful, fragrant oasis where the precious, sweet smelling vanilla orchard is produced. The emerald lagoon surrounding this ancient volcano is deep and filled with coral gardens waiting to be explored. Taha’a will bring you back to nature, it is completely unspoilt.


These tiny islets with their white sandy beaches are scattered throughout the Leeward Islands and their lagoons. Anchoring on a motu under a full moon and stars is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!


A tropical paradise awaits as you enter the lagoon of Bora Bora. Surfers catch waves on the reef as you sail by, there are white sand beaches to explore, coral gardens to snorkel and giant manta rays to swim with, but all fade in comparison to the backdrop of dramatic Mount Otemanu that pierces the sky.


Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin  (1848 – 1903) was a French post-Impressionist artist.

Unappreciated until after his death, Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism. Towards the end of his life he spent ten years in French Polynesia painting people or landscapes from that region.



For more than 30 years Mariner have provided unique experiences to locations only accessible by boat.

Contact Laura Cooper (laura@marinerboating.com.au) for queries relating to our boat and crew.  

www.marinerboating.com  Phone 02 9966 1244 or Toll Free (outside Sydney metro) 1300 131 724


Our catamaran depends upon the number of single or twin share travellers joining the tour:

  • CATANA 46ft Custom 2011 – max 8
    2 x double and 2 x twin cabinor            
  • LAGOON 52ft Super Premier 2019 – max 10
    5 x double cabins and 1x twin cabin



  • lightweight smart casual clothes
  • swimwear
  • sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • flip flops for the boat
  • walking shoes for onshore
  • music and books
  • your choice of art materials.  Explore your creativity any time and anywhere.  If you are a beginner we’ll discuss materials and what to expect when a tour reservation is made. 



  • Charter of a crewed catamaran
  • Consumables for the yacht (including fuel and water)
  • Service of the captain and hostess/cook
  • Linen, towels and beach towels per person
  • Insurance for the yacht and the passengers
  • Drawing and painting sessions
  • All breakfasts, refreshments, lunch and/or dinner during the 8 day cruise
  • snorkelling gear
  • single kayak



  • Airfares
  • Internal transfers (approx $25pp/transfer)
  • Optional pre/post cruise accommodation
  • 6 evening meals on the 8 day cruise
  • Alcohol
  • Crew gratuities (at own discretion)
  • Art materials
  • Travel insurance


  • Stand up paddle board
  • Fishing rod
  • On arrival in Pape’ete from international flights, we recommend Manava Suite Resort, Tahiti
  • We recommend the Royal Huahine Hotel (post cruise) for an on land experience 


French Polynesia is a tropical destination with just enough rain for luxuriant vegetation and colourful flowers. Average temp. 24-30C all year. Lagoon water temperatures vary between 23-26C.


You must be able to walk independently and at a moderate pace.


TRAVEL INSURANCE is highly recommended


We recommend Jenny Tucker, Travel Partners for  flights and pre/post tour travel. 

Email : jennyt@travelpartners.com.au
Mobile : 0437 388 887

Tahiti flight schedules for Oct 2019 will be available from December 2018.


TOUR LEADER : Cilla Campbell

I am a graduate of National Art School and conduct courses in drawing, painting and relief printmaking at the WEA, Sydney and elsewhere. Throughout the year, I lead national and international art tours (check tour testimonials). Tahiti is my fourth tour with Mariner Boating.

Cilla Campbell


This tour begins after the international flight to Pape’ete and internal flight to Raiatea. 


11 October /  Embark and overnight on board our yacht in Uturoa Marina, Raiatea

Welcome bbq dinner at the marina.


12 October /  Sail to Atiapiti Bay, Raiatea and overnight

Breakfast/refreshments/lunch and/or dinner on board. Explore stunning Atiapiti Bay with a great restaurant ashore.  Follow in the footsteps of Gaugin with your art materials or you may prefer to swim and kayak or laze with a good book…..the choice is yours all week!

13 October /  Sail from Atiapiti to Taha’a – overnight in the Eastern bay, Ha’amene

Breakfast/refreshments/lunch and/or dinner on board. Depart early for the passage to Taha’a and on arrival in the lagoon, anchor at Ha’amene Bay. Walk, swim, paint, relax.  

Dinner recommendation: Taha’a Maitai with owner and chef Bruno Francois.


14 October / Cruise to the le Taha’a island resort, Taha’a

Breakfast/refreshments/lunch and/or dinner on board. This is the Vanilla Island with opportunities to visit a vanilla plantation as well as a pearl farm.  Discover how these magnificent gems are created.  Tahitian pearls are world famous and the ‘black’ pearl comes in an array of colours from grey, pink, green, peacock blue and the traditional black.  

Afternoon sail to Motu Tau Tau to enjoy the spectacular coral garden at Le Taha’a Resort.

15 October /    Sail from Taha’a to Bora Bora and overnight at one of the Bora Bora Yacht clubs

Breakfast/refreshments/lunch and/or dinner on board. Depart early for the 4-5 hour downwind passage from Taha’a Papa pass to the Bora Boa Teavanui pass. Bora Bora is the most spectacular of the Leeward Islands. Marvel at the towering peaks of the long extinct volcano.

Anchor at Motu Topua for swimming and snorkelling.

16 October /  Cruise over to the Eastern lagoon in Bora Bora

Breakfast/refreshments/lunch and/or dinner on board. Walking, swimming, snorkelling, reading, painting or drawing!

Overnight near the St. James restaurant and a great place for dinner.


17 October / Cruise in Bora Bora’s Eastern lagoon and anchor near the Four Seasons resort

Breakfast/refreshments/lunch and/or dinner on board.  Another day to explore, swim, snorkel, read and create art. 

18 October /  Leisure Day Bora Bora

Breakfast/refreshments/lunch and/or dinner on board.  Exploring, swimming, lazing, painting from dawn to dusk.


19 October /  The tour ends after breakfast when we disembark our yacht  in Bora Bora

Fly to Pape’ete, then return flight home or fly via Raiatea to Royal Huahine Hotel for exceptional accommodation in this glorious area.


Twin share per person  $3,950.00

Single supplement          $3,550.00


A limited number of yachts of this standard are available.  An early reservation will secure one.

Cancellation with refund is possible when a replacement booking is made.



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