This beautiful chain of islands in the South Pacific has been on my bucket list for a long time. Tahiti is composed of 118 islands and is an ideal vacation destination if you are seeking true paradise. The main island has two volcanic mountain ranges, and it is known for its black sand beaches and surrounding coral reefs.
You can embrace the island life by staying in an over water bungalow, a popular choice among those seeking total relaxation. Waters in the lagoons average 84 degrees in the summer (November through April) and 79 degrees in the winter (May through October), making them perfect for snorkeling and diving. The marine life in the lagoons is breathtaking with over one thousand species of fish of every color, size and shape.
Bora Bora is considered the most romantic island in the world, and it is famous for its luxury resorts. The island is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef, and the remnants of an extinct volcano rise from the center of the island into two peaks: Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia. The incredible landscape and lush island environment make Bora Bora a popular honeymoon spot, and it's just a one-hour flight from the main island of Tahiti.
Bora Bora is known for its over water bungalows, which epitomize the luxurious island experience. You can stay in an overwater bungalow with glass floors and sneak a peek at the lagoon life below. Can you imagine waking up to that beautiful landscape?
You can keep your vacation as relaxing or as active as you choose. You can snorkel right outside your bungalow in the lagoon’s clear and shallow water. You can also go sailing, feed sharks and rays, go on a 4x4 excursion or scuba dive. Over water bungalows take room service to a whole new level with the option of having your daily breakfast delivered to your bungalow via canoe. Where do I sign up?
Moorea is just 10 miles, or a 30-minute ferry boat ride, from the main island of Tahiti. A wide, translucent lagoon surrounds Moorea’s mountainous landscape made of waterfalls that cut through lush green cliffs.
The island’s unique landscape makes it one of the best Tahitian islands for adventure and activities. The shallow lagoon makes for incredible snorkeling, paddle boarding, cruising and fishing. Whale watching is also a popular activity, attracting the most visitors during the whales’ mating season of August to October. You can also visit the Moorea Dolphin Center, where you can swim side-by-side with dolphins, and kids can wade with them in more shallow water. That would be an unforgettable experience!
Moorea offers many opportunities for adventure, but it is also well-known as a romantic honeymoon destination. It has several romantic resorts to choose from, many of which have over water bungalows and extraordinary spas. If you honeymoon there you can visit hibiscus gardens, pineapple plantations, or just relax on a pristine white sand beach.
Papeete is the main port of call for the island, and it is home to a bustling harbor as well as the International Airport. Here you can find Le Marché, a two-story market located downtown where you can purchase many Tahitian products such as vanilla beans, monoi oil and colorful pareos. You can easily find something special to bring home. Sundays are the best time to visit the market, as it is busy with locals stocking up for a day of family gatherings and meals.
Papeete also has the Robert Wan Pearl Museum, the only museum in the world devoted entirely to pearls. You can purchase black pearls or simply learn about the history and practice of cultivating pearls. The museum also has exhibits that demonstrate the importance of pearls in art, history, mythology and religion.
Vai'ete Square is the place to be after dark. The lively boardwalk is a unique place to have an informal dinner or after-dinner dessert from one of the many roulottes, or food trucks, that gather there to serve a variety of cuisine and desserts. You can choose from many affordable treats, from French crepes to fresh fish and pizza.
The allure of Papeete is undeniable. Its vibrant city atmosphere itself can satisfy a traveler's wanderlust. Yet it's so close to amazing outdoor adventures, such as hiking, diving and horseback riding. It's a different kind of Tahitian experience, which might just be what you are looking for.
Is Tahiti on your bucket list? I know I can't be the only one! If you have been there what did you like most? Comment below:)
Until next time!