Discover the magic of Tahiti and her islands

Nested amidst the southern Pacific Ocean are the 118 magnificent islands and atolls of the French Polynesia.

They are divided into 5 archipelagos known as the Society Islands and Tuamotu, the Austral Islands, the Marquesas and the Gambiers. Whichever island you go to, you are surely going to be amazed by the beauty of nature and the natural beauty of the locals.

Tahiti – Queen of the Pacific

The biggest and central island of the French Polynesia, Tahiti is the home of the most populous city Papeete, meaning the "water basket", where Tahitians used to gather to get their fill of fresh waters. Now the invigorating capital city and gateway of the country, offers a fantastic array of tourist delights, one of the most popular being the Gauguin museum. The famous painter spent the last years of his life in this wonderful place and is even buried on the island Hiva 'Oa (city of Atuona).

Moorea – The Magical Island

 

The picturesque eight voluminous mountain peaks rise from Moorea’s translucent lagoon creating breathtaking scenery. Moorea is located only 10 nautical miles from the main island of Tahiti and is easily accessible either by plane or by the sea, which is why many people decide to visit both islands by booking one of the boat cruises to Tahiti. Although popular among newlyweds, the island offers many exciting activities like whale watching during the mating season or swimming with dolphins at the Moorea Dolphin Center.

Bora-Bora – The Romantic Island

 

Definitely the most popular island of Tahiti, Bora-Bora is a true romantic getaway paradise. The luxury resorts offer fantastic honeymoon arrangements for newlyweds with secluded over-water bungalows. Did you know that these iconic bungalows were invented in the 1960s by the Bali Hai Boys after their vanilla plantation business failed? They started off at Moorea and the trend took on, making it a distinguishable typical Tahitian resort.

Huahine – The Garden Island

 

This flourishing island is a true tropical jungle thriving with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Besides the exotic rich tastes of local fruit, seafood is usually the main course of any menu. Make sure you try the poisson cru, Tahiti's national dish, known in Tahitian as ia ota: raw red tuna marinated in a delicious and aromatic blend of lime juice and coconut milk. Huahine was once the residence of Tahitian royalty and is now the cradle of their culture, with many secluded temples scattered throughout the jungle.

 

Taha’a – The Vanilla Island

This mesmerizing flower-shaped island is a natural greenhouse for the highly prized Tahitian vanilla orchid, so it’s no wonder that it grows 80% of all vanilla produced in the entire French Polynesia. Taha'a is accessible only by a boat trip from sister island Raiatea, as the two islands are surrounded by a single continuous coral reef and share the same translucent lagoon. It is exactly in this lagoon where you can find the gorgeous Black Pearl of Tahiti as there are some family pearl farms situated between the two islands.

Tikehau – The Pink Sand Island

Tikehau, roughly translated, means "peaceful landing" and peace and tranquility is something this small island has plenty. It is actually consisted of countless tiny white and pink sand islets so its lagoon resembles a giant natural swimming pool. The lagoon measure only 25 kilometer across and 30 meters in depth, making it an ideal aquarium rich with diverse marine creatures. It is considered to be a locality with the most concentrated density of fish in the world and the locals primarily live from fishing.

Tetiaroa – The Island Named Desire

Tetiaroa (in Tahitian "stands apart" or "at a distance”), better known as Marlon Brando's private island, is the place to go for a royal treatment. It is located a mere 50 kilometers north from Tahiti and was once the holiday destination for Tahitian chiefs and kings. This all changed after 1966 when the Hollywood A-lister Marlon Brando purchased his share of island (he got a 99-year lease that granted him exclusive "ownership" of Tetiaroa). He desired to preserve the natural beauty of the island that provided him with a tranquil paradise away from the Hollywood drama, so The Pacific Beachcomber Group founded The Brando Resort to continue his eco-friendly legacy.

The Tahitian islands hide many fascinating wonders of nature, rich cultural heritage and fantastic seaside scenery. If you are looking for a little piece of Heaven on Earth – this is the place to go to.

About the writer: Nicole is an avid traveler passionate about yoga and healthy living. She always seeks new adventures and enjoys sharing her experiences with others. You can find her on Twitter and FB

 

 

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