Tahiti Island – Queen of the Pacific
Tahiti, the largest island throughout the country, towering over the ocean like a proud and royal Queen is appropriately crowned by a circle of majestic peaks.
The mountainous interior is adorned with deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls, all bathed in green iridescence of Mother Nature's light. The coastal lands, edged with a rugged coastline, are home to fields of tropical flowers and most of the island's population.
Papeete, meaning the " water basket, " was once a gathering place where Tahitians came to fill their calabashes with fresh waters. Now the invigorating capital city and gateway of the country, boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine dining and unique restaurants, nightclubs, vibrant markets, pearl shops, and boutiques.
- Relaxation at the surprising number of restaurants around Papeete and at the enjoyable roulottes along the waterfront in Vai'ete Square.
- Excitement of shopping along the waterfront and in the Public Market of Papeete for Tahitian collectibles such as pareu, monoi oil, artwork, music CDs, precious native wood carvings, and beautiful Tahitian Pearls.
- Exploration of the pristine interior and beautiful coastline by 4×4 excursion, guided nature hikes, escorted tours, or rental car.
- Discovery of the lagoon waters by diving, snorkeling, sailing, surfing, deep-sea fishing, outrigger canoeing, or guided catamaran tours.
- Enjoyment of the beachside resorts featuring luxurious spas, spectacular shows, fine restaurants, and the full range of rooms, suites, and bungalows.
The Magical Island
A few minutes from the island of Tahiti by plane, and only thirty minutes by high-speed catamaran, Moorea soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet – what you would imagine a South Seas island to be.
A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island's vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green will fill your senses and renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Pastel-painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of happy, yet simple villages.
Moorea offers drama and adventure:
- Discovery of the peaceful circle-island road dotted with fruit-tasting stops, pineapple fields, quiet beaches, and unique shopping experiences.
- Enchantment from the dramatic landscape of bright-green valleys encircled by the sentinel-like mountain ridges.
- Excitement of the liquid playground with warm lagoon waters for snorkeling, jetskiing, canoeing, and diving.
- Discovery of the many shops featuring "made in Moorea" products.
- Enjoyment of the surprising number of fine-dining restaurants within the resorts and in small villages that line the shores
- Exploration of the historic sites hidden under a canopy of lush forests
- Relaxation in the majestic setting of the resorts and their Polynesian spas.
Bora Bora, The Romantic Island
Under a one hour flight from the island of Tahiti or Moorea, the island of Bora Bora, with a lagoon resembling an artist's palette of blues and greens, is love at first sight. Romantics from around the world have laid claim to this island where the castle-like Mount Otemanu pierces the sky. Lush tropical slopes and valleys blossom with hibiscus, while palm-covered motu circle the illuminated lagoon like a delicate necklace. Perfect white-sand beaches give way to emerald waters where colored fish animate the coral gardens as they greet the giant manta rays. This could be easily be described as the center of the romantic universe, where luxury resorts and spas dot the island with overwater bungalows, thatchedroof villas, and fabled ambience.
Bora Bora is the most beautiful island in the world.
Pora Pora – the ancient name, meaning "first born," came from legends describing this as the first island to rise when Taaroa,
the supreme god, fished it out of the waters after the mythical creation of Havai'i, now known as Raiatea. Although the first letter "B" does not exist in the Tahitian language, when Captain Cook first heard the name he mistook the softened sound of the Tahitian "P" for "B" and called the island Bola Bola.
Romance on Bora Bora
Truly, the most romantic island in the world. From the dramatic scenery to the privacy and amenities of the overwater bungalows, everything in Bora Bora equals a 10 on the romance scale. Resorts have been welcoming couples for over 40 years and their special amenities have been fine tuned to perfection. From sunrise to sunset, each resort has designed their own blend of unique romantic experiences for their guests to choose from.
Bora Bora offers:
- Enchantment from the neon-lit turquoise lagoon waters with unending days of exploration through snorkeling and diving.
- Excitement above the lagoon by outrigger canoe, Boston Whaler, wave runner, jet ski, and dramatic sunset cruises aboard a catamaran sailboat.
- Exploration of the panoramic overlooks found by hike or 4×4 accompanied by entertaining local guides.
- Discovery of the world-renowned shopping for local and international original art, Tahitian pearls, perfumes and oils, and precious wood handcrafts.
Huahine -Garden of Eden
About thirty minutes by plane from the island of Tahiti, Huahine, with its lush forests, untamed landscape, and quaint villages, is one of Polynesia's best-kept secrets.
A deep, crystal-clear lagoon surrounds the two islands while magnificent bays and white-sand beaches add drama and solitude to their virtues. Relatively unchanged by the modern world, Huahine offer a slower taste of old Polynesia.
With only eight small villages scattered across the island, the few residents welcome visitors with great kindness. Not surprisingly, this fertile world offers rich soil providing the local farmers a bountiful harvest of vanilla, melons, and bananas.
The unspoiled environment of Huahine can be experiences in many ways:
- Exploration of the huge network of restored ancient royal sites with an archaeological tour among the hills and shores.
- Enjoyment of the clear lagoon waters by snorkeling, boating, and jetskiing.
- Enchantment from the charming villages and vanilla farms with a relaxing trip around the islands by car, tour, or even bicycle.
- Discovery of the underwater world by diving or aboard a glass-bottomed boat.
- Adventure into the curls and share a wave with globe-trotting surfers.
- Relaxation among the serene setting of an isolated and beautiful resorts.
Raiatea – The Sacred Island
Raiatea, meaning "faraway heaven" and "sky with soft light", was first named Havai'i after the homeland of the ancient Polynesians and is the most sacred island in the South Pacific.
This, the second largest Tahitian isle, was the center of religion and culture over 1000 years ago and still lends enchantment to ancient legends told to this day. The green-carpeted mountains include the celebrated Mt. Temehani, a sort of Polynesian Mt. Olympus.
For the visitor to Raiatea, the legends of this ancient land add fascination to every activity:
- Discovery of the sacred Mt. Temehani Plateau by foot, horseback, or 4×4 excursion.
- Exploration by canoe of the Faaroa River and to the ancient and sacred complex of the legendary Taputapuatea.
- Freedom of chartering a yacht in some of the most famous sailing waters in the world.
- Enchantment from the people and their villages while touring the by bus.
- Adventure into the clear waters with day- or night-time dives.
- Enjoyment of the ambience of the smaller resort atmosphere.
Taha'a – The Vanilla Island
Taha'a, with the rich aroma of vanilla lingering heavily in the air, offers a glimpse of the traditional, tranquil life of the Tahitians. The flower-shaped island's simple beauty is charmed by soft mountain shapes and surrounded by tiny motu with bright sand beaches. In the fertile valleys cutting within the island, local farmers grow watermelon, vanilla, and copra.
For the visitor to Taha'a, the cadence of life creates activities with a more relaxing pace:
- Exploration of the tiny villages and simple island living along the shores by car or bicycle.
- Discovery of the family-owned pearl farms.
- Enjoyment of the white-sand beaches at a "motu picnic".
- Adventure into the mountains on one of the many ancient hiking trails.
- Relaxation at the luxurious and remote resorts.