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Escapade Charter Tahiti, Day tours

Papeete, French Polynesia
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About Escapade Charter Tahiti, Day tours
L'Escapade Charter Tahiti offers you various cruises in French Polynesia in the Leewards Islands, Tuamotu island, Marquesas island, Gambiers and Australes archipelago.You will sail on a Fountaine Pajot SALINA 48 catamaran with one of our skipper.Spend a full day discovering the well-knowned atoll of Marlon BRANDO : TETIAROA
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KARcal wrote a review Aug 2019
California56 contributions19 helpful votes
Was scheduled with Escapade Charter for a day trip to Tetiaroa in March '18. Much like Chilopoda2, Escapade cancelled the trip at the last minute due to "weather conditions". My super hotel concierge was able to get me on the Poe the morning of departure, for a great day on the water and stop at Tetiaora. Imagine my surprise to see the Escapade moored at Tetiaroa when the Poe arrived.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Bonni O wrote a review Dec 2018
Gig Harbor, Washington93 contributions44 helpful votes
We took the Escapade Charter to Tetiaro Atoll. They run a safe and fun operation. The deck hand/cook spoke good English. Most of the other tourists were French speaking. Some of them spoke to us a bit in English. There was good camraderie even with the language barrier. It was a 3.5 hour motor sail out to the atoll. We loved it. That is why we went - to spend some time on the ocean in the South Pacific, as we are sailors. The weather was pretty rough, but we know how to avoid sea sickness - watch the horizon adn be one with the boat. Many passengers were sick. Tetiaro was interesting. We wore water shoes which are a must. The shore and water that you walk in for 45 min each way to the Bird Sanctuary is rough and rocky. We also wore hats, tee shirts and sunscreen. We snorkeled for an hour after the walk. It is an OK snorkeling reef. There is a strong current, but ok if you have fins. The lunch was delicious and fruit and snacks available all the way home. We returned later than usual - about 7pm, maybe because of the rough weather. I would do it again!
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Russ O wrote a review Nov 2018
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We had originally booked and paid for this tour on a Poe Charter only to sent an email ( in French) telling us that our reservation was cancelled because they have to cater to the cruise ships..😡 We were lucky to discover Escapade Characters still had 3 spots open. Best part they were $40usd less than Poe with only 12 pax vs 30... Escapade charters was excellent in communication by email of what, where and what we needed to bring! We were met by the owner/ captain, his wife and the guide/cook/hostess and given very warm welcome, hot coffee,light breakfast, and we were given safety briefing.(translated in English to “don’t fall overboard “) Note.. we were the only 3 English speaking passengers but the hostess could translate. Even though the sea-state was a little rough do to strong winds 20 kts causing some pretty good ocean swells it was not a bad ride. The island itself was ok, when they tell you to wear watershoes or old sneakers they really mean it! A lot of walking over broken coral lava rock and sharp stones!, flip flops will not work! You will also be walking in 2’ of water for a good part of the time.. The bird island was just so-so.. you walked about 1/4 the way around it 20’ from shore to view a bunch of gulls turns and boobies sitting on the beach or flying in the trees way up on the island. You will then turn around and backtrack. When you get back to where the zodiac dropped you on the island the hostess will go back out to the anchored boat and start cooking lunch. You have about an hour to rest or snorkel on the reef nearby.. Note, there is a moderat current that can push you onto the coral if you are not a strong swimmer. The fish viewing was not the best, we have seen much better at some local Tahiti beaches. You will be ferried 2 at a time by inflable back to the boat to enjoy a wonderful lunch, drinks and deserts. It’s a long ride back to Tahiti of almost 4 hours, but being sailers ourselves loved every min of it... hopefully you will get to see a beautiful sunset behind Morrea..
