Tahiti & Her Islands
There's no other place in this world that evokes the imagery and senses that Tahiti does. This is the land of Polynesian beauty, immortalized by Gaughan, and revised by hollywood. Air perfumed by vanilla trees and tropical flowers, this is paradise.

Photo: Courtesy Tahiti Tourisme

Romantic Vacations to Tahiti

Tahiti receives only a tiny fraction of tourism as compared to Hawaii, leaving this chain of islands unspoiled and secluded. Relaxation is an important element in your honeymoon to Tahiti, and you'll find plenty to experience as well. There are great diving and snorkeling opportunities, and plenty to do if you like to rent a bike to explore the island for a day. Tahitian culture is intoxicating, and you'll find yourself at home on these islands. Tahiti is only 7 1/2 hours away from Los Angeles, and can easily combine with an Asian or Australian destination for a longer honeymoon if you desire.

The island of Tahiti is the largest of 118 islands and atolls of French Polynesia. These islands are divided into 5 island groups. Tahiti belongs to the Society Islands, which also includes nearby Moorea and Bora Bora.

While French and Tahitian are the official languages, you'll find English spoken at all the resorts and tourist locations. Weather is perfect year-round, though rain occurs more frequently in the January - March timeframe..

 

The most distinctive accomodations in Tahiti are unquestionably the overwater bungalows (shown at right). You can opt for canoe breakfast delivery each morning, lounge about enjoying the rhythmic sounds of the ocean, or delight at the views of the fish from your room. Bungalows are thatched roofed, and feature traditional Tahitian details.


Photo: Courtesy Tahiti Tourisme

Overwater bungalows are also the most expensive accomodations option, and couples may elect to stay in an overwater bungalow for only a portion of their stay. Less expensive accomodations include categories such as Beach or Garden Bunglaows, Lagoonview Rooms, and Gardenview Rooms.

Island Hopping -- it's tough to pick out just one island to visit, which makes the honeymoon style of "island hopping" so popular. Two island itinerary combinations are popular for 7 night stays, and three island itineraries are popular for 10 or more nights. Of course, you can see many more islands cruising!

Island of Tahiti -- the largest of the islands, Tahiti is the cultural and population center of French Polynesia. Papeete is the capital city, and also the international gateway, so you'll fly in here. Often, due to connecting flight times, an overnite stay will be required at the beginning or the end of your trip. The best shopping is to be found here, as well as an array of restaurants and activities. Hotels here are also less expensive than on other islands. However, you won't want to limit your stay to this island, since the natual beauty is best found on sister islands.

Moorea -- Lush and enticing, Moorea's peaks invite you to hike. That is, if you ever want to leave the pristine beach. Moorea is easily accessible, being close to Tahiti. However, Moorea's population is a mere 9,000. There are some excellent lodging options, from budget to indulgent, many with overwater bungalows.

Bora Bora -- the main island is smaller than Moorea's, but her lagoon -- in one word, wow! Many of the resorts sit on motus ("little islands") allowing for breathtaking views of the lagoon and Bora Bora's main island. This is also the home of some of the most exclusive resorts in the South Pacific.

Huahine -- this remote, secluded island is a good option if you really want to get away from it all. You'll find plenty to discover on this undiscovered South Pacific jewel. With a population of 4,000 (less than half that of Moorea), you won't find any malls or discos! This is an excellent destination for couples decidedly individual and independent, who are seeking the chance to hike, snorkel, dive, and perhaps chat with the locals.

Raiatea and Taha'a -- these sister islands are the birthplace of the Tahitian culture. Though most resorts here are casual and affordable, there is one outstanding resort ranking the most luxurious in the French Polynesia. Vanilla is harvested here, and you can explore religious stone temples (maraes). Wonderful hiking with breathtaking vistas.

Tuamotus -- these islands, lying 200 miles north of Tahiti, are coral atolls (compared to the volcanic islands to the south). These islands are true diving paradise, combined with secluded paradise. Islands with lodging options include Rangiroa, Manihi, Tikehau, and Fakarava. This destination combines well with a stay on Tahiti, Moorea, or Bora Bora.

Marquesas -- sitting near the equator 930 miles from Tahiti are the 10 Marquesas Islands.Volcanic peaks and valleys give the islands an exotic characteristic. These islands are different from the Society Islands in that there is no coral reef to protect the island from the pounding waves. There are enough sheltered coves to afford excellent beach access, but think "Survivor" when imagining these islands!

Cruise Tahiti -- Cruising is an excellent way to see and experience the islands. There are many cruise lines and styles to choose from. Radisson Seven Seas' M/S Paul Gauguin is an elegant, luxurious ship sailing Tahitian waters year-round. Windstar Cruises with their tall-masted ships combines luxury with an exotic, adventurous spirit. The Aranui 3 freighter provides an adventure on a working ship, with with two week itineraries visiting the remote Marquesas Islands. And, there are private and shared yachts and catamarans for hire out of Raitea, for 3 to 7 day itineraries.

Other Destinations -- accessible from Tahiti, consider the following unique destinations. The exclusive Vahine Island is a tiny private island & a true "escape." Kia Ora Savage, on Rangiora, offers for 10 guests simplicity, with no electricity or phone lines. And the archaeological wonder of Easter Island awaits midway between Tahiti and Chile.

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