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4.5.2016 Soaking up the beauty of French Polynesia by water ­ The Morning Call

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Soaking up the beauty of French Polynesia by water

Exploring French Polynesia by sailboat is a unique way of getting around the islands. (Michaela Urban, For Tribune Newspapers)

By Eric Vohr Chicago Tribune

FEBRUARY 11, 2015, 5:45 PM | RAIATEA, FRENCH POLYNESIA

E ver since the days when wooden sailing ships toured the world, French Polynesia defined the term "tropical paradise." As such, it has long been a destination I've wanted to sail, and this

winter my photographer and I did just that.

Our focus was the leeward part of a 14­island group in French Polynesia called the Society Islands, the most famous of which is Bora Bora.

Our trip started in Raiatea, where most yacht charters are based. On our first day we sailed across a small channel to neighboring Tahaa, which shares a lagoon with Raiatea. Tahaa was highly recommended and turned out to be our favorite destination on our sail.

Sailing can be a great way to save on the high prices of Polynesian resorts. Our boat, a 38­foot Leopard Catamaran, had four cabins and two bathrooms and could easily accommodate four couples and two kids. We tied up or anchored at night. As long as you use common sense, sailing is not too

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