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from timotu9, Responsable relations clients at Escapade Charter Tahiti, Day tours
Responded Nov 12, 2018
Thank you Russ for comment We were delighted to have discovered this beautiful atoll. Hoping that you will keep a good memory. Christelle
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superdeluxe23 wrote a review Sep 2018
Sacramento, California106 contributions22 helpful votes
We took a charter with Escapade in September 2018. The first date was cancelled due to weather, but they were nice enough to book us on another day. They have an English and French version of the webpage and they responded via email in English. This led us to believe there would be at least a little bit of English spoken. If the website were in French, maybe I would not have picked this charter as it was done only in French. Quick Tips: 1. Eat breakfast before arriving at the dock and bring lots of snacks or you will be hungry. 2. Meet at the entrance to the dock, not in front of Le Retro 3. Bring sunscreen, and then bring some more. The sun is strong at Tetiaroa. 4. Ask if you can stay on the beach instead of walking around the bird island. The tour comes out at this beautiful beach and you can watch the rest of the group walk in the water around the island (you are not allowed to go on the island). Maybe this WAS an option, but I didn’t know because of the language barrier. 5. Bring a towel, water socks, and sunscreen. 6. You may want to bring a backpack as the hike is pretty long. We had a beach bag and it was really annoying to have to hold it above water to hike around the bird island. 7. If you are short, consider a water-proof bag as you have to hold up your bag on the way back from bird island. 8. If you’re hoping for a relaxing time at the beach or a lot of time snorkeling, maybe this isn’t for you because most of your time on the island will be hiking. The instructions say to meet in front of Le Retro near the marina. However, no one was there. Everyone met at the entrance to the Marina and we had no idea if it was the correct company because they lady only spoke French. On board, all of the instructions, including safety and info about the meals, was done in French. I asked about some help because I don’t speak French (I asked in French) but it was shrugged off. There was another crewmember, he spoke English, so when we took the Zodiac to the island he gave us good instructions on where to hold on and he did try and give us instructions in English when he was around. Breakfast consisted of bread, bananas, and coffee. Eat a lot, as you won’t get lunch until around 2:00! They give you a box of cookies and one big water per couple for Tetiaroa. I was so hungry! The island and waters are gorgeous! When we landed on the island, the female crewmember took us on a walk through the island and around bird island. Again, everything was in French, so we had no idea what was going on. A very nice French couple translated some things for us. The walk around the bird island itself was really long (around 1.8 km or around a mile not including distance across the main island and back to the boat) and it was tough slogging through the water. It would have been nice to have an option to do the hike around the island, or just stay on the beach until the group got back. Honestly, looking at bird island is just as good as walking around it, you don’t get anything out of walking around it other than finding out it’s waste deep around the whole island. Also, the guide was walking so fast that about only 4 or 5 of the 16 passengers were present for her explanations. When the rest of the group would catch up, she was already on her way to the next thing to explain. As it was, we only had around 30 minutes of time to swim and relax before heading back to the boat. Once back on the boat, we were fed a really nice lunch of poisson cru, fish curry, sashimi, and various other items. On the way back, they put out some snacks (chips, fruit, etc.) but I was still hungry and we got back at around 6:00 p.m. so I was really ready for dinner. Overall, an ok experience, the waters of Tetiaroa are beautiful. If you are an English speaker, you may want to consider another company. I don’t expect everything to be in English (as I am on a French island) but if you know some English speakers are on-board, basic English instructions would be helpful. The tour was useless as I have little idea what she was explaining. There was also a nice group of people from Belgium that spoke English and it was nice to meet them as well as the really nice French couple that helped translate for us.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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silkroad91 wrote a review Aug 2018
Milan, Italy127 contributions216 helpful votes
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Tetiaroa is heaven on earth. Quintessential tropical atoll, no constructions, pristine beaches, wonderful bird island with among others beautiful masked boobies that reminded us of Galapagos, during the excursion you can easily find a place to stay completely on your own and even bath naked in total privacy if you want so. Trip stays clear from Brando resort. The trip (motor plus sail) takes 3 hours, skipper and crew are very nice people, lunch and breakfast were enjoyable. We saw also dolphins and lemon sharks close to the boat. At 120 Euro per person we thought it being clear value for money by Tahiti standard.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from timotu9, Gérant at Escapade Charter Tahiti, Day tours
Responded Aug 25, 2018
Hello Thank you for this message Delighted to have you discover this beautiful atoll cordially L'Escapade Charter
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