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Sailing Tonga or Tahiti? Brazil? #165131
07/04/2018 07:37 PM
07/04/2018 07:37 PM
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I hope someone out there has some advice for us. We are two couples looking to do a bareboat charter somewhere other than Caribbean in September or October. I was looking at Croatia, but it's cold there when we want to vacation! So next on the list is maybe Tahiti or Tonga? Both couples each spent more than 4 years as full time cruisers in the Caribbean so we have lots of sailing experience, but none of us has any sort of license (which looks to be important in Croatia). Anyone out there have any experience in either of these places for a bareboat charter? I also saw there is some bareboat chartering in Brazil. Thanks for any help.
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Re: Sailing Tonga or Tahiti? Brazil? [Re: BarefootLife43] #165140
07/05/2018 04:14 AM
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Three very different places on your list. I've sailed all of them during a circumnavigation so, although not bareboat, I do have some knowledge of the areas.

Brazil... Don't know where the bareboating is but we were in Salvador and Recife, a couple of weeks in both places, and I wouldn't recommend them. Not great sailing and they were the only places around the world any of our group (we were doing the World ARC with around 25 other boats) suffered any crime. Two or three women had bags ripped from their shoulders and pulled to the ground in broad daylight and even though accompanied by men. We were warned in advance but it still happened despite caution and vigilance. It may be different in the Rio area but I'm not going back to find out!

Tahiti... Wonderful area with Moorea and other similarly beautiful islands not too far away but distances are much greater than say the BVI. Horrendously expensive food and wine (almost everything is flown in from France) but good quality. Bora Bora is an overnight sail away but I don't know if you are allowed to go that far with the charter companies. French Polynesia was our favourite area in all the circumnavigation. I planned to go back next year to charter a boat for three weeks and head from Tahiti to the Tuamotu Atolls but my wife's bad back now rules out sailing in remote areas so that is sadly off the agenda.

Tonga... If you really want to get back to basics then Tonga is for you. Wonderful, barely inhabited islands conveniently located not too far apart. Provisioning will be basic, restaurants are few and far between and in most places will be simple island food like Breadfruit baked in banana leaves in a sandpit. We were in the Vava'u area and Sunsail/Moorings were right there. September/October should be a good time to be there as it is dry and outside the cyclone season.

In summary, if you like a reasonable level of civilisation then Tahiti. If Anegada in the BVI is a bit too busy for you and you really want the south sea island experience, go to Tonga. If you choose Brazil don't say I didn't warn you!

Re: Sailing Tonga or Tahiti? Brazil? [Re: Jeannius] #165270
07/06/2018 09:22 PM
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Thanks, Mike. Good to know about Brazil. I think it's Dream Yacht Charters that has boats in Angra dos Reis. I'm not much of a risk taker when it comes to high crime areas as reported by other cruisers, I take the advice and just avoid them even though I know I get criticized for missing out sometimes. Thanks for the other advice. I hope we can make both the other places eventually.


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