Boating Trip in Tahiti – Packing List

Snorkeling

So you have planned a bareboat vacation in French Polynesia! What do you take? The less you can take on a boat the better! If possible, soft sided bags are better, because once you unpack on the boat they can be folded up and stored more easily.  If you are flying inter-island to your boat on a another island, like Raiatea, these flights have stricter weight limits than international flights.  If your bags are overweight, you just pay the difference for excess baggage, and it has never been very expensive.  If you have a PADI card, that will give an extra 11 pounds.  Most boats offer snorkeling equipment, many islands have scuba diving shops. If you want to take your own equipment, that is always possible.

Here is a packing list for 10 days to get you started. Pack according to your taste, and adjust based on the number of days, and what you do before and after boating. Let me know if there is something you find useful that I have missed on the list.

  • 2 swimsuits
  • snorkeling gear
  • quick dry bath towel
  • a few hair clips to keep the wind from blowing in your face
  • dry bags – various sizes, one for cell phone for example, a larger one to keep a camera dry if you go ashore
  • phone/camera/chargers/external disks/computer + extra batteries + adapters
  • underwater case for phone/camera
  • water shoes
  • cheap flip flops
  • nicer flip flops
  • sturdy shoes if you plan on hiking
  • sailing gloves if you want to actively participate in sailing
  • short socks – to prevent blisters from flippers when snorkeling
  • lycra t-shirt & pair of leggings, for sun protection when snorkeling, dries quickly
  • long sleeved shirt & light weight pants for sun protection on the boat
  • hat/cap with strap
  • windproof jacket
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 casual nice outfit to go out in
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 5 tops
  • 5 pairs quick drying underwear
  • 1-2 bras
  • large scarf or pareo (or buy one locally)
  • insect repellent
  • sunscreen
  • polarized sunglasses with strap
  • flashlight, waterproof – incase you need to find your boat at night
  • ziplock bag with your over the counter medications (aspirin, waterproof bandaids, etc)
  • toiletteries
  • back pack for any day excursions – there are ones that are dry bags as well
  • a reusable ‘shopping bag’

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