very words “Polynesia” and “Tahiti” conjure up a tropical
paradise of bronzed Tahitian beauties in colorful
pareos, beaming, welcoming smiles and sun drenched
we think of when imagining exquisite beauty, dreamy days of
relaxation, romantic sunsets and moonlit nights. The crystal
clear turquoise of her lagoons, said by
James Michener to be “the most
beautiful in the world”,
soft beaches, verdant
towering mountains clothed in deep velvet greenery and
studded with jewel-like flowers,
the warmth and
generosity of her people, Tahiti and her islands will simply
the 118 islands are distinctly different from each other,
each one has its own individual charms. Papeete is more
cosmopolitan and Moorea is different from Bora Bora, so you
will want to visit each one of them. They are all soothed by
the softly blowing trade winds that gently rustle the
foliage of the palm trees, or, depending on the season,
cooled by the Maraamu that blows from the South in the
the air is pure and unpolluted, perfumed only with the
fragrance of vanilla and the vast variety of brilliant
flowers, especially the national flower, the Tiare, which is
used in the beautiful lei’s that welcome arriving guests .
Lovely, vivid floral arrangements are a fixture of every
guest room, arranged in vivid patterns on the
bed, in bouquets, and bursting all around you on the grounds
of your resort. It truly intoxicates you.
All of which adds up to a sybaritic
holiday of pure relaxation and exotic dream building to
is no surprise that people speak
of Tahiti in jewel terms because her plethora of green
islands are every bit as precious as the pearls the islands
are known for. From the air the view below resembles
emeralds that have been scattered over the lagoon like a
The lagoons are a natural
for excellent snorkeling, diving, sailing, surfing,
outrigger canoeing, kayaking or catamaran cruising .
Divers will find it ideal for all levels of experience where
they can choose from shallow waters to oceanic drop-offs,
sunken ships and planes, bright coral walls and always
schools of exotic fish. For the adventurous or energetic
there is, biking, hiking into the thick interior, mountain
climbing , safari tours, and visits to botanical gardens and
pineapple fields. The fertile valleys are home to
plantations of cotton, sugarcane, coffee and pineapple and
are also worth a visit.
particularly unique to Tahiti – most popular are the
thatched roofed bungalows perched over the lagoon on stilts,
all with their own sundeck and swim pontoon, for direct
access to the lagoon, equipped with snorkels and swim fins.
A glass floor panel in the rooms allows you to watch the
colorful fish swimming below.
the addition of spa facilities within the luxury resorts and
cruise ships, Tahiti & Her Islands has quickly become one of
the world's leading spa destinations. Most spas are open-air
and located in garden areas facing the blue lagoons.
Polynesian Spas have definitely
been designed by Mother Nature since all
the natural ingredients for the world's perfect spa are
here; soothing lagoon waters, vanilla and flower scented
breezes, the use of natural oils and essences, the
tranquility of the quiet islands, and the scenic wonders
that surround each spa. Some call it a "spa within a spa"
experience, one found nowhere else on earth. Couples can
enjoy treatments together in special spa suites.
is no wonder then that this paradise is a favorite of
honeymooners, as romantic moments experienced here
will remain in your memory for a lifetime.
Tahiti requires island hopping from one to the other and it
is certainly a must if you wish to truly enjoy all that is
encompassed in this magical world. But that
requires boat or air
transfers, etc. and
need experienced local assistance. It
is important that all arrangements be made in advance as
hotels, flights and all services are often fully booked so
tour partner, Tahiti Nui Tours plans every step of
your trip in advance and handles all details on the spot.
Whether you want a
private island picnic near Bora Bora or a canoe delivered
breakfast in your over-water bungalow, all will be expertly
is the ultimate South Pacific island paradise and we
feature here a taste of three of the best known islands,
each of which offers world class resorts, exquisite spas,
unmatched water activities, International and traditional
Polynesian restaurants, and typical Tahitian arts and crafts
for your shopping pleasure.
: The invigorating capital and
the largest city. There is a wealth of shops of all types,
quaint and typical restaurants, sidewalk cafes and a vibrant
waterfront for dining or enjoying a typical orange sunset
with a cool Tahitian cocktail.
Soaring so magically
from the Pacific in a magnificent explosion of green velvet,
shallow lagoons and incredible waterfalls. More relaxed than
Papeete and considered one of the best places for wind
surfing, snorkeling, parasailing and diving.
Perfect white sand beaches border the ethereal, emerald
lagoon, a rainbow of brightly colored fish look like an
array of Christmas tree lights all aglow and brilliant
hibiscus blossoms scent the pure air. This island may be
described as the epicenter of the romantic universe.
must have a valid passport to enter Tahiti. U.S., Canadian
and Mexican passport holders can stay up to 30 days without
needing a visa. Check with your nearest French Consulate
office for updates and other nationalities' procedures.
This tropical paradise has only two seasons - the wet
season, from November to April, is the most humid and cloudy
with temperatures of 80 F to 86 F
(27 to 30 degrees C). February & March are the hottest
months. Water temperatures are generally about 80F. Storms
can be frequent but brief.
May through October is by far the best time to go.
Casual is the
rule of thumb; Shorts, T-shirts, light cottons, pareus and
flip flops. You can wear bathing suits and pareus in any of
the resorts all day long even in the restaurants.
'Dressing up' is not the norm on the islands . For dinner
slacks & sport shirts are best for men and cool
sundresses for women . Comfortable walking shoes and flip
flops are best for all occasions, from the beach to
Food and water:
fruits and vegetables are the main stay of any menu. Tap
water is safe to drink and fine for brushing your teeth ,
but bottled water is provided in every room. If you are
sightseeing or venturing away from the resort it's a good
idea to take a bottle with you.
customary and not expected, but appreciated for special
French and English are the spoken languages.
French Pacific Franc (XPF). Approximately 100 XPF = $1 US
The tropical sun can be treacherous so a good sun
screen is a necessity, as is an insect repellant against
a ferry (it takes only 30 minutes) from Papeete to Moorea as
well as a 10 minute flight. For the other islands flights
are necessary and must be booked in advance.
The official Tahitian airline is
which has nonstop flights from New York (12 hours) and Los
Angeles (8 hours). This is a wonderful way to start your
Fly to Paradise Year
Round - Special Fares:
Coach Class to Tahiti
- Low Season: Jan. 1 to June 15
High Season: June
16 to Sept. 10 & Dec. 12 to 31
Roundtrip - Non Stop:
From Los Angeles: Low Season Midweek: $1001
High Season Midweek: $1107
Business Class: $2652
From New York: Low Season:Midweek:
$1293 - High Season Midweek:$1396
Business Class: $2781
Requirements and conditions upon
Tahiti Island Sampler